Monday, January 18, 2021

Irish Children have the gift of gab.


                                                                        quality of life

Ireland. Ireland, oh you are magnificent.  The country, the green, music, literature, and, most of all, its people are magnificent. 

Our time in Ireland was only a few scant years where our memories are still are vivid. Our planned visit this year was shelved until the world heals and recovers.

No matter what might be passing in all countries, Irish children have a grasp of language that is peculiar to their country. These ginger haired children have a way of refocusing what is important comparatively.

So, that given, let's all go to the pub, sing some songs, take off pj's and put on clothes, argue with parents, and above all, be amazed at what a child can do at such a young age.

Sunday, January 17, 2021

Lord, Have Mercy


                                                                    YouTube, about 5 minutes long


Such powerful words and voices point in the direction all need to follow.

Song by Charles Billingsley. Singers (From left) Jack Wilkins, me, Alley Faulk singing with the Twin Lakes church choir and orchestra on Good Friday 2012. Beautiful service, and a powerful song. Epic french horns too.

Thursday, January 14, 2021

You are worth more than that.


I took this in our community.

Living in a retirement community means seeing the constant movement of old residents being replaced by new residents.  For the old, most of them are in their 80s to over 100. Seeing smiling happy bingo players on a Friday becomes hearing about their deaths on Saturday.

It is time, time to realize your bucket list or any list should not be delayed.  That said, here is some of my list:
Life is too short to...

Order the cheapest entree on the menu. Don't bother.
Buy and eat store-bought sushi. You must be
really desperate.

Sleep on an old mattress. You
deserve a better new one.
Use duct tape to fix 
the same thing over and over.

Be ignorant of history. Knowing the past 
changes how you understand the present.

Be mean. You will regret this
all your life.

Stay silent when speaking out will help people
or situations.

Avoid puddles when walking. Splash in them, dang it.
Stay inside at sunset. God created them, they are amazing.

Put off sorting through the boxes of photos in your closet.
They are not going away. Having your heirs do this is

Watch TV all the time, regardless
what is on.
Make judgments about people. You
are not the one in charge.

Eat stale bread. Bread is God's gift. He also made butter.

Gossip. Truth will out eventually.

Purchase absolutely the least expensive, most awful toilet paper.

Rage at and curse the TV.
Give up on someone.
Drink cheap wine.

this is from Calliers Chocolate factor in Switzerland. You have no idea.

Consume poor quality chocolate (go for the good stuff, like from Switzerland).

Avoid saying "I'm sorry".
Behave angrily and irrationally. Unless
you are 2 yrs old.

Be too proud to ask forgiveness.
Buy store-bought pie. I am a pie snob.
Be serious all the time.
Do not discount the power of prayer.

Make plans to do something or go somewhere, but then don't do it.
Wear cheap shoes. Spend the extra.

Eat an ice cream whose flavor you hate 
for some strange reason. 

Neglect friends or family.
Be serious all the time.
Forget what it was like to be a child.

Suppress a giggle. 

This list could go on and on. Do you have a list of your own? What is itWhat should you do about it?

This is written in memory of Ed Repik, age 83, who died on a day after Bingo from a fall.  To say he was a good man is not adequate. He will be missed by all who knew him.