Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Three Ways to Fail Drunk Test

Just a reminder- please do not drink and drive- I was plowing last Sunday night and I think I saw three drunk drivers who I think could have hit me between 10pm and midnight in East Wenatchee- and hitting a snowplow is not a good thing for them. I am posting this not for the humor, but to remind you how stupid it is to drink and drive- let alone drink.
Son's Last Letter To His Mom..

I went to a party Mom,
I remembered what you said.
U told me not to drink,...
Mom, So I drank soda instead.

I really felt proud inside, Mom,
The way you said I would.
I didn't drink and drive, Mom,
Even though the others said I should.

I know I did the right thing, Mom,
I know you are always right.
Now the party is finally ending, Mom,
As everyone is driving out of sight.

As I got into my car, Mom,
I knew I'd get home in one piece.
Because of the way you raised me,
So responsible and sweet.

I started to drive away, Mom,
But as I pulled out into the road,
The other car didn't see me, Mom,
And hit me like a load.

As I lay there on the pavement, Mom,
I hear the policeman say,
"The other guy is drunk," Mom,
And now I'm the one who will pay.

I'm lying here dying, Mom....
I wish you'd get here soon.
How could this happen to me, Mom?
My life just burst like a balloon.

There is blood all around me, Mom,
And most of it is mine.
I hear the medic say, Mom,
I'll die in a short time.

I just wanted to tell you, Mom,
I swear I didn't drink.
It was the others, Mom.
The others didn't think.

He was probably at the same party as I.
The only difference is, he drank
And I will die.
Why do people drink, Mom?
It can ruin your whole life.
I'm feeling sharp pains now.
Pains just like a knife.

The guy who hit me is walking, Mom,
And I don't think it's fair.
I'm lying here dying
And all he can do is stare.

Tell my brother not to cry, Mom.
Tell Daddy to be brave.
And when I go to heaven, Mom,
Put "GOOD BOY " on my grave.

Someone should have told him, Mom,
Not to drink and drive.
If only they had told him, Mom,
I would still be alive.

My breath is getting shorter, Mom.
I'm becoming very scared.
Please don't cry for me, Mom.
When I needed you, you were always there.

I have one last question, Mom.
Before I say good bye.
I didn't drink and drive,
So why am I the one to die?

Friday, December 7, 2012

Tearjerker Christmas Ad

I do not know German, but with the subtitles on this German Grocery Ad, I get the message loud and clear. Family is so important and even more important at Christmas Time.  I hope you have a wonderful Christmas with family this year. Sadly, both our parents and both our grandparents have gone on.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Facebook Christmas Story

Ever wonder what it would be like if Mary and Joseph Had Facebook? I love what happens at 1:59 on the video. I have been on facebook since May 2009- but I can actually remember when we had "party lines" a kid and the first cell phones to come out were the bag phones. My how times change- I remember 9 volt AM transitor radios, wind up toys, and the vrooom motor I got for my bicycle from my sister for Christmas in mid 60's. I remember the Elvis Christmas songs,(I even have a Walter Brennan Christmas cassette still). Its a Wonderful Life is one of my favorite Christmas movies. I remember getting bags of goodies(nuts and candy mostly and one orange) when I went to a church christmas program as a kid. I remember packing the car up and traveling to my parents house for Christmas, as well as the many homes we have celebrated Christmas in.(we moved to East Wenatchee on Christmas Day 1987). I miss many who have passed on- especially this time of year. In fact I remember buying our first computer from Safeway back in Tumwater in early 80's- certainly not like today's. In fact I have 30 Christmas posts on my blog, each one telling the Christmas story a bit differently. The real meaning of Christmas has never changed and does not end on Dec. 25th.  Keep Your Traditions going but look for new ones to start this year as well. Have A Merry Christmas.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

The Man & The Birds-Paul Harvey 1965

I make no appologies for looking back- I am proud of our past. I often wish my grandkids could have known some of the blessings I knew growing up. Traditions are important to me- its sad to loose one. Paul Harvey died in 2009 at the age of 90. At one time he may have had 24 million listeners to his ABC news Commentary. Today I would like to go back 47 years to what became a yearly favorite, called the The man and the Birds. This broadcast was made in 1965. Paul Harvey would tell that story each Christmas I think, always on a Saturday at noon, (usually the one before Christmas) and I remember it so clearly. This clip is from 1965- but I think he would do this same story every year. This clip includes his entire saturday broadcast- the story is the final 4 minutes. Make sure you listen to the final 4 minutes- sometimes the Christmas story is too simple? Jesus loves you very much- Don't let the business of Christmas overlook the manger story.

I am trying to say Merry Christmas in different ways. I would like to also post below another Paul Harvey favorite- although it may not be Christmas, it does have some good points for any generation; I wish I could express his Wishes for my Children as well as he did.
Paul Harvey’s Wishes for Children:
We tried so hard to make things better for our kids that we made them worse. For my grandchildren, I'd like better.
I'd really like for them to know about hand-me-down clothes and homemade ice cream and leftover meatloaf sandwiches. I really would.

I hope you learn humility by being humiliated, and that you learn honesty by being cheated.

I hope you learn to make your own bed and mow the lawn and wash the car. And I really hope nobody gives you a brand new car when you are sixteen.

It will be good if at least one time you can see puppies born and your old dog put to sleep.

I hope you get a black eye fighting for something you believe in.

I hope you have to share a bedroom with your younger brother/sister. And it's all right if you have to draw a line down the middle of the room, but when he wants to crawl under the covers with you because he's scared, I hope you let him.

When you want to see a movie and your little brother/sister wants to tag along, I hope you'll let him/her.

I hope you have to walk uphill to school with your friends and that you live in a town where you can do it safely.

On rainy days when you have to catch a ride, I hope you don't ask your driver to drop you two blocks away so you won't be seen riding with someone as uncool as your mom.

If you want a slingshot, I hope your dad teaches you how to make one instead of buying one.

I hope you learn to dig in the dirt and read books.

When you learn to use computers, I hope you also learn to add and subtract in your head.

I hope you get teased by your friends when you have your first crush on a boy/girl, and when you talk back to your mother that you learn what Ivory soap tastes like.

