The Weekly Babble

Description by Comparison

Submitted by Chris Conly on Mon, 06/25/2018 - 09:08

“If so and so jumped off a bridge, would you do it too?”  Where have we heard those words before?  You got it, from our moms.  Aren’t Momisms great?  Taken literally one would have to ponder a response.  I loved jumping off bridges when I was a kid, as long as there was water below.  More than one bridge above Lake Hamilton has provided me a diving platform, but I knew better than to bring that up when the Momism came at me.  I understood the point being made.  Do not do something just because someone else is doing it.  Be your own person.  Make wise decisions.  Think befo

Meeting Childlike Needs

Submitted by Chris Conly on Mon, 06/18/2018 - 11:14

Being the kind of father a child needs is not difficult.  It does take work, but you don’t have to be rich.  You do not have to be smart and you do not have to have muscles like the Hulk or reflexes like a ninja.  You only have to be there.  There when he needs you.  There when he does not need you.  There when he wants you.  There when he doesn’t.  The mere presence of a father in a child’s life speaks louder than words ever will. 

Church Camp

Submitted by Chris Conly on Tue, 06/12/2018 - 06:02

My first experience at church camp was when I was 49 years old, and I loved it.  It is probably safe to say that me loving church camp is not the same as a 10 year old loving church camp.  The kids love the bunk houses.  Everyone packed into one big room with bunk beds that can be pushed together to act as a second floor.


Submitted by Chris Conly on Tue, 06/05/2018 - 12:49

Graduation, we all know what it means.  It is a somewhat lengthy word and would give a nice score in scrabble, but it’s not one of those words only used in books.  It is common.  We get it, but if you look at the dictionary definition it seems a bit off.  It does not have a sense of motion in it.  I don’t know about you, but I cannot think about graduation without thinking, “What’s next?”  Graduation is not about finishing.  It is about continuing.  Although the element of completion is in there, the excitement of opportunity earned through the completion is much greater.  None of us want t

I Love a Great Plan

Submitted by Chris Conly on Sun, 05/27/2018 - 13:24

I enjoy movies that have several pieces that must fit together perfectly to achieve a desired outcome.  Most of these movies begin by letting the audience know the desired outcome and the reason it is desired.  The main character wishes to steal something because…. I need to find this person because…. I need to raise this amount of money because….

Unexpected Roadblocks

Submitted by Chris Conly on Mon, 05/21/2018 - 11:34

Unexpected roadblocks are never fun.  No kidding!  That’s the understatement of the year!  Roadblocks are never fun, no matter how you try to spin it.  Moving right along with something and Wham! stopped dead in your tracks.  Whether a literal roadblock or metaphorical, they both cause delay or completely stop progress.  Not a body or a thing wants to be stopped or slowed down when momentum is at work, and that’s a law.

A Day for Real Moms

Submitted by Chris Conly on Mon, 05/14/2018 - 15:47

Mother’s Day, a day to honor mothers, is that a suggestion or a command?  Do all mothers have to be honored on Mother’s Day, or any other day?  Is being a mother sort of like being the president where just holding the office comes with a certain level of respect?  I cannot answer these questions with the same answer so I must explain.  I am sure you have heard comments like, “Any woman can have a baby, but that doesn’t make her a mom”.  We could debate the definition of mom or mother, but you get the point.  Having a baby comes with responsibilities.

I Lost My Glasses

Submitted by Chris Conly on Mon, 04/30/2018 - 07:43

I lost my glasses and it’s driving me crazy!  I know when I used them last.  I have a pretty good recollection of those last few moments when they were in my possession, where I was, what I was doing.  I even remember, within a few minutes, the exact time.  I also can recall when I would have needed to be wearing them, and when I would have taken them off.  I just cannot remember the last place I sat them or where they might have fallen out of my shirt pocket.  They have fallen out before and I am aware of the possibility, so I have factored that in too, but I still have not found them.  Wh

Insurance, Gotta Love it.

Submitted by Chris Conly on Mon, 04/23/2018 - 06:33

It is inventory time.  I want you to make a mental list of all the insurance you have.  I know it is going to hurt a little.  There are so many things we insure.  Ok, I’ll help.  Starting with the basics, we have Home, Health, Auto & Life.  Good start but each one of these have possible branches don’t they?  Renter’s insurance, short & long term disability, motorcycle, boat & burial policies.  Famous people have been known to insure the thing that makes them famous.