Sunday, June 30, 2013

Adopt A Highway

Someone sent me this video clip from the Seinfield Show- I seldom watched it but this was so funny I had to post it under humor. the show is only re-runs now, but I hope you can relate and laugh.
 At what age do you think it's appropriate to tell a highway it's adopted?

Friday, June 28, 2013

Driving A Truck With My High Heels

Everyone has different talents and skills. Our Striping crew has a wonderful mix of talent, including a gal who has been seen "Driving A Truck"... She has actually been on striper crew full time longer than I have- and has more seniority than anyone on crew.  We have a great striping crew- each carry their weight and do a good  job. This is a very lighthearted song  with some photos about her work  work at WSDOT- My hats off to Alana Johnson and "thank you" for the job she does. She really ads to the crew with her positive attitude, hard work, professionalism, sense of humor, smile, and friendship. The Good news is her cancer results came back normal after her chemo and radiation treatments.  We hope to have her back on crew next month after being gone now for almost 3 months.

One hot summer day, a man is filling up his black pickup truck at the local gas station. He isn't very careful, and he gets gasoline all over his jacket's left sleeve. He ignores it, and leaves the station after paying for the gas. As he's driving down the highway, the heat of the sun on his truck's black paint is enough to ignite his jacket sleeve. He drives faster, waving his arm out the window in an attempt to extinguish the flames, but they burn hotter! As he speeds down the highway, a state trooper sees the situation and pulls him over. He jerks the man out of the truck and rolls him on the ground until the fire is extinguished. As the man dusts himself and thanks his rescuer, he sees the officer is writing him a summons! Confused, he asks, "You're writing me a ticket!? What for?" The officer replies, "Posession of an illegal fire arm."

Thursday, June 27, 2013

One Day Jesus Will Call My Name

Perhaps music is the most controversial subject for some- in fact Focus on Family said they got more mail on a program of Christian music than any other program? I certainly do not know what kind of music there will be in Heaven and my wife makes me turn my music off in the car- so todays video is for me- sorry. I love Lynda Randall and this song called Someday Jesus will Call my Name. I find myself singing the words. I added some photos of my grandkids- seems things have been so busy that we don't see them as often. I am ready for the day when Jesus will call my name.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

The Power of Laughter

Someone said a laugh is a smile with the volume turned up. I certainly am not saying everything is a joke and you must be giggly- but I know the power and importance of laughter. I am concerned when I fail to see anyone laugh, I think that is true of some children and many adults. I am watching as my grandkids laugh and try to make others laugh- that is good. Pastor Joel Osten shared some thoughts on this that I am using for todays blog- I can only say, Amen! The news has been tough- time for a laugh to releive stress.
God Answers Knee-Mail"

"Get rich quick. Count your blessings!"

"God grades on the cross, not on the curve"

"Hell! I thought it didn’t matter what you believed as long as you were sincere!"

"If man came from apes... Why are there still apes?"

"If you think it's hot now, just wait."

"May all your troubles be as short as your New Year's resolutions"

"Screaming Oh God!" "Oh God!" in bed on Sunday morning doesn't count as going to church"

"T.G.I.F. - Thank God I'm Forgiven"

Monday, June 24, 2013

Best of Mike Williams Comedy

I believe God has a sense of humor- if you don't just look around at some of the people he has made.(ok, look in the mirror) Its ok to laugh and its ok to laugh in church. I hoped there was laughter in your church yesterday. As you know I have 6 humor books, I have 4 pages of Bulletin Bloopers, and I found these that I do not think are in my book called "Bloopers". I have posted them below, check them out after you listen to the video above by Mike Williams

Bullitin Bloopers

* Several members who have been in the hospital are not on their way to recovery, for which we are thankful.

* The Jack and Kill Daycare is looking for someone to help part time on Saturdays.

* We'll kick off the Christmas season this morning with our first hymn, "The First Nowell"

* Our Wednesday Night Family Cafeteria meal will feature a variety of Chinese dishes including One Ton Soup.

* Events: December 9th, Christmas Caroling at the Parkview Nursing Home 7:00 p.m., December 10th, Breakfast with Satan 6:00 to 9:00 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall.

