Friday, June 22, 2018

Jack’s Winning Words 6/22/18
“It’s a common delusion that we make things better by talking about them.”  (Dame Rose Macaulay)  Christopher Morley wrote this “powerful” little poem:  “Out for my evening stroll
I discovered on 84th Street   A power-house, quietly humming to itself,   And though I lived near-by   I had never known it was there.”  I’ve discovered people like that during my lifetime.  They don’t say much, but show up when the work needs doing.  Have you met such people?    ;-)  Jack

FROM WALMART REV:  I have an abundance of them . . . and love them all!! Well, most of them anyway.===JACK:  I'm like you in that matter.  I don't know how He does it...but God loves them all.

FROM FACEBOOK LIZ:  shared your post on my facebook page...===JACK:  Some people are "All Talk!"  It's the "little power-house person" who impresses me.

FROM EDUCATOR PAUL:  Ok more breakfast talk???===JACK:  Have you had your meeting with Steve, yet?  I do enjoy our talks.  Th3e mind needs exercise, too.

FROM JB IN OLV::  All the time.===JACK:  "birds of a feather..."===JB:  Not a very quiet “bird”.===JACK:  I see you as a Wise Owl, not a Screech Owl.

FROM BLAZING OAKS:  ... I just read two posters that seem to speak to this:1.) Don't underestimate me because I'm quiet.  I know more than I say, Think more than I speak, and observe more than you know.  2.) A wise man once said nothing.===JACK:  I like the sound of shhhh!

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Jack’s Winning Words 6/21/18
“All kidding aside, if everyone did yoga we’d have world peace.”  (Rory Freedman)  There’s a Yoga group that calls itself, The Yoga Bears.  Serious Yoga-ites see yjrir Yoga as a method for bringing body and mind together for health, relaxation and spiritual growth.  ”Cute” doesn’t describe it.  Yoga is a 5000-yr-old Hindu discipline meant to enhance self-awareness.  It may not bring world peace, but those who practice it say that it brings a kind of peace to them.    ;-)  Jack

FROM DR EM:  I’ve been practicing yoga for almost 20 years and I have to agree. It’s probably kept me sane more than anything else I’ve done. ===JACK:  The Yoga people I know seem very peaceful and at ease with themselves.

FROM HONEST JOHN:  Does anything bring world peace?   (Other than beauty contestant)---JACK:  As the song goes, "Let there be peace on earth, and let it begin with me."  If there's no inner peace, there ain't no peace!

FROM WALMART REV:  "…not sure I could sit that long w/o talking to my neighbor..." 0;-) ===JACK:  It always makes me feel guilty to read the quote:: "I never trust a man who makes a living by his mouth."  I think it was by Mark Twain.===REV:  I've had said about me . . "You're all mouth!?"===JACK:  They were talking about your smile.

FROM DS IN SOCAL:  Here you go Jack.    Fits right in with your email today!!!

Dog doing yoga - YouTube

===JACK:  Fascinating!  That dog does Yoga better than I do.

FROM BLAZING OAKS:  My daughter is a Master Yoga Teacher in Chicago, and swears by it and meditation.  Kids Yoga, Adult, and Chair yoga...she teaches it all. She's at Kripalu (out East) right
now taking a week's refresher course, and loving it. She has her own consulting business but  Yoga is a way of life, and does bring peace of mind. Would that it could  bring World Peace!! Or even USA Peace! My minister son and his wife practice Yoga, as well. It's a pretty exhausting workout!! Maybe I'll give chair yoga a  try...:-)====JACK:  Be careful that you don't break your other arm!

FROM TAMPA SHIRL:  Yes I have two daughters one in Fort Worth TX and one in West Palm Beach and who have been doing yoga for years and really enjoy and share it! Btw the weather is cool and beautiful in California!===JACK:  The exercise fad when we were growing up was walking, not because of a Fitbit, but because of necessity.

FROM QUILTING CAROL:  I think of Tai Chi as a form of relaxation but see it can also be used for defensive purposes…maybe stick to yoga.  Sun is shining – another beautiful first day of summer day!  We have not been affected with flooding like cities/towns to the north of us.===JACK:  Yoga, yes!  But I just can't see a quilting lady doing Tai Chi.

FROM OUTHOUSE JUDY:  If everyone prayed we’d world peace.  I think yoga is fine for some folks.  It is supposed to be relaxing, but to me it looks like hard exercise.  Gary and I have tried Tai Chi which we did enjoy.===JACK:  If I were still in "the business," I think that I might have a yoga group at church and connect up with with a spiritual thought starter, like Winning Words.  After the spiritual moment I's let the exercise begin.  Some yoga groups in our area have levels of positions that accomodate those with limited abilities.

FROOM DR J IN OHIO:  I’ve been doing yoga for 15 years and counting… it’s a perfect mind/body/soul experience… and the world does indeed need more YOGA!  Can you touch your toes?!?!===JACK:  Yes, I can touch my toes without bending my knees.  For me, the most important thing about yoga is related to calming the mind to be able to communicate with God.  The positioning is a way to relax the body so that the mind can relax, too.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Jack’s Winning Words 6/20/18
“A poor person isn’t he who has little, but he who needs a lot.”  (German Proverb)  The Bible has some scary stories…The Great  Flood…Daniel in the lions’ den…The plague of fleas.  But, one of the scariest to me is a story about the rich man and Lazarus (Luke 16:19-31) where it says that the rich and poor on earth might change places in Heaven.  Let that sink in. The point is that those who turn their back on the poor will get an eternal taste of poverty.  Scary!    ;-)  Jack

FROM HONEST JOHN:  A person is poor if they can't afford the "necessities" of life.   There are way too many of them in our country.    Now the real question.." What can we/should we do about it?"===JACK:  The best solution is to help the poor themselves to find a solution.  For example, when utilities are shut off for non-payment, free utilities for everyone is not a viable solution, but helping the poor to learn how to manage money (earned/donated) is,  Sometimes the problem of poverty is at the doorstep of the poor and sometimes at the doorstep of society..===JOHN:  When the problem is " at the doorstep of society", your solution doesn't work.===JACK:  I guess I'm saying that instead of free water for everyone, I support public and private gifts and basic "home" budgeting training as ways to keep the water flowing.  ...and is it wrong to believe that we have a society that truly cares about the have nots?

FROM WALMART REV:  "...I would suppose that will include those who exploit them as well..." 0;-/===JACK:  I thank God for people like you who find ways to channel resources (financial and other) from the haves to the have-nots....REV:  You and I know “it is more blessed to give than receive...”

FROM HY YO SILVER:  The Jewish scriptures teach: Who is wealthy?  The one who is content with their portion.===JACK:  You are probably well satisfied now...but would you like to have a raise in pay?…HY:  Of course.  I need to raise more charity!---JACK:  I would hope that your wages are not charity.

FROM ST PAUL IN ST PAUL:  i well recall Flip and Geraldine!   he was both funny and poignant at the same time... ===JACK:  That's the best kind of comedy.  Charlie Chaplin did it well.

FROM ST PAUL IN ST PAUL:  i think this is the most damning and sobering parable in the whole NT.   there is nothing in the story to imply that the rich man was a bad person or that his wealth was ill-gotten.  he could have been the prez of the local chamber of commerce.  his sin was not one of commission but of omission. he just never saw the poor man.   and the judgement came without an iota of mercy or compassion from Jesus.  this parable should be read every day on Wall St. and in the corridors of power wherever they may be.===JACK:  I look in the mirror and say, "Et tu, Brute?"

FROM TAMPA SHIRL: You would not believe all of the homeless on the streets here! So sad! ===JACK: Detroit, too.  Sometimes in the winter my daughter and her husband will take packages of fresh baked cookies and hand them out to the street people.

FROM OUTHOUSE JUDY:   It is scary===JACK:  Ask Joshua what scares him?

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Jack’s Winning Words 6/19/18
“The devil made me do it.”  (Flip Wilson)  Many of you aren’t old enough to remember Flip as Geraldine, the preacher’s wife, who would excuse “mistakes” by saying, “The Devil made me do it.”  Some people excuse “sin” in the same way.  Who is this Devil?  Is he to blame for when we mess up?  Don’t be like Geraldine…”It’s not me, Lord,” when, in fact, it is ME!  In this world there’s too much blame-shifting.  “It’s me, it’s me, O Lord…” goes the Gospel song.”    ;-)  Jack

  FROM HONEST JOHN:  I will go with Schleiermacher on this one...there is nothing so real as evil.===JACK:  I'll go with, "We are conceived and born in(to) sin (a world where evil exists to influence us)."===JOHN:  Key words.    "Where evil EXISTS"

FROM FACEBOOK LIZ:  i swear it is not me, tho... 😂===JACK:  Swearing to tell the truth means nothing unless you trust the swearer,  But, who knows all, knows the difference between truth and a lie.

FROM OUTHOUSE JUDY:  “She” used to make me laugh!  So did the “Church Lady” on Saturday Night Live.  Dana Carvey was actually a Lutheran and he played a funny old church lady.  He would say...”Could it be satan?” ===JACK:  Do you know who Sam Scratch is?

FROM KANSAN DON:  Aen11===JACK:  I don't understand your response.  Is it written in Hebrew or in broken Swede?

