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Consider this quote from Abe Lincoln

"America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves."



More snow. The boss asked me this morning if I ever thought weíd see an end to the snow and I chuckled at him noting that July was only four months away. So how about some random thoughts this week to keep us warm?

  1. Iíve said it before and Iíll say it again. The older I get the more nervous I get about being outdoors in the winter. I fell Sunday and wrenched my back on the iceÖbut at least I didnít break my hip!
  2. Do you have a crazy friend? You know the oneÖwho calls you up in the middle of the night just to see what you are doing? They sure make life interesting donít they?
  3. After a long and rough journey with John Adams, I breezed through a book on the life of Johnny Cash staying up late last night to finish the last thirty pages before I called it a night. Truth be told I was enjoying the heating pad and wasnít sure I could get out of the recliner and head to bed so I figured I might as well keep reading. Iím going to start on Backstairs at the White House today and get closer to being able to see the top of my desk again. Iíve always loved to read, call it my little escape from reality if you will.
  4. Word from up around Huxley today is that lambing season started last night. Itís been years since I raised lambs and lambing time was always something that both excited and scared me at the same time. Oh to be young again and in the warm barn watching the newborn lambs on those cold winter mornings!
  5. Iíve stuck to my attempt at going without soda pop. Iím not sure how long itís beenÖthree weeks perhaps?
  6. I however am not about to give up my affection to coconut cream pie. Didnít want anyone out there to start worrying about the decline of my waistline.
  7. Iíve been thinking a lot about failure and redemption lately. It has occurred to me that we are all bound to fail from time to time. Itís part of being human I guess. We try, we screw up, we failÖone minute you are on top of the world and the next minute you are struggling to just keep from drowning. Who do we seek redemption from? Those around us, the ones who know of our failures? It would seem to me that there is only one we need redemption from and the only redemption that matters is that which we find for ourselves. Too often we get bogged down in hoping that there will be forgiveness from others when in reality, we can live and soar higher once we have forgiven ourselves. Those who continue to hold the grudge can deal with the baggage as far as I am concerned. The day they reach perfection they can worry about whether I have paid for my failures.
  8. I would like to know if there are any good uses for lint. Iíve wondered about that for a long time.
  9. So money is tightÖyeah we knowÖbut for the money they have given away to the banks and the auto industry and the upcoming stimulus package (see free govt. handout) they could have written all of us checks for over $500K. How fast would mortgages, car loans and bills been paid off? Talk about getting the economy back on track the fast way. The way itís been handled so far, they might of well have just put all the money in a big pile and set it a fire.
  10. Finally this week, Valentines Day is coming. Just a reminder to all my guy friends out there not to wait until the very last minute this year.

See you next week. Remember, weíre all in this together.