* Saturday the Youth Group will Serenade a number of our Seniors with Christmas Thongs.

* Last Saturday the Men's Group had a great fellowship that included good conversation and delicious coffee. Special thanks to Kate Michels for providing teats.

* The Youth Group had a scavenger hunt, did face painting, and played a game called, "Find the gun." They had a great time.

* The Pastor's Corner: A Personal Massage from Jesus.

* Don't forget to make some New Year's Resolutions. It's a great way to start off with a new ear.

* Due to Construction on the North side of the parking lot, we will soon be changing entrances. Please exit the new driveway which is the one in between the old entrance and the old exit. Please exit from the new exit which is the old entrance.

* What are you doing for Lunch Tuesday? Local Funeral Director Barry Gilbert will talk about the benefits of cremation.

* The Riegieman Chiropractic Center will host Kid's Day this Saturday. They'll be treating the youth group to spinal exams, backpack checks, I.D. Cards, etc

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Find Your Wings

A parent never looses his prayer for his children that they find their wings, that they do great things and make wise decisions- even long after they have left home. Perhaps they show that prayer through their grandchildren- I can imagine it happens through great grandchildren too?  God has so blessed me with a wonderful family- I can promise you I pray for them and all that they may do. May those dreams never die. Caitlyn's  Birthday is actually on June 27th, Happy Birthday Caitlyn. It seems only yesterday she was a baby in the Hospital- where does time go?
Instead of hoping the world to be better for the next generaton,
maybe we should hope for children to  be better for the next geneation?

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Putting on the Dog

I have an entire label devoted to Aaron Wilburn-(11) I love his humor. He is also a talented singer and songwriter. He had traveled with the Happy Goodmans for 3 years and he has appeared on numerous Gaither Videos. This is an older video- but it has not appeared on my blog until now. Have a good laugh and have a good day. Make a Laugh and make a Memory.

Hearty laughter is a good way to jog internally without having to go outdoors

Friday, June 21, 2013

It's Time for Boys to Grow into Men

Family Life has a new video series out that our church may show this fall, called Stepping Up and geared toward Men. This is one of the video clips- I hesitated to post this one, but the story brings out a good point that we need to work on- not follow. There are some good movies out for men- Courageous, Fireproof, Flywheel, Facing Giants and several good video series out like this one by Family Life Today. I want to challenge you to look for ways to improve your legacy you will leave behind.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Monkey Road Rage

This is another Trunk Monkey Commercial- I actually never saw these on TV, but then I seldom watch TV. It is one way to deal with road rage? I am not sure if smiling or laughing at them is reccommended- but ignoring them and avoiding eye contact could help if you don't have a trunk monkey.

A man was being tailgated by a woman on a busy boulevard. Suddenly, the light turned yellow, just in front of him. He did the right thing, stopping at the crosswalk, even though he could have beaten the red light by accelerating through the intersection.
The tailgating woman hit the roof, and the horn, screaming in frustration as she missed her chance to get through the intersection with him. As she was still in mid-rant, she heard a tap on her window and looked up into the face of a very serious police officer.
The officer ordered her to exit her car with her hands up. He took her to the police station where she was searched, fingerprinted, photographed, and placed in a cell. After a couple of hours, a policeman approached the cell and opened the door. She was escorted back to the booking desk where the arresting officer was waiting with her personal effects.
He said, "I'm very sorry for this mistake. You see, I pulled up behind your car while you were blowing your horn, flipping the guy off in front of you, and cussing a blue streak at him. I noticed the 'Choose Life' license plate holder, the 'What Would Jesus Do' bumper sticker, the 'Follow Me to Sunday School' bumper sticker, and the chrome-plated Christian fish emblem on the trunk.
Naturally, I assumed you had stolen the car."

Q: Where should a monkey go when he loses his tail?
A: To a retailer!

Q: Why don't monkeys play cards in the jungle?
A: There are too many cheetahs there!

Q: Where do chimps get their gossip?
A: On the ape vine!

