Month: June 2012

Father Along: Precious Memories of Dad Still Linger

A few days ago, my uncle Troy Henager texted me. He said, “Father’s Day is just around the corner and I was remembering some of the things your dad used to say.” You see, Troy is only three years older than me and we both worked at D&F Battery & Electric from about the age of 12 until we each left home. That was Dad’s business in Mineral Wells, his baby. So, he was like a second dad to Troy, I guess. David Strother could be a hard task master and a grumpy one at that. He had some rather colorful language at his disposal. He would never say the “really bad” words that begin with awful letters like F or G or M or anything. But he would throw down a “damn,” a “hell,” and a few more when he was of a mind. Dad was an effective communicator. He was highly intelligent. He was also homegrown, homespun and down home. Which means he had an idiom or two in his jargon. If you asked to pick Dad’s brain, he would say, “If you picked my nose, you would get more.” If you challenged Dad in some way, he would warn you would be better off “hunting bear with a switch.” If you were given to lying your way out of stuff, “You would rather climb a tree...

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Love is not a poem

[br] Love is not a feeling but nothing feels better than to love and be loved [br] Love is not an emotion but the emotions run wild, soar and ebb because of love [br] Love is not an action but no one springs to action like the one driven by love [br] Love is not a passion but passionless love is not really love at all [br] Love is not a science or an art but neither matter much without it [br] Love is not a good thing or even a great thing it’s the only thing that lasts. [hr] And now abide faith, hope and love, these three; but the greatest of these is love. ~1 Corinthians 13:13 [hr] And I will always love you. Happy 32nd anniversary,...

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The Pessimist’s Version of the Old Adage

Have you ever been peppered by the well-meaning “old adage” as a means of getting you out of the mulligrubs? Maybe you are enjoying your mulligrubs. Maybe you don’t want to be cheered just yet. Maybe there is a cathartic element to grumpiness that some eternally annoying optimists will never understand. So, I reworked some of the old standbys to better suit your mood… [hr] If at first you don’t succeed, you probably just suck. It ain’t over ’til it’s over, unless it was over before it began. It’s not the size of the dog in the fight. Wait! What kind of dog is it? It’ll all come out in the wash. Now where did I leave that ink pen? Today is the first day of the rest of your life, but you will have to start all over again tomorrow. It’s not whether you win or lose, but they’re still keeping score. The harder I work, the luckier my boss gets. Love is blind…and deaf…and dumb. You never know until you try, but you’re probably better off not knowing. Aim high…or go ahead and shoot yourself in the foot. Same difference. The hard part’s over. Here’s your Viagra prescription. [hr] Now, these are just a few that come to my mind. Feel free to share reworks of your own favorite inspirational idioms, adages and triteness....

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