Wednesday, February 26, 2014

All the Insanity

Many states now are going into legislature on gay rights.  Gay marriage is the big topic here in Indiana.  I really don't care what sexual orientation a person is.  Does it really matter?  If people are nice to me, I am nice to them, gay or straight!  I have relatives that are gay.  I have many gay friends.  We all get along.  I think they should have the same rights as straight people do.  Two gay people living in a house together, whether married or not, if they share the mortgage, expenses, and their income, they should have the same tax breaks as straight couples do.  And so on, and so on!
I was watching TV today and there were two gay men talking.  One man was trying out "straight" life, was very unhappy.  His friend finally told him, and the conversation went something like this: (not word for word, my memory isn't that good!)
"You are made in the image of God.  God put you here just as you are.  Just as he did every other person, plant animal, fish and fowl...and gay person.  He loves all of his creation.  God doesn't make mistakes, so you know he loves you, too."
After hearing that, I thought how true this is.  God loves us all, no matter what race, creed or orientation we are. 
Okay, I know this will probably cause an uproar, not everyone will agree with me, and I don't expect them to.  But I have an opinion and I felt, after all the AZ turmoil, that I just wanted to express my opinion.  My blog, my right to speak out.  Fortunately,sanity prevailed, and Arizona's gov. vetoed the bill.  But did she do it because it was the right thing to do morally, or did she veto the bill because it would hurt the state of AZ financially if she didn't.  We won't ever know.  I am just glad that it got vetoed.


Tuesday, February 25, 2014

I'm Back

After a few frustrating days without blogging, I am back in business.  Every time I tried to log on to blogger dashboard, I was told that I didn't have access to that account.  WHAT? I have been blogging for something like 7 or 8 years now....give me a break.
I fussed and fumed going in and out of every "help" menu I could find.  Finally, I went on to my Firefox browser and chose the "reset, restart" option and here I am.  I don't know if I inadvertently clicked on something trying to do something else, or what, and I am so very inept at this whole cyberspace thing, that I couldn't figure it out.  So, reset I did.  Now, I hope I didn't lose a bunch of stuff, but if I did, I will just have to live with it, or bring in "Tall Guy" my computer guru to untangle my mess.
But for now, Yay! I am back!


Sunday, February 16, 2014

Another "Getting to Know Me" List!

I "stole" this from my friend Mel over at "Mellodee's Musings."

It's ANOTHER one of those lists.  More insight about ME!

It’s all about books:
1: Favorite children's book?   
I received a copy of Peter Pan in grade school.  Loved it.  Also, The Bears of Blue River was a childhood favorite.
2: What is the next book you plan to read?    

I just ordered The Language of Flowers to read for my book club.
3: Books on your "to read" list?  
I generally don't keep a list.  I get notification from my public library of their new fiction and also from Amazon, so I watch for things that interest me.
4: Top 5 authors?   
My current favorites, in no particular order – Paul Doiron, Harlan Coben, James Patterson, Lee Childs, Lisa Scottoline, Earlene Fowler. 
5: Favorite genres?   

Thriller/Suspense, mystery, legal and political, and western. 
6: Do you have multiple books in process or just one at a time?  
One at a time.  Multitasking is something I cannot do with anything.  I’m a one-thing-at-a-time kind of guy.  
7: A book that you've cried over?
Fine Things by Danielle Steele, and The Notebook.  
8:A book that made you laugh out loud?  
I can’t think of  anything that really tickled me so much that I laughed out loud!  Sorry!
9:Fiction or nonfiction?    

