Content Today

3 Oct

“There is no accounting for taste when it comes to music, what is a golden oldie for me, may be a song that should have died years ago for you,” I told Ed last week. I had been listening to the Broadway musical show by Fats Waller, “Ain’t Misbehavin.” It showcased some songs from the 1920s and 30s. It was a walk in the past for me. Ed was sure there would be no songs that he had ever heard of in that musical.

I grew up listening to the radio instead of watching television, which meant I tended to absorb what I heard especially in songs that were popular over the years. I told Ed that there are others also who could quote many words of four of the songs I named from the musical:

“Ain’t misbehavin’ saving my love for you.”
“I’m gonna sit right down and write myself a letter.”
“I can’t give you anything but love.”
“Be sure, it’s true when you say, I love you. It’s a sin to tell a lie.” 

Life Happens

25 Sep

Eat Your Food With Joy And Be Glad You Are Alive

“Some days you just need to be in a bad mood at harvest time,” Ed told me yesterday. My old neighbor in Saskatchewan was feeling more negative than positive at his progress with his combining. I tried to point out that a change for the better may be only a day or so away. Working long hours at combining can also result in bad moods. It is my opinion that every day we are alive is a reason to be positive and thankful. Ed was skeptical.

I tried to convince Ed that the fact that a person is alive is a very positive situation compared to being dead. I told Ed the Bible says: “Anyone who is among the living has hope – even a live dog is better off than a dead lion! Go, eat your food with gladness, and drink your wine with a joyful heart. Enjoy life with your wife whom you love.” The Bible also says that God has given you life under the sun, so you can labor with all your might before the grave where there is no working or planning.

On The Tip of My Tongue

19 Sep

Sharp Tongues Go Dull When Folks Cannot Remember Your Name

I asked Ed yesterday if he could remember the last name of a fellow we both knew in Melville. The fellow had a wife named Ruth, and his first name was Gene, but their last name was not anywhere near the tip of my tongue. Ed remembered the couple as regular coffee drinkers at the Dairy Queen downtown. He could not recall their last name either. He was determined however that the name would come to him and he would tell me the next time we talked.

We discussed that the tongue is powerful but only if there is a memory to go with it. The tongue may have the power of life and death in it for those who have not forgotten who they are talking about. It is said that tongues can grow sharper in old age, but that does not account for those that cannot even remember where their glasses are to be found. Remembering other people’s names may come and go in old age and thus praise, or slander cannot do much harm or good to the nameless.

Fit As A Fiddle

12 Sep

Feeling As Fit As A Fiddle With Three Strings Missing

“I have been as restless as a dog chasing its tail,” I told Ed yesterday. My old neighbor from Saskatchewan has always been ten times more relaxed than myself on any given day. He commented that being restless is nothing new with you. He doubted that I have been more restless than usual.

Ed believes that if you can name your problem you should be able to fix it. He told me restlessness is a minor ailment that I can cure with a little self-talk, it is just a change of attitude on my part. He said that if I had a fiddle with three strings missing, I would replace the missing strings. Replace a thing or two in your thinking, and you will cure your restlessness. Of course, Ed also directed me to a shot of whiskey as, a-cure-all for whatever is wrong with me.

Potential

5 Sep

Why Look At Real Estate For Sale, With No Money To Buy?

Ed, my old neighbor in Saskatchewan, knows I waste too much time browsing the listings of houses for sale. Most sensible people are only interested in homes for sale if they are in the market to buy one. Whether it is a lonely shack by a railroad track, or a stately, old house now forgotten, I can see potential where no one else can. Ed has always said that it is good that I have no money to invest because if I did, I would be a junk dealer of houses. He is sure about seeing potential in a home for sale is 90% imagination and 10% common sense.

Many of us are glad to have any place to call home. Most of us also have a home that reflects what we can afford rather than what might be the house of our imaginations. Who wants an elegant mansion on a private estate, or a historic castle? Some long for a fishing cabin on a favorite lake or a beach house in Hawaii. Style, size, and location all are part of house dreams. Some feel any home needs to be near family, and some make sure it is far away from relatives. Ed says he is not impressed by houses, but he has talked about both his and Ruby’s first house and his grandparent’s clapboard house on the farm as places he will never forget.

Circle of Life

29 Aug

Life And Death In The Touch Of A Hand

“The baby did not like the touch of my cold hand on his head,” I told Ed yesterday. In our Sunday service, I administered the sacrament of Holy Baptism to a month, old baby boy. In the sacrament, I placed my hand on his head while the Lord’s Prayer was said. The little guy thought it was a long prayer and was relieved when my cold hand had left his head. He did not like the warm water poured on his head either. When his baptism was over, he slept peacefully through the rest of the church service.

Ed had to point out that I can even put babies to sleep in a church service. He wanted to know if preachers ever keep track of the number of people who fall asleep during their sermons. I said that I do notice sleepers if they snore really, loudly or fall off their pew. I also notice those that read their bulletin during the sermon and or go to the washroom repeatedly. According to Ed, who does not attend any church, all churches should sell the sermons that have caused the most people to fall asleep. They would be safer and more effective than sleeping pills.