|In case anyone is wondering, I did not write this book.|
Sinners Have Souls Too by MaeDeansI am not saying anything negative or positive about this book because I haven't read it.
It would be more likely that I would write a book entitled
Dogs Have Souls Too · or · Cats Have Souls Too.
But, alas, I'm not a writer.
Monday, December 31, 2007
Saturday, December 29, 2007
This morning another neighbor is hooking up his fifth wheel with plans to visit the Mississippi Gulf Coast and Southern Alabama area for a month. Since Wendell and I expect to be in Alabama in early 2008, we might even cross paths again.
Tuesday, December 25, 2007
Monday, December 24, 2007
As I told my sister last night, I’m a copycat, because when I see something that someone else has done that I consider good, I copy it. This morning I ran across an article that I liked so much I feel compelled to share it:
Christmas Eve Gift by Greg QuinnAs I read this, I was reminded of a very similar story Daddy told me when I was 6 years old when I became convicted of my sins. A year or so later, when I was 7 and had ample proof that I was a sinner and could not save myself from my sins, I asked Jesus to save me from them, and I have felt ever so definitely that I am saved ever since that day.
So like Greg, let me say to you, “Christmas Eve Gift”. I pray you too have received “the greatest gift ever given on this Christmas Eve, the gift of Jesus.”
Thursday, December 13, 2007
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
*The following post is an update to: Flat Out!10/26/2007
Now that I've finished reading this book and listening to its accompanying audio CD, I feel certain that this is a landmark book that "motor-sickel nuts" and history buffs will want in their libraries. Although I can't talk cams, compression ratios, fuels or displacements, I found it very interesting. I'm a fan of its author, motorcyle historian Jerry Hatfield. I've also become a Rollie Free fan. Whatta guy! Its beautiful illustrations and audio footage of his final interview help tell Rollie's story as he deserved to have it told. If you're a Harley-Davidson enthusiast, you'll understand after reading the book why Rollie devoted his entire life to beating Harley with speed.
- My nephew, Scott Hatfield, received his copy back in August and has lots more to say about his dad's book on his own blog at I GOT MINE!
- Gotta see it! The Rollie Free Book has its own blogspot on which Jerry has posted a number of previously-unpublished photos and memorabilia that I think are a testament to his dedication to Rollie's story.
- A celebrity plug: Jerry has many fans, including Jay Leno, who recently recommended this book in a video entitled Vincent Black Shadow.
- And a review so good it could sell anything: Motohistory editor Ed Youngblood, who describes Jerry as the greatest single contributor to motorcycle history, helped push him out of "author retirement" to write this book. Ed has placed Jerry's book in the top spot among his Found in Print reviews (for which you'll need to scroll down to Ed's 10/6/2007 entry). This excerpt from Ed's descriptive review is just too good to not share:
"Rather than spin out a historical narrative in his own words, Hatfield has acted more like Free's editor, providing the context in which Free, with the help of his contemporaries, can tell his own story. Through this technique, the personality as well as the history of Rollie Free comes through, vividly."
2011 update: Although I'm unable to date this engaging article, Jerry evidently wrote it sometime after publication of Flat Out:
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
Last year when she was still a kitten, Booger Bear took great delight in undecorating their Christmas tree daily. This year, she has calmed down — so much so that she was found sleeping among its branches.
Friday, December 07, 2007
Wednesday, December 05, 2007
- Those who have tried Inez's massive hamburger-and-fries combo may find this Clarion Ledger article amusing:
- No 34-inch waist, no service? Let me weigh in with own bills
Monday, December 03, 2007
Wells has an impressive website that allows us to follow Keith Tonkel's weekly sermons and church ministries as we travel. Yesterday during the 8:30 worship service, someone joked that chaos reigned during the Pastoral Assistant / Newsletter Editor / Webmaster Jim Young and his family's recent well-deserved vacation. Welcome back, Jim and Michelle!
¯ And speaking of sacred music ...
There are many kinds of sacred music, and last summer I was introduced to still another kind when David Wolfs Robe AKA Flute Man performed at Devils Tower in Wyoming.
