Betty J. Slade

 

  • She Calls Me Ugly

    My master’s wife says I’m ugly. But, she smiled at me the other day. I think she’s warming up to me. Sweet Al’s dog basked in the sun and dreamed about her master and days on the Lower Blanco. “My name is Whiskey. I have a full face of whiskers, more hair on my face than on my whole body. I’m a mixture of a black Labrador and German Wirehaired-Pointer. Today, I’m feeling loved. I came through the backdoor into the Slade family. The woman of the house didn’t want me, but her husband thought he ne…

  • Where's the Coffee Pot

    Have you noticed? Life can become too comfortable and it’s easier to live in the mess than do something about it. Before we know it, we become blind to it and the mess looks normal to us. For instance, my Sweet Al put the large jar of peanut butter in the middle of our dining room table and expects it to stay there. I argue with him, “That’s not where it belongs.” “But, that’s where I look when I want peanut butter. It doesn’t hurt for it to be there. It’s easier to find.” Sweet Al’s handiwork u…

  • Second Choice, But Full of Faith

    Did you ever feel like you were second choice? If you did, apparently Billy Graham did, too. Our Monday writers group was discussing how Billy Graham once said he was God’s second choice. A man from Canada was supposed to lead the ministry, but he backed away from the call. Billy, raised on a dairy farm outside Charlotte, stepped into the man’s place and became one of the world's most famous Christian leaders. At the meeting someone shared, “The man walked away and he knows who he is. I bet he w…

  • Living in Full Play

    My Sweet Al says, “I run ahead of the horse. I don’t always have to be in the front row raising my hand with the answer.” News to me. If someone else had the answer, why didn’t they speak up? “People don’t like you when you dominate the conversation. Why can’t you sit back and let your turn come to you.” For some of us, it’s almost impossible. We can’t wait on slow people. We have a game to play and we need to get the ball. You know how we are, a little of us goes a long way. I have been kicked …


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