Wednesday, 8 June 2022

The Gift

 I cannot remember where I first came across this quote but I sure do like it. It kind of sets a lot of things into a proper perspective, doesn’t it? I think so.

Let’s be sure to take a moment and thank God for His amazing gift of TODAY.

Peace and blessings, friend. God is good.

Photo: Ottawa River, Canada.

Friday, 3 June 2022

The Other Side of Living in Fear


I came across this cartoon again the other day and thought it worth saving. “What can we do to stop living in fear?” At the risk of over simplifying a common problem for many, I believe the cartoon perfectly illustrates a great first step. Perhaps if we all tuned out the media fear-mongering a little more often, we’d also enjoy life a bit more.

Just my two-cents. Peace.

Friday, 27 May 2022

The Other Side of Dirty Jobs

There was a show on TV called Dirty Jobs in which the host would work as an apprentice in various dirty and often disgusting jobs.

What was the dirtiest and/or most disgusting job you ever had?

About forty years ago I had one such job myself in which I drove a sewage vacuum truck. The driving of the truck itself was not that bad. From time to time, however, the job required that I climb into the septic tank (yes, after it was pumped out). That part of the job was rather gross to say the least! On more than one occasion I remember my wife saying that she only had to look at my truck and she felt dirty all over. For the longest time after I made the change to a cleaner line of work, my sense of smell seemed dead in me. People might say that something stinks or smells wonderful, and I’d be oblivious to it.

I was reminded of that job again this week when I saw this water truck. Though not a vacuum truck like mine was, I did chuckle when I saw the word septic. However, despite my photo caption that suggests otherwise, I am reasonably sure that they do use different trucks. At least I hope they do. LOL.

Well there you have it; a memory from yesteryear. 😉💩

Sunday, 22 May 2022

The Other Side of WORDLE

It happened again! It doesn’t happen often, but today was not the first. What am I talking about? Thanks for asking (ha-ha). I’m talking about that highly-popular game craze that is played by an estimated 300,000 people daily, WORDLE. More specifically, I’m talking about my having guessed the right word today on my first try!

How is that even possible? Luck! There is no other logical answer (other than cheating, but if one stooped to that level, then why bother playing?) No, there was no special skill; like flipping a coin, it was all luck. My only strategy, if it can even be called that, is to start with one of a few regular words that I use day after day. Today’s first guess just happened to be one of those words.

Well there you have it. Now to see how long I can carry on this streak before dipping below the 100% mark. Can I make it to 100 games? We’ll have to wait and see. 😊 

Postscript …

I made it! After my first 100 consecutive days playing WORDLE, I successfully maintained my 100% streak, only once going down to that last chance sixth guess. Woo-Hoo!

Since discovering WORDLE, my son also introduced me to another similar word game called QUORDLE. The only significant difference between the two is that in the latter the player has to solve four words within nine guesses. If you like WORDLE and want to try something a little more challenging, maybe QUORDLE is for you. 


Friday, 13 May 2022

What Did He Eat?

I have been working in facility maintenance and engineering for the past several years. While I haven’t seen it all, as the old quip says, I have seen some interesting things. By way of example, one of my colleagues once reported of a problem plugged toilet that eventually produced a set of dentures. While he didn’t say, I have my doubts that the owner wanted them back.

When I saw this picture on a news feed the other day I couldn’t resist adding a caption. While I found it somewhat humorous, this incident was nothing to laugh about. Apparently it was caused by a nearby lightening strike. I sure hope no one was sitting on it at the time.

If there is a lesson to be learned here, perhaps it might be to rethink the wisdom of doing one’s business during a lightening storm. Hmm. 😉

Tuesday, 3 May 2022

The Other Side of Stress

“Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they shall be called
sons of God.”
-Jesus (Mt.5:9)

I have been thinking about stress again lately. No, I am not stressed as I write this (not this time). Still, I have certainly experienced more than my share of it too. I have also often observed it in others. I wonder why that is. Why do we get so stressed out? I suppose there are a 1001 reasons why people get stressed out. I am not a psychologist and as such can offer no wisdom for combating it other than this little nugget from the Psalms: seek peace and pursue it.

Read that again: seek peace and pursue it. Can we do that? Dare we do that? Can there be anything more important in today’s crazy world than pursuing peace? Personally I would have to say that there is not. If/when you find it, guard it religiously! Guard it, friends, for it is precious! If we cannot find personal peace, I would doubt that we could find anything else worth having either.

Just my random musing. Peace, friends.

Photo: The Ottawa River, Canada  

Saturday, 23 April 2022

The Other Side of Asses?