Sunday, December 02, 2007
click on image to listen
|We've had this music on a vinyl LP since the 1960's, and now own it on CD. The first track on it is a medley that includes The Little Drummer Boy.|
We have one other Ray Conniff Singers CD, but this is THE REAL CHRISTMAS MUSIC. I'm evidently not the only person who realizes this, because ♪ Ray Conniff – We Wish You A Merry Christmas ♪ is still played in stores during December and offered by the Internet's ultimate retailer, Amazon.
Saturday, December 01, 2007
Wendell's other sister Patsy gave me a beautiful counted crosstitch many years ago of The Drummer Boy. I wonder what year that was? She likely did that because we had a tradition of sending Drummer Boy Christmas cards every year, but it seems The Drummer Boy has fallen out of fashion in recent years, and I have not been able to find one to send out.
This may be the only Christmas card you receive from me, so let me Wish You A Merry Christmas and A Happy 2008.
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
I've always loved rainbows in any form, and I love Fall, too. This combines both.
Credit goes to:
Graphic Art, Graphic Art Editing,and Web Page By: Mark C. Phillips
Over the Rainbow-version by R. Malcolm Brown, Jr.© Solo's Hideaway Fun Pages
Also, thanks to Johnny for sending me this link.
Since the link did not seem to work any longer, on November 1 of 2011, I substituted a YouTube video by whitepine I hope you'll enjoy.
Monday, November 26, 2007
- And for those of you who want this mouthwatering recipe:
- Kitty Litter Cake
- pssst: It's surprisingly good!
Thursday, November 22, 2007
Let It Snow 14 photos
Monday, November 19, 2007
Friday, November 16, 2007
Thursday, November 15, 2007
This song hit the charts in 1955 – the year I graduated from high school:
Wolf Creek people, it’s been good!
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Saturday, November 10, 2007
My sis and bro-in-law enjoyed an October 2003 vacation there:
Thursday, November 08, 2007
Wednesday, November 07, 2007
|When we visited beautiful Lake Cumberland State Resort Park last September before the leaves began to change color, we agreed to return in the fall -- particularly since it's only about 5 miles from Wolf Creek Hatchery, where we're currently volunteering.|
Today was a beautiful sunshiny day and a perfect day to take photos of the park in all its Autumn splendor.
We had a delicious lunch at Rowena Landing Restaurant, which offers an expansive view of Lake Cumberland. In spite of the menu's traditional Kentucky dinners and gourmet meals, we couldn't resist ordering fried catfish ... and we chose well! Wendell also did the soup and salad bar, which included some excellent beef rice soup. We hope you feel like you're there with us as you view yesterday's Lake Cumberland slideshow on Webshots.
|Worth a third look:|
We visited again a week later on November 14. The drive was pretty scary because it was raining and many leaves had been blown onto the roadway. (Always on the lookout for area wildlife.) We dined at Rowena Landing, where Smitty sampled the Creelsboro Cordon Bleu, while Bob and I had the Ribeye Steak. Our baked potatoes weren't cut the fancy way as they were in our previous visit, but they were tasty nonetheless.
|*||Read about our first visit to this charming neck of the woods on|
The Perpetual Vacationers: Local sightseeing
Tuesday, November 06, 2007
Highway to Hulett (3 minutes)Wednesday of Bike Week with Ham 'N Jam is something else. Here's a snapshot of Main Street in Hulett during Ham 'N Jam 2007 courtesy of Webshots member Street Eagle:
To see more Hulett Ham 'N Jam photos, visit the Rapid City Journal's Hulett Jam photo gallery.
Monday, November 05, 2007
|Someone has suggested that this may be a maple leaf. After comparing it to the maple leaf photo on the right, though, I'm thinking is something other than a maple leaf.|
Our youngest daughter suggested it was a sweet gum leaf. After finding the sweet gum leaf images below, I concur.
Saturday, November 03, 2007
We hope to eliminate a little bit more of the chaos today on our day off.
Friday, November 02, 2007
Thursday, November 01, 2007
After Wendell's appointment and a quick brunch at Cracker Barrel, we traveled 21 miles east to Daniel Boone National Forest, where the 1-mile hike in the Natural Arch Scenic Area quickly shook off the day's overcast chilliness. While I pulled out my camera for photos of the stunning arch that awaited us at the trail's end, Smitty jawboned with a tree-cutting crew that had stopped for lunch.
