Everywhere that freedom stirs, let tyrants fear. ~ George W. Bush
This sign on my way in captures the age-old anti-incumbent feeling that rises up during times of bad economy or other crises. However, this time, I think it’s more popular than ever, in part due to the hubris, heavy-handedness, extremism, and far-leftism of the current administration.
But this year, conservative voters don’t even care if you have an R next to your name – if you’re liberal, they’d rather lose to a democrat in an effort to get a conservative in there than support you. Good on ’em – principle over power.
“When birds burp, it must taste like bugs.” ~ Bill Watterson
I am a birder, and look forward to taking my kids out to the various game reserves. In the meantime, I think I need to buy some bird feeders – or a designer bird house from this guy along Hwy J17 near Turlock, CA.
“Life is one big road with lots of signs. So when you riding through the ruts, don’t complicate your mind. Flee from hate, mischief and jealousy. Don’t bury your thoughts, put your vision to reality . Wake Up and Live!” ~ Bob Marley
I’ve decided to photo a few of the signs along the side of the road out here in the country – various for sale signs. Sorry, no cute goats (chivos) or soccer players (chivas), just a sign.
“The condition upon which God hath given liberty to man is eternal
vigilance; which condition if he break, servitude is at once the
consequence of his crime and the punishment of his guilt.” ~ John Philpot Curran
At the intersection where the Welcome to Westley sign sits is an interesting sign of aphorisms. Not sure how they were chosen, but I’d like to comment on each.
Light a candle, hold it high – a nice sentiment about living by example, being bold for what is good and just, and perhaps holding out faith, hope, and love.
Westley Wildcats – might as well give a shout out to the home team
Geographic center of California – hmf, didn’t know that.
Freedom is never free – “The condition upon which God hath given liberty to man is eternal vigilance; which condition if he break, servitude is at once the consequence of his crime and the punishment of his guilt.” Often mis-attributed to Thomas Jefferson, was actually spoken by John Philpot Curran in a speech upon
the Right of Election (1790)
Laughter, leavening for life – sounds kinda Reader’s Digest, but leaven makes dough rise, and laughter can lighten the loads of life
Cool clean water – better than gold – especially true out here in farm country. Water is one of our most treasured commodities, and many wars are and will be fought over it.
Some have eyes but can’t see – The difference between sight and perception can be vast – do we understand and rightly perceive reality? Do we value what is really important, or just the things the world tells us are important (power, possessions, popularity, pleasure, see 1 John 2:16)?
Sell and repent – this is by far the most interesting and cryptic of the aphorisms. It could be a reference to the Rich Young Ruler (Matthew 19:16-22), who was willing to do all kinds of good works with his life, but was unwilling to follow God’s will for his life.
Remember the tortoise won – The Tortoise and the Hare is one of the all time great morality tales. Moral of the story? Hard work and persistence outperform talent and laziness.
Recklessness is a species of crime and should be so regarded on our streets and highways. ~ Marlen E. Pew
This marker is out on Hwy J17 between Patterson and Turlock, CA. I stopped here, and at the marker to the right with my daughter. Not sure why, just sharing the real world with her, but I also emphasized that wearing our seatbelts is really important.
This second marker is at the site of a teenage girl who was hit by a drunk driver, and ejected from her car because she was not wearing her belt. The inscription on the yellow cross reads “One angel gone is one angel too many.”
I watch for these along the highway’s edge, and silently remember that someone’s loved one died there.
“The trouble with our age is that it is all signpost and no destination” ~ Louis Kronenberger
I took this pic and ran it through some filters on my phone. I found these signposts, sans sign, kinda cool. Someone wanted to say something big here, something you could see from the highway – were they selling gas, lodging, food, or were they about to put up a Jesus Saves sign? Only history knows.
How many projects have I started, but left incomplete, to be eaten up by rust and time? It's sad that many of us never finish what we really want to accomplish. I am fighting with all my might to become a speaker, pastor, and writer, while at the same time holding down my current job (until the new one starts paying me more!), and raising a family.
I don't want my life to be two rusty signposts that never got a sign. You?