Sep 01 2014

Why a Handkerchief? #97

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Why carry a handkerchief? Reason 97: When your son drops yellow doughnut sprinkles on the Xterra’s right seat, you need to clean the seat.

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Aug 27 2014

I Call Waist Gun!

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One of our favourite manly traditions is the calling of the front seat.  Men and boys all over the English-speaking world can be found racing out of doors shouting, “Shotgun!”  At our house, though, the mom and dad always take up the left seat and shotgun positions, leaving only the middle and back row positions open, but alas! those seats have no awesome nickname or protocol for calling them.

So we have adapted the shotgun protocol to the exigencies of our mini-van.  In honour of World War II bomber crews, we have christened our two middle row positions “waist gun” and our three rear positions, “tail gun.”  Our boys and girl may daily be found sprinting out the front door shouting, “waist gun!” “tail gun!” and that’s just the way we like it.

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Aug 21 2014

Why a Handkerchief? #98

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Why carry a handkerchief? Reason 98: Whilst changing guitar strings, you might prick your finger on a string and have to wipe off the blood.

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Aug 17 2014

Twitter and Me, Me, Me

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We have been given the gift of clarity — clarity about the problem with “Social Media” — and of all the things that could have given us this gift, it was a church sign. The church sign read, “Thankful for all those who gave their lives serving God and Country,” and while we wholeheartedly agree with the sentiment, it occurs to us that the sentence reads just like a tweet and thus, we worry that the sign-writer is overly influenced by Twitter.  O.k., fine…

Maybe we are annoyed because this is an incomplete sentence.  Maybe we extend some grace because we note that the guy is limited by the number of those pesky letters that will fit on the sign (and worried about the ones that will fall out).

Then, with a modicum of thought, we notice that we can shorten the sentence.  Our sign would read, “Thank you to all those who gave their lives serving God and Country.” And here is where we see our problem.  We have realized that the greater issue here is that the first version of the sentence (“Thankful for…”) has the wrong subject!  The focus in that sentence is the author and his feelings, instead of where it should be, on those who gave their lives.

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Aug 01 2014

Why a Handkerchief? #99

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Why carry a Handkerchief? Reason 99: You might drop a bullet in the mud and then you need to wipe it clean before firing it.

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May 12 2014

When the Spell Checker Lets You Down…

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When the spell-checker doesn't help.

When the spell checker lets you down…

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May 05 2014

I Know the Rules Say…

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What K says: “I know the rules say I can’t hit you in the head, but I probably will anyway.”

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Apr 28 2014

Come Fly with Me

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Come fly with me.

Come fly with me.

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Apr 24 2014

We Shall Miss You…for a While.

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Adam, we are envious and we shall miss you, but only for a while and then we get to take that bike ride.

Psalm 139:16
Your eyes saw my unformed substance;
in your book were written, every one of them,
the days that were formed for me,
when as yet there was none of them.

Philippians 1:23
 I am hard pressed between the two. My desire is to depart and be with Christ, for that is far better.

1 Thessalonians 4:13
But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about those who are asleep, that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope.

Hope

Hope

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Feb 14 2014

We Don’t Need No Stinking Bread Sticks

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Last week, we celebrated a milestone in a project at home by picking up a pie from Rocky Rococo.  The boys asked for bread sticks, but I suddenly realized.  The same children who do not eat the crusts on their sandwiches, do not eat the crusts on their pizza.  What is left when you do not eat your deep dish pizza crusts?  Bread sticks are left.  That’s what.  So, we noted the inconsistency of asking bread sticks, while declining to eat your deep dish crusts.  We did not order bread sticks.

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