Monday, November 29, 2010


If you think you should be running the whole show, you'll probably end up with nothing to show for it. (Mr. Dickie, after As Bill Sees It, p. 320, 25 Nov 2010)


Yesterday afternoon Cyndi and I took the Orange line of the subway to the Eastern Market station. We walked down 8th Street past all of the businesses. We walked past the Marine Corps Barracks before we stopping just before passing under I-395. We could see the Navy Yard at the end of 8th Street. Next we went to the outdoor flea market at Eastern Market. Cyndi knew one of the vendors who was selling t-shirts he had designed. He owns a clothing consignment shop in Bethesda.

Next we walked up Pennsylvania Avenue towards the Library of Congress and the Capitol. We stopped to eat lunch at The Hunan where I have attended many promotion and retirement parties in the past. It was Cyndi's first visit. They served us both a very nice meal. Cyndi brought food home for Melva to eat after work.

We took several photos with my camera at the Neptune Plaza in front of the Thomas Jefferson building of the Library of Congress.

When we were ready to go home we used the Capitol South subway station

I thought we had a great time doing some father / daughter bonding and getting in a nice long walk at the same time.

Mr. Dickie
29/Nov/2010 8:06

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Bookmarking With Delicious

This is a brand new shining day and I have it in my power to make it a good one just by the way I think about it and what I do with it. (One Day At A time In Al-Anon, 23 November)


I'm starting to gather the books I want to read next year in my daily reading program. I hope I can find the ones I stored in the basement.

Yesterday I added a few bookmarks to my Delicious bookmark collection. It had been some time since I added four bookmarks on the same day. These pointed to obituaries for members of my Henthorn family. I also included the obituaries in my RootsMagic genealogy file. If you are a member of my maternal or paternal family and have information about recent events that should be added to the genealogy file, I'd like to hear from you.


Mr. Dickie
28/Nov/2010 8:52

Saturday, November 27, 2010

If It's Broke, Fix It

Don't put up with something that doesn't work right.
(Daily Guideposts - 1990, 21 November)


Yesterday I did some genealogy. I found four obituaries for members of my Henthorn family and included them in my genealogy file.

Mr. Dickie
27/Nov/2010 7:51

Friday, November 26, 2010


Every once in a while, take a hard look at your priorities.
(Sortor and McQuade, The Word On Life, 21 November)
26/Nov/2010 8:11

Wednesday, November 24, 2010


Do not give, as many rich men do, like a hen that lays her egg and then cackles.
(Henry Ward Beecher)

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Autumn Comes

Summer ends and autumn comes, and he who would have it otherwise would have high tide always and a full moon every night. (Hal Borland)

Sunday, November 21, 2010


Those who travel the high road of humility are not troubled by heavy traffic. (Alan K. Simpson)

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Running Errands

I recognize the energy that exists in all things, and acknowledge God's wisdom in His creation. (Betty J. Eadie, Embraced By The Light, 20 November)


We spent the afternoon out running errands for Melva. We took a long drive from our house to Odenten, then to Maryland City and finally to Glenridge near our house. We managed to accomplish everything Melva had in mind. We visited the new store Hobby Lobby in Maryland City before we stopped to eat lunch at the nearby Panera Bread.

Mr. Dickie
20 Nov 2010

Friday, November 19, 2010

Too Often

Too often our own limitations cause us to doubt God's ability to work through us. Too often people make excuses for why they think things won't happen instead of thinking about how they might happen... (The One Year Mini For Men, 1 November)


I used the Internet to send an Email to the State Highway Administration notifying them that a traffic light was out on the way to the subway station. This made if difficult to left turn from Route 410 onto Ellin Road. Yesterday I received two Email messages from them in response. This morning when Cyndi and I went to the subway station we checked to see if the light was fixed. It was working nicely.

This morning we discussed going to the Pirate's Cove for Thanksgiving. That didn't work out. When I called to make the reservation they were booked. "The early bird gets the worm."

The guest speaker at the computer club yesterday was, Sandy Lundahl. She talked about the tools she uses in her consulting and teaching business. There was lots of interest in what she had to say. I was very impressed. She invited us to attend her senior center class today at 1:00 p.m. She teaches a SAGE class (senior classes through the community college). The title of the class is Stories for Mid-life Traveler. We can attend the class via our computers as distance students. She uses to do this.

I'm listening to the Brand New Man album of Brooks and Dunn this morning. I really like the song, Neon Moon, written by Ronnie Dunn.

If you lose your one and only
There's always room here for the lonely
To watch your broken dreams
Dance in and out of the beams
Of a neon moon

Mr. Dickie
19/Nov/2010 9:56

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Difficult Times

...remaining positive in difficult times requires a maturity that comes from experience. (Betty J. Eadie, Embraced By The Light, 10 November)


Last night and the night before I watched most of the two-part "Creating the World of Harry Potter," on the Biography channel. I thought they did a great job. I also watched some of the final episode of "Circus" on PBS.

