Friday, May 24, 2019

Jack’s Winning Words 5/24/19
“A poor person isn’t he who has little, but he who needs a lot.”  (German Proverb)  Defining “poverty” can become complicated.  Officially it’s, $25,100 for a family of 4.  “The Coal Miner’s Daughter sang, “We were poor but we had love  That's the one thing that daddy made sure of.”  I remember the poverty of the Great Depression, but I also remember the love.  Gov’t programs have eased financial burdens greatly, but there’s still the need for love.   ;-)  Jack

FROM BLAZING OAKS:  That  is an excellent quote. As Bill used to say; "Want what you have, and you'll always have what you want!" (Which was sometimes hard for me to do!) For a lot of us, "things" become less important as we age. Health and friendship and family top the list of Love! ===JACK:  Growing up in the Great Depression era helped to put things and love into the proper perspective.

FROM ST PAUL IN ST PAUL:  good words, Jack.  thanks.   so few Americans have any recollection or knowledge of the Great Depression which shaped the American character for decades.    now we just seem to take prosperity for granted.  this may not be a good thing.  have a good Memorial Day weekend===JACK:  People growing up in this era will be shaped....into what?

FROM WALMART REV:  I can say without a doubt nowadays, I have reached my high school goal (1965) of earning a $10,000 yearly wage . . . I assured myself I would be very content in life with that much money to work with!!!. 0;-))===JACK:  In 1954, my first year of ministry, my salary for serving 3 churches was $4,500...but it was a steady job.  The rewards aren't always financial.

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Thursday, May 23, 2019

Jack’s Winning Words 5/23/19
“God enters by a private door into every individual.”  (Emerson)  I saw an article…6 Ways to Meet God Without Going to Church.  Lest you get some bad ideas, I also saw…God Meets You Where You Are, And That Can Be Threatening.  Also causing me to reflect was this saying: Wherever you are, I am!...God.  I don’t presume to know how God comes into contact with you, or anyone else.  I have enough to be concerned about when it comes to my own private door.   ;-)  Jack 

FROM TAMPA SHIRLS:  Faith is a great gift!===JACK:  Think of the places where faith is practiced besides in church.  When getting on an airplane (or Ubering), eating in a restaurant, going into an operating room...just to mention a few.

FROM OUTHOUSE HUDY:  He is a Mystery.  How He does what He does and why He does it is something we won’t know until we meet Him.===JACK:  Do we really HAVE TO KNOW?  I like the hymn:  
Yes, Jesus is the truth, the way  That leads you into rest
Believe in Him without delay   And you are fully blessed
Only trust Him, only trust Him  Only trust Him now
He will save you, He will save you   He will save you now 

FROM BLAZING OAKS:  ,,As we were taught many years ago, "He stands at the "door" (of your heart) and knocks". As per the world-famous picture of Christ knocking at the door with no outside doorknob.  He has to be invited in! I just reread  Anita Moorjani's account of her Near-Death experience (Dying To Be Me) which is so  fascinating to me, with her background of Hinduism, Chinese customs and beliefs, and British and Catholic schooling!  She makes
a convincing argument that we ARE God (unconditional love) in essence, and when we cross over to the other :realm" we realize our "magnificence". We need to love ourselves, and all others, as in our souls, we are all connected into "One".  Love her book and its insights! A powerful read!  So by whatever "door" God enters, he is "there" for us!  :-)===JACK:  There has to be another explanation for the words of Jesus, "No one comes to the Father but by me."  BTW, you probably know this song...
Behold, behold!
I stand at the door and knock, knock, knock,
Behold, behold!
I stand at the door and knock, knock, knock,
If anyone hear my voice,
If anyone hear my voice,
And will open, open, open the door,
I will come in.
(Maybe your Sunday School class can  sing it together this coming Sunday)
===OAKS:  I so agree, and even many missionaries come to that conclusion, as they meet devout and wonderful people of many; faiths and beliefs, such as Hindu and Buddha and  Muslim, etc. etc. We are ONE in the spirit!!===JACK:  I'm glad that we're on the same page.  "We are one in the Lord, and we pray that unity will one day be restored."  

FROM WALMART REV:  That “still small voice” gets my attention often! 0;-)===JACK:  If one way doesn't work, God has other ways of capturing out attention.

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Jack’s Winning Words 5/22/19
“The old believe everything.  The middle-aged suspect everything.  The young know everything.”  (Oscar Wilde)  Jay Leno got laughs when he asked some adults civics questions.  Jay:  “Who elects Congress?”  Ans: “The President.”  Jay:  “How many stars on the flag?”  Ans:: “32?”  There’s discussion about lowering the Federal voting age to 16.  What should be the determining factor when it comes to voting?  If Oscar W is right, each age has its problems.   ;-)  Jack

FROM WALMART REV:  Perhaps a refresher course reminding us why the current age was selected in the first place might help know if it should be changed today?! I've never given it a challenging thought myself?! 0;-)===JACK:  I think that there's room for all of us in the world and in the Church, too.  More and more, I see politics as a manipulating of the mind.  Some accuse accuse religion of the same thing...but, isn't that what education is all about?  The mind was created for thinking.  As a pastor I've always tried to get people to "think" about what they believe...and to see that there's a place for faith, too.  A professor once taught me, "You can't find God at the end of a logical syllogism."

FROM GUSTIE MARLYS:  I don’t think that is funny at all.  I think it is pretty sad!
===JACK:   ...and those were only two out several that I could have used.  But, we don't always  have the best candidates to choose from, do we? ===GM:  We sure don’t.  They seem to be in it for themselves and not the people they represent.  But we keep on reelecting them!  ===JACK:  Well, you do have Senator Amy!GM:  True.  I didn’t vote for her.  You probably knew that.===JACK:  I just wanted to pull your chain.===GM:  She may be our next President.===JACK:  As Lou once said, "She's got spunk!"---GM;  That she does.  You know that her Dad became a Lutheran and got sober.  He had been born and raised a Catholic.  Just came from a Bell Choir picnic.  We had a “jello” contest!  It was fun.  Lots of us made jello.  It may turn into an annual event!  Ha!  I have friends who traveled with Amy's father, Jim Klobuchar on a couple of bike trips and also climbed Kilimanjaro with him.  I don’t think they even knew he had an alcohol problem at the time.  

FROM FACEBOOK LIZ:  legal majority... 18. everything should be 18. if you are old enuf to be drafted, you can vote, smoke, drink, own guns.===JACK:  In 1971 President Nixon signed the 26th Amendment to lower the voting age  from 21 to 18.  How old were you at that time?

FROM BLAZING OAKS:  HA! Good old Oscar Wilde...I think the old are pretty discerning, and question a lot!  18 is probably as low as the voting age should get, tho I worked for
Thomas Dewey as a teen-ager. Came to respect his opponent much more (Truman) in later years!  I've always voted, every election, but have sometimes felt like the person (Leno?) who said, "If God wanted us to vote, he should have given us candidates..."Still, the popular vote is crucial to our governing!===JACK:  After winning the Revolution, the country decided it didn't want a king.  WW 2 was fought to say: "We don't want a dictator, wither." 

