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Ranse Moore

Ranse Moore and his wife

One good thing about social media is that it helps us to connect with old friends. Ranse Moore signed up on Telegram and because he is in my contact list he showed up in Telegram. We were able to get reconnected and swapped personal contact information.

Ranse and I were friends back in the mid to late 70’s when we were in high school. We both attended and graduated from Ford High School in Quinlan Texas. I want so say that we became friends in 1976 or 1978. Ranse was two years behind me when I graduated in 1980. Ranse and several other friends were christians and they were very instrumental in leading me to the cross. Because of the light of Christ in them they were able to be a good friend and show me that I needed Jesus in my life. I am eternally grateful that my friends were there for me back then.

Ranse lives in Wills Point with his family and pastors a church. I want to go back home one day soon and attend a worship service and hear Pastor Moore preach. I remember having many conversations with Ranse’s mom and dad and they loved the Lord with all their hearts. I count myself very blessed to have reconnected with Ranse.

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Bill of Rights and Social Media

The 1st amendment to the constitution of the United States provides us with the right to free speech. Our country might be one of the few, if not the only one, who provides this right to their citizens. It is also part of the Bill of Rights. A right means that it is not a privilege that can be taken away by the government. In recent weeks several social media giants such as Facebook and Twitter decided to suspend the POTUS account indefinitely. We are talking about the sitting president of the United States. They suspended his account because they do not support what he has to say. With the click of a button they shut him off. Needless to say, there are a lot of patriots who take exception with this. Social media giants are going down a very slippery slope. If they do not approve of your political affiliation or your ideology then they feel that they can shut off your account and thereby silence you. Where in the Bill of Rights is there a free speech zone? If you go to a state or federal government building they have cordoned off places where you can exercise your 1st amendment rights.

Facebook has been exercising their rights as a private company to censor conservatives and 2A friendly companies. Facebook groups that have anything to do with the 2nd amendment or anything to do with guns are being censored and shut down. There have been many banks who have stopped doing business with gun shops or gun manufacturers. The thing we have to remember is that social media giants are private companies. They are free to do as they see fit whether you agree with them or not. Follow the money. Agenda driven politics happens at the local, state and federal levels. That includes corporate board rooms. If advertisers do not support a given agenda or political viewpoint they can take their money somewhere else.

I will go as far as to say that the Bill of Rights contain God given rights. Our founding fathers wrote the constitution believing that We The People have inalienable rights given by God that no government has a right to trample on. Somewhere our leaders have gone astray. Our elected officials in the house or representatives and the senate are supposed to be serving the same people who elected them to office. Being an elected official was not supposed to be a career choice. Our mistake back in the beginning was not setting term limits. Now we have career politicians who have lost sight of why they are there. Many of our elected representatives have become millionaires while in office. How is that possible? Follow the money.

We The People need to wake up and pay attention to the blatant disregard of our bill of rights. Once the 2nd amendment and 1st amendment to the constitution of these United States are abolished the rest of the amendments are null and void. Our constitutional republic will be replaced with democratic socialism. That is one step away from communism folks.

It is time for us to count the cost and sound the alarm. Our children and grandchildren are depending on us to do what is necessary today. Will you join me?

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Cleaning house

I spent some time today cleaning up our WordPress site. We had 400 subscribers from back in 2014. I have deleted those because none of those people responded to any of our posts. There could be a chance that some of those user accounts were being used to try and hack our site. If you find that your account was deleted but you were a real person then I apologize for any inconvenience. If you chose to subscribe again please add some sort of photo and update your profile so I know you are a real person and not a bot of some sort. I checked our old email account for this site and I had over 3k in spam messages. So, I deleted that account and created a new one. I also changed our tag line to “Faith, Hope and Love”. We feel like that is more in alignment with our world view. I will still be posting about our faith, our hope and current events. I will do my best to not be too political though. I will be less active on social media and will spend more time writing my thoughts here. Thanks for reading our blog posts over the years. I look forward to your responses in 2021.

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Family photo

 

This is my daughter Kristina and her dog Frodo. I love this photo of them.

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Homelessness

This weekend we visited with our son Justin who lives close to downtown Charleston. Him and his girlfriend moved into a 3 story house recently.

My son told us about a man who is homeless and lives under the bridge close to their house. He told me that the man has quite the set up under the bridge. Unfortunately this homeless man is not alone. There are several camps of homeless people in our cities. There is one camp behind the Walmart on Rivers Avenue in North Charleston. If it were not for my listening to a police scanner and have access to Facebook I might not know about it. The homeless population is self evident. I probably see several homeless folks during my normal travels. Sometimes they are standing on street corners asking for handouts. Sometimes you see them walking down a sidewalk with a grocery cart with all of their earthly posessions. I know that there are several christian ministries that reach out to them with food and clothing. Charleston is not the cheapest place to live any more. Downtown Charleston is so expensive that my wife and I could not afford it even with the income I make.