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Bloopers by Mark Lowry

I am a big fan on the Gaither Video Series- I love to listen to them on my notebook via youtube.(usually when Jan is gone)  Here are some bloopers from the Gaither video series- you would never guess they had so many bloopers in listening to the videos. Now that is thinking- making money from your bloopers- I could have been a millionaire by now if only I could sell mine? Its good to remember everyone makes mistakes, and its not just me. I often wish I had the gift of Singing- if you heard me sing, you would say that as well.
Bloopers Found In Church Bulletins

This Afternoon there will be a meeting in the south and north ends of the church. Children will be baptized at both ends

Tuesday at 4:00 PM there will be a Ice Cream Social. All ladies giving milk please come early.

Wednesday, the ladies Literary Society will meet. Mrs. Johnson will sing “Put me in my little Bed” accompanied by the Pastor.

This being Easter Sunday, we will ask Mrs. Johnson to come forward and lay an egg on the altar.

The Service will close with “Little Drops of Water.” One of the ladies will start quietly and the rest of the congregation will join in.

Offertory: Jesus Paid It All

Newsletters are not being sent to absentees because of their weight

Potluck Supper. Prayer and Medication to follow.

The Sunday School Social Hour will be gin at 9:45

On church bulletin board during the ministers illness: God Is Good. Dr. Hargrove is Better.

On Sunday, a special collection will be taken to defray the cost of the new carpet. All those wishing to do something on the carpet, please come forward and get a piece of paper.

The Ladies of the church have cast off clothing of every kind and they may be seen in the church basement on Friday

Irving Benson and Jessie Carter were married on Oct. 24th in the church. So ends a friendship that began in school days.

There will not be any Women Worth Watching this week

Mark your calendars not to attend the church retreat.

The Rev. Mann spoke briefly, much to the delight of the audience.

The pastor will speak his farewell message, after which the choir will sing, “Break forth into Joy”.

The choir will meet at the Larsen home for fun and sinning

Thursday at 5:00 PM there will be a meeting of the Little Mothers Club. All wishing to become little mothers will meet with the minister in the study.

Weight Watchers will meet at 7p.m. Please use large double doors at side entrance.

The Ladies Bible Study will be held Thursday morning at 10. All Ladies are invited to lunch after the B.S. is done

Low Self-esteem Support group will meet Thursday at 7 to 8:30pm. Please use the back door.

8 new choir robes are currently needed, due to the addition of several new members an the deterioration of some older ones.

The pastor would appreciate if the ladies of the congregation would lend him their electric girdles for the pancake breakfast next Sunday morning.

Pastor is on Vacation. Massages can be given to church secretary

Todays sermon: “How much can a Man Drink?” with hymns from a full choir.

The choir invites any member of the congregation who enjoys sinning to join the choir.

Next Thursday there will be tryouts for the choir. They need all the help they can get.
Child care provided with reservations.

Monday, June 17, 2013

Trunk Monkey Offer

The Trunk Monkey Commercials were well done and pretty funny- not sure how they tied into the car sales in reality, but they got your attention. Check out this one with a police may not really need a trunk monkey in life, but you do need to have a sense of humor.
Q: What kind of a key opens a banana?
A: A monkey!

Q: What do you call a monkey in a minefield?
A: Baboom!
Q: What did the monkey say when he cut off his tail?
A: It won't be long now.

Q: Where do monkeys go to drink?
A: The monkey bars!

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Proverbs 27:17- Men and Mentors

Today is Fathers Day 2013. I pause to think of those who have mentored me and helped me. God has placed them in my life and I am so grafeful. Some have encouraged me and some have challenged me. Both have sharpened me like Iron sharpens Iron. Family Life has put out a great video series called "Stepping Up". Our church may have this series this fall- I hope to attend. This video is from that series. I hope you will look for ways to improve your legacy that you will leave  behind.  Do the Best you can. Have  A Happy Fathers Day.
“One night a father overheard his son pray: Dear God, Make me the kind of man my Daddy is. Later that night, the Father prayed, Dear God, Make me the kind of man my son wants me to be.”

Saturday, June 15, 2013

A Fathers Love Letter

This “Father’s Love Letter” is narrated from the perspective of God speaking straight to YOU from His Word. He is the Father you’ve been looking for all your life. God bless you and Happy Father’s Day!