 FROM ST PAUL IN ST PAUL:  Jack,  i read recently that 30 million Americans can only read at the 2nd or 3rd grade level.  also,  the average American now reads at about the 10th grade level.  not good signs for a democracy that needs an educated electorate for it to work well. ===JACK:  ...and just because people can read does not mean that they can think (discern). 

 FROM VW MARY:  Scary stuff.....===JACK:  I wonder what would happen if Jay Leno interviewed people (even church members) about things religious.

FROM OUTHOUSE JUDY:  I couldn’t wait to vote.  But I really can’t say if 16 year olds are able to realize what the issues when voting.  It’s said the brain in not fully developed until age 21 or 22.  However having a brain and using it are two different things!===JACK:  I believe that the same things were said before the voting age was lowered fro 21 to 18.  An official in Green Bay, WI, was opposed to lowering the voting age , because "most young people lean Democrat."

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Jack’s Winning Words 5/21/19
“ One thing you can learn from the clock is that it passes time by keeping its hands busy.”  (Unknown)  Some modern kids have trouble using a dial telephone.  Some adults even have trouble telling time unless it’s digital.  A grandfather clock is a mystery them.  A quarter to or   Half past.  What’s that?  So, if today’s quote is meaningless to you, you’re not alone.  The only watch I know of that has hands is Mickey Mouse one.  Mickey’s hands are always busy.   ;-)  Jack

FROM ST PAUL IN ST PAUL:  and if i remember correctly,  he only has 3 fingers on each hand!    mice don't usually have fingers:):):)   or hands! ===JACK:  Hans with 3 fingers and a thumb are examples of how Disney was able to connect Mickey (his original name was Mortimer) with his audience...create an anthropomorphic mouse.  Hmmmm!  Do you suppose it's right to refer to Jesus as an anthropomorphic God.  Chew on that for a while today!===PAUL:  i can chew on that but i also run the risk of ending the day with a sore jaw...    and yes,  there was/is a thumb too.

FROM THE FISH IN NOVA SCOTIA:  We presently have two refugee families in our community. The first was from Darfur and none of them could read or speak English. The courageous and charming mother was now responsible to understand appointments and get herself and her children (as young as 5) to them on time. I passed them three non-digital watches from the estate of a deceased friend, and another team member went over to explain how to read them, with the assistance of Google Translate and a lot of hand waving etc.   The watches had been set by our kind local jewelry (who checked them over for free), but something looked funny to our team member and she found that the mother (who had never had the opportunity to get any formal schooling in any language) had hers on backwards. I mean, why not? The two ladies had a good laugh about it.===JACK:  That's an interesting thought....not only do people from different parts of the word have different physical features, garb, languages, idioms and customs...  They can have different concepts o time (long and short term).  Thanks to your community that "dares" to resettle refugees!===THE FISH:  both families tell us frequently that they are gratified how well they have been embraced by this fine community--quite a contrast from murder and ethnic cleansing both families have seen

FROM SF IN WB:  See you Friday at 11:30  AM.===JACK:  I plan to leave home when the little hand in on eleven and the big hand is on two, so that I'm there when the big hand gets to six.===S:  Perfect plan!===JACK:  Did you ever teach "telling time" when you were in the business?

 FROM DAZ IN COLORADO:  What time is it when the little hand is on the one and the big hand is on the three?  Half past one. Your right, that's a lost art.   

FROM GUSTIE MARLYS:  I have a Mickey Mouse watch!  It is old!===JACK:  Some millennials are wearing Mickey Mouse watches to show how hip they are.  Maybe you should start wearing yours to show that you are hip, too.

FROM OUTHOUSE JUDY:  Every generation learns a new way to do things...such as tell time.  But there is nothing like a Grandfather Clock chiming out every 15 minutes and playing the West Minister song on the hour.     Ours was ruined during a burst water pipe Year’s ago but we have three chiming clocks one which plays hymns every hour!===JACK:  I wonder if your "hymn clock" plays the hymn, "I Need Thee Every Hour?"===JUDY:  No, it doesn’t play that song but about 10 others.  It also plays Christmas hymns and 16 Classical songs.  I love it.

FROM BLAZING OAKS:  All of my watches have hands. Guess that's rare anymore?  Avery (9) can tell time by clock's hands; they still teach that in Kindergarten at school!  My hands shot a 52 in Golf League this AM, so that was a "Happy busy"...But really cold on the course with brisk wind and no sun! :-( !   Seriously, busy hands and feet do make the time pass quickly;  Thankful to have the health to be busy!!===JACK:  Busy hands?  Many churches have quilting groups, or groups that are committed to serving the hungry at soup kitchens.  I know that "your hands" do more than grip a golf club.  What groups do you have in your church?===OAKS:  Our congregation is older and much smaller, now. Under Bill's pastorate we had several community service projects;  Training those fresh out of prison, or in danger of going in that direction, to learn a trade, working under men in our
church who were plumbers,, electricians, had businesses, etc. very successful. A home for men who could not live alone, but with a mentor could live in a group home. Housing six men; Bill was one of several who initiated a home for abused  women and kids to stay until they were stabilized,  It's grown to be quite a huge operation, operated by the city now. sometimes for several months.  And working with the homeless. NOW we still feed the homeless once a month, and have Trunk or Treat, EAster egg hunt, summer play day, for the neighborhood and do various short projects. Our folks are
incredibly generous for those in need!  Our SR luncheons draw from several churches now, once month Sept-May. But we don't have the leadership to do what we once did ! Times change, the banner passes!===JACK:  A great ministry, to be sure.

Monday, May 20, 2019

Jack’s Winning Words 5/20/19
“The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining.”  (JFK)  A shingle roof should last for 20 years.  I’m overdue, but since I don’t see any ceiling wet spots, I’m going to wait awhile.  Often that’s how it works with my To-Do-List.  A plaque on my wall reads: If it weren’t for the last minute a lot of things wouldn’t get done.  That plaque is a leftover from my college days.  A friend recently gave me the name of a good roofer.  I wonder if he does winter work?   ;-)  Jack 

FROM GOOD DEBY JON:  Mine is 19 years old. This week they are replacing the vent flashing and a few ridge shingles. We are starting a new home in the next 60 days. The architect specified 50 yr Timberline shingles. The guarantee is only good if installed by GAF certified roofers, probably 2 times the cost? 50 years will out pace my probable remaining economic life. Of course then I won't have to deal with a roof as a centenarian.===JACK:  Pay the extra and be done with less worry.Are you taking ANCORA IMPARO with you?  I hope so.  "Vocatus atque non vocatus Deus adent" is a worthy substitute

FROM DR J IN OHIO:  Jeanne must’ve looked at that plaque a few too many times :-)===JACK:  We're sometimes compared.

FROM ST PAUL IN ST PAUL:  my roof had shingles sooo  curly that it looked like Shirley Temple's hair!     still not a leak anywhere.  i got a full 20 years out of it.  i had roofers knocking on my door almost begging me to sign a contract.  it all worked out just fine.  and all done by Hispanic workers who are the best!!  we tipped them all generously...===JACK:  Do you remember when Shirley Temple was a U.S. diplomat to Ghana and Czechoslovakia?  Your roof was probably put on at that time.===PAUL:  i had forgotten that.  wonder how she did as a diplomat?  likely rather charming i would imagine...===JACK:  As I recall, she did pretty well.