Monday, June 18, 2018

Jack’s Winning Words 6/18/18

“I never panic when I get a wasp in my ear.  As soon as you strike out, it’ll sting you.  So, just stay cool.”  (Martin McGuinness)  Every month seems to have “special” daysWell, if you didn’t know it today, June 18, is designated as Panic Day.  A wasp in the ear would be panic for me.  Or, maybe it’s a diagnosis, a phone call, a news headline.  Panic comes in various ways.  The words of Jesus comfort me.  “Fear not!  I am with you…always!”  Just stay cool!    ;-)  Jack

DROM LBP:  Our kitchen calendar has one “special” for each day. For fun we try to enjoy one of “specials” each week. My calendar says it’s international sushi day. Though I think I prefer to celebrate “go skating day” on Thursday or “world sauntering day” tomorrow. If you don’t mind I’ll skip panic day. ===JACK:  Didn't you once get into trouble for observing Senior Skip Day?  Did that cause a panic on the part of some people?===L:  Nope. I did not get in trouble. I may not have gone to school but I’m pretty sure the absence was reported... and of course my parents knew. Ha ha. Not so much skipping school as planned unexcused absence I guess

FROM HY YO SILVER:  One of the most common concluding prayers in the Jewish liturgy is the Adon Olam prayer (which means Universal Master). It’s final verse generally translates as: “The Lord is with me; I will not fear."===JACK:  I've come to believe that there is more that unites "religious" people than divides them.  Keep looking for the positives in life!

FROM FACEBOOK LIZ:  please pray for me, jack. i am numb w/shock, grief.

“I never panic when I get a wasp in my ear.  As soon as you strike out, it’ll sting you.  So, just stay cool.”  (Martin McGuinness)  Every month seems to have “special” days.  Well, if you didn’t know it today, June 18, is designated as Panic Day.  A wasp in the ear would be panic for me.  Or, maybe it’s a diagnosis, a phone call, a news headline.  Panic comes in various ways.  The words of Jesus comfort me.  “Fear not!  I am with you…always!”  Just stay cool!    ;-)  Jack

DROM LBP:  Our kitchen calendar has one “special” for each day. For fun we try to enjoy one of “specials” each week. My calendar says it’s international sushi day. Though I think I prefer to celebrate “go skating day” on Thursday or “world sauntering day” tomorrow. If you don’t mind I’ll skip panic day. ===JACK:  Didn't you once get into trouble for observing Senior Skip Day?  Did that cause a panic on the part of some people?

FROM HY YO SILVER:  One of the most common concluding prayers in the Jewish liturgy is the Adon Olam prayer (which means Universal Master). It’s final verse generally translates as: “The Lord is with me; I will not fear."===JACK:  I've come to believe that there is more that unites "religious" people than divides them.  Keep looking for the positives in life!

FROM FACEBOOK LIZ:  please pray for me, jack. i am numb w/shock, grief./===JACK:  This song has brought comfort to many people mu,b with sock and grief...

Why should I feel discouraged,
Why should the shadows come,
Why should my heart be lonely,
And long for Heav’n and home,
When Jesus is my portion?
My constant friend is He:
His eye is on the sparrow,
And I know He watches me;
His eye is on the sparrow,
And I know He watches me.
I sing because I’m happy,   sing because I’m free,
For His eye is on the sparrow,  And I know He watches me.

Let not your heart be troubled,
His tender word I hear,
And resting on His goodness,
I lose my doubts and fears;
Though by the path He leadeth,
But one step I may see;
His eye is on the sparrow,
And I know He watches me;
His eye is on the sparrow,
And I know He watches me.
===LIZ:  thank you! my prayers were answered this morning, actually... a real-life miracle.
you never know, you just never know. ♥️

FROM ST PAUL IN ST PAUL:  you may not believe this but it is true.  when we were kids,  my brother swung at a ball during a ballgame and at that very moment a wasp flew right into his left ear.  he fell to the ground in great pain.  thankfully,  my Mom ran and got a pan of warm water and just pour it into his ear until the wasp finally back out!   we then pinched it until it was dead.  a very weird event to say the least.  Mark still recalls that day like it was yesterday.===JACK:  Maybe that was the time when Panic Day started.  You might send your brother a copy of today's WWs. 

FROM TAMPA SHIRL:  To panic is not a good idea! Take one day at a time!===JACK:  Take one panic at a time.  Today's panic was leaving late to catch the plane to Minnesota.  All that worry nothing.  We got there in plenty of time.

FROM BLAZING OAKS:  My friend's niece was just diagnosed with stage 4 inoperable Gioblastoma tumor in her right brain. Terminal prognosis. Now that would be panic time for sure. All  one can do is pray like mad!! The wasp in the ear would definitely set most into a panic mode! 
===JACK:  I once had a church member who would have a panic attack when thinking about taking Communion.  I approached the situation, not from the psychological standpoint, but from the it is a special time to be assured of God's love (of course, more than that).  One day she showed up at thP altar with a smile on her face.  A miracle!  After that she always...with that smile on her face..  Panic turned into joy..

FROM OUTHOUSE JUDY:  There’s a lot to panic about now a days but they key is to remember we are never ever alone.  However I can’t say I wouldn’t panic if I had ANY bug in my ear!!===JACK:  How about bees buzzing around the privy when you really, really have to use it.  Panic!  I think that I would forget the words, "Remember, you are never alone!",  

Friday, June 15, 2018

Jack’s Winning Words 6/15/18
“My reason nourishes my faith, and my faith my reason.”  (Norman Cousins) A little boy was asked to define Faith.  “It’s believing what you know ain’t so.”  That illustrates for some the problem with faith…believing something that seems unreasonable.  It’s sort of like Thomas… ”unless I can see, touch, I will not believe.”  We want to be sure, but that’s not always possible.  Cousins’ words show that, in his mind. reason and faith can be compatible.  I agree!   ;-)  Jack

FROM EDUCATOR PAUL:  The Bible got a bad rap yesterday by our attorney General, Jack!  This country is being torn apart and our government is doing things I never thought I would  ever see in my lifetime.  In the meantime, our politicians are arguing the difference between law and policy.
Sad times===JACK:  I don't claim to be a Bible expert, but I know enough to see when it is being misinterpreted.  I wonder if God is laughing or crying? ===PAUL:  Sad Times for the soul of our Country.===JACK:  In a politically United (Divided) States of America where even your "friends" are one one side or the other, I'm reminded what Dickens wrote in A Tale of Two Cities, “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of light, it was the season of darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair.”

FROM WALMART REV:  Happy Father's Day this coming Sunday!!===JACK:  Snopes says that the rumor is TRUE...More collect calls are made on Father's Day than on any other day of the year.

FROM ST PAUL IN ST PAUL:  i once heard a great talk that clearly stated the difference between scientific fact and spiritual truth.  the two are NOT the same.   i could say much more on this topic but my day is full!===JACK:  I have a friend who firmly believes from his study of the Bible that the earth is about 6,000 years old.  I have another friend, a geo-physicist, who believes that the exact age of the earth cannot be calculated, but that it's probably billions of years old.===PAUL:  i have a friend who found the jaw bone of a dinosaur in Wyoming some years ago  on an archaeological dig.    i assure  you it is older than 6000 years.    if you add up the numbers in the Bible,  you might think the earth was created in 4004 BC (Usher's calculations) but that is just baloney.===JACK:  Baloney originated in the 16th century in Bologna, Italy.  Many people have a taste for it, both the speech and meat varieties.===PAIL:  i like it with a little lettuce and mayo on sliced bread...

FROM BLAZING OAKS:  Love the quote in your blog today, of  Dickens, in 'Tale of Two Cities".  That pretty much covers the state of our country and others, most of the time....Our country is more diverse than most, so more divided, usually. I'll never forget how uniformly the Japanese people seem to think, when I spent 3 weeks there, due to the fact that they encounter so few foreigners in their daily lives, to exchange views with.  Now the world is so much smaller with all the instant communication available, that may have changed, some.Caught up on this week's WW, which were excellent to ponder...===JACK:  Yes, I thought that the Dickens quote captured the American situation of today.  There's a lot of hatred...and the middle ground could rightly be called, "No Man's Land."

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Jack’s Winning Words 6/14/18
“You’re a grand old flag, You’re a high flying flag, And forever in peace may you wave.”  (George M. Cohan)  When I was younger, patriotism was, “Hats off; hats off; the flag is passing by.”  On Flag Day most houses seemed to have a flag on display.  Times are different now, but patriotism, really, is what’s displayed in the heart.  To me, it’s a German immigrant, with an accent, singing in our church choir: “America, America, God shed his grace on thee,,”    ;-)  Jack

FROM WALMART REV:  During the season for stock car races at our local fairgrounds each Thursday night and before the prayer and National Anthem, we announce, "Please stand and remove your caps for our . . ." Happy to say that most if not all still do so.===JACK:  Why is it necessary to remind people?  It would be interesting to see what would happen if no reminder was given.  Then, only the reverent and patriotic would stand and remove their caps.  Maybe that's too radical.  Putting that aside, I think that it's an honor that you are asked to give the prayer and sing the anthem.  Do you wave the green flag, too, to start the race?===REV:  Not the flagman but the announcer-- Once every season for the Faster Pastor novelty race with 5-6 local pastors competing, I get to be "the announcer"! I never enjoy racing another person's car, but have fun calling the race. 0;-)===JACK:  I remember attending a small-town race when people in attendance could enter a Spectator Race.  A young person was there with a flashy car.  He entered the race and was involved in a crash that caused real damage...and the car belonged to his father.  OOPS!

FROM HONEST JOHN:Our problem has often been to confuse patriotism with extreme nationalism. ===JACK:  I hadn't really given that a thought.   the patriot is proud of his country for what it does , and the nationalist is proud of his country no matter what it does ; the first attitude creates a feeling of responsibility while the second a feeling of blind arrogance that leads to a war...and the extreme of nationalism leads to imperialism.  Currently,our country seems to be experiencing all three, along with care-less-ness.

FROM SHALOM JAN:  Thanks for the reminder!  I lose track of dates sometimes, but my flag is out now!===JACK:  Hats off!, Hats off!

FROM ST PAUL IN ST PAUL:  good words today, Jack.  thanks...   did you get your 3 Amens??  ===JACK:  As yet, not even a whispered one

FROM TAMPA SHIRL:  I have already hung my flag on this beautiful day.  With all of the Korean news that reminds me of my first year of teaching I think of how horrific it all was.  Freedom is not free is the message of the memorial. World War 2 and Vietnam we have lived through also.  My phone is giving me problems, so I am on the computer today.  Hope that you have a great day, ===JACK:  As I was driving around this morning I didn't see any displayed, except my own.  I don't necessarily see that as a lack of patriotism.

FROM GOPHER LYNN:  My flag flies 365 days a year on our permanent flagpole.  It was one of the first things we bought when we purchased our house.===JACK:  I'm impressed.  How often do you need to replace it?  Is it lighted at night, or do you take it down at sunset?===LYNN:  About twice a year AND I don’t take it down or have a light.  I follow these rules:  

Lowering or taking down the flag at sunset isn't strictly enforced by the code, it's just a "universal custom." Yet when "a patriotic effect is desired," you can let that thing soar at all hours of the day and night so long as it's "properly illuminated" during the evening and hours of darkness.  So I hope I’m not being unpatriotic ===JACK:  As I wote...Patriotism is in the heart!

FROM OUTHOUSE JUDY:  We love what the flag represents but sadly people don’t have the deep respect for it or country.  It was so refreshing to see and hear about the old fashioned way the Memorial Day Parade and the speeches were held in all the little towns around us.  Some towns only had a Sheriff’s car and a fire truck with the town’s “Sweetheart” or mayor riding aboard.  But the folks stood side by side with pride and sang the National Anthem.  It was heartwarming!===JACK:  Sometimes in their patriotic zeal, some people forget why they are patriotic.  Freedom of expression (positive or negative), freedom of religion (no forced religion of any kind), the unity of the states ( all linked together in a common cause).. 

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Jack’s Winning Words 6/13/18
“It is of no use to blame the looking glass if your face is wry.”  (Nikolai Gogol)  I saw that Amazon has a Fun House mirror priced at $30.32.  Maybe you have one in your bathroom.  The mirror, as we know it, goes back about 200 yrs…but ancient people saw their reflection, using a still pool of water.  Do you remember Narcissus?  It’s said that “mirrors don’t lie.”  But, they can’t show the inner person…and, after all, that’s what’s important about who we are.    ;-)  Jack

FROM EDUCATOR PAUL:  Trump looking at himself in the mirror and  rehearsed ,,,…  In all seriousness, the mirror never lies is such an interesting concept to me.  It speaks to the concept of objectivity.  What is real and what isn’t?  Can two people look at the same object and see two totally different things?  Which is constant,,,the object or the way it’s reflected?  fun stuff to think about!
====JACK:  I'm sure that the doctors have a way of proving it, but I, too, have wondered if there's agreement in what we with hearing.  Our minds process things in different ways.

FROM FACEBOOK LIZ:  mirrors are only 200 years old===JACK:  I was referring to mirrors as we know them.  Of course, people seeing reflected images in other ways goes back to the beginnings of mankind.  Eve probably used a kind of mirror for primping.

FROM WALMART REV:  ...been thinking of replacing our bathroom mirror of late...we’ve had it since purchasing our house in late 1999...the reflection has faded quite noticeably now, showing a more aged  and worn image of myself?! 0;-)===JACK:  Mirrors only reflect what they see.  The new mirror "sees" what the old one "sees."  BTW, if you seem to be having troubles with your mirror, remember this quote by Emerson..."As we grow old…the beauty steals inward."

FROM JLF:  That’s a good one.  btw, I got your WW a day early. It’s still Tuesday here in Hawaii! :-). Ha===JACK:  Does the mirror in Maui show the smile broader in Maui than on the mainland?

FROM LPB:  The mirror has the reflection but sometimes I think my familiar mental image obscures what I see. After not seeing someone in a while do you find that they have changed rapidly? Kids get older, friends get older, fatter, thinner, grayer,... maybe it's just that the time gap forces a reset of the familiar. On a different track, I've heard that dressing room mirrors are slightly skewed to make the viewer look taller and thinner so that you will want to buy what you try. Ah, perception. Let us not blame the looking glass when our perception blocks the view.===JACK:  To me, you're beginning to look more and more like your mother...or, is she beginning to look more and more like you?  and...I've never heard abouting dressing room mirrors being altered, but I can believe it.  Have you ever heard the song, "You're So Vain"?  (No, it's not about you.)===LBP:  Always have looked like her. We’re just off by 30 yrs. match photos of us by age and it’s eerie===JACK:  Both of you should be honored..

FROM OUTHOUSE JUDY:  Your Words seem to be perfectly picked sometimes!  We were just telling the grandkids this fable!  How appropriate!  Those fables are wonderful for making points and we like to use Bible Stories and Fables to illustrate issues   As for a Funhouse mirror, I’d rather have them than the ones I have.===JACK:  God doesn't care what the mirror says.  One of my favorite campfire songs..."He's got his eye on you.  He's got his eye on you.  My Lord sittin' in the kingdom, he's got his eye on you."  You can substitute any name for "you."  Names like Judy, Gary, etc.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Jack’s Winning Words 6/12/18
“The human being needs a challenge, and my advice to the people in Singapore…have a challenge.”  (Lee Kwan Yew – 1st Prime Minister of Singapore)  “A Challenge” is sometimes defined as, a time of testing.  I’ve had my “testings”, and I’m sure that you have, too.  I’d like to think that mine have made me stronger, and that’s what Yew wanted for his people.  Whatever becomes of the Singapore Summit, I hope that it results in a more peaceful world.    ;-)  Jack

FROM PEPPERMINT MARY:  Amen!'''===JACK:  A man, in conversation with Jesus, said: "I believe.  Help my unbelief."  Sometimes I feel conflicted like that.

FROM ST PAUL IN ST PAUL:  amen to that!===JACK:  That's a 2nd Amen to today's WWs.  Do I hear a 3rd?===PAUL:  having said that, i am also fearful that this is all just window dressing, the kind of showmanship Trump is famous for.  Mike Pompeo raised holy hell when Obama signed the Iran nuclear agreement.  today, he sits down for a photo op and a very loosely worded agreement with Kim Jong Un.   the proof will be in the pudding and that may be a long way down the road.   you don't dismantle overnight what has taken years to create.  just my two cents.===JACK:  An old radio mystery program had this tagline..."Who knows?  The Shadow knows!"  The future is hidden in the shadows.  "Who knows?  Well, God knows," and I find comfort in that.

FROM TL:  Amen Amen.  God Bless Us.  Let It Be So.  Thank you!===JACK:  There we have it!   The 3rd Amen.  Three hopes for a successful outcome to the Talks!

FROM FACEBOOK LIZ:  it can’t hurt, can it?===JACK:  That remains to be seen.  There are BIG risks.

FROM GOPHER LYNN:  I agree \\\JACK:  ...bit, in the back of my mind...

Monday, June 11, 2018

Jack’s Winning Words 6/11/18
“Every time God forgives us, God is saying that God’s own rules do not matter as much as the relationship that God wants to create with us.”  (Richard Rohr)  Legalists are people who say, “The law’s the law!” and punishment is the consequence.  Imagine a God who makes laws (10 of them) and then offers forgiveness.  Why do you suppose he does that?  The ubiquitous John 3:16 is the answer, followed by “Love each other as I have loved you.”    ;-)  Jack 

FROM DR PHIL:  Hmm??  I think he is saying  "I forgive you for your sinfulness because my son Jesus sacrificed his life for you. Jesus tells me your his friend. That is good enough for me."  or something like that  Have a great day===JACK:  Is there a "limitation" on God's forgiveness?  Is forgiveness at his discretion, or by our actions?===DR: Hmm!Just looking at romans.===JACK:  {'m looking at a broader spectrum.  How does forgiveness relate to non-Romans readers?
FROM HONEST JOHN:  The Law is the Law.    If it were not for the Law, we would need no forgiveness.   Check with Luther.===JACK:  There you go,,,bringing Luther into the discussion.  Is God's forgiveness ultimately between God and each individual?===JOHN:  I would say "both/and" ...both for all of humankind and for each individual...original sin unites us in the need for the forgiveness as a people...individual responsibility brings the need for individual confession and forgiveness===JACK:  I'm familiar with the theology, but I'm wondering if, and how, forgiveness is offered to those who know nothing about original sin, regular sin and the like.  Is their a Law for those who do not know that there is a Law?  Maybe it's as the cartographers wrote on their maps when they came to unexplored places...HERE BE GOD!===JOHN:  Many theologians have pointed to the Natural Law to sustain their understanding, found in Paul, that there is no excuse but all are guilty and fall short of the glory of God.===JACK:  ...and according to God's omniscience, grace is offered to all.

FROM FACEBOOK LIZ:  interesting concept... but does god expect us to let pedophiles, rapists, & murderers walk among us?===JACK:  I think that it says, somewhere in the Bible, that God is willing t5o forgive all sinners, even you...and me.===LIZ:  good for god. but that does not answer my question, exactly...===JACK:  God wants us to love one another as He loves us.  The Pharisees asked Jesus, "What does this mean?"  What do you think that God expects of you when it comes to "the sinners" of this world?===LIZ:  i expect he wants violent criminals to pay for their crimes on earth... and for the rest of us to be safe.===JACK:  Of course, I believe with you that God wants the best for us.  I think of this quote by Mother Theresa:   “I know God will not give me anything I can’t handle.  I just wish that He didn’t trust me so much.”  Sometimes it's hard to handle the evil that is in the world.===LIZ:  absolutely! fortunately there is way more good than evil... we just don’t hear about it because it does not make as good a story.

FROM KANSAN DON:  Well spoken/written, Servant.===JACK:  Too many folks focus on the 10 Commandments and ignore the concept of grace.  As C.S. Lewis wrote:  “Everyone thinks forgiveness is a lovely idea until he has something to forgive.”

