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· 10:06pm May 23rd, 2013
One of our favorite shows is America's got talent. Usually it's not for the talent in the beginning of course, but because of the lack of it. However, a few years ago we found ourselves rooting for a chicken catcher. Kevin Skinner, was one of those guys you saw walk up to the microphone and you just knew that when he opened his mouth and drawled that he was a chicken catcher, well, we just knew it wasn't going to be good.
· 3:56pm May 23rd, 2013
I will try to describe with words, the post-holiday sounds in the Close house since I opened my most unusual Christmas gift as an adult: Whine. Thump. Whine, Rattle. Whine. Whine, whine rattle. Whine. Crunch, scrape crash. "Ahhhh! Oh, No!" It was silly, I know, for a 46-year-old guy to ask for a toy helicopter for Christmas.
· 6:35am May 23rd, 2013
Is most modern American TV programming really that measurably intellectually inferior, or does it just seem to be stupid, boring and spectacularly unoriginal? Before I answer that question, let me offer you two quotes. First: “What you laugh at, you soon become.” I do not have any evidence that the above phrase is an ancient proverb.
· 10:33pm May 22nd, 2013
The extra batteries are in the camera bag; the spare knee brace in the suitcase. As I prepare for a late week trip to Tennessee and Kentucky, I have one huge fear: That something big will happen in the news while I am away. So, I pray for rain. As I write this, the VS baseball team -- according to the Facebook updates from parents watching the VS/East Marshall double-header in Le Grand.
· 8:45pm May 21st, 2013
Supporters of President Obama will stand by him no matter what. It is interesting that Chris Mathews is now a critic at least temporarily. Critics of Pres. Bush and V.P. Cheney will continue to criticize no matter what. The State Department Accountability Board Chaired by Ambassador Pickering did not look into security, intell.
· 8:04am May 21st, 2013
I've been asked to teach the basics of photography to some area teens. I enjoy this part of my job -- sharing what I know (or think I know) with others, especially the people we call "kids." It's fun to see how a bright student receives the information I give them and then runs with it and soon is doing things that teach me.
· 11:06am May 17th, 2013
The show, "Neat," on the ION network has inspired me to get back to a regular practice of going through my stuff and organizing it by the "keep, give away, toss or recycle" method. I'd like to blame it on the fact that my parents both lived through the depression and instilled me with a "hang on to it because you never know .
· 7:57am May 16th, 2013
“Why are we going this way?” “Where are we going?” “Why can’t we just go the way we always go?” I have heard these questions countless times from my kids in the back seat. But any man who has ever driven with a woman knows the very same questions are so much more intense coming not from the kids in the back seat, but from the wife in the front seat.
· 8:21am May 13th, 2013
Every so often, a new prayer craze catches on among American Christians. Someone writes about a new or newly re-discovered way to find God, or at least talk to him. Soon, a cultural phenomenon is born. The author becomes famous. The book becomes a series. Christians all over the world rush to book stores, gather around the radio or TV, or flock to seminars to understand more about this new prayer they should learn to pray, while paying a considerable sum to the author.
· 12:06pm May 10th, 2013
There are other things I'd rather be doing on a Saturday morning, but duty calls ... The kitchen is threatening to produce a new life form unless I get a week's worth of dishes done and the chili disaster in the microwave cleaned up. The cat boxes are going to be declared a bio-hazard if I don't do something, NOW, and my parsonage office has been creeping out into the rest of the house.