I have always said I read enough for knowledge while in college, so its fiction all the way!
10:First book you've read by your favorite author?  
I don't have just one favorite author.  The first book by Louis L’Amour that I ever read, The Last of the Breed, was my favorite by him.  I like and have read just about everything all of my listed authors have written.
11:Best book-to-movie adaptation?  
Probably Gone With The Wind, and I say that one because I don’t usually go see adaptations.
12:Do you read comics/manga?  
13:Hardcovers or Paperbacks?   
I prefer hardcovers, but I do read paperbacks and I own a Kindle, but I don’t use it much.  Too much like a video game!
14:Do you buy books as soon as they come out or wait a while?  
I rarely buy a book.  I have a huge public library practically out my back door, so I use it.  I reserve books as soon as they are released, though.
15:Do you buy books spontaneously without any prior knowledge of what happens in it?  
See # 14.. but I want to know what I’m getting, so I do some prior research, and always read the fly jacket before I either check it out at the library, or make a purchase.
16:Have you ever bought a book based on the cover alone?   
17:Where do you usually buy your books?  
If I buy one, I go to Amazon, Goodwill, Half-Priced Books, Costco, garage sales, Barnes and Noble, flea markets, drug stores......I'm not picky!
18:Book that had a strong impact on you?   
Brave New World, Ben Hur, The Help, The Art of Racing In The Rain.  There are many.
19:Historical or science fiction?   

20:Dystopian or Utopian?  
21:Once you start to read a book, do you feel compelled to finish it?   
Not anymore.  For years I thought if I started a book, I had to finish it.  But a few years ago, I began giving myself permission to close a book if I didn’t enjoy it.  I am selective when I choose a book, so it is rare that I don’t finish one.  But it does happen occasionally. Life’s too short to spend it doing anything one doesn’t have to do.
22: What genres do you refuse to read?   

Horror, porn, historical fiction of the “bodice ripper” genre, fantasy and sc-fi.
23: How many books do you own?   
Many.  But I have purged my shelves of things I have read and won’t reread. But still have LOTS of books! 
24:Do you go the library?  
All the time.  They know me so well I don’t have to show them my card.  They even call me if they get something in that they think I might like.  I can walk there in 5 minutes, why not!!
25:How many books do you read a year?  

Since I retired it has usually been around 80-120 a year. I also like to craft and have a house and yard to keep!
26:Do you enjoy reading the "Classics"?    
27:Do you ever re-read a book?  

I have one that I have read 3 times.   It's like visiting an old friend!

Peace (and quiet...I'm reading),

Friday, February 14, 2014

Happy Valentine's Day

Next to Christmas, this is the hardest holiday for me.  It holds so many memories for me.  The grade school Valentine parties, the sweetheart dances in High School.  The many cards and letters I got from my sweety while I was in college, encouraging me to carry on after my dad had passed away.  He knew her, and loved her and thought I had finally found the right one.  He didn't live long enough to see us married, but I knew he was there in spirit.
I remember getting engaged in February of 1969, and married in August.  Then there were the 38 years of celebrating Valentine's Day with my wife.  Some years we went out to celebrate, some years not.  Some times there was candy and flowers and some years not.  But, there was always love.
We never expected it to end.  At least not so soon.  But it did.  But the memories are still there.  I still have some of the cards she sent me or gave me or I found on my pillow at bedtime.  I can no longer remember any specific Valentine's Day except the first one, right after we met.  We met on a blind date, in November of 1967.  That first Valentine"s Day, I had my photo made for her and gave her a heart shaped necklace.  Cheesy, huh!  Well, surprises of surprises, she had had her photo made for me and gave me a sterling silver tie tack.  Our minds even then, seemed to be on the same wave length.  As time went by, we found that often we seemed to be thinking the sames things at the same time.  It was as if we were soul mates from the very beginning. 
Yes, the memories linger on.  All good!


Wednesday, February 12, 2014

And the Cold Continues

The cold continues here in the Midwest.  This morning the temps are well below 0, and the icicles are hanging without drips.  My back porch is amass with ice where the ice dams have overcome the gutters and have dripped .  I salt periodically, which helps while the sun is out, but then all that "wet" freezes at night.  I have been using my other door and walking around the house to get into the garage rather than risking falling on the ice.  There are virtual mountains of snow everywhere.  Now the weather prognosticators are saying that a warming trend is headed our way and the temperature may hit above freezing by next midweek! 
I am not really complaining about the cold.  I am just tired of it, and the snow.  Some of you live where this would seem like a party, but those of us in the Midwestern USA just aren't used to this bitter cold and this much snow.  I feel blessed that I have a warm (?) house, and plenty to eat.  My power hasn't wavered once, and the phone, cable and internet service has not been interrupted.  I have an adequate supply of reading and crafting materials.  My neighbor has been more than helpful in removing snow.  My great friend Curley calls me at some point every day to check on me.  So, this being said, I am lucky.  And feel extremely blessed.    Spring will definitely be welcome this year!


