English Only, Please! But …Post by Mary C. Findley

I work at a major retailer and try to provide customer service to many people from other countries setting here in the United States. I don't know their legal status and that isn't what this post is about. I do believe people should enter their chosen country legally and that they should learn the language of …

He Is Risen! He is Risen Indeed!

Dr. Bobby Kelly's portrait from the Oklahoma Baptist University website. www.okbu.edu Yesterday Dr. Bobby Kelly of Oklahoma Baptist University preached at South Tulsa Baptist Church on John 21. He pointed out that after the extraordinary events of Chapter 20 -- the Resurrection and all that surrounded it, Chapter 21 is such ordinary-sounding stuff. The disciples went …

Christian Indie Conference, Anyone? Post by Mary C. Findley

The original Christian Indie Authors Network will hold its first official Christian Indie Author Conference July 30- August 2, 2015, at the Radisson Quad City Plaza Hotel and Convention Center, 111 East Second Street, Davenport, Iowa, 52801. I chose the image at the top because one of the themes of the Christian Indie Author Network …

Through the Windshield June/July 2014 — Post by Mary C. Findley

  We haven't had a "Through the Windshield" post in awhile, and hubby usually does these. But, let me tell you about our Canadian adventures. No cell service, no internet except free wifi at certain select truck stops when it works. First, 4-6 hours or so correcting the paperwork and submitting for approval so we …

But I Don’t Have a Belief System!

My memory isn’t what it should be, but I do not remember anyone saying that he/she did not have a belief system until about 2 years ago. Almost daily now I seem to hear someone say that.Anyone who claims that they do not have a belief system is either uneducated or dishonest. There is nothing …

Five Findleys Go on an Unexpected Journey

Our family of five all went to see the Hobbit movie together. It was our first time together in five years. The youngest just got out of the army in May and the daughter finished college this summer and got her own apartment, which was where we got together for Christmas. It was also one …

For Your Christmas Baking Pleasure: Uncle Vanya’s Bread Balls

Warning: Don't forget Uncle Vanya's cast-iron rolling pin is always ready for those disrespectful of his recipe. Make sweet roll dough as follows: 1/2 cup warm water 2 (1/4 ounce) packages active dry yeast (Uncle Vanya uses cake yeast. Don't tell him if you use dry packets) 1 1/2 cups milk, lukewarm (Uncle Vanya says …

Through the Windshield: 5

About a week ago we were driving along I-10 Eastbound in Mobile, AL. We just passed the USS Alabama Battleship Park when a bottlenosed dolphin jumped out of the water. Another followed it, and then more followed them. Neither of us had ever seen them in the wild before. On the same bridge we were …

Heroes and Superheroes

  Movies about heroes and superheroes abound. Recently we've had Spiderman, The Fantastic Four, Iron Man, new Superman and Batman series, X-Men, and numerous animated offerings like The Incredibles, Megamind, and the live action Avengers. Apparently there is (or was) a TV series about a family that gains superpowers, "No Ordinary Family." There was a TV series called "Heroes," about people who had some kind of mutation giving them strange powers. There are …

Through the Windshield 4: Exploding Potato Chips

On a blog devoted to life and death issues, this really does not fit in, but here it is anyway. When you buy snack chips, there is air in the bag. This helps prevent the chips from being crushed. It also means that snack chips must be packaged for the altitude where they will be …

Will You Lose Your Job Because of Facebook?

This is not about your indiscretions which might show up in human resources. Yes, those are important, but this is about the very existence of the company you work for. "But I work for a huge, stable company." If you believe that you are safe then you do not understand how the stock market works. …

A $2 a mile load pays more than $12.50 a mile load?

This is for the Landstar community, but I am posting this for the world at large because I am asked about this at least twice a day. From here on out, I will just post a link to this blog. Since this is for everyone, I will explain some details the Landstar community takes for …

Why does Abe Lincoln Look So Grim?

This is a rest stop along I-80 near Laramie, Wyoming which serves to commemorate the Lincoln Highway, which, the displays say, crossed the US from Times Square to San Francisco. There is a huge sculpture of Abraham Lincoln's head on the site as well. Displays tell how the sculpture was made, how many tons of …

Through the Windshield 3

Montana has the largest surface area (by measuring all the mountain area) of the 48 contiguous states. It's filled with bumper stickers like "My state is bigger than your state." Yet small states like Arkansas have more roads for trucks than Montana. So last year when we drove from North Dakota west across central Montana …

Through the Windshield 1

More or less random thoughts as I drive across America. I am an Over The Road truck driver. My wife, Mary, rides with me. We traveled through the lower 48 in 6 months. We have also traveled through all the lower Canadian provinces from Vancouver Island to Nova Scotia, except for Saskatchewan, up to Edmonton. …

Some Realities of Owning a Business

  One night while we were in a motel, the truck parked next to ours was stolen. We awoke the next morning with police in the lobby. Our room TV had a channel where we could watch the security camera feed. The camera repeatedly showed the evening before, when two men drove a car into …

Graduate Macroeconomics of Trucking 501

We have posted around 125 blogs and the only thing I have mentioned about trucking is the places we go and occasionally something unusual like a breakdown or weather. One issue that comes up several times a week and is really the basis for how America works is the finances of the trucking industry. Both …

Elk Jerky for the Body

We have had a few internet searches looking for Elk Jerky recipes land on our site. We were very sorry to have disappointed them. To give the people what they want, here is an Elk Jerky Recipe of sorts. For another version, which we used as a reference, please see this link: http://www.elk-hunting-tips.net/venison-jerky-recipe.html This link …