Friday, December 15, 2017

Jack’s Winning Words 12/15/17
“Nobody sees a flower—really—it is so small—it takes time, and we haven’t time—and to see takes time, like to have a friend takes time.”  (Georgia O’Keefe)  This quote reminds me of others…”Never give up; some things take time…The greatest gift you can give your kids is time…Healing (of various kinds) takes time…The trouble is, you think you have time…Take it, one day at a time…Time’s a-wasting.”  Each quote gives us something to think about.    ;-)  Jack

FROM ST PAUL IN ST PAUL:  and now its TIME for me to go back to bed:):)   wish me pleasant dreams...====JACK:  Dream when the day is through  Dream, and they might come true  Things never are as bad as they seem  So dream, dream, dream  Dream  So dream, dream, dream

FROM RI IN BOSTON:  Scripture tells us that we will have a litany of experiences with "time".  According to Ecclesiastes 3, "For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to be born and a time to die; a time to weep and a time to laugh; a time to mourn and a time to dance; a time to keep silence and a time to speak...".  We will be confronted with issues of time, whether we accept it or not.====JACK:  Ecclesiastes 3 is one of my favorite chapters in the Bible.  "Everything" has its time...and then we move on.

FROM TRIHARDER:  We went to the Georgia O'Keefe Museum in Santa Fe last year. As I walked into the hall, my eyes were immediately drawn to one of her "provocative" flower painting. She denied that the flower was anything more than a flower. Others disagreed. I have attached my photo. ====JACK:  You piqued my interest (by your response and photo) to read more about O'Keeffe ... such as: "O'Keeffe created many forms of abstract art, including close-ups of flowers, such as the Red Canna paintings, that many found to represent women's genitalia, although O'Keeffe consistently denied that intention. The reputation of the portrayal of women's sexuality was also fueled by explicit and sensuous photographs that were exhibited of O'Keeffe."====TH:  She posed nude for boyfriend, later husband,  Alfred Stoeglitz, European photographer.====JACK:  Nudes are nothing new for artists.  They go with the job.

FROM ME IN NEWPORT BEACH:  Especially at our ages when priorities come more into play.  My wife Marilyn goes to the head of that class-for which I am fortunate and from which I try to improve.  I know you to also have those in the proper perspective. ====JACK:  Life's choices always seem to involve priorities...whether aware of them, or not.====ME:  Probably more intuitive at an early age.  Which is why character is so important.

FROM OUTHOUSE JUDY:  She’s an extraordinary artist.  We visited her museum by Taos, New Mexico.  One of my favorite photo ops (besides outhouses and grandkids) are flowers.  I make Birthday, get well, all kinds of cards from the photos.  Time goes by so quickly, we don’t really look at them like we should.  God has blessed this world with some miraculous wonders!!====JACK:  I've read that G.O. studied at Chicago's Art Institute.  My sister has a granddaughter who got her degree from that place.

FROM TAMPA SHIRL:  Space x is just going up now I am in Orlando for a few days just enjoy each day! We visited the Georgia o keefe museum in Santa Fe not too long ago====JACK:  From today's responses, it seems as though I'm the only one who hasn't visited that museum.

FROM SA IN WA:  Great quote. The great poets, revered throughout Western civilization, seem harder to find these days, but could be it takes time to see them. A piece of barn board I keep on my desk at work, 11 1/2" x 14" x 3/4" with a post-it-note; 188 years. (the time it took to grow enough to produce a board of that width) as a reminder good things take time. The knot hole was created from a branch when the tree was younger, which broke off, and then covered by the years of growth to the right of the hole. Perfectly straight and, even after 100 years of drying, this board has not 'cupped' but remains perfectly flat as well. It helps me keep life's stressors, deadlines and commitments, in perspective. Thank goodness a few of the magnificent trees, that continue their journey through nature's timeline, are preserved in the National Parks, for all to see, in time.====JACK:  Perhaps the favorite book in my library is Masterpieces of Religious Verse.  I've referred to it often, rather than going online.  There's something good about holding a book in your hands.

FROM GUSTIE MARLYS:  I have seen her home in NM—outside of Santa Fe.  Simple lines.  Love her stuff.====JACK:  Her poetry or her art or both?

FROM DL IN DULUTH:  Ah, time! Such a fleeting daily gift. For me the Advent season of 4 weeks is time gift of hope. ====JACK:  Is it just me, or does "Advent" seem less significant to those who aren't in the business of being a pastor?  Just wondering....












Thursday, December 14, 2017

Jack’s Winning Words 12/14/17
“I remember the time I knew what happiness was.  Let the memory live again.”  (Andrew Lloyd Weber – “Cats”)  This week I came across an article about why we remember and why we forget.  It says that our brain is wired to forget…but not always…that there are reasons to recall.  Someone told me that as she was on the gurney, awaiting cancer surgery, suddenly confirmation  memorization came back to her.  What memories do you want to…“live again?”    ;-) Jack

FROM ST PAUL IN ST PAUL:  speaking of memories,  Margaret and I were married 49 years ago this very day.   12/14/68   At Immanuel L C in tiny Dunnell, MN, down on the Iowa border.  It was colder than blazes that day.  well below zero with an awful windchill to boot. .  Margaret's pastor died in his sleep 3 weeks before the wedding so i asked a sem prof to come and officiate.  he got lost on the way down from Mpls. and arrived 40 minutes late.  but a classmate of mine just kept playing the organ (all Advent and Christmas music, of course) and all those old farmers thought nothing of starting late.  they got an organ concert out of the deal!  .  and the rest is history as they say... ====JACK:  Thanks for sharing that great memory.

FROM TARMART REV:  I can't remember at this very moment?! Merry Christmas, Jack!!  ====JACK:  A woman describing her aging grandfather..."Grandpa's memory had left us."

FROM BLAZING OAKS:  Having seen my twin struggle when her memory was erased, due to the stroke, I cherish everything I can remember, but of course, the "good" memories, especially of those we've now lost, are prime!  I often wished I had written down the funny (or amazing) things my kids said or did, because you tend to lose those details in the blur of the past, even though at the time, you were sure you'd remember that!  I've seen "Cats" several times, and read the book that inspired the musical, and think it is incredibly creative!!====JACK:  Do you remember how Bob Hope would close his shows?
Thanks for the memory  Of sentimental verse, nothing in my purse  And chuckles when the preacher said  "For better or for worse"  How lovely it was
Thanks for the memory  Of faults that you forgave, rainbows on a wave  And stockings in the basin when a fellow needs a shave  Thank you, so much
Thanks for the memory  Of tinkly temple bells, alma mater yells  And Cuban rum and towels from the very best hotels  Oh, how lovely it was
Thanks for the memory  Of cushions on the floor  Hash with Dinty Moore  That pair of gay pajamas that you bought and never wore    Say, by the way  Whatever became of those pajamas?
Strictly entre nous  Darling, how are you?  And how are all those little dreams  That never did come true?
Awfully glad I met you  Cheerio and tootle-loo  Thank you  Thank you so much
====OAKS:  I never saw those words to that tune, but really enjoyed this!


Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Jack’s Winning Words 12/13/17
“Don’t you ever let a soul tell you that you can’t be exactly who you are.”  (Lady Gaga)  Stefani Germanatta considered herself to be a misfit in school.   Her peers labeled her, eccentric.  It takes an unusual person to go beyond that and call herself, Lady Gaga.  This Gaga has come to be known as an entertainer…with a brain.  So, don’t be discouraged if you’re considered to be outside of the “in” group.  Jesus said, “The last shall be first, and the first shall be last.”   ;-)  Jack

FROM ST PAUL IN ST PAUL:  more good words today.  thanks, Jack.  i think lots of youth struggle with self-worth and identity in those teen years.  maybe this coming generation will be helped by the likes of Lade Gaga. ====JACK:  I recall teaching 8th grade confirmation students as being more difficult than 7th and 9th graders.  Teaching 9th graders was the most fun of all.

FROM PM IN THE AM:  I love this! Do you have a copy of all these emails? Or are they saved somewhere? If you made a book of all of them I’d buy a few to give to my kiddos on their 13th birthday. There are so many lessons I’d love talk about with them when they are a little older!  For now, I’m going to start saving them in a folder. ====JACK:  Yes, Jack's Winning Words are available online, dating  back to some where in the mid 1990s.  A reader once had the blog printed into a book which was sold on Amazon.  All copies of the printing were sold, and there's no reprint.  I don't even have a copy.  The first quote used, as I recall, was:  "Virtue is learned at mother's knee,  Vice is learned at other joints."  I used to save the quotes in a cigar box, but now the computer is the saver.

FROM HONEST JOHN:  I was never a part of the "in" group in the SE Michigan Synod....I considered that as a blessing.====JACK:  With the passage of time and the updating of the obituary column, I'm not part of the handful of survivors...the new "in group."  I'm reminded of Frost's mending Wall..  "Before I built a wall I'd ask to know  What I was walling in or walling out,  And to whom I was like to give offence.  Something there is that doesn't love a wall, That wants it down."

FROM OUTHOUSE JUDY:  She is strange to me but she says what she means and she is an advocate for those “different”.   Jesus has a reason for who we are and who we aren’t.  Aren’t we glad he lives us for us?!?====JACK:  Jesus was criticized for hanging around with "religious outsiders."  That didn't bother him, because they were his friends.====JUDY:  Now a days we are the outsiders in many ways.  We have the ability to make a difference in this world.  Even if we just feed the birds...of which there are hundreds on all of our feeders today.  I was out last night around 11:30 making sure they were all filled.   Amazon has a new site where you can purchase necessary items for the homeless and have them delivered!  Now that’s making a difference.  I don't know a whole lot about the site but I mean to check it out.   We are blessed here in Detroit because there are a lot of places for the homeless to get help.  Probably not enough yet.  Mitch Albom has done quite a bit himself.====JACK:  Not to be negative, but I read that bird-feeding iis for the enjoyment of people and is not necessary for the welfare of birds.  I should research further to find out.
   




Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Jack’s Winning Words 12/12/17
“Flaming enthusiasm, backed by horse sense and persistence, is the quality that most frequently makes for success.”  (Dale Carnegie)  In the movie, What About Bob?, Bob says about his psychiatrist, “He’s got horse sense.”  Does anyone know what horse sense is?  I see it as “unsophisticated common sense,” as compared to “book learning.”  My wife’s grandfather was a shoemaker who also made violins and sailboats.  He had horse sense.    ;-)  Jack

FROM BLAZING OAKS:  Sophia Loren once said, "Getting ahead in a difficult profession requires avid faith in yourself, and unflagging persistence. That is why some people with mediocre talent, but with great inner drive, so much further than people with vastly superior talent".I think she's right about that! I think of horse sense as being practical wisdom, akin to common sense. Good manners, and being nice and respectful to others also enter in! That makes you a person other people are happy to see get ahead!====JACK:  Mr. Ed had horse sense..  He gave Wilbur good advice.

FROM KF:  I love "What about Bob"!!!   When Stephanie was little I took her to the play "The Elves and the Shoemaker".......she was terrified and we had to leave :  )    Hopefully she's over that; and I think she has horse sense : )))))====JACK:  Is...)))))...at the end of your reply, a WHINNY?


Monday, December 11, 2017

Jack’s Winning Words 12/11/17
“We live in a world where we’ve forgotten to enjoy the journey.”  (Alicia Hill)  When our children were small and we went on car trips, the journey was more enjoyable when we played “I SPY”…clothes on the line, red barn, dump truck, etc.  Life’s journey can be more enjoyable when we focus on the positives we see…a Salvation Army bell ringer, people exchanging smiles, a courteous driver, etc.  As long as we’re on life’s road, let’s make the trip enjoyable.    ;-)  Jack

FROM ST PAUL IN ST PAUL:  Amen to that too!    last nite we went to a small Lutheran church (Faith in AV) for their Sunday School program.  nothing too professional about it but those that told the story (which is ever new) were so sweet,  humble, and sincere.  it was a joy to behold.  along with good goodies afterward! ====JACK:  Once, at a S.S. Christmas program, I remember the shepherds coming down the aisle and hearing a grandma say out loud:  "That's my bathrobe he's wearing."

FROM EDUCATOR PAUL:  I really like this quote, Jack! Another way to express this idea is “take time to smell the flowers.”  One of the things I’m really trying to work on is to really listen when someone is talking with me instead of trying to think of what to say next. Thomas Friedman expresses that concept in his book, too.====JACK:  "Thinking ahead" is what some Type A persons do.  "Engage brain before opening mouth" is what some of us need to do.

FROM JLF:  JC and I played car bingo on our way through the UP this summer. He spied a tiny GB Packers decal on a car in Escanaba and won the game!====JACK:  A Packers decal in the UP is too easy.

FROM QUILTING CAROL:  Reading these words I think of the war torn countries and wonder if the average citizens ever know what the journey is – other than survival.  We are so blest in this country even with our dissentions that I sometimes think we forget to think about other people’s journey or adventure in life and what it might be like for them.  A smile is such an easy thing to give; a greeting of “Good Morning” or “Hello” might be the only words another person hears in his or her day from another human being.  I’m off to enjoy today’s journey with Bob.====JACK:  Not only do we have different journeys, but we enjoy journeys in different ways.  Camping is not for me...Give me a Holiday Inn.

FROM RJP IN NAPLES:  WOW Pastor Freed,,  Another winner.!!!!!! I am having lunch  with two ladies today that I have not seen in 60 years. Old high school friends and my thought before I read your WW was to concentrate on positive memories and stay away from medical issues etc. Your WW gave me a great  way to introduce conversation.  Enjoy the journey.  Another home run for the Old but wise Pastor!!!!!!!!!  You should be in a robe with a long beard sitting at the mouth of a cave on a mountain top!!!!!!!!! WOW what visual!!! ====JACK:  I'm spending some winter weeks in Minnesota.  None of that sissy Florida weather for me.

FROM CC:  No time to stop and smell the roses or appreciate our fellow man's talents or needs.
Dick Lane is a 88 year old friend that I met at old guys basketball.  I gave it up with a shoulder injury, but Dick plays on and works hard at using his time to help many others in need.  Dick has a way of making everyone feel they are important and talented.====JACK:  Jack LaLanne was like Dick, also.  But, I read that Jack died in 2011.  The lyrics of the song, Grandfather's Clock, are so true...
spoken from experience.

FROM BLAZING OAKS:  "The good life has a great deal to do with contentment and satisfaction---and nothing whatever to do with that fool's gold called happiness." one of many quotes by Essayist Joseph Epstein, which is a good point to ponder, but the one by GK Chesterton may be more meaningful in our present state of affairs (no pun intended!): "Men do not differ much about things they will call evils; they differ enormously about what evils they will call excusable."   Ah me, I  do still enjoy life's journey, as there are many things to be thankful for: Like the old song says, "You gotta accentuate the positive, eliminate the negative, latch on to the Affirmative, and don't mess with Mr. Inbetween!" So be it!!====JACK:  The old-time lyricists had a way with words, didn't they?

FROM TAMPA SHIRL:  Amen.====JACK: The journey's even better when you fly for free.  Lucky you!

FROM OPUTHOUSE JUDY:  Amen!  Live to share those free smiles!====JACK:  "When you're smiling, the whole world smiles with you."

FROM CS:  Ok Jack I see you posted this one at 247am. Have you been staying out too late at the bars again??! ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ Merry Christmas - may you feel the love and joy of the season each and every moment along the journey!====JACK:  My plan is to get the words out by 5 am.  But if I wake up earlier, I take the time to send them out then...and go back to sleep.  So, now you know!

FROM TARMART REV:  Ours!? First one to find in alphabetical order the letters placed on the car's license plats was the winner!!====JACK:  That sounds like a good one.  BTW, I sat for a while today in the Target Coffee Shop, but no one came up to talk with me.  What's your secret?

Friday, December 08, 2017

Jack’s Winning Words 12/8/17
“Yesterday, December 7, a day that will live in infamy…”  (Franklin D. Roosevelt)  I recall how people used to gather around the radio to hear FDR’s “Fireside Chats.”  He spoke with confidence during the Great Depression and the dark days of WW 2.  He was well-spoken, not fearing to use a word like, infamy.  It was nothing like we are accustomed to hearing today.  To a fearful people, he allayed their fear:  “We have nothing to fear, but fear itself.”    ;-)  Jack

FROM JULIEM:  Good morning - I definitely need to use N. Hill’s quote as a mantra today. It is a good one to share!====JACK:  No plan is definitely a problem for some people...and no impetus to work is another.

FROM HONEST JOHN: I have heard tapes of FDR and he was good.   He helped to teach us that a Depression can be countered by a stimulus program.     There was a brief setback in the late 30s but in general, most economists agree, it worked.    He was also a great international leader.    He sensed the ruthlessness of Hitler that was missed by the Isolationist crowd.   He was ruthless which is an attribute if so many successful leaders in crisis situations.   Fortunately, in the long run, his ruthlessness did not work to harm or destroy us.   My first memory of him was to listen to his funeral on the radio...I was six at the time.====JACK:  I would rather have a speaker "challenge" with words than to "dumb down" what he has to say.  But, I guess the purpose of a speech is to get understanding.

FROM RS IN TEXAS:  While I never heard him speak, your point about allaying people’s fears (and bringing them together), was important- and I’m sure welcome. We could use more of that today as opposed to the divisiveness we hear so often.=====JACK:  I think that basic source of our divided country is fear...on both sides, and in the middle, too.====RS:  Yes - and lumping people into one political party or another and then saying everyone in that party is good (or bad).

FROM ST PAUL IN ST PAUL:  i recall reading somewhere that FDR revised that speech several times and i think the infamy word was not in the original text but got added just before he went on the air.  such are the quirks of history.   we went to the Concordia Christmas Concert last night at Orchestra Hall. i know i am biased but it was outstanding!  300 voices and full orchestra and some fabulous music.  what a gift good music is to this season.====JACK:  Could you write a definition of "infamy" without looking it up, first?====PAUL:  not exactly.   do you want to now look it up for me?   i am guessing "a day they will not be forgotten for a long time to come" but infamy is surely shorter!====JACK:  I'm not doing your work for you.

FROM TARMART REV:  I like that kind of leadership in government and the pulpit as well. ====JACK:  As I've quoted before..."The task of the pastor is to comfort the afflicted and to afflict the comfortable."

FROM BLAZING OAKS:  The biography of the Roosevelts that I read was fascinating: I think it was titled NO ORDINARY TIME, EXCELLENT, and well researched. Eleanor was his eyes and ears in the country, after he became paralyzed. She reported to him every night during his Presidency, tho they were not close as man and wife...These days the specter of Nuclear War has again reared it ugly head! :-(====JACK:  "The good old days" had their problems, too.  The pain of the present seems to hurt more than the pain of the past...but pain is pain.

FROM HUNGRY HOWIE:  I wonder how many people under 30 knew what yesterday was? ====JACK:  I wonder how many of them understand what the initials, FDR, stand for?

FROM OUTHOUSE JUDY:  It's one of those quotes the young fellows don’t remember.  We would be better off if everyone remembered more of those famous words.  I remember having to match the quotes with the people who said them.====JACK:  "Ask now what your country can do for you.  Ask what you can do for your country."

Thursday, December 07, 2017

Jack’s Winning Words 12/7/17
“The same boiling water which softens the potato hardens the egg; it’s about what you’re made of, not the circumstances.”  (Unknown)  I never took physics in school, but I know what happens when you boil an egg or a potato, even though I can’t explain it.  I also know that people react differently when they find themselves in “hot water.”  Some grow stronger, and some grow weaker.  I can’t explain it, but I have observed that those who trust in God do better.    ;-)  Jack 

FROM FACEBOOK LIZ:  i find when i trust in god, i do better. hard to go thru life alone! ====JACK:  Often, when I read comments such as yours, a song comes to mind, like..."I must tell Jesus all of my trials; I cannot bear these burdens alone; In my distress He kindly will help me;
He ever loves and cares for His own."  We have something in common, don't we?====LIZ:  we have lots in common!====JACK:  I like the way that you’re not afraid to express yourself…and to learn.

