Delta Dreaming: Morning Thoughts

You know, I’ve had it pretty good the last six years. Although we maintain a fairly conservative financial portfolio, with a percentage in bonds, it has averaged a little over a seven percent return annually. Our net worth is way yonder larger than it was when Barack Obama took office.

I’ve written a book that gathered some praise. I’ve nursed my wife successfully through a couple of health bumps in the Road of Life. (She is currently hale and as feisty as ever). We have been lucky enough to share our home, time, and friends with one of the sweetest, funniest, and most charming mother/mother-in-laws in the world. I play a passable (passable not professional) version of “Baby’s Coming Home” on the guitar.

I still read close to 50 books a year. I’ve lost 50 pounds through the VA’s weight loss program. I’ve even had some success “mechanic’n” on old trucks and tractors.

I teach a college class practically for free as recompense for the fact that, as white male graduate of the University of Arkansas, I started a third of the way up the ladder of success above over half the population of our state. And I’ve developed a fine cadre of friends, all people of the superior type.

Probably what has helped is that I don’t watch a lot of TV, get up early, and ignore the physical discomfort that comes with being a senior citizen. I might would enjoy being somewhere else at times but I don’t obsess about it. I only watch Fox “News” in segments no longer than it takes to press a “remote” key. I don’t spend time hating the President. In fact, I try not to hate anyone, although Sean Hannity and Rush Limbaugh would probably test that effort if I stooped to listen to them.

I guess what I’m trying to say is, jeez, if you are angry, get a grip. Life is good.


The safest course is to do nothing against one's conscience. With this secret, we can enjoy life and have no fear from death.”  -  Voltaire

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