6 Things You Might Not Agree With

Lots of stuff going on around here. Tonight is Cajun food night at our church meal, and I got nothing, so I’m just gonna go get tacos from Taco Bell. I know, it is the lowest form of food, but I figure they have Taco Bell in Louisiana, too.

But here are some things that are on my mind, and I need to get them out. I recognize you will probably not agree with some of them, which is fine. Maybe It will stimulate some thinking.


1. President Trump is right to question why good financial news, like more people working and higher wages, causes the stock market to go down. Probably points to the reality that Wall Street and Main Street have two completely different sets of priorities.

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2. As a Seahawks fan, it is extremely rewarding that the man who cost us a Super Bowl victory also cost the Patriots a Super Bowl victory to a team wearing green. Thanks, Malcolm Butler.

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Seeing this picture still stings.

3. Yesterday was Ronald Reagan’s birthday. He would have been 107, if my math is right. It made me a little nostalgic to remember a time when conservative Republican presidents advocated for walls to be torn down, not built.

4. I have an almost uncontrollable desire to buy a red Tesla Roadster. Watching that launch was amazing, and really made me miss when NASA use to do great things.

5. I’m watching a lot of Oscar movies right now, which means I’m eating a lot of popcorn. I will blog about them all when I’ve seen all the best pic nominees, but for now I will tell you that The Shape Of Water was a terrible disappointment. I mean, it was almost unwatchable at times, but it did make me miss The Creature From The Black Lagoon.

6. I’m preaching about the Holy Spirit right now, and finish the series up on Sunday. I think the smartest thing I’ve said in a very long time is something I tried to point out this past Sunday.

The reason we have so many different churches and kinds of churches is a strength, not a weakness. The Holy Spirit takes pleasure in diversity, and this diversity makes it possible for there to be a spiritual home for all different kinds of people.

 

Okay, that’s all I got for now.

Update, while writing this, I decided to go with KFC and a bucket of chicken. Everyone loves chicken, right?

BEHIND THE SCENES OF “DEEP COVE”

This blog is doing double duty.  It is an identical posting I made for Bard and Book, which is going public tomorrow with a major press release.  It is about my newest short story, Deep Cove.  The best way to read it is at bardandbook.com, but it is also available at Amazon and barnesandnoble.com as well as Smashwords. 

“Deep Cove” is the name of one of the streets near our Lake house in Central Texas.  The name stuck with me as I began to write an homage to the  monster movies from my childhood.  I remember watching The Creature from the Black Lagoon on Saturday afternoons.  Even though it was campy and in black and white, there was something about it which pulled me in.  A couple of years ago my family and I vacationed at Universal Studios and they even had a stage show version of it and I looked forward to see it.  Sadly, I was disappointed as the show was terrible.

What  I wanted to do, though, was to use the monster to set a historical backdrop from my own memory and cultural heritage.  What emerged was a story about two ‘good ole boys’ who encounter a lake monster one night while fishing.  A careful reader, though, ought to find t two or three other themes such as the alpha and beta relationship between the two men, their life’s goals, and the irony of fishermen being fished by the fish.

This is the initial story; but I plan others.  In future stories we will see other encounters people have with it.  I wouldn’t be surprised if there are not some stories located in the 80’s and possibly the 90’s as well as the legend of the beast takes hold in the community of Deep Cove.

Eventually there will be a story about the beast’s origins.  However, I intend to write that one near the end of the collection.  Probably, just probably, we’ll discover a mad scientist involved who experiments with radiation and genetic mutations of aquatic wildlife in the late 1950’s.  But I will not promise that.