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Published: Wed, 21 Mar 2018 01:20:55 -0500


When I'm Beside Myself, I'm in Bad Company

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 09:38:11 -0500

In the beginning of the week the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage said, "On Thursday the girls and I will be going to St. Augustine for the day to visit thrift shops." It was spring break and so the girls did not have school. It was the perfect opportunity for an outing for them. "Do you think," she asked, "you'll be able to handle the day without me?" I laughed, but not too hard, and said, "I think so. Just go and have a wonderful time in St. Augustine." That was Monday and when Thursday came, I was drinking my morning coffee and my wife came in and said, "Well, it's time for us to go. Are you sure you'll be able to take care of yourself today?"

Can I Get An Amen?

Sat, 10 Mar 2018 11:59:29 -0600

An interesting aspect to people is their proclivity toward hypocrisy. By that I mean we say one thing but we really do not mean it or it does not really apply to us personally. I was complaining about this to the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage this past week. "Why is it," I said most curiously, "people really don't mean what they say?" She responded by saying, "I always mean what I say." Being the kind of husband that I am, I refused to contradict her reply. Therefore, I am not referring to her in these comments. People just don't say what they mean.

Wishing Can Be Hazardous to Your Health

Mon, 05 Mar 2018 14:58:24 -0600

The last several months have been rather busy with hardly a break anywhere. Sometimes the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage and I get so busy we forget about the necessity of taking a break every now and then. Soon one day becomes just like the last day. And tomorrow? Will be just like today. We did take a little break and went out for supper one evening at one of our favorite restaurants. This has become a rather rare occasion and so we tried to enjoy the moment as much as we could. We were chit chatting and enjoying our company as the waitress brought our food to us. It was a delicious meal and I was beginning to enjoy myself, maybe just a little too much.

That's How You Learn to Err

Wed, 28 Feb 2018 11:25:58 -0600

When my eldest son began to ride a bike, I used the "patent" my father used to teach me how to ride: inserting a broom stick between the rear luggage seat and the bicycle' body, in order to balance the rider. I was not the only parent who risked his back, huffed and puffed - and hurt his child's learning experience. When I sensed that the boy reached balance, I pulled out the broom stick and prayed he wouldn't crash.

A Legacy Video Costs HOW Much?

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 14:45:26 -0600

I had just begun editing my latest video biography project on a recent morning when the phone rang. I looped my headset over my right ear and hit the "talk" button. "Hello," I said. "Hi," said a gentleman on the other end of the line. "I've heard that legacy videos can cost in the thousands of dollars. Is that really true?"

Toss The "Stuff" - NOT The Stories

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 20:53:37 -0600

With Baby Boomers downsizing and younger generations shunning lots of possessions, the things that used to be family keepsakes are being donated to Goodwill, placed in consignment shops, sold to antique stores, or just tossed in the garbage - and the family history associated with them in being lost. This article offers a few tips for how to save those stories before tossing the "stuff."

Rescue Your Old Family Albums - Before It's Too Late

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 20:53:34 -0600

Your old family photo albums are treasures! This article offers some tips on how you can preserve your photographic family history legacies for generations to come.

Choosing Your Video Biography Playback Options

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 20:53:31 -0600

Most of the work that goes into creating a legacy video is the work that's needed to, well, create the video. Once the program is finished, your personal legacy video can be delivered in any number of ways. This article describes some of the most popular options currently available.

Oh, Dem Golden Tones Of Silence

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 09:04:30 -0600

Last Saturday evening the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage and Yours Truly were reclining on the living room sofa enjoying our evening cup of coffee. It is a wonderful way to unwind after a week of activity. No matter how hectic the week was, a few quiet moments with a cup of Joe can put everything in perspective. After an extended time of silence my wife spoke. "Listen. Do you hear that?" "Hear what?" I enquired. "That. Don't you hear it?" The smile on her face indicated that what she was hearing was rather pleasing.

A Bug on the Plate Is Worth How Much?

Sat, 10 Feb 2018 09:10:12 -0600

Did you ever have a smile on your face that no matter what you did you could not wipe it off? Well, that is quite a regular occurrence with me. But this past week was a "smile-on-the-face" to beat all "smiles-on-the-face." My only regret is that I did not do a Selfie. It all began in the morning when I suggested that we go out for lunch for a pre-Valentine's Day celebration. Sometimes with our schedule we cannot celebrate a celebration on that celebration day. Of course, the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage responded in the positive. "You," she said rather sarcastically, "will be picking up the check?" "It's the least," I said in response, "I can do for your Valentine's Day present." Smilingly she said, "It sure is the least thing you could do."

Where Do Suicides Go?

Mon, 05 Feb 2018 15:23:35 -0600

We shall now create a typical example of what happens to a person who commits suicide for one reason or the other. It does not actually matter the cause, but the results are similar. Let us take a case of a jilted lover.

3 Easy Steps for Making Your Home A Sanctuary

Fri, 02 Feb 2018 21:20:38 -0600

Do you feel overwhelmed by the stress of your daily life, the fast moving pace of modern technology, rapid changing workforce, overload of information, and an unstable economy? Do you go home every day completely exhausted, but are not able to fully relax or be re-energized in your own home? Is your home a chaotic mess? Are you craving tranquility & peacefulness in your home? If this is you, this article may be just the information you need to get inspired & make the changes necessary for Making Your Home A Sanctuary in 3 Easy Steps!

