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Everything posted by Ragamuffin_John

  1. Riding on these high plains I begin to understand Why it took One gentle-tough stepson of a Carpenter man To command my respect and devotion And bring me to God’s will. Cause the mind of man’s a wild thing But God’s is stronger still. I’m a cowboy with love for His Savior, Cause He has strode the long prairies of this life. Yippee Ki Yay! I know I’d be nothing But trail dust in His hand, If He hadn’t had the nail prints And taken the law into His own hands. Bridling up the horses Gives me a happy feel
  2. Thou ventest well! From ivory tower to the boondocks, I hear “compared to” being used to pose two different ideas, things, etc. So wait: different things are similar? “In contrast to” should be used. But, I sense we think “contrast” is Thurston Howell III usage. And (picky me) there’s the phrase “swell down”. Might as well say “Inflate down”. This is the real Deflategate. And you can bring that to the bank!
  3. Finally snagged a bird at Sam’s. Happy Thanksgiving!
  4. Barnyardmare, your effort is an inspired one! I have sometimes toyed with doing the same but never started. I hope you keep at it.
  5. Today, a TV news trailer read as, “US Rhodes Scholar chosen virtually for the first time”. It’s getting out there when the meaning of an adverb is gotten by context., even if there isn’t a whole lot of head scratching. So, yeah, upon further review, “virtually” here (really) means “via a web conference”and not “truly, without precedent”.
  6. I’ll have to admit I borrowed from a personal anecdote. In the early ‘80s, I was in-line to make a purchase at a natural food store in Austin, Texas. Quite ahead of its time. You know—like when everyone wanted carob bits as a substitute for chocolate? Well, the store was packed to the hilt with clients—many of them hippy-types. It took a bit to traverse a line to get to the cashier, so one flower child took advantage of the lulls by standing on his head. And boy was I rude! I thought there was something odd about the fella. I suppose everyone ignored my stare. I mean, they seemed
  7. Gulp. Well, I’ve benefited from stretching positions, not to mention the wildly popular “planking”. Those non-meditative aspects of yoga guess I’ll view ‘em like the Christmas tree or meat offered to idols. That’s my, pardon, “position” Oh, as for my riddle, “thoughtful” would have to mean thinking about stock market performance
  8. Riddle answer: two six-foot tall yoga practitioners, six inches apart—one standing upright, the other on his head. Er—yes Lynn. With
  9. By and large, I've gone through an extensive period of time of limited writing. And for some odd reason, it has not been an uncomfortable interlude. There's much in the Scriptures that has been jumping off the page, convicting the heart, and refocusing/reshaping the mind. This, of course, affects all of one's life. I find the reset refreshing, and a sense of new purposes is emerging . . . There has been a poetry reaching toward the page Felt between the tree bark of Blue Ridge forestry, Windstruck words defying print—who copyright’s the heart? Yet, shall I
  10. Answers that make me feel guilty do not qualify . But yes, discretely mask up.
  11. I’m just hoping someone laughs at my answer
  12. Wow. I think I’ll go with the 33*F version, when competition heats up.
  13. Hmm, I like it. But, that’ll be a runner-upper.
  14. Who are six inches apart, practice social distancing and are thoughtful? I'll give this to November 23rd to answer. I mused about this as I traveled back from Michigan to South Carolina this week. People are cautious in both places, as regards COVID. But wow, I could sense panic in some people in the Michigan city I was at. Getting to my SC town was a release of tension. You have to find humor in things, or you can get too wound-up.
  15. Old? This chemical element affects me: Zz
  16. CrabApple! I thought Linus’ blanket was one safe space that society could agree upon.
  17. As in, so much of what the media says in non-useful, they might as well just chew.
  18. Well, I sure could have used a good beef Jerky election night and especially for the day after. Seems a lot of the media stand in need of the same for more ruminating and less spouting off.
  19. NA! Periodically, I get elementary questions.
  20. Amosathar ~ this is a wonderful poem. It has a the feel of David sitting and writing a psalm, in which there is tension, confession and realistic resolution. We are not left dangling. We are left with the idea of light. More than at the end of the tunnel. Encouragement and warning to be wise. Wisdom to be desired. The promise of life.
  21. I was looking at my Baylor University alumni association magazine and noticed that an alumna manages a small press that publishes young adult, fantasy and science fiction novels. This might interest some of you: Aionios Books
  22. Isaiah 51:3 (NIV) “The Lord will surely comfort Zion and will look with compassion on all her ruins he will make her deserts like Eden, her wastelands like the garden of the Lord. Joy and gladness will be found in her, thanksgiving and the sound of singing.” ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ God's healing for His children is as all-encompassing as salvation itself. This healing is for the whole remnant of believing Israel, the Church, the believer. This can have a life-long, calming effect on the believer, for every life has had ruins. Many lives experience ruins. Some
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