FROM BLAZING OAKS:  I DID have a wet spot on my TV room ceiling, alerting me to necessary roof and chimney repair last Fall! One of our church members did a great job, very reasonably.
Finding good workers to do small repair jobs is often a problem for widows like me. (So spoiled by having a handy husband for 51 years!) But certainly  true that an ounce of prevention is worth
a pound of cure! Good quote!  Most of us are "last minute Lucys, or Lewies" at some point in our lives!!===JACK:  Once we lived next to the church.  I remember finishing a sermon as the church bell was ringing signaling the beginning of worship.

FROM LJ:  Good morning Jack, I am responding to your Winning Words and roof concerns. Last year I had some concerns regarding my aging roof and was recommended to a roofer, Paul Merkle of  Merkle roofing and home improvements. I called Paul and told him I had no visual issues but would like an expert, him, to walk my roof and give me a professional opinion. I know that was risky because it was in his best interest, financially, to tell me I should replace my roof. Paul came over on a miserable, rainy day, spent about 10 minutes on my roof and told me it had looked like it had good life left, don't touch it unless I notice a change or sign of a possible leak. I wanted to pay him and he said only to think of him when that time comes for replacement.. I would recommend that you call Paul or someone trust worthy like him and ask for a professional opinion for planning purposes. ===JACK:  Thanks for the advice.  Your recommendation of Siggy was outstanding.  No more basement water problems.

FROM PG :  You always make me  smile!===JACK:  Sometimes I make myself smile.  I do this writing, because I enjoy the interaction with friends.

FROM OUTHOUSE JUDY:  As one who had two roofs damaged from wind I would say don’t wait until you need it done.  However, many roofs last longer than 20 years!  So it’s up to you!  Happy Monday===JACK:  Question....When you reshingled the house, would you reshingle the outhouse, too?

FROM OPTILOU:  I had a new roof installed on my house 2 years ago.  American Standard Roofing, 248-350-2323.  They installed a new roof on my son's house, his in-laws house and a friend of mine who is in the building trades!  I highly recommend them and give them 2 thumbs up!===JACK:  It's always good to get recommendations from a friend.  That's how churches and synagogues grow, too.

Friday, May 17, 2019

Jack’s Winning Words 5/17/19
“We accumulate our opinions at an age when our understanding is at its weakest.”  (G.C Lichtenberg).  I have a large tree in my front yard which began as a scraggly bush transplanted from a vacant lot.  The one who moved it cut off some stems and branches, tied it to a stake and now!...beautiful maple tree.  “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” (Proverbs 22:6)  The Book of Proverbs is a favorite of mine.   ;-)  Jack

FROM WALMART REV:  Thank you!===JACKl  As the Willmar Swedes would say..."var så god!"

FROM BLAZING OAKS:  That may be true, but they can and do change through the years, for most of us. We dig a little deeper than we did in our teens and twenties...!===JACK:  I think that the author is referring to our "basics."  At least, in my case, I think that's true.  I have seen changes, of course, but the basics are still there.

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Jack’s Winning Words 5/16/19
“A bird sitting on a tree is never afraid of the branch breaking, because her trust is not on the branch, but on her own wings.  Always believe in yourself.”  (Unknown)  In the Bible Paul wrote to some friends of his…”I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.”  As I look back on my life I see times when God has entered life events and given me a kind of power to persevere.  As the bird trusts in its wings, I trust in God’s omnipresence..   ;-)  Jack

FROM GK:  Love today’s message. They all start my day.  Today’s started it but with a smile also. ===JACK:  I need to be reminded each day of the omnipotence available in God's omnipresence. 

FROM LBP;  A nice message in a harried week.===JACK:  I like this song..."Why should I feel discouraged,  Why should the shadows come,  Why should my heart be lonely,  And long for heaven, heaven and home,  When, when Jesus is my portion,  My constant Friend is He;  Oh, oh-oh, his eye is on the sparrow,  "And I know He watched, watched it over me."

FROM WALMART REV:  ... usually seen much clearer when 'looking back on life' than having to face the music there on the spot?!?! "Trust and obey, for there's no other way to be happy in Jesus than to trust and obey!" 0;-)===JACK:  Jimmy Durante would entertain people by singing: "You gotta start off each day with a song."  Your suggestion of "Trust and Obey" is a good one...for "there's no other way." 

FROM ST PAUL IN ST PAUL:  FROM ST PAUL IN ST PAUL:  good stuff today, Jack.  thanks!    sometime i will tell you why birds can sleep all night perched on a branch, even in a wind storm,  and never fall off.  curious?===JACK:  Curious?  ...if serious.  A joke? can wait.===PAUL:  true story.  most birds of flight have a mechanism in their leg structure that is something like a vice grip.  you know what a vice grip is i am sure.  and once the bird squats down on the branch with claws wrapped around the branch,  the legs literally lock into position and the bird will not fall no matter what.  only when the bird rises up off the branch does the vice grip release and the bird can then fly away.  who knew?? ===JACK:  That is interesting information, indeed.

FROM BB IN CHGO:  Good morning!  Thank you for this inspiration  One of my favorites! ===JACK:  I'm amazed at the hummingbirds that come to the feeder at my house.  I've never seen their wings except in slo-mo pictures...and then there are the hawks that soar overhead.  Their wings fascinate me.  Different birds, but still the same.  When will we grasp that with regard to people? ===BB:  Birds fascinate me too; will see if I have pix that a friend took of a Hawk recently.  He could be a national geographic photographer.  I was also amused at yesterday’s NPR story about a brown bear that habituated to maple glazed doughnuts left by a New Hampshire? Resident.  When the guy passed away and no treats were left out, the bear began looking elsewhere in the community.  This prompted some wildlife commission to relocate it some 1000 miles away to a preserve.  They did not imagine or realize that since she still had cubs, she would travel back 1000 mi to her home town.  Nature amazes me.===JACK:  We have so much to learn from the world around.  Why waste so much time watching the news which disturbs us instead of things that amaze us?  Oh, well...

FROM JT IN WB:  Thank you, my friend.  I appreciate the reminder.===JACK:  You have the priviledge of looking out5 of your window and seeing many nature stories in your backyard.

FROM TAMPA SHIRL:  To thine own self be true!===JACK:  Good advice!  Do you know who said it?

FROM OUTHOUSE JUDY:.  I know it was wrong, but I wrote most of the speeches of two of my friends... Mike and Jeff.===JACK:  Who among us doesn't want to help out friends once in a while.  And, as for being wrong, that's why God created  the forgiveness of sins. ===JUDY:  Bird-watching is one of my favorite pastimes.  I even have named some.  They trust on their wings and we trust God’s love!===JACK:  I've never heard of someone giving the "feeder birds" name.  We're to;d that God  knows each of us by name.  