When Should You Start a Family?

Tue, 30 Jan 2018 10:21:23 -0600

Many women wonder when it will be the best time to start a family. The truth is, you really cannot just pick an age and determine that it is the best age. This is just simply not the case.

The Blessings of a Family

Mon, 29 Jan 2018 15:11:48 -0600

What does Family really mean? In a world where troubled people exist in your life on a daily basis, who is Family?

What Time Is It Really?

Sun, 28 Jan 2018 11:58:46 -0600

Time is a strange thing, if you ask me. Even though I wear a wristwatch every day, most of the time I do not know what time it really is. And for that matter, how important is time? It came to me in a strange way this past week. I went to bed as normal in the evening. Once we had the grandchildren over and I discovered the difference between grandchildren and grandparents. Grandchildren try to come up with as many excuses not to go to bed while grandparents come up with excuses to go to bed early. I thought I was having a wonderful time sleeping when all of a sudden I began hearing strange noises and I could not figure out what it was. I thought I was just dreaming. Then there was an explosion in the bedroom and I jumped out of bed and noticed it was the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage who had turned on the light and was saying, "Come on and get up. We don't want to be late."

Why Families Are Crumbling

Thu, 25 Jan 2018 14:47:13 -0600

The old and conservative concept of family is fast crumbling before our very eyes. In the olden days, families consist of what today may conveniently be called the family lumps, a concept that still retains come relevance in the African concept of Kinship. But in the so-called advanced world, it is as good as gone.

Memories of My Father

Thu, 25 Jan 2018 09:06:23 -0600

It has been five years since my father passed away. Five years in which life has changed in so many ways.

A Luxury Down Comforter, The Ultimate Insulator For This Arctic Winter

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 07:21:44 -0600

During this extreme weather, you might be wondering which is the best way to keep warm, especially in bed. There are so many choices and it can be confusing.

Stifled Confidence

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 08:46:06 -0600

Self-confidence is very important in ones life. It grows naturally as we grow up. But along the way, they are halted to develop maturely because of certain family upbringing that is a blockage to its growth. They can still be rescued. For as long as we live, there's always hope for it to grow.

Back in the Saddle Again, And Again

Sun, 07 Jan 2018 17:26:55 -0600

This is not my first rodeo when it comes to New Years. I have ridden this Bronco so many times I cannot remember how many. Well, I can remember, but I am not going to let that slip. Something to do with a New Year's Resolution. Back in the days of youth, I used to stay up to watch the New Year's Eve ball drop. Now, I see so many people drop the ball during the year that I don't want to see another one on New Year's Eve. I've seen enough of that. At my stage in life, health is more important than watching something I have seen a thousand times before. The Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage agrees with me on this issue. It is one of the few issues that we agree on so why should I mess with it.

The Family Orange

Fri, 29 Dec 2017 07:16:58 -0600

I love looking at the fresh produce at the grocery store. Often I have been enticed by large, beautiful oranges and then am disappointed to find that what I have purchased is mostly peel! You can't eat the peel but it does serve to protect the fruit that lives inside of it.

How to Mess Up Your Children

Fri, 29 Dec 2017 07:16:28 -0600

So often adults use the adage "Do as I say - not as I do" and then wonder why their children have problems while growing up and when they become adults. Your bad habits and theirs can continue on for decades and even down to the fourth and fifth generation. It is therefore important to look in the mirror, do a self-inventory and make changes before you create a monstrous situation.

The Year Slipped Into the Silence of the Night

Sat, 23 Dec 2017 18:35:06 -0600

No time in the year is busier than the Christmas holiday season. Under normal circumstances, it would not be too bad, except for the fact that the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage is in charge. Not complaining, mind you, but she is in charge 365 days out of the year. Her battery never runs down and never needs charging. I am glad she is like that because it gives me less to do during such busy holiday times. She knows exactly what she is going to do and how she is going to do it and when she is going to do it. My job during the holiday season is to Stay Out Of Her Way. However, the hustle and the bustle of the holiday season is over and for a minute or two, we can relax. I never know when that time comes. Like I got up early the other morning and heard from the other side of the bed, "What are you getting up for? Don't you know Christmas is over?"

Friends or Family - A Risky Gamble

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 14:05:11 -0600

Remember as a teenager you would probably ask your parent(s) to "borrow" money to go to the mall, movies or purchase something you admired for what seemed like forever. With this request, you probably were greeted with responses like: 'I will give you some of the money, but you must earn the rest' or 'How are you going to pay me back the money you are borrowing". I am not sure why the word borrow was often used but let's be real, how often did you really pay your parents back.

Nice Is a Matter of Perspective

Sat, 02 Dec 2017 11:14:36 -0600

Sitting in the living room the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage and me were enjoying some hot apple cider tea and listening to some Christmas music. The song came that referred to Santa's nice list and naughty list. I was not paying too much of attention, but somebody else in the room was. "Do you think you are on," my wife said rather sarcastically, "Santa's nice list or naughty list?" I always get trapped by such questions. I have been married long enough to know that questions are not posed to get an answer, but rather to get someone in trouble, mainly me. I did not want to answer that question and I didn't know how to get away from it. Suddenly the answer came to me.