May you skin your knee climbing a mountain, burn your hand on a stove, and stick your tongue on a frozen flagpole.

I don't care if you try a beer once, but I hope you don't like it. And if a friend offers you dope or a joint, I hope you realize he is not your friend.

I sure hope you make time to sit on a porch with your grandma/grandpa and go fishing with your uncle.

May you feel sorrow at a funeral and joy during the holidays.

I hope your mother punishes you when you throw a baseball through your neighbor's window and that she hugs you and kisses you at Christmas time when you give her a plaster mold of your hand.

These things I wish for you — tough times and disappointment, hard work, and happiness. To me, it's the only way to appreciate life

Friday, November 2, 2012

Progresssive Church Commercial

This commercial is actually a 2010 Emmy Award Commercial. They say "Someone who makes you laugh is a comedian. Someone who makes you think and then laugh is a humorist." I love humor, humor can say so much, in fact maybe at times it says more than I realize when I forward something I thought was funny.  I struggled with posting of todays video, as yes, its funny and well done- but it also drives home a point that most could not say or admit is happening. The Bible has a lot to say about luke warm christians and end times. Some even wonder if the "church" is asleep". I have heard it compared to Jonah. Jonah was not only running away from God, but was asleep, while a storm was going on, a storm that caused the captain to wake him up and say "don't you care that we perish while you are asleep? Pray to your God." Others think the church has been taken over by false prophets? Is our country in a storm now, and is the church asleep?  I am proud of our church, pastor, district and headquarters. Pray for our Nation.  Your vote is important and needed. Vote Your Values. You are the Church- the world is watching how you vote on Tuesday. and yes, I think our country is in a storm.
Just Going to church does not make you a Christian anymore than standing in a garage makes you a car.

I asked God: "Why are you taking me through troubled waters?", He replied: "Because your enemies can't swim"

Sins are like Credit cards- enjoy now......PAY LATER!

If you are not hungry for God, you are probably full of yourself.

Pray without ceasing, because satan is preying without ceasing.

Ignoring God Leads to a Downward Spiral
Romans 1:18-23 But God’s angry displeasure erupts as acts of human mistrust and wrongdoing and lying accumulate, as people try to put a shroud over truth. But the basic reality of God is plain enough. Open your eyes and there it is! By taking a long and thoughtful look at what God has created, people have always been able to see what their eyes as such can’t see: eternal power, for instance, and the mystery of his divine being. So nobody has a good excuse. What happened was this: People knew God perfectly well, but when they didn’t treat him like God, refusing to worship him, they trivialized themselves into silliness and confusion so that there was neither sense nor direction left in their lives. They pretended to know it all, but were illiterate regarding life. They traded the glory of God who holds the whole world in his hands for cheap figurines you can buy at any roadside stand.

24-25 So God said, in effect, “If that’s what you want, that’s what you get.” It wasn’t long before they were living in a pigpen, smeared with filth, filthy inside and out. And all this because they traded the true God for a fake god, and worshiped the god they made instead of the God who made them—the God we bless, the God who blesses us. Oh, yes!

26-27 Worse followed. Refusing to know God, they soon didn’t know how to be human either—women didn’t know how to be women, men didn’t know how to be men. Sexually confused, they abused and defiled one another, women with women, men with men—all lust, no love. And then they paid for it, oh, how they paid for it—emptied of God and love, godless and loveless wretches.

28-32 Since they didn’t bother to acknowledge God, God quit bothering them and let them run loose. And then all hell broke loose: rampant evil, grabbing and grasping, vicious backstabbing. They made life hell on earth with their envy, wanton killing, bickering, and cheating. Look at them: mean-spirited, venomous, fork-tongued God-bashers. Bullies, swaggerers, insufferable windbags! They keep inventing new ways of wrecking lives. They ditch their parents when they get in the way. Stupid, slimy, cruel, cold-blooded. And it’s not as if they don’t know better. They know perfectly well they’re spitting in God’s face. And they don’t care—worse, they hand out prizes to those who do the worst things best! (From The Message Bible)

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

The Ungrateful Husband

I have an entire label set aside for Ken Davis- I don't think I have posted this video yet. It's short and will bring a laugh to your face. they say a laugh is a smile with the volume turned up, so go ahead- Laugh! I have had too many serious videos-  and the news on TV can be depressing, so today is time to lighten up and laugh. Check out Ken Davis in "The Ungrateful Husband".
Two friends met in the street. One looked sad and almost on the verge of tears. The other man said, “Hey my friend, how come you look like the whole world has caved in?”
The sad fellow said, “Let me tell you. Three weeks ago, an uncle died and left me 50-thousand dollars.”
“That’s not bad at all…!”
“Hold on, I’m just getting started. Two weeks ago, a cousin I never knew kicked-the-bucket and left me 95-thousand, tax-free to boot.”
“Well, that’s great! I’d like that.”
Last week, my grandfather passed away. I inherited almost a million.”
“So why are so glum?”
“This week – nothing!”

Saturday, October 20, 2012

What A Day That Will Be-Gerald Bentz

I had the privilege of meeting Gerald Bentz back in the 70’s when my parents started attending his church in Federal Way. Our families connected and became great friends. It was an honor to reconnect with him when he moved to Wenatchee after his wife passed away. His son became his caretaker- and what a great example of "honoring thy mother/father" he displayed. Gerald faithfully attended our church with his big smile and love for the Lord that radiated. Gerald was a WWII MIA-POW who was wounded and captured in France and spent the last several months of the war in the POW camp in Munich, Germany. This week he passed away peacefully in his sleep with his family near his side. What an example he was, what Joy he must be having in Heaven and what a big Void he leaves down here with his passing. Today I felt best to share this video from the Gaithers- “What A Day That Will Be”- Maybe this song minister to you as well- It is from the Gaither Homecoming Videos. "

 Death leaves a heartache no one can heal,  love leaves a memory no one can steal"
                                   DEATH~ WHAT A WONDERFUL WAY TO EXPLAIN IT.
A sick man turned to his doctor as he was preparing to Leave the examination room and said, 'Doctor, I am afraid to die. Tell me what lies on the other side.' Very quietly, the doctor said, 'I don't know.' 'You don't know? You're a Christian man, and don't know what's on the other side?' The doctor was holding the handle of the door; On the other side came a sound of scratching and whining, And as he opened the door, a dog sprang into the room And leaped on him with an eager show of gladness. Turning to the patient, the doctor said, 'Did you notice my dog? He's never been in this room before. He didn't know what was inside. He knew nothing except that his master was here, And when the door opened, he sprang in without fear. I know little of what is on the other side of death, But I do know one thing... I know my Master is there and that is enough.