FROM BLAZING OAKS:  Love this devotional thought; sharing it with my S.S. class this Sunday! Perfect for our lesson!  Thanks for brightening my day. When I retired from teaching, my Jazz Choir gave me a plague with a picture of them, and of me, with the inscription, " I Can Do All Things
Through Christ Who Strengthens Me.": I was very surprised by that, as I hadn't thought I ever
emphasized my faith in my teaching that much, but actually it was one of my "key" verses to live by!

(That I don't ever remember quoting to them!)===JACK:  Yours is an example of how what you do speaks louder than what you say.  Evidently the one who put the gift together was familiar with that verse and with you and put the two together.  There’s nothing wrong with looking back and remembering the people you’ve influenced (and who have influenced you).


Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Jack’s Winning Words 5/15/19
“Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak.  Courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.”  (Churchill)  Glossophobia is a geeky name for fear of speaking in public, and it’s said that 25% of people have this phobia.  Winston Churchill was not only a good speaker, but he had worthwhile things to say..  His speeches were charismatic, simple, precise, inspirational…  with dry humor.  He knew when to stand up and he knew when to sit down, too.   ;-)  Jack

FROM HONEST JOHN:  Wisdom seems wrapped up in that statement as well.===JACK:  In a way, is Churchill, wisdom personified?  ...JOHN:  Or, Lincoln?===JACK:  ...or Jesus!

FROM JT IN ST:  I really appreciated your winning words again today ===JACK:  I like the saying: "God gave us one mouth and two ears,"  Evidently he wants us to LISTEN more

. GROM BLAZING OAKS:  He was indeed a unique leader, and what a character! Last year I read the first ever bio published of Clementine, his loyal and supportive wife...a challenging role to say the least, and I think one of the reasons he could be who he was,  as is often the case with successful men. He's also profiled in "No Ordinary Times", Doris Kearns Goodwin's book about FDR and Eleanor.  But  he certainly had a way with words & courage of his convictions! Good quote! ===JACK:  I visited the place in Missouri (Westminster College) where he gave the famous Iron Curtain speech.

FROM PEE WEE: Amen.===JACK:  I'm glad that we're on the same page.

FROM ME IN NEWPORT BEACH:   One if my life heroes.===JACK:  There were many heroes in WW 2.  Although I did not enjoy it at the time, I am proud to say that I lived during that time.  Your father served in that war, didn't he?

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Jack’s Winning Words 5/14/19
“The past is to be respected and acknowledged, but not worshipped.”  (Pierre Trudeau)  I couldn’t believe the headline.  “Tennessee judge posts an article that included:  “Jews should 'get the f*** over the Holocaust.”  If you want to get over something, get over prejudices like sexism, racism and xenophobia.  They’re rampant, even “worshipped” by some..  Things we shouldn’t get over are respecting basic values, telling the truth, caring for the unfortunate and the oppressed.  ;-)  Jack

FROM ST PAUL IN ST PAUL:  you wouldn't happen to be talking about Trump, by chance??? ===JACK:  I'm writing about anyone who ===PAUL:  about 90% of the human race...needs to get over sexism, racism, xenophobia and who needs to care for basic human values.===JACK:  That's why pastors are encouraged to preach "the word," not just in the pulpit, but by the life lived on the outside of that box.===PAUL:  Bishop Mark Hanson tried to do that by adopting two children of different ethnic/racial backgrounds.  it wasn't easy but "trail blazers" often do not have a smooth road in i am sure you are aware.===JACK:  "Idealism" doesn't always lead to an ideal life.  Jesus said: “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. 14 But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it."

FROM SHALOM JAN:  Now, here's a quote that could be posted all over some church buildings!
In one congregation where I was intentional interim, the call committee chair received a note from one candidate who was backing out of the process, saying, "You worship your past pastors.  I want to worship God."===JACK:  Everyone is entitled to express an opinion, even in church.  We have denominations to accommodate the disgruntled (for whatever reason).  Some choose to belong to the St. Mattress Church.

FROM TAMPA SHIRL:  How true that is!===JACK:  I appreciate Pope Francis because of his positive social agenda.

FROM RS IN TEXAS:  Amen. Unfortunately the devil is still working his evil through people .===JACK:  St Peter wrote:  "Be sober, be watchful: your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour."

FROM DR J IN OHIO:   Amen===JACK: I see that you're wearing your Thinking Cap today.

FROM OUTHOUSE JUDY:  There is so much hatred!  But it’s been this way from the first people.  Just when we think there’s no hope, you read or see something about people helping people.  We must focus on the good instead of the evil.'===JACK:  Sometimes it takes some searching to find it, but there's a lot of good in the world.  We tend to find what we're looking for.

FROM GUSTIE MARLYS:  I hope we NEVER get over the Holocaust.  It just cannot happen again—and if we forget it—it will happen again for sure.  How can human beings be so terrible toward other humans???===JACK:  I remember a radio program called, The Shadow.  It began with a sinister voice saying, "Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men?"  We need to be reminded that there are evil people in this world.  

===FROM TAMPA SHIRL:  How true that is!===JACK: 

Monday, May 13, 2019

Jack’s Winning Words 5/13/19
“And now, this is the sweetest and most glorious day that ever my eyes did see.”  (Donald Cargill)  As I first read this quote my mind tried to choose between many glorious days that I’ve experienced.  I was not prepared to read that Cargill said this while walking to the gallows…so great was his expectation of going to heaven.  May 13 is one of my sweetest days ever.  What would be your choice?  ;-)  Jack

FROM WALMART REV:  "Receiving 'Winning Words' once again on this very day in May, 2019!" 0;-)===JACK:  Recently I changed the way of sending out Winning Words.  The new server evidently reviewed the mailing list and must have eliminated some shady characters.  I'm glad that you're back online.

FROM SUES:  May 13th works for me, so far!===JACK:  So far, so the saying goes.

FROM ST PAUL IN ST PAUL:  May 25th,  my birthday!:):):)===JACK:  Chloe Lukasiak and Ralph Waldo Emerson share your birth date!===PAUL:  then they have honored me greatly!:):):) ===JACK:  Did you have to look up Chloe?

FROM HUNGRY HOWIE:  Sweetest day ever?.....Today and then tomorrow in that order.
Jack, You have the best invocations and opening prayers for sure. I watched the replay of Michigan week and you were a hit. .===JACK:  Don't forget yesterday.  I like that Beatles song.  As far as prayers being a hit, I try to aim them at G-d!

FROM VW MS:  Did you get married on that date? ===JACK:  May 13 was my youngest daughter's birthday...on Mother's Day.

FROM SHALOM JAN:  May 25th, my baptismal date!===JACK:  I can't remember the date of mine...but it happened in the living room of our home...and by a Missouri Synod pastor.

