Thanksgiving Week Monday

If you’re looking for a job this Thanksgiving, maybe you’re qualified …

Don’t you hate it, now that it’s turning cold …

Brilliant. Absolute genius …

Now I know why …

I’ll leave this to my Florida in-laws to confirm …

“Sancho Panza, what do we do now? …

Smarter than the average bear …

Nice, nice. Lots to choose from …

I’m pretty sure God has a sense of humor. He created platypus’s …

And, this is how God did it …

When vegetables attack. This is one reason I’m not a vegan …

Speaking of food, my favorite …

Great t-shirt …

A Star Trek/Minion mash up …

Finally, great life advice from Gary Larson …

A Lesson Learned

I recently had occasion to remember and share a lesson I learned in the Navy and in my career at Procter & Gamble (P&G).

In the Navy, we trained hard all the time. The training was of two types. We trained on how to do things right. We also trained on what to do when things didn’t go right (fire, engine trouble, sickness, man overboard, etc.).

In my time at P&G, we spent a lot of time and effort planning for projects so they would go well, and everything would work as hoped. However, our planning was not complete until we did what we called a failure analysis – what could go wrong and what we would do if any of these possibilities occurred.

Out of that experience, I took away a simple principle – ‘Hope for the best, prepare for the worst.’

I believe this principle applies to my walk with Christ.

God’s word talks about things for which we can constantly hope – God’s faithfulness and love, what Jesus did through his crucifixion and resurrection, the presence of the Holy Spirit within, the surety of our eternal destiny with Christ.

Yet, God’s word also shows us that things will not always go well – we will suffer as Christ suffered, people will hate us, God will discipline us out of his love for us, etc. We are strangers living in a sinful and fallen world

So, when I’m facing something uncertain, I try to apply that principle of hoping for the best but preparing for the worst. No matter what will happen, I try my best to remember God’s love and promises and put my hope there.

Yet, I know things may not go as hoped and again, in preparation for the worst, I continue to put my hope in God’s love and promises.

More Memories

Our New Mexico cultures include a significant portion of American Indians. One of our neatest events is the Gathering of Nations, a coming together of Indian tribes from all over the country and Mexico. The first thing you notice is the overwhelming amount of color in their dance outfits, including incredible beading throughout.

The younger generation is also included.

Indian women participate in their own dances and costumes.

Some are more subtle, but equally beautiful.

Feathers are an important part of every costume. At one powwow years ago, the dancing was stopped when an eagle feather fell off a dancer’s outfit. A special ceremony was held before it was returned to it’s owner.

They are a proud people doing all they can to continue their culture and pass it on to their children and grandchildren.

Good News Wednesday

Who needs a dog or a cat for a pet?

More Memories

I’m a big rodeo fan. Rodeo is a uniquely American and very patriotic event. Most of the participants are also strong Christians.

Quite a few years ago I was able to get a photographer’s pass to shoot some pictures at a rodeo that came to town. It was great fun to be able to be behind the chutes and up close with the participants, rodeo clowns, and pick-up men.

Young men and women dedicated not only to a sport, but to a lifestyle they want to preserve for their children and grandchildren.

This gentleman as a rodeo clown looks as if he has put a lot of miles on his face.

Bull riders are both brave and crazy. This rider has his hand hung up in his rope and, if you look closely, his jeans on his left leg are torn, probably by the bull’s hoof.

The pick-up men are excellent riders and very good with their ropes. It’s their job to protect the participants and they do a great job.