Thursday, February 22, 2007


Last Thursday about 4 am we got a call that my mom was having trouble breathing. Long story short, she was admitted for pulmonary edema, caused by a long standing problem with congestive heart failure. She is since doing fine and is ready to return to rehab for a broken hip she suffered on Christmas Day....Not a fun New Year for old mommy.
Then we have what is probably the worst experience one can have, on Friday morning. The Phone Call. My wife's father died at home, sometime in the middle of the night. Mark Twain said, when he heard of the death of his daughter back in America as he was traveling in Europe on a speaking tour, that it is a wonder that the human heart does not just stop when confronted with such things. I know now what he meant.
So the last week has been shock, sadness, wake, funeral.....many hugs and tears and the start of recovery from the loss of a fine man, gone too soon at 76.

Now for the rest of the story.

Yesterday, the day after we laid Jack to his eternal rest, son Tim and wife Allison blessed us with our 7th grandchild......Ella Grace.

As the Beatles said....Oobla dee, oobla da, life goes on,, la, la, la, life goes on.

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

JOHN 3:16

We here on earth got the best deal when The Big Guy decided to send his Son to save our sorry butts. It's all a mystery to me why He had to send His son, and just couldn't do it Himself, being all-powerful and stuff. But who am I to question.
I guess that is where faith comes in.
So check out the scripture reference above, and hug a loved one on St. Val's Day. If in the event no one is there for you to hug, draw comfort that He Who Is sure does love you.

I am posting my latest column from the Suburban Journals......

If you are like a lot of us, you may have had a thought or two on what happens to you when you die. Not in the physical sense, of course, which is pretty much covered by my father-in-law Jack’s favorite poem:
“The worms crawl in, the worms crawl out,
In your ear and out your mouth.
So never laugh when a hearse goes by,
For you may be the next to die.”
Cute, huh?
What I’m talking about is crossing over the River Jordan, passing on to the other side.
The after-life.
From a purely pragmatic view, believing in the hereafter is a little like believing in the existence of God. If you don’t, and there is one…big problems, bunky. If you do and there isn’t one, then it just didn’t matter, did it? But if you do believe and there is a heaven and a God, at least you’ve got a fighting chance
So a faith in God and in an after-life is the best career decision, eternally speaking, that is.
Frankly, without something beyond this, the day-to-day rollout makes little sense, even in the best of times. I mean, without the possibility of meeting the Big Guy, then what’s the point?
Let’s talk a little bit about final destinations. If you’re a believer, you aspire to take that last walk up to the Pearly Gates. The romanticized version is one of clouds and angels and harp music, with St. Pete guarding the door. Over there is Jesus and the saints, smiling, blessing, shaking hands. Everyone is peaceful and happy. You are bathed in a glow from the Lord on High. It’s, well, heavenly.
Or is it more metaphysical, more a “being” than a feeling. A time without time, that has nothing to do with corporeal pleasures, like having all the potato chips you can eat with no worries about transfats.
Some say we may meet our ancestors, those who have “moved on up” before us. They have been waiting for us, even watching over our lives from above. Now that hits me as more than just a little bit creepy, considering some of the stupid stuff I have done in my day. And think how uncomfortable would it be to have to say “Hey, Aunt Mary…uh, where’s Uncle Larry?” So I just don’t know about that view. I’d hate to think that after a lifetime of worrying about your kids, that you get to heaven only to be still wondering why the heck they made this or that dumb move. My idea of eternal peace is not looking through the heavenly blinds at 1 A.M, hoping that next set of headlights is your daughter’s car rolling in.
No one knows for sure, since we only have the ballplayers from “Field of Dreams” to give us their version of what it is really like. (What’s that you say….that wasn’t a true story?)
Maybe the after-life is none of this. Our small human mind is limited by experience and imagination. I find it hard to imagine never-ending joy. But I believe it is possible.
All of this is assuming a great deal, by the way, as far as my own personal destination goes. I believe in a gentle and forgiving God, one that knows I am weak. After all, He made me, right?
I just hope He keeps this all in mind when my number’s called.
I really don’t do well in the heat.

Tuesday, February 06, 2007


well, the game Sunday was fairly boring.....even the ads were hardly any favorite was the Bud Light one with the two hitchhikers, but that's just me. I lean toward the absurd in my humor and the ax murder getting upset with the driver because he was going to pick up the guy with the chainsaw?.............priceless.
Good to see old Peyton get a win, but he wasn't the MVP...probably there wasn't one, really, but they gotta pick somebody....Prince should have gotten it, considering he easilly bested the Geriatric Stones of last year and the Janet/Justin debacle the year before. So bye bye football.

The best thing about the month of Feb. (other than it is my first grandkids birthday and her little sister/brothers'-to-be) is that spring training is right around the corner, baby!!

As a Card's fan, this is blasphemous, but I am thinking this year may be the "next year" that Cubs fans have been talking about for the last 99 years. How cool would it be for this franchise to get to the World Series one year after their chief rivals....their last win being in 1908. No matter how much one hates the Cubbies, you gotta think this would be good for the game.
The only problem is....I can't stand Pinella.
SO..............Go Cards!!

Friday, February 02, 2007


Well, I changed the look of this site to clean it up...unfortunately, I lost all the ads and sitemeter at the bottom....gotta get that back.
Still, the look is cleaner and easier to read, I think.