miscellany

Some odds & ends I’ve collected recently:

~ “If you ever wake up in the middle of the night and use that time to listen to a little self-condemnation, this is a post for you.”

~ While we’re on the subject of sleepless nights:

We all struggle to sleep at night, and to be fair, life in a fallen world is harsh and unpredictable. There are many outside factors that make life difficult and provide reason for restless nights.

But I’m deeply persuaded that in the midst of trial, we often abandon our theology. We quit believing that the Bible has the answers for life and we try to take the reins. With the weight of the world now on our self-appointed shoulders, we struggle to get a good night of sleep.

Do read the whole thing, especially if you, like me, suffer with insomnia.

~ Only 51 days until Auburn football season begins! (But who’s counting?) War Blogle shared a video that got me even more excited.

~ Obama’s metastasizing culture of lawlessness

~ “I’m Just a Soul Whose Intentions Are Good”: Obama, Bergdahl and Moral Narcissism

~ A simple habit to set the tone of your day

~ I want to try this salad dressing.

~ And this picnic in a glass.

And with that, I’ll bid you a happy Thursday!

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random thoughts

~ Human behavior is a bottomless pit of weirdness. I can’t figure out why anyone would want to hang out on message boards for a group of people that he despises. I’ve read Auburn fan boards filled with Alabama fans seething with anger and hatred, and I’ve read discussion boards for conservatives that are over-run by liberals spewing vile language. Why? Life is much too short to spend time that way! There are even some folks who’ve shown utter contempt for me in “real” life who regularly check in on my blog. So very odd.  It might make a good research topic for a psychology student.

~ Here in the Deep South, we’ve spent days this week below freezing, and we’re expecting highs in the seventies this weekend. It’s wardrobe whiplash every morning as I try to figure out what to wear.

~ random thoughts…and random photos!

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~ I’m still reading 11/22/63 every chance I get. Those chances are few and far between this week, and when I try to read it at bedtime, my drooping eyelids get the best of me.

~ I couldn’t make myself watch the State of the Union address. (See my first random thought above.) I did however follow the coverage after the fact. Our president’s hubris and Republican cowardice are wonders to behold.

~ I can’t decide if I want to laugh or cry when I read the “Rant & Rave” section of my local newspaper. Some of the comments are hilarious, some are incredibly ignorant, and some make absolutely no sense at all.

~ I’ve read recently that fish oil supplements may ward off Alzheimer’s disease. That terrible disease runs in my family, so I’d like to do all I can to prevent it. The problem is that I CAN’T REMEMBER to take them!

~ I miss Auburn football. I got a dose of it earlier this week, but it’s just not enough.

~ My cable box died today. It can’t be replaced until Monday. It’s a good thing I don’t care about the Super Bowl!

Happy weekend, y’all!

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war eagle

Last night was a treat! Coach Pat Dye, who coached at Auburn while I was there, spoke at the Chamber of Commerce annual banquet in my hometown. My sister and I had been tipped off that our dad was receiving the Community Service award, so Coach Dye provided the perfect ruse for us showing up there. My dad was surprised to receive his very well-deserved award, and it was a fun night with family and seeing people I haven’t seen in a long time.

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And, y’all, Coach Dye is hilarious. I was aware of his folksy and very southern witticisms over the years, but I’d never met him or heard him speak in person. He shared anecdotes from his youth and coaching years, throwing in little gems of wisdom about working hard and being willing to go the extra mile. He made it clear that he loved coaching and loves his life now, and he loved and still loves his players. And even though he in his seventies and speaks in a manner that sometimes suggests he’s losing his train of thought, it’s really that his mind is going faster than his mouth. He has vivid recall of details from long ago games, even down to the names of crooked refs in 1984!

Even though he played at the University of Georgia and was an assistant coach at the University of Alabama under Bear Bryant, his heart is Auburn through and through. He believes in Auburn, and he loves it. 

Me too.

Oh, and I made an exception to my No New Books in 2014 resolution to buy his After the Arena, which he signed for me.

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War Eagle, y’all! And congratulations to my daddy!
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