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I Have a Secret (I'm an Addict)

In the mid 1960's the Surgeon General's first product warning appeared on the side of a pack of cigarettes: Caution: Cigarette Smoking May be Hazardous to Your Health.  I have no idea how successful the warning has been considering it was in the same font and color as all the other packaging.  But it is there to help deter us from ourselves. Shortly after the Surgeon General added that warning label on tobacco products, United States Senator Strom Thurmond determined that warning labels should also be required for all forms of alcohol.  As the story goes, the biggest question that came up regarding this label was, "What exactly should the warning label say?"
After conducting hearings on Capitol Hill, the Senator contacted Alcoholics Anonymous (AA).  Surely, he assumed, they would know the danger of alcohol and be able to suggest just what the wording should be.

The Senator was quickly informed that Alcoholics Anonymous had no opinions on outside issues, and that it do…

I Have a Secret (I'm a Liar)

One of the first lies I remember telling as a kid, in vivid detail had to do with my best friend Scott.  Scott was always showered with the cool toys before everyone else, so needless to say, he was popular.  He had this great new toy called “Atari” –a game system he cherished. He would carefully unhook it from the TV after each gaming session and meticulously place it back into its original box.  Each game cartridge was restored to its own package and slid underneath his bed.

Conveniently, Scott lived next door and, in the 70’s, it was common to leave doors unlocked when you went out. On this particular day, I watched Scott and his family leave for the evening. I remember thinking about the Atari…sitting there alone, abandoned, and unplayed.  Exercising the wisdom of an 11 year old, I rationalized:  since the house was unlocked and no one would know, I would ‘borrow’ his game system. So I made my way over to his house, helped myself to the Atari and my favorite game ‘Space Invaders’…

Give Thanks

I will give thanks to the Lord because of his righteousness and will sing praise to the name of the Lord Most High. P s a l m 7 : 1 7

From the very beginning of the book of Psalms, David gives thanks. Of all people in the Bible, David knew what it meant to experience trials of every kind. Remember he will be tempted with and fall victim to adultery, lying, and eventually murder. But he knew that one day he would be king of Israel. But while he was waiting to take the throne, he was a walking dead man.

King Saul, the current king of Israel, had a hit out on David. Even though Saul had watched David defeat Goliath and save the Israelites from the Philistines and was soothed by David’s skills on the harp, Saul knew that the Lord had rejected him as king and that David was to be next in line (see 1 Samuel 16:1).

So David hid. In mountains, caves, enemy towns, and any place that Saul’s men wouldn’t find him. For me, this means no BlackBerry service, no laptop, no cushy job, food to eat, St…

Two Dudes and a Urinal

I know the title of this blog is enough to make anyone stop and go "uhh." But let me explain...

Every year our family makes a trek to Pensacola, FL for spring break.  This year was no different, except when returning to Oklahoma we were greeted with snow. It never fails it seems no one ever tells Oklahoma its officially Spring. In Pensacola the temps will be 75 with white beaches and when we return home its 30 with snow, wow is all I can say.

So on with the two dudes and the urinal...

If you have ever been on a long road trip, then you can understand the term "pack light". This is a term, I have recently learned, that teenage girls are not able to understand. I said "pack light" and they heard "mwa mwa mwa mwa mwa mwa", you know the sound that Charlie Brown's teacher made every time she talked. So before we can even get on the road I spend the first "official" two hours of our vacation playing a game of tetris with our luggage on …