Stepdad's Thoughts

My thought and feelings.

Cowboy Poetry

My wife sent this to me via email:

Jake, the rancher, went one day

To fix a distant fence.

The wind was cold and gusty

And the clouds rolled gray and dense.

As he pounded the last staples in

And gathered tools to go,

The temperature had fallen,

And snow began to blow.

When he finally reached his pickup,

He felt a heavy heart.

From the sound of that ignition

He knew it wouldn’t start.

So Jake did what most of us

Would do if we were there.

He humbly bowed his balding head

And sent aloft a prayer.

As he turned the key the last time,

He softly cursed his luck

They found him three days later,

Frozen stiff in that old truck.

Now Jake had been around in life

And done his share of roaming.

But when he saw Heaven, he was shocked — It looked just like Wyoming !

Of all the saints in Heaven,

His favorite was St. Peter.

So they sat and talked a minute or two,

Or maybe it was three.

Nobody was keeping’ score —

In Heaven, time is free.

‘I’ve always heard,’ Jake said to Pete,

‘that God will answer prayers,

But the one time I asked for help,

Well, he just wasn’t there.’

‘Does God answer prayers of some,

And ignore the prayers of others?

That don’t seem exactly square —

I know all men are brothers.’

‘Or does he randomly reply,

Without good rhyme or reason?

Maybe, it’s the time of day,

The weather or the season.’

‘Now I ain’t trying to act smart,

It’s just the way I feel.

And I was wondering’, could you tell me

What the heck’s the deal?!’

Peter listened very patiently

And when Jake was done,

There were smiles of recognition,

And he said, ‘So, you’re the one!!’

That day your truck, it wouldn’t start,

And you sent your prayer a flying,

You gave us all a real bad time,

With hundreds of us trying.’

‘A thousand angels rushed,

To check the status of your file,

But you know, Jake , we hadn’t heard

From you in quite a while.’

‘And though all prayers are answered,

And God ain’t got no quota,

He didn’t recognize your voice,

And started a truck in Minnesota ‘


January 18, 2011 Posted by | General | , , , , | Leave a comment

Book Review

I just completed reading Patriots: Surviving the Coming Collapse by James Wesley Rawles. This is one of the best books I have read in a while. It is not for everyone. If you are of the thought that the current system we live in is flawed then you will absolutely love the book.  As stated in the description on, and others the book is a manual on how to survive. Survive not only in a SHTF world but in a time when normal services are not available. Yes it is very much on the extreme side by the standards of many, by others it is a glimpse of times to come.

Patriots is a very fast paced book that can keep you going until the end. I found it hard to put down but as for most of us life did get in the way.  I don’t want to say much about the story so as not to ruin it for others. A co-worker is reading it, once he finishes it I am sure we will get into a LONG conversation over the happenings in the book. Fortunately we are of like mind and I am sure will get off into the weeds when the discussion starts.

Also, there is a STRONG moral thread throughout the book. Religion is very strong, it shows the need for faith. Family and friends are shown to be invaluable. It’s just a good book.

Bottom line is the book is thought provoking. It is able to weave in current events that really make you wonder.


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February 2, 2010 Posted by | General, Politics | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment