Saturday, May 29

Little Patriot


"Let our object be our country, our whole country, and nothing but
our country. And, by the blessing of God, may that country itself
become a vast and splendid monument, not of oppression and terror,
but of wisdom, peace, and of liberty, upon which the world may gaze
with admiration forever." --- Daniel Webster

Friday, May 28

Falling Together

Things usually fall apart. Science majors and smart people
call it 'entropy.' Simply put, everything in the universe
degenerates from a state of order to one of disorder. The
complex becomes simple. Mountains become molehills, stars
burn out, life ends. Pretty depressing stuff.

Depressing until you think about how the complex got here in
the first place. I mean, how do you get something from nothing,
if nothing was here in the beginning? And even if all the elements
were always here, what could possibly arrange them in such a way
as to produce anything closely approximating a single living cell?
DNA prohibits a chance encounter of chemicals producing it. Too
complex. Astronomically complex.

Design dictates a designer.

"In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth." It
couldn't have happened any other way.

Monday, May 24

Tower Power

Is Paso building any new landmarks that will stand the test of time
as did the clock tower? The new library? The Emergency Center? What will
they look like 150 years from now?

Saturday, May 22

$60 Per Hour

For those of us who dream of that perfect job, your dreams
have been answered:

This job pays about $60 per hour, many times more.

This is a job you will be asked to smile while performing.

This is a job where people will smile at you and praise you while
you do good work.

This is a job where you may or may not work really hard.

This is usually an indoor job.

This is a job where you'll usually be working with younger people.

This is a job that almost anyone can do.

This is a job that will give you a sense of accomplishment.

This is a job that some of us may have had in the past and despised it.

This is a job that ranks low on the 'great jobs' ranking poll.

This job is waitressing.

Go figure . . . I give the girl a $5 tip for less than 5 minutes of her time. That is $60 an hour plus her regular wages.

It's time to stop feeling sorry for the lowly table server.

Thursday, May 20

That Green Spider

No blister draws sharper than interest on money.
It works day and night; in fair weather and foul.
It gnaws at a man's substance with invisible teeth.
It binds industry with its film, as a fly is bound with a spider's web.

Debt rolls a man over and over, binding him hand and foot,
and letting him hang on the fatal mesh, till the long-legged interest devours him.
One had better make his bed of Canada thistles, than attempt to lie at ease upon interest.


Friday, May 14

Angel the Bug

Yes, she's here at my side,
A fidgitying bug, never stopping
That hyper-chronic-movement.

Staccato mouth ablare,
"Can I play that game on that
computer?" "I didn't play on the
computer." "Papa? I didn't play
on the computer." "I wanted to play
on the computer." "I don't have no game
to play on the computer." " Or I'm goin'
to get mad if you don't put me on the computer,
papa." "Papa!" "Papa?" "Huh?" "If you don't put
me on the computer, I'm goin' to get mad."

All matter-of-factly. All the normal part
of this 3 year old's daily daily.

"I wanna see it!" (Angel)

Monday, May 10

On the Death of Our Canary, Chrysostom

Birdless . . .

Tuesday, May 4

Lizzy's Got A Brand New Job

The new Big and Tall girl.
Storming the aisles, smile flashing,
Making the sales.
$1000 here, $600 there.
And that was Monday.

Congratulations to a 5 foot hotdog.

Mother's Day Poem

Momma, Ma, Mom or Mother,
You're known by each, but yet another
Appellation's better than the rest:
True and gentle Friend is best.

Have a wonderful Mother's Day thinking about
and praying for all your kids, grandkids and
great-grandkids. (You're going to be busy!)