I was at a middle school awards ceremony today and saw something fairly astonishing. Nearly the entire student body was on the honor roll. I mean 90% at least.

Now, either they are all talented students or something is awry. Grade inflation, lower standards, too much extra credit…what is the cause? It makes me wonder if anyone and everyone can do it, is it worth honoring?


Yard Sales

Posted: June 16, 2010 in Random Uselessness

Today we held our third yard sale in six weeks. It never ceases to amaze how people shop at yard sales. You have the earlybirds, who typically are no nonsense, item specific shoppers. They know what they want, and what it’s worth.

There’s the mid-morning crowd, who upon seeing a mass of people, quickly pull over for fear they are missing something, who tend to buy junk they don’t need. I love it that they buy my junk.

Then there are the scavengers that come near the end of the day looking to make a serious deal. If they are nice, I oblige them, but if they are not, I spite them.

Today I had the honor and pleasure of having lunch with Mark Batterson, lead pastor of National Community Church in Washington D.C. with my pastor, Todd Marple. After reading Mark’s books, hearing him at seminars, and watching him on dvd, it was refreshing to find that he is indeed the real, genuine, encouraging, humble person he appears to be. My heart was blessed by the encounter and my belly filled with some pretty decent Mexican food from La Loma.

I would share more but some things are better left unsaid. God bless you Mark.

Do you go to church?

Posted: June 9, 2010 in Religion

So…do you go to church? Why or why not? Let’s start a discussion

Coconuts kill more people in the world than sharks do. (about 150 people per year)

10% of the Russian governments income comes from the sale of vodka.

After eating too much, your hearing is less sharp.

The Bane of Bloggers

Posted: August 25, 2009 in Thoughts

The most difficult thing about blogging is blogging.  My interest in sharing my thoughts with whomever wishes to read them waxes and wanes in semi-annual cycles.  Why is this?
First, who really cares what I have to say, let alone the millions of other bloggers in the blogosphere.  Do we really need more people “speaking their mind?”  Isn’t there too much of that already?  Don’t you have better things to do than read this?  I have better things to do than write this.

And what’s up with the term “blog” anyway?  I know it’s a contraction of the term “Web Log” but it sounds weird.  Say it out loud.  Now say it pushing from your gut.  It sounds like one is vomiting…and in a way one is.  Regurgitating bits of ones life  only partially digested up for the world to see.

Yes…I’m angry, but this typing has helped me a little.  I guess blogging is worthwhile after all.

Five months ago, I pondered an electoral college tie this fall. While a long shot, I thought it was a viable possibility. Now that it is 2 weeks to the election…and the polls solidly in Obama’s favor it looks unlikely that there will be a tie this fall. So, what happened?

I have no idea. Well, actually that’s not true. I do have a few ideas about what has happened. My first theory involves the mass hypnosis of half our population by some subliminal messages, probably received by listening to NPR or watching Oprah. It is beyond me how half the voting population is ready to elect Sen. Obama. Promises of change, not specific change, just change are still all I have heard. Nothing concrete, other than the very real prospect of wealth re-distribution. Which, as a member of the “lower” class should sound good to me…but because I have a brain I understand the implications long term.

The federal government seems poised to make the largest power grab since the “New Deal.” Maybe we can call this the “Raw Deal.”