Saturday, May 15, 2010

Let's see...I've got $46 dollars on me, and ...

If this sells, Shoeless Joe can afford to buy a pair of cleats. Or two.

‘Field of Dreams’ for sale in Iowa at $5.4 million.
DYERSVILLE, Iowa — Iowa’s world-famous “Field of Dreams” is for sale. The asking price of $5.4 million on the 193-acre tract near Dyersville is well over the $900,000 to $1 million the land would bring at current values in Dubuque and Delaware counties. In part, that’s because an estimated 65,000 people visit the field every year. The sale will include the baseball diamond and farmhouse used in the 1989 movie, several farm buildings and two souvenir stands. The baseball field was built in the summer of 1988 by Universal Studios. The popularity of the movie made it a tourist draw. The Des Moines Register.

Friday, May 14, 2010


Today is the last day of freedom for Linnea Marie Fayard.


Truly, she is one of the all-time greats. She had a good run. it goes...

We wish her well! We do not have to wish her 'fee-ance' well because we would all agree that he is already the luckiest man ever to breathe air. This could not be more obvious.


(Today's art selection was between a black balloon or a pair of heels flying at half staff.)

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Sermon-on-a-Stick: Rahab

These are my Sunday sermon notes, if you trust my note-taking, from Dr. Chris' Mother's Day effort.

Joshua 2

Rahab was a prostitute who, as documented in this passage, came to know God, was transformed, and affected her family for good.

* Change your choices and you change destinys, including your own.

1. Choose Not To Let Your Past Keep You Down
Scripture doesn't water things down. God is not politically correct; God is honest. Rahab was a prostitute, but God saw her heart's potential.

2. Change Who You Associate With
Rahab decided the God of the spies was the true God.

1 Corinthians 5:9-11 -- "I have written you in my letter not to associate with sexually immoral people— 10not at all meaning the people of this world who are immoral, or the greedy and swindlers, or idolaters. In that case you would have to leave this world. 11But now I am writing you that you must not associate with anyone who calls himself a brother but is sexually immoral or greedy, an idolater or a slanderer, a drunkard or a swindler. With such a man do not even eat."

Titus 3:10 "Warn a divisive person once, and then warn him a second time. After that, have nothing to do with him. 11You may be sure that such a man is warped and sinful; he is self-condemned."

3. Change Who Your Lord Is
Rahab becomes a follower of the true God.
Through our actions, people can see Christ -- or not. Either way, destinys will be changed.

Rahab is true to her oath and Joshua spares her, and "all who belonged to her." One woman changes her choices and changes her destiny and the futures of all those she loved.

James 2:25 "In the same way, was not even Rahab the prostitute considered righteous for what she did when she gave lodging to the spies and sent them off in a different direction?"

Heb. 11:31 "By faith the prostitute Rahab, because she welcomed the spies, was not killed with those who were disobedient."

Matthew 1 -- Rahab is the great great great great great grandmother of Jesus.

Let go of the past that drags you down. Mistakes of the past do not have to determine your future.


Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Pie Chart

My buddy Ross sent me this. It's true...Except another little slice would read "Getting Up In The Middle Of the Night To Go To The Bathroom."

Thursday, May 6, 2010

It's a Very Special Day!!!!

.... Because .....

On this date in 1968, the most wonderful girl in the world was born! Woooooooooo!

(I will post her some balloons as soon as I can get my posting-some-balloons thing to work. WAIT ... i think i just made it happen! Anyways...but right now, I will go buy her some Mexican food to eat!)

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Ode to Office Heroes, or, Hey!, Who Copied Off My (Carbon) Paper!?

The American working world recently honored its Administrative Professionals with an official Week and an Official Day. If there is a special week or day during which secretaries are rewarded, you can bet your hat they won’t let the bosses forget. It’s the secretaries’ job to remind them of things like that.

What a secretarial break!

“Boss, just reminding you of your meeting with Closter at 10, a luncheon at the bank on Pine and 1st Pine at noon, soccer practice for Julie at 3:30, and Administrative Professionals Day is just 11 short months and two weeks away.”
It’s a case of entirely legitimate pump priming.

I seldom think of a secretary that I don’t think of Mrs. Cynthia, who was my dad’s secretary back in the day and one of the kindest and most humble women I have ever known; she had to have been to have not killed my father.

Daddy was a preacher. For the Sunday service Mrs. Cynthia typed the bulletin, run off on mimeograph paper and distributed dutifully to the saints as they walked, shuffled or stumbled in. On this particular Sunday, the bulletin told us that we were beginning an outreach program for the “sick and shut-in.” Sadly, “shut” was mistyped. Just one letter was wrong. The vowel “u.” Another vowel had been typo-ed in there, and if you don’t think one letter can make a difference, then you are, most unfortunately, wrong.

The “u” and the “i” are side-by-side on the keyboard.


My dad couldn’t let this go by without a comment. He announced that if “everyone would please turn to the back of your bulletin…” He gave people time to find the error before he said we were going to cancel that ministry before it even got started. I think that’s what he said. It was hard to hear with everyone laughing.

(My Aunt Opal, shut-in at the time, got the bulletin in the mail later that week. She called my mother and said to get her “off that list!”)

Anyway, I can see Mrs. Cynthia now, he face turning the color of our crimson choir robes. She remains the greatest secretary I have ever known, if for no other reason than she did not poison my dad’s coffee. No jury would have convicted her.

Since I’ve been a grownup, people have said to me now and then that they would “contact my secretary,” I guess because they thought I actually had one. I am lucky to have a desk and a key to get in the building. But I have had the pleasure of being cared for by shared office-wide administrative pros who should have bodyguards on them at all times. If they go, we all go.

Vanessa. Mrs. Elaine. Althea. Louise. Deb. Helen. Common names, but when I hear them, they remind me of impossible road trips that were worked out, receipts that were recalculated, birthdays that were remembered. I hear their names and I hear inspiration and encouragement. To me they're music.

The best office pros are a cross between mental masseuse, mom, teacher, coach and cheerleader. They are walking Post-It Notes and Palm Pilots.

Human Valium.

Carbon paper comes and goes. Egos wear out their welcome. Ways of working evolve.

But it’s always people who make the Project of the Day pass or fail. Often, they are stealthy, the rebar in the concrete. Call them office managers or administrative professionals or secretaries, but the best ones are worth their weight in toner. Gold toner.

More often than not, we’re the typographical errors. They’re the Liquid Paper.


(Reprinted from The Times and The News-Star, 05/02/10)