POSTED ON Sunday, October 21, 2012
Gerald George Bentz
WENATCHEE - Gerald George Bentz, 88, of Wenatchee went home to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Wednesday, October 17, 2012 after suffering a stroke. Gerald was born to John and Pauline Bentz on January 18, 1924 in Farwell, Michigan. Gerald was the tenth child born to his parents. His mother died 3 days after his birth due to complications resulting from his birth. Most of Gerald’s early childhood was spent in Loveland, Colorado. Gerald often told of the time when he was a boy wherein his stepbrother Dave Gaub went to a church service at the Loveland Assembly of God and accepted Jesus Christ, encouraging the rest of the family to do so also. They did and most of the Bentz-Gaub family became dedicated Christians as a result. A genuine conversion took place, which changed their lives forever.

Gerald’s dad John lost his farm as a result of the Great Depression and moved the family to the Yakima Valley in 1939 when Gerald was 15 with the promise of employment in agriculture. Gerald worked summers changing sprinklers for the Central Washington State Fair as a young teen and then worked for the Valley Evaporator and later Yakima Cement and one of the local fuel oil companies doing home deliveries in Yakima.

The US Army drafted Gerald in 1942 and he became part of the 12th Armored Infantry Battalion. He spent the first couple active duty years in the military-police, eventually guarding POW German officers as they were moved by train from New York harbor to Texas and then guarding at the POW camp there. In October of 1944 Gerald was back at NY Harbor but this time being deployed to the front lines in Strasbourg, France. While fighting on the front lines his company commander misread a map resulting in an ambush of most of Gerald’s platoon. Gerald was wounded while the majority of his comrades were killed. He was captured and transported by the Nazis to the POW camp in Munich, Germany where he finished out the remaining several months of the war. Because of Gerald’s German heritage and the fact that German was often spoken in the Bentz home, he became the interpreter for all of the English-speaking prison allies in the POW camp in Munich.

Gerald’s family in Colorado and Yakima had been informed that he was missing in action but his parents didn’t receive word that he was alive until he walked through their front door in Yakima after being liberated and returning from Europe. Gerald said it was a great time of celebration and rejoicing with his family upon his return.

Upon Gerald’s discharge from the Army he found that his church in Yakima had new pastors who had a beautiful single daughter, Martha May Galbraith. He and Martha dated for a couple years then married in December of 1947. The first 3 children born to Gerald and Martha were born in Yakima between 1949 and 1953. In 1954 Gerald received a job offer from Roy Miller to work for Miller Oil Company in Federal Way, WA, which he accepted. After settling in Federal Way the second 3 children were born in Auburn between 1958 and 1962. Gerald worked for Miller Oil and later McCall Oil Co. retiring in 1986 at which time he and Martha moved back to the Yakima Valley.

All of Gerald’s 6 children adored him as a wonderful father. As a grandfather Gerald had an amazing way of making each of his grandkids feel like they were just as important to him as the others. Some cherished memories we have of dad/grandpa is hearing his wartime experiences, riding in his big oil truck, hearing him play his harmonica, watching him tap-dancing his famous little "jig," hearing him pray over a meal in German, and the kids vying to be the "first one" to kiss daddy when he got home from work. Hearing our dad and mom ask one another for forgiveness often is a cherished memory. Dad and mom credited their 63 year long marriage to "never going to bed angry but always asking for forgiveness." Forever cherished is seeing dad care for mom until the last few months of her life even though she had Alzheimer’s. Another cherished memory of dad is his unfailing, departing salutation by saying to everyone, "Lord be with you until we meet again!"

Gerald was preceded in death by his parents, numerous brothers, sisters and relatives, one daughter Carol Bentz-Milan on September 27, 1994 and his wife Martha May Galbraith-Bentz on April 17, 2011. Gerald is survived by one sister, Hellen Nelson of Yakima, 5 children, Lonnie Bentz of Hermiston, OR, Janice Norman of Yakima, WA, Geralyn Davis of Juneau, AK, Tim Bentz of Wenatchee, WA and LaDonna Hasty of Lincoln, CA as well as 17 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren.

Gerald moved to Wenatchee in May of 2011 to be with family following a stroke.

The rest of the family would like to recognize Gerald’s grandson Jason Brewer for his unfailing love and dedication to his grandpa, as evidenced when he stayed nearly every night in the Wenatchee hospital with him the last couple weeks of Gerald’s life so grandpa would "never be alone."

Visitation will be offered 12:00 P.M. - 5:00 P.M. on Sunday, October, 21, 2012 at Keith and Keith Funeral Home, 902 W. Yakima Avenue. Graveside services are scheduled for 9:30 A.M. on Monday, October 22, 2012 at West Hills Memorial Park at 11800 Douglas Rd. in Yakima and will be held prior to the regular funeral due to scheduling conflicts with the cemetery. Regular funeral services will follow at 11:00 A.M. at Keith and Keith Funeral Chapel at 902 W. Yakima Avenue in Yakima, WA.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Go Red Raiders

Sports starts for kids younger and younger it seems. Sometimes I wonder if kids are too busy, but then I see kids who have nothing to do which can be worse. Emilee and Caitlyn are cheerleaders for the Red Raiders, and Cody is plays football for the Red Raiders. Its fun to see the family involved and yesterday Jan took this video at Eastmont  High School Field. It was fun to have my brother Wayne, Debbie and Angelica join us yesterday for Codys' game, the wings/wheels car show and just visiting and remembering. Today we plan on attending church in Kennewick and then another family picnic! Loving this beautiful fall weather!

Jan, Tim, Lisa

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

The Senior Citizen's Song

The International Day of Older Persons is a special day for senior citizens worldwide. ... was observed for the first time throughout the world on October 1, 1991.

