Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Fight

So, here we are.  At the hospital.  It's been a fitful night, my wife in a hospital bed that never seems comfortable enough.  Me, on a hospital couch that I wish were a foot longer. 

Sleep comes in small increments, interrupted by machinery that only beeps because it's supposed to.  Machines don't care that we can't sleep.  Nurses and doctors come through, each with their own important part to play.  X-rays, vital signs, medications, and promises to be back.

Recently, my wife was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer.  So now, we embark on yet another journey.  This is certainly not the one we would have chosen, but it is the one for which we have been selected.  Breast cancer is one of the most treatable types of cancer so we are full of hope.  Moreover, we believe in the sovereign will and healing power of God, so we are full of faith.  We hold hands and we walk together.

Which brings me back to the present.  Sometimes the routine becomes less so. The common gives way to the rare and the rare suddenly becomes real.  Procedures that are supposed to be simple turn into complications and a short outpatient office appointment turns into a third day in the hospital.

It's a clear reminder that each case is different and nothing can be taken for granted.  We don't know what the future has in store.  We know it will involve a fight, so we are gearing up.  Again.

Sometimes, it's easy to get tired.  Unemployment, destruction of a business partnership, (almost) loss of a house, going from two vehicles to none.   There's never a good time, but this seems to be the worst time, but this is when cars break down, I miss days at my new job, and we have to give up activities we love.  

But it is a process.  One that we will walk together.  Discouragement can be a quick companion.  But then, life gets serious and we get mad.

You see, this thing ... this we will fight.

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Quote for the Weeek

The purpose of government is to enable the people of a nation to live in safety and happiness. Government exists for the interests of the governed, not for the governors.

- Thomas Jefferson

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Quote for the Week

I don't believe people die from hard work. They die from stress and worry and fear -- the negative emotions. Those are the killers, not hard work. The fact is, in our society today, most people don't understand what hard work is all about.

- Arthur Williams

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Quote for the Week

Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can't lose.

- Bill Gates

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Quote for the Week

No matter how big the lie; repeat it often enough and the masses will regard it as the truth.
- John F. Kennedy

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Quote for the Week

I predict future happiness for Americans, if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.
- Thomas Jefferson

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Quote for the Week

Power over others is weakness disguised as strength.

- Eckhart Tolle

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Quote for the Week

Political language is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.

- George Orwell

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Quote for the Week

The real man smiles in trouble, gathers strength from distress, and grows brave by reflection.

- Thomas Paine

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Quote for the Week

Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans.

- Allen Saunders

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Quote for the Week

Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.

- Ronald Reagan

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Quote for the Week

The chains of habit are too weak to be felt until they are too strong to be broken.

- Samuel Johnson

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Quote for the Week

You climb to reach the summit, but once there, discover that all roads lead down.

- Stanislaw Jerzy Lec

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Quote for the Week

We will bankrupt ourselves in the vain search for absolute security.

 - Dwight D Eisenhower

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Quote for the Week

A child educated only at school is an uneducated child.

- George Santayana

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Don't go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first.

- Mark Twain

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Quote for the Week

Wars are, of course, as a rule to be avoided; but they are far better than certain kinds of peace.

- Theodore Roosevelt

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Quote for the Week

If God would have wanted us to live in a permissive society He would have given us Ten Suggestions and not Ten Commandments.

- Zig Ziglar

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Quote for the Week

The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself.

- Benjamin Franklin

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Quote for the Week

One of the most common causes of failure is the habit of quitting when one is overtaken by temporary defeat.

- Napoleon Hill

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Quote for the Week

We are too much accustomed to attribute to a single cause that which is the product of several, and the majority of our controversies come from that.

- Marcus Aurelius

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Quote for the Week

Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.

- John Wooden

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Quot for the Week

It is not enough to be busy. So are the ants. The question is: What are we busy about?

- Henry David Thoreau

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Quote for the Week

It has seemed to be more necessary to have regard to the weight of words rather than to their number.

- Cicero

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Quote for the Week

Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.

- John Wooden

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Quote for the Week

You must never be fearful about what you are doing when it is right.

- Rosa Parks

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Quote for the Week

If you tell people you talk to God, they'll think you're religious, but if you say God talks to you, it's ten to one they'll think you're crazy.