FROM BLAZING OAKS:  WOW! That is powerful! I  don't imagine many of us would have thought of our dying day; as the sweetest and most glorious day; of our lives! I would be hard-put to winnow out the sweetest day of all the sweet days my life has held, and I know I am blessed to be able to say that; like Mother's Day yesterday with all the family, and the accolades received as the "Matriarch Mother"!  Would  that I was even half the woman they they portray... but it's sweet!!===JACK:  It was on a whim that I looked up information about Donald Cargill.  Sometimes "the rest of the story" is more interesting than the first part of the story.  Cargill also said that he was looking forward to taking off his ragged clothing and exchanging it for a brand new suit and wearing it as he walked down the streets of heaven.  Did you wear a new dress on Mother's Day?===OAKS:  Yes, I did....a beautiful soft pink sweater set with sculpted roses on it, gifted to me by John's wife . I felt elegant, and received many compliments. :-) Thanking me for taking care of them during their surgery and heart attack recoveries. Isn't that what Mothers do?! Had a great mother's day with church, S.S> and John at the grill with our favorite "Patio Chicken" dish and the rest of us bringing "Pot luck" to share. Ages 4-89...:-)===JACK:  Some holes would have to be made in that dress to accommodate those wings that you will also be wearing as you walk down the streets of gold.

FROM OUTHOUSE JUDY:  First of all, Happy Sweetest Day of the Year.  Mine would be May 12...the beginning of the 42nd year of my life with Gary.===JACK:  Has it been a merry-go-round or a roller coaster?

Friday, May 10, 2019

Jack’s Winning Words 5/10/19
“I never thought of being blind as a disadvantage, or being black as a disadvantage.  I am who I am.  I love me.”  (Stevie Wonder)  One of Motown’s greatest musicians, Little Stevie Wonder, began his career at age 11.  Blindness was no deterrent.  “Self-esteem” motivated him.  In fact, self-esteem can be a help to anyone who wants to succeed in this world.  My favorite Stevie song is: You Are The Sunshine Of My Life.  Do you have a Motown favorite?   ;-)  Jack

FROM DR J IN OHIO:  I like “heal the world” … michael jackson===JACK:  "What the world needs now is love"...and healing!===DR J:  also like this one:  The Wiseguys!  I like it.

FROM FACEBOOK LIZ:  nothing stops stevie! ===JACK:  YouTube: 

Little Stevie Wonder - 1963 Fingertips Part II - YouTube

YouTube‎ · ‎TheEyesofwonder

FROM OUTHOUSE JUDY:  “What a Wonderful World”!===JACK:  That song was released in 1967.  Compare the world then with the world now.  What's the same then, as now, is contained in the hymn..."This is my Father's world, O let me ne'er forget"

FROM MY LAWYER:  I got your Winning Words just now about Motown.  My client is producing the musical event entitled Pride and Joy.  Its the story of Marvin Gaye and has a Motown theme.  I'm going to the opening on May 22nd at the Fox Theater.  It ran for two or three days in Washington, D.C. and the review is linked below.eff
===JACK:  Cleveland can have its Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  Detroit can be proud of her MOTOWN!

FROM THE SHARK:  There is no sunshine when she is gone 🎼🎼---JACK: Was Motown music played in Iraq?

Thursday, May 09, 2019

Jack’s Winning Words 5/9/19
“Manners are a sensitive awareness of the feelings of others.  If you have that awareness, you have good manners, no matter what fork you use.”  (Emily Post)  Emily grew up in a family that always did things “properly,” No elbows on the table!  When she became a writer, proper etiquette became a theme of hers…books, magazine articles and a column appearing daily in 200 newpapers.  Even the 3 Stooges referred to her in describing proper manners: Nyuk, Nyuk, Nyuk!  ;-)  Jack

FROM FACEBOOK LIZ:  i ♥️ her definition.===JACK:  Did you ever serve a "fancy" meal which required special table settings?===LIZ:  not that i recall. i entertain using all sorts of different dining styles...

FROM OUTHOUSE JUDY:  Emily Post...the Miss Manners of the past.  I loved to read her “Posts”.  I still read Miss Manners in the newspaper!===JACK:  No Miss Manners for me.  I was too busy with Dear Abby and Ann Landers.

FROM TAMPA SHIRL:  Yesterday was VE Day! I remember going downtown Moline and celebrating! Everyone I knew had good manners when growing up===JACK:  I remember V-J Day more than V-E Day.  V-J Day meant that the WAR was really over...but. as Yogi said, "It ain't over 'til it' over."  It seems as though there's always some conflict going on.

Wednesday, May 08, 2019

Jack’s Winning Words 5/8/19
“Love always wins over hate.”  (Handwritten sign on New Zealand Memorial Wall)  Many are still reeling over the recent massacre of Muslims in New Zealand.  PM Jacinda Arem said that her country’s aim is diversity, kindness and compassion and will not be deterred from that.  If you are continuing to be distressed over hateful things that are happening today in this world and in our country, remember that sign in New Zealand: Love always wins over hate!   ;-)  Jack

FROM HONEST JOHN:  In the long run that is true but all too often in the human world the “genius devils” triumph over the “stupid angels”.....Celms’ words.    And that from a man who lived under both the Fascists and the Communists===JACK:  "Always", of course,  is the qualifying word.  I believe that eventually, love conquers hate.  In that sense, I'm a triumphalist.

FROM ST PAUL IN ST PAUL:  good thoughts for today!  i forward them to several family members too.   kindness is a very BIG word in Margaret's vocabulary...===JACK:  I think that it was Leo the Lip who said, "In baseball, nice guys finish last."  He also said that if he were playing 3rd and his mother was rounding 3rd ready to score the winning run for the other team, he'd trip her.  But life isn't baseball.===PAUL:  And thank goodness for that.

FROM BLAZING OAKS:  So  Christ taught, as well, but sometimes it seems a long time "overcoming".  There seems to be so much hatred throughout the world, and in our own country, but one person's kindness and compassion will brighten a small corner of the world, so we keep the faith, and "keep on keeping on" in the face of negative happenings!===JACK:  You and I could probably sing this song as a duet...
Do not wait until some deed of greatness you may do,
Do not wait to shed your light afar,
To the many duties ever near you now be true,
Brighten the corner where you are.
  Brighten the corner where you are!
Brighten the corner where you are!
Someone far from harbor you may guide across the bar;
Brighten the corner where you are!

FROM OUTHOUSE JUDY:  That’s what keeps us from falling apart from everyday news.  And, we know who is in control!

FROM TAMPA SHIRL: We who lived through WW2 definitely know that!

Tuesday, May 07, 2019

Jack’s Winning Words 5/7/19
“Every individual matters.  Every individual has a role to play.  Every individual makes a difference.”  (Jane Goodall)  This quote reminds me of John Donne’s poem, “No Man Is an Island,” words that explore the connectedness of people.  While it talks about death, it’s not a sad poem. It explains how what happens in other parts of the world does affect us.  To feel sad/happy about people we may not know is OK.  We’re all linked as part of God’s creation.   ;-)  Jack

FROM BLAZING OAKS:  WW is certainly your niche! Glad you share with us!!!

FROM ST PAUL IN ST PAUL:  how very true, Jack.    do recall Simon and Garfunkel's hit song, I am a Rock, I am an Island (and I feel no pain)?===JACK:  Rock Island is the city next door neighbor to the city of Moline (IL) where I grew up.  It was also the home of the Rock Island Railroad.

FROM OUTHOUSE JUDY:  We are all on the earth together.  While sometimes it’s hard to understand, it’s always easy to say a prayer for others we don’t know.===JACK:  What shall we pray?===JUDY:  For good health, food, crops, children, those facing death and God’s Will.