FROM ST PAUL IN ST PAUL:  one more:  the same sun melts ice and bakes clay.    blessings on your day====JACK:  ...and, I'm sure that there are more.  Let me think...

FROM KLM:  Thanks for your great emails.  Enjoy reading them, especially during these trying times in the world and at home in the US.  Best wishes during this holiday season.====JACK:  I try not to let the "immediate" world problems obscure the "timeless" message of Christmas that "God so loved the world that he gave us Jesus" to show the way to a life beyond this life.

FROM GARY:  Good morning Jack,  K and I really enjoyed today's Winning Word. We've all been in hot water and like you, I've observed the same: those who are in the boil do better knowing God will turn down the heat. Blessed Advent.====JACK:  Life sometimes serves eggs, scrambled.

FROM RJP IN NAPLES:  Excellent WW that’s a keeper ====JACK:  Did you ever say, "Finders keepers, losers weepers?"====RJP:  Many many times you’re bringing back memories from years ago. Also remember cheaters never prosper, and sticks and stones can break my bones but names will never hurt me. Sure wish people would think of those sayings today

FROM BB IN CHGO:  Fabulous; I find this one inspiring.  We often see simply inexplicable situations where the outcomes may be due to “what we’re made of”.  For example,  parents with twins (theoretically having the same nature and nurture) may find over time that one twin thrives and actualizes potential yet  the other is despondent, unmotivated,  becomes an addict or suffers some other sad story/outcome.  The notion that while we do not control what happens to us in life but do have a say in how we respond to the challenges is important.  I also appreciate your endnote – people with faith fare better.  I liked reading research that folks recover from illness more quickly when others pray for them – even when they don’t know they are on the receiving end of those prayers!  Thanks for the inspiration.====JACK:  I saw an interesting article this week about the Finnish word, SISU, and how it applies to the Finnish people.  If you see the word on a bumper sticker you know that the driver of the car is probably a Proud Finn.====BB:  I was very fond of a couple of Finnish women at Lakeview Lutheran, Margaret Driver and Berit Koivumaki.  Both exemplified this characteristic as I understand it.  We’d see them – in their 80’s – out waiting for the bus or walking in the freezing cold and snow.  They would not accept a ride.  They’d show up at free concerts in the Cultural Center and other places in the most inclement weather, quietly waiting to hear the music.  Berit’s husband fell from a rooftop and was quadriplegic for some 20 years.  She cared for him in their home with little nursing assistance.  Just an amazing amount of “character” and determination.  Interesting for me to now learn this is a national/cultural concept.  Hmmmm.  She was a blessing to me and I still think of her often though she passed several years ago.

FROM JULIE:  Sounds like a plan!====JACK:   I think that it was motivational speaker, Napoleon Hill, who said:  "Plan your work, and work your plan."  Sounds like a plan.

FROM OUTHOUSE JUDY:  I believe those who believe do not fear the hot water knowing they are in God’s strong water proof hands.

Wednesday, December 06, 2017

Jack’s Winning Words 12/6/17
“Getting an idea should be like sitting on a tack.  It should make you jump up and do something.”  (E.L. Simpson)  A Sunday School song begins, “I’ve got the love of Jesus, down in my heart.”  Children sing it enthusiastically, especially the verse, “If the devil doesn’t like it he can sit on a tack, Ouch!..sit on a tack, Ouch!”  Today’s quote isn’t about the devil, it’s about being motivated to do that which needs doing.  Is tack-sitting needed in your life today?    ;-)  Jack

FROM ST PAUL IN ST PAUL:  during a worship hour some years ago i sat down on a full glass of water.  i was not hurt but my butt was soaked for the rest of the hour.  i am not sure to this day anyone noticed tho the Altar Guild commented on all the water spilled on the floor of the chancel area:):) ====JACK:  Now, that's one of the best I've ever heard.  I laughed out loud.====PAUL:  i also don't know who put the water glass on the chair.  maybe some confirmand who was something of a prankster....====JACK:  I'm still in touch with some of my acolytes,  One even took me for a ride in an airplane that he had built.  ....and he landed it in the front yard of his sister's farm.  Now, that was exciting.====PAUL: you must be more gutsy than i am:):):)    but i admire your grit====JACK:  He was a farm boy who went oin to become aeronautical engineer

FROM GUSTIE MARLYS:  Now that is a new verse for me!  I will have to teach it to Carol because she does the SS music at all 3 Sunday morning SSs.====JACK:  Through Google's magic, she get all of the lyrics...and the tune, also.  It would be fun for a congregation to sing it as a Sunday worship hymn.====MARLYS:  Back when I was kid’s choir director—we did.  I had the kids sing and then the congregation with them.  It was fun—but I did not know those verses!====JACK:  People in the pew like to relive their childhood...sometimes.====MARLYS:  Especially the good old songs.  My how the people sing when we sing Blessed Assurance or one of the “Golden Oldies”!====JACK:  People are beginning to like...Earth and all stars...I was there to hear your borning cry...On eagle's wings,,,are becoming favorites, too.====MARLYS:  True—but we have different words to Earth and All Stars.  I have a hard time singing different words!  Ha!  I sang  Borning Cry at Bernice’s funeral.  On Eagle’s Wings was sung at Keith and Karna’s wedding.  (We affectionately call it the “You Who song”. Ha!

FROM LSP:  I like this one   ====JACK:  Tack-sitting is not something I enjoy, but jumping up and doing something is something that I need.

FROM OUTHOUSE JUDY:  It does sound like a good idea...but sometimes ya just look at the list and say “Tomorrow, tomorrow, I love ya tomorrow...”====JACK:  I have yesterday's list before me...right now!  I need to get away from the comput......====JUDY:  Made me laugh...again!


Tuesday, December 05, 2017

Jack’s Winning Words 12/5/17
“I always remember an epitaph in a cemetery in Tombstone, Arizona.  It says, ‘Here lies Jack Williams.  He done his damnedest.’  It’s the greatest epitaph a man can have—when he gives everything in him to do the job before him.”  (Harry Truman)  Someone asked me, “Who was your favorite President?”  No hesitation.  It was Harry Truman.  No “spin doctor” for him.  His language was sometimes salty, but a little bit of salt does flavor a meal.    ;-)  Jack

 FROM HAPPY TRAILS IN NOVA SCOTIA:  although I have seen several Presidents, the only one I actually met was Harry Truman. My parents and I went to the opening of the Truman Library and went through a reception line to meet him. My mother was in the first violins of the Kansas City Philharmonic (starting in WW II which was her opportunity to get into the formerly all-male organization) and HST (actually H NMI T, as you know) had front-row seats every year just two people away from her. He recognized her and correctly placed from where and was very enthusiastic.
Every year when he was available, he would conduct the Star Spangled Banner as the first piece of the season. Mom said the orchestra didn't actually need any conducting for this and didn't pay much attention to him, but a positive time was had by all.====JACK:  I like Copland's, "Fanfare for the Common Man."  It could have been written to honor President Truman, but in fact it was written in 1942, inspired by a speech, the dawning of the "Century of the Common Man," given by Vice Pres Henry A. Wallace.  I think I'll YouTube the music right now.

FROM HONEST JOHN:  My favorite President is Abe Lincoln.   In my lifetime, it would be Barack Obama.  ( Both Illinois boys!).====JACK:  It's interesting that so many disliked him during his time as President.  I suppose that there were a variety of reasons.  Time has a way of putting things into perspective.====JOHN:  Both were hated by the White Supremacists...for obvious reasons.    JACK:  Even Jesus wasn't popular all of the time.  A congregation was deciding whether to use grape juice or wine for communion.  A "temperance" lady was adamant that it should be grape juice.  Someone reminded her that Jesus once changed water into wine.  She responded, "Yes, and that's one thing I didn't like about him."

FROM JM: Hello and good morning..."when a person gives everything in him/her to do the job before him/her...” this is certainly something to strive for! I think about your Winning Words today from a work perspective, however I know it applies to something deeper, as a complete person, not just when we are at work! From my perspective at work, I often look and observe other people’s performance- giving encouragement and guidance. I realize more and more that I need to include myself in this same manner...being open to learning, encouragement and guidance.  I read your blogs daily and am often touched by what you write and share. I want to thank you for what you do!
Have a great day====JACK: You have captured the reason why I do Winning Words.  My son once said, "Dad needs a boss."  What he meant beyond the typical boss concept was exactly what you said..." I realize more and more that I need to include myself in this same manner...being open to learning, encouragement and guidance."

FROM ST PAUL IN ST PAUL:  we visited the Truman Library 3 years ago in KC, MO.  it was very impressive!   every kid in America should have to visit such places.  he left office with his ratings in the toilet but we now recall him as one of our greatest.====JACK:  Do you let the polling judge the present, or is it necessary to let time pass before making a proper judgment?====PAUL:  it usually helps to let some matters "simmer" for a while before making a final judgment.  even then,  i don't always get it right:):)

FROM LB:  HI,  This reminds me of an old saying my mom would tell me when I was wishing...
If wishes were horses, then beggars would ride.  She wanted me to do something about it instead of just wishing.  Thanks for your thought-provoking words.====JACK:  I wonder if today's parents are giving Winning Words to their children...Words to be recalled years hence?

FROM JUDEE:  Agreed completely!!! I hope this is what my tomb stone says.====JACK:  Writer Dorothy Parker's tombstone read: "Excuse my dust."  Can you come up with something clever, such as that?

FROM TAMPA SHIRL:  Truman and Reagan r my favorites. Truman was my first vote. I like the story after his last term when he was driving with Bess to their home in Missouri...Have u been to the presidential libraries? Trumans librarian was an Augustana graduate Ben Zobrist who married my friend from MHS Donna Anderson. The Reagan library in the Similar Valley is spectacular...I forget the first name of the Augie grad.====JACK:  I've been to the Truman Library.  The Augie grad at the library was a friend of mine from Moline, Niel Johnson.  He also acted as a Truman impersonator at the library, giving lectures, dressed as Truman.

