Thank You For Family And Friends


vintage-pumpkin-decorating-ideasI updated “Comedy This Exit” with a Thanksgiving Day message and also “Skyler’s Gravel Road” was updated by “the wooden alter-ego” Skyler Leglantier. I held up publishing anything here until this evening, mainly because I wanted to spend the day with my family.

Our house was filled with the smells of cooking early this morning. The usual holiday fare was prepared. Turkey, two kinds of cornbread dressing, mashed potatoes, gravy (regular and giblet), rolls, roasted broccoli, cranberry sauce, macaroni and cheese, deviled eggs, greens, and several different pies for dessert were on the menu. It was a bountiful “harvest” that we were truly grateful for.

1940sChristmasFamilyFeast1I was most thankful for the guests scattered from the kitchen to the dining area to the living room. This year, family members shared the work of the meal. My wife prepared the turkey and a gravy; I prepared the eggs and the giblet gravy; my daughter did the vegetables, and my mother-in-law was in charge of her famous yeast rolls and pies. The cooperative effort was delicious and took some work off of my wife’s yearly holiday preparations. It was nice for the whole family to contribute.

I was blessed with the company of my wife, our two sons, my daughter and my son-in-law and our grandson and my mother-in-law. Also a close family friend attended the dinner and our sons’ friend(and our “adopted” son) will join us later this evening for left-overs. Oh, and I don’t want to leave out our dog, my mother-in-law’s dog, and our outside cats. (The cats got the treat of eating the cooked giblets as their Thanksgiving meal)

I mention the guest list because I want you to know that my family is a loud-talking, boisterous, opinionated group of people and when there are 10 of us in a room– the conversations are loud, varied, boisterous and opinionated. Add a TV with a football game on and two yappy dogs and the noise can be…umm…noisy.

I sat, eating and carrying on different conversations with different family members. I listened as other conversations began, gained interest of others, and then died out as other conversations began the process all over again.  I’m not sure how to describe the feeling I had as I observed all of this.  I would say it was a feeling of comfort, of contentment, and a sense of satisfaction for the family I had been graced with.

As turkey-tryptophan calmness later swept the household, I noticed people viewing their cellphones, checking their Facebook accounts, and paying more attention to the television. And yet, still there was a connection. A head on the shoulder, a quick kiss, some joking back and forth, and a quick family photo before people began to leave.

If we all took the time to list everything we should be thankful for, the list would or should be quite long. If I began the list with reasons why I am thankful for, above all, my family– the list would be endless.




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An Idea Lives On

PX 65-105:179“A man may die, nations may rise and fall, but an idea lives on. Ideas have endurance without death.”




–John F. Kennedy
(May 29, 1917–November 22, 1963)


Photo by John F. Kennedy Presidential Museum and Library


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“Sunday Thoughts”

theway_gallery_L_02“You don’t choose a life…You live one.”

Emilio Estevez



Photo From The Way

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Who Do You Side With?/”Getting Political”

bcarsonbkelleyThis week in Mobile, Alabama; Presidential hopeful, Dr. Ben Carson visited several venues and interviewed with local media on his second trip to the Port City to garner support from potential Republican primary voters for the 2016 Presidential election. Dr. Carson’s visit was preceded by a visit from fellow GOP candidate Donald Trump several months ago.

Mobile, Alabama voters have been given several chances to form opinions and make their preliminary choices in the Republican field running for the highest office in the land. Democratic hopeful,  Sen. Bernie Sanders appeared in Mobile in July at the University of South Alabama via a live webcast.

Of course, all of America has been given the chance to view the entire field of candidates through  a series of televised debates.

gopdebateBack in 2008, I gave my readers a link to a handy “Presidential Calculator, to assist you with making a choice in that Presidential race.  The Calculator was offered by a website called VAJOE(later AllMilitary Dot Com)

At the time, the VAJOE Presidential Calculator offered a great service and was linked by top websites and media throughout the Internet.

“The Presidential Calculator gives you a list of 24 top issues in the 2008 campaign. The issues range from Abortion Rights and Assault Weapons Ban to The Fair Tax and Internet Neutrality. You pick your stand on each issue and gauge its importance to you. If you are unsure of your stance, you can read a very well written, yet brief summary of the issue and objective views “for” or “against” the topic. Then you have the calculator match you to the candidate that best supports and defends your interests.”

Unfortunately, the “Innerwebs” no longer offer that site.  But fear not, I found another in 2012 for that year’s election (OTRWD was not available for that election) and the site I found is still available for the upcoming 2016 election.

ISideWith offers an in-depth questionnaire asking a variety of questions on different issues, and although unlike the former site, it does not offer a brief summary of each issue on each question during the time of the questionnaire–it does have news,  polls and data regarding each issue. The site is non-partisan and does not accept money from any political organization.

And for those, (like me) that often complain about questionnaires for “I don’t like how that question is set up or worded”, you are allowed to view other stances that broaden, narrow, or clarify your exact stance on an issue.

I encourage all my readers to visit ISideWith and take the test to see how your views match up with the list of candidates. You could be surprised by the results. I found out that I side 92% with a Democratic candidate, (which I thought was likely) but also 58% with a GOP office-seeker. Who’d a thunk it?

demdebateAnd, as I said those many years ago, you shouldn’t let the quiz TELL you who to vote for; but it does give you the percentages of what candidates best suit you. From there, you can do further research on the candidate. Also remember, the field is pretty wide this early in the campaigns, so you may need to modify your choices and selection as November 2016 draws closer.

In the meantime, feel free to leave me a comment on what candidates were best suited to you from “ISideWith”.



political3“Getting Political” is a semi-regular feature of “On The Road With Dave”. While Dave is no political pundit by any stretch of the imagination; “Getting Political” allows him to stretch that imagination.

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