Sunday, February 09, 2014

This Is A Test!

Some of you might have already seen this, but a friend of mine sent me a copy of an actual test given to 8th graders as a final exam so they could graduate from 8th 1895! 

Since I am a former educator and English was my specialty, I am only including the "grammar" section of the test.  Holy Cow!  I thought I was doing well to get through college in 1968.  I'm extremely glad I didn't have to pass this exam!

Grammar (Time, one hour)
1. Give nine rules for the use of capital letters.
2. Name the parts of speech and define those that have no modifications.
3. Define verse, stanza and paragraph
4. What are the principal parts of a verb? Give principal parts of 'lie, ''play,' and 'run.'
5. Define case; illustrate each case.
6 What is punctuation? Give rules for principal marks of punctuation.
7 - 10. Write a composition of about 150 words and show therein that you understand the practical use of the rules of grammar. 

Well, see how well you do.  I had a little problem with #4 and #5.
 I don't have an answer key.  I looked up a few things in my old grammar handbook.

There's more subjects tested.  I skipped the Arithmetic section altogether.  I did well on the US history section, I think!! (I didn't write a composition, either.)


Friday, February 07, 2014


As I sat down in my recliner I happened to just take a good look at the end table beside my chair.  I decided that technology has taken over my life.  There was as follows:
A remote for the TV
A remote for my DVR
A remote for my Roku (Netflix, Pandora etc run off of this one)
My cell phone
My portable house phone
My Kindle e-reader

Also included, but not directly related to technology were scissors, a binder clip(?) a tin of Cinnamon Altoids and, of course, a coaster for my coffee.

I need a bigger table!


Thursday, February 06, 2014

Digging out One More Time!

I won't bore you with all the details, but we got pounded with another 10 inches of snow Tuesday night.  Yesterday was spent clearing walks one more time.  The city is running out of places to pile snow, so it is being loaded into trucks and dumped somewhere else.  I cannot get to my tool shed without walking through 3 feet of snow.  Lucky for me, my shovel was propped against the back of the house. 
Today it is cold but the sun is shining.  Maybe there is hope that Spring is "just around the corner."
I have a great neighbor who got a new snow blower this season and he is keeping the shared alleyway and his drive as well as mine cleared.  I am not planning any great outings, but I can get out if I have to.  Thanks to this much younger, energetic fellow.  I feel that I owe him something. I offered.  He said NO!  This is definitely an example of what being a "good neighbor" is all about.


Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Remembering Mom

Today is my mother's birthday.  If she was living, she would be 97.  She's been gone over 20 years now.  I still miss her.  She was my "go to" person if I had questions about my heritage.  She had "the book," which held all the family information from many past generations, and she vigilantly kept it current.
Mom was a gentle soul.  She was very much in the know, and was a retired teacher.  She taught grades 1 through 6 during her 27 years of teaching.  She loved what she did.  Which is commendable seeing as how the pay for teachers was not then what it is today.  She touched lives.  She was loved by her students.  She knew what teaching was all about.
Mom was a disciplinarian.  If my older brother or I needed correcting, there was never any of the "wait till your father gets home," stuff with her.  She took care of it, then forgot about it.  A few times we had to even cut our own switches, and she used them.  Many times with tears in her eyes.
Mom loved her family.  She loved my brother and I with every bit of her soul.  She loved my dad the same way. She loved her daughters-in-law like they were her own children and thought her grandchildren were certainly "grand."  She was loyal and kind.  She was quiet.  She loved her church and the people in it.  She was every inch a "lady."  And, I might add, she was beautiful.  Oh, not in a glamorous way, but possessed a beauty that shined from the inside out.
I miss her smile and her gentle nature, but most of all I miss her laughter!
Hats off to you Mom.  Happy Birthday!