New Year’s Resolution Time

“Let our New Year’s resolution be this: we will be there for one another as fellow members of humanity, in the finest sense of the word.”  Goran Persson

Wow!  It won’t be long and 2016 will be in the past and we will be entering into a New Year.  It seems the older I get, the faster the years slip by.  Every new year brings new highs and lows.  Happiness and regret.  

The year 2016 seemed to be a bad year for musicians.  Glen Frey, David Bowie, Prince, Leon Russell, Merle Haggard, George Michael,  Sharon Jones, Joey Feek, to name a few.  ISIS made the news numerous times as it carried out terrorist attacks throughout the world.  Britain leaves the European Union.  WikiLeaks was busy.  Election like no other and last but not least, the Cubs win the World Series.

As the year comes to a close and everyone reflects back on 2016 the urge to make a new year’s resolution will come to life within us.  Lose weight.  Stop procrastinating.  The list goes on. 

In 2016 we saw a country divided in areas of politics, health issues, gay rights, presidential candidates and even division within the political parties themselves.  I hope 2017 will be the “Year of Healing”.  My New Year’s resolution is going to be to love everyone, share the love and and not to be a cause of the division within this country.

Thanks for reading. Share the love, be kind to one another and God Bless you one and all.

Prostate Trouble?

“The problem with having a sense of humor is often that people you use it on aren’t in a very good mood.” – Lou Holtz

I know, I know.  Disgusting subject.  For those of you who don’t suffer from it………..Thank your lucky stars.
Unfortunately I am one who is cursed with this aggravating and frustrating problem.  Basically the way it works is you will typically be busy doing something  and your brain will tell you that you need to go “tinkle”.  As you start your trek toward the bathroom your prostrate will send a message to the brain saying that you didn’t start soon enough.  Then you see the porcelain throne coming into sight and your journey and moment of relief is near.  That is usually the point at which time you find out that your prostate wasn’t lieing to your brain and you come to the realization that you are about 20 steps shy of your goal.  The dribbling begins followed by a slam dunk and you think to yourself, maybe I better invest in some Depends.

I devised a plan where I tell the people around me that I have a slight “tinkle” problem where I might holler out ” turn your head” meaning that I am having a “tinkle attack” and I would greatly appreciate their cooperation and please turn away so I don’t offend anyone.  Now I have found that this works quite well when you are with a small group of friends maybe out camping or fishing.  However, I am here to tell ya that it DOES NOT work well in Walmart.  No siree.  People act like you are tinkling on the produce or something.  So be careful if you are in Walmart and PLEASE try not to tinkle on any ones Jammie’s.  

Well that pretty much sums it up.  Please understand I am not making fun of people who suffer from this problem.  I can tell you it is quite frustrating.  Thank you for taking the time to read and I hope it made you chuckle a little.  Have a great day, share the love and God Bless you.  

The Call of the River

“The river is constantly turning and bending and you never know where it is going to go and where you’ll wind up.  Following the bend in the river and staying on your own path means that you are on the right track.  Don’t let anyone deter you from that.” – Eartha Kitt

As a youngster my family spent a lot of time on the river.  We would set trot lines, limb lines and tight line fish.  My grandparents on both sides spent a lot of time fishing with us.  It was quite the family outing.  All we ever used for shelter was a tent.  We were the kings of roughing it.  Lots of good times and memories.

I managed to stumble into adulthood and traded the waters of the river for the waters of the lake.  Bought the big bass boat and began tournament fishing.  It was a fast paced form of fishing and after some years the river begin to call me again.  I resisted at first then finally began to explore the local rivers and their beauty once again.

At first I just went with friends who had boats or found places to fish from the banks of the river.  Then I was introduced to the versatility of the kayak.  It was certainly a game changer.  The kayak introduced me to a simple way to explore the river that I had never imagined.  I now had a way to explore every bend and turn of the river.

My dream is to float the Big River and the Bourbeuse from the beginning to the end.  One can learn a lot about themselves while enjoying the solitude and serenity of the river.  I use that time to recharge my spirit and cleanse my soul.  It is quite fitting that I use the bends and turns of the river to ease the bends and turns in my life.  While indulging in the peace and tranquility of the river it is easy for one to focus on their path in life.

Remember to be kind to one another and to share the love.  God Bless and thanks for reading.

 “You know a dream is like a river, ever changing as it flows and a dreamer’s just a vessel that must follow where it goes.  Trying to learn from what’s behind you and never knowing what’s in store……”  Garth Brooks- The River