FROM OUTHOUSE JUDY:  Some of those tombstones are hilarious.  Unfortunately, neither Gary or I can remember them.  I took photos of some of them but they are in one of 26 or so photo boxes.  Our favorite president besides Lincoln of course, is Reagan.====JACK:  Have you ever thought of having a tombstone shaped like an outhouse?

FROM RJP IN NAPLES:  The Truman Library in Kansas City is a wondefull facility. Much of it revolves around the War.. Like our current president Harry fooled all the pundits. His approval ratings were dismal but history will rank him very high for his tenure.  Probably the only president in recent history that did not enrich himself financially from the presidency.====JACK:  The Obama Library will be located near  the Museum of Natural History in Chicago.  You will able to visit the two places with only one trip.====RJP:  I have been to many presidential museums and they are all fascinating. Sad that Obama's will mar that beautiful area of the Lake Mi  shoreline.




Monday, December 04, 2017

Jack’s Winning Words 12/4/17
“The world is not yet exhausted; let me see something tomorrow which I never saw before.”  (Samuel Johnson)  I wish I could see news that a cure for an “incurable” disease has been found.  I wish that something new would push “politics” off of the front page.  I’m an optimist.  I believe that wishes can come true.  I also believe that “This is my Father’s world, O let me ne’er forget that though the wrong seems oft so strong, God is the ruler, yet.”    ;-)  Jack 

FROM CZB IN NH:  I agree!  I get particularly discouraged when people present Christians as non-caring, evil capitalists.  There is a trend to align the GOP with Christianity.  A couple of my good, caring, liberal friends are posting this on Facebook right now.  I’d like to respond, don’t quite know how.  I have tried to talk about it when people are stereotyping Christians and people shy away from me, get uncomfortable.   It is funny because these same people fight against racism,  gender bias etc. (which I agree with) but this too is prejudice and bias.  Any advice?====JACK:  When people make fun of "conservatives" praying before they act on making policy that negatively affects the poor and middle class and is seemingly hypocritical...I would ask them to write a prayer that they might give in such a situation.  Really...and...seriously!  And what response would they want from Jesus?====CZB:  Good idea.  I’ll let you know how it goes…

FROM HONEST JOHN:  I am an optimist also....but, I am convinced that God works in a broken world...that is why the symbol of Christianity is a cross====JACK:  I wonder if God is ever pessimistic when it comes to mankind?  ...or is he a cockeyed optimist who "don't make junk?"

FROM ST PAUL IN ST PAUL:  we had former bishop Mark Hanson at our Forum Hour yesterday at sotv.  he was dy-no-mite!  so articulate in naming and addressing some of the great issues of our time.  i had almost forgotten how prophetic and insightful Mark can be.====JACK:  People like Mark (and you) are good at pointing out the problems.  What I'm looking for are workable solutions.  It reminds of someone who asked the churchgoer, "What did the preacher talk about today?"  "He talked about sin."  "What did he say about it?"  "He's against it."  ====PAUL:  Mark did offer some solutions too.  just don't time to share them with you today.  i will later if i can.   btw, that quote is from Silent Calvin Coolide.  a man of very few words.  he had gone to church,  his wife was sick at home, and she asked him about the sermon when he got home again.====JACK:  I'm not talking about solutions, I'm talking about "workable" solutions that will get both sides to come together and work toward resolving the issue...not necessarily to the liking of both sides.

FROM TAMPA SHIRL:  Enjoy each day! We r still here for a reason!====JACK:  I've seen this response from you on several occasions...which seems to indicate that you really believe it.  Good for you!  It means that you are sure that God is at work in your life in all circumstances.

FROM OUTHOUSE JUDY:  It would be nice wouldn’t it.  Got  a call from A.  He wanted to know if anyone could baptize someone.  Yes of course.  He has Bible Study and many guys come.  One wants to be baptized because he accepted Christ.  God works in our lives and in others lives when we plant seeds.  Sometimes we don’t see the blossoms but there are seeds right now starting to bloom.  Keep watching, they’ll show up!  I’m an optimist too and there is Good News but it’s not in the news!====JACK:  Radio newscaster, Gabriel Heatter, often began his broadcasts by saying, "There'd good news tonight."  There is good news in the news, even today.  You just have to look harder for it.
====JUDY: I don’t remember him but I like his announcement!  It’s true...you have to look a little but it’s there.====JACK:  He was before your time...the 1940s.   His "good news tonight" often referred to victorious battles during WW 2.

FROM BLAZING OAKS:  Or the words in "I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day": "Then pealed the bells more loud and deep; God is not dead, nor does he sleep, the Wrong shall fail, the Right prevail, with peace  on Earth, good will to men."  Yes there are still new thing in our world to learn, if we have eyes to see, and ears to hear.  We can't lose Hope, even in present political circumstances!! ====JACK:  Ultimately...the wrong shall fail, the right prevail.  But many of us cry out (like the Israelites in the wilderness), "How long, O Lord, How long?"  We are an impatient people.  We need to be a people of faith.

FROM PEPPERMINT MARY:  Mark and I just got back from China. A wish come true for me. I learned once again that we are more alike than different. Thanks for a great song of the day. ====JACK:  How will you work that experience into a teaching opportunity for the children?

FROM  MY SEM ROOMMATE:  AMEN and AMEN to that!!!!!!!!!!====JACK:  I guess that means, You agree!
  










Friday, December 01, 2017

Jack’s Winning Words 12/1/17
Hello, December!  “God gave us memories that we might have roses in December.”  (J.M. Barrie)  It’s December…time to look at our bouquet of roses.  What great gift…to be able to remember…and what a loss when it’s gone.  But today, let’s start the month by recalling events and people that have made life enjoyable for us.  Why not make a list, numbering 1 through 12?  In that way, we can give ourselves a dozen roses, the perfect gift as December begins.    ;-)  Jack

FROM TARMART REV:  You have certainly been one of those "roses" in my life, Jack!! Thinking especially of you during this Advent and Christmas season.====JACK:  In looking at a list of names for roses, which name do you think applies to me?  Angel Face, Ketchup & Mustard, Playboy or Yabba Dabba Doo?  I suppose Angel Face has already been applied to you.====REV:  How about a new one for you: the “Sainted Rose” of WB?!?!====JACK:  I hope you didn't mean, "tainted." ====REV:  You always have great comebacks!!

FROM KF:  I got my biggest bouquet of roses December 3, 1988 (Mark - our anniversary. ====JACK:  ...and two daughters makes the bouquet even bigger.

FROM EMT SINGS IN TC: You are certainly toward the top of our list!====JACK:  I'd be honored just to be on the list.

FROM FACEBOOK LIZ:  ) my dear dad painted a picture of two roses for his grandmother in 1951. it was given to me recently by a cousin, after dad died. i had never seen it before.  was dad a time traveler? this rose did not exist till 1980. it is called “love.”  i searched for love since i first saw it in person, ten years ago. finally, this year i found love at the grocery store garden center... a couple of months later, i “found” this beautiful watercolor, too!  I now have love in my garden.====JACK:  You also have love on your wall and (most importantly) in your heart.  Your father was truly an artist...and a special person.

FROM BLAZING OAKS:  Memories are indeed precious! When my twin had the stroke, her memory was erased, and what a loss that is, having to learn who everyone is (again) and all that transpired in the past...impossible to recapture, really.   like the idea of giving ourselves the roses of people who have really counted in our lives. A huge bouquet really! You would be a rather new bud in that bouquet! :-) Hello, December ; Here's to always remembering to smell the roses along life's way!!====JACK:  It must have been frustrating, both for her and you.  It makes one appreciate, even more, how great is the ability to remember and relive (in a way).


 

 

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Jack’s Winning Words 11/30/17
“In life you have three choices…Give up…Give in…of Give it your all.”  (Charleston Parker)  In checking him out, I’ve learned that Parker is a self-taught theologian who, through personal study, has discovered many truths about God.  Since theology is an “imperfect science,” C.P.’s thoughts are worth considering.  Many of us are searching to “know” the unknowable…like on a treasure hunt.  So, we look for clues…maybe in Barth, Bonhoeffer or even Parker.    ;-)  Jack

FROM TARMART REV:  and even in Christ Himself! I'll have to "Google" Charleston Parker and read of his discoveries.====JACK:  E.B. White wrote a book, "One Man's Meat Is Another Man's Poison."  I guess that goes for theological opinions, too.

FOME MIKE:  The latest National Geographic has an extensive article about archeologists trying to scientifically prove site of Jesus tomb.  And that he truly walked around Jerusalem.  I haven't read entire article,but plan to.  Thought it would be something you would enjoy.====JACK:  Yes, I saw that headline, but didn't follow up.  I suspect that in the end it will come to a choice: either you believe it, or you don't.  When it comes to "proving" God, the search will always end with a person's faith.  As the man once cried out to Jesus: "I believe, help my unbelief."

FROM OUTHOUSE JUDY:  All or nothing!  Maybe I’ll look him up!  Sounds interesting! ====JACK:  I'll stick with Barth and Bonhoeffer....and my seminary profs.

FROM BB IN CHGO:  Inspiring as ever.  Thanks!====JACK:  When our children were small they were always excited when I planned a Treasure Hunt for them...hiding things around the house and giving them clues.  Those were the days!====BB:  I had no idea you did this for the gang.  Did you know that I did the same when visiting the cabin I the UP?  We hid things under swings, in the tree stump where the toad lived etc.  We wrote little poems/rhymes  to get them from place to place.
One year the whole operation got foiled as the poem notes to go from one place to another were with the “treasure”.  That year, there was a plastic film canister with dimes that had the paper and it was 10 paces toward the lake from the neighbors blue bike.  Only the kid moved the bike so the whole thing got derailed.  Tim & I knew where it was and dug a bunch but never found those dimes.  Imagine someone else did and, if it was a little one, they were elated!====JACK:  Did you ever see the Twilight Zone episode, "Kick the Can?"  (You can YouTube it)  Maybe when you have a gathering of adults, you can have a Treasure Hunt and relive the good old days.

