Random Thoughts Rushing

Circle the wagons! I have had random thoughts rushing in from everywhere and I figured now would be as good a time to share them as any…


Here are a few of pet peeves I have about driving: The first one is the person who pulls out in front of me when I am just about on top of them and there is nobody behind me. I have to slam on my brakes to avoid crashing into them. I don’t understand why they couldn’t wait for me to go by.

This takes me to pet peeve number 2: The person who pulls across my lane when all they had to do is wait for me to pass by and it would have been clear to safely turn. It also seems like I see more big SUV’s and trucks exceeding the speed limit and pulling unsafe stunts and yet I observe that it’s the family van or car that gets stopped by the officers patrolling the highways.

This is my pet peeve number 3. Finally, I’ve said this before; I like people less when I am driving. Amazingly though, pet peeve number 4 is that I realize I dislike myself even more as I hear myself ranting and raving at these goofy drivers.


For two weekends in a row we had snow falling like we had not seen in the last 15 years. The first six inches were okay, but after that it became difficult to deal with from the stand point that my back is killing me and we now live in a community that requires us to keep our driveway and sidewalks clear.

Still I did my best to keep the area clear of the snow but it just kept falling. By the end of the first two days I was so racked with back, hip and leg pains that my wife, Mary sent me inside telling me she didn’t want me to do anymore.

But since my son didn’t have school due to closures, we went out and shoveled while Mary was at work. We even ventured out into the roadways just to assist stranded drivers stuck in the ice and snow. It’s the only way I know how to show him what to do and what is right in the face of adversity.


Over the last few days I have heard news stories and read articles and watched the talking heads comment about how the nearly 5,800 voting members of the Motion Picture Academy snubbed Mel Gibson’s “The Passion of the Christ.”

Please let me help you understand what has really happened. Mr. Gibson did not make this movie for the pleasure of the Academy or its award. He didn’t even submit the film for review or send DVD’s to voting members. “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal.” Matthew 6:19

What is of greater value is that Michael Moore’s film, “Fahrenheit 9/11” was not nominated. He spent a desperate amount of time campaigning for an ‘Oscar’ and the voting members couldn’t even see their way clear to toss him a bone. “As a dog returns to its vomit, so a fool repeats his folly.” Proverbs 26:11


My son Kyle and I were in one of those office supply stores when I discovered that some of his writing lessons from school were actually sticking. We were in the pen and pencil section and he was asking me to purchase him a couple of mechanical pencils for class. I wanted to know why as I pointed out the nice bright, yellow pencils with the number two lead and soft pink erasers.

He hit me with a three-point compare and contrast statement that took me by complete surprise.

Kyle brought home the fact that if he ran out of lead he could reload his mechanical pencil right at his desk without wasting time to go to the sharpener and back, he wouldn’t have to throw the pencil away should the eraser become completely worn away, it is replaceable and lastly he said with a completely straight face, “It also keeps me from chewing on the wood.”

I bought the mechanical pencils.

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