Stanley The Slushpile
Super Heroes are very popular today. They fill the movie theaters. They are the stars of many television shows. They have their own line of video games, and are featured on a variety of merchandise.
And of course they have their own comic books.
There have been numerous polls over the years, asking children and adults, "If you could have one superpower, what would it be?". Usually the power of flight overwhelmingly wins the top spot on the list.
We may read about people in an emergency developing momentary super strength.
Or have a premonition that helps someone escape a dangerous situation.
There are many instances recorded of folks acquiring a temporary "super" power.
However it's not likely that they obtain the power of flight.
There is a Saint that did indeed have that "super" power.
Or I should say "Supernatural" power.
He didn't just fly one time in an emergency. There were over 70 times reported by witnesses that he flew.
It seems whenever anything would turn his thought towards God, he would take off.
I am speaking of Saint Joseph of Cupertino. (Click here to read more.)
Beholding The Pleasant
In the book of Genesis chapter 6 verse 3 it says “Then the LORD said, “My Spirit will not contend with humans forever, for they are mortal; their days will be a hundred and twenty years.” (NIV)
If I take the most optimistic view of my potential lifespan, then I have reached the halfway point. Most likely I reached the halfway point some time ago. But the question that arises in my mind is, what shall I do with the time I have left?
I don’t feel like I have ever “arrived”. I've not achieved my goals and now plan to live a comfortable retirement. I still seek a noble quest. (click here to read more)
Getting Free From the World Pulled Over Your Eyes.
I've been well informed about current events for most of my life.
I've continued to keep myself informed of local and world events.
Looking back, I remember being sent home from 4th grade the day President Kennedy was assassinated.
I remember the protests against President Lyndon Johnson and the escalation of the war in Vietnam.
I have clear memories of Richard Nixon and all that went on in his presidency.
In 1972 as I approached my 18th birthday I was following the news closely, as the possibility of being drafted and sent to serve in Vietnam was very real. (click here to read more)
Listen as in his last public audience, Pope John Paul I speaks in English on love.
In his last public audience, the day before he died,
Pope John Paul I spoke in English about love.
Getting Grocery Giving Gauntlet Guilt.
Quite often I've been getting grocery giving gauntlet guilt.
This used to occur mostly on weekends, but it has now begun to spread to the other days of the week.
The cause of this malady is my daily trips to the supermarket.
As I approach the entrance to the grocery I am inevitably confronted by one or more persons requesting a donation to a very worthy cause.
I wish they were unsavory types looking for money to gamble on back alley "Old Maid" card games.
But alas, these are a variety of bright eyed clean, decent and good hearted people trying to help the unfortunate.
Thus, my guilt.
I usually have to pass them by without offering a donation.
Quite often I'm carrying a bag of coins that I am going to dump in the coin machine to get enough cash to buy something for my families dinner.
This unfortunately happens a lot because I've developed a bad habit. It's called paying my bills. (click here to read more)
Who put my brain in this old guys body?
Not many weeks from now I will mark my 60th birthday.
I'm not sure if that makes me an old middleager or a young senior citizen.
I do know I had to make that word up.
The dictionary recognizes teenager but not middleager.
I understand. I don't recognize myself anymore either.
One of the big secrets of life is you stay you, as you get older.
When your a kid you think someday you'll become an adult and think adult things.
That's true somewhat, but you also keep the little goofy personality quirks that make you.....you!
Sure you learn and experience many things over a lifetime that make you react in an "adult" way.
But this is because you've learned what you are supposed to do in a given situation. (click here to read more)
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