5/12/18 Summer’s Here

No. It’s not really summer, yet, but today sure seemed like it. Summers seem harsher here than they used to be. Maybe my tolerance is faltering. Lots of things at my age are faltering. I am glad to be still be here. We have been working long hours in Olive Branch, Mississippi, in the throes…

4/15/18 Two More Years

I have been on the Ruxolitinib trial for two years now. It has been good so far. The trial was designed to address the symptoms of CLL and prove, disprove, or measure its efficacy in individual patients. The requirements of the trial were that each person enrolled must not be treatment naive, meaning that they…

3/20/18 Meaningful Art for the Working Man

I saw this can of PVC cement inside the job trailer of the East Cox Road Substation we are building in Marshall County, Mississippi, near Memphis. Someone had placed it on a shelf in the job trailer. It caught my eye. I started to throw it away, but the more I looked at it, the…

3/15/18 California Pot Dealers Competing with the Black Market

Here’s a link to an article from today’s LA Times which I picked up off the Drudge Report: http://www.latimes.com/politics/la-pol-ca-pot-tax-reduction-california-legislature-20180315-story.html The headline reads: California considers lower taxes on pot to help new legal industry compete with black market It seems California’s pot dealers and producers are having a hard time competing against pot sold on the…

3/12/18 Uncle Phil Meets His Match

I loved my Great Uncle Phil, who was my grandmother’s half-brother. I also loved his wife, my Aunt Lucy, and their beautiful daughter, Phyllis. Uncle Phil and Aunt Lucy crossed the bar a long time ago, with his beloved Lucy crossing many years earlier than he. Cousin Phyllis is doing well, I hear, but I…

2/28/18 Political Commentary. Why?

I am burning up to write political commentary. I am not satisfied with a lot of things. I am resisting the urge successfully, so far. Politics is about life. We are all political beings. Not all of us need to comment on it, though. Perhaps it’s best if some of us don’t. And, even if…

2/28/18 Good Dogs

Are there any other kind? Yes. Coyotes and Coy Dogs, those domestic dogs that have interbred with coyotes. I do not like them. They are dangerous to my own dogs. Last week, while staying at the Magnolia Inn just off Goodman Road in Olive Branch, Mississippi, I spotted the biggest, most beautiful German Shepherd I…

2/28/18 Confirmation Bias

It’s as good as a fresh donut and far more satisfying. We seek to confirm our own biases on every level. This is an understandable human characteristic, though not an enviable one. Those who are best at presenting arguments for their own causes have studied the thoughts of the best of those who disagree with…

2/12/18 Houston as the Gathering Place

It was just a simple Facebook post about being in Houston for my two month checkup. It was followed by a message from Tennessee’s husband, Sam. “We are here and would like to meet up if we can,” Sam wrote. That stopped me in my tracks. Tennessee and Sam and I have been Facebook friends…

2/7/18 BOOM-let!

Nearly one year ago, I wrote in my blog about my church exploding. See 2/21/17 BOOM! Today, it is exploding again, but this time it is a mere boomlet, a firecracker. To be brusque and crude, a mere fart in a hurricane of world apostasy. Instead of focusing on serving the physical and spiritual needs…