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.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Back from the Unknown

Good grief!! February was a bad month with only a few posts and March was without any at all. Perhaps I should explain “part” of the reason.

It started with not really having the time to do much in February. It seemed that something kept intruding on my evenings, when I prefer to write. We’ve also been involved with some things with church and doing things with and for our two sons.

Our oldest son and his wife have been trying to buy a house, and that has turned out to be a nightmare in development. The youngest son asked me to help him with the selection of a rifle, so that took a couple of weekends of looking at gun shops, plus some more time on firearms forums asking questions and reading.

The church issue is part of getting ready for what is called “Million Dollar Sunday” when a number of Church of Christ congregations will take up special contributions to help Eastern European Missions to place Bibles in public schools in the Ukraine. More of that story is at the following link:


But, I suppose the worst culprit for taking up some of my evenings was that I bought a multi-pack of John Wayne movies from the ‘30’s with a couple of documentaries. It had something like 25 movies plus the documentaries. As much as I like writing, I like John Wayne movies even better.

With all that explained, hopefully I can get back to a more regular schedule of writing, although I am still viewing a series of video lessons entitled, “The Last Days According to Jesus.” That video is based on a book by the same title written by R. C. Sproul. Once I’ve absorbed more of that series, I may have some comments about “the last days.”

With luck, I can soon return to telling about our vacation in Colorado in 2009 and showing some more pictures.

Wish me luck and better concentration.

Elmer Fudd2

Oh, that was the problem…..I DIDN’T do anything for about a month and a half.  Sorry for wasting your time in looking to see what I might have written.

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