Friday, June 08, 2018

Jack’s Winning Words 6/8/18
“If you want peace, work for justice.”  (Pope Paul VI)  PP VI was Pope during the 2nd Vatican Council which dramatically changed the Roman Catholic Church.  This October he’ll be named a Saint.  A sign of sainthood is to be an advocate for peace and justice.  Even folks such as you and I can be saints,,,when we work for peace and seek justice in a world of injustice.  Doesn’t it say somewhere in the Bible, Blessed are the peacemakers (and the justice-seekers)?    ;-)  Jack

FROM WALMART REV:  Spoken like a saint, Jack===JACK:   Is this song in the AG songbook?
I sing a song of the saints of God,  Patient and brave and true,
Who toiled and fought and lived and died  For the Lord they loved and knew.
And one was a doctor, And one was a queen, And one was a shepherdess on the green:
They were all of them saints of God – and I mean, God helping, to be one too.
You can meet them [saints] in school, or in lanes, or at sea,
In a church, or in trains, or in shops, or at tea.
For the saints of God are just folks like me….
You can meet them in school, on the street, in the store,
In church, by the sea, in the house next door,
They are saints of God, whether rich or poor
.===REV:  It is not, but certainly would be a good one, especially the line about “meeting them in the lanes”. I’m sure it must be speaking of the bowling lanes” I encountered early on in life?!?! ===JACK:  I wonder if you ever bowled at Ten-Paw Alley where bowling shoes are not required.  Flip-flops will do.  They also have bowling balls small enough for 2-yr-olds.

 FROM FACEBOOK LIZ:  he was a cool guy====JACK:  Agreed!  Pope John XXIII was a favorite of mine, because he (unexpectedly} started the modern reformation of the Roman Catholic Church.

FROM OUTHOUSE JUDY:  I thought we were saints?====JACK:  Biblically, saints are the Christians in Paul's time.  We have transferred it to mean that saints are the Christians of the past and today...and those who are (and will be) in Heaven.  And, only God knows for sure who they are.

FROM RS IN TEXAS:  ...for they will be called children of God"   Matthew 5:9  ====JACK:  Thanks for completing the thought.

Thursday, June 07, 2018

Jack’s Winning Words 6/7/18
“For mortals the important thing is to make doxa truthful.”  (Hannah Arendt)  It is said that we are now living in a post-truth-world.  The truth ain’t what it used to be.  (doxa: a Greek word for common opinion or belief)  Truth might be one of those doxas that Philosopher Arendt says ought to be recovered.  Say, “No!” to those who would make “lying” acceptable.  It is not!  We can’t control the behavior of others, but we certainly can control our own actions.    ;-)  Jack

FROM OUTHOUSE JUDY:  We should show the world how to live by example...and live by the Truth!===JACK:  Do you remember the song..."Be careful little lips, what you say"?

Wednesday, June 06, 2018

Jack’s Winning Words 6/6/18
“He (she) is the best physician who is the most ingenious inspirer of hope.”  (Samuel Taylor Coleridge)  New doctors generally take the Hippocratic Oath whereby they swear by the gods to uphold specific ethical and scientific standards, the first of which is “to do no harm.”  …and:  “I will use treatment to help the sick.”  It may not be in the oath, but…“to inspire the sick to have hope!”  Count yourself fortunate when your list of doctors includes inspirers of hope.    ;-)  Jack

FROM LG:  I love this one, Jack!===JACK:  I recall that our first meeting was at a workshop designed to help bring hope to seemingly hopeless situations.

FROM WALMART REV: My Great Physician most certainly does . . .blessed to have Him  ===JACK:  “Jesus said, ‘Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners’ ”  Who are the righteous?  Who are the sinners?===REV:  Even though a great Friend and Physician as He is, He doesn't always indulge me with the conditions of His other patients . . . I imagine it is because of HIPAA?! ===JACK:  I hadn't thought to put God and Hipaa together.  God puts down the rules, and leaves it to us to make the judgment.  The hidden factor is His grace.

FROM KLaM:  Good one! Thanks===JACK:  It's always a good day when there's a glimmer of hope.  ...especially when the day seems especially dark.===K:  Yes. My older son who is 31 has had health issues and hard to see in a young man.  He is not a good believer in God and religion.  He is a sweet guy tho. Thanks. Enjoy your daily words.===JACK:  One of the frustration with my Winning Words ministry is the lack of face to face contact and the conversation that goes with it.  Sometimes a phone call (or Skype) works, but not always.

FROM BLAZING OAKS:  Hope=probably the most important word in the English language, or
any language for that matter! Many times I've seen folks lose their spirit when they sense or are told "There is no hope" in their, or a loved one's situation. I saw this  in Bill when the diagnosis came back "Terminal Inoperable brain tumor." It takes the fight out of you. So yes, HURRAH for those inspirers of HOPE!!===JACK:  Thank God for Edward Mote who was led to write:  
My hope is built on nothing less  Than Jesus Christ, my righteousness;
I dare not trust the sweetest frame,  But wholly lean on Jesus’ name.

FROM JT IN SJ:  WOW scary when i think of our federal government!===JACK:  We are seeing on a political level what happens when a leader and the team are marching to different tunes.  To get the people to march in cadence was part of my work as a pastor.

FROM OUTHOUSE JUDY:  Doctors should inspire hope!  Sometimes we cling to hope when we least believe we have to face what we have to face in life!===JACK:  I guess that there's always a chance in any situation.  As Yogi said, "It ani't over til it's over."  That's a kind of hope.====JUDY:  Very true!  And for a believing Christian, there is nothing end just a new beginning!

Tuesday, June 05, 2018

Jack’s Winning Words 6/5/18
“The speed of the boss is the speed of the team.”  (Lee Iacocca)  Detroit’s baseball team is playing beyond expectations, and I think a lot has to do with their manager.  There’s a team in the home, in the church, at work,,,and in politics, too.  How things go in these places largely has to do both with leadership and with a willingness of the “players” to work together.  But, it starts with the boss, the example-setter.  Today,,,remember…it’s the boss, and it’s the team!    ;-)  Jack

FROM HONEST JOHN:  The Church Growth movement called this person a "leader" and people in the ELCA pooh poohed them.   Our seminaries were praising the idea of the congregation's leadership....ala the Norwegians.    Our way has failed.   The church growth folks knew something that we didn't and we were too turned off by their theology to listen to them.   Bad mistake.   Congregation after congregation in our synod has gone rapidly downhill because of this haughtiness on the part of our "leadership."===JACK:  Both you and I were involved in the business of helping churches to grow while remaining true to our theological roots.  The ability to do that doesn't come automatically with wearing a stole.===JOHN:  I agree....however, it is something that can be learned if one is willing to open oneself up and listen to those who do know something.   Innate talent helps but we can learn to be better even if we lack that talent.   I found that  a work ethic helps.===JACK:  There is such a person as Rev Know-It-All.===JOHN:  I prefer to be Rev. Still Trying to Learn

FROM RP:  100% I hope you are well. Thank you for your “Winning Words” ===JACK:  I appreciate keeping in touch with you.

FRO ST PAUL IN ST PAUL:  when we hired people at the church there were 3 factors that i thought were very important.  were they self-starters?  were they team players?  and did they have good people skills?  all 3 very important!====JACK:  Most Call Committees focus in on the "trial" sermon.  The "3 factors" that you mentioned should be considered seriously by the Call (hiring) Committee.

FROM HAWKEYE GEORGE:  Good one!===JACK:  Did you consciously try to set an example for your employees?===GEORGE:  Each and every work day. And also if I happened to meet any outside the workplace.

FROM BLAZING OAKS:  I'm trying to be patient; difficult not to be able to be on the run,
and helping, etc. but no driving, and only one arm and hand definitely slows on e down. Went to circle meeting today. My son and friends are GREAT===JACK:  Maybe this song's for you...
Slow down baby  ya going to fast.  You got your hands in the air  With your Feet on the gas.
You need to slow down before you go down baby.  
Sometimes you gotta be still, before you can get ahead.
But....we are who we are.  There'll never be another you.   ,,,which reminds me.  "Why did the ram jump over the cliff?"  Answer:  He heard the song, "There'll never be another (ewe)."

FROM OUTHOUSE JUDY:  I totally agree!  It takes a very strong boss to care the team!

Monday, June 04, 2018

Jack’s Winning Words 6/4/18
“Shame on the body for breaking down while the spirit perseveres.”  (John Dryden)  Do you remember the story of Dorian Gray?  As a young man he looked at a picture of himself.  “What if the picture were to age, and I would stay young?”  And it happened; the picture aged and Dorian did not.  Imagine if it were to happen to you. I like the reality of Dryden’s quote.  We can’t stop the aging process, but we can work at keeping our spirit vibrant.  How do you do it?    ;-)  Jack

FROM VW MS:  Partly by depending on encouragement from people like you...====JACK:  In the movie, The Blues Brothers, Jake and Elwood sang: "Everybody Needs Somebody."

FROM JT IN ST JOE:  Whine!====JACK:  Do you want some cheese with that whine?====JT:  That made me chuckle 😄!!

FROM RI IN BOSTON:  My best motivation for good spirit and creative attitude is to spend time with young people.  It challenges me when they come to me seeking advice for dealing with their contemporary situations.  My best go-to source for spiritual uplift is my two granddaughters, age 7 and 3.  They are amazing!====JACK:  One of the great things about aging is the opportunity to see the younger generations mature and begin to relate to us in new ways.

FROM WALMART REV:  I follow Jack's morning blog . . . its always good for the soul!! ====JACK:   The people I meet daily tend to inspire me.  I suppose it's that way with you, too, as you sit at Walmart and also do your chaplain duties.