I hope you can tell humor is my favorite blogs. I came across this song by written by Ira Stanphill and sung by Hilton Griswold. Hillton Griswold sang with the Blackwood Brothers Quartet from 44-46 and is still living I think. What a piano player and what a voice. I would love to hear him in person. He was 73 when he did a Gaither Blackwood video in 1995- you do the math....

Ira Stanphlll died about 20 years ago and his wife is 100 and still living. Ira wrote many old time songs of our church, this is the first time I heard this song sung. I had the privilege of hearing him sing at Evergreen Christian Center in the 80’s and of coarse I grew up on many of the songs he wrote.

I sent this video to some of my friends,and received the following email back;
Thanks, Dennis, we really enjoyed that, so much so that I forwarded it to a bunch of others Interesting that I have already heard back from some that I sent it too with thank-yous and they too are enjoying the 'old people's song' as well as remembering the artists.
My siblings and I used to sing Ira Stanphill's songs back in the 50's at Beth-el A/G church in Chehalis when we were young, especially, "Come Home, Come Home, It's Suppertime." As I remember it he had some bad times in his life, (his wife divorced him) yet kept up his ministry in song that blessed many others. I was impressed because it was during this time that he wrote "We'll Talk It Over In the Bye and Bye" and some others. He never married again until after his first wife died, even though they were divorced - the way the bible says....
I went to A/G Heritage Magazine where I found an article about Ira Stanphill which was very interesting too, enjoyed the memories of the stories written there about him. Did you know Ira's daughter, by his second wife, married Rick Cole, Glenn Cole's son?

Here is another response; Enjoyed the "Senior Citizen" song. Sure wish I could play the piano like that guy!

I trust you will find the humor in this song- the tune is catchy and may stick with you. Remeber, you can't help getting older, but you don't have to get old.

Former Blackwood Brothers member still ministering

Fri, 11 Jun 2010 - 9:41 AM CST
Hilton Griswold

Hilton Griswold retired from pastoring 12 years ago.
Now he works six days a week.
Griswold, at 88, teaches Sunday School to 30 senior adults every Sunday morning; plays the piano and sings for half an hour each week on television, radio and the Internet; and drives himself to 16 live monthly performance programs at Springfield, Missouri, nursing homes and assisted living communities. That doesn't include the invitations he receives from various congregations in the city.
Griswold is one of dozens of "retired" Assemblies of God pastors who provide living proof that ministry doesn't end at 65 — or 75 or even 85, for that matter. Griswold pastored seven churches in Iowa, Missouri and Illinois in 42 years. He also has been a traveling evangelist, and he received his 50-year ordination recognition from the Fellowship in 2000. During the 1940s, he began his ministry career as pianist for the Blackwood Brothers Quartet. Today he is busier than ever.
Most Mondays through Saturdays, Griswold is in his unadorned office in Springfield for his Inspiration Time broadcasts. He has been a widower since 2001 when his wife, Marie, died unexpectedly of a heart attack after 61 years of marriage. Griswold still wears a suit, tie and dress shoes to the office, which is stacked with papers, letters and tape duplicating equipment.
On a recent Tuesday morning, he is busy mailing the week's Sunday School lesson to those who missed the class two days earlier at Park Crest Calvary Temple. Griswold uses an electric typewriter to address envelopes to the absentees, as well as to pound out the lessons themselves. He says he wouldn't have a clue how to even switch on a computer.
Griswold also has a mailing list of 26,500 people who have written to him for cassettes since he started his TV music ministry in 1985. The names are compiled by his daughter Barbara Chapman, who does operate a computer. Griswold duplicates CDs and DVDs himself from masters to be mailed to TV and radio stations for airing.
Although some listeners send funds, Griswold doesn't ask for any money on his programs. He invested his life savings of $25,000 when he started the TV music ministry a quarter-century ago. He has $15,000 left, as he pays for CDs, DVDs, cassettes, music box covers, labels and envelopes himself.
Many of the requests come from elderly shut-ins. Some come from prisoners, who write that they have accepted Jesus as their Savior when listening to his program. But Griswold enjoys singing and playing most for those whose faulty memories come alive because of the music.
"The thrill of my life is going to the Alzheimer's wing at Maranatha Village," Griswold says. "People who don't know how to get back to their rooms can sing every word of every song."
In the earlier radio ministry days, Griswold sang with Barbara, who works in the Pastor Care office at Assemblies of God headquarters, and his son, Larry, who now is AG district superintendent in Illinois. These days it's primarily a solo act.
Griswold loves to tell inspiring stories, play the piano with alacrity and alternate through all four parts of a well-known quartet number during a concert.
"The Lord has been tremendous," says Griswold, who takes no medications beyond a daily aspirin. "I don't intend to ever stop, as long as I'm physically able to keep going."
Author: John W. Kennedy, Pentecostal Evangel
Hilton was born on November 12, 1921 and passed away on Tuesday, May 5, 2015.
Hilton was a resident of Springfield, Missouri.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Exodus Now-Bishop Jackson

Please Make Sure You Vote! Ballots will be sent to you Oct. l7th.  This is such an important election and so many blatant lies out there. Sadly, We are teaching our children it’s ok to lie and you can get away with it. I feel for my grandchildren, who have already lost many of the freedoms I knew, and  now are saddled with a debt they will pay. There is so much difference between the two parties-  I question if a Christian can vote Democratic and not have to give an account someday how you voted.