Layer Your Bed

Mon, 27 Nov 2017 09:16:50 -0600

The mood of the bedroom starts with the bed. Your bed is typically the largest piece of furniture in your bedroom and therefore your eye is automatically drawn there first. Here is where your personal taste can take on a flare of it's own. Your decorating begins with the bed.

Black Friday Always Results in Red Monday

Sat, 25 Nov 2017 16:24:36 -0600

I'm not sure who come up with this term "Black Friday" but I am definitely not for it. To me, Black Friday is rather devious and I know the only purpose is to get their teeth into my money, which is a sacred area to me. When it comes to shopping, I certainly am not a fan. I really do not like shopping. I get nervous when I'm in the shopping mall, start sweating and have to leave and sit in my car for at least half an hour to regain composure. I have many interests and passions in life, but trust me, shopping is not one of them. I can live my whole life without ever shopping. On the other side of our residence, it is a different story.

When Your World Falls Apart!

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 15:12:45 -0600

Sometimes things don't go to plan! I have been planning my future for years. When my friend and partner and I retired we would buy a house in Spain and a caravan for summer months in England when the climate became too hot. The day came when we found a beautiful 3 bedroom house where we spent last winter. What a mild winter, beautiful sunny beaches, virtually deserted, sand and sea stretching for miles. Meals on the patio it was all great. Then disaster struck I tripped and fell when walking and fractured my knee. In time this healed and we returned to our caravan in England where we were enjoying doing the garden and more sunny days. My desire to ovoid cold winters was a success.

What Is a Bed Skirt and Why Would You Want One?

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 09:05:04 -0600

A sometimes forgotten piece of your bed linen is the bed skirt. While your eye may not be directed immediately to the bottom of your bed, you may eventually notice that there is in place the bed skirt - or that there isn't one. If there isn't one, you will see the legs of the bed and when the covers are pulled back you will see the box springs under the mattress as well.

Poor As I Am, All I Can Give Is Thanks

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 18:19:25 -0600

It was a pre-Thanksgiving evening and the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage and I were enjoying some hot cider tea. Nothing goes down quite as nice as a hot cider tea. It was rather a quiet evening and I happened to glance over at my wife and saw her staring into space as it were. It concerned me because I knew that's what she did when she was thinking about something. The problem that faced me was simply this. Was she thinking about me or something else? If it's me, I'm probably in trouble. If it's something else, I'm probably in trouble. No matter which side of the fence I'm on, I'm in trouble.

Each Day Is A Gift

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 10:47:41 -0600

What we need to be thankful for. The gifts we are given in our life are sometimes never appreciated.

As The Cookie Crumbles, So Do My Excuses

Sun, 12 Nov 2017 08:43:06 -0600

Several weeks ago, I was at home alone when the doorbell rang. I answered the door to find representatives from a local Girl Scout troop doing what they do so well; selling Girl Scout cookies. The Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage was not home so danger was not lurking behind the living room curtains. When Girl Scouts come selling cookies, I am cookie dough in their fund-raising hands. "Hello, mister," they chimed, "We're selling cookies to raise money for... " I immediately interrupted and exclaimed, "Yes, yes, I'll take all you have!" When the passion of the moment passed, I did not need a fortune cookie to know I was going to be in big trouble with the wife, one tough cookie. Catching me with my hand in the cookie jar is serious business with her.

This Fall Was a Major Trip for Me

Sat, 04 Nov 2017 09:55:21 -0500

This past week the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage said to me rather casually, "I guess you know today is November?" She's always joking with me and I assumed this was one of her jokes. "You can't fool me," I said quite sarcastically, "I know it's October." With that, she led me to the refrigerator where she had a calendar and pointed to me that today was the first day of November.

Is the Whole World Crazy or Is It Just Me?

Sun, 29 Oct 2017 09:52:33 -0500

Driving across town the other day I was nearly hit by four different vehicles. One ran a stop sign, another swerved in front of me and almost hit me and I'm sure the other two were on their cell phones. After a while I begin to think my life was at risk here. I decided to drop into a little coffee shop and cool my heels a little bit. I ordered some coffee, took a table in the corner and just reflected on my day. Why is it, I thought to myself, do people drive so crazy? How do they get a driver's license? Reflecting a little more upon the subject it dawned on me that it is not limited to people driving on the highway. People are just simply crazy.

Dysfunctional Families - Reasons, Culprits and Innocent Sufferers

Tue, 24 Oct 2017 08:46:55 -0500

Ignorance and lack of patience can result in making a family dysfunctional. There can be a number of people involved in doing so. Whatever the reasons are, children suffer a lot even without doing anything.

Why Are Some Older Women Homeless?

Mon, 23 Oct 2017 07:08:30 -0500

It seems that many older women are now homeless making up a large percentage of street dwellers. One has to ask why? The answer, however, is rather obvious.