As a bookworm, I have come across a lot of great quotes. That shouldn’t surprise anyone given that history is full of a lot of interesting people. This quote attributed to the late great Rich Mullins has always been one of my favourites.

I believe that God does still speak through various means and people all the time. Personally, however, I’ve heard Him speak clearer through the still small whispering voice (1 Kings 19:12) as opposed to the loud and obnoxious ass. Perhaps that is what Rich was referring to with this. 😉

Just my random musing. Peace.

Sunday, 17 April 2022

The Other Side of Easter Eggs?

“A true friend is someone who thinks
you’re a good egg, even if you’re cracked.”

For some time now, one of the highlights of our Sunday mornings has become a call to my parents. Living halfway across the country from them as we do, and though I make the trip about three times per year, I am grateful for these weekly phone and Zoom visits. Isn’t it amazing how we often take that technology for granted?

As we concluded our chat this morning, I mentioned that I was about to prepare breakfast. Dad asked if I was going to make Easter eggs (now you know where my brothers and I get it from - ha, ha). Logical question, I suppose, given that today is Easter Sunday. I thought about that as the oatmeal was cooking and the eggs were boiling. Easter eggs? Why not?! I’ve never claimed to have artistic skills, but I’d try. Who says that you can’t teach an old dog some new tricks? Not bad for a first attempt, wouldn’t you say? 😉

Happy Easter.

And now, lest we forget what it really is all about:

“And with great power the apostles were giving
their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus,
and great grace was upon them all.”
(Acts 4:33; ESV)

He Is Risen!

Friday, 15 April 2022

The Other Side of the Bookworm

It's not hoarding
if it's books.

Several years ago I boxed up several boxes of books and gave them away. Since then, a few others have been gifted, while others were loaned out and never found their way home. More recently I got inspired to count the volumes in my home library. Much to my surprise, they still numbered just over 1000 books. 

While most are English, there are also a few other languages represented, including some Spanish, German, Latin, Hebrew, Greek and other ancient languages. There is even an elementary grammar of the Assyrian language in cuneiform type (which I have yet to figure out). The oldest, and most fragile, book in my collection dates to the year 1771 CE.

The library features a variety of theology and philosophy, history and historical novels. There are assorted reference works, famous biographies and language studies. Family authored and published books further complement the collection. There are even some volumes found on banned book lists (though I have never understood the logic or wisdom of banning books). Some books have been inherited and others are destined to be bequeathed, since I am neither the first generation bookworm nor last in my family. Just as I still have my eye on some books in my father's library, my son also has his eye on some in mine. Perhaps there will be a bibliophile or two in future family generations as well. I hope so.

Cataloguing and organizing is a never ending chore, but an enjoyable one. Like all hobbies, for me books are not only a relaxing pastime, but an opportunity to continue something my parents taught us from an early age: lifelong learning. I am thankful for that example of theirs. The fact is, however, life is too short to read and learn everything that still remains on my bucket list. Perhaps that explains why bookworms regularly have two or three books on the go at any given time. That's certainly true in our home.

A biblical writer once wrote, "Of making many books there is no end" (Ecclesiastes 12:12). I am reminded of this every time I visit another of my favourite places; a local used bookstore owned and operated by a friend of mine. It is hard not to walk out of her store without another awesome discovery or two tucked under my arm. The downside, if I can call it that, is that inevitably more shelves will have to be built. In my way of thinking, however, that's not a bad problem; I already have an idea where the next shelf can go. As someone is quoted to have said, "You can't buy happiness, but you can buy books. That's kind of the same thing." I like that.

Finally, in closing I leave you with a quote attributed to Mark Twain: "The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who can't read them." What good books have you read lately? Thanks for the visit. Peace.


Tuesday, 12 April 2022

The Other Side of Putin’s War?

“In the midst of chaos,
there is also opportunity.”
-Sun Tzu, ‘The Art of War’

There is nothing to laugh about when it comes to war. Having said that, I have to confess that I chuckled when this image was first sent to me. I know, I know; it is not very politically correct to laugh at death, even a fictitious one. However, the Russian leader’s aggression against Ukraine is also not politically correct. So I say, etiquette has already been thrown out in this tragedy; go ahead and allow yourself at least a good smirk. Who knows, but maybe Ukraine will have their chance at this selfie one day. Now wouldn’t that be something to chuckle about?! Hmm.

Sunday, 10 April 2022

The Other Side of the Grace of God

It is really quite amazing that Christianity has survived at all.

