The Weekly Babble

13.1, Here I Come

Submitted by Chris Conly on Wed, 09/18/2019 - 08:04

A marathon is 26.2 miles.  Two years in a row I ran in the Little Rock Marathon.  I did not run 26.2 miles either year.  Like many cities, the Little Rock Marathon is as much a festival as it is a 26.2 mile race.  There are events and activities for several days leading up to the big race.  One of the events is a half marathon and another is a 4 man relay marathon.  I participated in those two events.  The first year was the half marathon.  Although I have been a runner all my life, I had never competed in anything more than a 5K which is 3.1 miles.  I was given the opportunity by a friend

Strong Dependency

Submitted by Chris Conly on Mon, 09/09/2019 - 17:55

As an adult I have never been fully dependent on someone else.  I mean this in a physical sense.  I have not had a surgery or an injury that has left me immoveable or incapable of taking care of my basic needs.  I have had an injury or two, a sickness or two, that have caused great discomfort and slowed my pace to a crawl.  But I could still crawl if I had to.  My wife and I did not see eye to eye on my needs in these moments.  I was down and it was her moment to shine.  She wanted me to be dependent on her.  She wasn’t glad that I was hurting.  She felt much sadness to see me in a weakened

The Reason We Labor

Submitted by Chris Conly on Mon, 09/02/2019 - 08:18

Monday September 2, 2019 will be the 125th anniversary of Labor Day being celebrated as a national holiday.  For 125 years we have celebrated the achievements of the American worker by shutting down thousands of businesses on the first Monday of September.  Am I the only one that thinks not going to work is a strange way to celebrate our achievements through labor?  There is definitely some irony at work here, but I think Labor Day is a well deserved holiday for our nation. 

Spending His Time

Submitted by Chris Conly on Tue, 08/20/2019 - 07:48

Like distance, volume, and weight, time is a measurement.  It is a mark to let us know how much has been used and how much more we need to reach a desired milestone.  Have you ever thought about time like that, a measurement?  How much time do any of us give to the thought of time?   We do not think of time in the same class as distance, volume, and weight.  It’s different.  Try to describe time as a measurement without using the word time.  You can’t do it can you?

Marriage On Trial

Submitted by Chris Conly on Tue, 08/13/2019 - 09:15

Marriage has been on trial in our country for the past few decades.  She has been drug into court so often you would think she should have been locked up for good by now.  But just when you think her abuse has ended, again someone tries to expose her for the misunderstanding they believe her to be.  I don’t know how much more she can endure.  Her definition has been beaten and rearranged so many times, she is scarcely recognizable.  She started so simple, so defined.  She used to walk with her head held high and her worth was indisputable.  She had power and endurance, yet she was elegant a

Living In a Lie

Submitted by Chris Conly on Wed, 08/07/2019 - 05:54

We all live in a lie.  Our bodies are lies.  I know there are some out there that would agree with that statement more than others, but no matter how old or young, physically fit or not, our bodies are all lies.  In 2 Corinthians chapter 5 Paul talks about our earthly bodies, referring to them as clothing, tents, and houses.  He says that while we are in these bodies, we groan, not wanting to be in them.  We don’t want to live in a lie.  We earnestly desire to live without the burden of lies.  But no matter how much we desire a new house free from lies, we do not have a choice.  Then in ver

Those Stinkin Lies

Submitted by Chris Conly on Sun, 07/21/2019 - 16:55

Bernie Madoff is the biggest financial conn artist America has ever known.  He was able to keep his lie running for more than ten years, a conn that would eventually add up to almost $50 billion.  Bernie built his life in the financial market, rising to the position of chairman of NASDAQ.  He was very well known and respected, and also very well paid.  Why would someone in his position, with his knowledge and experience choose to bury his life in deception?  I ‘m sure there are dozens of psychologists ready to answer that question, but the only one I can accept comes from that famous philos

Superheroes

Submitted by Chris Conly on Mon, 07/08/2019 - 18:56

Superheroes are big business these days.  Movies, television, T-shirts, they are everywhere.  We even went to a superhero themed birthday party.  The Mark of Zorro in 1920 is credited with being the first superhero movie.  Superman did not appear until 1938.  Since those days many more superheroes have come alive.  It is easy to understand the popularity of the superhero.  Who wouldn’t want some kind of superpower?  If you shy away from the superhero spotlight, I’m guessing you would not mind being rescued by one.  We all love the idea of rescue whether it is being the res