Have You Seen My Glasses? And Other Trick Questions

Sat, 21 Oct 2017 18:19:58 -0500

The only person who asks more questions than a lawyer is the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage. I am not saying that questions are bad, at least not all of them. What I am saying is, some questions can be trick questions. To know the difference between a legitimate question and a trick question takes years of practicing being a husband. If the husband learns anything in his marriage, it is this. I know people ask questions in order to get information. Not all people ask a question in order to get information. Some people ask questions in order to trick somebody into saying something that is compromising.

How Does One Help the Homeless?

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 06:59:28 -0500

A strange thing happened to me a few days ago. A lady put a post on my face book page that just said "brrrr, it's 40 degrees here now." Jokingly I said it was also 40 degrees in Australia in some parts, as that is the difference between Celsius and Fahrenheit.

Why Did I Get Up This Morning?

Sun, 15 Oct 2017 20:02:27 -0500

All day long, I've had this burning question in my mind. One of those questions you just cannot shake and as the day progressed, it loomed larger and larger until I had to address it. Personally, I would like to have addressed it, put a stamp on it and send it to Timbuktu. I just do not know the ZIP code. It all began first thing in the morning. Some days try to trick you into thinking it's going to be a good day by starting the day off perfect. Such was not the case with this day.

The Three Risks You Need To Protect Your Family From

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 07:25:10 -0500

Let's face it, there are some things in life that can happen that we have very little control over. And because of this it is imperative that we are prepared for any of the following risks because our family is counting on us.

The Front Porch

Mon, 09 Oct 2017 13:19:55 -0500

The Front Porch has been a gathering place for family and friends for generations. The faces and the styles may have changed through the years, but the continues to be the favorite room in the house.

Personal Alarms - How Can Something So Small As A Personal Alarm Be So Helpful?

Sat, 07 Oct 2017 17:43:58 -0500

Personal Alarms are small, inexpensive devices that come in many shapes and colors but they all do the same thing - they all emit a very loud, annoying sound that will scare any potential attacker as well as attract attention, even if the people are not in the exact vicinity. Everyone today has a cell phone and many people want to get any type of excitement on video so they'll generally come. So what are some of the uses for a Personal Alarm? Let's look at a few.

Home From Home or Reverse Cultural Shock Syndrome

Fri, 06 Oct 2017 08:31:28 -0500

If you have ever lived abroad for an extended period of time, and returned to your home country, you know exactly what I'm talking about. There is a little dark secret hidden behind the 'coming home' announcement. Have you ever experienced the feeling of not really knowing where home is?

As High As an Elephant's Eye

Tue, 03 Oct 2017 13:34:50 -0500

I have been taking corn for granted for my entire life and never gave it much thought beyond my appetite for it. I was kind of crushed a few weeks ago when my doctor put me on a 30-day diet that excluded corn. But, I put my shoulder to the wheel and I went hard at it. I was delighted when I was able to finish that diet in just 3 days and 11 hours. I was so happy to get back to that ear of white corn on the cob at dinner that night.

One Good Deed Deserves A Kick In The Pants

Sun, 01 Oct 2017 10:54:34 -0500

Have you ever had the feeling that any good deed you try is counteracted by a good swift kick in the pants? I recently grabbed a quick lunch at a local restaurant. I don't like eating at fast food restaurants, but, occasionally, I don't have much choice. Then, once in the restaurant the menu doesn't give me much choice, either. I ordered my lunch and settled at a corner table. About halfway through my lunch an older couple took the table next to me. Being a "people watcher," which is a fancy way of saying, "I'm nosy," I watched this couple out of the corner of my eye. I noticed right away the woman got her things situated immediately. Not so with the man.

If I Am Lucky in Life

Fri, 29 Sep 2017 10:28:12 -0500

If I am lucky in life, then I must be even luckier in love. According to most couples, marriage is hard work. They always stress how it needs constant attention and maintenance. Perhaps all these hard-working married people are orchids - fragile, temperamental, and require optimal conditions in which to grow. If so, then my husband and I must be weeds. We are hearty, stable, and extremely low maintenance.

Family Devotion

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 10:31:15 -0500

FAMILY DEVOTION reveals some of the benefits of coming together to have fellowship with God. It encourages families to set out time to study the word of God and pray.

Normal Isn't All It's Cracked Up to Be

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 18:30:04 -0500

"Well," the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage sighed rather deeply, "now that the hurricane is over I guess we can all get back to normal." When she said "normal," she looked at me and gave me one of "those looks." I am very much confused when it comes to this idea of normal. What in the world is normal? Often when we go out somewhere she says, "Please try to act normal tonight." For me, normal is just the way I act. Furthermore, I am not acting.

Those Annoying Sounds of Silence

Sat, 16 Sep 2017 09:21:59 -0500

It was in the 60s when Simon and Garfunkel recorded their famous song, "The Sounds of Silence." I must confess that I do enjoy what I know of as "The Sounds of Silence." Nothing is more relaxing than sitting back with a cup of coffee and enjoying the silence as it whistled by. This has become a rather infrequent period for me. I love the silence and I enjoy the peace and quiet it brings. The problem is, silence can be taken too far. Recently, we were the target of a ferocious hurricane who tried to have her way with us. She snorted, huffed, puffed and stomped her way up through the state of Florida. As it turned out, although there was a tremendous amount of damage, it was not as bad as expected. That is something we can thank God for.

