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Dog Days of Summer

Here in South Carolina we are definitely in the dog days of summer. It's warm for sure, but not as hot as you'd think it would be in the midst of global warming. How about where you live? Those reading this in the Southern Hemisphere might be longing for some warm summer days.

Over lunch this past Sunday someone mentioned having seen a man who looked remarkably like his Saint Bernard. It struck me as funny, especially since someone recently commented on the pictures on my old dog/owner look-alikes page (back in the days before I had my blog). Have you ever noticed how many people end up with dogs that resemble them?

Here are some pictures from my files of children who look remarkably like their family dog. I suspect that the photographers did a lot of staging for these pictures, but they're cute nonetheless.

blonde girl with pigtails

black curly hair

baby with folds of skin

boy and dog with a black eye

redhead with long pigtails

boy with missing teeth

boy with tossled hair

Hope that those of you in this hemisphere have a nice summer weekend, and happy dog and people watching!


"Letting your life be an Alleluia is going to cost you a lot." - Ted Allston

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Did you know that in 1850, the first all white Dalmatian dog was spotted?

It’s like Déjà Vu All over Again!

Although it's already July 15 in France at the time I'm posting this in the USA, the French spent the 14th celebrating Bastille Day. It was fun to hear from several of my students today who wanted to wish me a Happy Bastille Day. My wife and I have actually been in France several times on the 14th of July and have seen the parade in Paris, jets overhead trailing blue, white, and red smoke, and in the evening fireworks in the distance. If they're anything, the French are creative in their celebrations!

In honor of the day, I'm posting something vaguely reminiscent of French. Do you ever feel as if you've heard the expression déjà vu before? It's the illusion of having previously experienced a situation that is happening now.

For you francophones out there, if you feel as if you've read the following before, that would be déjà lu.

When I feel as if I've...

...milked this cow before - déjà moo

...seen this strange animal before - déjà gnu

...smelled this bad odor before - déjà phew

...visited this menagerie before - déjà zoo

...scared this person away before - déjà ... BOO!

...read this mystery book before - déjà clue

...been in this courtroom before - déjà sue

...felt this bad before - déjà rue

...felt this sad before - déjà blue

...expanded this way before - déjà grew

...seen this slime before - déjà goo

...learned this stuff before - déjà knew

...waited in line before - déjà queue

...eaten this dinner before - déjà stew

...pursued this person before - déjà woo

...had this feeling of déjà vu before - déjà too

...seen these twins before - déjà two

...been on this airplane before - déjà flew

...came up with this innovation before - déjà new

...fed these pigeons before - déjà coo

...sketched this portrait before - déjà drew

...been in this Starbucks before - déjà brew

...ended this relationship before - déjà through

...felt this ill before - déjà flu

...sheared this sheep before - déjà ewe

...munched on this gum ball before - déjà chew

...lost its match under the same bed before - déjà shoe

...exposed the real facts before - déjà true

...sat through this sermon before - déjà pew

...played in this wet grass before - déjà dew

...admired this scenery before - déjà ooooo...

...forgotten this person's name before - déjà who?

Do any of you have an actual déjà vu experience you'd like to share?



"Hope attaches itself to the future and is the certainty of what will be." - Dr. Drew Conley

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Right now I'm having amnesia and déjà vu at the same time. I think I've forgotten this before.

What Is the Perfect Age to Be?

a sign of the times

What age would you be if you could choose? Is there a perfect age? Small children want to keep being bigger and older, teens want to be in their early 20s, and on and on it goes. Some older people yearn for days when they were more agile and carefree.

At my stage of life, I can see that every age has its advantages and disadvantages. Something inside me still recoils when I'm offered a "senior discount" - it's like ... can that person really think I'm that old?! And yet who would doubt that I'm enjoying being a grandfather? 😀

I experienced one of the downsides today when my eye doctor told me that I have the beginning of a cataract in my right eye. He said I'm young to have this, but it's there. Someone please name another advantage for me ... quick!

My wife forwarded an e-mail to me yesterday with several funny perspectives on aging. I'll start off with a picture too scarily similar to the sign on the right above. Apparently this man was the "poster child" for the sign.

for real

Here's a comic strip that was in the e-mail.

hitting too close to home...

One of the pictures was a pie chart of a senior citizen's time usage.

life segment pie chart

Not all older folks are slow-moving geezers though, as attested by this sign.

hitting too close to home...

But older folks do need to be careful in their activities not to injure themselves. Here's an exemplary senior biker, the picture of health with his helmet.

careful senior cyclist...

Young folks need to be careful from their youth to avoid some problems in their "golden years."

please pass the sunscreen

Someone please pass me the sunscreen....