Monday, September 24, 2012

Directions Commercial

People who make good commercials have a talent/job that I would love to have. Here is a simple one about people living in fear and not trusting anyone. Lets look for the best in others. And if they do not have a Smile, give them yours.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

I Hate My Job by Zig Ziglar

The title of todays video is misleading. It was actually my most viewed video under work and is very motivational. I could never figure out people who constantly complain about their job but never quit to find a  better one? I so enjoyed reading Zig Ziglars' book "Raising Positive kids in a Negative World" years ago. Todays video can apply not just to ones job- but so many other facets of life. I am so thankful for my job and my co-workers. I would like to post this video in honor of Labor Day.
Labor Day is an American federal holiday observed on the first Monday in September  that celebrates the economic and social contributions of workers. Labor Day pays tribute to the contributions and achievements of American workers. It also symbolizes the end of summer for many Americans, and is celebrated with parties, parades and athletic events. Oregon was the first state to make it a holiday in 1887. By the time it became a federal holiday in 1894, thirty states officially celebrated Labor Day. To take advantage of large numbers of potential customers free to shop, Labor Day has become an important sale weekend for many retailers in the United States. Some retailers claim it is one of the largest sale dates of the year, second only to the Christmas Black Friday.
AAA expects 33 million Americans to travel “at least 50 miles” during Labor Day weekend. This represents roughly 870,000 more travelers than 2011, or a 2.9% increase. those travelers are expected to spend more this year, too. This year’s median expected trip cost is $749, up from $702 last year. the nationwide average per-gallon cost of gasoline is 14 cents higher ($3.71 as of Tuesday, August 21) than the same time period in 2011.the average trip length at 626 miles, while noting that 54% of survey respondents plan on trips of 100-400 miles round trip. travelers can expect to save 8%-10% on average by postponing their travels until after the holiday weekend.

As the noted author Richard Foster observes, "Work places us into the stream of divine action. We are 'subcreators,' as JRR Tolkien reminds us." It should not be terribly surprising then that the Hebrew word for "work," avodah , can also be translated as "worship." When we work well for the sake of others, it's one of the ways we worship God. We live into our design, and into the image of the One who made us, who, we're told, also was a worker.
Reflecting on the deeper meaning of our work through the lens of faith, then, can have a profound impact on how we approach our jobs. It's the difference between "I've got to go to work" and "I get to go to work," and that's a big difference.
A worthy exercise on this Labor Day, amidst the resting and the celebrating, would be to take a few minutes of reflection on the deeper meaning of one's labor, and how one's faith shapes our understanding of the value of our jobs. We ask, "How is my job creating good in the world?" or "How is my job helping fix what is broken in the world?"
-- The Rev. Bill Haley (from an essay published in, August 31, 2012)

Do People on Welfare Celebrate Labor Day?

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

The Dentist by Tim Conway

Tim Conway did a humorous skit about the Dentist  years ago that I so enjoy. I am scheduled for a dental checkup tomorrow so this video came to mind. And don't forget that March 6th is National Dentist Day. Hats off to my Dentist, Dr. Davis.  For you who cannot view the video, I posted some dental jokes for you below as you still need to laugh today.

Did you hear about the dentist who planted a garden?
A month later he was picking his teeth

What does the dentist of the year get?
A little plaque

What do you call a depressed dentist?
A little down in the mouth.

What game did the dentist play when she was a child?
Caps and robbers

What does a dentist do on a roller coaster?
He braces himself

Why did the guru refuse Novocain when he went to his dentist?
He wanted to transcend dental medication.

What did the dentist see at the North Pole?
A molar bear

What was the dentist doing in Panama?
Looking for the Root Canal

Where does the dentist get his gas?
At the filling station
How did the dentist break his mirror?

Why didn’t the dentist ask his secretary out?
He was already taking out a tooth

What is big and scary and fills cavities?
Dentist the Menace

What did the dentist say to the computer?
This won’t hurt a byte

What do dentists like most about amusement parks?
Molar coasters

Mother: Has your tooth stopped hurting yet?
Son: I don’t know. The dentist kept it

What did the tooth say to the departing dentist?
Fill me in when you get back

What did the vampire say after the dentist finished checking his teeth?
Fang you very much!

“I want a tooth pulled.,” the man said as he entered the Dentist office with his wife, “We are in a hurry, and I don’t want any you to fool around with gas, Novocain, or any of that stuff.” the Dentist replied, “That is mighty brave of you- which tooth is it?” Turning to his wife- the man said, “Show him your tooth Ethyl.”

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Trunk Monkey Baby

Commercials- Commercials are probably my most prevelant video  label- with 3 different categories and many intermingled in other labels. My most popular commercial under this label is lottery commercials  ,( and trunk monkey commercials  make up 4 or 5 commercials. Sit back and enjoy this trunk monkey commercial and have a laugh on me.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Tribute to Billy Graham/funeral

I am tired of all the negative political ads out there- I am excited about the positive things Christians are doing and that they are no longer silent. I am thankful for Christians like Mike Huckabee who stood up for Chick Fil A and their rights to express their opinion.  I am proud of my church for taking a stand on traditional marriage and encouraging members to register/vote. The Bible tells us we are called to be fruit inspectors. Not every person who claims to be a Christian is a Christian- Jesus will say to many, Sorry, I never knew you. I don't think you can be a Gay Christian- (that is an oxymoron)- anymore than you can be a Christian Mass Murderer.  If Christians will give an account for every idle word, do you think they will give an account for how they voted or did not vote?
Anyone remember this column in newspapers?

3-2-2018;   Billy Graham has gone home- I was glad I could watch his funeral live today- and wanted to share it on this post in case you missed it. What a funeral and what a great man.

Thursday, August 16, 2012


Some days  you are the dog and some days you are the hydrant...Ever have one of those days when nothing goes right? This is an old video called 405 that should make you laugh.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Gabby Douglas

I do not know an olympian personally- my son in law knew several who were pursuing that dream in college.  I admire their dedication. I admire the support they get from their families- wonder If I could have done what many parents chose to do? I am thankful for the children/grandchildren God has given me I am proud of each of them, and it is not a gold medal that they need to display. I am also thankful for the families who have helped raise me- I learned so much and was helped by so many. I am inspired by many of the Olympic Ads. I am even more inspired when Olympic Athletes give God the credit. As Gaby Douglas said; " "It is everything I thought it would be; being the Olympic champion, it definitely is an amazing feeling. And I give all the glory to God. It's kind of a win-win situation. The glory goes up to him and the blessings fall down on me," You may not find that on the news- so I wanted to repost it for you today. Well  Done Gabby. You are an inspiration and encouragement to me. And thanks to your family and adopted family for their help to get you where you are.