Monday, May 06, 2019

Jack’s Winning Words 5/6/19
“Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it.  The time will pass anyway.”  (Earl Nightingale)  Psychoanalyst Carl Jung says that our dreams can be a wonderful source for ideas and inspiration.  It was after a dream that Paul McCartney composed the song, Yesterday.  The idea for one of Dali’s paintings came to him in a dream.  It was the same for some of Poe’s poetry.  Walt Disney said, “If you can dream it, you can do it.”   ;-)  Jack

FROM BLAZING OAKS:  I rarely remember a dream, but know talented people who have kept paper and pencil at their bedside,, to jot down dream content!  The Bible is also full of "dreamers" and visions. A. Lincoln dreamed of his death in startling detail shortly before it happened!  "Follow your Dream" is on a lot of graduation and birthday cards...It must work for some. We're the richer for it!===JACK:  I'm one of those who records my a journal.  I have many dreams...and some are surreal.  I read some of them to my family.  Their response:  "That's weird!"

FROM BRIT:  I’m a big fan of this one Jack!===JACK:  "Dreaming" is necessary in your job...and for writing Winning Words, too.  It's always fun to come up with an idea..===B:  Well said Jack, and it sure is!.especially one that works.

Friday, May 03, 2019

Jack’s Winning Words 5/3/19
“Say what you mean, mean what you say, but don’t say it mean.”  (Unknown)  The word, mean, is a homonym.  So are pen, tire, ring and spring…words that sound the same, but can have different meanings, For example: “I don’t mean to be mean.”  Who says, “English is borrring?”  Back to the quote.  I’ve never liked mean people…in school, at work, even sometimes in church.  For my taste, there’s too much meanness in politics.  Today, say what you mean, nicely!    ;-)  Jack

FROM BLAZING OAKS:  I think mean people are unhappy, and just want others to feel as badly as they do! Their circle of friends must be extremely small! Wallyism: (from a 95 yr. old retired pilot Wally Richardson) "Be kind whenever possible;  P.S. It's always possible!" He volunteers at a school in CA and his sayings are well-known to a host of students and faculty!  He makes every day count, as we TRY to do!===JACK:  Do remember the song, "You're mean to me more than you mean to be?"  We find ourselves in a world where the song could be titled, "You're mean to me just like you mean to be."  I have a hard time loving mean people...even liking them.  Jesus prayed, "Father, forgive them for they know not what they do."  How about when they're mean...and seem to enjoy it?


FROM THE SHARK:  I have been working very hard at doing that my friend with little success unfortunately.===JACK:  "Rome wasn't built in a day."

Thursday, May 02, 2019

ack’s Winning Words 5/2/19
“There are three classes of people: those who see, those who see when they are shown, and those who do not see.”  (Leonardo da Vinci)  da Vinci, the true Renaissance Man, died 500 yrs ago, today.  Has there ever been one like him?  Artist (Mona Lisa), scientist, inventor, musician, astronomer and an animal lover…a true genius…and yet, on his deathbed, he lamented: “I could have done better.”  Isn’t that the lament of us all?  “God be merciful to me, a sinner!”   ;-)  Jack

FROM HONEST JOHN: Some of those who do not see are those who CHOOSE not to see. ===JACK:  ...or who choose to look the other way, or hide their eyes.

FROM TAMPA SHIRL:  How true! Did u see the davinci exhibit? I saw it at the rock island Arsenal as a child and then here in Tampa a few years ago! Wonderful!===JACK:  Nope!  Didn't see it, but he and othe geniuses of the past continue to amaze me.

FROM ST PAUL IN ST PAUL:  i really like your historical notes,  Jack.   thanks!===JACK:  "What's past is prologue," wrote Shakespeare.  Joe Biden used that quote when Sarah Palin accused him of focussing too much on the past.  If anything, we don't focus (learn from) enough on the past.

FROM JT IN SJ:  Awesome Great ww and a great great man!!===JACK:  I had to look up the meaning of "Renaissance Man."  Leonardo REALLY was one.

FROM BLAZING OAKS:  I'd love to see that DaVinci exhibit Tampa Shirl wrote about!  Reading his bio is transfixing! He really was awesome!!  Not many are well-known after 500 years! I'm sure we all assess our lives, and regret not making better use of our time, at least in some areas...but as one wise soul has said, "comparison is the thief of Joy".  Be thankful for the positives of each day! ===JACK:  I like that quote, "Comparison is the thief of joy."  Many young people could stand to read this and take it to fact, all of us could benefit from the thought.  BTW, the quote is attributed to Teddy Roosevelt.

FROM OUTHOUSE JUDY:  I’d like to think I did the best I could===JACK:  My mother-in-law would say to her children, "Do the best you can!"

FROM DAZ IN COLORADO:  That's good and so very true.===JACK:  There's none so blind as  those who choose not to see.

Wednesday, May 01, 2019

Jack’s Winning Words 5/1/19
“The question should never be who is right, but what is right.”  (Unknown)  Stephen Decatur is famous for saying, “My country, right or wrong.”  Jingoists cheered!  Patriotism is fine; blind patriotism, not so fine.  There’s no person, including you…and me, who couldn’t stand some improvement.  You’ve heard, “Nobody’s perfect.”  I’m not being unpatriotic if I say that the same applies our country…any country.  I’ll start with…being more civil.  Others?   ;-)  Jack

FROM LBPl  Hey, I see that the "out of order until May" warning has gone away now that the calendar turned the page.  I hope that you are well and enjoying the crazy weather that comes with spring!===JACK:  Yes, I'm back from  5 weeks in Minnesota and am at my home computer.  Lots of catching up to do, but one step at a time...and the longest journey is ended.

FROM BB IN CHGO:  Yes, civility is lacking these days.===JACK:  Civility?  What's that?  Values?  What are those?

FROM BLAZING OAKS:  WELCOME HOME!!  It does seem that civility in politics, and
elsewhere, has taken a big hit in the present day! It's easy to get bogged down with all  that is wrong with our country right now, and the world, for that matter, but if you look around, there is still news that brings HOPE that all is not lost !    I just attended a play, "Five Presidents" at the A.Lincoln Library & Museum, depicting Bill Clinton, Geo. Bush, Jimmy Carter, Gerry Ford & Ronald Reagan gathered at the Nixon Pres.Lilbrary to attend Nixon's funeral. Their dialogue enumerated each troubled time that particular Pres. dealt with...excellent insight into the times and challenges of the Presidency of the U.S.!  Done with humor and some non-civility!! :-)  We have to hang on to the thought of an unchanging God in Christ, and change the things (with love) that we can,in our little corner of the universe! Shalom!===JACK:  It does feel good to be back in the routine...but, it is different, because life is always changing.  "Five Presidents" does sound like a good and informative play.  I'm just trying to picture our current president sitting down for a discussion which would call for civility, a discussion about the challenges of the presidency, some self-effacing humor.  Try to imagine that, if you can?

