The song "O Beautiful for Spacious Skies" is one of America's favorites, and its words were written by Katharine Lee Bates more than a century ago. At that time, Ms. Bates observed that our "alabaster cities gleam, undimmed by human tears!" Unfortunately, civilization has spiraled downhill, to the point where today the gleam of our alabaster cities is very much dimmed by the human tears of many people, including dads and moms who each work two or more jobs, have little time for sleep, and still don't have enough money to feed their children.
But you can play a part in restoring the gleam to our alabaster cities. How? By clicking on the "Donate to John" button near the top of this page and making a donation to feed hungry starving souls.
The best good deed that you can do for another person is to let that person do a good deed for you.
To dislike the son-in-law is to dislike the woman who chose him.
Likewise, to dislike the daughter-in-law is to dislike the man who chose her.
Furthermore, to dislike the mother-in-law is to dislike her children, each and every one.
He that achieveth the American Dream endeth up spending most of his life fixing the lawn mower, fixing the roof, and fixing the pipes.
Probate is the government's way of creating jobs for lawyers at the expense of bereaved families.
Uninsured-motorist coverage is the government's way of forcing good people to pay more than their fair share so that bad people can pay less than theirs.
Knowledge is knowing how to do something.
Wisdom is knowing the right thing to do.
Virtue is doing what one knows is right.
Sadly enough, one can have knowledge and wisdom without virtue.
Equally sad is the fact that one cannot have virtue without both knowledge and wisdom.
Knowledge makes one able.
Virtue makes one willing.
Curiosity makes one willing to be able.
Grace makes one able to be willing.
When the children are young, the parents work hard so that the children can enjoy Christmas. When the children get older, then it is the children who work hard so that the parents can enjoy Christmas.
If someone tells you that you have a sense of humor, you can be absolutely certain that that person likes you a lot.
A friend is anyone that I like a lot, for whatever the reason might be, or even if for no reason at all.
Sad, but true: Most people land in the wrong place at the wrong time because they were doing what's right.
A true hero is simply a person who goes about his daily business, meets each challenge when and if it comes along, and always does what's right, no matter how hard it is and no matter how much sacrifice it takes.
Here's why we lose at baseball:
When the enemy pitchers try to throw the ball by us, we can't hit it!
But, when our pitchers try to throw the ball by the enemy hitters, they hit it!
Here's why so many missing children remain missing for a very long time: Those folks who know something are unwilling to speak, while those folks who are willing to speak don't know anything.
You know you're getting old when, as October draws toward an end, you can't wait for December 26 to arrive.
You know you're getting old when, as you're preparing for a trip, you're looking forward to the moment when you step off the plane back in your own home town.
The world hates an honest man.
Praise is spoken worship.
It's not enough to just walk the talk. You also have to talk the walk.
A country is only as free as its most enslaved citizen.
The best restitution that we can offer to the descendants of slavery is to stop enslaving them!
Tell a lie, and the jury will believe every word of it. Tell the truth, and the jury will cry out, "Perjury! Perjury!"
Some corollaries of the Second Law of Thermodynamics:
1. Things slow down.
2. Things wear out.
3. Man gathers; Nature scatters.
4. Man has to spend a large portion of his life raking leaves!
5. It takes much more time, effort, and money to do good than it does to do evil.
6. As dinnertime approaches, the apartment-dweller knows exactly what his neighbors are having for dinner. (This was told to me by a friend who lives in an apartment.)
7. After a few months or years of working properly, your computer will suddenly crash, even though you "did nothing different."
8. Every society has some rich people, some poor people, and many people in between. If you are an in-betweener (or perhaps one of the fortunate rich), then you'll likely have something left over at the end of each month. Here's one way to show your gratitude for your good luck: Click on the "Donate to John" button near the top of this page and make a donation. This will help to stock the food pantries so that the poor, who will undoubtedly run out of money before the end of each month, will be nonetheless able to obtain adequate food every day despite their lack of funds.
3. HINTS FOR BETTER LIVING
A. Thunder can be painfully loud. You can use ear muffs to cover your ears when a storm approaches. Alternatively, you can cover your ears with your hands if you're not busy doing other things with your hands.
B. To minimize the risk of disease and infection: Use dishes and utensils only when they are completely dry. If you live in a very humid climate, you may need to dry your dishes and utensils with a clean towel after each meal to ensure that they will be completely dry in time for the next meal.
C. To minimize the risk of disease and infection: Use toothbrushes only when they are completely dry. Have more than one toothbrush, shake them out hard after each use, make sure they are exposed to the air, and use the driest one every time you brush your teeth.
D. To minimize the risk of disease and infection: When you have finished using your can-opener for a meal, rinse it out thoroughly to remove any food stuck in it. Use a candle flame to dry out and disinfect all metal parts of the can-opener before you use it for the next meal. (Do this even if you have used a paper towel to damp-dry the can-opener.)
E. The dry cycle of a dishwasher pushes air to the outdoors. The resulting lower pressure in the house will suck outdoor air in through the windows. If the outdoor air is pollen-laden, polluted, cold, or hot, you may want to avoid using the dry cycle of your dishwasher and use clean towels instead to dry your dishes and utensils.
4. More to come. Please visit often.