There isn’t ever a great time to write or discuss this topic. I have been to 2 funerals this past week. I went to a young man’s from church last Wednesday. He had a young family left at home and it was a shock to everyone close to him. Second was a mother of a friend. Didn’t know her well but good friends with the daughter and her husband. 2 different but yet the same ceremonies. Brandon the young man had a memorial service at JBU Cathedral. A lot of people showed up and it took an hour to have. It was very nice and well done. The other was a day later at a small chapel in Rogers. Again a very nice service but short and very touching. She had a few friends from church there and the rest were friends of the family.
Both were very nicely done and fit the person whom they honored.
I remember the first I went to was my grandfathers. My papa. It was hard on me for several reasons. First to lose such a loved one is always hard. I had family but I didn’t know who to talk to or how to ease my pain. I hope I have learned enough to look for young ones and be a comforter if need be. We had a church service, then at the grave site the Masons had a short ceremony. I had no idea what a Mason was but I know I didn’t like it but they were trying to be nice.
I am not going to retell all that I have been to so don’t worry about that. The hardest are always when it is a young person taken much too young. I have been to too many of them. The really hard part is not knowing if they had Christ as their Savior. Some didn’t but I am to the point where I feel it isn’t right to bring that up. This should be a time of comfort for the family and friends. Bring it up whether right or wrong and you will have bitter people leave the service.
My mom and dad are gone as well as all my aunts and uncles. My cousins and family are getting up in years and it isn’t pleasant to think about but our time is coming. I hope everyone will be ready but you know some aren’t. Prayers before hand will do more good than shaking your head wondering after the service. Well I have probably spent too much time on this but this is a little more about me I thought I ought to share. If it was too close to losing some one, my apologies. Leave a message if you want, Thanks BEN


July and August

I guess I continue the same thought that I ended with in Duluth Vacation. One more thing about my trip to Duluth. Last year I spent the night at a new Day End motel in Harrisonville. This year I did the same. It was almost Deja Vu. I had the same lady check me in and and I got the very same room. When I checked out the same young lady as the year before checked me out. I asked and she said I was right.
2 days after being home I took my friend Danny to Mtn. Grove Mo. His mother and dad live there. About a 3 1/2 drive from here. I had no problems but a few shoulder aches. The next Monday, 4 days later, I went back and picked him up. No problems but some heavy rain in Bella Vista. Tuesday I was on my back and sick. I hurt all over. It took me a few days to get over that but just shows I need more rest and am getting old. I have no more trips planned until September. I won’t be driving much if at all. Hitching a ride with my brothers to Guymon Ok for a family reunion. I really enjoy those. It is getting hard also. I have no more uncles or aunts to look forward too, cousins along with me are aging and can’t do as much. We sit around eat and tell old stories. Some are told every year. That is ok we laugh every time. I am truly blessed to have such a nice, close family. We are nothing special but I know many that never knew their cousins because of hatred from their parents and uncles or aunts. Family just doesn’t mean much outside of the brothers and sisters anymore. Sad.
Finishing up this nice summer will be quiet. I don’t ever remember such a nice August. Going to a few more Naturals games before they end. Last night the 16th They won 2 to 1. Walk off home run in the 13th inning. Great fire works again. This fall I hope to see my buds in Russellville as well as my former room mate Melvin. Dr. Melvin Bryant to some. He is a principal in the Pine Bluff school system.
Well time to quit and move on. Maybe when I get back from the reunion I will have another blog ready. Thanks for reading.

Duluth Vacation

This has been too long since my last post. I have gotten the summer lazies I think. 

 Since I have last been on here I have been to Duluth MN.  taken my friend Danny to see his mom and dad in MT. Grove MO. and just recently bought a pick up. 

  Being 60 and banged up like I am I now, I take 2 days to get to Duluth. I spend the night in Des Moines  Ia. Then I have 8 hours to get to Duluth. The last 2 hours were really rough. My body was aching and I was tired. I sang [ real loud ] made up stupid names from highway signs and yelled a lot. I also did a of of praying so I wouldn’t fall asleep. I usually don’t drive like that but I wanted to end the trip.  Duluth for me is a great place to vacation. It is always cooler there than Siloam and this year it hit 81 2 days. It did rain a few times but we got our fishing in and it never stopped us from doing something. Well I got skunked fishing. First time for up there.  I can’t go in a canoe because my back will give out so we fish from the shore.  I need to stop here and tell who I stayed with. Jerry and Roxie Kaldor were my host. I have known them since the mid 70s. I have been visiting them since 1980.

 Duluth is right on the edge of Lake Superior. It is a very pretty lake and very huge. Duluth was a timber and Iron ore town.  Some Iron ore still shipped but things are more diverse now. Huge Great Lake ships carry the ore, grain and other loads down to other points along the lakes. We also had grand kids over a few times Solomon and Ezra. Ages 6 and 4. Great kids. 

 I was able to do my gift buying while there and Jerry and I saw The Lone Ranger. Not a great movie but entertaining.  They belong to a Vineyard church and Duluth has 2. A large one near theirImage home and a smaller one they help with  a few miles down the road from them. I hope I can keep on visiting them. It is always a joy to do so.  Well I am going to finish this one now and start another later to day. I hope.