No Accidents

“I don’t believe in accidents. There are only encounters in history

There are no accidents.”

-Elie Wiesel

If you don’t know who Elie Weisel is, click on the link.

A remarkable life, by any standard.


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TBT, Two Earaches

Remember when we were young and didn’t want to go to school?  I think the #1 excuse to stay home may have been “I have an earache.”

Two stories:

“This morning, my son said his ear hurt and I said on the inside or on the outside? So he walks out the front door, comes back in and says both. Moments like this got me wondering if I’m saving too much for college”

Then, throwing it way back to that Cheech and Chong Classic… Earache, My Eye.  (This actually played on the radio, was a hit and it was considered very cool to memorize the words to the skit.

Can you imagine that happening today?

Me Neither.

Note: To skip the music in the skit, begin listening at the 3:00 minute mark

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My Hope

“I dream of a world where chickens can cross the road without having their motives questioned.”


All we can do is hope.

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Breathe, Repeat

I hope Colleen doesn’t mind me borrowing her artwork, but this is just too good not to share….an important reminder to all.

May I suggest you stop by and visit The Chatter Blog and subscribe.

You’ll thank me later.

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Got it, Mrs. Humphrey

I have pretty clear memories of auto-shop class in high school during the late 1970s.

Do they even have “shop” these days?

Concurrently, I recall practicing on my mom’s car in our garage, taking parts off the motor and then putting them back again.  It wasn’t difficult to do back then and all you needed was a little knowledge and some tools.

Fast forward to today, where it is next to impossible to complete all but the simplest of repairs to vehicles.  While tools are still important, it is the computer software and interface that take the front seat in getting started, and who can afford that?

I came across this article on my FB news feed this morning.  You have heard me say it before and no doubt I will remind us again about the lesson learned from Mrs. Humphrey, my 6th-grade (47 years ago!) teacher where she admonished us that “Any day you don’t learn something new is a day you have wasted”

Farmers Are Buying Up Old Tractors Because New Ones Are Pointlessly Complicated and Expensive.

“Tractors that cost around $20,000 a few years back, such as a 1979 John Deere 4440 series, are now fetching nearly $45,000”

Thank you, Mrs. Humphrey.

Shared from,


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Here We Go Again

Here we go again with another episode of “Blogger’s Block”

Thought of the day.

My mind is bouncing around like a pinball machine being used in the “Pinball World Championship”

Youtube has made it impossible to embed videos in the blog, so now I’ll only be able to provide links.

There is not enough time and too many things to do each day.

I’ve had a cold on and off for two weeks now.

So, I’ll take the easy, brain-dead way out.

Insert a meme.

As Arnold said, I’ll be back.


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A Full Life

“Mistakes are part of the dues one pays for a full life.”

Sophia Loren

Let me count the ways my mistake cup runneth over.

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A Matter Of Opinion

This morning, I woke up with a song on my mind. One that I hadn’t thought about or heard in years.  I recall buying the album at the college bookstore back in 1979 and thought it was one of the coolest names for an album that I had ever heard.

You Can Tune a Piano, But You Can’t Tuna Fish


It was the seventh studio album by REO Speedwagon and contained two songs that would be big hits for the band, “Roll With the Changes” and “Time for Me To Fly.” It was a good, solid record.

While I thought it was a witty title with intriguing cover art, both the title and artwork are found on the “Worst of” lists.  Click on the album link above for the facts.

The song, Sing to Me was written by the late, Gary Richrath, one of the best guitarists of that time.  He is one of the few guitarists whose style was described as making his guitar talk. Couple that with Kevin Cronin’s unique voice and there you have it.

The late 1970’s and early 80’s was a great time for music. REO was a big part of that scene.

Take 2 and a half minutes and enjoy it.

I was not able to embed the video, but here is the link to it.  Sing to Me.

Has Youtube changed their rules as far as sharing videos?

Time to find out.



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Wednesday Wisdom

It is said a picture is worth a thousand words. . .

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Happy Anniversary

Happy second anniversary to the parents of our first grandchild!

Congratulations, Elissa and Cole and thank you for sharing your joy with us!

Love, Mom & Dad

Elissa & Cole on their wedding day.

Adeline Louise

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