Mr. Dickie
18/Nov/2010 8:16

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Frankness Over Flattery

In the end, people appreciate frankness more than flattery. (Proverbs 28:23 in The One Year Mini For Men, 23 October)

Monday, November 15, 2010

Take Your Time

Avoid trying to set your whole life in order all at once. (As Bill Sees It, p. 308)
15/Nov/2010 10:48

Sunday, November 14, 2010

90th Birthday

We should forget those things which are behind us and press onward toward something better. (Twenty-Four Hours a Day, 8 November)


I didn't post anything to my blogs yesterday. We attended the 90th birthday party for our next door neighbor, Wanda. It was held at the home of her daughter in Street, MD which is northeast of Baltimore and very near the Pennsylvania border. There was a nice crowd and we had a very nice time.

As of yesterday I have a new Facebook friend, Don Gardner, one of my very good friends from college days. I got a big kick out of seeing him on Facebook. I suggested that he make friends with four other college friends to help him get started.

I bought another nice book for fifty cents. It's a daily devotion book by Helen Steiner Rice - From The Heart. I'll use it during my daily reading time next year.

At the end of the week federal agents arrested the Prince George's County Executive and his wife and charged them with crimes related to "Pay For Play." He had about three weeks left in his second four-year term. At the beginning of November his wife had been elected to her first term on the county council. I sounds like there will be a very strong case against them. I believe they both face twenty-year prison terms.

Mr. Dickie
14/Nov/2010 8:21

Friday, November 12, 2010

New Books

The world is full of amateur tailors trying to make us fit into their patterns, even if they have to squeeze and push us into them. (Sortor and McQuade, The Word On Life, 8 November)


Yesterday we went to the 50% off sale at the thrift store. I had a very good day in the book section. I bought seven books with a retail value of $70.78 for $4.28: Conversational Italian; Helen Steiner Rice - A Collection of Blessings; Earnie Larsen and Carol Hegarty - Believing in Myself; Perennials; Edwin B. Williams - Spanish and English Dictionary; Karen Nitkin - Fun With the Family Maryland; Les Krantz and Tim Knight - The Book of Books.

I made post number 1,700 to my Arrow Prayers blog today.

In the evening I watched Conan O'Brian for the first time since he returned to television on the cable channel TBS. He still isn't funny. I guess I just don't get it.

Mr. Dickie
12/Nov/2010 7:46

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Veteran's Day

There is a moral law in the universe. If a man breaks it he may be forgiven, but, nonetheless, he breaks it at his peril. (William Barclay, The Letters to the Galatians and Ephesians, p. 54)
11/Nov/2010 8:08

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Indoor Gardening

When something happens to upset you and you are discouraged, try to feel that life's difficulties and troubles are not intended to arrest your progress in the spiritual life, but to test your strength and to increase your determination to keep going.
(Twenty-Four Hours A Day, 10 November)


Yesterday I spent about an hour watering all of the plants we have growing in the house. Melva brought all of the potted plants back inside a couple of weeks ago. Because the furnace is running and the air is dry it's very easy for the plants to wilt if we don't watch them closely.

Mr. Dickie
10/Nov/2010 7:55

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Your Objective

...when there is an objective to be gained - no matter what it is - it's vital to concentrate on your goal. (Sam Justice in Daily Guideposts - 1986, 18 October)

Monday, November 8, 2010

A Joyful Heart

A joyful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit dries up the bones. (Proverbs 17:32 in Wisdom For The Way by Charles R. Swindoll, p. 295)


Yesterday, after I picked up Cyndi at the College Park subway station, we went to shop at the new BJ's which opened in Capitol Heights this weekend. BJ's is a membership store, similar to Costco and Sam's Club. There was a nice crowd and lots of shoppers. The store is just inside of the Beltway and about seven miles from our house. We stocked up on some needed items and some not-so needed items.

Mr. Dickie

Friday, November 5, 2010

Present Moment

What I do now, in this present moment, is what makes up my life. (Twenty-Four Hours A Day, 25 October)
5/Nov/2010 7:46

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Mountain or Molehill

Is this a mountain or a molehill?
(One Day At A Time in Al-Anon, 26 October)
4/Nov/2010 7:55

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

This Day

This day is mine. It is unique. Nobody in the world has one exactly like it. (One Day At A Time in Al-Anon, 28 October)
3/Nov/2010 8:10

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Deal With It

[Strive to] ... deal with difficulties as they arise, instead of turning them into problems. (The Upper Room Disciplines - 2008, 29 October)