Olympic Humor;
A Scotsman, Englishman and an Irishman wanted to get in to the stadium, but they hadn't any tickets.The Scotsman picked up a round manhole cover, tucked it under his arm and walked to the gate. “McTavish, Scotland,” he said, “discus” and in he walked.The Englishman picked up a length of scaffold tube and slung it over his shoulder. “Waddington-Smyth, England. Pole vault” he said, and in he walked. The Irishman looked around and picked up a roll of barbed wire and tucked it under his arm. “O’Malley, Ireland” he said. . . .” Fencing”

The government have advised people to watch out that they’re not being sold fake 2012 Olympic tickets. think I’ll be alright though. My tickets for the men’s wheelchair triple jump seem genuine enough.

President Obama gave a rousing inspirational speech yesterday to the USA Olympics Fencing team. Obama told the athletes, 'Now go out there and build that fence.'

Did you hear about the pole was so happy he won a gold metal that he had it bronzed?

Monday, July 30, 2012

Olympic Commercials

It is refreshing to watch the Olympics on TV. I so enjoy watching them and I also enjoy the humor that comes along with the games. I posted a few of the humor jokes below- We all need to take some stress off. Just think of the hundreds who trained but fell short of this years teams. Some may not have another chance.

•At the Olympic Games, Rhoda meets a man carrying an eight-foot-long metal stick.
‘Excuse me,’ says Rhoda to the man. ‘Are you a pole vaulter?’
‘No,”‘ says the man, ‘I’m German, but how did you know my name is Walter?’

Paul Hamm, Gymnast: “I owe a lot to my parents, especially my mother and father.”
Boxing Analyst: “Sure there have been injuries,and even some deaths in boxing, but none of them really that serious.”
Softball announcer: “If history repeats itself, I should think we can expect the same thing again.”
Basketball analyst: “He dribbles a lot and the opposition doesn’t like it. In fact you can see it all over their faces.”

It’s the 2012 Olympics. The final of the Hammer Throw event is shaping up for an exciting finish. It’s all come down to a Russian military officer, an American farmer and an unemployed Scouser.
The Russian throws first: 85 metres, just short of the world record.
Interviewed after the event he said, “My grandfather was in the military, my father was in the military and I am in the military. This gives me strength and discipline.”
Then the American throws: 88 metres, breaking the world record.
Interviewed after the event he said, “My grandfather was a farmer, my father was a farmer and I am a farmer. This gives me strength and discipline.”
The Scouser saunters up to the nets, gobs at the TV cameras and slings the hammer 95 metres, breaking the world record and winning gold for Great Britain.
Interviewed after the event he said, “My grandfather was unemployed, my father was unemployed and both said to me, ‘If anyone ever puts a hammer in your hand, throw it as far as you friggin can’.”

Q: Why does the Olympic torch always start in Olympia?
A: Because it's hard to put out a Greece fire.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Happy Birthday Emilee

Today is Emilees 10th Birthday- Happy Birthday Emilee! she has reminded me of what is really important in this life.  This video was taken in 2010 at her birthday party.
“A hundred years from now it will not matter what my bank account was, the sort of house I lived in, or the kind of car I drove...but the world may be different because I was important in the life of a child.”
"I've learned that children's eyes observe more than there ears ever hear and the example we set for them determines their actions."
Example is not the main thing in influencing others, it's the only thing

Friday, July 27, 2012

God Bless Chick Fil A

Tim Hawkins wrote this song in 2010, actually he wrote another song as well that is pretty good as well. (it is under values/marriage label)  This was before the big ruckus over their support of traditional marriage? Funny thing- I support Traditional Marriage as well, but have I made the news? Actually I appreciate Billy Grahams and Mike Huckabees support of Chik Fil A- it is about time Christians support Christians when they take a stand. I think of the Pope, Jerry Falwell and others who took a stand in the past and no one stood with them? I respect your right not to boycott Starbucks, Target, or  JC Penney- that is your right, as is Rosanne Barr's choice to "wish cancer on anyone who supports traditional marriage" or the Muppet's who will not do business with a business who follows Bible principals. I  should remind you I also respect your boycott of porn sites, strip clubs, casinos. alcohol, tobacco- sure you don't like to call it a boycott,  I was raised in a church that also boycotted bowling alleys and theatres so I understand. (I was even taught to boycott certain church's??) I am appalled that any government official would deny a building permit based one's religious beliefs? That is wrong, a violation of our free speech and a violation of separation of church/state.  It is good to see business's follow a Biblical standard and I salute you Cathy Family- thank You and May God Bless you for that.
Media Invents Story That Chick-fil-A President Condemned Gay Marriage
11:42 AM, Jul 24, 2012 • By MARK HEMINGWAY

 CNN, Time and many other news organizations owe Cathy and Chick-fil-A some serious corrections and/or clarifications. It should further cause news organizations -- particularly in the wake of ABC's absurd speculation that the Aurora killings were done by a Tea Partier and many news organizations falling for Greenpeace's intentionally deceptive campaign against Shell Oil -- to reflect on why these kinds of egregrious media errors habitually reflect left-wing political narratives.

UPDATE: A reader informs me Cathy also gave a radio interview on the topic last week where he said, among other things, "I think we are inviting God’s judgment on our nation when we shake our fist at him and say, ‘We know better than you as to what constitutes a marriage.'" Again, if you listen to the the interview he doesn't utter the words "gay marriage," and it's clear that in the broader context Cathy is speaking about many different issues leading to the general breakdown of the family.
When I wrote, "The president of Chick-fil-A never actually said anything condemning gay marriage," I was referring specifically to the Baptist Press interview that formed the basis of the attack by CNN and many other news outlets. It's also been known for decades that Chick-fil-A is run by devout Christians that support traditional famly values, yet only now has there been a national furor over Cathy and his company's position on this. That controversy came only by taking his quotes out of context to suggest he was attacking supporters of gay marriage rather than defending his own beliefs. And it certainly doesn't justify supposedly mainstream news organizations calling him "homophobic" -- an astonishingly biased and juvenile way of framing what he said.

Last week, reports emerged that Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy had condemned gay marriage. It's no secret that the company is run by devout Christians, but this still caused an uproar. Boston's mayor threatened to deny the company business permits, celebrities condemned the company, and the Muppets announced fast food chain wouldn't be able to license any new toys for their kids meals.

