Why the title?

"Pioneers take the arrows"

Oh, wait. I should be upbeat and taking arrows doesn't sound like an upbeat thing to say.

So, let me amend that statement.

It was courage and vision that led the pioneers to leave behind a comfortable, settled life and trek West to begin a new life in a new place. Many of those from the East that went West found a strength within themselves that they didn't see while they were in their old life. Instead of being one of those that just kind of went along with the others in the old life, they became leaders and visionaries in their new lives.

The sentiments of that last paragraph come from a favorite author, Louis L'Amour, in many of his books. So, I can't really say that it is an original thought from me. However, what he said is truthful.

Welcome to being a pioneer. Look ahead and ignore the "barking dogs" that give you negative opinions and comments. Louis L'Amour also spoke of the barking dogs.

In some of his stories, it was usually a father or older man telling a young boy how it was that when the Westward bound Conestoga wagons rolled through towns, the dogs came out to bark at them. His character then told the young listener that the barking didn't stop the wagons from going on to their destinations.

Following the advice of the Louis L'Amour characters, may we all forge ahead with our plans, after carefully considering all consequences and leave the "barkers" behind.

Monday, January 30, 2012

A Plethora of Thoughts

That title means that there are a number of things I thought about writing, but none of them really fired up the brain synapses. So, call it a plethora or a hodge-podge or whatever, here it is.

I was looking at the statistics for the blog today and there was a spike in page views back on January 14. So, I just had to go check out what I wrote on that day. It was a posting with more pictures of the Sportsman’s Campground RV Park. Well, that told me that folks are interested in more scenic shots, especially of beautiful Colorado and less of religion and politics.

Well, sorry to disappoint any of you, but today just isn’t your day.

There was a news story out of Detroit today reporting that the federal government has upped the amount it is losing on the GM/Chrysler bailout. Sadly, the American citizens are getting it again, and I’m again glad that we have Fords. (There will be more on that one later.)

The “Occupy” movement is getting that as well. They were moved out of various parks in Oakland and D.C. Maybe those lazy bums will go look for a job now. (I doubt it.)

There was also a story today, perhaps not true, that the First Lady recently spent $50,000 on “unmentionables” at a highly trendy lingerie store. The White House denies such a story, but nothing would surprise me from a lady that wants to travel to their vacation destinations in her own plane instead of with her husband. (Hey, do you suppose the bloom is off the rose there?)

At church on Sunday, I went to inform the wife of one of our Elders that I had borrowed a video series of his that he had given me permission to watch. It is “The Last Days According to Jesus” with R.C. Sproul lecturing in it. It is about the supposed end times as spoken of by Jesus. So far, I’ve only watched three 30-minute episodes, so I don’t really have anything about it to report.

When I went to tell the Elder’s wife of my getting the series, she asked me if I didn’t have the video of The Star of Bethlehem. When I said yes, she informed to that it was ours to keep and that they had ordered a new copy for themselves. I was dumbfounded at their generosity. But now I will have the opportunity to share that fascinating video with others. Unlike “The Truth Project,” the video of “The Star of Bethlehem” is only about an hour long, but still riveting.

Jo went to the doctor today after making an appointment a while back to have the doctor check her out about her fainting spells. I wrote of the recent incident back a few days ago about both of us being sick. The doctor seems to think, based on her description of the events over her life, that she is just a fainter. However, because of our “advancing” age, he is electing to have her undergo an MRI on her brain, as well as an EEK. (Or, is that an EEG?)

It might be EEK, depending on the cost involved.

OK. Now that my brain has just about officially shut down for the evening, I guess I might force myself to share one photo with all of you. After all, you haven’t had an image of God’s beauty lately.

October 2011 trip to Canon City, Colorado.  This image taken on the Phanton Canyon drive.


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