Monthly Archives: December 2012

To Do in 2012: Happy New Year

Twenty-Twelve is history.
The Mayans have disappeared…
Twinkies have disappeared…
The Federal Government has solved all of our economic woes…
Oh.  Wait.  Maybe not.

At least I don’t have to answer for the government.
Let’s see how I did on my goals…

1.  Drop the PMI on the mortgage.                                                Goal #1 – Check. 

2.  Sell the boat…  SOLD!!!!                                                           Goal #2 – Check.

3.  Remodel the master bathroom for the wife…                           Goal #3 – Check.

4.  See Italy.                                                                                   Goal #4 – Check.
Still haven’t blogged about it though.

5.  Put ONE of my million dollar ideas into action.                         Goal #5 – Well…
Well…  Well…  Well…  Got it started, but I allowed it to fizzle.
Which is good – it gives me something to do in 2013.

6.  Learn to be moved with compassion…                                       Goal #6 – Check???
You can read a little about this by clicking here.
This is more of an intangible goal.
I’m not real sure how to simply check this off.
Next year I’ve got an idea of a bit more concrete way to accomplish this.

7.  Read the Bible through in chronological order.                        Goal #7 – Check.
Finished is yesterday, actually.
Time to use today to decide which plan to use for 2013.

8.  Make sure AFT Sunday School hits that top branch…                Goal #8 – Check???
Another intangible.
How do you measure it?

So, out of 8 goals – 5 are undoubtedly accomplished, 1 stalled, and 2 are difficult to measure…
All in all…  I’ll take it.
2013 – maybe I’ll have 2,013 items on my list…  That would be something!

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Posted by on December 31, 2012 in My Life


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FCC IX: Cough & Cold Edition

Mucus Man

About two weeks ago I came down with a cough.
A not so enjoyable hack that produces things we will not
talk about on this blog.
Yet this cough also led me to something great…


The Medicine Closet.

To combat my cough I went to the medicine closet.  The closet held a few remedies for my ailment.
The first tool to combat the cough – Mucinex Maximum Strength Expectorant…

An innocent looking little bottle that claims to hold 14 magic pills to cure me.

Mucinex Pills

Inside what I found were 14 impossibly massive capsules that no human should be able to swallow without first crushing, chewing or breaking them into ingestable pieces…
But the instructions on the label clearly stated “do not crush, chew, or break tablet.”

Looking at them in the bottle I was reminded of the VW Bugs you see at the circus – that somehow contain 14 full grown clowns.  I set the bottle back – I was not going to choke to death to get rid of my cough.

Clown car Comic

Next, there was a large economy sized bag of salvation by the name of Halls.  This golden bag promised triple soothing action to sooth my sore throat, relieve my cough, and cool my nasal passages – just what the doctor ordered.  When I unlocked the magic of the “fresh-lock” seal I found even more magic than promised…
I found –

A Pep Talk In Every Drop.
As I unraveled the first of many relief drops of the day I noticed a message that read – “A Pep Talk In Every Drop.”  My first drop held three inspirational messages that spurred me forward:

Halls BagGet back in the game.
You’ve survived tougher.
Buckle down and push forth!

I followed those fortunes with:

The show must go on. Or work.
Put your game face on.
Keep your chin up.
Bet on yourself.
Let’s hear your battle cry.

(It was more of a battle squeal that day though.)


You got it in you.
Dust off and get up.
Elicit a few “wows” today.
Go get it.
March forward!
Take charge and mean it.
Don’t try harder… DO harder!
It’s yours for the taking.
Be resilient.
Get back in there champ!
Go for it!
Put a little strut in it. (you don’t want to see that – I promise)
Hi-five yourself.
Turn “can do” into “can did!”
Get through it.
Impress yourself today. (That’s a tall order.)
Seize the day.
Flex your “can do” muscle. (Now, that is a sight to see.)
Inspire envy.
Tough is your middle name.
Be unstoppable.
You can do it and you know it. (Clap your hands.)
Push on!
Fire up those engines!

I’m not sure when the fortune cookie writer decided he needed a second job writing “Pep Talks” for Hall’s Cough Drops…  but I am grateful he did!

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Posted by on December 10, 2012 in Fortune Cookies


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I Am Not A Vegan…

Plant Food

*First I will say, the title is misleading…  But I’m sure it made you wonder.
*Second, there are many reasons people eat the way they do. Instead of explaining why I eat what I do, I thought I’d take some other people’s perceptions of my dietary decisions and explain it backwards.

So here it is…  All the reasons I am not vegan.

I am not a vegan because I am on a diet.
South Beach, Atkins, Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig, Nutri-System, HCG Diet, Apple Cider Vinegar Diet (seriously)…  They come and they go.  I don’t do diets.

Actually.  We ALL do diets – some are good, some are not.  Some have a catchy name and some do not.
Some have a book written by a doctor, some do not.  Some are balanced, some are not.

We all have one though… I guess.  But I am not ON a diet.

I am not a vegan because of the unethical treatment of animals in our food supply.
While I’ve heard and read a lot about horrible conditions the American livestock industry maintains for their stock; I simply cannot bring myself to become outraged and indignant at the inhumane treatment of an animal that was brought into the world for a single reason: To be killed, eaten and digested.