One small problem: The president of Chick-fil-A never actually said anything condemning gay marriage. Here's how CNN reported the story:

(CNN)–The fact that Chick-fil-A is a company that espouses Christian values is no secret. The fact that its 1,600 fast-food chicken restaurants across the country are closed on Sundays has long been testament to that.

But the comments of company President Dan Cathy about gay marriage to Baptist Press on Monday have ignited a social media wildfire.

"Guilty as charged,", Cathy said when asked about his company's support of the traditional family unit as opposed to gay marriage.

"We are very much supportive of the family – the biblical definition of the family unit. We are a family-owned business, a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives. We give God thanks for that," Cathy is quoted as saying.
But Terry Mattingly at the website GetReligion (where I am an occasional contributor) notes that if you look at the original context of the interview, Cathy wasn't asked specifically asked about gay marriage nor did he say anything about it. Here's the actual interview CNN and others cited from the Biblical Recorder and that was carried by the Baptist Press:

“We don’t claim to be a Christian business,” Cathy told the Biblical Recorder in a recent visit to North Carolina. He attended a business leadership conference many years ago where he heard Christian businessman Fred Roach say, “There is no such thing as a Christian business.”

“That got my attention,” Cathy said. Roach went on to say, “Christ never died for a corporation. He died for you and me.”

In that spirit … [Christianity] is about a personal relationship. Companies are not lost or saved, but certainly individuals are,” Cathy added. “But as an organization we can operate on biblical principles. So that is what we claim to be. [We are] based on biblical principles, asking God and pleading with God to give us wisdom on decisions we make about people and the programs and partnerships we have. And He has blessed us.”

And here's what Cathy says about marriage:

The company invests in Christian growth and ministry through its WinShape Foundation ( The name comes from the idea of shaping people to be winners. It began as a college scholarship and expanded to a foster care program, an international ministry, and a conference and retreat center modeled after the Billy Graham Training Center at the Cove.

“That morphed into a marriage program in conjunction with national marriage ministries,” Cathy added.

Some have opposed the company’s support of the traditional family. “Well, guilty as charged,” said Cathy when asked about the company’s position. “We are very much supportive of the family — the biblical definition of the family unit. …

“We are very much committed to that,” Cathy emphasized. “We intend to stay the course,” he said. “We know that it might not be popular with everyone, but thank the Lord, we live in a country where we can share our values and operate on biblical principles.”

To say that Cathy condemned gay marriage is stunningly dishonest. And yet, Cathy's had to endure headlines such as, "Boston Mayor Blocks Chick-fil-A Franchise from City over Homophobic Attitude" -- and that headline comes from Time, which is allegedly one of the more responsible media outlets.

First they came for the communists, and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a communist.
Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a trade unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a Jew.
Then they came for me and there was no one left to speak out for me

Friday, July 20, 2012

The Sound-Through The Decades

I love music. Music Changes. On this date 58 years ago a man called Elvis Presley changed the style of music in 1954. There are many styles of music for the same song. Someone said Amazing Grace has been recorded by over 3,000 people, each one singing it differently I would guess. I heard the group "The Sound' in our church years ago, I do not know  if they are singing together still or not- but I so enjoyed this song on their CD called "Leaning on the Everlasting Arms- Through the Decades". So next time you think your style of music is the only style there is, think of this song and how music seems to change every 10 years or so. It could also remind you of the one thing that does not change- His Everlasting Arms....
Leaning on the Everlasting Arms is a hymn published in 1887 with music by Anthony J. Showalter and lyrics by Showalter and Elisha A. Hoffman. Showalter said that he received letters from two of his former pupils saying that their wives had died. When writing letters of consolation, Showalter was inspired by the phrase in the Book of Deuteronomy 33:27 "The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms".

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Andy Griffin Remembers Why his show Worked

Sorry to see Andy Griffith passed away this week at 86. I loved his show as a kid- would have to watch it at the neighbors house as we did not have a TV then. Just hearing the opening to his show brings back good memories. Since I have a label called Life, its only fitting I include a blog toward him, just hard to choose which one. The show was designed as life in the 30's, there were no killings although people had their faults, Andy always had time for his son when he stopped by work, and most importantly,  everyone seemed to love one another. Sure I know it was an imaginary town and only acting- but the kind of shows I wish we still had for those for my grandkids. He also won a gospel grammy award for his 25 Most loved Hymns CD that I also at one time owned.(before the fire). 

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Debt and Immorality

Chuck Colson died last Saturday- He was one politican I admired,  because of how he turned his life around and the many good things he did because of his conversion. I had wanted to do a blog on his life and this video; but in hearing last nights news- I want to focus on his video and the big mistake East Wenatchee may  be making- since you may be bailing them out. Remember- this video was made in 2010 and the debt was 130 trillion- it is now 2012 and has quietly reached 200 trillion!
When on council, I always pushed better roads. I fought to re-instate the 25/75 split for street department that was removed in East Wenatchee  budget several years ago so they could fund sprint boats and other non street projects. I fought leasing vehicles.  I also was told Leasing was the cheapest route for police cars; until last year when we paid off our police vehicle leases and saved over $6,000 in so doing?  I fought to fix 10th st. and was disappointed the local Tranporation Improvement Board removed the grant to fix that street up only to give those funds to Link and several county roads. When I asked mayor why- he said that they figured it did not need improving and others needed it worse? 
Yesterday I heard on KPQ, East Wenatchee wants to borrow 6 million to improve 10th Avenue, because its only a 1% loan? No mention of how to pay the loan off, when the present 5 year budget plan already is short of funds in two more years? No mention that the finance director and most elected officials will no longer be in office when the bonds are still due and taxes will have to be raised per the 5 year budget plan? No mention of how many years til this loan is paid off? No mention of closing costs, administrative fees or if loan funds could go for other budget areas to end the year looking better? (still no teamster union agreement reached?)  No mention why no grant funds will be used? No mention that debt is ruining this country and  the WSDOT spends almost half of its yearly budget it receives to pay off debt- not new projects?  No mention that we are spending 11 million on other street projects including 15th St. that is being overlaid simply because it is "bumpy" where they tore it up several years ago? No mention 10th st. runs in front of the Mormon Church where several city officals are members? No mention if any local match from budget will be used on 10th st, or if this project falls under the "turn key" engineer projects that are done and sitting on shelf, or if it will go to bid for that too? No mention that the city is still paying off debt for 3rd St. street loan when the mall expanded many years ago and if all that loan went only for 3rd st. project?

