Thursday, February 11, 2016
Occasionally I find an old barn, chicken house or other out building that reminds me of quieter, simpler times. I see the weathered wood, the rusted hinges and tin roof and I want the building to tell me it's story. What has it seen? What has happened within its walls and on its property? People are a little like old buildings. Some of them have amazing stories to tell, if only we would take a few minutes to stop and listen.
One of my regrets in this life is that I failed to sit down an interview my great aunt Elva. She was a true pioneer woman. Born in Kentucky in the late 1800's, she traveled to Oklahoma in 1901 and became a school teacher. She was teaching school in Oklahoma Territory six years before statehood.
Aunt Elva eventually taught high school home economics and later taught at Oklahoma A&M, now Oklahoma State University. She became a county extension agent and wrote articles for the local newspaper. Her connection to the university gave her access to the governor and led to the implementation of the statewide hot lunch program in public schools. Aunt Elva was some kind of woman and I wish I knew much more about her life. If you have a senior adult in your family, get to know them. Ask them about their childhood memories. They are walking, talking history and much more fun that reading a book.
Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Monday, February 8, 2016
In the mid 60's every architect and engineering office in the country had these drafting lamps in their production rooms. Any office that had a drafting department was filled with these fixtures. The desk lamp is more of a product of government offices. Whether local, state, or federal, you would find the iconic metal desk, chair and this lamp. They are great.
I have a few other tools of the architect/engineer professions that many of today's practictioners would either not recognize or would be considered tools of the stone age. That's okay. I'm a bit of a dinosaur myself. Have you got any tools from your past that you still use?
Thursday, February 4, 2016
This past week our family lost a friend. She was a Bible study teacher to our daughter, a mentor to our grand daughter and a friend to my wife and I. Most importantly, Kathy was a devoted child of God. You have probably heard the saying, "You can't take it with you", when it comes to dying. When it comes to material possessions, that is exactly true. When it comes to relationships, Kathy shared the truth above.
God expects His people to share the good news of Jesus Christ with the world around them. Those who acknowledge their sinful state, are willing to repent and invite Christ into their lives, by asking for His forgiveness will spend an eternity in a place prepared for them in Heaven. Therefore, if a Christian leads a family member or friend to the Lord and they are saved, both will be in heaven. So, if I have friends or family members that I love, and want to see on the other side of the grave, I need to introduce them to the only one who can forgive their sins and give them eternal life. Jesus Himself said, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." (John 14:6) In a world that is always looking for an alternative, loophole, or another way, this seems pretty unfair. The truth is, it is the most fair. Everyone is treated the same. We receive salvation only through Christ, regardless of our age, wealth, social position, race, nationality, education, strength, etc. By the way, Kathy would also tell you...
Wednesday, February 3, 2016
One of the benefits of senior citizenship in our town is that seniors get free all sports passes to the high school sports...all of the sports! I was at the local community center on Monday and saw a sign that said the pool would be closed on Thursday afternoon because of a high school swim meet. I'm thinking, I've never photographed a swim meet. So I gathered up my gear and headed to the pool on Thursday afternoon. The place was very busy as there were several schools participating.