FROM BUGGMAN:  By trying to be there for those who are spiritually in a low place and finding joy and strength in the many "vibrant" people that I know (or have known). On ageing - I feel like our 57 Ford - it seems like every time I do something, I have to fix or adjust something.  But we're both still running - albeit with a little more care - and having fun.====JACK:  Here's a bit of trivia:  Only 6.2% of '57 Fairlane buyers ordered seatbelts for their car.  Does yours have factory-installed belts?  They tend to help extend the ageing process.====BM:  You never cease to amaze me.  Where did you find the stats on Fairlane seat belts? No, it does not have any seat belts -factory installed or add-ons.  I'll work on that. When these tanks were involved in accidents , the cars survived better than the passengers.====JACK:   Back in the 1950s and very early 1960s, not even seat belts were standard. Sexy styling, not safety, is what sold cars.  The industry even had a motto: 'Safety Doesn't Sell.' It was a long-held belief that seemingly was proved when a 1956 attempt by Ford Motor Co. to sell a package of innovative safety features called 'Lifeguard Design' failed miserably. The motto stuck for decades.  You'd think that by now the Bugg Fairlane would have seatbelts.

FROM HONEST JOHN:  How do you define "spirit"?====JACK:  In this instance, I'd use the word, elan.

FROM GUSTIE MARLYS:  I sure do not get as much done during the day as I used to!!===JACK:  There isn't as much to do, either, as when you were taking care of a husband and the kids...but it was fun, wasn't it?====MARLYS:  Sure was.  I miss it and I am sure you do too. ====JACK:  In the hymn, "O God, Our Help in Ages Past," there's the line..."Time, like an ever-rolling stream..." changed lots of things.====MARLYS:  God helped in the past and continues to help to this day.  I don’t know how I could go on without Him!====MARLYS: I love your WW.  They help me remember all that I have.  Thanks Jack.====JACK:  Like with being a pastor....You have to know the needs of your customers...and try to meet them. 

FROM ST PAUL IN ST PAUL:  i like this line:  we don't grow old so much as we get old when we stop growing... ====JACK:  Do you remember when you wanted to be a grownup?  BTW< when is the perfect grownup age?====PAUL:  i do recall a day in my first year in college when i was quite sure that i was stronger, healthier, and likely smarter in some ways than my Dad.  i.e., i was no longer a kid.  i had become an adult!  it was a very good feeling too!

FROM JR IN PALM SPRINGS:  not well ..... ====JACK:  I hope you're doing better because of our friendship and Winning Words. BTW, do you still do any singing, even if it's only when you're alone?

FROM OUTHOUSE JUDY:  I don’t look in the mirror!  Lol  We keep youngish by working so hard on this farm!  No animals least none we’ve brought here.  Deer stop by, ducks, birds of every kind, rabbits, coyotes, opossum, raccoons, and lots and lots of loud frogs, bullfrogs, toads snd turtles fill our pond!  It’s a new symphony every night!     Also, it’s all in the attitude!!====JACK:  So. the "farm" is more interesting than the cul-de-sac?  ...and forget about the mirror!

FROM TAMPA SHIRL:  By keeping up with my 18 grandchildren, trying figure out all of the new tech stuff (which is not easy) , by travel, by reading, watching tv and keeping up with our world, by the life long learning classes, etc. ====JACK:  ....just like when you were in school...always doing stuff.  You're a busy-body, in the best sense of the term.

FROM DS IN SOCAL:  Ha ha.... that's why I inserted a life-size picture of my high school graduation and put it on all my mirrors.     Ah, the good 'ol days!!====JACK:  Well, at least I'm now at the same weight as when in my late 20s.  Does that count?  Other stuff has changed.====DS:  I'm pretty happy that I only weigh about 8 pounds more than when I played basketball at Augie.  Of course  it's distributed a lot differently.

FROM BB IN CHGO: I just loved Dorian Gray and most recently saw it with Peter at a local theater.  They set the play in the psychedelic 60’s and had Dorian (and his mates) a bit delusional with drug use on top of their own personal insecurities.  It was quite moving.====JACK:  Have you ever longed for the Dorian experience...maybe for a day or so or more?   ====BB: I think that will happen down the line at some point.  For the most part, I am very content where I am just now and the less than perfect exterior matches the less-than-pristine interior fairly well====JACK:  I'm in pretty good shape for the shape I'm in.  No Dorian wish for me.

FROM BLAZING OAKS:  Great movie with a message! Having a pretty full social calendar always gives something to look forward to! Slowed down at present with the broken "wing". Breaking the Humerous bone is not funny!! pun intended! A sense of humor always lightens every situation.. ====JACK:  I have an interest in etymology, the origin of words. derived from Latin: humerus, umerus meaning upper arm, shoulder, and is linguistically related to Gothic ams shoulder and Greek ōmos.  Most humerus fractures are nondisplaced and will heal within a few weeks if the arm is immobilized.  Try to be a patient patient.

Friday, June 01, 2018

Jack’s Winning Words 6/1/18
“Every wall has a door.”  (Ralph Waldo Emerson)  Have you ever run up against a wall?  “I can’t go on.  There’s no way.  I might as well quit now!”  Athletes know the feeling…so do non-athletes.  There are times in life when impossible difficulties crop up.  Emerson says, “There’s a door,” a way to go on.  Some wall/door experts suggest: take a nap; maybe the wall is an illusion (the mind plays tricks); look for a window, even a crack; Edison said, “There’s always another way ;”  or, I’ll make one!!!    ;-)  Jack

FROM FACEBOOK LIZ:  there’s always a crack... or i’ll make one!====JACK:  That's wise.  A wise crack!

FROM ST PAUL IN ST PAUL:  i like this one:   when one door closes, another one opens.  but it can sometimes be hell out in the hallway!====JACK:  That's a good one.  Sometimes it's better to stay put, rather than to expect greener pastures on the other side of the wall.

FROM HONEST JOHN:  Death is a wall through which there are no visible doors....we need to depend on God to get us through that....or just give up.   No third option.====JACK:  Jesus said, "I am the door."  At St. Andrew Church with its "I am" themed stained glass windows, the glass in the fire exit reads: "I am the door."

FROM GOPHER LYNN:  Nice message today, as always.  When running a marathon, runners are to “hit the wall” at 20 miles…this never happened to me though.====JACK:  Since I've never run a marathon, I'll have to take your word for it.  Most of my "walls" came during "test time" in college and seminary.

FROM OUTHOUSE JUDY:  It’s about the door knob.  Do we push or pull!  It’s hard to get up again after hitting the wall but it’s not impossible!  Push or pull...just do it!====JACK:  Good idea!  When you face a wall, look for the door knob.  BTW, don't forget to put a knob on the door when you build your privy.

FROM JT IN WB:  Thanks, Jack.  This is a keeper!====JACK:  "Something there is that doesn't like a wall," wrote Robert Frost.

FROM HAWKEYE GEOREG:  Thanx for this quote goes to my junior high Sunday School Teacher, Jack Freed (Egads! This goes back to the early 1950s!) Jack has lived in MI for many years. ====JACK:  Back then...and during my ministry...and even now...I appreciate the interaction that I have with young people and their eagerness to discuss and learn.

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Jack’s Winning Words 5/31/18
“Wrong is wrong, no matter who says or does it.”  (Malcolm X)  Don’t ask me, why, but I remember the announcement when Malcolm X died…a Sunday afternoon on Whitney St.  M-X  was a controversial figure then…and still is for some.  But whatever you may think of him, his words are true…”Wrong is wrong!”  But, who interprets wrong?  Jesus interpreted what is right..”You shall love God above all, and love your neighbor as you love yourself.”    ;-)  Jack

FROM WALMART REV:  Good Morning, Jack Freed!! Still appreciating our morning gatherings together while apart!!====JACK:  You are the "first" responder today.  Were you called out last night?====REV:  Actually working on a chaplaincy presentation at our Annual AG Chaplaincy Conference in Springfield, MO at the end of June. My assignment is "Smaller Town Chaplaincy Opportunities". I'm laying there at 3am rolling thoughts over and over in my mind and thought I may as well get up and write them down!====JACK:  Isn't it strange how the brain can keep working while the body sleeps.  I've sometimes awakened in the middle of the might with ideas for sermons or Winning Words.  "God moves in a mysterious way, his wonders to perform," wrote William Cowper.

FROM RT:  Thank you for the 'Winning Words.' It is good to be back on line with you again.  ====JACK:  E-mail addresses change from time to time as circumstances change.  Detective work sometimes solves the "crime."

FROM OUTHOUSE JUDY:  We are quickly losing this idea in this day and age.  It’s an “I’m ok you’re ok”====JACK:  Each age has its issues.  Can you believe it?  X's quote and your reference to I'm OK are both over 50 years old!  That's ancient.  A more current reference might be a lack of trust in people, institutions and traditional values...and for good reason.

FROM OUTHOUSE JUDY:  Absolutely.  The lack of morals and the move away from Gods teachings are scary.  There are very basic teaching which are being twisted around to fit society.  Is the end near?  Every generations thinks it’s just around the corner...even the disciples thought so.  But I wonder?!? ====JACK:  I've just returned from the funeral of someone about your age.  "But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only."  (Matthew 24:36).  I've been to funerals for people my age, too.  It gives one pause.

FROM DAZ IN COLORADO:  I remember when you first started on a computer and look at you now!====JACK:  Yes, you were my first teacher...and I couldn't have had a better one, an engineer who worked on the first moon landing, putting a man on the moon and retrieving him.  WOW!

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Jack’s Winning Words 5/30/18
“All things are difficult before they are easy.”  (Thomas Fuller)  I remember when I was first learning to use the computer…so timid about touching the keys.  Now, when things go wrong, I just reboot, or call my son.  It’s sort of like that when facing life’s difficult issues.  Don’t panic.  Calmly look for solutions.  Read up on it, or talk with someone who’s had a similar experience.  Or just reboot.  “God, help me.  I can’t seem to do this by myself.  Lead me!  Guide me!”    ;-  Jack

FROM BC IN ITALY:  My father shared this saying with me, but in Italian.====JACK:  I looked it up, and this is what I got:  "Tutte le cose sono difficili prima che siano facili."

FROM ED IN HV:  Thanks for this today.====JACK:  Whether readers realize it or not, I try to choose the quotes and my responses carefully and thoughtfully.