My Sneeze Is No Gentle Breeze

Sat, 09 Sep 2017 10:27:47 -0500

It has been days (or has it been years) since I have enjoyed a sneeze free day. The Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage told me it is simply that time of the year and I should learn to deal with it. "After all," she opined, "you're not going to die." That news was not quite encouraging, because it was the hope of dying keeping me alive so far. If my brain was functioning anywhere half-decent, (and I can't remember a time it has) I probably could remember when I felt worse. However, it does not matter how I have felt in the past it is how I'm feeling right now that really matters. I have gone through a million boxes of tissues this past week. I would not mind an occasional sneeze every now and then. For example I could live with a simple "aah-choo," and be done with it. But, oh no, my nose has different ideas about the whole thing.

My Loving Sister and The Joy She Brought to Our World

Thu, 31 Aug 2017 07:03:40 -0500

She was born to be special in the eyes of those she touched. The youngest of four siblings she shared her love with all of us equally. From the time she arrived in our midst with her long black curls and brown eyes there was joy in abundance, even through the worst of times.

I Didn't Win $750 Million

Sun, 27 Aug 2017 11:19:53 -0500

During a recent lottery shindig, everybody was watching to see who was going to win all that money. Even I got all caught up in the excitement and was on the edge of my seat too. "Why," the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage said, "are you so interested in that lottery?" "Well," I said as soberly as possible, "what if I win all that money? Wouldn't that be tremendous?" Then I flashed a gracious million-dollar smile at her. She just stared at me, rolled her eyes and walked away. As she was walking away, she mumbled something like, "You gotta pay if you're gonna win." Oh yeah, I thought to myself. I am sitting in my chair wondering what in the world I would do with all that money if I actually would win it when in reality I am not even playing the lottery. I just got all caught up with the idea of winning money.

Easing the Transition Into Fall

Sun, 27 Aug 2017 11:05:59 -0500

The days are getting shorter, the cicadas are singing and the back to school sale coupons are arriving daily - all signals that the "lazy" days of summer are soon coming to an end. Hopefully the summer has provided opportunity to slow down a bit and break away from the tight schedules during the rest of the year.

Sights and Sounds of Summer

Thu, 24 Aug 2017 07:55:37 -0500

This evening as I was catching up on paperwork I heard an owl hoot and knew it was time for me to take a break. As I walked out the front door and took a short walk toward the place I thought the sound was coming from I was greeted with other sounds of summer.

Finding Balance in an Unbalanced World

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 20:54:05 -0500

Summer is a great time to decompress and enjoy a somewhat slower pace than the rest of the year. Children are out of school and many of us go on vacation during these warmer months.

Celebration Has Become a Way of Life for Me

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 10:44:28 -0500

I have just celebrated my birthday, my wife's birthday and our wedding anniversary. I am not sure how old I am or how long we have been married and I won't even go to my wife's age. I'm old enough to know better. I have long past the idea of candles on my birthday cake representing one candle per year. The fire department will not give us a permit to do that. Someone asked me how long we have been married and without even thinking, I said, "Forever." Once that word danced out of my lips I knew I was in trouble with the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage. One look from her, and I knew that my forever had ended.

The Endless Flow of Ink

Sun, 13 Aug 2017 11:03:52 -0500

This past week I had my yearly visit with my doctor. Believe me, it was no vacation but it did vacate the cash in my wallet. It was not the loss I needed at the time. It is amazing about my doctor. He knows the exact cash I have in my wallet at any given time. More amazing, everything he does for me is covered by that cash in my wallet. One time I try to hide a five spot in my wallet, but to no avail. The doctor knew it was there, somehow, I'm not sure how. Most doctors are experts in the area of extraction. Mostly, the extraction of cash from their patients. That may be what they learn in medical school, I'm not too sure. My doctor ordered me to come in the next day for a blood test and the nurse came in to prepare me. One thing she said was I needed to fast before coming to the doctor's office the next day.

A Discount by Any Other Name

Sat, 05 Aug 2017 09:56:44 -0500

I find too often I get all caught up with the busyness of life that I forget some things. For example, last week the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage and I had birthdays. Our birthdays are only two days apart, which is convenient for me. My birthday is first, and if my wife gets me anything for my birthday, it reminds me I need to get something for her birthday two days later. I could not plan it out any better had I tried. We celebrated our birthdays, I know which one I was celebrating but I'm not allowed to mention the one my wife was celebrating. I did that once, but I learned my lesson and I will never, ever do it, ever again. Did I mention ever?

Special Occasions

Sun, 30 Jul 2017 20:02:23 -0500

Every day of one's life is important but there are four that I believe have particular significance. 1. Birth - On the day you are born, your whole family tree was altered.

As Summers Go, This One Is Going

Sat, 29 Jul 2017 12:30:18 -0500

During my high school career I was no thespian, however, I could act the fool when called upon. My friend was the thespian and starred in our senior high school play, "Finian's Rainbow." One of the musical numbers was, "When I'm not near the girl I love, I love the girl I'm near." I have altered this title a little to fit my own needs. My version goes, "When I'm not in the season I love, I love the season I'm in." It is a wonderful motto and has solved quite a few problems down the years. Just don't ask me to sing it for you. I can, but you do not want to hear it... believe me. At my age I have learned a thing or two. One of the things I have learned is that you might as well be content where you are at because that is where you are. All these people that are jumpy and nervous because they are not exactly where they want to be, waste a lot of precious time and energy.