Friday, June 14, 2013

Moulder of Dreams 3 of 3 by Guy Doud

This is part 3 of 3 parts of a sermon by Guy Doud telling the imporatnce we can have on others lives. I do not know if he still teaches, he was teacher of the year in the 80's and I first heard him on Focus on the Family. I challenge men to listen to all 3 parts of this video and look for someone you can impact for the good. Be a Moulder of Dreams. I can name many in my life who have.
Happy Father's Day! by Tony Perkins
The book of Proverbs tells us that, "Children's children are the crown of old men, and the glory of children is their father." I'm still a few years a way from having grandchildren, but I've seen enough photographs of my friends and associates' grandchildren to get the picture!

As for the second portion of Solomon's insightful proverb -- the glory or significance that a child gains from their father -- I can speak to that. This Sunday as we celebrate Fathers' Day, I'm grateful for a dad that not only helped bring me into the world, but for a father that has helped guide me through this world. I cannot begin to imagine navigating this treacherous minefield we call life without the words of wisdom and the lessons taught by example from my Dad. Looking around at the cultural chaos, the political corruption, the spiritual compromise, and the breakdown of the family, many ask, "How do we turn this nation around?" "Where do we even start?"

I don't want to oversimplify the complexity of the challenges we face, but the biggest and most significant impact can be made by men who father children, simply being dads. Give your children something to glory in. To all of those who, like my Dad, have made investing in their children a top priority in life -- and to those men who have stepped in to fill the "dad void" in lives of others -- this weekend we celebrate you. Happy Father's Day!

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Moulder of Dreams 2 of 3 by Guy Doud

This is part 2 of 3 parts of a sermon by Guy Doud  called Moulder of Dreams. . Guy was teacher of the year and has a way of showing the importance we can each have on the lives of others. I would like to dedicate this video to all the men who influenced my life- some men I never met in person, some are now in heaven, and some may not realize how they impacted my life. Happy Fathers Day.

One day a woman's husband died, and on that clear, cold morning, in the warmth of their bedroom, the wife was struck with the pain of learning that sometimes there isn't "anymore".

No more hugs, no more special moments to celebrate together, no more phone calls just to chat, no more "just one minute."

Sometimes, what we care about the most gets all used up and goes away, never to return before we can say good-bye, or "I love you."

So while we have it, it's best we love it, care for it, fix it when it's broken and heal it when it's sick.

This is true for marriage.....And old cars... And children with bad report cards, and dogs with bad hips, and aging parents and grandparents. We keep them because they are worth it, because we are worth it.

Some things we keep -- like a best friend who moved away or a  sister-in-law after divorce. There are just some things that make us  happy, no matter what.

Life is important, like people we know who are special.. And so, we  keep them close!

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Moulder of Dreams (1of 3) by Guy Doud

Happy Fathers Day. Sure I know its not until Sunday, but we should honor Fathers every day. And not just our Fathers- there are many men who have impacted my life so much, some even more than my father even. Guy Doud shared todays message on Focus on The Family back in the 80's- I ordered a copy and it has blessed me so much. We all need to be  a Moulder of Dreams for others- people are watching you life- don't let them down. I am thankful for the men who did not let me down. this is part 1 of 3 parts- don't miss the other two parts. 

We don't often hear the word esteem used very much these days, yet scripture tells us to esteem and delight in one another.

One definition of esteem is to hold in high regard. That means we are to honor and value one another. Even if we don't always agree with one another, even if others don't necessarily act honorably, we are to honor and esteem people because they are valuable in the eyes of God.

Think of it this way: If you had a costly piece of jewelry, you wouldn't just wear it to the gym or leave it on the kitchen sink. No, you would treat it carefully. You would put it in a safe place and protect it. Well, when we see others as valuable the way God sees them, we will treat them carefully as well. We should be careful in the way we talk to others. We should look for the good in them and honor them for who God made them to be.

Remember, the way we treat others is like sowing seed, and it will come back to you. Choose to esteem and delight in one another. Sow good seeds, and you will see a harvest of blessing in your own life in return!
-- Dr. Tim Emerick

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Trunk Monkey Car Thief

Several years ago a car dealer came out with Trunk Monkey Commercials that I discovered on you tube after they had been run. Not sure if they still make them, but I enjoyed this one on car thieves. It is also a good reminder to lock your car up for those who do not have Trunk Monkeys. And keep your eye on Olympia Budget and proposed new taxes. Seems no one calls it a tax if someone else has to pay it and not you. It is still a tax.