FROM ST PAUL IN ST PAUL:  always good words for the day, Jack.  thanks!   btw, our trip to Norway, Sweden, Finland, and Iceland was incredible...====JACK:  A trip to Scandinavia was a dream of my spouse.  That was the easy part.  Turning the dream into reality was the difficulty.  So it with with many dreams.====PAUL:  how true those words are.  we would likely not have gone but the choir needed several more good(?) voices so we got recruited.   international travel takes a lot out of you after two weeks on the road (and now well into our 70s) but it was worth any hassles for sure.   such beautiful counties and such beautiful people!!  memories to savor for years to come.  did i tell you we also met with 6 of our relatives in Stockholm from both sides of the family?.  such delightful people...====JACK:  Singing in a choir leaves me out.

FROM LBP:  still. writing. my. grant. proposal. ugh.====JACK:  It can be like driving a car.  First, put your brain in gear; then step on the gas.  OOPS!  First , start the engine and make sure there's gas in the tank.

FROM TAMPA SHIRL:One day at a time! Thank goodness for children and grandchildren! ====JACK:  Agreed...Lunch with daughter and grandson today...blueberry waffle.  Now, back to the computer.   "Alberto" is supposed to come through this afternoon and evening.

FROM OUTHOUSE JUDY:  It’s always darkest before the dawn!====JACK:  Thomas Fuller said this in 1660. 

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Jack’s Winning Words 5/29/18
“Since you are like no other human being ever created since the beginning of time, you are incomparable.”   (Brenda Ueland)  “What are the chances that I have the same DNA as someone else?”  Forget about it.  The odds are infinitesimal.  Peking Duk was right when they sang: “There’s nobody like you.”  Isaiah (64:8) said that we each are like a lump of clay shaped by the potter…individually made.  WOW!  Think about that, today.  You are special!    ;-)  Jack

 FROM HONEST JOHN:  I am just now reading David Reich's new book   "Who We Are and How We Got Here"....the story of the path of humanity as traced through our DNA.    Although we may be unique in our individual combinations, e bear an incredibly close resemblance to a whole lot of other folks....maybe, that is why we are asked to love our fellow beings.    Our DNA is so similar. ====JACK:  Moliners are similar to East Moliners, but not the same,  I remember when the "discovery" of DNA was announced.  It was a BIG deal, but I see now that it's even a bigger deal.

FROM MV AT ML:  Meant for me?====JACK:  "Blessed are your eyes because they see, and your ears because they hear."  (Matthew 13:16)

FROM GF:  You are too!====JACK:  Basically, all biometrics identify us - retina, voice, lip prints, toe prints and capillary patterns are ours, alone.  There's only one GF!  Let S know how lucky she is.

FROM WR:  Perhaps not appropriate for wider circulation, but Tony Campolo also calls each of us “winners” since we each are the result of one of millions of sperm “winning the race” to fertilize an egg!! -====JACK:  ...and the two shall become one.

FROM TAMPA SHIRL:  That is what makes life exciting! Everyone is special!====JACK:  As they say in France..."Viva la difference!"====SHIRL:  C’est la vie!

Friday, May 25, 2018

Jack’s Winning Words 5/25/18
“Real men treat women with the dignity and respect that they deserve.”  (Prince Harry)  Well, the wedding is over, and the adjusting has begun.  The prince’s words may seem old-fashioned, but when did it go out of style to treat people with respect?  Or, maybe it hasn’t gone out of style.  Think back on this week.  Can you recall some acts of politeness or some kindnesses shown to you?  There are some nice people out there in this world    ;-)  Jack

FROM WALMART REV:  Every day, along with a few as thorns to help keep it in proper perspective!!====JACK:  When you sit there at Walnutm do you just "smile" at the passing parade, or do you wave even at some that you do not know?  Has anyone ever complained about what you do?

FROM VW MARY:  Yes, a lot of them and, of course, you’re in that category also!====JACK:  I recall meeting you for the first time at St. S.  The calendar has changed, but you haven't.  Good!!

FROM FACEBOOK LIZ:  and real ladies do likewise. or is “ladies” outdated? i hope good manners are always in style. they make everyone feel good... ====JACK:  Politeness knows no gender. ====LIZ:  ladies AND gentlemen...

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Jack’s Winning Words 5/24/18
“If you’re going to be a leader, make sure the heels of your shoes are polished.”  (Dale Schweinberger)  I was Dale’s Sunday School teacher, and he has gone on to be successful in business…and to be a leader (with polished shoes).  A seminary friend of mine began his intern year with a pastor who, on the first day, showed him how to shine his shoes.  He learned other things, too, but he came back to school with shiny shoes.  A pastor should look neat.     ;-)  Jack

FROM HONEST JOHN:  Does a leader always find himself in the front?====JACK:  I suppose a leader could also call for a retreat.  However, your comment seems to show that the word "leader." has more than one definition.  You must have had someone in mind.

FROM STARRY KNIGHT:  That is a good story! I agree :)====JACK:  Yours is a good story, too.    Have you ever heard of the word, gumption?  You've got gumption!  Stay tuned...

FROM FACEBOOK LIZ:  jesus wore sandals, tho...====JACK:  You're right!  Flip-flops don't have heels,

FROM OUTHOUSE JUDY:  How about patches on the knees.... from kneeling in prayer?!?====JACK:  In Biblical times, kneeling was a sign that "something is wrong, please hear us!"  It's a somber expression of concern.   Interestingly, there are different kinds of kneeling...the sit. the squat,  the standing-kneel, the one-knee.

FROM DS IN SOCAL:  Well, what do you know? I've been published.  Not so sure my heels have always been as polished as I would have liked.====JACK:  Recently, Jack Zukerman sent me a book that he's written...Let There Be Light.  Besides telling about his experiences in the lighting industry, he writes about what it was like growing up in Moline.  I should check to see if there's a quote in there.

FROM FD-TD:  You provide me with very thought provoking words... I thank you!====JACK:  Like Johnny Appleseed, I just scatter the seeds.  I'm glad some of them take root and grow.  I appreciate our friendship.

FROM HAWKEYE GEORGE:  Good thought. I bet Dale never bounced a quarter off the top of his bunkhouse bed.====JACK:  ...nor have I.  My wife always made the bed.

FROM WBEE:  I can’t help but look at a man’s shoes as a first indication of his character.  Although I’ve come to understand that shined shoes only means someone takes care of their shoes.  Daily i spend sometime making sure my shoes are shined.  I even keep my shoes in shoetrees when they go in the closet.  It’s difficult to leave old prejudices behind.  I suppose I’ll always look - I just try not to judge any more.  "It is even better to act quickly and err than to hesitate until the time of action is past"  Carl von Clausewitz====JACK:  Two questions...1) Do your sons have shiny shoes?  2)  Do you think the Prussian general had shiny boots, and, if so, did he shine them himself, or have a private do it for him?

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Jack’s Winning Words 5/23/18
“Love is the only game that is not called on account of darkness.”  (Thomas Carlyle)  T.C. has a sense of humor, that’s for sure.  Did you have a curfew when you were young?  I was pretty much allowed to use my own judgment.  Responsibility ideally is taught in the home.  “Take out the ashes!  Clean up after your dog!”  Looking back, isn’t it surprising to see how what we are today was learned at home?  I’m still smiling at the Carlyle quote.    ;-)  Jack

FROM LBP:  “Take out the ashes” huh. Now there is a chore that is generationally telling. Kids and I were discussing how I was born in a different century and how if they live to 100 they will see 2100. This is way off topic from your WW but just struck me to read====JACK:  There's usually a reason for why I write what I write, and you captured one of them.  Did you explain "ashes" to your children, or do I need to explain it to you?====LBP:  Har har ... We had a wood stove in the basement for years.  We used it when the power went out. Eventually had to get rid of it for insurance purposes :( ===JACK:  ...and I'll bet you a donut that "you" never had to carry out the ashes.  ====LBP:  I owe you a baked good ;)

FROM FACEBOOK LIZ:  i was allowed to use my own judgment, too... which was a wonderful gift, as i look back.====JACk:  "My own judgment" wasn't always perfect, but that lends credence to the saying, "We learn from our mistakes."

FROM DR J IN OHIO:  Or rain!====JACK:  One of my favorite songs (and videos)...
I'm singin' in the rain  Just singin' in the rain  What a glorious feelin'  I'm happy again.
I'm laughing at clouds.  So dark up above  The sun's in my heart  And I'm ready for love.

FROM TAMPA SHIRL:  I guess I was spoiled! At least that was the consensus of my children and Shirley B. when they were discussing it one day! Anyway I have had and am having a wonderful life! ====JACK:  What do you think?  Do the "spoiled" spoil their children?====SHIRL:  I have never thought about that but I was an only child! We had four children in two and a half years so there were not enough hours in one day to spoil anyone. The twins always had each other and those were the years of large families!

FROM DS IN SOCAL:  Not enough being taught in the home these days. ====JACK:  That may be true, but I'm proud of the way my grandchildren are being raised.====DS: Just returned LATE last night from Moline.  I agree...not ALL of the parents (our kids) are doing a bad job.

FROM OUTHOUSE JUDY:  We had to be in when the street lights came on.  When I got older it depended on what I was doing.====JACK:  I can't recall that we ever "grounded" our kids.  Were you ever grounded?  Probably not!

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Jack’s Winning Words 5/22/18
“What do you hear, Laurel or Yanny?”  (Katie Hetzel)  Katie started the L or Y craze simply as part of a homework assignment.  Have you listened?  What do you hear?  As Bishop Michael Curry preached at the Royal Wedding, I wondered what the people were hearing…”I loved it!” and “It wasn’t for me.”  I suppose it was unusual to have that kind of preacher and that kind of sermon in St. George’s Chapel.  I heard. “Love is the way!”  Perfect for a wedding!    ;-)  Jack

FROM DR J IN OHIO:  I loved it!====JACK:  Are you a Laurel or a Yanny?

