Blog Posts

  • Get Out of Jail Free
    Are you a Monopoly fan? Do you like to play the classic board game?  While the games popularity may have waned among Baby Boomers it seems to be making a bit of a resurgence among Millennials. Take for example our daughter Haleigh, she simply loves Monopoly. So much so that she has taken to collecting different versions of it. She must have a dozen different Monopoly sets, if not more. In the game, one can find themselves thrown into jail on any given turn, and once you land there you could stay there for a while, especially if you don’t […]
  • Double Jeopardy
    Much has been said and written in recent months about Second Amendment rights, and there are strong opinions on both sides of the argument, so it has become frequent fodder for the news cycle. But there is another amendment to our constitution that I’m focused on today and it is often quoted too, or at lease pieces of it are. Much has been said and written in recent months about Second Amendment rights, and there are strong opinions on both sides of the argument, so it has become frequent fodder for the news cycle. But there is another amendment to […]
  • Illegal Tribunal
    We see it happen all the time on television and in the movies. A character despises his enemy so much that he will stop at nothing to orchestrate his or her downfall. Often driven by over-zealous rage to the point of irrationality, the self-righteous person becomes blind to their own flaws and enamored with those of their nemesis. Their ruthless tactics cause us to cringe and wince, hoping and praying that we never find ourselves in the crosshairs of anyone so evil in real life. Often the charters portrayed before us on screen and in film demonstrate their willingness to […]
  • Garden Mob Scene
    When armed opposition shows up it’s only natural to want to defend ourselves. Whether the attack is verbal or physical matters not to our self-preservation instincts. It seems like we are innately wired to assume a defensive posture, which can rapidly switch to an offensive stance when there is clear and present danger to ourselves and/or to the ones we love. I was reminded of this very thing many times over this week as I watched events unfold on TV where people were backed into corners, surrounded by boisterous protesters and bombarded with verbal and sometimes physical abuse if they […]
  • Running on Empty
    Are you like me in that you wait until the last minute to refill or recharge things? Whether it’s the gas tank of your car or the batteries on your cell phone, iPad or laptop. I always seem to wait until the very end to refill/recharge. How about you? Are you that way too?  Or, are you more like my wife who never lets her gas tank get below a quarter and rarely ever lets it get below half before she refills it. Obviously, she hardly ever runs out of power and never runs out of gas. Me on the […]
  • Dim-witted, obtuse, thickheaded nincompoops
    Dense, dim-witted, thickheaded, obtuse, simpleton, nincompoop and/or dolt are words that I hope no one ever uses to describe me; well, at least not to my face anyway. But I’m sure there have been more than a few moments in my lifetime when one or more of those words could have been used to describe me. Tina knows the look immediately. We’ve been married almost 39 years now and she can see it in my eyes. She knows instantly whether I’m tracking with her or not, without me ever speaking a word. I’m sure glad that she’s the only one […]
  • Monumental Change
    “We stand on the precipice of monumental change…” Somewhere, sometime, I am sure you have heard those word uttered by some prominent figure.  Be it a governmental official, a corporate titan, or someone else of significance, you have probably heard that phrase spoken in some public setting.  Usually in a grandiose way designed to draw attention and garner support for a person, an organization, a cause, or an idea.  But how many times have those promising monumental change do not actually deliver it to the level promised.  Not often anyway, if ever. As we come to our focal passage this […]
  • Conspiracy Theories
    Hardly a day goes by that we don’t hear the word conspiracy used in society today. Over the past few years, it has become one of the most frequently used words in America, if not the world. Most often used in tandem with the word theory these days, to denote nefarious acts of subterfuge wrought or accused of being wrought by members of our government or others in power. But one need not look too hard to find the ever-present conspiracy theories about JFK’s death or an alien/UFO cover-up. Despite the derisive and often nonsensical nature of these modern-day rhetorical […]
  • Reverse Narrative
    Okay, now be honest with me; have you ever watched the end of a movie first to make sure you like it before you watch the whole movie? Or perhaps you have read the last chapter of a book first? Well, even if you have not done either of those things then you have probably seen a situation where the director or the author started with the ending and then rolled back in time from that point. I have heard that technique called a bunch of different things; in media res for the folks who prefer the fancy Latin name, […]
  • Redemption Assured
    This weekend we celebrate one of the greatest gifts we have as Americans, our freedom. Freedom from tyranny, free from oppression, freedom to choose our own religion, freedom to chart our own course in life and freedom to express our views. Freedoms that many fought hard to obtain and defend, and freedoms for which blood has been shed. May we never forget the sacrifices that were paid for our freedoms and may we never cease to be thankful for them. Thank you, veterans, for preserving and defending our freedom and this great country in which we all live! But on […]
  • More than you bargained for…
    When I was a boy, my grandad would often say to me and my brother, “Boys you better leave that ________ alone or you’ll get more than you bargained for.”  Fill in the blank with dog, cat, rooster, sow, pony, etc. You name it, we probably pushed it to its limits at one time or another. And, never being sure of what Grandad Ben meant by that phrase, we always seemed to get what he promised in the end. I can still see him shaking his head from side-to-side when it finally happened. He must have thought to himself, “those […]
  • Jesus’ Closing Argument
    If you have ever served on a jury then you have most likely heard attorneys make closing arguments, live and in-person. They are fact-based, assertive, authoritative, and compelling statements used by both sides to restate key, salient points they want the jury to remember as they deliberate on the verdict. Both sides are afforded the opportunity to make them and the prosecution usually goes first, and the defense team usually goes second. Before that happens, there have been multiple rounds of witnesses subjected to intense scrutiny with each side having the chance to examine and cross examine the witness. Not […]
  • Fact or Fiction?