Many years ago I was homeless when I was in my 20’s. I know what it is like to have 3 garbage bags with my stuff. I know what it is like to sleep on a piece of cardboard or stay at a homeless shelter. I was not there because of alcohol or drug addiction. I was there because of pride and needing to get my head and heart straight as a young man. Luckily for me I managed to get things right and find a job and escaped from that place. Being homeless can be devestating and it takes a willingness to reach out for help and make whatever changes necessary to get out of that situation.

Today as I observe the homeless people all around me it tugs at my heart. I am sure that wherever you live you have the same homeless population living wherever they can trying to live and survive however they can.

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Back home from Asheville

My contract with TekSystems in Greenville ended prematurely on January 17th. There was no reason given other than the client called the account manager and said I was not a good fit for the role. I could say so much about this but I will be good and keep my thoughts to myself. Needless to say, I will NEVER do business with the aforementioned company again. I packed my bags and left the airbnb in Hendersonville and drove the 4.5 hours to come back home to Charleston. I will miss some of the people at the business I worked at for 6 weeks but I am happy to be back home.

I am happy to state that it took me a little over 2 weeks to land a job working in the data center for a local hospital in Ladson SC. The job site is about 20 minutes from where we live. I am excited about this opportunity and I believe that it is a very good fit for what I am looking for. The two gentlemen who work in the NOC that interviewed me were ex Navy and law enforcement so we had a lot in common. We are all about the same age too.

The barometric pressure in Asheville NC really got the nerve pain in my right temple all fired up. I am still dealing with the pain and I am getting very tired of it.

Katy and I spent the day at the Ladson Gun Show manning the table for South Carolina Carry. This is a grassroots gun advocacy, education and safety organization. We are working closely with legislators in Columbia SC to try and get open carry bills passed this year. We are also working with legislators to fight any bills that would strip our state citizens gun rights away from them. In particular there is a red flag gun law that the liberals are trying to get implemented at the state level along with a senator in Washington DC that is trying to get it passed on the national level.

What is a red flag gun law? Once passed this enables anyone to report you as a danger to yourself or others and the police and file for a warrant to search your home for guns and ammo and then come seize them without the due process of the law. In other words, you do not have to commit a crime for them to do this. Once your property has been seized you have to hire an attorney and prove to the court that you are not a threat to anyone. This process can take weeks or months and lots of legal fees that come out of your pocket.

What is ugly about this type of unconstitutional search and seizure is that there are home owners that open their door in the early hours of the morning with a gun in their hand because they are not expecting any visitors. If the homeowner does not comply immediately to the order to drop the weapon they are being shot and sometimes killed.
This is not a fairy tale, it is a night mare for law abiding citizens who are now coming under fire because of this bill.

Common sense gun reform is the mantra that is being chanted from all of the liberal gun control groups who are pushing for these types of bills to be passed. Our goal as a grassroots organization is to educate our members to these activities and get them to respond to the legislators and get them to vote a resounding NO when the laws are being presented in the Senate in Columbia.

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Asheville North Carolina

 

I have been off of work since August 31st and will be starting a new position with Allergy Partners on Monday, November 26th as a Help Desk Manager at their corporate office in Asheville NC.  I am not sure if I am going to know how to feel after being away from work for almost 3 months.  I am looking forward to the new challenge.

Katy and I decided to spend a week in Black Mountain before I went back to work.  We rented a one bedroom shoebox up in the mountains.  I say shoebox because the apartment is very tiny. The photos that I reveiwed online from the rental company were a bit deceiving because the place looked much bigger than it actually is. The recliners in this place probably date back to the 1960 era.  It does have a natural gas fireplace that can be viewed in the living room and bedroom at the same time.  It puts out heat and has kept us warm.  The shoebox does not have a washer, dryer or dishwasher. I had to laugh when I saw how tiny the TV is.

Each day we have tried to go check out different attractions in Black Mountain or Asheville.  Earlier this week we went to a place called Chimney Rock and it takes you about 35 minutes to wind your way up the mountain to get to it.

There is a brook that runs along the side of the roadway for a good ways.  We stopped in Chimmneyrock and had lunch at Genny’s Family Restaurant.

We also made our way up the Blueridge Parkway and stopped at one of the paved overview areas. It was very cold where we stopped.  We were only able to go up so far because there are areas of the Blueridge Parkway that are closed to inclement weather.

We also made our way up to Lake Junaluska which is west of Asheville on your way to Knoxville TN on I 40. We went there on Wednesday and there was not a cloud in the sky.

This image is from the porch on the back of where the main stores are located behind the hotel. There are rocking chairs you can sit in to admire the view which is spectacular.

There is a walking trail that goes all around Lake Junaluska called the Rose Walk.  You can see the lake, view the ducks and get exercise by walking around the lake.

From what we can tell we really like Asheville North Carolina and are looking forward to moving here permanently in six months if all goes well with my new employer.

 

 

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28 year anniversary

Today marks 28 years of marriage to Georgia Kathyrn Moffitt. My love goes by Katy or as I lovingly call her “Katybug”. My Katybug met me at First Baptist Church in Houston Texas. Firsts Baptist was the largest SBC church in Houston at that time second to Second Baptist Church. The secnd baptist church was known as the church to be at in order to find your lifelong mate. It was a dating church of sorts I guess.