These are not pets that are being abused, they are food being grown –
Not to mention (or maybe I will) it seems to be a great hypocrisy that an individual can care so deeply for maltreated species; yet do very little (which most humans – including vegans) to help the billions of maltreated human beings they pass everyday.

*I sincerely apologize if this offends any vegan that does hold to the PETA (or similar) stance.
Please understand I am an uneducated clown.  And this happens to be my opinion and my blog –
Please click here to read my disclaimer for more information.

I am not a vegan because it is cool.
Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood, Bill Clinton, Pamela Anderson, Ellen DeGeneres, K.D. Lang, Bryan Adams, Avril Lavigne, Alec Baldwin, Ozzy Osbourne, Woody Harrelson, Ben Stiller, Carrie Underwood, Mike Tyson, Jaci Velasquez, Meredith Vieria, Venus, Serena, and Vanessa Williams, Brad Pitt, Prince, and “Weird Al” Yankovic  – have NEVER been my role models.

Okay…  Maybe “Weird Al” has had some influence on my life, and I definitely look a whole lot like Brad Pitt – but I promise I am NOT vegan because of them.

Sometimes I think vegan-ism may be popular in Hollywood only because it gives famous people a viable excuse to look gaunt in their tabloid pictures – aside from the dope they’ve been snorting. (I should have deleted that. There is no evidence that any of the people listed are addicts. More readers offended – please click the disclaimer link above.)

I am not a vegan because it is popular.
I realize that is probably real mayonaisse and therefore NOT vegan...NONE of my close friends or family – excluding my wife & kids – are vegan.  I have a few that eat vegan dishes regularly, but most just make fun.  Which is totally cool, because I have a great sense of humor.

However, I have noticed that invitations to dinner have dramatically decreased in the past six months.
Come on people!  I still eat, and I still eat out at most of the restaurants you do!

I am not a vegan because I am intellectually superior to you.
No explanation needed – if you’ve read this far you’ve figured it out already.

I am not a vegan because I am spiritually superior to you.
While a you can make a strong case for biblical vegan-ism using Daniel’s stand when taken to Babylon, the Garden of Eden and descriptions of Heaven; it does not take a Bible scholar to learn that eating meat, and drinking milk is far from sin.  I can bring out scripture after scripture to prove both diets are acceptable in God’s sight.

Thankfully, though, these spats have been going on for mellinium and Paul addressed it almost two thousand years ago when he wrote Romans 14:1-4

“Welcome with open arms fellow believers who don’t see things the way you do. And don’t jump all over them every time they do or say something you don’t agree with—even when it seems that they are strong on opinions but weak in the faith department. Remember, they have their own history to deal with. Treat them gently.

For instance, a person who has been around for a while might well be convinced that he can eat anything on the table, while another, with a different background, might assume he should only be a vegetarian and eat accordingly. But since both are guests at Christ’s table, wouldn’t it be terribly rude if they fell to criticizing what the other ate or didn’t eat? God, after all, invited them both to the table. Do you have any business crossing people off the guest list or interfering with God’s welcome? If there are corrections to be made or manners to be learned, God can handle that without your help.”
(I reluctantly quoted The Message after reading it in several versions)
To quote my incredible Pastor who said it more succinctly:
“Diet doesn’t dictate fellowship.”

I am not a vegan but – I am a vegan.
I am not going to go on a long rant and cite statistics and articles to argue my case for eating a plant-based diet…  I could.  The benefits are real.  Maybe one day I will expound and rant and cite articles, journals and statistics in a post titled “I Am Vegan,” (be warned) BUT I don’t want this site to turn into some health nut homepage (I’ll start a different blog if I decide to do that).

Two recent posts about eating habits is more than enough.
Suffice it to say I eat vegetables, fruits, nuts, and grains.

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Posted by on December 3, 2012 in Musings, My Life


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Through The Looking Glass: December 2012

Readings by day for December.  For past readings click here.

December 1, 2012: 1 Corinthians 12-14      December 2, 2012: 1 Corinthians 15-16

December 3, 2012: 2 CorInthIans 1-4      December 4, 2012: 2 Corinthians 5-9

December 5, 2012: 2 Corinthians 10-13       December 6, 2012: Romans 1-3

December 7, 2012: Romans 4-7      December 8, 2012: Romans 8-10

December 9, 2012: Romans 11-13       December 10, 2012: Romans 14-16

December 11, 2012: Acts 20-23    December 12, 2012: Acts 24-26

December 13, 2012: Acts 27-28   December 14, 2012: Colossians & Philemon

HhDecember 15, 2012: Ephesians    December 16, 2012:. Philippians

December 17, 2012: 1 Timothy    December 18, 2012: Titus

December 19, 2012: 1 Peter     December 20, 2012: Hebrews 1-6

December 21, 2012: Hebrews 7-10    December 22, 2012: Hebrews 11-13

December 23, 2012: 2 Timothy      December 24, 2012: 2 Peter; Jude

December 25, 2012: Matthew 1:18-2:23, Luke 2:1-20, John 1:1-14

December 26, 2012: 1 John

December 27, 2012: 2 John, 3 John    December 28, 2012: Revelation 1-5

December 29, 2012: Revelation 6-11     December 30, 2012: Revelation 12-18

December 31, 2012:

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Posted by on December 1, 2012 in Looking Glass


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