Monday, June 10, 2013

Jeff Allen on Family Humor

I look forward to meet Jeff Allen someday-I have only heard him on VCR or youtube so far. He is a person who has turned his life and marriage around. Even though he still has problems as he mentions on this video- he maintains his sense of humor and faith in God. I would say beside being funny, he is a pretty smart man.This is from a Gaither Homecoming Video a few years ago.
A drill sergeant barked out an order to a bunch of recruits: "All you dumbbells, get moving!" All but one obeyed. Angered by his seeming defiance, the sergeant marched up to him and growled, "Well?" The young recruit replied, "There certainly were a lot of them, sir!"

It would be great if more of us as Christians felt that good about ourselves. It's not wrong to affirm our worth. The Bible does. We have been created to reflect the moral and personal nature of God (Genesis 1:26). Sin has marred that image, but because of love, God sent His Son to die for our sins. By trusting Jesus as our Savior, we are "accepted," just as the Father accepts Him (Ephesians 1:6).

We may feel unworthy of such love and grace, but we can still have a healthy sense of self-worth, belonging, and confidence. Because Christ has removed the guilt of our sin by paying its penalty on the cross, we know that we are fully accepted by Him (v.7-14).

Feelings of self-condemnation may still come over us, but we must affirm our worth in Christ. When an inner voice keeps shouting, "You're a dumbbell!" silence it by saying to yourself, "God made me. Christ saved me. And that makes me a person of great worth!"
-- Dennis De Haan

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Caitlyn"s Graduation

Yesterday was a special Day-we were able to attend Caitlyn's Graduation from Kindergarden. I never went to kindergarden myself- but did graduate 40 years ago last  May 25th in Coulee Dam. Seeing what she has learned this past year makes me realize how much more I could have achieved in life maybe with that extra  year? Caitlyn is growing up way too fast but I am so proud of her. Her school is only 2 blocks from us, and we love to play on the playground equipment with grandkids and we love their music programs. She had a good teacher- Mrs. Mills.  It was encouraging to hear the dreams and goals of each of her friends as well- I want to help them reach those goals and hope they never give up reaching.
Caitlyn on Graduation from Kindergarden- 6-7-13

Friday, June 7, 2013

Krispy Kreme Donuts

Today is National Donut Day. We try to visit the Krispy Kreme Donut shop when we go to silverwood. Its located in Spokane Valley. Aaron Wilburn does a good job on that subject- that is one area  I keep trying to cut back on but not too successfully.

Do You Know Why I Stopped You?
Q: Why did the donut go to the doctor? A: Because it was feeling crummy.
A policeman pulls a man over for speeding and asks him to get out of the car.
After looking the man over he says, "Sir, I couldn't help but notice your eyes are bloodshot. Have you been drinking?"
The man gets really annoyed and says, "Officer, I couldn't help but notice your eyes are glazed. Have you been eating doughnuts?"
 A baker stopped making donuts after he got tired of the hole thing. 

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Ageing By Mark Lowry

Mark Lowery has a way with humor and this video that deals with ageing- I need not add anything to it. Just have a laugh today. For you  who cannot view the video, I posted some humor on ageing below from my humor books for you.

A kleptomaniac woman had been caught shoplifting in a supermarket and had to appear in court, taking along her long-suffering husband for marital support. The prosecution proved that the theft had taken place so the judge told her that, considering her record, he was forced to impose a jail term." This time you stole a can of tomatoes.  Let us suppose that there were six tomatoes in the can.  Do you agree?" The woman agreed. "Then I sentence you to six nights in jail.” The husband jumped to his feet, addressing the judge, "Your honor, may I approach the bench?" "Well," said his honor, this is somewhat unusual but I will make an exception in this case.  You may approach the bench." The husband wasted no time getting there and, leaning forward,he said in a low voice, "She also stole a can of peas."