FROM OUTHOUSE JUDY:  Glad to have you back!  Blindly following anything or anyone in any circumstance is just plain wrong.   First of all, God gave is the perfect way to live...loving others as ourselves.  He loves us All...enough to send His Son to die for us!  We could do with a little kindness to each other     Secondly, everyone has issues, sorrows and trials.  Compassion would go a long way to reach out to others     Thirdly, we are called as people to show Godly actions.  Most people have a simple smile.  Just think how a smile could affect someone’s live.  Nobody’s perfect.===JACK: 
Glen Campbell sang:
Let me be a little kinder
Let me be a little blinder
To the faults of those about me
Let me praise a little more
Let me be when I am weary
Just a little bit more cheery
Think a little more of others
And a little less of me.

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Jack’s Winning Words 4/30/19
“Sweep first your own doorstep before you sweep the one of your neighbors.”  (Swedish Proverb)  Some people who recently visited Holland, Michigan, commented on how clean the city was...not even a scrap of paper blowing around.  Amsterdam, Holland, has a project to make theirs a more livable city.  Residents, and even the mail carriers, report any places that need cleaning/fixing up, and workers are sent to take care of it…even sweeping the streets.    ;-) Jack

FROM LH IN FH:  There is a similar quotation from Goethe:  “If man would but sweep his own doorstep, the entire world would be clean.”  I’ve always felt that has such a vast meaning, as an inspiration for things like volunteer efforts in ones own community and moral values training as one takes on the responsibility of raising children.  The same with your Swedish saying. ===JACK:  For me, it means "Don't tell other people how to run their lives until your life is in order,"

FROM ST PAUL IN ST PAUL:  when we were in Norway and Sweden and Finland last May,  there was hardly a bit of trash anywhere!!   we Americans should be ashamed of our roads and streets.  some are just disgracefully trashy!===JACK:  I may be wrong, but I think that the proverb might be referring to a different kind of trash.===SP:  perhaps but your added comments did refer to street trash,  did they not?:):):)===JACK:  OOPS.  I should watch my words!

Jack’s Winning Words 4/29/19
“I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve the world and a desire to enjoy the world.  This makes it very hard to plan the day.”  (E.B. White)  Are you a morning person or a nighthawk?  I’ve always been an early riser, but morning or night person, this world is here for us to enjoy…and to protect.  Put aside the debate about Climate Change.  Begin to talk about ways we can make this this world a better place, a more enjoyable place.   ;-)  Jack

FROM FACEBOOK LIZ:  we can do both!===JACK:  It's for multi-taskers like you.

FROM GO BLUE LYNN:  We would try to do both, right? Thanks===JACK:  That sounds like a winner!

FROM TRIHARDER:  Jsck, I think you do both -- with the same activities.===JACK:  I first want to have my cup of coffee...then go to thinking.

FROM HONEST JOHN:  I think it is bad advice to set aside the debate about climate change.   We have to win it.    At the same time we have to do so many other things.   Again “both/and.” ===JACK:  Is both/and from Plato?

FRO ST PAUL IN ST PAUL:  i much prefer to talk not about Climate Change or Global Warming but Climate Extremes.  Whether man made or not,  we do seem to be seeing some real Extremes as of late.  blessings on your day.===JACK:  Unlike some "talkers", you usually have the facts to back up your statements.

 Jack’s Winning Words 4/26/19
“Vocatus atque non vocatus Deus adent…Bidden, or not bidden, God is present.”  (Erasmus)  Carl Jung, the psychiatrist, had today’s quote printed on a sign which hung over his front door.  What a great reminder!  Roll that thought around in your mind.  A line in a James Freeman poem reads, “Wherever I am, God is!”…watching…protecting…all is well.  We have many blessings, and one of the great ones is a God who knows, sees and cares about us.   ;-)  Jack

FROM KK:  Thanks  Today's words were on the mark for me

FROM ST PAUL IN ST PAUL:  glad it wasn't Biden or not Biden (Joe):):):)===JACK:  Some smartphones will let you see who's at your door, even when you're not at home.  A friend of mine saw that the bell ringers were two Jehovah's Witnesses.

FROM NK:  ❤️Love this message❤️===JACK:  Itg's a favorite of mine, too.

FROM GUSTIE MARLYS:  Love that.  May have to make a sign for myself!===JACK:  It is a sobering thought, isn't it?

Jack’s Winning Words 4/25/19
“You don’t have to set yourself on fire to keep everyone else warm.” (Penny Reid)  Someone sent that quote to me.  I like it!  Penny Reid is a part-time romance writer, but her real job is as a biotech researcher.  I once had a church member who wrote romance novels (Bunco Babes), and she was somewhat apprehensive about having me read her work.  Back to Penny…Some people spend so much time pleasing others that they neglect themselves.  Right?   ;-)  Jack

FROM COPPER COUNTRY BOB:  God has made us wonderfully romantic. Something like wonderful coffee.  But the difficulty is that we men are made of "instant" coffee and usually in hot water.  You gals are more like "drip Kind" because it  takes you a longer time to perk but you are unbeatable because you are re-heatable."===JACK:  You always have had a way of telling it like it is.

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

 Jack’s Winning Words 4/24/19
“Everywhere is within walking distance if you have enough time.”  (Steven Wright) A book, The Long Walk, describes how 7 Polish soldiers escaped from a Russian gulag in Siberia and began walking and walking thru the Gobi Desert, Tibet, crossing the Himalayas, into India--11 months, 4000 miles.  4 died along the way.  There’s a spiritual song that  I like…”I Want Jesus to Walk With Me…all along my pilgrim journey, I want Jesus to walk with me.”   ;-)  Jack

FROM TRIHARDER:  During the war, my father was conscripted into the Polish army to fight for Hitler. At his first opportunity, he deserted and surrendered to the Russians and spent the rest of the war in a POW camp. Needless to say, Russians had little resources (or desire) to treat its Jewish POWs humanely. After the war, he made his way to Germany to a displacement camp where he met and married my mother. He spoke very little, almost nothing, of his experience. Facts only occasionally leaked out===JACK;  I find it interesting we can understand our friends better when we get to know some of their history.  You are an example of this.

FROM ST PAUL IN ST PAUL:  wOW.  that sounds like a good book to read.  what a story.  the determination of the human soul to want freedom!===JACK:  We each have our road, our walk.  Some seem to be more adventurous than others, but we each must walk our walk. 

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Jack’s Winning Words 4/23/19
“The shoe that fits one person pinches another.”  (Carl Jung)  In the 1940s you could walk into almost any shoe store and have your feet x-rayed and get a perfect shoe fit.  Kids loved looking at their boney toes.  Eventually the “x-rays” were banned, because it was found that they were leaking radiation all over the place.  The Bible advises, “Be wise as serpents…”  Not just in the shoe store, but in all choices.  Make sure they “fit” the you, you want to be.   ;-)  Jack

FROM JK IN NVL:  X-rays in a shoe store? Wow, I didn’t know that had been done! But along the same lines I certainly remember innocently playing with “quicksilver” (mercury) drops as a kid; no one warned us about any potential side effects from that.  And asbestos was great for fireproofing.  ...
Which present-day “okay” activities and items will be on tomorrow’s “not okay” list?  At least we can be aware and admit there are plenty of things we don’t know. “Now we see through a glass, darkly, then shall we see face to face...” 1 Corinthians 13:12===JACK:  I played with mercury, too, and drove without seatbelts.  But I was among the first to pay extra for seatbelts when they were offered as an option.===JK:  Funny how things change, and usually for the better. When they first installed those buzzer/beepers in cars to remind occupants the seatbelts were not buckled, it was typical in my hometown for folks to figure out how to disconnect the darn buzzer/beeper that many found so annoying.  Today of course I would feel reckless to go anywhere without being strapped in; and our kids were raised in “car seats” from day one.

