This and That for today

Thoughts while awaiting delivery of my novels…

I admire Peyton Manning…yep, even from an unrelenting Bronco fan…that he’s so very candid, will not play their first NFL season game unless he’s able to fully compete.  If not, that would break a life-time of playing every game.  I laughed today when Manning was asked by the media if he will play.  Loved it when he said, “Please only ask me or our coach…don’t ask the lineman…because when you do they get mad at me.”

A not so funny moment:  Michele Bachmann.  Not to be eloquent, let alone subtle, she’s an idiot.   The most idiotic statement [although her press agent tried to de-fuse it by suggesting it was humor] that Hurricane Irene was a statement by God for politicians to shape up.  Honestly?  I get so tired of people using God for their purposes.  The WHOLE POINT OF LIFE is for God to use us for His purposes.

And then the Texas governor, evidently joined by the other Republican presidential candidates, to sign a statement that essentially says that anyone homosexual has made a wrong decision.  My limited patience is gone when it comes to slamming gays/lesbians.  Hey, boys and girls.  Sexual orientation?  It’s a discovery and not a decision.

I am heartened, even though nobody enshrines any professional football team’s pre-season record.   I’m heartened at what I see in the Denver Broncos.  Okay.   They won 4 games last year.  And the Las Vegas over/under is 6.  But, I honestly believe they’ll surprise the NFL world…will win 8.  How’s that for optimism.  Or is it ignorance?

Am excited in getting ready for my Oregon trip, September 9-15.  [I know, today’s Monday, August 29, 2011 and the Austin temperature will be 110.]   Got a notice yesterday that my high school class of 1958 will be having a luncheon when I’m there.  Have also inquired about taking advertisements about the novel with NW fishing magazines.  How’s this for a title to the ad:  MINISTER MURDERED ON TILLAMOOK BAY         Hey, what works works.  Right?  Never know.  Will be a good trip…visiting  family, meeting with ’58 classmates, returning to my 2nd church of ministry, two interviews [one with book store owners and the other with a newspaper editor], three reviews and a night to speak and book-signing at the Tillamook County Library.  This is exciting…hope people like Tricia, my wonderful protagonist, and her escapades in the novel, “Murder On Tillamook Bay.”

Any day now…but, who’s counting, right?…any day now the novels will arrive in our Austin home…so they can be sent to friends and families and fishing guides and clergy colleagues.  But, not to any presidential candidates…they wouldn’t want to meet Tricia anyhow.

Enough for now…if today’s 110 in Austin…who knows what tomorrow brings?

Guess there’ll be more on the late news….you think?


About Mark H Miller

Diane and I live in Leander, Texas. This past June 17, 2015 I celebrated the 49th anniversary of my ordination. We returned to Texas after three years in Washington, during which I served as interim minister in Bellevue/Eastgate and Mercer Island. Am planning to begin a 5th novel that will have my protagonist, Tricia Gleason, serve a year in licensed ministry in Snoqualmie, Washington. The novel, "The Lemon Drop Didn't Melt," will find Tricia wrestling with ministry challenges. None of which more daunting than someone wanting her breathing to stop. All the published novels are available on Amazon and Amazon Kindle under Mark Henry Miller. A primary goal in our return to Texas is to make sure grandchildren get lots of attention--here and in Chicago and Washington, D.C. Traveling is definitely an activity that will not slow down. With that, of course, fishing will happen. To that the t-shirt is apt, "I fish; therefore I am." In addition to novels, the book of Blogs, "Voice Of My Heart," is also available on Amazon.
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