The Warmth of a Loved One

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 08:16:03 -0500

When one is away from someone you love it is strange how you can not even miss them that much. Then you come together again and instantly there is a warmth that only happens in the presence of a dear one. That happened to me recently when visiting my brother whom I had not seen for 2 years.

It Is Only For A Season

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 14:36:08 -0500

There is always light at the end of the tunnel they say! I hear people say keep driving through the storm! The sun is going to shine. Look for the rainbow at the end.

Reluctantly Related: Mom-In-Law V/S Daughter-In-Law

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 10:15:01 -0500

We have often come across this layman saying - God sent an angel in the form of a Mother and a devil in the form of a Mother-in-Law... I mean no offense to the latter set of parent however, there are times that this particular saying makes me wonder- why are we unbiased in so many ways to our mom-in-laws... For many of us the reasons are obvious - they are biased towards us, since we are daughter-in-laws. But isn't it vice versa because they are a mom-in-laws!

The Amazing Wonder of AGE

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 11:04:26 -0500

I have just celebrated my recent birthday. By now, it is getting to be old business for me. Just another day of the year to celebrate something, which just happens to be my birthday. I believe that if it is my birthday, I should be able to celebrate whatever birthday I want to celebrate. You are only as old as you celebrate. I am not embarrassed at how old I am, I just sometimes cannot remember the exact figure. Some of my friends are rather legalistic along this line and are demanding the exact number of my birthday. Is it really that important? Does it really matter how old you are?

Showing Thankfulness - How to Express Words of Gratitude

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 09:35:57 -0500

I have oftentimes realize that it is the little things that mean so much to us! We often long and yearn for this big white house with the picket fence while someone else just wants a little small home with love! We often fail to show our appreciation for what we have.

Go Ahead, Call Me If You Dare

Sat, 15 Jul 2017 10:49:13 -0500

I don't think it was in the mind of Dr. Bell when he invented the telephone for people like me to be harassed by people who are only after my money. Don't get me wrong here. The telephone has been a great blessing to many people. But lately, the wrong people have my number. It finally came to a head this past week. At least as far as I was concerned. The Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage and I had a very busy week and by Thursday we had accomplished a lot, or at least we thought we had. We had lunch with a very good friend and enjoyed ourselves tremendously.

In Loving Contemplation

Mon, 10 Jul 2017 08:53:23 -0500

Today I find myself thinking how blessed I am and that my children are an inexplicable gift from God. I remember a lot of little things about my enchanting daughter, which I am afraid will fade away like sand through my fingers if too much time passes. Haven't you ever loved someone so much that every minute that has passed with them is like a wisp of smoke in the air that you can see but cannot bring back?

Did I Just Blow My Cover?

Sat, 08 Jul 2017 10:48:02 -0500

Life has been rather good to me in many respects. The Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage and I are a wonderful team and have been for so many years; I'm not allowed to say how many. As a team, she can fix anything and I can break anything. That certainly goes hand-in-hand with life. No matter what I can break, she can fix. This has made life rather good. Throughout life, I have gone under the ruse that when it comes to fixing things I am all thumbs and no fingers. I cannot seem to fix anything. Of course, if it can be fixed with a hammer I might try. When anything goes wrong in our house, I offer to fix it and my wife steps in most gallantly and retires me to my easy chair.

I Was Just Thinking

Sat, 01 Jul 2017 09:02:26 -0500

Thinking is not my strong suit by any stretch of the imagination. Every time I start thinking, I either get a headache or get into trouble. I'm not sure which is worse, the headache or the trouble. In my normal pursuit of life, thinking sits in the backseat. If there is an emergency, thinking may come forward and help out. However, in the meantime, thinking is not something I like to do on a regular basis.

To Stink, or Not to Stink, That Is the Question

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 09:35:57 -0500

I don't mind questions as long as I'm asking the question. Otherwise I'm in a turmoil.

Can Two Walk Together, Except They Are Going to the Same Store?

Sat, 17 Jun 2017 13:25:42 -0500

Vacations are wonderful. It enable you to get away, but, there are some things you can't get away from.

Why the Stinkin Thinkin

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 20:43:36 -0500

Crickets chirping in the weeds, lightning bugs flickering in the nighttime sky and the always present moths gathered around porch lights all combined with whispers, giggles and childish pranks to get attention. This was summer in America, when time slowed and children stared at fluffy clouds imagining what they could become. This was summer before computers or video games; children played ball across the neighbors yards, helped with the lawn and eagerly planned bike trips and visits to the community pool. Front porches were an important part of American history then. It's where parents stood to call the children in, best friends huddled and families shouted greetings from.

How Much Should You Pay Your Sitter?

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 10:56:11 -0500

It used to be so simple. Your mom might have paid the neighbor girl a few dollars to keep an eye on a house full of kids while she and your dad went off for an evening on their own. Of course, some grown kids today might remember being left with a particularly negligent sitter who talked on the phone, munched on everything in the refrigerator and ordered the kids out of her sight. How did we all survive those reckless days?

