Navy suit

Do Clothes Really Make the Man?

Henri Duver­nois (1875 — 1937) wrote a humor­ous short story enti­tled “Clothes Make the Man” about a thief who, by wear­ing a police uni­form, has his char­ac­ter trans­formed to the point that he arrests the two other thieves with whom he is sup­posed to be work­ing. While I believe that being well-dressed does, in fact, make us feel dif­fer­ently about our­selves, I’m not sure that clothes actu­ally make the man (or woman). More saw­dust

Upside-down flag

Hooray for the Red, White, and Blue!

I’m seri­ously con­sid­er­ing fly­ing the US flag upside down start­ing now and for at least four years. Why would I do such a thing? For those read­ers who don’t already know, when the flag is flown upside down, it is a sign of dis­tress, and the coun­try is cer­tainly in dis­tress for the fol­low­ing rea­sons. More saw­dust

Of Men and Mice

This post has noth­ing to do with John Steinbeck’s novel, “Of Mice and Men,” other than the fact that it will prob­a­bly suf­fer a sim­i­lar eval­u­a­tion by those who read it. Steinbeck’s work, accord­ing to Wikipedia (if you can believe them), while being required read­ing in many schools, has suf­fered cen­sor­ship due to vul­gar­ity and racist com­ments. Peo­ple are out of touch with real­ity: you can­not leg­is­late away vul­gar­ity and racist atti­tudes. More saw­dust

Time Marches On

My wife’s sis­ter-in-law is quite a good pho­tog­ra­pher. Her favorite sub­ject mat­ter is things that have inter­est­ing tex­tures, for exam­ple, tree bark, a closeup of stones on a beach, or most recently, peel­ing paint on steel struc­tures. She had sev­eral pho­tos in a recent show, all except one of which had been sold ahead of time. The one unsold photo she wanted to name, and was hav­ing a hard time set­tling on some­thing she liked, so her hus­band, my wife, and I all started sub­mit­ting sug­ges­tions. After a bit, I thought, “What does this photo of paint peel­ing from iron really depict?” and it hit me that the rust­ing iron was evi­dence of the effects of weather and the pass­ing of time, so I said, “The photo should be titled, ‘Time Marches On.’” Every­one agreed that was the name that fit, and I think it’s what the photo car­ried at the show. More saw­dust


Dog Heaven

I’ve heard some peo­ple say that there won’t be ani­mals in heaven. Appar­ently they haven’t read the Book of Rev­e­la­tion where it says that Christ and his heav­enly army will come on white horses. Let’s see… horses are ani­mals and they are com­ing from heaven, so they kinda had to be there to start with. It’s a good thing. Oth­er­wise most dog own­ers wouldn’t think much of heaven as a place for eter­nal abode. More saw­dust


My wife, a sis­ter-in-law, and a nephew are all excel­lent pho­tog­ra­phers, and one thing that I’ve seen in all their pho­tog­ra­phy and in that of any good pho­tog­ra­pher is that the best pho­tos have extremely clear focus on that part of the pic­ture to which the pho­tog­ra­pher wishes to draw atten­tion. Some­thing in the fore­ground or back­ground may be fuzzy, but the eye is always drawn to that part that is the clear­est and most impor­tant. More saw­dust

What will it take?

Increas­ingly we are see­ing the results of falling away, not only from a respect for God in our coun­try, but a depar­ture from a coun­try that is gov­erned as the founders intended. One of the prin­ci­pal rea­sons that the Dec­la­ra­tion of Inde­pen­dence was penned was the fact that the colonies pre­vi­ously had fal­len under the rule of an unrea­son­able monarch. The con­sti­tu­tion was designed to keep that from ever hap­pen­ing in this coun­try again. More saw­dust

My Hope.…

It has been said that man can live for a month or more with­out food, for about three days with­out water, and only about 5 min­utes with­out air, but he can­not live a sec­ond with­out hope. Hav­ing spent a lot of time in can­cer treat­ment facil­i­ties, I can say that, once a per­son loses hope in recov­er­ing from their con­di­tion, they go down­hill very quickly. Care­givers fall apart if they believe that their loved one “isn’t going to make it.” Per­haps that’s why the Can­cer Treat­ment Cen­ters of Amer­ica and the Amer­i­can Can­cer Society’s Hope Lodge put so much empha­sis on giv­ing peo­ple hope. There’s just one prob­lem: hope, like faith and love, require an object. More saw­dust