Sep 122019
  • It Chapter Two is out. Apparently I didn’t let Aaron watch the first one, and his interest in catching up is minimal, so probably Nathan and I will go see the sequel on our own.
  • I respect the express lane. If I have more than 10 items, I don’t get in it. But Publix cashiers are in the habit of waving me to it anyway, which sets me up to be unpacking more than 10 items ahead of someone who gets in it after I do. So then, for all that person knows, I’m just a scofflaw. But it just seems too much to actually turn around and say “she waved me over here.”
  • Someone made a joke about White Claw this week, and I didn’t know what it was. Apparently it’s some girly beer or something, like today’s Zima.
  • Is Florida-Kentucky the best game of the weekend? Maybe Kansas State-Mississippi State? What a lackluster slate of games top to bottom.
  • Fellow North Alabama Human Trafficking Task Force member Deborah Powell and I will be presenting at the Madison Library at 6 pm on Tuesday, October 22, and at the main branch at 6:30 pm on Tuesday, October 29. All are welcome. Watch for further announcements.
  • Looks like 90s for another week, and then a gradual descent into seasonal temperatures. I can’t wait. I’m over 50 days of August.
  • I got an opportunity for greater understanding with an old friend today. It was a blessing, and a good lesson for me. I was operating without a key piece of information.
 Posted by at 7:10 pm
Sep 112019

Dear God,

Even though the events of 9-11 took place long ago, most of us can still recall them like it was yesterday. Some, more than others, are still feeling the effects, and the pain.

On this day, we remember all those who lost their lives and their loved ones to this terrible tragedy.

We lift up their families and their friends, and ask for strength, peace, and comfort.

We also remember and honor those heroes who stepped in to help, to save, to serve.

And we will never forget those who gave their lives for the noble cause of rescuing others. We are forever grateful, and pray blessing and comfort over their families.

We pray for the spirit of unity to revisit our nation – the unity we felt in the midst of our struggles and our confusion.

We pray that our citizens would look to God for wisdom and guidance, just as many did during that time of uncertainty.

But most of all, we pray for the swift return of our Savior, who will one day put an end to all tragedies, and to all tears.

We love You. And we pray all these things in the powerful name of Jesus Christ, our Lord.


Prayer is from a video at

 Posted by at 8:13 am
Sep 092019

We all went out to eat last night, and one of the boys said that on the way. It reminded me immediately of this conversation I’ve shared before:

Nathan: “Dad, what’s it like to have a stepmother?”
Bo: “Son, don’t worry about it, because you’ll never have one.”

Our children are old enough now to have a less varnished look at the lives of those with divorced parents, and this was a spontaneous utterance (with us) based on such. It introduces difficult problems for which there are no good solutions, and for which there are no analogs outside broken homes.

Certainly, with everyone making considerable effort, many children adapt and have good lives. But they are never the same.

To be sure, divorce is indicated sometimes. Nevertheless, it remains an exceptionally grave step deserving exhaustive prevention efforts.

(Frankly, I was glad to have the little bit of juice. I beat myself up too easily for my shortcomings as a parent. At least we have this big thing right.)

 Posted by at 12:45 pm
Sep 052019
  • God be with everyone affected by Hurricane Dorian. A direct hit would have almost certainly been worse, but I know the waiting is agonizing for those still in her potential path.
  • Periodically someone will say to me “how do you keep up your blog and still keep up with life?” or similar. Well, the answer is when life is crazy enough, I don’t keep up my blog. I was sure I’d write a post yesterday and it was literally 11:45 before I had a chance. I still manage Thursday miscellanea posts most of the time because (obviously) they’re much easier to think about and write in chunks. Should be back to normal soon.
  • I enjoyed watching football this weekend, but the SEC was hardly impressive top to bottom. There were more than a few shouldn’t-have-been losses and struggles. Congratulations to Auburn for its rabbit from a hat. They’re making an opening-weekend bloody nose for the Pac-12 a habit.
  • A Perth vegan is suing her neighbors because they grill too much and the smell ruins her life or something. Now thousands are coming for a barbecue.
  • The TSA has reversed its ban on new Disneyland Star Wars soft drink containers that look like thermal detonators. Applauding the common sense, but wishing it didn’t so often come in such small doses.
  • Death row inmates can still choose the electric chair over lethal injection in a handful of states, and Alabama is one of them. Our electric chair is named Yellow Mama, because it’s painted with yellow highway paint. The United States and the Philippines are the only countries ever to use an electric chair for execution.
  • A.J. Foyt Racing has lost longtime sponsor ABC Supply for the 2020 season, retaining them only for one car in the Indianapolis 500. I think Foyt was planning to bring Tony Kanaan back before this news. Foyt says they’ll press on as a team, but there’s no telling TK’s fate now. I’d like to see him get a farewell season, but there are a lot of talented young drivers out there who don’t have 2020 seats yet. I love Kanaan, but the business case for signing him is thin.
 Posted by at 11:41 am
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