“Thank you for working,” I said to the Cracker Barrel server on one of our recent trips.
She simply smiled and said nothing.
When she returned with our coffee, I asked her, “Do you know why I thanked you for working?”
“I guess you’re hungry,” she replied.
“Well, I am hungry,” I admitted. “But that wasn’t the reason.” Continue reading
Last night Norma Jean and I attended the 12th annual Florida College Leadership Dinner.
It was a wonderful evening of warm fellowship with many of our friends who are supporters of Florida College. It was an opportunity to support FC’s business department with scholarships and hear featured speaker Steve Forbes. And of course, to enjoy a delicious meal. Continue reading
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Scott Adams is a cartoonist and creator of the Dilbert comic strip. Dilbert, the title character, is an engineer and known for his satirical office humor. The San Francisco Examiner dubbed Dilbert “the cartoon hero of the workplace.”
Here are some of Dilbert’s “Rules for the Workplace,” Continue reading
“Strength is born in the deep silence of long-suffering hearts, not amid joy” wrote the 19th century British poet Felecia Hemans.
One of the challenges of our 21st century culture is immediate gratification. We are an impatient people. We want what we want. And we want it now! Qualities of forbearance, perseverance and patience are not often lauded as desirable. Instead we seek pleasure. Possessions. And personal satisfaction. However, our true strength is not found in these fleeting fancies. Continue reading
During the past month since moving to Denton County, Texas, we’ve met a lot of new people. Especially those in our church family at West Main in Lewisville. As you to get to know people, and build relationships, one of the first questions often asked is “Where do you work?” Sometimes we simply ask, “What do you do?” And it is understood that you asking about their job, profession or business.
We are interested in what people do for a living. Occupations tell us a lot about a person. Their background. Education. Experiences. Whether intended or not, the answer often indicates one’s social-economic standing. Continue reading
Jason Greenslate. He’s the most recent “poster-child” of what’s broken in American society.
During an investigation into the record number of food stamp recipients, Fox News reporter John Roberts met Greenslate, a surfer and rocker, who is living the self-described “Rattlife” in San Diego.
Although Jason attended college and is a trained recording engineer, he told Roberts he has no paycheck because holding down a steady job isn’t for him. So, the 29-year old “suffer dude” signed up for SNAP. He receives $200 a month in taxpayer money for food. Greenslate simply said, “I don’t got a paycheck coming in, so I qualify.” Continue reading
When we were looking for a home in the Kansas City area last Spring, one of the things we wanted was trees on our property. We told the Realtor, “Don’t even show us anything that doesn’t have trees.” And we were blessed to find a home that we liked in Lee’s Summit that has trees. Lots of trees.
The other day I was mowing the yard and ranking leaves. Norma Jean came out and commented about the amount of leaves as she surveyed my freshly mowed yard being sprinkling with more falling leaves. I chuckled, looked at her and said, “Well, if you’re gonna have trees, you’ve gotta rake leaves.” Pretty profound, eh? Continue reading
Sir Christopher Michael Wren was one of the most highly acclaimed architects in English history. Following London’s great fire in 1666 he was given the responsibility for rebuilding 51 houses of worship. His masterpiece was St. Paul’s Cathedral which was completed in 1710.
Legend has it that one day the famed architect visited the construction site of this magnificent edifice. He was unrecognized by the workers so he walked around asking various men what they were doing. Continue reading