Idaho Bound

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 15:12:26 -0500

While you are reading this, I will be in the mountains of Idaho. (At least that's the plan). As you likely know already, I have a strong interest in genealogy.

101 Bail Bonds - Going Along for the Ride

Fri, 09 Jun 2017 07:45:16 -0500

Your life is constantly influenced by the choices you make and the people you associate with. Going along for the ride was not the right choice in this instance.

Things I Hope My Nephew Knows While Growing Up

Wed, 07 Jun 2017 09:12:19 -0500

Growing up in this crazy world can be tough. We all rely on family to help us through it.

The Reasons Why Family Is Important In Life

Tue, 06 Jun 2017 08:19:13 -0500

Family is important because it provides love, support and a framework of values to each of its members. Family members teach each other, serve one another and share life's joys and sorrows.

Make Meaning Out of Mealtimes

Fri, 02 Jun 2017 14:31:54 -0500

Are you looking to build closeness in your family? Do you want to improve communication with your children and spouse? Eating together as a family can help! Learn how to start and sustain eating together as a family, and learn the benefits of doing so.

Blazing Through Fear

Wed, 31 May 2017 08:25:00 -0500

Ten years ago, my home burned. Nothing spectacular: just a dryer that overheated and caught my clothes on fire. An event that took less than an hour changed every minute of my existence. I've moved five times since that fiery morning.

Is the Digital Generation Going to Be Smarter or Dumber?

Mon, 29 May 2017 10:31:09 -0500

What do you think about the title question? We need to strive for a balance for our new generation. Look inside to find out what I mean.

Planning a Family Reunion in Texas? Try These 5 Bright Ideas

Thu, 25 May 2017 07:15:12 -0500

Nothing makes for a ton of fun like having a good, old-fashioned family reunion. While to some people the idea of a reunion may seem a bit antiquated, in this "go-go" world of today, being able to get together with your family once a year is a nice way to connect with the ones you love and hold dear.

Where Do You Look When She's Lost Her Voice?

Sat, 20 May 2017 09:08:05 -0500

It has been a quiet week at the parsonage. Far quieter than usual. I cannot remember a time when it was quieter. If silence is golden, the week glowed with a yellow brilliance. Have you ever noticed when you lose something, it is always in the last place you look? I could save a lot of time, not to mention energy, if I would look for that lost item in the last place first. Back to the sounds of silence in the parsonage. When the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage awoke from her beauty sleep on Monday morning, she discovered sometime during the night she lost her voice. It was a strange sensation that bears repeating - often.

Martyn Lloyd-Jones - Growing Up!

Thu, 18 May 2017 14:43:09 -0500

David Martyn Lloyd-Jones was born on 20th December 1899 into this land which had experienced a spiritual roller-coaster ride for many years. Born in Cardiff, South Wales, the first ten years of his life were quite uneventful...

The Danish Lifestyle

Wed, 17 May 2017 20:34:55 -0500

The Danish lifestyle is so different from ours. They live life simpler, less stressed, and without over-consuming. Perhaps these are some one of the reasons why we are unhappy and unhealthy. We need to step back and create a lifestyle that is not only manageable but one that will help us to be the best that we can and to be as relaxed as we can be as well. So, what are the secrets to the Danish way of life? In this article, I will examine ten aspects of the Danish lifestyle that we would be smart to emulate in order for us to feel happier and healthier. In this article, I outline ten things that create a Danish lifestyle.

101 Bail Bonds - Jailed for the Holidays

Sun, 14 May 2017 13:07:21 -0500

It would be wise not to underestimate the listening abilities of your neighbors. They could be the ones who make the call that result in handcuffs being slapped on your wrists.

My Advice: Twice Is Just As Nice

Sat, 13 May 2017 16:11:18 -0500

Nothing is more important to a blissful marriage than finding a point of agreement. Every veteran husband knows if he wants to change his wife's mind about anything, just agree with her. It is amazing how this works. The technical name for this is "re-wife psychology." The Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage and I have been married since 1971 and have not had a serious argument or disagreement. (She does not allow me to talk back.) We have had rough times, but not with each other. We have survived nine congregations, 19 homes, three children with nine grandchildren and all without compromising our relationship. My sanity is another issue.

Child Abuse: Do Some People Need To Live In Denial In Order To Get On With Their Parents?

Tue, 09 May 2017 21:15:12 -0500

If one was to think about their parents, they may find that they start to feel good. What this can then show is that they have a good relationship with them, and this could be how it has always been.

You Can't Have Your Cake and Eat It Too

Sat, 06 May 2017 12:45:27 -0500

I was waiting in line at the grocery store minding my own business, which is a full-time job these days. I have worked hard over the years to master this "minding my own business." I have not been all that successful, but I still try. As I was standing in line I heard the woman behind me say, "Johnny, you can't have your cake and eat it too." I did not know the background story because I did not hear the whole conversation. When I heard that my mind took me back to those thrilling days of yesteryear when my parents, both of them addicted to this phrase, said to me, "You can't have your cake and eat it too." I cannot remember the reasons that this phrase kept popping up in my parents' conversation. But I never could figure out what in the world they were talking about.