FROM TAMPA SHIRL:  Love those choices!====JACK:  You are a "GIVE IT YOUR ALL!" type of person.

FROM BLAZING OAKS:  As Jonathon Swift said, "I hope you live every day of your life!" I think we're dancing as fast as we can, as old age creeps up...Hopefully it takes one look at us, and backs away! :-)  Today's discussion made me think of your old professors saying, "You can't unscrew the inscrutable". So true, in regard to our many questions, but that's where faith comes in, isn't it ? I've had enough "miracles" to merit the adventure! Today was a full one!====JACK:  If not miracles, what Bible words inspire you the most? 

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Jack’s Winning Words 11/29/17
“Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face.”  (Victor Hugo)  I’ve never thought of Victor as having a sense of humor.  “Les Misรฉrables,” for example.  But, who knows?  We’re each born with a “funny bone,” but not all laugh at the same thing.  Molly said to Fibber, “’Tain’t funny, McGee”  (Only a few of you will get that one.)  I laughed at Steve Martin in The Pink Panther the other night…Oh, and Monte Python’s Silly Walk, cracks me up.    ;-)  Jack

FROM PASTIE PAT:  I got it๐Ÿ˜!====JACK:  Do you have a closet like Fibber's?  I do.====PAT:  No --- even people who like me think I'm a neat freak๐Ÿ˜‰!

FROM LP IN PORTAGE:  Didn’t know fibber McGee was a real character. My grandma just used to say it when we tried to trick her. “You’re just a Fibber McGee”. And I adopted it with my kids. Will have to google that.====JACK:  Thanks to YouTube you can show your kids a picture of the "real" Fibber.  And while you're at it, show them Monte Python's "Silly Walk."

FROM FACEBOOK LIZ:  i get that one... ๐Ÿ˜‰  dad & i howled when steve martin first appeared on johnny carson w/the arrow through his head... and never stopped.====JACK:  I liked his movie, "The Jerk," a comedy with a message.====LIZ:  dad LOVED monty python. i never got their humor, however.====JACK:  Don't tell me you've not laughed when watching MP's Silly Walk.====LIZ:  monty python is “boy humor,” as i tried to explain to my dad as to why i never cracked a grin. ====JACK:  I don't see "Silly Walk" as boy humor, unless you might refer to the scene where a man asks the secretary to bring coffee...but she adds to the skit when she comes back with the coffee, doing a silly walk. ====LIZ:  we loved national lampoon vacation... you?====JACK:  I liked it.  Lots of funny scenes.  But, I liked Christmas Vacation even better.====LIZ:  i know of no women who find monty python funny.====JACK:  I came across this article..."Why do only smart people find Monty Python funny?"  That's a silly headline, isn't it?====LIZ:  i resent that... tee hee! ====LIZ;  ok. i will youtube it, & get back to you...(Getting back to you)...sorry, i never cracked a smile. dad would be rolling on the floor over this, however.  no, “one thin mint” doesn’t work either.

FROM ST PAUL IN ST PAUL:  have you noticed that Trump never laughs??  he may crack a smile or smirk once in a while but i have yet to see him truly laugh.  another possible sign of a mental instability....====JACK:  The old song seems to apply here..."Smile, thought your heart is breaking."
====PAUL:  Are you sure the guy even has a heart??====JACK:  That's referring to you...and I'm sure that you have a heart.  I read an article today that says you rarly ever see Trump smile or laugh.  It's a sign of something or other.

FROM BLAZING OAKS:  Ah Yes, Fibber McGee's disastrous closet! In the early days of TV we thought they were hilarious.:-) Most of us love a good laugh, but as you say, some are more inclined than others...I can usually see the funny side of most situations, which sure saves the day many a time!: Something that cracked me up recently was the story of a man walking into a New York Public Library, marching up to the librarian at the desk, and saying, "I'LL HAVE A CHEESEBURGER WITH EVERYTHING, CURLY FRIES, AND SMALL COFFEE.." She, aghast, replies, "Are you crazy?! This is a public library! He:"Oh, sorry! then whispers, "I'll have a cheeseburger with everything, curly fries,etc....You don't even have to finish it to start smiling!====JACK:  You've pointed out one example of why something is humorous...Incongruous juxtaposition!====OAKS:  Not familiar with that phrase, but it did make me laugh!====JACK:  I think that the recent quote of a baseball headline is an example:  "Whiffs of Colon too strong, 7-2."

FROM RJP IN NAPLES:  Fibber mcgee wow you are old although I think the show ran into the early fifties====JACK:  Fibber and Molly were an actual married couple...Jim and Marian Jordan.  Do you recall these recurring characters on the weekly show...Gildersleeve, The Old Timer, Mayor La Trivia, Nick DePopulis and Myrt?  You sort of remind me of Gildersleeve.====RJP:  As the water commissioner he was very important his town as I am here sooooooo heeeeee heee  as he said, yes Feebee.====JACK:  What was funny, then, is corny, now.  Each age has its own humor.

FROM MT IN PENNSYLVANIA:  Good morning, Jack.  Steve Martin’s ‘comic era’ was a thing of wonder. Back when he was just beginning to be famous (early 1970’s), I saw him live at the Meadowbrook outdoor theatre. The audience was mostly seated and buzzing with anticipation as the clock inched toward start time. At one point, a minor rustling of the curtains sent the audience into a roar. Then another rustling, with even greater impact. At least a minute passed…and then, almost shyly, the toe of a white shoe peeked out between the curtains and the audience (no kidding!) when berserk. It was as if the Beatles had just materialized. People were waving their arms frantically, jumping up & down, and running up and down the aisles wearing balloon hats or arrow-through-the-head clip-ons. The toe wiggled, and the activity soared even higher!  Talk about knowing how to work a crowd.  Not to be outdone by his toe…Steve's performance was flawless, and a total delight. I think that his opening line (spoken with convincing disdain) was “I’m so mad at my mother…she wanted me to give her ten dollars for some food!”(punch line: We worked it out. She got the 10 bucks for doing a brake job on my GTO.)  Many of his movies — both comic and serious — are quite extraordinary. If you haven’t seen them, I would suggest ‘Roxanne'' (in which 'Cyrano gets the girl’), and 'L.A. Story.' It’s a semi-autobiographical comedy/fantasy built around the courting of Steve’s first wife, Victoria Tennant, who plays the female lead. Unique among his cinematic works, the generally comedic storyline incorporates philosophical and intensely romantic elements. And then, for sheer fun, there’s ‘My Blue Heaven.’   p.s. Here’s a great quote from another Victor (Borge) —   “The shortest distance between two people is laughter.”====JACK:  Roxanne was a message-movie, too.  another things that makes me laugh is when Martin and Dan Aykroyd (as Yortuk and Georg Festrunk) call out, "We are two wild and crazy guys."

FROM HUNGRY HOWIE:  Abbott and Costello “ Who’s on First?”====JACK:  What?  Oh, that"s right.  What's on second.




Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Jack’s Winning Words 11/28/17
“I learned early that sometimes you have to dig through garbage to get anywhere.”  (Michael Hainey)  A man with a truck goes through our neighborhood each night before “trash day” picking up items he sees as valuable.  “One man’s junk is another man’s treasure.”  Here are some suggestions for helping to turn life’s bad luck into good:  Keep your cool!  I can learn something from this.  There’s a positive here!  There’s opportunity in this adversity.    ;-)  Jack

 FROM ST PAUL IN ST PAUL:  i am going out right now to check my trash cans hoping to find a treasure:):):)====JACK:  How about going through a pile of your old sermons to see if there's a gem in there.====PAUL:  good idea!   i hope there would be a few gems in there somewhere:):):) ====JACK:  Did you ever sing this song in Sunday School?
When He cometh, when He cometh  To make up His jewels,
All His jewels, precious jewels,  His loved and His own. (Refrain)
(Refrain) Like the stars of the morning,  His brightness adorning,
They (Your sermons) shall shine in their beauty,  Bright gems for His crown.
He will gather, He will gather  The gems for His kingdom;
All the pure ones, all the bright ones,  His loved and His own. (Refrain)
====PAUL:  i recall it vaguely.  not sure i ever sang it but i have heard it sung a few times somewhere in my distant past.   i was raised in the old Augustana Synod (Swedish) and belonged to the only Augustana L C in all of St. Louis.  in fact,  the next closest Augustana L C was in Bloomington, Illinois.  we did sing from a book called Youth's Favorite Songs but i am not sure this one was in there.  i have an old copy somewhere around the house.  if i find it, i will look it up.

FROM TARMART REV:  "There's got to be a pony somewhere in that pile of manure!?!?" ====JACK:  As Isaiah says (64:6):  "All our righteousnesses are as filthy rags."  ...but God is able to find some worth in the mess that we sometimes make.

FROM CPA BOB:  A close friend of ours noticed that, in their trash, grocery stores had thrown out healthy and near healthy orchid plants.  Frequently, a few plants would remain at the end of a sales promotion and the space was needed.  The stores gave her permission to take anything from the trash, which she added to her greenhouse collection.====JACK:  People who go through grocery store trash are called, Dumpster Divers.

FROM JUDYE:  This WW is so perfect for today.  You are a very special person. Thank you for your prayers.====JACK:  So many things to do.....I started making a list today...and I've already crossed off three things.====JUDY:  Good for you!!  My lists keep getting longer, but I’m ticking things off too.  God bless you this Advent and always.

FROM TAMPA SHIRL:  I was thinking positive all day! Our third great grandchild was born today in Ohio.  Her name is Elizabeth Grace.====JACK:  Elizabeth and Grace---two meaningful names!  What's your middle name?====SHIRL:  It is Mae.  Growing up I remember a little boy Jimmy Mason said Shirley Mae De Taeye was the prettiest name he ever heard!====JACK:  Now, I remember the Mae...and it does have a nice rhyme to it.