Two elderly ladies meet at the launderette after not seeing one another for some time. After inquiring about each other's health, one asked how the other's husband was doing. "Oh! Ted died last week. He went out to the garden to dig up a cabbage for dinner, had a heart attack and dropped down dead right there in the middle of the vegetable patch!" "Oh dear! I'm very sorry," replied her friend, "What did you do?" "Opened a can of peas instead."

I've been arrested for being the ugliest person in the United States, can you come down to the police station and show them it's a mistake?

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Clean Humor

I love it when pastors can have fun and tell jokes- I think most of my jokes for my humor books have come from church or ministers. I also love to hear others tell jokes, a joke can be told so many different ways and still be funny. As I have said before, humor helps me deal with stress and I have had several stressful issues I have had to deal with the last couple weeks- so even if you are not stressed, (you might be tomorrow), just laugh and enjoy todays video. "A Merry heart is like good medicine."- and yes, it is from the owners manual of life.

Sunday, June 2, 2013

This Old House by Stuart Hamblin

This is an old song by Stuart Hamblin, he wrote/sang this song back in 1954- sixty years ago. I always enjoyed this song- hope you do too and hope it brings back memories. Maybe it is a sign we are getting old or maybe things do not change as much as we think? I also posted a bit of history of Stuart Hamblin for you who did not know him or heard of him. And below that- jokes that were posted on Facebook with this link.
Stuart Hamblen
Back in the 50’s there was a well know radio host/comedian/song writer in Hollywood named Stuart Hamblen who was noted for his drinking, womanizing, parting, etc. One of his bigger hits at the time was “I won’t go hunting with you Jake, but I’ll go chasing women.”

One day, along came a young preacher holding a tent revival. Hamblen had him on his radio show presumably to poke fun at him. In order to gather more material for his show Hamblen showed up at one of the revival meetings. Early in the service the preacher announced, “There is one man in the audience who is a big fake.” There were probably other who thought the same thing, but Hamblen was convinced that he was the one the preacher was talking about (some would call that conviction) but he was having none of that.

Still the words continued to haunt him until a couple of nights later he showed up drunk at the preacher’s hotel door around 2 am demanding that the preacher pray for him. But the preacher refused, saying “This is between you and God and I’m not going to get in the middle of it.” He did invite Stuart in and they talked until about 5 am at which point Stuart dropped to his knees and with tears, cried out to God. But that is not the end of the story.

Stuart quit drinking, quit chasing women, quite everything that was “fun”. Soon he began to lose favor with the Hollywood crowd. He was ultimately fired by the radio station when he refused to accept a beer company as a sponsor.

Hard times were upon him. He tried writing a couple of “Christian” songs but the only one that had much success was “This old House”, written for his friend Rosemary Clooney. As he continued to struggle, a long time friend named John took him aside and told him, “All your troubles started when you “got religion”. Was it worth it all?” Stuart answered simply, “Yes.” Then his friend asked, “You liked your booze so much, don’t you ever miss it?” And his answer was, “No.” John then said, “I don’t understand how you could give it up so easily.” And Stuart’s response was, “It’s no big secret. All things are possible with God.” To this John said “That’s a catchy phrase. You should write a song about it.”

And as they say, ”The rest is history.”

The song Carl Stuart Hamblen wrote was “It is no Secret.”
It is no secret what God can do.
What He’s done for others, He’ll do for you.
With arms wide open, He’ll welcome you.
It is no secret, what God can do.

By the way, the friend was John Wayne. And the young preacher who refused to pray for Stuart Hamblen? That was Billy Graham.   

As a senior citizen was driving down the freeway, his car phone rang. Answering, he heard his wife's voice urgently warning him, "Herman, I just heard on the news that there's a car going the wrong way on 405. Please be careful!" "Shucks," said Herman, "It's not just one car. It's hundreds of them!"

An elderly couple was attending church services, about halfway through she leaned over and said, "I just silently passed some gas, what do you think I should do?" He replied "Put a new battery in your hearing aide."

Elderly gentleman approached the post office clerk and asked if the would please help him by writing the address on his post card. The Clerk was happy to be of service- and after he finished writing the requested address- he asked if there was anything else he could do for the gentleman. “There is one more thing.” the elderly man requested,”could you please also write, “P.S. Excuse the sloppy hand writing.”