Katy met me at a time in my life when I was not in a good place. I remember her meeting me at a MASH party in the Christian Life Center at FBC one evening. At that time I had visitation rights with my son Jeremy. Jeremy was around 4 or 5 years old at that time I think. Katy will read this and correct the math but he was a little boy. Being a teacher and lover of children Katy gravitated to Jeremy and not me. I was playing volleyball at the time I think. I remember that Katy thought I was a jerk at this time in my life. I was on the rebound from a divorce and I did not have much use for women at that point. I was like a hurt animal that was difficult to get close to.

Little did I know Katy became fond of me despite of all the emotional baggage. I remember telling her one evening that despite her desire to be my life long friend and the love of my life I only wanted to be friends. I told her this in private after a church service on Wednesday or Sunday evening. I remember how she cried. I hated to tell her that despite my feelings for her. I just did not want to bare my soul to someone and have it crushed yet again.

Katy was determined and decided that she would not give up on me. I remember how we would go out with all of our single friends after church and there was always a chair for me next to her. At the time I never gave that much thought but after we were married she admitted that everyone made sure she sat next to me. I told Katy that I would not get married again until I saw a burning bush on I-10 at noon. That burning bush turned out to be a burning car I think and we got married on May 12th 1990.

I am a very blessed man to have such a giving and selfless soul mate. Katy married me despite of my shortcomings. I guess she saw things in me that I did not. I certainly would not have married me much less stay around for 28 years. I am a better man because of her love, affection and devotion. She showed me how to be less selfish. She opened her heart and soul to me and I have not looked back since.

During our 28 years of marriage we were parents to four children. Jeremy, Justin, Kristina and Jessica Ann. We are empty nesters now and have been for about 2 years. Our children are in the world now making a life of their own. We lost Jessica Ann to a brain tumor and two types of cancer on August 5, 2001. That was a 14 month journey that typically would tear apart most marriages. I remember the funeral director telling me that we would probably wind up in divorce. I remember rebuking him and telling him that our relationship was stronger than that. If it not had been for being as close as we were as man and wife and our relationship with and faith in Jesus Christ we might have wound up in divorce.

Our faith in God and our church family and lots of tears and yelling at God got us through it somehow. Our lives and the lives of our children were forever changed. Our relationship did take a hit and the road was full of pot holes and unknown twists and turns during that time of our lives. As I look back at that time I am so thankful that we were able to hold things together and we are still together despite of those events.

No matter what has happened in the last 28 years I would do it all over again. I am a blessed man. I am loved. I am in love with Katy Moffitt and am devoted and loyal to her for eternity.

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Going off road

I guess today was not my day to die. I was on 526 headed home to North Charleston from Kiawah. I have been driving this route for almost 10 years back and forth. I am in the left lane and moving along with traffic around 65 or 70. There were vehicles in front of me and I probably had 2 or 3 car lengths between me and the SUV in front of me. I am listening to the comedy channel and my brain took notice that traffic in the left lane had come to a complete stop and I was still moving along with not enough time to stop. I hit the brakes and confirmed that even locking up the tires was not going to do squat. So, I went off road missing the left rear tail light and bumper of the SUV. For some reason I bumped the horn twice as I flew past him and four or five other cars that were stopped. That is right, MEEP MEEP and into the dirt I went. I started to fish tail and my brain told me DO NOT over react or you will find yourself in the steel cables to your left or spinning around on the asphalt and hitting other vehicles. I managed to tap the brakes a couple of times and got my foot of the accelarator and kept control of the vehicle until I stopped. Everyone was still stopped on the freeway probably watching me. I put my blinker on, got back on 526 and headed for the I26 exit. I am home and my Kia Sorento seems to be fine. I will look at it closer tomorrow in the day light.

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Freezing in the Deep South

You read that correctly. In January of 2018 we dipped down into the 20’s and had snow and ice in Charleston South Carolina. While it was snowing we all thought it was pretty cool and we loved how it looked. On day 2 we were ready for it to go away. When we get ice and snow in the low country of South Carolina our cities are forced to shut things down. People go home, schools and businesses are closed and grocery stores run out of milk and bread.

It did not take long for cabin fever to set in as we waiting on the snow and ice to start to melt. The only problem is that the temperatures stayed well below freezing which means the snow and slush stayed around for longer than we would have liked. Unlike our northern neigbhors we do not have snow shovels, plows or ice scrapers. When I decided to go outside and clear off the windows on my Kia I had to use a kitty littler scooper to get the snow off the windshield. I bet it took me the better part of an hour to get enough slush off the car in order to see the glass. I had the defroster running full blast while I was doing that.

I was very happy that I was able to go inside and defrost next to the fireplace once I got the car windows cleared off. We were very fortunate that our electricity did not go out nor did the Internet connection. We live in the south so we do not have to endure the freezing temperatures and frozen precipitation like our neighbors up north do.

Do you have winter wonderland stories from the south dear reader?

 

 

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