FROM TRIGARDER:  Why does no one hear "Larry"?====JACK:  Moe and Curly do!

FROM FACEBOOK LIZ:  i am a “cradle” episcopalian. his grandstanding was inappropriate. invoking mlk & slaves was better left to another venue.====JACK:  From her body language, the Queen seemed to be hearing what you were hearing.

FROM GUSTIE MARLYS:  I LOVED it too!====JACK: I heard it in the same way.

FROM BS IN ENGLAND:  Amazing address, and as our rector said on Sunday, Pentecost, the disciples may have reached 3,000 but Bishop Curry reached out to millions.  What a platform he had!  The Queen and the royals got a bit restless.  Apparently  he was given 6 minutes but spoke for 15!  We British certainly  know how to do weddings!====JACK:  I noticed the "restlessness, too, and wondered if it was the result of physical agism, or because of the incongruity of "modern" preaching in a "traditional" setting.  I liked watching the carriage ride.  I'm sure that not all British wedding are like that.

Monday, May 21, 2018

Jack’s Winning Words 5/21/18
“I wanted to be a bus driver when I was a kid…seeing it through the eyes of a little boy.”  (Jim Lehrer)  I used to spend time at the bus depot, watching buses come and go and dream about being a driver.  100 yrs ago, today, the Greyhound Bus Co got its start, going between Hibbing and Alice, Minnesota.  The fare was 25 cents.  Altho I never became a driver, seeing a Greyhound bus still brings back the childhood memory.  Was there a “dream” for you?    ;-)  Jack

FROM WALMART REV:  The dream of riding a bus from Willmar, MN to Little Rock, AR was more exciting than the reality of the experience . . . a 24 hour experience of rain and lighting throughout the night, falling behind 2 hours in the schedule, out of he way bus stops, tired and disgruntled passengers (some connecting from California and 24 hours overdue) . . . needless-to-say, an unforgettable experience-- thinking I'll hitchhike next!!====JACK:  I can't remember the last time I took a trip on a bus, but I do remember my first date...taking a girl to a movie and riding the bus, because I didn't have a car.  I don't think that we has a second date.

FRO GF IN DETROIT:  I wanted to be a baseball player, I was at a Tiger game when the riots started in 67.  The following year I recall many games listening to the radio where the Tiger came from behind in the late innings to win.  I'm sure you know the rest of the story that year for Detroit. ====JACK:  I moved to Detroit in 69 and became a Tigers' fan, abandoning the Cubs.  After wanting to drive a Greyhound bus, I moved to wanting to be the tillerman on a fire engine.  My favorite Tigers year was 1984, when they won the World Series after never being behind in the standings.  Perfect!

FROM HAPPY TRAILS IN NOVA SCOTIA:  I always loved stories about sailing ships, and there was a time when my dream was to captain one. I was told at the time that when I grew up there would no longer be any around. In recent years, they are building many new tall ships. However, I do not regret that I missed this opportunity. Hannelore and I have spent some weeks on windjammers in the Caribbean, and that was great.  Our first windjammer voyage was on Fantome, a beautiful four-master with a colorful history. As I recall, she was about 250' long. Her keel was laid in Italy during the First World War as a steam-assisted Mediterranean supply ship for the Italian Navy. Her unfinished hull was spotted around 1927 by an English duke and duchess who purchased her, and had her towed to Britain and outfitted as their personal yacht. She was later bought by the Guiness scion, who moved her to Seattle to keep Britain from nationalizing her. After the war, she was bought by Aristotle Onassis and refurbished as a wedding gift to Prince Ranier and Princess Grace. Before she could be handed over, Onassis and Ranier had a big argument. Onassis was disinvited and that gift was never given. She was bought by the Windjammer Barefoot Fleet and was their flagship when we sailed. A couple of years later, she was caught in Hurricane Mitch and went down with all 32 crew; passengers had been put off before the ship ran for a safer place. Mitch, to the astonishment of the hurricane trackers, reversed course and nailed Fantome. This incident led to major investment and redesign of the US and other hurricane tracking models.  All this was by memory but I am sure if you are interested you can find her story on the Internet.====JACK:  "Tall Ships" are majestic!  We have a painting of two of them, the Ariel and the Taeping (by Montague Dawson),  tea-carrying "clippers" who raced from Hong Kong to London and finished just minutes apart.

FROM TAMPA SHIRL:  I guess I just liked to travel! Shirley Peterson and I took the train to Colorado Springs Salt Lake City La Jolla California the summer of 1946!  Since then I have been lucky enough to see the world!====JACK:  I recall "Pete."  You two probably had a great time.  I remember riding on the train to Denver and sleeping in a Pullman upper berth.  That was traveling in style.  My first airplane trip was on a United DC-3 from Moline to Chicago.

FROM OUTHOUSE JUDY:  My dream was to become a Forest Ranger.  I was told there were no women in the Forest Ranger program.  But there were jobs in the following areas:  hair dresser, teaching, secretaries and nursing!  True story!  Things have sure changed!====JACK:  In "your" day women couldn't be pastors, either...and still can't in some churches, but they could be Sunday School teachers, sing in the choir and work in the kitchen.  Being a Forest Ranger seems like a great job!

FROM FM IN WISCONSIN:  To play baseball on the Chicago Cubs team – I still follow them and am pleased that the won in 2016.====JACK:  I grew up as a Cubs fan.  My pastor took me to my first Major League ball game in Wrigley Field.  My grandmother was a seamstress and sewed the wedding dresses for the girls in the Wrigley family.  That's as close as I got to playing for the Cubs.

Friday, May 18, 2018

Jack’s Winning Words 5/18/18
“Beauty is truth, truth beauty – that is all ye know on earth, and all ye need to know.”  (John Keats)  In philosophy, truth is that which agrees with the facts.  In religion, truth is what you believe about God.  In law, truth is what you “swear to tell.”  Truth can be a slippery object.  “True” often depends on a personal opinion regarding the truth-teller.  In the Bible when Jesus says, “I am the truth, “the hearer’s” reaction is all you need to know…or is it?    ;-)  Jack

FROM EDUCATOR PAUL:  We should have a philosophy seminar!   LOL====JACK:  I thought that we already had one...Saturdays at Sunny's.

FROM HAWKEYE GEORGE:  Good words.====JACK:  Do you remember ever studying John Keats in school:  People focused on being educated for "a job" usually don;t have time for the arts.  ====GEORGE:  Never did. Engineering took up most of my time. I once did take a philosophy class, but don't remember much.====JACK:  Where did you learn to appreciate the arts?====GEORGE:  At Hawkeye Land:  U of Iowa, Ia City.====JACK:  Since engineering and basketball seemed to consume you, how did you have time for the arts?====GEORGE:  I read a lot. My favorite artists were Western painters:  Charles Russell & Frederick Remington. I also like the works of Iowa's Grant Wood. I used to walk thru the Art Department at the U of I on the way to class. Also, two brothers-in-law were professional artists who also are my favorites. Sue's brother, Jim Trissel, was head of the art dept. at Colorado College in Colo. Springs. Jim was commissioned by Prince Charles to do the art work for one of his birthdays (60th?). We obtained two of the pages of this work and it is on our walls. (Why didn't he commission a citizen of Britain or England?) We only have original art works on our walls at home.
Glad you asked,

FROM MICHIZONA RAY:  An opinion isn’t necessarily the Truth — even though one is being honest. In the same way, what is “real” or reality is more often one’s personal fantasy. Thus is Mankind’s problem, and (s)he is unconscious of it!====JACK:  Connecting your thought with that of Keats, it seems that both beauty and truth are in "the eye of the beholder."====RAY:  I suppose what I’m suggesting is that both Beauty and Truth are gifts from God, and knowing either is by His Grace; not by our doing.====JACK:  I believe that God offers grace, but does not force it.====GEORGE:  I read a lot. My favorite artists were Western painters:  Charles Russell & Frederick Remington. I also like the works of Iowa's Grant Wood. I used to walk thru the Art Department at the U of I on the way to class. Also, two brothers-in-law were professional artists who also are my favorites. Sue's brother, Jim Trissel, was head of the art dept. at Colorado College in Colo. Springs. Jim was commissioned by Prince Charles to do the art work for one of his birthdays (60th?). We obtained two of the pages of this work and it is on our walls. (Why didn't he commission a citizen of Britain or England?) We only have original art works on our walls at home.  Glad you asked.====JACK:  I knew that there had to be more to the story of your interest in art.

FROM TAMPA SHIRL:  Truth is in the eye of the beholder? I am reading They Shall Bear You Up by fachtna Joseph Harte.  It is a fascinating story so far about the priest who believed nothing is possible with God. He was the planner and first priest of the shrine Mary Queen of the Universe in Orlando which my mother was a contributor for many years.====JACK:  Questions (fachtna?) and (nothing is possible with God?)

FROM JT IN ST JOE:  hmmmm?????  I have been taught to believe Jesus is the truth.  I can believe it now.====JACK:  After learning that Jesus is the truth, we move on to...What does this mean?  When it comes to God, Jesus, truth...we are always learning...and that is good.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Jack’s Winning Words 5/17/18
“Silence is foolish if we are wise, but wise if we are foolish.”  (Charles Colton)  My Uncle John would say to me (in Swedish), "håll käften".  I couldn’t understand Swedish, but I knew that it meant, “Keep your mouth shut!”  A wise person knows when to “håll käften,”  But there are also times when we need to speak up.  To know the difference is truly the mark of wisdom.  Are there (wise) persons who come to your mind?  Someone suggested, Dan Rather.    ;-)  Jack

FROM FACEBOOK LIZ:  ha! dan rather is wise?!? now i know you are just trying to get a rise out of i will counter with “president donald trump is wise.” take that! 😂====JACK:  I know how to"pull your chain."  You're too young to remember Dan in his prime.

FROM WALMART REV:  Can't think of something 'witty' to answer with! It most likely would be wiser to answer with nothing at all! ====JACK:  I was just reading this quote by Dale Carnegie..."When you have nothing to say, say nothing."

FROM HONEST JOHN:  Silence often makes sense if one is speaking to a person who has no intention of "hearing" what is said.====JACK:  Getting in the "last word" doesn't always mean success.  Sometimes silence is the best answer.  Did you ever use silence in debate?====JOHN:  No, but we often softly and clearly in response to "Rangers" was a good tactic====JOHN:  Sorry that was a typo...the word is "ranters".   ( The computer tried to change it to Rangers this time, too)

FROM RS IN TEXAS:  Maybe MLK, Nelson Mandela, Luther?====JACK:  I like to use the qualifier, MAYBE.  It makes a statement, but also provides an escape.

FROM LBP:  As I navigate may way into new leadership positions I have to remind myself to keep my mouth shut. Each team member was added for their expertise. I listen. I learn. I try my darnedest not to helicopter parent.====JACK:  I just read a Lee Iacocca quote: "The speed of the boss is the speed of the tteam."  Applying it your situation, "The sense of the leader is the sense of the team."

FROM OUTHOUSE JUDY:  Mark Twain:  JACK:  A good suggestion...although some of his wisdom might be a bit salty for your taste.

FROM RI IN BOSTON:  I've had it both ways.  If we don't know much about a situation it's always wise to remain silent, letting others who know speak.  There have been times when I didn't speak up when I actually knew more than the person who was speaking like "the expert."  Regrettably things would have gone better if I had shown wisdom and said what I knew.====JACK:  I must confess that it's happened the other way for me...not often, but enough so that I've learned the lesson.  "You,ve got to know when to hold 'em and when to fold 'em," as the song goes.

FROM GOPHER LYNN:  So true!====JACK:   You have some wise genes in your pool.

FROM TAMPA SHIRL:  Our current president

FROM ME IN NEWPORT BEACH:  Rex Tillerson and David Gergen come to mind.====JACK:  Rex seems to have become more strident since "being fired."  I like the "independent" Gergen.  Do you see it that way?====ME:  Have not noticed the strident side of Tillerson but agree with you re Gergen.====JACK:  Strident is probably the wrong word.  Rex appears to more freely express his own mind.

FROM GUSTIE MARLYS:   My question is this—How did you get the little markings on top of the Swedish words?====JACK:   I could say that I have a Swedish computer, but, in reality, I Google "translate shut up into Swedish, then copy and paste the result.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Jack’s Winning Words 5/16/18
“Love is what you’ve been through with somebody.”  (James Thurber)  An internet site lists the most common marital problems and possible ways to solve them.  Not listed is the effect of unexpected tragedy on the relationship…a death, financial setback, health issues, etc.  Thurber is more than a cartoonist.  He “reads” the human mind.  Marriage is not always “a piece of cake.”  A willingness to adapt can go a long way in successfully meeting relationship issues.    ;)  Jack

FROM HONEST JOHN:  I think of the song from Oliver...."Where is Love?"====JACK:  You've got the idea...and so did the writer of the musical.
Where is love?
Does it fall from skies above?
Is it underneath the willow tree
That I've been dreaming of?
Where is she?
Who I close my eyes to see?
Will I ever know the sweet "hello"
That's meant for only me?
Who can say where she may hide lit ?
Must I travel far and wide?
'Til I am beside the someone who
I can mean something to ...
Where is love?
Who can say where...she may hide?
Must I travel...far and wide?
'Til I am beside...the someone who
I can mean...something to...
Where is love?
====JOHN:  There is a lot of pathos in that song....seems to reflect a good part of earthly life.  Life seems crammed with such wonderful loves and such unbearable voids.   Christ on the Cross helps me understand the great breadth of life....makes some sense of it.====JACK:  The 1964 film, "The Parable," produced by Rolf Forsberg, has helped me understand a part of Jesus.

FROM HAPPY TRAILS IN NOVA SCOTIA:  Thurber is one of our family favorites. I read some of his stories aloud to the family many times--"The Night the Bed Fell on Father," "The Get-Ready Man," etc.====JACK:  I've mainly looked at his cartoons.  Now I see that there's more to his story.

FROM TL:  What site do you reference?====JACK:  I just "Google" around...probably "common marital problems."

FROM OUTHOUSE JUDY:  I read once love is 80%-20%. You give 80% and it will be a happy marriage!?!====JACK:  I noticed that you stuck a question mark in there.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Jack’s Winning Words 5/15/18
“Happiness is an inside job.”  (William Arthur Ward)  A psychological study shows that roughly 40% of our happiness is controlled by us.  We can alter our life by altering our attitude.  Associate with upbeat people, listen to “happy” music, practice smiling, practice compassion.  These can become your life.  It works the other way, too.  Negativity begets negativity.  So, let this be your song…“Brush off the clouds and cheer up.  Put on a happy face.”    ;-)  Jack

FROM KC (A NEW READER):  I’m enjoying your winning words. Thank you.

FROM WALMART REV:  "...standing alongside you, Jack!!" Always a winning combination!! 0:-)====JACK:  ...but your grin is wider than mine.

FROM FACEBOOK LIZ:  :-)====JACK:  Now, that's a happy face.====LIZ:   i took your good advice!====JACK:  Here's one of my favorite morning songs..."Roll out of bed in the morning with a great big smile and a GOOD, GOOD MORNING!  Wake up with a grin.  There's a new day a-tumbling in."

FROM SF:  Agree!  Here’s a funny aside... whenever the kids were out playing and came home with some wet on their pants, we would say “that looks like an inside job! “. Even if it was sprinkler or rainwater, we would tease! We still use that term when somebody gets wet on the pants!====JACK:  "Wetting your pants!"...the ultimate embarrassment for a young child or an older person.  Our response to them ought to be "caring", not "staring."  Apart from that...a family's inside jokes are a lot of fun.  One of ours..."This food tastes musty!"  "I'm so sorry!"  "No, it  tastes like I musty have some more."====SF:  How about...What are we having for dinner?  Mustgo.   What’s mustgo?  Everything that must go!  (I love leftovers! Everything is better the next day!! Except sushi!)====JACK:  Sushi isn't my favorite, even on the first day.  Having said that, I ate yogurt for the first time today.  Mixed with granola, it was pretty good.  My father used to eat pig's feet.  That was not for me.

FROM SA IN WA: Today's WW help refocus. Thanks.====JACK:  You are in control (most of the time).

FROM OUTHOUSE JUDY:  Attitude is all in the head and heart!  Put a smile in your heart today! ====JACK:  In a way, this relates....I saw this adage: "Fall in love head first!"

FROM TAMPA SHIRL:  Happy happy happy! Enjoy each day! I am about to leave on an armchair travel to New Zealand and Fiji! It will bring back memories of our trips to Australia where we visited Mary Hauberg and her family and to Bali where they have rainbow sunsets !===JACK:  "Armchair travel" is a new term for me, but I can surmise what it is.  My granddaughter traveled to Indonesia last year...washed and elephant and was bitten by a monkey (needed rabies shots).

FROM INDY GENIE:  That’s for sure! Smiling is such a good path to happiness!  And music... I saw John Prine in concert last Saturday life giving. My colleagues actually commented on how “youthful” I looked on Monday morning! Ha!====JACK:  Another HAPPY song...Bobby McFerrin's "Don't Worry, Be Happy."  I think I'll YouTube it now.====GENIE:  Another one...Bob Marley’s “Don’t worry about a thing” the title is actually “Three Little Birds”====JACK:  I like the best and the theme///"Everything's gonna be alright!"

FROM GOPHER LYNN:  I would consider myself an UPBEAT person====JACK:  And you have the smile to go along with the upbeat persona.

Monday, May 14, 2018

Jack’s Winning Words 5/14/18
“You want me to be great, but you don’t ever want me to say I’m great.”  (Kanye West) Have you heard… never discuss money, religion or politics?  Kanye, the rap star, is in the news for saying “Slavery is a choice,” and for admiring Pres. Trump…2 of the 3.  When boxer Ali proclaimed, “I am the greatest,” I saw it as a shtick, a way of getting attention.  The more I read about West, the more I wonder, “Is he for real?”  Most of us have a story beyond the obvious.    ;-)  Jack

FROM WALMART REV:  "I'm not telling?!" 0;-)====JACK:  I tell my story when I want to make a point about how God can make a change in the direction of one's life.

FROM FACEBOOK LIZ:  continuing to live in a “slave state of mind” is what kanye refers to...
black americans have every opportunity, and more... thanks to affirmative action policies of the past... but still live second-class lives? why? it makes no sense. especially when others like kanye & oprah have made it.  democrats want to keep blacks needing democrats is all...====JACK:  The point of today's message is that each of us has a "story" beyond our words and try to withhold snap judgments until you hear more of that story.====LIZ:  in answer to your question, yes, he’s for real. why wouldn’t he be for real? bc he is not what you and others think a “real black guy” should be?====JACK:  How do you know what I think of Kanye?

FROM TAMPA SHIRL:  Yes he is for real and he is brave in the current wave in our country ====JACK:  Yes, but you listen to his music?====SHIRL:  Never that I know of. Have u?====JACK:  I pulled some up on YouTube...10 of his songs.  I didn't make it thru.

FROM BLAZING OAKS:  I have never been able to relate to Kanye West. Can't imagine being Kim K. and married to such a person!! But then I don't have to ...God loves us all unconditionally, so I try
not to be judgmental!  Live and let live...====JACK:  It seems as tho some readers today thought that I was being judgmental...I was just asking if this is his real personna, or it is an act?  I don't know enough to be judgmental..

FROM OUTHOUSE JUDY:  Ali needed the press...Kanye doesn’t.  Slavery today has a different master....drugs, porn, sex, and dozens of other issues.===JACK:  Those are some interesting thoughts.  Thanks