Happy Birthday, Mark Twain

Some favorite quotes:

“When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be 21, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years.”

“A lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.”

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The Passing

If I didn’t call my future father-in-law a redneck the first time I met him, I know I thought it. It was over 30 years ago and I had flown to Alabama to meet Terri’s dad and that side of the family. Almost from the start of our time that week Gerrard would find things to talk about things that pushed my buttons. About halfway through that week I thought I was marrying into what I perceived to be one of the most racist families in the South.

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Happy Birthday Will Rogers

Some of his sayings:

Never let yesterday use up too much of today.

The only difference between death and taxes is that death doesn’t get worse every time Congress meets.

Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.

Good judgment comes from experience, and a lot of that comes from bad judgment.

Everybody is ignorant, only on different subjects.

Never miss a good chance to shut up.

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It might be spring!

The weather is amazing… finally. It means a couple of things.

1. People are really in a good mood today!

2. It also means the end of the semester for me as adjunct faculty. This year I am finding is a bit tougher. I know quite a few students who are graduating. It is rewarding in that I know so many.

It is also bittersweet. There are several I have mentored over the past couple of years and the realization is they are headed out.

What a reward. They have added to my life. I am so thankful for the time we’ve had together. I pray for God’s best in their lives.

Finishing Well

 A great pastor in our fellowship went home to be with the Lord last night. Mark Denyes was founding pastor of Emmanuel Christian Center in the Twin Cities and a great man of prayer.

He lived as a great example of a pastor for thousands. For me, he was an example of a man of prayer.

He is no longer homesick for a place he’s never been. He is now home.

Eternal memory.

7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. (II Tim. 4:7, NIV)