FROM ST PAUL IN ST PAUL:  i also recall riding my bike right behind the mosquito fogger that came thru our neighborhood every evening all summer long.  we were breathing DDT in large quantities, i am certain.  its a wonder we are all still alive!===JACK:  Imagine the mind that you might have had if it weren't all fogged up.

Monday, April 22, 2019

Jack’s Winning Words 4/22/19
“Kindness is within our power even when fondness is not.”  (Henry James)  A friend wrote recently about how difficult it is to love someone you don’t respect.  If you think that’s hard, reread John 3:16…”God so loved the world…”  When we only love “nice” people, what kind of love is that?  Edwin Markham’s poem says it best.  “He drew a circle that shut me out--Heretic,
rebel, a thing to flout. But love and I had the wit to win: We drew a circle that took him In!”   ;-)  Jack

Friday, April 19, 2019

Jack’s Winning Words 4/19/19
“Every parting gives a foretaste of death, every reunion a hint of the resurrection.”  (Arthur Schopenhauer)  The largest family reunion was held in France with 4,514 attendees.  Who brought the potato salad?  Our family has a reunion every 5 years…printed T-shirts one year; a family cookbook another; a fridge-magnet, too.  For those who are believers in an afterlife, the sting of death can be eased by imagining the reunion to come.  Will we need name tags?   ;-)  Jack

FROM ST PAUL IN ST PAUL:  and will crazy Uncle Louie be there too??:):):)===JACK:  Will you be able to give the invocation?

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Jack’s Winning Words 4/18/19
“To be alone is different.  To be different is to be alone.”  (Suzanne Gordon)  Do you have zoo jeans, clothes with cartoons printed on them?  No?  You’re not in style!  Do you remember penny loafers, greased hair, bell bottoms, t-shirts hanging out under sweaters?  What you recall generally indicates what fad was popular in your day.  We want to fit in, so we go out and buy “the latest!”  Pastors used to wear black shirts.  Now it’s white, orange, pink--even with 3 Adidas stripes.   ;-)  Jack

FROM BS IN ENGLAND:  I have just returned from the Chrism Eucharist service at Norwich Cathedral.  One of my favourite sevices of the year, unlike any other as the congregation is quite small although the cathedral  is full.  It is the service when hundreds of priests renew their vows and receive oils for baptism, annointing the sick and dying and the oil of Chrism.  Girls and mens choirs led the service and the Cathedral was full of wonderful music and hymn singing.  The procession led by the cross, choirs, followed by all the priests then the dean and bishops is truly  a sight to behold.  As the procession moves towards the altar Lift high the cross is being sung with gusto! This evening at church we will have a Holy Communion service followed by stripping the altar and the watch. I wish you all the blessings of this most holy week and a happy Easter.===JACK:  Thanks for filling me in on a Holy Week custom in your partof the world.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Jack’s Winning Words 4/17/19
“If you wait for tomorrow, tomorrow comes.  If you don’t wait for tomorrow, tomorrow comes.”  (Unknown)  A little girl was excited to get her first diary.  She imagined the many things she would write about during the year.  Her first entry was, “Today we went to Amery and had a good time.”  Nice…except that the trip was to happen the next week.  At times it’s hard to wait for our tomorrows.  Has it happened in your life?  I like it when Annie sings, “Tomorrow.”   ;-)  Jack

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Jack’s Winning Words 4/16/19“A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way and shows the way.”  (John C. Maxwell)  Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth and the life.”  Reread what Jesus said--that’s the way to live.  Look at how Jesus lived, how he treated people--he walked the talk.  A book, In His Steps, tells of a group of adults who decided to live their lives by trying to make decisions, by asking first: “What would Jesus do in this situation?”  They soon discovered, “Easier said than done.”   ;-)  Jack

Monday, April 15, 2019

Jack’s Winning Words 4/15/19
“Success is getting what you want.  Happiness is wanting what you get.”  (Dale Carnegie)  In the movie, Coal Miner’s Daughter, Loretta Lynn sings: “We were poor but we had love  That's the one thing that daddy made sure of.”  A “Psychology Today” article says lasting happiness is not found in “things” but in positive relationships.  Loretta looks back and sees that much of her success as a country singer was because of the love that was shown to her as a child.   ;-)  Jack

FROM DR J:  ARTICLE...Ranked: The 10 Happiest Countries In The World In 2018===JACK:  I t used to be that th USA made the list, but no longer.    So sad!

Friday, April 12, 2019

Jack’s Winning Words 4/12/19
“What happens when the future has come and gone?”  (Robert Hack)  These Hack words caused me to do a double-take.  I can understand that the future can arrive and be the present, and even the past.  But, what is there beyond the future?  Perhaps there will be no more “futures” when the sun dies and the mysterious Planet Nine takes over and our solar system is destroyed.  But, that’s 7 billion years from now.  Hey, maybe Heaven is what’s beyond the future?   ;-)  Jack

FROM HONEST JOHN:  That is all based on the concept of time.   With God there is only timelessness .     God can never be the future.===JACK:  Since God is timeless, and we cannot comprehend timelessness, is Jesus (God as man/Man as God) then the connector?===JOHN:  That’s our belief.....makes sense to me

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Jack’s Winning Words 4/11/19
“Improvement begins with I.”  (Arnold Glasow)  One man said that he discovered “Arnold Glasow in a doctor’s waiting room as he read Reader’s Digest.  Arnold isn’t as well-known as Will Rogers, but he writes the same kind of homespun philosophy.  His words often appear in the WSJ and Fortune magazine.  His best-belling book is called, Gloombusters.   His quote about improvement is an example of putting a truism into words that bring a smile.   ;-)  Jack

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Jack’s Winning Words 4/10/19
“If there be trouble let it be in my day that my children may have peace.”  (Thomas Paine)  The days after the American Revolution were not necessarily “glory” days.  Conflicting ideas on how to run the country; taxes had to be raised.  Some said that America’s on the road to anarchy.  War of 1812 was on the horizon.   Someone said, “Never have a son 18 yrs before the next war.”  Paine’s quote is on the minds of many new parents.  “Let there be peace on earth..”   ;-)  Jack

Tuesday, April 09, 2019

Jack’s Winning Words 4/9/19
“Live life and forget your age.”  (Jean Paul)  Messages from the ages:  20s--I’m free from the cage; 30s--Decisions, decisions; 40s--Start watching what you eat…and exercise and get a fit-bit; 50s--Oops, the AARP card arrives and a teen calls you, Ma’am;  60s--“When  are you going to retire?”; 70s--Why didn’t I save more?; 80s--Watch the news and pay attention to the medicine ads.  My advice: Thank God for your many blessings, whatever your age might be.   ;-)  Jack