Monday, November 23, 2009

Pondering 10 Turkey Truths of Life

One day two turkeys were feeding in the wild meadows of Cades Cove, TN. The grass was green and cool on their feet. The small pedals of the yellow flowers that sprinkled the meadow danced merrily in the breeze.

Suddenly, one of the turkeys lifted its head in stubborn defiance. A little further back, the turkey friend of the defiant one recognized the old, familiar sign of forgotten wisdom in the eyes of its friend. Calmly...firmly...the turkey lowered its head and said, "I guess I have to remind you again of the 10 Turkey Truths of Life."

1. Growing turkey old is inevitable, but growing up is optional.

2. There is no key to turkey happiness. The door is always open for those birds wise enough to seek it.

3. A turkey grudge is a heavy thing to carry.

4. The turkey who faces the Thanksgiving Ax with the most still dead.

5. We turkeys do not remember days, only moments. Our feathers are lost far too quickly not to enjoy our precious moments.

6. For a turkey, nothing is real unless we experience it. Without experience, the humans call it hearsay, but we call it gobbletalk.

7. It's okay to remain poised over the turkey pity spot every now and again. Just remember to cover it completely when you are done.

8. Surviving and living life successfully as a turkey requires great courage. Getting the grub of your turkey dreams requires courage and risk-taking.

9. Turkeys have to learn from the turtle, it only makes progress when it sticks it neck out. But, be careful with this turkey saying around Thanksgiving time.

10. Be more turkey smart with your character than your reputation. A turkey's character is what it is, and a turkey's reputation is only what others think it is.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Pondering How Cool People Think

Cutting wood is hard, back-breaking work. I have never found a single person who cuts or stacks wood for fun. People cut wood to fuel their own warmth, the warmth of loved ones, or the warmth of their wallets.

I wish I knew who took this picture. I would love to sit with them, drink a cup of coffee with them, and ask them..."Why would you do all this work? Neat idea. Great picture! A lot of work.

Thursday, November 05, 2009

Pondering Our Veterans

Soldiers pay the price for our freedom! Some soldiers have given the ultimate sacrifice of giving their lives for us to be free. Others have given their health fighting for our freedom and are now disabled. Still others have suffered, and continue to suffer, deep emotional scars left by the horrors of mortal conflict. All soldiers have sacrificed time away from friends, children, spouses, and other family members. Soldiers, indeed, pay the price for our freedom.

Give them your respect. Give them your honor. Give them your sincerest gratitude.

Thank a veteran everyday, but especially this Veteran's Day!

Now if you know an Army veteran and want to do something special for them, go to and honor them with a salute.