- Robert Fulghum

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Quote for the Week

The opportunities of man are limited only by his imagination. But so few have imagination that there are ten thousand fiddlers to one composer.

- Charles Kettering

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Quote for the Week

Standing in the middle of the road is very dangerous; you get knocked down by the traffic from both sides.

- Margaret Thatcher

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Quote for the Week

The fishermen know that the sea is dangerous and the storm terrible, but they have never found these dangers sufficient reason for remaining ashore.

 - Vincent Van Gogh

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Quote for the Week

Heights by great men reached and kept were not obtained by sudden flight but, while their companions slept, they were toiling upward in the night.

- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Quote for the Week

If you call a tail a leg, how many legs has a dog? Five? No, calling a tail a leg don't make it a leg.

- Abraham Lincoln

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Quote for the Week

I don't pity any man who does hard work worth doing. I admire him. I pity the creature who does not work, at whichever end of the social scale he may regard himself as being.

- Theodore Roosevelt

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Quote for the Week

Character isn't something you were born with and can't change, like your fingerprints. It's something you weren't born with and must take responsibility for forming.

- Jim Rohn

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Quote for the Week

No man ever achieved worthwhile success who did not, at one time or other, find himself with at least one foot hanging well over the brink of failure.

- Napoleon Hill

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Quote for the Week

The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself.

- Benjamin Franklin

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Quote for the Week



Economic power is exercised by means of a positive, by offering men a reward, an incentive, a payment, a value; political power is exercised by means of a negative, by the threat of punishment, injury, imprisonment, destruction. The businessman's tool is values; the bureaucrat's tool is fear.
- Ayn Rand

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Quote for the Week

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead

- 1 Peter 1:3 NIV

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Quote for the Week

Money won't create success, the freedom to make it will.

- Nelson Mandela

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Quote for the Week

I learned that very often the most intolerant and narrow-minded people are the ones who congratulate themselves on their tolerance and open-mindedness.

- Christopher Hitchens

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Quote for the Week

If I had eight hours to chop down a tree, I'd spend six hours sharpening my axe.

- Abraham Lincoln

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Quote for the Week

Gov. Romney, I’m glad you recognize al-Qaida is a threat, because a few months ago when you were asked what is the biggest geopolitical group facing America, you said Russia, not al-Qaida, you said Russia. And the 1980s are now calling to ask for their foreign policy back. Because the Cold War has been over for 20 years. But Governor, when it comes to our foreign policy, you seem to want to import the foreign policies of the 1980s, just like the social policy of the 1950s, and the economic policies of the 1920s.

- President Barack Obama

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Quote for the Week

It will be found an unjust and unwise jealousy to deprive a man of his natural liberty upon the supposition he may abuse it.

- George Washington

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Quote for the Week

Courage is being scared to death, but saddling up anyway.

- John Wayne

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Quote for the Week

I say, beware of all enterprises that require a new set of clothes...

- Henry David Thoreau

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Quote for the Week

How many legs does a dog have if you call the tail a leg? Four. Calling a tail a leg doesn't make it a leg.

- Abraham Lincoln

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Quote for the Week

I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that his justice cannot sleep forever.

- Thomas Jefferson

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Quote for the Week

Democracy and socialism have nothing in common but one word, equality. But notice the difference: while democracy seeks equality in liberty, socialism seeks equality in restraint and servitude.

- Alexis de Tocqueville

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Quote for the Week

When the leaders choose to make themselves bidders at an auction of popularity, their talents, in the construction of the state, will be of no service. They will become flatterers instead of legislators; the instruments, not the guides, of the people.

- Edmund Burke

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Vegetables

Daughter (looking at my plate):  You didn't even touch your vegetables!

Me (indignant):  Yes, I did!  I had to move them out of the way!

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Quote for the Week

That men do not learn very much from the lessons of history is the most important of all the lessons of history.

- Aldous Huxley

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Quote for the Week

The pine stays green in winter... wisdom in hardship.

- Norman Douglas

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Quote for the Week

History has shown that a government's redistribution of shrinking wealth, in preference to a private sector's creation of new sources of it, can prove more destructive than even the most deadly enemy.


- Victor David Hanson

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Quote for the Week

For to be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.

- Nelson Mandela