Hear about the boardmember who thinks there won’t be women in heaven? He claims he reading Rev. 8:1 as: “ And there was silence in Heaven for about half an hour.”

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Class Reunion

We graduated on May 25th, 1973. I think there were 98 graduating from Lake Roosevelt in Coulee Dam. I actually got to walk down the Isle with Jan for that event and again on April 13th, 1974 for an even bigger event.  On August 9-11th we hope to attend our 40 year class reunion in Coulee Dam. There are a couple of people I have lost track of; and we have lost too many.  My best friend in High School, John Smith, will not be there. John Manley, who I worked with at M and M Trailers; or Randy Webly who was a police officer in East Wenatchee will not be there either.  Ray Halsey,  a great teacher and one of longest serving mayors in Washington will not be there. Our pastors then in Electric City, Carl and Vida Smith, are living in Moses Lake and are doing great, married over 60 years now.  I think we were the 2nd class to graduate as Lake Roosevelt and I understand next year that building will be torn down for a new school? We moved to Coulee Dam for my final 2 years- when we moved from Fife for my dad to work on Dam. I kinda lost track of my Sawyer North Dakota class that I moved from after 5th Grade, as with the Lincoln High class that I left after 7th Grade in Tacoma. We continued to live in the Grand Coulee area until 1977.
I found this video of All In The Family where Edith attends her 30 year reunion. Archie reluctantly attends after hearing of who will be there. I seldom watched those shows when they came out, but now I find the humor in them entertaining. This is actually part 2 of that show, but you will get the point...
I really do hope we have a good turnout and even if you were not in that class you can attend. And now we have email and facebook to reconnect with- we had a wall rotary phone back then....
Have you ever been guilty of looking at others your own age and thinking, 'Surely I can't look that old?' Well, you'll love this one.
While sitting in the waiting room for my first appointment with a new dentist. I noticed his DDS diploma, which bore his full name.
Suddenly, I remembered a tall, handsome, dark-haired boy with the same name had been in my high school class almost 30 years ago. Could he be the same guy that I had a secret crush on, way back then?
Upon seeing him, however, I quickly discarded any such thought. This balding, gray-haired man with the deeply lined face was way too old to have been my classmate.
After he examined my teeth, I asked him if he had attended St. Peter's High School.
"Yes. Yes, I did. I'm a Spartan," he gleamed with pride.
"When did you graduate?" I asked.
He answered, "In 1979. Why do you ask?"
"You were in my class!" I exclaimed.
He looked at me closely. Then, that ugly, old, bald, wrinkled, fat, gray-haired, decrepit son-of-a-gun asked, "What did you teach?"

My wife and I were sitting at a table at my 30th high school reunion, and I kept staring at a drunken lady swigging her drink as she sat alone at a nearby table.  My wife asked, "Do you know her?".  "Yes," I sighed.  "She's my old girlfriend.  I understand she took to drinking right after we split up those many years ago and I hear she hasn't been sober since."  "Oh my goodness!" said my wife.  "Who'd think a person could go on celebrating that long?"...see, there really are two ways to look at everything!

1. Throw out nonessential numbers.
This includes age, weight and height. Let the doctors worry about them.
That is why you pay them.
2. Keep only cheerful friends. The grouches pull you down.
3. Keep learning. Learn more about the computer, crafts, gardening, whatever.
Never let the brain idle. " An idle mind is the devil's workshop."
And the devil's name is Alzheimer's.
4. Enjoy the simple things.
5. Laugh often, long and loud.
Laugh until you gasp for breath.
6. The tears happen. Endure, grieve, and move on.
The only person who is with us our entire life, is ourselves.
Be ALIVE while you are alive.
7. Surround yourself with what you love,
Whether it's family, pets, keepsakes, music, plants, hobbies, whatever.
Your home is your refuge.
8. Cherish your health: If it is good, preserve it.
If it is unstable, improve it.
If it is beyond what you can improve, get help.
9. Don't take guilt trips.
Take a trip to the mall, even to the next county; to a foreign country
but NOT to where the guilt is.
10. Tell the people you love that you love them, at every opportunity.