John Parker's Blog (13)

Wolf Prayer

Added by John Parker on January 2, 2017 at 8:34pm — 1 Comment

Turning point

“So we gave up. I'd finally had enough of chasing after a ghost who did not want to be seen. We'd failed, maybe, but some mysteries aren't meant to be solved.” 

― John Green

 

(Three months ago)

            The day at work had really been a rough one. They say every cop has the one case that he can never let go. We are all trained from day one that cops aren’t supposed to let emotions get mixed up…

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Added by John Parker on May 20, 2015 at 8:57am — 1 Comment

The nearest thing to heaven is a child

“I sustain myself with the love of family.”

Maya Angelou

(Just over three months ago)

As we finally left the Zoomazium, the boys were wound up and ready to see the animals in the tropical rain forest section. Kat and Mama were immediately taken in by the lemurs and the colobus monkeys. Daddy and Chuck were drawn in the gorilla and the kids and I were back staring at the jaguar. Chuck,…

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Added by John Parker on April 11, 2015 at 12:23am — 1 Comment

A special kind of sunshine in a smile

“There are no seven wonders of the world in the eyes of a child.  There are seven million.” 

Walt Streightiff   

(Just over three months ago)

      

After we had all fueled up with lunch, we headed to the jaguar area.  The big cats are so sleek and powerful.  Our next stop was the penguins. I was surprised that they weren’t in a colder area.  Like everyone else I pictured penguins and snow.  But these little guys come from Peru and like it much warmer.  The zoo…

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Added by John Parker on April 3, 2015 at 11:12pm — No Comments

There's magic for awhile

Children make you want to start life over. ~Muhammad Ali

(Just over three months ago)

            We were still in the African Savannah area of the zoo. I was checking out the African wild dogs when Jimmy starting bouncing on my shoulders. Seemed he had spotted the lions and wanted me to “hurry Uncle John”.  I doubt he even noticed the ostriches or patas monkeys as we passed them. He was so focused on the lions.  Andrew was just as eager to get there, I noticed he was…

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Added by John Parker on March 29, 2015 at 10:33pm — 1 Comment

Thank God for kids

“You can learn many things from children. How much patience you have, for instance.”

(just over three months ago)

Franklin P. Jones        

I got up early, showered and was at my sister’s by eight. Mama and Daddy were already promising the kids pancakes when I walked in the door, so we loaded into our cars and headed to the nearest I-Hop. We all loaded up on pancakes, eggs and bacon. The boys had chocolate pancakes that were served with whipped cream faces on…

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Added by John Parker on March 22, 2015 at 10:59pm — No Comments

My day in court

“It's not hard to make decisions when you know what your values are.” 

― Roy Disney

 

(Just under four months ago)

            Leaving the apartment with plenty of time to reach the courthouse even with the stormy weather, still I find myself running late. It wouldn’t be so bad if people would plan ahead instead of acting like they can still make their destination in the normal amount of…

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Added by John Parker on March 19, 2015 at 10:47pm — No Comments

So small

“To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.”

Oscar Wilde

(four months ago)

            Starting down the mountain after a quiet lunch, it becomes clearer and clearer. Though I really like the job I am doing, it isn’t where I want to be in my life. I have fallen into the very trap my daddy warned me about. Work has become my life. As I stop to watch a butterfly I…

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Added by John Parker on March 16, 2015 at 10:42pm — No Comments

Then again

“Freedom is realizing you have a choice.” 

― T.F. Hodge

 

(four months ago)

            The hike was not too difficult and I found myself taking it rather slow and just enjoying the views. I took some pictures, but mostly just let the incredible national forest take over my mind. Whether you are of a religious nature or a scientific nature, you cannot deny the overwhelming impact nature has on our…

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Added by John Parker on March 13, 2015 at 12:39am — No Comments

When I get where I'm going

“If you don't know where you are going, any road will get you there.”

George Harrison

(four months ago)

I headed out just after seven taking the I90, heading up to Squak Mountain. Yes the planner in me had already checked out the trails, difficulty, etc. on line I figured I could spend a good part of the day on the trails in the park. I packed plenty of water, snacks and lunch in my…

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Added by John Parker on March 11, 2015 at 11:27pm — No Comments

Dream Big

“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” 

― C.S. Lewis

 

(four months ago)

I helped his wife bring home Doug today. Though it was so hard to see such a vibrant man now relying on a wheelchair and the help of others to get around, he was in great spirits. He is the classic optimist and he won’t let those around him be negative either. My mama would call him a “ray of…

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Added by John Parker on March 6, 2015 at 11:39pm — No Comments

Unanswered prayers

“Remember that sometimes not getting what you want is a wonderful stroke of luck.” 

― Dalai Lama XIV

 

 (Four months ago)

That phone call home was a lot rougher than I expected. Bad news is never easy to give or to get. Though they would never come out and say it, my parents were really upset over it. I could hear the concern in my daddy’s voice and the tears Mama tried to hide in hers. The…

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Added by John Parker on February 24, 2015 at 10:16pm — No Comments

Heaven must have needed a hero

Our dead are never dead to us, until we have forgotten them.

George Eliot

 

(Four months ago)

Hospitals have always…

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Added by John Parker on February 22, 2015 at 9:30pm — No Comments

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