    Numerous websites have emerged over the past few years that are focused solely upon dispelling untruth. Their goals are to separate and distinguish fact form fiction and even outright lies to help people avoid falling prey to deceitful commentary, be that intentional or unintentional. The need is an apolitical one because factual errors occur on all sides of every argument, as all parties are human and prone to error. Sometimes the speakers don’t realize that they are speaking untruthfully, they are simply uninformed or ill prepared to speak correctly on the topic at hand. At other times, the speaker knows […]
  • Multi-Dimensional Chess
    Board games have seen a huge resurgence the past few months as tens of millions of people are trapped in their homes across the US with nothing to do. While there are a zillion different types of games to be played, many folks prefer the classics. Some play checkers while others play chess. Perhaps even a few of you are playing multi-dimensional chess like Spock did way back in episode two of the legendary Star Trek series. Yes, it is not just science fiction, multi-dimensional chess is a real game created by legendary German chess master Lionel Kieseritzky way back […]
  • Boiling Point
    Have you watched water boil, recently? As the flame contacts the surface of the pot, nothing much happens at first. Then slowly and gradually a few bubbles form on the bottom of the pot. Casually releasing from the bottom, they gingerly making their way to the surface. Then a few more bubbles form, and then others, and soon a steady stream of little bubbles rise, sometimes in straight lines like the pot has sprung a leak and started to let in air from the bottom. But then the size of the bubbles grow as the core temperature of the pot […]
  • Outwitted
    Aren’t you glad that God gave us the ability to disconnect our face from our internal feelings? Seriously, just imagine how different life would be if your face had an automatic and direct, high-speed wireless connection to your emotional core and your rational mind. Our facial expressions would be walking billboards and everyone would know exactly what we are thinking and feeling, instantly. Our very own, personal Times Square! Now I know that some of you might prefer total and instant transparency, but our Creator, in His infinite wisdom, chose to partially disconnect the wiring for some reason. Or at […]
  • Smackin’ the Hive!
    I’m not a big fan of bees; how about you? Now don’t get me wrong, I love the honey that comes from their comb, but I’m not too fond of the little critters their self. I guess I had too many run-ins with them during my childhood to be a fan. I can’t count the number of times that my grandad had to patch a sting wound with a Prince Albert spit wad. Frankly, I never understood how one sting could counteract another sting, but it always seemed to work. Truly, most of the time it was the result of […]
  • Are We There Yet?
    What phrase is most uttered by children around the world during long trips? If it is not “Are we there yet” then I cannot imagine what it would be. Myself, I’m sure that I’ve said that very phrase a million times. So many times, in fact, that I’m sure my parents grew tone deaf to it and zoned out. In fact, I know that to be the case on one particular occasion. My brother Dennis and I were young, just tall enough to stand in the back floorboard and rest our chin on top of the large bench seat in […]
  • Pandemic Productivity
    So, how’s everyone doing? Are you thoroughly enjoying the “extended vacation” that you’ve longed for all these years? Like the adage goes, “be careful what you wish for… For me, it has been a time of great joy, interrupted briefly by great concern, replaced soon thereafter with great hope, and interlaced throughout with great fun. The little man in the picture on the above left is Oliver, or just Ollie for short. He is our super high-energy 2-year-old grandson who lives in Georgia. He has been our constant sidekick since baby brother Gavin was born.  As you already know, Gavin […]
  • Tree-Climbers Anonymous
    You boys get down out of that tree, right now! I meant it, right now! Okay, we weren’t known as the Dirty Little Glover Boys for nothin. We had worked hours to reach our lofty perch atop that giant cottonwood tree aside our house. We had cuts and scrapes all over our head and shoulders, knees and toes, but it was worth it. Wow, you could almost see Miami from there… It was late spring, and the sap was oozing from the bark of the tree, so our bodies and clothes were a sticky mess. Our cutoff overalls, made into […]