December Ramblings

  • Be alert. The world needs more lerts. (Source unknown)

  • Freddy continues to grow "in wisdom and stature and in favor with God and man." I once heard that a puppy was too young for training until it was 12 weeks old. That's obviously wrong, because Freddy knew all his basic commands before that age, even though he's still 100% puppy. He's just short of 12 weeks in this picture taken in mid November. We are already excited about our Christmas picture. He's an amazing little boy, and he blesses my life in ways I can't begin to comprehend. I am so grateful to be his trainer and to be a small part of an organization like Canine Companions for Independence.

  • James Finley, a Clinical Psychologist at the Center For Action and Contemplation, writes, "Love protects us from nothing, even as it unexplainably sustains us in all things. Access to this love is not limited by finite ideas of what it is or what it should be. Rather, this love overwhelms our abilities to comprehend it, as it so unexplainably sustains us and continues to draw us to itself in all that live might send our way."

  • A new food service administrator arrived at Bastrop Federal Satellite Camp a few months ago, and the quality and quantity of our food has improved significantly. And there is still plenty to be stolen by the food service workers and then cooked in the bathroom in the evening. Thank you taxpayers for this food.

  • In 1980, Ronald Reagan ran for president on a "family values" platform, but it was really George H. W. Bush who lived that platform. This month we lost a patriot, a man of dignity and honor, who loved this country more than his own political aspirations. He is now reunited with his beloved Robin and Barb.

  • My niece Lisa Lloyd spent years chasing after her own fame while becoming a successful actress. She writes about the futility of that quest in Chasing Famous. Along the way she learned to humbly and joyfully achieve a different purpose--making God famous. Lisa's journey has required transparency, insight and courage and her story is worth reading. She and husband Markus have also been to visit me here, putting them high on my list of good people.

  • As Freidrich Nietzsche wrote, "He whose life has a why can bear almost any how."