25 November 2011
From church denominations, to office teams, to politics, to skin color...people prefer interacting with groups in which they have something in common. Commonality fosters comfort. If there's no comfort, one is less likely to remain in a group.
Posted by Rick Garner at Friday, November 25, 2011
07 November 2011
Recently, a dear friend in Mississippi asked for my honest opinion of MS Initiative 26. In order to answer her question, I researched the initiative to form my own educated opinion. Support for it seemed easy as the amendment wants to identify life beginning at conception. Yet, there appears to be opposition from various and sometimes unexpected sources.
Posted by Rick Garner at Monday, November 07, 2011
15 October 2011
Giving her my full attention I said, "Pardon?"
She repeated herself. "You can come knock on my door to make me go walking. You don't have to wait for me. Just knock to remind me."
I smiled politely, "Well, come on, it's a great habit to have!"
She began to step into her car, "You're doing good. Keep it up. You never know who's watching you."
Posted by Rick Garner at Saturday, October 15, 2011
10 September 2011
That Tuesday morning commute into WJTV in Jackson, Mississippi, was a pleasant drive. The weather was also pleasant. Clear skies and 71 degrees. The radio mentioned something about a plane hitting the World Trade Center. My mind pictured a small aircraft such as a Cessna. With my being responsible for the content on WJTV.com, I wanted to get to my workstation and get it powered quickly. This likely would be a significant news event.
Posted by Rick Garner at Saturday, September 10, 2011
23 August 2011
Do I have some sort of aversion to gyms and equipment? Was I laughed out of a gym or mauled by some treadmill in my past? No, nothing that dramatic. More likely, I'm just cheap.
Posted by Rick Garner at Tuesday, August 23, 2011
15 July 2011
Without going into details about the case, I'd encourage anyone to be willing to help their neighbors. Too often, it's easy to stay locked away in our homes, clueless to what's happening in our neighborhoods. It's easier to just ignore what's going on around us. My seeing suspicious actions, discussing it with a neighbor, and sharing it with police led to me receiving a court summons. But it was the right thing to do.
However, it's not the court case, which has been postponed for now, that I wish to discuss. What was eye-opening for me was what unfolded while seated in the gallery awaiting the trial for which I had been summoned.
Posted by Rick Garner at Friday, July 15, 2011
28 June 2011
I was quite certain we needed our vents cleaned. Waiting too long to change out our central air unit's filter yields a disgusting, solid black film. Clearly these ducts had never been cleaned since the townhome's construction in 1987.
Posted by Rick Garner at Tuesday, June 28, 2011
19 May 2011
To set the stage, Kim and I desire to live out a life of faith around Georgia. That's meant praying for her (that she would know Christ at an early age and for her future husband), praying with her and allowing her to pray at meals, enrolling her in a Christian school (for a quality education with a Christian worldview), reading with her from her children's Bible and devotional (along with another short book of her choice) before bedtime prayers, and talking to her about Jesus, God, and the Holy Spirit.
Posted by Rick Garner at Thursday, May 19, 2011
10 May 2011
|USMC Staff Sergant Jason Rogers|
- To visit someone in order to welcome them or talk to them. "We went to pay our respects to our new neighbors."
- To honor someone after their death, usually by going to their funeral. "Friends and relatives came to pay their last respects to Mr Clarke."
We seem to have forgotten what respect is all about. We think it is something someone has to earn. The man or woman sweeping up trash on the street doesn't desire a smile or greeting. We don't know them and we look down upon their job. They don't deserve our respect, right? Wrong.
Posted by Rick Garner at Tuesday, May 10, 2011
23 April 2011
Across the street, on the other side of Whiskey Bottom, a man was pushing a black baby stroller. Perhaps the two were together. Perhaps the stroller was for the toddler in the woman's arms. Perhaps the stroller contained the little girl's sibling.
Posted by Rick Garner at Saturday, April 23, 2011
17 March 2011
The headline Md. School Criticized for Prayer Event before Test was impossible to ignore. Reading the article, I found a school and a principal's union in support of prayer while a school system and the ACLU denounced prayer.
Posted by Rick Garner at Thursday, March 17, 2011
15 February 2011
They're behaving as if Chick-fil-A's traditional-family, faith-based views are new and scandalous. Yet, their over-reaction to this issue is not only typical of gay advocates (not typical of gays, just gay advocates) but is also conducted with the same bully mentality they claim is killing gay teens. Ultimately, the approach seems to be for gaining attention to themselves and provoking reactions from "pro-traditional family" and Christian outlets.
Posted by Rick Garner at Tuesday, February 15, 2011
09 January 2011
|COURTESY OF THE FAMILY|
Christina-Taylor Green, 9, had just been
elected to the student council and wanted
to meet Giffords.
The shooting rampage in Arizona is a gut-wrenching and senseless tragedy. Yet, we showed our collective immaturity as a nation by wanting to place blame on others instead of first praying for the victims and their families. Rather than collecting facts, we gathered pitch forks and torches for Sarah Palin over statements and a map she posted online. Instead of being patient for details, we rushed to be a apart of the online attack blaming the T.E.A. Party for spreading "hate rhetoric."
On that dreadful Saturday, I slowed down and stopped by asking this question: what if it were my daughter? What if she had died from that assassin's bullet?
Posted by Rick Garner at Sunday, January 09, 2011