FROM OUTHOUSE JUDY:  Isn’t it wonderful someone takes our castoffs and makes a living from it?  There is a positive to nearly everything!====JACK:  Why the qualifier...nearly?====JUDY:  Well, it’s not good news to hear you have cancer, or someone has stole your car....etc etc!  I guess you could find something good?!?====JACK:  I know it's not cancer, but when I contracted polio at age 16, I didn't think that it was good news.  In retrospect, it changed my life for the better and is probably a large part of the reason that I became a pastor.  So, given the long view (which God happens to have), garbage isn't always garbage.Very true!  But you can’t make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear...one of my family’s fun sayings.

Monday, November 27, 2017

Jack’s Winning Words 11/27/17
“Be nice to people…maybe it will be unappreciated, unreciprocated or ignored, but spread love anyway.  We rise by lifting others.”  (Germany Kent)  Google made a study of why certain teams succeed in the business world.  After lots of data, it found that team members who like each other do a better job.  It works in the home, too…and even in church.  My mom was right when she said, “Just be nice to your sister!”  Try to be extra nice today!”    ;-)  Jack

FROM OUTHOUSE JUDY:  Good words!  It’s a good way to live to....just be nice!====JACK:  And it doesn't depend on quid pro  quo, either.

FROM ST PAUL IN ST PAUL:  hey,  we are full of Minnesota nice up here!!====JACK:  You're right about that.  I'm planning fly up there in December to experience some of it.

FROM BLAZING OAKS:  Being nice, and using good manners, never goes out of style! It is more effective than any haranguing or critical approach to a situation! My daughter has the slogan on her emails, "Be nicer than necessary, for everyone is fighting some kind of battle." Often true. ====JACK:  Did anyone have to tell you to be nice?  Probably not.====OAKS:  Yes! My mother was constantly reminding Jan and I that it didn't cost a penny be nice to everyone! She rarely had a negative thing to say about anyone, and wasn't one to pass on gossip. We learned at her knee...reminds me of that saying by Pastor Tillberg, and "other joints".====JACK:  We used to go to a cafeteria where the serve would always ask, "Would you like something nice?"  I wish that that place was still in business and I could hear the server's words again.  But, alas....  They never say that at McDonald's.



Friday, November 24, 2017

Jack’s Winning Words 11/24/17
“The aim of education is the knowledge, not of facts, but of values.”  (William Ralph Inge)  Someone from Mr. Sparky, an electrical contractor, spoke to me about the need for a couple of electricians, or apprentices.  There are jobs out there.  It surprised me that the first qualification mentioned was honesty, not knowledge of electricity.  Where did you learn your value system?  Integrity?  Courage?  Discipline?  Faith?  Would you like to work for Mr. Sparky?    ;-)  Jack

FROM TARMART REV:  "Would certainly be an electrifying experience, I'm sure!!"====JACK: When you preach, the bulletin should read: "Sermon by Rev. Sparky!"

FROM RVB:  In hiring many people over the years, no matter the discipline, these are the hardest traits to measure. At the entry level of any skill trade, these values are a tell tale of future performance once hired.====JACK:  It's somewhat like the calling of a pastor.  Call Committees do not always ask the right questions, or read between the lines.  However, when praying for the guidance of the Holy Spirit, before taking a vote, God can share in the blame/praise of the outcome.

FROM RJP IN NAPLES:  I always hired salesman on the basis of integrity not verbal skills. And that's what I used to preach when I did my sale seminars. The customers can see through a sharp talking individual that they feel comfort when they feel the integrity of the individual.====JACK:  I respect the response from you...one of the premier salesmen that I've ever met....except, when he chooses a place to take a client for lunch.

FROM ST PAUL IN ST PAUL:  hope  you had a good Thanksgiving, Jack.  must be quite different without Mary.  i suspect that day will come to all of us sooner or later.   we are having the three kids here today with their families (total of 18 including my Bro)  for Turkey at noon.====JACK:  You are right!  The day was different,  especially remembering Mary, and how it used to be.  But, that's why God gave us memory...to be able to recall and enjoy those recollections.  ...and, you are right, again.  It will come to all, sooner or later.  Time marches on.  But the prayers of thanks continue to be offered to the one who never changes.====PAUL:  and one huge AMEN to that!

FROM SUNSHINE:  I have always told my students that what it means to be a member of a profession is to do what you believe to be right . . . regardless of the consequences.====JACK:  The client is always right...UNLESS you are called upon to do something illegal or against your sense of what's right or wrong.  Sometimes the "fee" gets in the way, but that's what choice is all about. ====SUNSHINE:  To clarify, when I said "do what you believe is right . . . regardless of the consequences" I was referring to your "Wining Words" of today, i. e. VALUES.  The client isn't always right, but the client is the client. Thus, a way should be sought to develop a design that is based on the client's needs as well as hopes and dreams. In my experience the client's contributions  lead to a better design. Certainly that was the case at Grayslake.  Now to watch the HOKIES. ====JACK: Did you know that the Hokies were originally called, the Gobblers?  It's appropriate, then, to have them play during this Thanksgivingtime. 

FROM OUTHOUSE JUDY:  Boy I’d say education failed miserably.  Is it the teachers or the parents?!!  Aren’t the parents the first teachers?====JACK:  ...and sometimes, when parents have failed miserably, there has been a teacher who has done the job.  So...the source of our value system can come from a variety of places.  The church helped shape them for me.  So did caring relatives, some teachers...and my parents...and even my sister.====JUDY:  There are a lot of reasons children are taught or learn morals.  God knows there are little of them being taught and many of them being taught wrongly.     Us kids were taught by our parents, grandparents, Sunday school teachers and even siblings.  I’m thankful for their hard work and persistence!====JACK:  There are so many more teachers "out there" today...social media, to name just one.

FROM DR J IN OHIO:  amen!====JACK:  As a teacher and a teacher of teachers, you have had a major part in helping to determine life directions.  ...and don't forget the "mom" in you that has influenced your daughter.

FROM BLAZING OAKS:  Yes, that is prime: Honesty, Integrity...when Bill worked with the Judicial system,(As the pastor of a church he initiated a Fund of Renewal for this purpose)) trying to help ex-con's training and work, it was easier to place a murderer than a thief! NO business or profession wanted to deal with someone who had stolen or embezzled money! We once had a Walgreen's manager of our local store call and ask if Sarah (in H.S.) was interested in working summers there, because he felt her pastor father would have instilled honesty in her, and he had had trouble with teen age help being dishonest!  I think a prime aim of education should also be to teach kids to THINK for themselves!   So many just parrot back learned information...!====JACK:  Basically it's still the same.  When it comes to teaching morals. home schooling works best.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Jack’s Winning Words 11/22/17
“Lord, as we bow our heads to pray,  We celebrate Thanksgiving Day.
Help us have the right attitude,  As we turn to you in gratitude.
Thank you for our festive mood;  Thank you, Lord, for this good food;
Thanks for blessings great and small;  Thank you, thank you for it all.”  Amen
(Thanksgiving Table Prayer by Joanna Fuchs)

FROM CPA BM:  Have a nice Thanksgiving.  We’ll remember Mary.====JACK:  We have much to be thankful for.  Mary's life is at the top of the list this year.

FROM OUTHOUSE JUDY:  Very good prayer.  Hope you have a blessed Happy Thanksgiving.  Remember all the good Thanksgiving’s with your family and your wife.  I’m sure there were a lot of great memories.  “Think on those things!”  God bless!====JACK:  It's one of the great holidays of the year...in fact, every day ought to be a thanks-giving day.

FROM CS AND AL:  HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY!====JACK:  I'm giving you thanks for that.

FROM PR IN CA:  Beautiful.  Happy Thanksgiving.  Hugs====JACK:  A hug is always welcomed.

FROM GUSTIE MARLYS:  Both sound good.  I am purposely not talking about how lonesome it is.   God Bless!  Thanks Jack.  I may print that and use it tomorrow.  I am going to Carol’s—bringing the turkey, stuffing, and pumpkin pie.  Where are you going? ====JACK:  A festive mood and good food are certainly better than a bad mood and bad food.  I'll be at daughter Beth's for the turkey dinner and the Lions/Vikings football game.

FROM LK IN OHIO:  Happy Thanksgiving, Jack.

FROM KF:  Thank you for jump-starting our prayers for Thanksgiving dinner : )   We hope you have an enjoyable celebration with friends and family!!====JACK:  I don't know what customs families have with regard to praying (or not praying) before a family meal.  But the "pastor" in me kicks in when I sit down at the computer to send out a Thanksgiving message.

FROM HAWKEYE GEORGE:  Thanx, Jack.  This will be in today's Champions Bible Study.  Have a Blessed Thanksgiving.  We will be having Tx Giving with 2 of our 3 kids and families. ====JACK:  Thanks for the good work that you and your friends do with the CBS.

FROM TARMART REV:  Must admit . . . T D, my favorite holiday for genuine celebration . . . C D, rather tired and ready for the N Y to begin.====JACK:  I had Thanksgiving dinner at my daughter, Beth's house.  The food tasted musty...."I musty have seconds!====REV:  "Two pieces of pumpkin pie with whip cream myself . . . a musty had to have Thanksgiving desert!!====JACK:  I thought that you were on a diet.====REV:  Father! I have sinned again!!====JESUS:  Go, and sin no more!

FROM BLAZING OAKS:  This is a great T.Giving prayer...copied it for next year. Enjoyed our Chicago gathering on Thursday. Had a great feast of food and lots of fun and games.... ====JACK:  One of our grandsons used the prayer this year...and his father gave some reflections on being thankful.  My guess is that more table prayers are offered on Thanksgiving Day than at any other day in the year.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Jack’s Winning Words 11/21/17
“When you press the pause button on a machine, it stops, but when you press the pause button on human beings they start…to think, to reflect, to reimagine what is possible.”  (Thomas Friedman)  Best-selling author, Friedman, is an explanatory journalist who translates English into English.  In his new book, he gives advice on how to navigate in this world that seems out of control.  Don’t be swept up in the moment.  Pause….Think!    ;-)  Jack

FROM ST PAUL IN ST PAUL:  sometimes it is really hard to do this,  especially when the agenda for the day is quite full.  but it is good advice nonetheless...====JACK:  You made the point!  The tile of his book is, "Thank You For Being Late."  Because someone was late for an appointment, it gave him time to pause and think and ponder.  It's a book that a busy person like you should read.
====SP:  a college classmate of mine is an international lawyer whose office was on the 95th floor of the World Trade Center.  she lives in New Haven, Conn. and on the morning of 9/11/01 she was late for work by about 45 minutes.  had she arrived on time that day,  she says she would have certainly be in her office at the time of the attack.  but once the attack began,  all commuter trains into the city stopped.   true story.  her name is Connie Fardden.  one very smart woman... ====JACK:  Robert H. Smith wrote:    “The clock of life is wound but once, And no man has the power To tell just when the hands will stop At late or early hour.     The present only is our own, So live, love, toil with a will,
Place no faith in Tomorrow, For the Clock may then be still.”====SP:  what a great quote.  i have a New Year's sermon and this one will go in the file for sure.

