October 15, 2010
Rescue heard around the world
Editorial note: I will submit this blog as a Letter to the Editor with our local newspaper
for publishing, but you read it here first!
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Many people can recall the exact moment when they first heard about: President JFK death; the 9-11 attacks; Space
Shuttle Challenger disaster; the Oklahoma City Federal Building explosion; and O.J. Simpson’s implosion. The tragedy
of these events wounded a nation and scarred our hearts.I now add one more event to my
list of profound moments: the rescue of the 33 Chilean miners.
Thankfully, miraculously, this event is memorable
not because of death, but because of bravery and life-saving techniques. My misty eyes watched as the first miner was being
pulled from the mine, but I lost all emotional barriers when I watched the miner’s son sob right before embracing his
In addition to the millions
of world-wide viewers who watched this awesome feat unfold on television; many nations contributed to the rescue by offering
skill, technology, experience, prayers and support. Since we earthlings chose to label our global fights as World Wars, I
propose we name October 12 as the official World Triumph Day, celebrating human ingenuity and generosity at its best.
October 14, 2010
10:37 am cdt
I’ve been telling my husband for months
that he needs to update his blog. On an almost daily basis, he shares a story that would make great blog material. Nonetheless,
he’s sick of hearing me respond: “that would make a great blog topic.”
So, since my wifely nagging isn’t successful, I'll try cyber-nagging…my
goal is to encourage all of my many (or one or two) readers to email Ger directly and encourage him to keep up on his
blog. You can email him at Gerard.Wellbrock@eagleradio.com or you can visit his blog directly by clicking on the link to the left.
Happy Blogging, my dearest husband! That new Flip Video Camera
you received for your birthday will work very nicely for this effort, don't you think? : )
October 13, 2010
Hello, God? It’s me, Tammy.
As this hurricane I call “Life” swirls around me, shoving and throwing me here and
there without my consent, I become overwhelmed by my inability to stand on solid ground. Before I know it, I’m sucked
down by an undercurrent of emotions, fears and insecurity. It’s when I start feeling this drowning sensation that I
realize I’ve forgotten to lean on my faith. My good friend
Jack reminded me to ask myself: where is God in the midst of all of this? Too often, I let my pride or anger dictate action,
instead of remembering Someone more powerful and knowledgeable has the real power and control. I’m reading Napoleon Hill’s “Think and Grow Rich” and he shared how the majority of people don’t recognize opportunity when it arrives.
Could it be these people (myself included) have simply forgotten to look for God’s divine intervention? Perhaps
this quote from Napoleon Hill will inspire you as much as it has me: “Whatever the mind can conceive and believe; the
mind can achieve.”
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October 12, 2010
Goodwin’s isn’t Good – They’re Great!
9:06 am cdt
Remember when I announced my plan to train
for a half-marathon? One of the first actions I did was to purchase a pair of good (i.e. expensive) running shoes. Knowing
I was out of shape, I ignored the blister that developed from my new shoes. However, after two months later with a bigger
sore (and I might mention, in an odd spot on my upper inside heal – I’ve never gotten a blister there!), I knew
the shoe must be defective.
I explained my situation to the store I bought the shoes from, they didn’t blink an eye as they went to get me several
other new pairs to try on. I was so impressed with not only their policy of taking a used/worn shoe back, but their manner
was so kind, considerate and apologetic that I didn’t have 100% satisfaction the first time.
So, let me publicly and virtually applaud Goodwin’s Sporting Goods in Hays, KS, for a job well done!
October 11, 2010
10:56 am cdt
While going through boxes of pictures, keepsakes
and junk collected from my grandparents’ home, my mom came across her mother’s diary written in 1935. It’s
a wonderful description of a spunky young teacher’s daily life during the Great Depression, the Dust Bowl and her courtship
with her then-boyfriend and the man I simply knew as Grandpa.
What a treasure, especially since we lost Grandma only last year at the age of 100! Mom was thrilled
at her discovery, and she loved how she was able to “watch” her parents budding relationship blossom. More on
this to come!