Saturday, July 10, 2010


Two 90-year-old women, Rose and Barb had been friends all of their lives. When it was clear that Rose was dying, Barb visited her every day.

One day Barb said, 'Rose, we both loved playing women's softball all our lives, and we played all through High School. Please do me one favor: when you get to Heaven, somehow you must let me know if there's women's softball there.'


Rose looked up at Barb from her deathbed and said, 'Barb, you've been my best friend for many years. If it's at all possible, I'll do this favor for you.'


Shortly after that, Rose passed on.


A few nights later, Barb was awakened from a sound sleep by a blinding flash of white light and a voice calling out to her, 'Barb, Barb.'


'Who is it?', asked Barb, sitting up suddenly. 'Who is it?'


'Barb -- it's me, Rose.'


'You're not Rose. Rose just died.'


'I'm telling you, it's me, Rose,' insisted the voice.


'Rose! Where are you?'


'In Heaven,' replied Rose. 'I have some really good news and a little bad news.'


'Tell me the good news first,' said Barb.

'The good news,' Rose said, 'is that there's softball in Heaven. Better yet all of our old buddies who died before us are here, too. Better than that, we're all young again. Better still, it's always springtime, and it never rains or snows. And best of all, we can play softball all we want, and we never get tired.' 


'That's fantastic,' said Barb. 'It's beyond my wildest dreams! So what's the bad news?'

'You're pitching Tuesday.'

Life is uncertain - eat dessert first.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Changes in Government

A resident who had been Mayor of Bellemeade in the 60’s died and we discovered among his papers some old city records. In those days the residents elected a board of trustees to govern the city and they chose a mayor from their ranks. Things are different now.
The state of Kentucky changed how all cities are governed in the state. They created six classes of cities and determined the style of government for each class. Bellemeade as a sixth class city [we have less than a thousand residents] has a commission. Four commissioners are elected every two years and a Mayor that is elected every four years. In the event that the 2010 census pushes us over the thousand mark we will be become a fifth class city which will change everything.
One of the things we learn is that change is the only constant. I hope that this census report keeps us under a thousand residents. I like things the way they are.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

The Most Dangerous Food

My diet excludes most of the food that I have always enjoyed the most.  Sugar, high fat foods and things with seeds are poison to me now. I dearly love snickers and M&M's but I look at them and think poison now. Soft drinks like Coke and Big Red use to fill my daily intake but now it is water and coffee.
There is a food that causes us the most grief and suffering and it is none of the above. Can you guess what it is? It is something we have all eaten and we will eat it again.
One man said wedding cake.

The most dangerous thing we eat is when we have to eat our own words.Angel

Monday, July 5, 2010

Freedom Cost

Celebrations around here lasted late into the night with local fireworks still going after midnight. The noise stopped shortly there after and we all went to sleep. A walk around the neighborhood this morning still showed the litter of all those bangs and pops in the night.
Now it is the day after and many people are back to business as usual for a July day filled with near hundred degree heat. It was important for us all to pause and give thanks for our liberties and remember the cost of freedom. I am well aware that the cost of freedom is constant vigilance. That includes citizens paying attention to our own government at all levels and come November to vote accordingly.
On the local level it often includes taking part in government by running for office and volunteering to serve on committees to get things done. It is not enough to just gripe about what you don’t like you need to get involved so that what ever it is it is done right.
 Cloud Nine
Support democracy – Get involved!     Big Grin

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Happy 234th

Happy Birthday America
234 years ago we rebelled against the King of England and declared our independence as the United States of America. It was not easy and we nearly lost several times but we held out until we exhausted the English will to keep fighting a war they could not win.
Today I give thanks to God for all the sacrifices that those brave men and women made for freedom and a new form of government. I am so thankful to be an American.