Morning People!

I’m an obnoxiously cheerful morning person.  I know this.

I am the only one in my household.  Maybe if I wasn’t so outnumbered it’d be easier to be a morning person, because I’d have somebody I could actually have coherent conversations with before breakfast.

I was driving two semiconscious freshmen, my son and the young man who lives across the street, to school, and I was in a very good mood.  I wanted to maybe put on some lively music, or possibly sing a little, but I tend to get some grumpy opposition from my passengers, so I choose not to fight that battle.

Enh, they’re heading off to school, and that’s tough enough.  No point tormenting them, poor, sad, not-morning people.

My daughter has a shirt that reads: “A Poem for Mornings.  Coffee.  Coffee, coffee, coffee.  Coffee, coffee, coffee, coffee.  Everyone shut up.  Coffee, coffee, coffee.”

And then, there’s me.  “Let’s get up and face the day!”

It’s a lonely thing.

Hope all’s well out there, friends, and God bless.

Oscar–Advice for the Cats’ Morning

  1. 5:30 AM, begin meowing loudly at bedroom door, reminding the human that it is breakfast time.  Continue meowing until human stumbles out of bedroom and toward kitchen.
  2. Briskly walk figure-eight pattern repeatedly through human’s legs as he is attempting to get one’s breakfast.
  3. Devour breakfast.
  4. Lick oneself clean.
  5. Meow at back door until human opens it.
  6. Too blasted cold.  Go briefly outside and execute graceful U-turn, so that head is back inside the house before tail has had a chance to properly leave.
  7. Complain to human about lousy weather.
  8. Grudgingly go downstairs and use litter box.
  9. Return to kitchen.  Human is doing something at the counter.  Stalk random dust molecule.  Jump sideways in startlement when toaster pops.  Complain to human.
  10. Go to bedroom of chief humans.  Climb up desk, sadly having to shove off papers that female human has inconsiderately left in the way.
  11. Find warm spot behind computer monitor.
  12. Sleep.

Adding Cuteness

I like to brighten people’s days when I get the chance.  People deal with challenges, dilemmas, obstacles, and burdens.  I offer prayers to the God Who is Lord of all, and I try to offer what little wisdom I possess (not much) and whatever help I can render.  There’s often very little I can do.

But you can always help people find the beauty.  Or the cuteness.

I’m not sure exactly how I got started on baby hedgehogs, but it seems to have become my thing.  It began, I think, with a yawning baby hedgehog picture on Facebook and has sort of mushroomed from there.

But if I can give someone even a quick smile in the middle of their journey, then in some small way I’ve made a difference.

Plus, you know, baby hedgehogs.  Seriously cute.

Hope all’s well out there, friends, and God bless.

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This is a test of the emergency blog update system.

This is only a test.  This isn’t a real update.

If this were actually a blog post, then there would be some content.

There isn’t.  This is just a test.

Instead of content, there’s just this drivel.  And an admittedly pretty cute silhouette of a hedgehog.

Ideally, of course, there’d be some humorous or at least thought-provoking content here, or even a return to the “Advice for Everyone” portion of this blog, if I ever manage to get back on the stick and get the interviews flowing again.  I’ll tell you, you try do something creative and life just gets in the way, doesn’t it…..

But, I digress.

We now return you to your regularly scheduled internet, already in progress.

Take care and God bless.

Spinning. Just Because.

My daughter and I were sitting at the Subway restaurant tucked in the corner of the local Wal-Mart, and I saw a little boy spinning while his parent were checking out.

He was probably in the four-to-five range, and he was just spinning around on the floor.  No reason.

He stopped when he got wobbly, grabbed hold of the shopping cart until he had his balance back, then ran off to his folks.


I couldn’t TELL you the last time I went spinning, just because.  Or bouncing or running or cartwheeling, out of the sheer joy of movement.  But I see children do these sorts of things all the time.

When do we lose that, the exuberance, the vitality, the zest just to MOVE?  And why?  I couldn’t bounce now if I wanted to, but did I lose the ability before the desire, or was it the other way around?

I may have to try it sometime.  I can’t bounce, and I can’t cartwheel, and I’m not supposed to run.  (And running starts hurting quite a lot very quickly.)

But I can still spin.

Hope all’s well out there, friends, and God bless.

Nice Guys. With Jumper Cables

Sorry this post is a little late.  Things have been complicated, but I really COULD have gotten it together in time.

Anyway, let me tell you about finding nice guys.  With jumper cables.

I was picking up my daughter from work, and the scheduling and errands were such that it flowed better to get there a little early and read a book for awhile to wait for her.  Unfortunately it was an overcast day, and I’d turned my headlights on.

And then turned the car off.  And sat and read a book for twenty minutes.  With the headlights on.

Long story short, the car wouldn’t start, because the headlights had drained the battery.  So I found a nice guy.  Who didn’t have jumper cables.  And then a nice lady.  Who didn’t have jumper cables.  And then some nice guys.  Who DID have jumper cables.

Yay!  And so the day was saved.

Hopefully I’ll remember to turn off the headlights next time around.  Or at least remember to keep my jumper cables in the car.

Hope all’s well out there, friends, and God bless.

Take Time For The Sunsets

I didn’t take this picture, but it’s a spectacular sunset at Jump-Off Rock, near where I live.


Some time ago I gave some good advice to a stressed and busy young couple.  It went like this:


  1. Take time for God.
  2. Take time for each other.
  3. Take time for the sunsets.

I’ve given bad advice in my time, but that wasn’t it.  There’s lots of things to be busy and stressed about in the world, but there are moments of beauty as well.


Be watching out for them.  They’re well worth your while.

Hope all’s well, friends, and God bless.  Thanks for reading.

And Yet More Advice…..

—Look both ways before crossing the street.  If you see something coming, stopping would be sensible.

—If you’re having a medical or relational problem, mention it on social media.  You’ll be inundated with wise counsel.  Try all of it.

—If you pull a pen out of a jar and it doesn’t write, stick it back in to try again next time.  It’s good to give things another chance.

—Reading the instructions first is a good idea only if you plan to follow them.

—The two most important things to know for the DIY electrician are a) where the fusebox is and b)when to call for a professional.

—When a small child says he or she needs to go to the bathroom, it’s generally much safer to give the benefit of the doubt.

—You can’t go wrong waving at babies or admiring pets.

—Believe everything you read on the Internet.  Except for this.


Hope all’s well out there, friends, and God bless.