FROM HY YO SILVER:   Beautiful.  Greetings from Israel!====JACK:  Are you having time for contemplation while in Israel?  I'm wondering if the members of Congress have a "pause" button so that they can reflect before they react.  What has been your experience?====HY:  My experience has been incredible My tenth time but still unique and special. Have you been there?====JACK:  I’ve had two opportunities to visit Israel and the Holy Lands.
1. The manager of the El-Al office in Detroit offered me a trip, but a rash of bombings took place, and the trip had to be cancelled.
2. I had arranged to lead a tour of the Holy Lands, and people indicated that they wanted to go, but, again, there was unrest in the destination and people backed out, one after another.
Soooo....I’m now content to read about it in the Bible and let you and others make the trip.
====HY:  Jack, please...you must go.  DO IT.  It's safe and wonderful.====JACK:  I think that the El-Al guy has moved on...and so have I.  Life is that way...sometimes you miss the boat (jet).  I'm content.

 FROM OUTHOUSE JUDY:  If we all paused before we thought so much unnecessary pain, anger and hurt would be avoided.====JACK:  The events of the world are happening so fast...one after another...that there seems to be no time to pause, or to reflect.====JUDY:  That is so true!  It’s hard to get down to what we need to do each day because we are stuck on what happened yesterday or what will happen tomorrow.  I just want to curl up in a blanket and think about today!

FROM SHALOM SISTA:  Great quote -- maybe it's pressing the pause button.  It started some thoughts about "where two or three are together in my name ..." kind of positive thinking, positive talk, knowing that Christ is never out of touch with us.====JACK:  When you call to get help from a company, and you're put on hold...how do you spend that time?  It might help to consider it "pause" time, as Thomas Friedman suggests.  (Easier said than done!)

Monday, November 20, 2017

Jack’s Winning Words 11/20/1
“How ya livin’?  Ask yourself each day.”  (Dr. Rick Rigsby)  Several people sent me the video of Rigsby’s commencement address which began, “The wisest person I ever met was a 3rd grade dropout.”  He was referring to his father who had to quit school to work on the family farm…but he never stopped learning…and giving good advice.  “Always remember to be kind…Every day, ask yourself, ‘How ya livin’?’”  Today…Ask yourself: “How am I living?”    ;-)  Jack

FROM RS IN TEXAS:  Yep - Dr. Rick is just up the road from us in Allen, TX - a suburb of Dallas.  'Twas a great commencement speech.  All of my wife's challenges gave me pause to think how lucky we are to have our health - and other blessings.====JACK:  One of the table prayers that might be used at Thanksgivingtime begins, "God is great.  God is good..."

FROM LBP:  I started to nit pick the details of how I’m living ... but then changed: “I am blessed”. Thanks to a friend from my recent church family for modeling that behavior.====JACK:  Of course you know what a "nit" is...and how "nitpicking" often keeps us from enjoying life!  Instead, why not "Count your many blessings, name them one by one..."

FROM DEPUTY DOG:  I sent this out to the PD last week – Great speech!====JACK:  "Always be kind!" is advice worth repeating.

FROM KF:  When S started school we worked with her on social skills and instilled "to have friends you have to be a friend". Each day after school we would talk about what she did to "be a friend" to various students in her class. She was a child that had a few good friends, and learned to be accepting of others who were not the nicest kids.====JACK:  "As the twig is bent, so grows the tree."  ====KF:  ;  )   C'est moi!!

FROM OUTHOUSE JUDY:  We’re livin to the best of our ability....but there’s always room for improvement!====JACK:  I like the button that someone was wearing... reading...PBPGINFWMY ...PleaseBePatientGodIsNotFinishedWithMeYet.

FROM BLAZING OAKS:  I have a little plaque & a lapel pin with that saying "Please be patient - God isn't finished with me yet". It's a good thought, and so true. Our Livin' improves as we are reformed, and burnished, etc. The address of Rigsby  sounds like a winner!====JACK:  I think that you can YouTube of Google the complete address.  Bill's pin probably read: PBPGINFWMWY.

FROM TAMPA SHIRL:  Enjoying each day and trying to be helpful====JACK:  I think Jesus would approve of that.



Friday, November 17, 2017

Jack’s Winning Words 11/17/17
“People ask me, ‘What about gay adoptions?  Interracial? Single Parent?’  I say, ‘Hey fine, as long as it works for the child and the family is responsible.  Every child deserves a home and love.  Period!’”  (Dave Thomas)  Tomorrow the dreams of thousands of children and adults (I know of 5) will come true as adoptions are finalized on National Adoption Day.  One reason I patronize Wendy’s is because of Dave Thomas’s support of adoptions.    ;-)  Jack

FROM PPM:  We adopted this little bug one year ago. I’m excited for all those families that will be celebrating their legal adoptions tomorrow. Such an amazing gift for the children and those families!  ====JACK:  Before my mind kicked into gear, I thought you were going to show me a video of a bug.  But it made my day when I saw that it was your child.  And since it was a year ago, the process probably was part of National Adoption Day.  What's the bug's name?====PPM:  We actually were out of town on National adoption day so we weren’t able to do so on that day. But the judge was amazing in the day he was legally adopted and made it very special for the families. He had life sized teddy bears sitting in chairs in throughout the courtroom and said it was by far his favorite day.  Our son’s name is Pearce Riley. His biological mom, Maggie gave him his middle name. We’ve definitely been blessed! :)====JACK:  Yours is a GREAT Thanksgiving story!  Thanks.

FROM ST PAUL IN ST PAUL:  plus they have great chili and frostys!!====JACK:  I usually get a Spicey Chicken Sandwich...and a Frosty====SP:  chocolate or vanilla??====JACK:  Chawk-lit! ====SP:  love your spelling!!   do you  recall the old Nestle's jingle.  N E S T L E S     Nestles makes the very best.......Chawk lit!

FROM TARMART REV:  . . . .it sure beats abortion rights in my way of thinking." ====JACK:  I haven't seen any people walking around with "adopt a child" signs, although I do see plenty of "adopt a pet" advertising. ====REV:  So true...perhaps health care expenses for animals runs with equal statistics as children’s nowadays?! A retired farmer friend of mine refers to all pets (goats, miniature horses, dogs, cats, etc.) as “just farm animals and are very expendable if need be!”====JACK:  Those who wish to adopt a child should be held to a higher standard than those who want to adopt a stray dog or cat.====REV:  I would surly hope so.

FROM TRIHARDER:  Smiling,====JACK: Do you handle adoptions in your practice?====TH:  No. I've never been involved with one. O. The contrary,  I've been involved where parents lose rights to being a parent -- but rarely.====JACK:  Sad to say, but there should probably be more cases where parental rights are taken away.====TH:  The options are weighed.  Whether the child would be better off permanently at various foster care facilities vs. Counseling and rehabilitating a parent.

FROM SHALOM JAN:  Amen, brother!  With Korean and Ethiopian adoptees in our family (Scott's) and my (thwarted by my husband at the time) desire to adopt a Vietnamese orphan after the airlift, I am all for adoption!  I'll meet you at Wendy's sometime for lunch!====JACK:  I once was privileged to baptize a child, born of a surrogate mother.  Does that count as an adoption, or part of one?  ====JAN:  I'm not sure what surrogate mother means, legally.  It seems to me it is at least a partial adoption, as you suggest.

FROM FACEBOOK LIZ:  absolutely!  i like wendy’s chili & frosty.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

FJack’s Winning Words 11/16/17
“True wisdom comes…when we realize how little we understand about life, ourselves and the world around us.”  (Socrates)  Did you know that the 3rd Thursday of November each year is observed throughout the world as World Philosophy Day?  I didn’t, either.  Philosophy means, “Love of wisdom.”  The day is meant to get people to stop and think and to see the need for wisdom, to fight stupidity and prejudice.  I guess we need more than a day for that.    ;-)  Jack 

FROM TRIHARDER:  Yes! The more you know,  the more you know how little you know. ====JACK:  Do you remember Mr. Know-It-All from the Rocky and Bullwinkle Show?

FROM FACEBOOK LIZ:  i am soooo sick of hearing about prejudice! ten years ago was the US “prejudiced”?  prejudice was resurrected/manufactured for political purposes.  and that is my philosophy.====JACK:  Forgetting the specific references....I can't see how you'd be prejudiced against the concept of prejudice.

FROM TL:  Thanks, Jack.  Now I understand why I woke up in such deep thought this morning!  ====JACK:  Was that before or after you listened to the news?

FROM ST PAUL IN ST PAUL:  how about a lifetime??:):)   starting the Oval Office??====JACK:  The need for self-examination extends beyond the Oval Office.  Of course would look at the results of their self-exam and call it, Fake News.====SP:  funny,   i don't ever recall hearing the phrase until Trump came along.  his deep desire to discredit some of our most respected news outlets in troubling indeed!====JACK:  One of the first lessons is gaining true wisdom is learn that you might be wrong.
A good executive will often have an underling who's not afraid to say, "We'd better rethink that one." ====SP:  i doubt those words are spoken in the Oval Office these days...

FROM THE SHARK:  Amen my friend, thank you for sharing.

FROM TAMPA SHIRL:  For sure!====JACK:  SURELY SHIRLEY!