I have been reading some church history again lately, both pre and post Reformation. There sure are a lot of ‘not our finest hours’ at virtually every turn! It is actually really quite sad. Have you ever wondered about that? From so called holy wars to burnings at the stake of those who thought differently than the status quo. From dissensions and factions to denominationalism and the more modern church splits. This is the love of Christ? I have sometimes mused that it is no wonder that many in the world are not interested in what the church is selling. GOD forgive us!

I thought about that again this morning as I read part of Paul’s letter to the Galatians. To continue with the context of the above Scripture passage (Amplified translation):

7. Not that there is [or could be] any other [genuine Gospel], but there are [obviously] some who are troubling and disturbing and bewildering you [with a different kind of teaching which they offer as a gospel] and want to pervert and distort the Gospel of Christ (the Messiah) [into something which it absolutely is not]. 8. But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to and different from that which we preached to you, let him be accursed (anathema, devoted to destruction, doomed to eternal punishment)!

Taken one step further, where does my Christian walk line up in this? Am I walking and living the true Gospel of Christ, or some other man-made pseudo-gospel? Whose gospel are we really following? Hmm, I wonder sometimes.

Yes, it really is quite amazing that Christianity has survived at all. Still, perhaps therein lies the greatest proof of the graceful hand of GOD in our faith. Despite the world’s objections and the church’s infamous and often pseudo-gospel history, two thousand years later the love of GOD still remains. Maybe that’s the greatest miracle of all. Peace and blessings, friends.

Wise Men Still Seek Him!

Thursday, 7 April 2022

Subject to Interpretation?

“Wear a mask,” they said.

“Over the chin and nose,” they said.

“Subject to interpretation,” I said.

No, I didn’t really say that, but they did. For the record, I am not an anti-masker or conspiracy theorist, but I am a humorist who loves a good laugh. Ever since this Covid pandemic started, I’ve heard people remind other people about how to properly wear a mask; over the chin and nose. As I thought about that, I also mused about how many ways those instructions might be subject to interpretation. Perhaps this is one of those ways. Technically correct? Hmm.


Monday, 28 March 2022

The Other Side of Paradise


“A man travels the world over in search of what he needs and returns home to find it.”
-George A. Moore


The older I get the more I realize that I don't need, or even want, fancy vacation destinations. I am perfectly content and relaxed at home. It truly is my little piece of … Paradise.


Sunday, 27 March 2022

Easy Street

Though the the Eagles debut of Take It Easy was 50 years ago (1972), it is amazing how relevant the chorus still seems today. Here, two years into the Covid pandemic, with armies gathered at the Poland/Ukraine border in answer to the latest Russian aggression for what some have feared may be the start of World War III, it is easy to lose one’s peace. Take it easy?

Anyone who has known me for a while can attest to the fact that I often speak of guarding my personal peace. When I do lose it, and it happens to all of us, I strive almost religiously to try and recapture it as soon as possible. Take it easy? Yes; maybe now even more than ever before. Peace, friends. Take it easy!

Postscript: Pictured is my own little piece of paradise, part of my backyard deck space, appropriately named Easy Street.

Thursday, 17 March 2022

Is This What We’ve Become?

 “Godly sorrow brings repentance”
2 Corinthians 7:10

This cartoon was shared with me recently. I have to confess that I was amused by it, but only in a sad kind of way. As one who has read a significant amount of church history, it struck a bit of a nerve with me. Isn’t it interesting how many of us seem to think that, unlike the generations before us, we’re the ones who “finally got the Bible right?” Maybe interesting is the wrong word.

Thankfully this self-righteousness does not represent all Christendom!

However, for those that it is true, by default it would seem that they’re implying that all Christians before them were somehow ignorant in their faith. Taken one step further, they would probably say the same of traditions different than theirs today as well. Sadly I think we all know people like that. Is this what we’ve become? God forgive us!

Cartoon Source: Unknown

Friday, 4 March 2022

of Bearing with the Defects of Others

 “Endeavor to be patient in bearing with the defects and infirmities of others, of what sort soever they be; for that thyself also hast many failings which must be borne with by others. If thou canst not make thyself such a one as thou wouldest, how canst thou expect to have another fashioned to thy liking? We would willingly have others perfect, and yet we amend not our own faults. We will have others severely corrected, and will not be corrected ourselves. The large liberty of others displeaseth us; and yet we will not have our own desires denied us. We will have others kept under by strict laws; but in no way will ourselves be restrained. And thus it appeared, how seldom we weigh our neighbor in the same balance with ourselves.”

