Sharing Good Ideas

Oct. 18, 2018

Imagine a codger like me getting excited about stone, sand, and gravel! It's been said that "every man likes to be a kid again when he can get away with it". There's more to it than a mere rock!

Having purchased a load of gravel for my brother, Giles' driveway over the weekend from my friend who's in the hauling business it dawned on me that there is a big business in Birmingham, AL which seemed to be thriving. I called Wade Sand & Gravel, left a message and got a call-back the next morning. I decided to drive my dump truck to the site and have my brother along for another load of driveway base. Upon arrival almost an hour early we noticed a line of trucks ready for the action to begin. We parked in front of the office and kicked around until opening time in the pleasant coolness on Tuesday morning.

Courtesy and anticipation of our find made for a pleasant day. It was like another world and a truckload of treasure. Everyone was so lovely and helpful! I wish I had the names of all to all the people we met so I could help make their day with sincere gratitude.

There are lessons in all this. Stone has tremendous value to humankind as a primary material for housing, transportation, and beauty. Even diamonds are stones! Beyond all this was the feeling of respect for the consumers. With such a pleasant experience I want to go back and do business with the fine folks at Wade Sand and I'll be looking for "excuses". Thanks to all for contributing to our day! Never forget the value of the stone and all the smiles of people just doing their job of making the clients happy! I think this Company is an excellent example of what business should look like...courteous service forever carved in stone. It feels good to sink money into something so "permanent" with the memorable experience to boot!

Yes, I get excited about the stone and doing business with people who stake even their livelihood and reputation upon a family name and tradition.

Take a peek at the article below and sample an extension of this post!


Oct. 9, 2018

No, please not that! We get tired of hearing about natural disasters, the devastation, loss of life and property. They never end. After a massive tornado sweeping through the south in at least 2 states in 2011, a radio personality stated that the only place the people affected could have been safe is "underground". Sad thought? I fell for the idea immediately and for good reason! In about the mid-1970's a cousin of mine mentioned the idea of underground or earth-sheltered housing. I've since discovered such terms as lifetime design and universal housing. Upon research, these were not referring to earth-sheltered design. Earth-sheltering is just another step in the right direction at least for added benefits like burglaries, heating, and cooling etc. Yes, houses can be built above ground to withstand most of mother nature's blows. Ever heard of a skyscraper destroyed by natural disasters? Surpassing all designs is the subterranean culture from my viewpoint which can be practically done by average income people. 

To appease the ladies, it would need not be claustrophobic but appealing to the eye and pleasurable to the senses. Plenty of light must abound to please the moods of many. All of this is easily accommodated with proper planning. Unfortunately, getting a loan for such is not so easy if possible at all. 

I have a plan. Hopefully, I can share it with you later. In the meantime, Hurricane Michael is expected to deliver a devastating blow to many people in the next few hours in the Southeastern US. Just a few days ago I discovered a quote, "The best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago". Well, the next best thing would be to plant one tomorrow or ASAP. Even so, the best time to work with or beat mother nature at her game is before she delivers her terror. 

In 2006 my late bride, Brenda and I designed an absolute "knockout" design that would meet all criteria for the ideal subterranean design for aesthetics, function, and successful promotion. I had a blueprint drawn up. I love to share information for free on my 40+ years experience with this idea. See earlier posts on this website as well as the accompanying photo found online and see if the concept whets your appetite. Let's start a conversation! My experience is life-saving for many losses.

Ok, so my choice of an accompanying photo is an overkill. This is too fancy for me but I wanted to show some possibility if you want a mansion secured by mother nature to show off to your wealthy friends. My plan is much simpler, roomy, one-level and with all the amenities for existence on the planet until a ripe old age as I bow out. The possibilities are endless. Yet, there are a few keys you must use to successfully build a natural disaster-defying masterpiece. I share these goodies unlike Colonel Sanders sharing his recipe with the general public. I'm excited to share (for free) information to make your dream come true and help with any drawbacks your spouse may have! Try me!

The subterranean housing structure adequately constructed carries the security and permanence of stone cuddled by mother earth...defying natural disasters. Fantastic for your irreplaceable assets! 

Oct. 4, 2018

This is a special weekend to remember and be with friends in the Cash hideaway in beautiful Tennessee! Take a look at the September 27th post below and see the list of entertainers. One thing remarkable about Tennesse is the scenery. You are invited to join the fun adding another chapter to your life. 

Sep. 27, 2018

Elvis Presley's doctor reported that "Elvis is doing well" came the message by Paul Harvey early in 2000. I listened intently to the announcement. What is this all about 20 plus years after "the king" was gone? A book had just been published under the title, The Truth About Elvis Aaron Presley. I, being hundreds of miles away from home on my job, immediately called my wife and had her to order the book.

The book was certainly a conversation piece. You may recall that numerous people were skeptical about Elvis' death which is not unusual immediately after the death of an icon. The book was interesting but did not satisfy my curiosity. Yet, I contemplated the idea of how some famous people get tired of all the publicity at the expense of privacy. There is something special about time with one's self. It's a longed-for dream by some but realized by few. 

The legendary Johnny Cash purchased a 107-acre farm west of Nashville which served as the "center of his universe" for about 32 years. Well, upon learning of Patsy Andersen Presley's beginning a new job with the farm having been purchased by Brian Oxley it is being opened up for the pleasure of Cash's fans. Take a look at the list in the accompanying photo and go to for a great weekend. Patsy just informed me that due to the illness of Wanda Jackson that Crystal Gale and BJ Thomas will fill in. Take a look at the list and see who's participating in the performances. 


Sep. 12, 2018

September 12, 2003 marks the loss of "the Man in Black". My previous post (Sep. 8) referenced his name with regards to the book, The New Johnny Cash. Whatever your thoughts or concerns about Johnny Cash and/or his music there is redeeming value in reflecting on his life to relate in a practical way:

Authority figures have a definite impact on the young. In this case Johnny's father had a negative impact on challenges and events faced in adulthood. Viewing the movie, "Walk the Line" is a good way to experience how this plays out.

Johnny was concerned about the poor and the working class of our great Country. I just learned from Patsy Andersen-Presley (see "older" posts), formerly of Graceland is joining up with the "Johnny Cash Farm" in Bon Aqua, TN. You might enjoy doing a search for more information. There will be a public event on October 5-6, 2018 and numerous noted persons are scheduled to be there among whom are Larry Gatlin and John Schneider of "Dukes of Hazard" and Tyler Perry's, "The Haves and the Have Nots" as Jim Cryer. 

John Schneider lived with Johnny and June for a while and Johnny is credited with converting Schneider to Christianity. It becomes more and more interesting to learn of celebrities who have a spiritual side not so generally known. Patsy indicated to me that the owner of the Johnny Cash Farm, Brian Oxley, is also a very spiritual person concerned about the hereafter. I think I can relate to these guys! Get ready Bon Aqua!

On a personal level, in one memorable experience Johnny performed to a large group of business people of which I was a part. Former President Ronald Reagan was one of the featured speakers at the event. One impressionable performance was Johnny's singing, "Pickin Time", an emotional and meaningful reminder of God's timing in our lives. I recall thinking of how humans expect things of others while God as a loving Father understands each of us, knows our limitations and circumstances. God's expectations may not be as harsh as the world expects from us. What a relief! What a blessing!

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