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Monthly Archives: May 2010

My wife’s keen interest in nutrition began to change my eating habits over 32 years ago. It was probably dinner at my garage apartment the night my menu included fried bologna, frozen French fries, half a cherry pie and a carton of ice cream. For some reason she had a serious problem with dinner that night!  It was not long until she began to train me about the finer issues of protein, sugar, carbohydrates, cholesterol and on and on.

I think her point was this: You are what you eat!  Lunch with me on a regular basis (at least when my wife is not around) still includes an occasional slice of cherry pie.  And ice cream is still a big issue in my life.  But I must admit, things have changed significantly.  I am a lot more sensitive about what I eat.

I still love hot dogs though.  Did you know these hot dog facts?

  • Americans eat about 20 billion hot dogs every year, or an average of 70 dogs per person, per year
  • 9% of all hot dogs are eaten at baseball stadiums
  • 95% of American homes serve hot dogs regularly
  • 765 million hot dogs were sold in 2005 or $1.5 billion worth
  • Hot dog season — during which Americans eat 7 billion hot dogs — stretches from Memorial Day to Labor Day.
  • Americans eat 150 million hot dogs on the fourth of July, alone

If my sweetheart is right, and I am what I eat, then my love for a good hot dog makes it a lot easier to understand the relevance of pig snouts and chicken feathers in my life!

It is really a lot easier to improve your eating habits than you think.  It just takes some effort, self-discipline, and more than anything, some education about what is good and bad for you.  Establishing a good diet is more common sense than anything.  Let’s see, what would be better for me, a hot dog covered with cheese and mustard or (my favorite snack for the last 32 years) an apple and peanut butter!

Take care of yourself!


Here they come again.  Tears.  The thought in your head is it seems like they come all too frequently these days.  The slightest thing brings them.  You wonder why.  Sometimes they embarrass you.  Sometimes they comfort you.  Sometimes they don’t do anything and you can’t even figure out why they showed up!  But they do.  Generally they are not anticipated and come unannounced.  Anyway, here they come again…

There are times your eyes fill and you start thinking, “Oh please, not again.  Not now.”  But the harder you try to hold them back the more they seem to run down your face and eventually your whole body is shaking.

I believe our tears are tiny gifts.  God sends them when we need them most.  He knows how we feel.  He knows with what we are struggling.  He knows.  And he sends tears to flow down our cheeks and carry away emotion, stress, pain, grief, and sorrow.  This is not theology.  It’s just how I feel about your tears and mine.  I may even be right.  Even Jesus cried.

When Jesus saw her weeping and saw the other people wailing with her, he was moved with indignation and was deeply troubled.  “Where have you put him,” he asked.  They told him, “Lord come and see.”  Then Jesus wept.  The people who were standing nearby said, “See how much he loved him.” John 11:33-36