101 Bail Bonds - The Late Night Text

Wed, 03 May 2017 07:05:44 -0500

Every parent dreads a collect phone call in the middle of the night from one of their children. Hearts sink, anxiety escalates, and the worrying begins. Here's a story from the 101 bail bond tales.

A Black Eye Causes A Quandary of the First Order

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 10:07:35 -0500

I found myself in a quandary recently through no fault of mine. And yet, I'm not able to prove it. This is the most discouraging thing. I know it was not my fault, but nobody will believe me. Through the years, I have adopted a certain nocturnal procedure. When I get up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom I keep my eyes closed. There is a very simple reason for this. One, I know exactly where I am going, so I don't need to open my eyes. Two, I do not want my body to know that I'm awake. I want to fool my body into believing I'm asleep. I used to do what everybody else does. Get up, open my eyes and go to the bathroom. However, whenever I did, my body thought I was up for the night and try as I might, I could not convince my body to go back to sleep until I made one trip to the kitchen, and you know what that meant. Exactly... the refrigerator. This kitchen appliance holds no appeal for me, but I do enjoy the contents. Moreover, my body knows this only too well.

Life Does Have Its Compensations - Occasionally

Sat, 15 Apr 2017 10:29:12 -0500

At times, it seems as if there is absolutely no justice in this world, and then something wonderful happens making up for almost everything. This past week I was fortunate enough to experience one of those rare jewels of life. I must say not all weeks are like this. My weeks usually range from bad to worse to when will this ever stop? A normal week for me is when I take two steps forward and get run over by a car. Or, just when I think I'm caught up, I discover I've been working on last week's to-do list. Not that I'm complaining because complaining never gets anywhere in life. At least, no place I want to go. A man who complains aloud is a man who is not married. Wives have a way of turning their husband's complaining into "Well, its your own fault." It's amazing how this one phrase can cover a multitude of sins.

I Always Wanted to Be a CRUCIVERBALIST

Wed, 05 Apr 2017 15:01:43 -0500

One of my earliest recollections of my father is looking up at him at the kitchen table working his daily crossword puzzle. It was a daily routine that never varied over the entire time I was growing up and living at home. Even later visits at Mom and Dad's home always included that somber ritual, around which all other schedules for the day revolved.

Embrace Hygge Like Happy Norweigans

Tue, 04 Apr 2017 14:39:32 -0500

Norway was just named the happiest country in the world. Why are they so darn happy and what exactly is hygge?

All My Friends Are Getting Old

Sun, 02 Apr 2017 10:33:22 -0500

Getting old seems to be a long and slow process. The longer it goes the older you get. I didn't really think I was getting old until a few weeks ago I was visiting with some friends from high school. You know those old high school friends that you had fun with when you were young enough to have fun? And oh boy, what fun we had. A sharp difference exists between being young and being old. You have to get old to really understand the difference because when you are young you do not have enough time to think. That's the problem with young people today. So many things to do and so much technology they do not have any time left over to think.

Would You Like A Burp With That Hiccup?

Sat, 18 Mar 2017 08:06:49 -0500

Looking at the alarm clock by my bedside, it clearly read 2:37 a.m. The loud buzzing sound was not in my head after all. Who in the world could be calling me at this hour of the night? I grumbled to myself, sat straight up in bed and gasped. An emergency! Someone's in the hospital! Someone has died! All kinds of such thoughts danced through my sluggish brain as I reached for the telephone.

You May Actually Not Be Able to Go Home Again After All

Tue, 14 Mar 2017 08:16:51 -0500

When you first venture out into the world as a fresh eighteen-year-old kid, the world seems massive and full of wonder. Even the general lack of familiarity you have with a new town's roads is enough to elicit visions of foreign lands & worlds unknown. Things have changed, and you find out rather quickly that if you are not ready to adapt to these changes, you are liable to get left behind & seen as nothing more than some out-of-town rube.

Top O' The Morning To Ya

Mon, 06 Mar 2017 13:37:47 -0600

I gave myself two Christmas presents in December. One was an upright freezer which I love. The other was a DNA kit.

The Look of Angels

Fri, 03 Mar 2017 07:07:15 -0600

The authors reaction after observing the actions of a young person with Downs Syndrome in Church. It made me think of how, who and why this affliction is present today in our society. A wonderful, warm feeling after watching the eyes of this unique person in adoration.

Taking Care of Your House

Thu, 02 Mar 2017 07:54:00 -0600

Eliminate Odors from Your Home and household tips. Some useful tips to help with little problems at home.

I'll Do It First Thing Tomorrow

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 16:40:50 -0600

You would think being a husband as long as I have been I would have learned the fine art of negotiating with my wife. And trust me, it is an artistic creation. When I got married, somebody told me that marriage was a 50-50 proposition, which being the na?ve young man that I was, believed it entirely. The problem I have discovered is that 50 from a man's point of view may not necessarily be 50 from a woman's point of view. If I knew then what I know now, I would have asked that person to define what they meant by 50. Through the years, I discovered that at times it is a 25-75 split. Other times it is a 0-100. Nobody can be 100% right all the time unless of course they are married to a husband.