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13 Nov

Plenty of Challenge in Providing What the World Needs

Ed, my neighbor next door, is determined that it’s now time for the wise ones to head south to Arizona or Texas. Ed informed me last week that rather than waste his money going south that he is planning on becoming an entrepreneur this winter. He feels that he will have plenty of time to plan for the startup of his own business if the winter is as long as usual. My neighbor is certain that if others have turned an idea into a profitable finished product that he should give it a try.

I asked Ed if he is willing to take risks, and if he has some innovative ideas for his business that haven’t been tried before. He said that he was not disclosing any of his business secrets until he is rich and famous. I agreed with him that it was probably wise. I mentioned to Ed that Thomas Edison is reported to have said, “I find out what the world needs then I proceed to invent.”

Ready or Not

11 Nov

Ready or Not, There is No Stopping the Unimaginable

Ed, my neighbor next door, didn’t have a ready comment for the killing of a reservist and the gun fire on Parliament Hill on Oct. 22, in Ottawa. I have never found him to be short of an opinion before, but the events of that day left him without any quick or easy comments, like most of us.

Corporal Nathan Cirillo was one of the two ceremonial guards stationed at the Canadian War Memorial in Ottawa that Wednesday, when a gunman shot and killed him in cold blood. The same gunman died later in a shootout in The Centre Block of Parliament.

It is hard to believe a soldier could be shot down for standing in honor at our National War Memorial. Prime Minister Harper called the event a terrorist attack. Ed and I discussed that the terrorist way is not the Canadian way. It goes against our Canadian spirit, when another gladly kills the unsuspecting or cuts off heads of kidnapped victims. It is a detestable thing to bomb marathon runners. Ed and I, often have big differences of opinion but allow that neither one of us is right. We both agree the worst kind of enemy is the two-faced, sneaky enemy who has been plotting to kill others for his gain or glory now and in the next life. We like to believe people are good, but there is a lot of proof to say it isn’t necessarily so. People prove again and again they hate, lie, murder and steal for what they perceive as good for themselves.

Homemade Soup

1 Nov

Don’t Waste Time Making Homemade Soup – Just Open a Can!

Ed, my neighbor next door, told me the other day that soup is just an appetizer that leaves a person ready for real food. Last week, Ed came to our house to borrow some WD-40, which he knows I hold in great esteem. I was making some homemade soup when Ed came to borrow from us. I was chopping vegetables and meat for beef vegetable soup. My neighbor not only thought I should know enough to keep out the kitchen, but that soup is such an unimportant dish that I should just open a can. He confirmed that Campbell’s makes good soup and that I should open a can instead of wasting time and energy making soup from scratch. According to Ed, good cooks know where to put their time and efforts for the best results. He wanted to know what else I was cooking for the rest of the meal. He was not impressed that homemade soup was going to be our whole supper.

Often we do have some Campbell’s soup in the pantry. We use it in our cooking, rather than for a bowl soup. A teen came collecting for the food bank last week, and when I went to the shelf for cans of beans, I noted that the cans of soup were depleted. We have been gradually emptying the pantry shelves, so that, when our house sells there will be less to move. Many folks have empty cupboards because hunger is a part of their lives. Food banks are a blessing to the hungry. They can help those in need, because people are willing to share their food, so that, those who come to the food bank can receive food there.

One of the Best

22 Oct

October 31 is The Best Night of the Year for the Young at Heart

Ed, my neighbor next door, can never get enough of Halloween night. My neighbor would have Halloween celebrated every month that has thirty-one days, if he were the boss of the country. Those of you who know my neighbor will know he threatens that he will make a great many changes once he is in control and things are done his way. Ed gets cranky if you tell him that probably they will only change if Ruby, his wife, will allow it.

This year Ed has decorated his yard with an even greater assortment of ghosts, spider-webs, bats, witches and pumpkin lights. He has also added an impressive, inflated, black cat that takes up a sizeable chunk of his front yard. My neighbor loves to wear an elaborate costume on any Halloween. This year Ed has some scary plans for those who come to his front porch trick and treating.  Halloween brings out the kid in Ed, and I’m sure glad I didn’t know him as a kid, as he is still full of tricks and mischief as a grandpa. My neighbor thinks I should let him put two large glowing accordion eyes on our real estate sign in the front yard. It isn’t going to happen.


22 Oct

You’ll Never Stop the Rain From Falling On Your Head By Complaining

Ed, my neighbor next door, and I had a brief chat about humility last week. Humbleness, in Ed’s view, means weakness, being too concerned with the opinions of others. A humble person according to Ed did not have a strong enough estimation of his importance. Ed told me that he did not care what others thought about him. “Most folks cannot impress me,” Ed said, “They all have something wrong with them if I look at them close enough.” My neighbor claimed that he was too busy to notice others, unless he had to pay attention to them. Those that Ed mentioned that he had to pay attention to were his doctor, his banker and anyone pointing a gun at him. Then he added one more, his wife Ruby, when supper is ready. My neighbor added that he didn’t expect rain drops to stop falling on his head by his complaining, but because he got out of the rain. Ed advised, “Some people are quick to whine to you how they have been humiliated, despised, slandered, wronged and suspected and passed over instead of promoted unfairly. Keep away from them because they are weak and don’t know it. People get what they deserve. Humble people don’t stick up for themselves and get abused.”


15 Oct

Time Can Capture And Place A Person In Its Holding Cell

Ed, my neighbor next door, was held captive by too much time last week. He kept waiting to combine, but the time never came. His time passed, as if, he was stuck in a slough spinning his tires. My neighbor said that he doesn’t like that time keeps passing, without our house selling. Apparently, he wanted to celebrate its sale at his Thanksgiving dinner but couldn’t. Ed claimed that, he could be fully thankful when he hadn’t completed his harvest yet, and his next door neighbor hadn’t moved. He told me that the time my house has been up for sale has been proof that God doesn’t answer prayer. He said that every time he looks at the real estate sign, he whispers, “Take him away, Lord; we can spare him!”

I didn’t want to discourage Ed’s praying with the truth that,” A day is like a thousand years with the Lord, and a thousand years are like a day.” Time is measured in days of twenty-four hours, but not all days are equal in length. Some days, do not have enough hours for what we want to get done, and other days drag on for an eternity. Few of us are content every day because the circumstances of our days can vary greatly. Time may seem pleasant if we have plenty and desperate if we are hungry with no hope of food to eat. It is easier to pass a day in good health than to struggle through a long day in pain. In West Africa, every day may be unending with dread of who will come down sick next, and suffer and die of the Ebola virus. Time passes and life can change for both good and evil, a sticky blend of sweet and sour.