Monday, October 31, 2011
Friday, October 28, 2011
Here are pictures from the landing of the Ocala Veteran’s Honor Flight to Washington D. C. Dad was one of over 100 veterans who made the day long flight to Washington and back to see the World War II Memorial. The landing ceremony was quite impressive as hundreds turned out to salute the veterans. I was proud of dad and all of the vets. It was a touching time to see men and women who served our Nation with such honor.
I left late Thursday afternoon and rode "Big Red" to the Ocala Fl Airport and waited with all the other thankful families and friends and Americans for the Honor Flight. They landed to great celebration and fanfare. It made you proud to be an American.
They call World War II veterans "the greatest generation". I think there is something to that. We have so much to learn from this group, but not much time to capture their spirit and heart.
So, thanks again Dad, and welcome home!
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
My father, Oscar Milton Dykes, served in the Navy in WWII. He served at the end of the war in Pensacola, Fl. Through the years I have heard his stories of Navy service and have been thankful and proud of him. He gave his time and service in an admirable manner.
Monday, October 24, 2011
Friday, October 21, 2011
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Wanda and I rode "The Tail of the Dragon" in Deals Gap, NC. We rode it in the rain. That is 11 miles with 318 curves. Now before you say we are crazy, let me tell you that I had a certified trainer coaching us through the drive.
Monday, October 17, 2011
Faithful church members are jewels in my book. I am talking about those who are there when the doors are open. I mean those who remain faithful to their church for years and do not leave. These kind love their pastors and don't shun any. They carry the load of church work. They are givers and not takers. Faithful church members are not fair weather folks. They don't merely ride on the band wagon. They love the Lord, their church, and the lost. They stick through thick and thin.
Friday, October 14, 2011
Friendship is the result of being friendly. It happens when no records are kept.
I have been fortunate to enjoy having many friends and some for years. I wouldn't attempt to name them because I would surely leave someone off the list. Not good!
What do good friendships require?
Time. Trust. Truth. Tact.
Friendships that are genuine can be picked up even after long lapes of involvement. They don't fade or wash out.
What make for friendship?
A smile. A kind word. A few compliments. A thoughtful deed.
What makes for friendship?
Reaching out again. Being hard to be offended. Accepting the good, the bad, the ugly.
Jesus is my friend.
Wanda is my friend.
My family are all friends.
The list goes from there. I hope I can be a good friend. So many have been kind to me.
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Safe riding isn't automatic. It requires focus.
Safe journeying in life also demands more attention. My heart breaks when I see personal life crashes. I have ministered to so many fallen individuals. It hurts when you see people hurt.
I have ridden "Big Red" in the rain some this week. God has kept me safe. I thank Him.
Now, may God help me to complete my life journey safely too.
That is all that matters.
Maybe I need to slow down. That is a key in safe riding. Maybe I should wait more on the Lord. He will guide if I will listen.
Wait on the Lord.
Monday, October 10, 2011
Friday, October 7, 2011
In the early '80's I bought one of the first Apple computers. It had a floppy disk, but it was cool for the day. Not many folks had one back then. It basically was a word processor. It couldn't do much more.
Now with a MacBook, IPhone, IPad2, I am cooking with gas, as my father would say. What am I doing with it?
Research, reading, writing, journaling, bill paying, calendaring, and the list goes on.
I love reading with it. I don't have to carry a handful of books around everywhere. It is something!
It is interesting to learning how to use it. I check an IPad2 book for Dummies out of the library. That's me. I am a dummy, but I am learning.
What does John Maxwell say about leaders?
Leaders must be learners. So, I am a dummy, but everyday I am learning a little more.
I wonder what will be coming down the road? When I was in college, it was an old typewriter. Now, I am cool. I'm hip. Like man, I am with it.
Just a dummy having fun!