Author unknown …

This was seen to me in an email and I really enjoyed it.

Sometimes we get what we need and not what we want……….
Once there were 3 trees on a hill in the woods.
They were discussing their hopes and dreams when the 1st tree said,
“Someday, I hope to be a treasure chest. I could be filled with gold,
silver and precious gems and be decorated with intricate carvings.
Everyone would see my beauty.”

The 2nd tree said, “Someday, I will be a mighty ship. I will take kings
and queens across the waters and sail to the corners of other world.
Everyone will feel safe in me because of the strength of my hull.”

Finally, the 3rd tree said, “I want to grow to be the tallest and
straightest tree in the forest. People will see me on top of the hill
and look up to my branches, and think o f the heavens and God and how
close to them I am reaching. I will be the greatest tree of all time,
and people will always remember me.”

After a few years of praying that their dreams
would come true, a group of woodsmen came upon the trees. One came to
the 1st tree and said, “This looks like a strong tree, I think I should
be able to sell the wood to a carpenter,” and he began cutting it down.
The tree was happy, because he knew that the carpenter would make him
into a treasure chest.

At the 2nd tree, one of the other woodsman said, “This looks like a
strong tree. I should be able to sell it to the shipyard.” The 2nd tree
was happy, because he knew he was on his way to becoming a mighty ship.

When the woodsmen came upon the 3rd tree, the tree was frightened,
because it knew that, if it is cut down, its dream would not come true.
One of the woodsmen said, “I don’t need anything special from my tree,
so I’ll take this one,” and he cut it down.

When the 1st tree arrived at the carpenter’s, he was made into a feed
box for animals, placed in a barn and filled with hay. This was not at
all what he had prayed for.

The 2nd tree was cut and made into a small fishing boat. His dreams of
being a mighty ship and carrying kings had come to an end.
The 3rd tree was cut into large pieces and left
alone in the dark.

The years went by, and the trees forgot about their dreams. Then one
filtered day, a man and woman came to the barn. She gave birth, and they
placed the baby in the hay in the feed box that was made from the first
tree. The man wished that he could have made a crib for the baby, but
this manger would have to do. The tree could feel the importance of this
event and knew that it ha d held the greatest
treasure of all time.

Years later, a group of men got in the fishing boat made from the
second tree. One of them was tired and went to sleep. While they were
out on the water, a great storm arose, and the tree didn’t think it was
strong enough to keep the men safe. The men woke the sleeping man, and
he stood and said “Peace,” and the storm stopped. At this time, the tree
knew that it had carried the King of Kings in its boat.

Finally, someone came and got the third tree. It was carried through
the streets, and the crowd mocked the man who was carrying it.
Finally, the man was nailed to the tree and raised in the air to die at
the top of a hill.

When Sunday came, the tree came to realize that it was strong enough to
stand at the top of the hill and be as close to God as possible, because
Jesus had been crucified on it.

The moral of this story is that, when things don’t seem to be going
your way, always know that God has a plan for you. If you place your
trust in Him, He will give you great gifts.
Each of the trees got what they wanted, just not in the way they had

We don’t always know what God’s plans are for us. We just know that His
ways are not our ways, but His ways are always best

Arthur C. Clarke Passes Away

I was hooked on Arthur C. Clarke’s “Mysterious Worlds” television series. He will be best remembered for his work with Stanley Kubrick on 2001: A Space Odyssey.

“Look,” whispered Chuck, and George lifted his eyes to heaven. (There is always a last time for everything.)

Overhead, without any fuss, the stars were going out.

The Nine Billion Names of God by Arthur C. Clarke

Angering the Irishman

Angering the Irishman

Three Englishmen were in a bar and spotted an Irishman. So, one of the Englishmen walked over to the Irishman, tapped him on the shoulder, and said, “Hey, I hear your St. Patrick was a drunken loser.”

“Oh really, hmm, didn’t know that.”

Puzzled, the Englishman walked back to his buddies. “I told him St. Patrick was a loser, and he didn’t care.” The second Englishman remarked, “You just don’t know how to set him off…watch and learn.” So, the second Englishman walked over to the Irishman, tapped him on the shoulder and said, “Hey, I hear your St. Patrick was lying, cheating, idiotic, low-life scum!”

“Oh really, hmm, didn’t know that.”

Shocked beyond belief, the Englishman went back to his buddies. “You’re right. He’s unshakable!”

The third Englishman remarked, “Boys, I’ll really tick him off… just watch.” So the third Englishman walked over to the Irishman, tapped him on the shoulder and said, “I hear St. Patrick was an Englishman!”

“Yeah, that’s what your buddies were trying to tell me.”

Bigfoot mania comes to W.Va.

I read an interesting article (first in a two-part series ) in the Register-Herald about an “international group’s effort to locate Bigfoot inside West Virginia.”

I’m going to go out on a limb and predict that they will not find Bigfoot. However; I am sure that the locals will love the tourist dollars.

I believe that finding bigfoot would be like finding an honest politician. Both are myths in the America of today … 


Scifi and fantasy entertainment

What the frack?

Letterman To Host Battlestar Cast

The Late Show With David Letterman will present the Top 10 List on March 19 with the stars from the series Battlestar Galactica.

Warner To Split Last Potter Film

The last of the Harry Potter saga Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows will be split into two movies. Accio ticket sales !!!

The Father of D&D

I was saddened to learn of the death of Gary Gygax, the father of Dungeons and Dragons. Mr. Gygax passed away at the age of 69 at his home of Lake Geneva, Wisconsin.

Gygax and Dave Arneson created Dungeons & Dragons in 1974. I spent a lot of time at a table in a college dorm room with other players. It was a fun time.

I play a lot of Guild Wars so I guess my old hobbies have not changed that much. Although, nothing can equal the old days with friends, food, and dice.

Rest in peace Dungeon master …

Review: Old Man’s War


Old Man’s War by John Scalzi

One of the best scifi books that I have read recently.

“I did two things on my seventy-fifth birthday. I visited my wife’s grave. Then I joined the army.”

The seventy-five-year-old writer, John Perry, joins the army or in this case the Colonial Defense Force. Perry is provided with a new young body for his exciting new life of  meeting and killing new life-forms.

The story is simply awesome. It is fast paced and easy to read. I would like to have seen a spiritual side to some of the soldiers. The Bible was quoted during an argument but little in the way of spirituality was mentioned.

“‘But I say unto you, Love your enemies,'” I quoted. “‘Bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; That ye may be the children of your Father who is in Heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.'”

I would have liked to see how humans/CDF responded to alien religious ideas and philosophies.

Still, its excellent …