FROM BLAZING OAKS:  Good WW words! I had no idea today was World Philosophy Day!  There is so much in our universe to know, and so little time to gain knowledge, isn't there ??!  I read recently that 380 MILLION years ago life evolved on land! Can we wrap our minds around that, or understand how we've become educated enough to KNOW that?! Definitely we need more than a lifetime to gain wisdom, and fight stupidity, etc. Times of disaster do show the humanity and kindness of the majority of humans...that is heartwarming. We sure need it!====JACK:  There are some who think that studying philosophy is a waste of time (no certain answers).  I majored in philosophy and have never regretted it.  Did it make me money?  I doubt it, but it did help me to understand things and people better...for what it's worth.






Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Jack’s  Winning Words 11/15/17
“Use your voice for kindness, your ears for compassion, your hands for charity, your mind for truth, and your heart for love.”  (Fredy Paul)  There’s a hymn, “Take my life and let it be consecrated, Lord, to thee.”  It goes on…”Take my hands and feet, lips, silver and gold, intellect, will, heart, love, myself.”  Giving to the needy isn’t “a handout,” as some would describe it.  It’s our opportunity to show kindness by extending God’s hand out to the disadvantaged.     ;-)  Jack

FROM ST PAUL IN ST PAUL:  good words, old friend.   i may use this as a quote in my sermon this coming Sunday====JACK:  You might want to take a look at Fredy Paul, just for some background for the quote.

FROM HY YO SILVER:  Beautiful====JACK:  "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder."  This idea that beauty id subjective was first expressed among Greek thinkers in the 3rd century BCE.  Later on it appears in Shakespeare's writings and in Ben Franklin's Poor Richard's Almanac.

FROM OUTHOUSE JUDY:  Love these Winning Words!  I think I will write them down and cross stitch them!    Is this hymn still in the Lutheran Hymnal?  They removed a bunch of my favorites! ====JACK:  Yes, I think it's in there.  One of the good things about removing "old" favorites is that it provides room for some "new" favorites...and there are several of them.====JUDY:  There’s something very comforting about some of those old hymns.  I love some of the new ones too, but draw comfort from the old ones.

FROM BLAZING OAKS:  I'm not familiar with this person, but love the quote. Wrote it down for future devotional use! Frances Ridley Havergal's hymn "Take My Life" has an interesting story...she was a well-known concert pianist who began o think "applause" might becoming more important to her than her faith, so she prayed about giving up her career, but felt she received the answer, "No, but use your talent for ME". She then focused on religious hymns and was very effective with youth crusades. This particular hymn came about when she was staying in a lodging with six people, and prayed for their conversion before the week was out. When this did happen she was inspired to write, "Take My Life", and in so doing, gave all of her fine jewelry to finance religious charity, keeping only her mother's cameo brooch, which she wears in her photos. Take my silver and my gold" convicted her...That is the story in one of my hymn story books, at least! I hope it's accurate! ====JACK:  I've often thought that the singing of hymns would be more meaningful if we were to know the background as how they came to be.====OAKS:  Sometimes you run across more than one story about a song's origin, and then you don't know quite what to believe!====JACK:  Even if it's only one, you might wonder if it's true or not.  Whatever suits your fancy.

FROM DR J IN OHIO:  Good one!  Have you ever heard of the app called Sprinkle of Jesus? Kiki loves it… she said the messages make her feel good about the world… just like your Winning Words do for me!  https://www.sprinkleofjesus.com/====JACK:  There's some good stuff out there in cyber-space.  You just have to know which keys to punch.

ROM INDY GENIE:  "Two little eyes to look to God. Two little ears to hear His word. Two little feet to walk His way.  Hands to serve him all my days.  One little tongue to speak the truth.  One little heart for Him in youth.  Take them Lord Jesus, let them be.  Always willing, true to Thee."  (I didn't google it so all the lyrics may not be exact!)  I guess I was pretty influenced by Sunday School too:)

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Jack’s Winning Words 11/14/17
“Ya either get faith or ya get unbelief, and there ain’t no middle ground.”  (Bob Dylan)  How do you remember Bob Dylan?  Folksinger, rocker, crooner or sage?  Critics have called him “arrogant” and “smug,” particularly during his “faith phase,” when Christian conversion took over his life.  For me, “Blowin’ in the Wind” will be his signature song.  Inspirational!   I have learned, through the years, to let God be the judge.  I will only have opinions.    ;-)  Jack

FROM HONEST JOHN:  "Blowin in the Wind" is a rest song....love it====JACK:  What do you mean by "a rest song"?====JOHN:  Meant to say "great"

FROM TARMART REV:  Good advice-- "I will only have opinions?!"====JACK:  Opinion is derived from the word, opine...meaning, thinking.  It's good to put on your thinking cap once in a while.  Did a school teacher ever say top you..."Put on your thinking cap."?

FROM TRIHARDER:  I'm pretty sure  "Blowin' in the Wind" was before his conversion. ====JACK:  Without looking it up, I think that you're right.  "Conversion" is a word most often used in a religious context, but we can be converted in other ways, as well.

FROM MY ATTORNEY:  Dylan's song, "Like A Rolling Stone", was voted No. 1 of the 500 greatest songs ever recorded!!!  Rolling Stone Magazine.  He had a lot of good ones.  Bryna and I just saw him at the Fox.  Disappointing, to say the least.  He didn't sing any of his signature hits and never said one word between songs.  After each song, the lights went out, and when they came back on he was at a different location on the stage and then sang another song.  When the show was over, he and his band just walked off the stage.  Zero personality.====JACK:  The job of an entertainer is to entertain.  For fans to walk away disappointed says that the entertainer needs to re-evaluate his work.  ====MA:  Doctors practice medicine, but good doctors also have a good bedside manner. ====JACK:   I'm sure that you've heard of psychosomatic medicine.

FROM BLAZING OAKS:  Dylan seemed to become much more introverted after he quit drinking in 1994; He surprised most of us when he won he Nobel Prize, but considering the bulk of his work, you can see why he was considered. Like most celebrities, it's complicated!  He seems to think deeply on what gives life meaning, and his songs pose some good questions! "How many roads must a man walk down, before you can call him a man?" Indeed!  There will always be doubts to resolve, regarding Faith...that's how we grow.====JACK:  "Conversion" ought to involve more than just words.  As the poet put it..."I'd rather see a sermon than hear one any day."

FROM OUTHOUSE JUDY:  He will always be a rocker to me.  Love the song too!====JACK:  Dylan as a folk singer is the Dylan I like.

FROM TAMPA SHIRL:  I don't remember anything about bob Dylan but I was into folk songs like the Weavers and Pete Seeger. That all seems like a long time ago! We went to the Magic Kingdom on this beautiful day. Christmas was in the air====JACK:  The message of The Big Bands was not the same as the protest singers of the 60's.





Monday, November 13, 2017

Jack’s Winning Words 11/13/17
“There’s nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered.”  (Nelson Mandela)  My first parish was 3 churches…one is now an apartment building, one a museum and one sits in a farmer’s backyard (he bought it at an auction}.  The only thing remaining from those days is the cemetery…and that has changed with new graves.  The hymn writer got it right.  “Change and decay in all around I see.  O. Thou who changest not, abide with me.”    ;-)  Jack 

FROM HONEST JOHN:  Does the museum contain Jack Freed Memorabilia?====JACK:  The pulpit and altar are still there.  …and so is the Moller organ that was ordered and installed when I was there.  Mary’s grandfather was the chairman of the building committee when the church was built.  The museum received a sizable endowment and has used it to put in an elevator, re-lead all of the windows, tuck-point all of the bricks, install new rest rooms and upgrade the heating system.  While I was there the “Norwegians” located their new church on the same block as we were located.  That was the beginning of the end.  I’m satisfied that the church building is still there, looking better than ever.  At least it’s not a vacant lot or somebody’s apartment building.  I’m at peace with “Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”  I recently toured the museum with my son.  It's filled with memories.====JOHN:  That's a great story.  Glad I asked.

FROM SHALOM JAN:  Amen

FROM OUTHOUSE JUDY:  How appropriate!  We took a drive on the back roads of The East side of Ohio.  Gary had an account in Minerva and he stayed down at the Star Motel for the 4-5 years he was down there.  We stayed with him a lot too.  We also made very good friends with Jerry and Sue who lived in Minerva and worked with Gary.  They have a 110 year old farmhouse and 32 acres of beautiful hilly farm land.  There land was also part of the Trail of Tears.   We stopped by to see the Star Motel, believing it would never be there....but it was!  Old and falling down, but it was still standing!  The Motel didn’t have phones or TVs.  Gary would call in a pay phone down the road!  It brought back so many memories!    But it was visiting with Sue and Jerry which was such s blessing.  We’ve talking but hadn’t seen them in over 20 years!  We were all thrilled to see them. Their son Jay runs the huge farm and lives in the big farm house.  Jerry and Sue  now live in a small home on the top of the hill overlooking them farm!  What a wonderful blessing!====JACK:  Yes, there really are times when "you can go home again."====JUDY: It was such a wonderful time!  Yes we can reminisce and revisit the old days!!

FROM INDY GENIE:  I was in "Our Town" in high school. I had 2 parts. "Lady in the audience" and "lady in the 2nd row of the cemetery"  We 'cemetarians' sang "Abide With Me".....I always liked that song...good harmonies :)====JACK: "It's a good funeral song."

FROM BLAZING OAKS:  Certainly our old home town Moline has changed A LOT since we grew up there! I see the big down town Methodist church still strands, but know nothing other than that! Is Tillberg's Lutheran church still active? I imagine it is...All the homes I lived in are still there, looking pretty good in their old age!  Our High School is now a nice apartment building!  Yes, it's good to realize that Jesus Christ is the Same, Today, Yesterday, and Forever! Otherwise, our lives bear many losses as the years fly by.====JACK:  The home I remember the most is now a parking lot.  The first home, on 26th Ave, seems so small.

FROM JT IN MINNESOTA:  Not grays lake?====JACK:  When I went back there for the church's 50th anniversary, Dog n Suds was still there, but the town had changed in other ways.  Even the church had changed, although there were a few familiar faces that I saw.  I went through the old parsonage and relived some memories.