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Dealing With The Public

Thank you, telecommunicators, for answering millions of phone calls to keep our community safe. In the last year you answered millions of 911 calls, non-emergency calls, requests from nearby agencies. You took walk-up reports and requests for information. You handled requests and radio traffic from officers. You are the vanguard of a process designed to mitigate criminal activity, protect property, and save lives. You are the forefront administrators of the criminal justice system, fire, and medical services.Thank you, telecommunicators, for being a calm and confident voice on the other end of a phone. We often comment that people don’t typically call emergency services during the best times of their lives, which is true, but doesn’t explain the full range of callers you’ve helped. You’ve comforted young kids during traumatic events and sparked action out of inaction. You’ve calmed the hysterical and saved the suicidal. You’ve played impromptu hostage negotiators and negotiated peaceful surrenders. You’ve played impromptu doctors and telephonically delivered children. You deal with non-emergencies on 911 and emergencies on the non-emergency lines. You’ve heard it all and seen none of it. Thank you, telecommunicators, for keeping our officers safe. The public often loses sight of the day to day police work that is no less inherently dangerous then events resulting in an officer’s death. Police work is likely one of the most dangerous domestic jobs, but police fatalities are still relatively uncommon because we work to keep them safe. From calltakers having intuition to ask a non-standard question to a dispatcher recognizing an officer’s shift in tone-of-voice and sending a backup unit. Telecommunicators day in and day out support the officers in the field and do everything possible from the other end of a radio and telephone to keep them safe. Only You can tell policemen and firemen where to go.
Thank you, telecommunications, for being the unseen heroes of our everyday lives. Happy National Telecommunicators Week.

Two hunters are out in the woods when one of them collapses. He doesn't seem to be breathing and his eyes are glazed. The other guy whips out his phone and calls 911. He gasps: "My friend is dead! What can I do?"
The 911 Operator says: "Calm down, I can help. First, let's make sure he's dead."
There is a silence, then a shot is heard. Back on the phone, the guy says: "OK, now what?"

You Might Be a Dispatcher If...
You can carry on more than 4 conversations simultaneously!
You have a bladder capacity of a tanker!
You can resume a conversation with co-workers 4 hours later, in mid-sentence and everyone knows that you are talking about!
You have a long term telephonic relationship with one or more paranoid schizophrenic PTSD suffering relatives of a public official.
You have ever had to explain to a college educated, gainfully employed, tax paying property owner that: His/her child's lack of interest in vegetables was not a police matter!
You inform your new teenage driver, "I will always know!"
You have ever muttered the phrase: "They let him carry a GUN?"
You find yourself typing "height" and "weight" instead of "width" and "height" when adding dimensions to the HTML "IMG SRC" tags on your web-site.
You answer your home phone "9-1-1, what is your emergency?"
You spend more on fast food than utilities.
You see nothing wrong with eating a Taco Bell Grande Meal or pizza at 3 a.m
You consider coffee an indispensable work tool.
You answer your home phone "dispatch".
You answer dispatch phone "hell" instead of "hello".
The only thing that gets your adrenaline going is the walk to and from your car.
You find humor in other people's misery.
You're only happy if you have something to complain about.
You consider patience a weakness ,not a virtue.
Your idea of a good night involves someone burning a house down, getting shot, chased or dismembered.
You have forgotten what it is like to actually eat a warm meal.
Your dog doesn't recognize you and the kids think you're just the person who drops by every now and then to bring groceries and do the laundry.
You think it's funny when a would-be suicide gets bored waiting for the gas from the stove to do it's thing and lights a cigarette to pass the time resulting in an explosion that leaves her neighbors homeless but she still survives.
You truly believe stupidity should be painful.
Dinner consist of a 2 liter bottle of soda and whatever you can scrounge out of the vending machine.
Antacid tablets, or better known as dispatcher candy, become your regular desert.
You read newspaper accounts of a major incident that occurred during your shift and can point out all the incorrect information...and then laugh about it.
Family members comment about how nice you "used" to be before you started this job.
You believe in aerial spraying of Prozac and/or birth control over certain parts of your city.
You have no idea what a holiday is, other than it's the day when everyone gets drunk and beats up their family members.
You can resume a conversation with coworkers 4 hours later in mid-sentence and everyone knows what you are talking about.
You have a long term telephonic relationship with one or more paranoid schizophrenic PTSD suffering relatives of a public official.
You inform your teenager," I will always know".
You get impatient listening to people relate a story - You want "just the facts".
You believe 90% of people can't look up a telephone number.
You get easily bored with happy content people.
You can talk on the phone, listen to the radio and type request into the computer at the same time without missing anything.
You think it is funny when a "regular client" kills himself while breaking into a business.
You can give directions to any location in your city off the top of your head.
You refuse to allow anyone to say "have a quiet shift".
You believe that the statement, "It sure is quiet!" will bring down the wrath of god upon you.
You can give anyone the exact address of every bar in your jurisdiction.
You question the motives of anyone who makes an effort to get to know you after they learn your profession.
You know the phone number of every restaurant or business that delivers food, especially late at night.
You spell everything phonetically.
You can only tell time on a 24 hour clock.
You acknowledge your friends and families remarks with the time.
You have spent time explaining to officers, firefighters or EMTs the difference between a dispatcher and a personal assistant.
You live in fear of a full moon.
You are on a first name basis with every crazy lunatic in your jurisdiction.
You find no comfort in knowing that the equipment that you depend on to do your job and protect others was purchased at the lowest bid possible.
You respond faster to the name "RADIO" or "CENTRAL" than you do to your own name.
You find yourself talking to family and friends in codes.
You have a tendency to giggle at your friends "big" problems.
You respond 10-4 when told to please pull around to the first window at a fast food restaurant.
You tell cops and firefighters where to go without fear.