As I said earlier, an upside to this stage of life is being a grandparent. Here are a couple of pictures of our grandson Drew on the 4th of July - our little flag waver and watching the fireworks with Grandma.

waving the flag

enjoying the fireworks

Here's how he looked one year ago at the fireworks.

baby Drew at the fireworks

Ah! The upsides and downsides of being Drew's age! So I ask again - what age would you be if you could choose? What is the perfect age to be?

One of my readers (a history teacher) suggested a poll question for me - Which of these activities will be part of your 14th of July (Bastille Day) celebration? with several suggested activities - storming a prison, guillotining someone, etc. I laughed and immediately dismissed the idea.


"Grace trumps sin every time." - J.D. Crowley

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If we'd stop trying to be happy we would probably enjoy life more.

Cell Phones

I know I just posted last evening, but since I'm home convalescing (I came back from vacation with a bad cold), I'm getting lots of little things done that don't require much effort and that keep me from spreading the nasty bug. One of those little jobs was calling AT&T to ditch our land line. We found out we could still have their Internet (DSL Direct) without having to pay for a land line phone! How cool is that?!

If you normally call us at our home and need our Verizon cell phone numbers, you can contact me through the contact tab at the top of the page. I've let BJU and our church know our new numbers also.

Here's a little humor about cell phones...

There are several men in the locker room of a private club after exercising. Suddenly a cell phone lying on one of the benches begins to ring. A man picks it up and the following conversation ensues:


"Honey, It's me. Are you at the club?"


"Great! I am at the mall 2 blocks from where you are. I saw a beautiful mink coat... It is absolutely gorgeous! Can I buy it?"

"What's the price?"

"Only $1,500."

"Well, OK, go ahead and get, if you like it that much..."

"Ahhh and I also stopped by the Mercedes dealership and saw the 2001 models. I saw one I really liked. I spoke with the salesman and he gave me a really good price ... and since we need to exchange the BMW that we bought last year..."

"What price did he quote you?"

"Only $60,000..."

"OK, but for that price I want it with all the options."

"Great! Before we hang up, something else..."


"It might look like a lot, but I was reconciling your bank account and...I stopped by the real estate agent this morning and I saw the house we had looked at last year. It's on sale!! Remember? The one with a pool, English Garden, acre of park area, beachfront property..."

"How much are they asking?"

"Only $450,000... a magnificent price, and I see that we have that much in the bank to cover...."

"Well, than go ahead and buy it, but just bid $420,000. OK?"

"OK, sweetie... Thanks! I'll see you later!! I love you!!!"

"Bye... I do too."

The man hangs up, closes the phone's flap and raises his hand while holding the phone and asks to all those present, "Does anyone know who this phone belongs to?"


"I have wondered at times about what the Ten Commandments would have looked like if Moses had run them through the U.S. Congress." - Ronald Reagan

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For people who like peace and quiet: a phoneless cord.

Lessons from Noah’s Ark

picture of Noah's ark

Most of you know that my wife and I recently visited the Creation Museum during our vacation. Quite a few people commented that they also found the museum to be a great blessing. I have never had any difficulty believing the Biblical account of the flood or of Noah's ark, and so I didn't need to be convinced of anything. But it was great to see the wonderful explanations of how the whole account could very well have taken place and the overwhelming evidence in the fossil record that is explainable only by a cataclysmic event like the world-wide flood - and so, why not the biblical world-wide flood?!

Here's a list of valuable lessons that can be learned from Noah's experience....

Lessons From Noah's Ark

Plan ahead - it wasn't raining when Noah built the ark.

Stay fit - when you're 600 years old, you might be asked to do something REALLY big.

Don't listen to critics - just do what has to be done.

Build on high ground.

For safety's sake, travel in pairs.

Speed isn't always an advantage. The cheetahs were on board, but so were the snails.

If you can't fight or flee - float!

Take care of your animals as if they were the last ones on earth.

Don't forget that we're all in the same boat.

When the doo-doo gets really deep, don't sit there and complain - shovel!

Stay below deck during the storm.

Remember that the ark was built by amateurs and the Titanic was built by professionals.

If you have to start over, have a friend by your side.

Remember that the woodpeckers inside are often a bigger threat than the storm outside.

Don't miss the boat.

No matter how bleak it looks, when you're one with God, there's always a rainbow waiting for you.

When God shuts the door on this world for the last time, be sure you are on the right side of that door.

Noah before God closed the door

Noah before God closed the door of the ark


"I am the door. If anyone enters by me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture." - Jesus, in John 10:9

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Adam's Rib: the original bone of contention.