Friday, January 14, 2005


My friend George sent me this. I'd seen something similar before, but the added graphics makes this really cool!

Thursday, January 13, 2005

Check This Out!

My friend Cliff sent me this ">link. Quite inspiring! I hope you'll check it out. While you're at it, also check out ~rich's comments regarding Congressman Coble's comments about pulling the troops out of Iraq.

Wednesday, January 12, 2005

Gun Owner's T-Shirt

I liked this...

Tuesday, January 11, 2005

Guess who?

And in the red corner, weighing in at 175 pounds, hailing from Baghdad, Iraq, with an M16 in one hand and a laptop in the other....

Hey, thanks for the invite to post at Joy Ridge...I'm honored!

I'll try to stop by from time to time, so until next time I'll leave you with a couple links...

This is probably where Jennyjo and I will be sitting when we get back, and if you're writing any sermons, watch out for this!

Pull out of Iraq?

After our congressman, Howard Coble, suggested that we pull out of Iraq, my friend Cliff, a Vietnam Vet, wrote him this letter:

Dear Congressman Coble, If America had not been attacked on 9-11-2001,we would not be in this fight. There are probably more Muslims than Americans that would like to see the U.S. military withdraw from Iraq, but they should have thought about that before 9-11. We did not start the fight but we are going to finish it. Americans should also know that if we do not fight them on their soil, we will be fighting them here on American soil with the additional cost of civilian life and the economy totally going south. America can not afford to be under constant threat by terrorist like Israel has been experiencing in terrorist attacks for the past twenty years. We need to KILL the people that threaten our Nation before they kill us. The muslim religion is not a religion of peace, liberty or freedom. It is my personal opinion that this is really a religious war started by the muslim nation against America which is founded upon the Almighty God, our Creator and our Savior. Leaving Iraq is not an option for America. Killing and defeating the enemy is our only option. We can not be a divided Nation and defeat the enemy. We should have the resolve to win at any cost period! After spending one and a half years in Vietnam, I understand the costs of freedom, and all Americans should know that freedom is never free. U.S. Army, SSG Cliff Whitman/Vietnam Veteran.

Sunday, January 09, 2005

Today Was a Cool Day!

Today was a cool day! At about 1:30 pm, I called MC and PPP and left a message on their answering machine (they weren’t home). The message went like this: “Well you’ll absolutely, never guess who I sat beside at church today!”

The morning started early. Much like any weekday morning. My alarm went off at approximately 6:30 am. At about 6:45, I forced myself out of bed and stumbled into the kitchen to turn on the coffee. As usual, lights were already on in the kitchen. Grace was up too. The fish in the aquarium were hungry, so I fed them. Then I “jumped” in the shower. Grace and I left for church a little earlier than usual. We had a little bit longer trip this morning. Grace, as a member of The Cantabile Singers, was again performing. On this Sunday morning, at Duke University Chapel!

The Cantabile Singers are the most accomplished and advanced division of the Greensboro Youth Chorus. This group is comprised of older middle and high school youth, under the direction of Ann Doyle. GYC has participated in local, regional and international choral events including festivals in England, Germany, British Columbia and the US. Their summer tour will include prestigious performances in London, Paris and Canterbury Cathedral. Needless to say, I am proud of my Grace!

At Duke Chapel this morning, the group was the “guest choir.” They opened the service with “Ave Maria” and “There is No Rose.” The Offertory was “My Shepherd Will Supply My Need.” Finally, the Anthem, “Behold a Rose Now Springing.” The Cantabile Singers were truly wonderful, helping to make the entire experience a very worshipful one.

Anyway, as I was seated, prior to the service, I was contemplating those who had gone before -- those, especially in our family, who had, in times past, worshipped in this magnificent place. My thoughts were on Pa’s children and grandchildren. I looked up and in walked MC's cousin, Libby and her husband, Harry Whitaker! After quick hellos and hugs, I told Libby why I was there. As I was about to point my sweet Gracie out to her, she said “Oh I see her, she looks just like Chachi!”