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Cramming for Finals

March 17, 2015 — Leave a comment

Last night at bible study I remembered something my daughter once asked me, “Old people are always reading and studying the bible. Are they cramming for finals?”  I put the question to the group and the answer was, perhaps!

It seems us older folks do indeed read and study the bible more, not so much cramming, but it’s because we have the time now to reflect on our lives and perhaps afterlife. Because now that the kids are raised and we have completed our work life we can reflect on the important things that we have perhaps missed. Our relationship with God needs to be completed and through God we find satisfaction that the errors and indiscretions of our life have been forgiven and the difficult task of forgiving ourselves is probably the most troubling and worrisome thing we have to resolve.

God is! That is the answer to all questions of this life. I believe without a doubt that God exist. I have always believed but that belief was reinforced when I was allowed to witness the birth of my daughter. How could anyone not believe seeing that perfect form of life knowing that it started out as two tiny specks and developed into that tiny bundle of joy that grew into a loveable and loving adult? I have been saved by his hand at least five times in my life and because of that I do not question God! I cannot question God because I’m not smart enough to know the answers.

I, being a lover of history, really enjoy studying the Bible because it is a 6,000 year old history of man. It has many significant stories of good people and bad people that even today have lessons to learn. The many stories of love and despair that continue to repeat over and over throughout time causes me to wonder, will we ever learn. Lessons of life that are incredibly relevant today if we take the time listen and learn. The story of Jesus and his mission on earth is so revealing to a simple truth. The all-encompassing message to love your neighbor as yourself will change your life if you will but apply it.

Cramming, I don’t think so. I don’t think there will be a final exam. I do believe that we will be asked, “did you try?” Only God is perfect and for us mere humans perfection is definitely out of the question. We can only try to live with love for our neighbor and that is a full time endeavor. But, knowing that forgiveness is for those who faithfully ask and are sincere in their belief make life easier to live.

Now, being a 71 year old “Crotchety Old Man”, I wonder if my rants will be considered loving attempts to help folks?

Thanks for listening.



February 17, 2015 — Leave a comment

We are on vacation, the boss and I. We are in Port Charlotte, Florida. Sunny, warm, and very relaxing. Got out of Dodge (the reservation in Franklin) just in time. I’m told they got five inches of snow after we left. I planned that pretty well.

Had a good trip down. Sunshine all the way. A good drive except for the idiot left lane hoggers! I try not to use the four-letter word that starts with “h” but those guys come close. I expect you, when I come up behind you, to pull over and let me by. Just common courtesy. And, please don’t get mad when I pass you on the right. I just want to get on down the road, thank you!

Now, the question of the day: do retired folks really take vacations?

Vacation: an extended period of recreation, isn’t that what I expected when I retired 13 years ago? So, how did my extended period of recreation go? Well, looking back there was some fun but lots of work not in the retirement plan. Work like taking care of mothers (2), moving mothers (5 times), living with mothers (1), and losing a mother (1).

Work like updating a house! Probably will write a long piece about that expensive word, update! New doors, new counter tops, new appliances, and of course new paint. I will admit the house really looked great when it was “updated” to the max. And I really hope the new owners enjoy all the work that went into the updates.

Oh! a down size move. Do you have any idea how much stuff you have to get rid of when you reduce your living space 500 sq. ft., give up a small barn, and sell the motor home? Well, the books we gave up required four trips to the second-hand book store and we only got about $100 for them! So much for the extended period of recreation.

So, to answer the question, yes. Retired folks do take vacations! We do need to get away from the exceedingly long “to do list” we all have, but, more important, retired folks need to take vacations more than we think we do! And, us retired folks must take vacations just to keep our retirement in perspective.

Thanks for watching,


I have wanted to write a blog for sometime and was surprised when #1 granddaughter said during a visit, “I can help you do that.” And so, an hour later, I am good to go with a web address and a blog.

I was off and running but was not content because the blog did not work like I thought it should.

Frustrated, I tried my hand at the process of blogging and was disappointed I could not make the blog like I wanted.

Frustrated, because I could not figure out how the process worked and could not make the software work as I wanted.

Frustrated because no matter who offered advise and how hard I tried the results were the same; not to my liking!

This past weekend should have been a time of good family fun and an enjoyable visits. For me the weekend is a blur. Not sure why, except nothing went right. I won’t try to give reasons for being an a– because I really don’t know why. If I was rude or unfriendly or perhaps over bearing I’m sorry! I also want to apologize to my really great grand kids for not being the grandpa they deserve. Again, I’m sorry.

Looking out the window on the reservation it is a dreary day, but I have been somewhat productive. Took the girls to the vet. Foxy’s blood sugar checked OK (114) and Sugar probably has a UTI and will take some meds for the next 14 days. The old girls – 10 and 12 – are doing probably better than me. And for those of you who own stock in Krogers you will be pleased that I went Krogering and a dividend will probably be paid.

Now to the reason I want to blog. I see things that always makes me wonder “why did they do that;” things I think are funny even though Linda may not; things I think need to be done in the community to make life better; and, life in general because that’s all we got folks and we need to make the most of it!

Thanks for watching,



January 16, 2015 — Leave a comment

IRI have been retired several years (13) and last year we (the boss and I) moved from our country home into town into what I call the “reservation.” It is a “subdivision” of Cottages “houses and doubles” on the grounds of the Franklin United Methodist Community. There are about 600 of us old folks here and most live in the “Big House” (apartments, health center, or  3 levels of Alzheimers care..

After 36 years in an aircraft engine factory and 25 years raising and showing Miniature Schnauzers it was time to slow down. So with the last of the Mohicans (Foxy and Sugar) we came to town and live in a beautiful home on the pond on the reservation.

Me and my three girls!

I have been thinking about having a blog for some time and my beautiful granddaughter, Brooke, helped (did it all, I just watched)  put this blog together. She is really good at social media. Thank you!

I am opinionated and crotchety and the wife says I’m getting worse by the day. So, with that I start my mission of saying what’s on my mind. Hopefully you won’t take offense and will enjoy my rants.

Thanks for watching,
Richard Isley