Tuesday, January 21, 2014


Welcome to my new blog!  Stay tuned for stories and musings about my life as well as my thoughts about everything that is going on in the world.  Please have patience with me as I learn everything there is to know about blogging.  This is new to me, and with anything new, there needs to be a learning period.  I am looking forward to sharing with you!


  1. Pardon the delay. My editor is a close friend and I really do not like imposing on the good nature of good friends. I trust you will understand. Better yet, I pray that you will respond. What do you think about "using" the talents of good friends?

    Wow! What a day to start this. As you will learn, I love the art of politics and I will have comments on the state of politics as I write. To tell you the truth, both sides of the critical issues of our day are suspect. They were elected to office to serve the "We, the people".... as described in our Constitution and it ought to be apparent, "We" are the missing ingredient in most of the solutions they have to offer. So, tonight, as you listen to the President of the United States put forth his proposed agenda for the coming year, take time to realize this is his perspective. You may differ from his, but if you do, I pray that you will offer a reasoned response and not just the words offered to you by your favorite political "think" tank.

    But politics is not the intent of my efforts. I have lived a long time, going on my 85th birthday in August, and I have learned a lot, forgotten even more, but this I believe with all of my heart. There is a God and none of us really know Him if our lives do not resemble His teachings and they should not be restricted to the dictates of any one particular religious ethic. In saying that, I do not wish to demean any particular religion. You ought to be free to make up your own mind. I have a strong belief in the ethic defined by our nation's Declaration of Independence and our Constitution. I have opinions and have come to realize that they are always subject to change as long as others do not try to force their opinions on me. I live to learn and even at my advancing age, I am eager to hear about new ideas, even old ideas with a new twist..

    When you hear the responses to the President's speech tonight, take care that you do not merely echo their thoughts. They get paid to say what you will hear and - regardless of which party has fashioned the comments, you can believe that you need to carefully examine their content.

    With that, I am out of here. Plan to spend the day examining the employment opportunities in our community, the Upper Cumberland region of Tennessee, my adopted home. I love it. Yes, I was born in Michigan, graduated from Yale, but that was not the college in Connecticut. It was a great place to start, but I have also traveled a lot and stand amazed at this land we call the United States of America. I am proud of every acre and the people who occupy who occupy even a fraction of each acre. We do amazing things and our reason for being ought to focus on encouraging others to do even more. Think about this and I'll be back tomorrow. I trust I will see you then.

    1. Well, it's about time, Mac!!! hahaha..... you're a perfect candidate for a blog!! Somehow, I think maybe these blog mechanics are not right - this is under "Comments", not the blog itself??!! In any case, you have taken that first step and I'm proud of you!!

      You encourage all to "carefully examine" responses to the SOTU speech - agree, AFTER carefully examining this President and this speech, especially in light of his ACTIONS, not just words...... "We, the People" - if we want this republic to continue, must observe, evaluate and act, ourselves.

      Again, good going with this!!!

  2. What a great idea. as fas as the SOTU goes,and this is paraphrased from another site. I did not watch the Golden Globes this year. I did not watch the Grammys. I am not sure if I will watch the State of the Union address. Why bother? A thin skinned amateur who has been in office six years and still can't grasp how to do his job will stand before an even more thin skinned bunch of Congressmen and women and tell them he does not need them, while knowing he really does need them, while none of them truly want to be with each other, and all have lawyers ready to go bow before the black robed masters who'll sit stone faced at the front of room knowing they really rule the joint.

    My only hope is that the Republicans grow a pair and start laughing uncontrollably when the President begins touting Obamacare, which you know he will do and which you know they will not.

    The State of the Union has become a pointless bit of laundry list stagecrap where everyone in D.C. gets to pretend they like each other and together will make magic before leaking how they hate each other and won't get anything done worthwhile.

    I will certainly be checking in with your blog, it is a great idea and I agree with Kevin, you are the perfect person to do this.

  3. Congratulations Sherwood at long last and I look forward to following your blog.

    As far back as I can recall, all of these SOTU speeches have been of the "chicken in every pot variety" with no mention of the price of the meat. There should be a cost meter under the president's face showing the CBO estimate of each proposal which could be totaled during the incessant pauses for uninspired applause from the people who are selling us down the river while shouting at one another, "Your end of the boat is sinking."

    We are all in the same boat.