Thomas A’ Kempis
Book One, Chapter 16

Thursday, 3 March 2022

The Story of My Life

There have been some difficult times of late. Within the past three months, we lost two close friends and one sister. The superstitious would tell us that things happen in three’s. Good thing we’re not superstitious. Still, what do you do with that? I suppose the older we get, the more frequent these things are going to be. Death is, after all, a part of the circle of life. 

Our Christian faith gives us hope beyond the grave, but our humanity still cries with pain for ourselves and the loved ones left behind. In the days following our moods swing back and forth, and socially we become awkward, both wanting the company of others and solitude at the same time.

Recently my better half, my beautiful wife of forty years, shared this video with me. It spoke volumes to us both as we listened to it over and over again. A timely part of the healing process? Perhaps it was. Peace and blessings, friend.

The story of my life, is very plain to read …

Wednesday, 23 February 2022

Every Puppy Should Have A Boy


I love this quote attributed to Erma Bombeck. So true!


Pictured is my fur-baby and me. Both of us are well beyond the puppy and boy stages of our lives, but both of us remain as inseparable as if we still were.

“Every puppy should have a boy.”

Fur-baby rescued me several years ago, or was it I who rescued her? No matter; we rescued each other.

So here’s to this man’s best friend. I couldn’t imagine not having her in my life.


Sunday, 13 February 2022

Positively Puzzling, Vol. 6

This edition of Positively Puzzling begins with a cartography lesson. This is a bit of a double entendre. Since cartography is about the study, making and using of maps, here too we made a map; a puzzle map of Canada and Newfoundland as it looked in 1867. It was interesting to see how our great country looked at the time of Confederation. Much has changed.

This 1500-piece puzzle featured the Coca-Cola Santa Claus. A funny thing that happened one day was when our granddaughter saw the puzzle and exclaimed, “Nana, look! Lots of Opas!” We thought it cute since she has only ever known me bearded. I’ve been called Santa before, but I wonder if Santa has ever been called Opa before. Hmm. 😉

Check out this link for more interesting history on the famous: Coca-Cola Santa.

For more, click on Puzzles label below. 👇

Wednesday, 9 February 2022

of Biblical Philologists

What is a Biblical Philologist? Do you know any?

And did you know that the Philistines were almost certainly … Canadian? 

Find the answers to these and other important questions here:

A big THANK YOU to my son for having shared this. It brought lots of laughs. 😂😇 

Thursday, 13 January 2022

The Other Side of Covid-19

There is an old adage that says, “Laughter is the best medicine.” Now that we have two years of Covid under our belts, maybe it’s time to try another approach. Maybe it’s time to learn to laugh again. I do not say that to belittle the pandemic; heaven forbid! After all, we all know people affected by its talons. That part is no laughing matter.

Having said that, most of us are also responsible people. We listen to the scientists; we listen to the infectious disease experts; we do what we can to protect ourselves and our loved ones. We wear masks and practise hand hygiene; we get our vaccinations as recommended; we practise social distancing. We’ve done our part. So now what? Dare we live again?

With that in mind, and as a longtime humorist, I dedicate this post to learning to laugh again. My intention is to revisit this post from time to time as I discover new Covid-related material that makes me chuckle. I take no credit for the cartoons and/or memes (unless specifically indicated). As such I expect that it will be a work in progress. Maybe laughter really is the best medicine. Maybe that’s the long sought-after cure that we’ve all been hoping for. Peace.

Monday, 10 January 2022

Do We Need A New Pronoun?

It has been said that English is one of the more difficult languages in the world. I don’t know if that is true or not, but as one who has dabbled in several other languages over the years, I think it is true that English has some interesting quirks. Then again, in one way or another, I think it is safe to say that the same is probably true of most (if not all) languages.

I am reminded this morning while sitting in my father’s library of one of his many jokes. He used to say that, in the interest of simplifying the English language, he had developed a new pronoun. This new pronoun was suitable for use in virtually every application, regardless of gender and regardless whether we were speaking of animate or inanimate objects. In short, his new pronoun was perfect, not just for those for whom English is their native tongue, but also for those for whom English is a second or third language. Who knows, but perhaps by helping to eliminate some of our language’s confusion, one day Dad’s suggestion could even become the new politically correct.

What is it? It is quite simple and ingenious and works like this:

First, we borrow the S from she.

Second, we insert the H from he.

Finally, we conclude by adding IT.

Now why didn’t our English forefathers think of that? It would have made life so much easier!

“A well-developed sense of humour is the pole
that adds balance to your steps
as you walk the tightrope of life.”
-attributed to:William Arthur Ward