The Week That Was . . .


This thought came to me while I was watching the Cavaliers take Golden State apart to win the NBA Championship. One of the commentators-Mark Jackson I believe, made a comment about a move that LeBron had put on Steph Curry and he called it ‘a thing of beauty’. Now either this man has been living under a rock or he has an extremely narrow view of what beauty is. So I will put it to those who read this article to think about that and determine what a thing of beauty means to each of you?

The laughter of a wee baby brings beauty with it; it could be sight or sound; it could be a voice or a smell that brings you the happiest of thoughts, memories and feelings; it could be the presence of a landscape or a sunset; it could be a song that has been written or a collection of words that required some thought in order to create a mental picture. There are so many things that could be considered ‘a thing of beauty.’ And then I think about what some people have done to themselves to make themselves ‘more beautiful’ or what they have given up or sold out just to be more ‘beautiful’.

Perhaps we could take a few minutes away from thinking about failing economies and mass murders and Donald Trump to consider what we need to be grateful for and beauty is certainly one of those things. And it is usually free for the enjoying.

Beauty, to me, is anything that presents itself and is experienced and captured by the human heart in an emotional and meanigful way. It is a spiritual experience. Some people know they have witnessed beauty when they feel that little rush up their spine or a shiver or their heart skips a time or two or their breath is caught in their throat for just a second. Beauty can be anything that touches your heart and soul in a way that nothing else can. It leaves an imprint in your minds eye. It can be heard in the wind or the roaring surf and it can be seen anywhere at any time and experienced with anyone. True beauty cannot be bought but rather is seen or heard in music, or spoken from one heart to another heart. It is a gift of unknown magnitude. It certainly isn’t a basketball move performed by an overpaid athlete to the joy of 40 million viewers. A skill–OK. A talent–OK. But a thing of beauty–I don’t think so. The photo I included at the top of this article-that’s a thing of beauty–JIm

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Everyone concentrates on the problems we’re having in Our Country lately: Illegal immigration, hurricane recovery, alligators attacking people in Florida . .. .. . Not me — I concentrate on solutions for the problems — it’s a win-win situation.
* Dig a moat the length of the Mexican border.
* Send the dirt to New Orleans to raise the level of the levees.
* Put the Florida alligators in the moat along the Mexican border.

Any other problems you would like for me to solve today?
Think about this:
1. Cows
2. The Constitution
3. The Ten Commandments

Is it just me, or does anyone else find it amazing that during the mad cow epidemic our government could track a single cow, born in Canada years ago, right to the stall where she slept in the state of Washington? And, they tracked her calves to their stalls. But they are unable to locate 11 million illegal aliens wandering around our country. Maybe we should give each of them a cow.

They keep talking about drafting a Constitution for Iraq ….
why don’t we just give them ours?
It was written by a lot of really smart guys,
it has worked for over 200 years,
and we’re not using it anymore.

The real reason that we can’t have the Ten Commandments posted in a courthouse is this —
you cannot post ‘Thou Shalt Not Steal’
‘Thou Shalt Not Commit Adultery’ and
‘Thou Shall Not Lie’
in a building full of lawyers, judges and politicians,
it creates a hostile work environment.

Coming Up: 

Just received an invitation to appear on Annette Abens’ Blog Talk Radio Show in July. It’s a great show and she is a great interviewer. I feel very fortunate to be invited to share my concerns about fatherlessness and the problems/solutions that face us. She has 9 published books available on Amazon. Her latest book is called: Angels Messages-A Wing and a Prayer. If you have a minute or two check her out at:

More to come about this great opportunity.

Anyways, that’s how it was and that’s how I see it–all the best, Jim

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