Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Monday, December 27, 2010
Saturday, December 25, 2010
Sunday, December 5, 2010
Today is the anniversary of my mother’s death (1981). And also her mother’s birthday. And therein lies a tale. Often she would tell me – well, “often” as in several times over the course of a number of years – that she’d had a very vivid dream and in it her mother ‘came to get her’ when it was her time to die (and it was that vivid she believed it would happen). Me, being the skeptic that I am, didn’t think there could be any possibility knowing that Mom’s father told a tale about making a pact with his wife to ‘come get him’ at a specific time should she die first (and vice versa). [She did not show up.] Now, I suppose one could compare the relative merits of the two likelihoods, though plainly irrelevant to actual reality (as comparisons can often be meaningless), but were that the case, mom’s “wins,” hands down. Plus the confirming actuality that she did die on her mother's birthday is good for skeptics like me.
When I posted my Dad’s recitations on the day of his passing in September, Janeil asked me to post this one on Mom’s. It's a favorite long scriptural quote of hers and it’s true, I heard her recite it numerous times. It's on the same tape as the September posts (recorded in St. George) and Norma introduces it. I also wanted to post something with Mom’s voice and somewhere there’s an old tape of the two of them reciting nursery rhymes to Alan but I’ve searched high/low, and that one will have to be for another day. Assuming I ever find it.
Monday, November 29, 2010
Friday, October 29, 2010
Saturday, October 9, 2010
Saturday, September 25, 2010
This is the P.S. to the prior post, Neil Y. Fugal's testimony (turn off playlist and hear Norma's Tribute below).
Grow old along with me! The best is yet to be, the last of life for which the first was made. Our times are in his hand who saith, 'A whole I planned, youth shows but half; Trust God: See all, nor be afraid!' Robert Browning
Oh, it's a long, long while from May to December; But the days grow short when you reach September. When the autumn weather turns the leaves to flame; One hasn't got time for the waiting game. Oh, the days dwindle down to a precious few – September, November – And these few precious days I'll spend with you.
I well remember Daddy singing this song to Norma that last week of his life. And reciting Psalm of Life. And many more. (And by the way, it’s the Bing Crosby version he’d have listened to, as I still have it, but memorized possibly after Frank Sinatra's version. Which reminds me of the time I said I really liked “My Way,” and he pointed out that I wasn’t here on this earth to do things “My Way.” Occasionally it is picked for a funeral number which, since his comment, makes me wince.)
September 26, 1986. The day my Dad died. It breaks my heart, even now, but underneath I do acknowledge it is intertwined with memories I’d never want to forget.
I place the experience of witnessing the last weeks of his earthy presence at the top of my treasured memories, along with the spring I was truly converted to the gospel, and the summer I studied the church's 12 steps manual.
You might think that odd, but he showed exactly what he was made of in his dying – no need to go home to set a few things straight, no lamenting, no fear. He bore his testimony both in how he lived and in how he died.
I asked him if he would give me a blessing as he never had, and then immediately felt guilty for asking. He couldn’t kneel nor even sit up, but he put his hands on my head while I knelt and among many other things asked me to strive to obtain a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. I thought he should know I already had one, but the summer of the 12 steps manual proved me wrong.
He was larger than life. And how does one get “there”? Honor. Valor. Dedication. Respect. Patience. Geniality.
(Following this poem, you'll find his testimony a little harder to hear but upping the recording volume I'm unable to offset the distortion.)
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
More laughter at work today, passing these around:
1. Light travels faster than sound. This is why some people appear bright until you hear them speak.
2. Do not argue with an idiot. He will drag you down to his level and beat you with experience.
3. We never really grow up, we only learn how to act in public.
4. You're never too old to learn something stupid.
5. War does not determine who is right - only who is left.
6. Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit; wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
7. Going to church doesn't make you a Christian any more than standing in a garage makes you a car.
8. Some people are like Slinkies ... not really good for anything, but you can't help smiling when you see one tumble down the stairs.
9. Some cause happiness wherever they go. Others whenever they go.
10. The last thing I want to do is hurt you. But it's still on the list.
11. To steal ideas from one person is plagiarism. To steal from many is research.
12. I want to die peacefully in my sleep, like my grandfather. Not screaming like the passengers in his car.
13. If I agreed with you we'd both be wrong.
14. I didn't say it was your fault, I said I was blaming you.
16. I discovered I scream the same way whether I'm about to be devoured by a great white shark or if a piece of seaweed touches my foot.
17. Dolphins are so smart that within a few weeks of captivity, they can train people to stand on the very edge of the pool and throw them fish.
18. I used to be indecisive. Now I'm not sure.
19. I always take life with a grain of salt, plus a slice of lemon, and a shot of tequila.
20. The early bird might get the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese.
21. Evening news is where they begin with 'Good evening', and then proceed to tell you why it isn't.
22. How is it one careless match can start a forest fire, but it takes a whole box to start a campfire?
23. Whenever I fill out an application, in the part that says "If an emergency, notify:" I put "DOCTOR".
24. Why does someone believe you when you say there are four billion stars, but check when you say the paint is wet?
25. Women will never be equal to men until they can walk down the street with a bald head and a beer gut, and still think they are sexy.
26. Why do Americans choose from just two people to run for president and 50 for Miss America?
27. Behind every successful man is his woman. Behind the fall of a successful man is usually another woman.
28. There's a fine line between cuddling and holding someone down so they can't get away.
29. A clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory.
30. If you are supposed to learn from your mistakes, why do some people have more than one child?
31. You do not need a parachute to skydive. You only need a parachute to skydive twice.
32. Some people hear voices. Some see invisible people. Others have no imagination whatsoever.
33. The voices in my head may not be real, but they have some good ideas!
34. A diplomat is someone who can tell you to go to hell in such a way that you look forward to the trip.
35. Hospitality: making your guests feel like they're at home, even if you wish they were.
36. A bus station is where a bus stops. A train station is where a train stops. On my desk, I have a work station.
37. I thought I wanted a career, turns out I just wanted pay checks.
38. A bank is a place that will lend you money, if you can prove that you don't need it.
39. Money can't buy happiness, but it sure makes misery easier to live with.
40. Always borrow money from a pessimist. He won't expect it back.
41. When tempted to fight fire with fire, remember that the Fire Department usually uses water.
42. To be sure of hitting the target, shoot first and call whatever you hit the target.
43. Nostalgia isn't what it used to be.
44. A bus is a vehicle that runs twice as fast when you are after it as when you are in it.
45. Change is inevitable, except from a vending machine.
Monday, September 20, 2010
Thursday, September 16, 2010
Not quite the color that is emblazoned in my memory September 26, 1986, and probably won't get there by that anniversary.
This year's promo, Wild Wild West Days, kicked off in August.
We borrowed a life-size bull, and had fun snapping silly pictures (embedded above). Each school will host similar event using the same decorations, with the kids dancing and singing along to country music.