Being Real

Happy Monday, All!

Here’s to hoping your weekends went well. Mine was a blast in spite of the rain. Yet, I would rather have rain than the snow that fell in late October in the areas up North where I grew up and went to boarding school and college!

It brings back a memory, short as it is, when on October 22nd circa 1969 when we had a football game at St. Paul’s School in Concord, NH. It must have been my first year because I only played football one season. It was like Parent’s Day or something and my mother and father had driven up from New York to see the school that I was attending since they had never been there before. Well, it snowed a lot, exactly how much I don’t remember, but we played the game anyway! A good time was had by all!

There was the boat show here this weekend – The International Boat Show – as Fort Lauderdale has earned the title of “The Venice of America”, and so many people were out. I didn’t attend although when I was with my best buddy at Blue Martini in the Galleria Mall Saturday night enjoying the costumes of the Halloweeners, a guy from Sarasota, FL came up to me and said, “I saw you at the boat show today!” I replied, “It wasn’t me because I didn’t go.” He smiled and said, “Are you sure?” I told him, “Yes, I am sure!” So we exchanged names and chatted a bit off and on for the rest of the night.

The rain came and went the whole weekend. I had errands to run Saturday nonetheless. Sunday was another day of rain though I got to and from Calvary Chapel fairly dry! I hunkered down at home afterwards cooking and cleaning and taking care of some business. In fact, last night, it started raining so hard that the sound of it on my windows caused me to wake up from a deep sleep and make sure they were all closed tight! Stay safe in this weather in all points of the world, if you will!

Today is the last day of October and it is also All Hallow’s Eve, as borrowed from the ancient Celtic folklore. Our version of it was celebrated this weekend and probably tonight as costumes and candy have become customary! Be safe in your trick or treating, if you do, and keep and eye out for All Saints Day tomorrow. Have a great day and a wonderful week.

“Superficiality is the curse of our age. the doctrine of instant satisfaction is a primary spiritual problem.” – Richard J. Foster

I will have faith that time is on my side and it will teach me valuable things. (TOUCHSTONES October 31st)

Peace All!

John I. Cook, Director

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