See more Natural Arch Scenic Area photos on flickr
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Monday, October 29, 2007
|Our low last night was a chilly 30º. The same low temps are expected tonight.|
After the sun comes up over the eastern treetops, things warm up pretty fast. Now at mid-morning, it's 43º outside. That's good, because Wendell is smoking a Boston Butt.
Speaking of Boston ...
We were pulling for the Red Sox in the final and winning game of the World Series. Apparently there was a little bit of celebrating going on. Can't say that I blame them.
And for Red Sox fans who want to watch their team's 2007 championship over and over again, it's actually available in an 8-DVD boxed set. That's right – all 2,105 minutes of coverage, along with a bonus disk featuring Red Sox 2007 season highlights.
Sunday, October 28, 2007
Finally I got around to ordering the Smart Media Card Reader/Writer. Jeff enlightened me on the fact that this neat little helper did not even need to be installed because Windows XP recognized it and, with a Smart Media Card inserted in it, it immediately started putting the photos on the computer.
Sure wish I'd had it all along. But I just didn't know how handy it was going to be and how much expense and time it would save me, and at such a nominal cost.
Friday, October 26, 2007
I've begun reading this book, which I received several days ago from its author, motorcycle historian Jerry Hatfield. Jerry has authored over a dozen books, and I can already tell that this is his best work ever. It includes an audio CD of Jerry's interview with Rollie Free, which I intend to listen to after I've finished reading. Even though he was quite a daredevil, Rollie was not killed in a motorcycle accident. He lived into his 80's and was a legend in his own time.
My nephew, Scott Hatfield, received his copy back in August and has lots more to say about his dad's book on his own blog at I GOT MINE!
Ed Youngblood's MotoHistory review will really make you want the book. You will need to scroll down to Ed's 10/6/2007 entry:
Ed Youngblood review - Flat Out: The Rollie Free Story by Jerry Hatfield
Also, Jay Leno mentioned the book on a video called Vincent Black Shadow on his website, Jay Leno's Garage.
* UPDATE 12/12/07: I was even more impressed with this book after I finished it! Visit my December Flat Out! blog post to find out why.
Thursday, October 25, 2007
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Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Halloween is a mysterious holiday, and it's really amazing how much has come to be associated with it. People decorate for it, and it's sort of combined with fall festivities with the pumpkins and Jack-O-Lanterns. Hope I can find my Jack-O-Lantern earrings I've had for years.
While visiting HR Optical in Somerset, Wendell and I agreed that everyone needs a pair of the Halloweenie sunglasses they had on display:
My friend Chris recently shared a Halloweenie game with me. People who watch Wheel of Fortune on a regular basis will probably do pretty good on this. I'm not sure if I caught on or not -- I scored 70. Here's a few hints from someone who earned a high score of 430: "It's a matter of the most frequently used letters in the English language, plus the subject matter." (But she also admitted that she had help from Lee.)
Test your skills at Halloween Hangman
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Today is a big day here at the fish hatchery, and we're ready to shine! In addition to the official launch of the Biologist in Training program, representatives from other area fish hatcheries will be visiting to see what makes Wolf Creek hatchery so special.
*Want some mood music?
· · Hit the Play button to hear Elvis Presley's Kentucky Rain
Friday, October 19, 2007
This outstanding educational program takes advantage of the unique opportunities presented by hatcheries to build lasting connections between children and the outdoors. Children can become certified Biologists in Training by completing the BiT Activity Guide available from any National Fish Hatchery in the Southeast Region.
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
- It sure is big — over a mile long!
- On the Cumberland River near Jamestown, Kentucky
- Construction began in the 1940’s; completed in 1950, with the final power generator installed in 1952
- Lake Cumberland, which was created by the dam, is the largest manmade reservoir east of the Mississippi River and provides over 40% of the total flood storage in the Cumberland River basin.
- Benefits include:
- Flood damage reduction - Provides a maximum flood storage capacity of over 6 million acre-feet
- Hydropower - Produces 22% of the hydropower generated on the Cumberland River
- Currently undergoing a seven-year Seepage Rehabilitation Project through the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
And some surprising Lake Cumberland trivia:
- The lake's shoreline is longer than the Florida coast.
- It receives even more visitors each year than Yellowstone Park.
The Perpetual Vacationers: Dam tourists