Whereas, it is the duty of nations as well as of all people, to own their dependence upon the overruling power of God, to confess their sins and transgressions, in humble sorrow, yet with assured hope that genuine repentance will lead to mercy and pardon; and to recognize the sublime truth, announced in the Holy Scriptures and proven by all history, that only those nations are blessed whose God is the Lord . . .

I’m proposing a “Dependence Day.” Read more.

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Happy Dad’s Day!

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Here are my favorite columns and cartoons for dads and granddads.

Have a great day!

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Con-grad-ulations!

June 12th, 2017 | Posted by jameswatkins in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)


Ever since Pebbles and Bam Bam graduated from Bedrock High, commencement speakers have been telling the crowd of cap and gowns to work for world peace, follow its dreams, and always wear clean underwear in case of an accident.

So cue “Pomp and Happenstance,” here are the Top ten things you won’t hear at the commencements—but should, plus much more. Read more

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Shock. Anger. Disbelief. These are just a few of the emotions overwhelming victims of the London as well as Manchester terrorist attacks. My great-grandparents came from London, so it hit me especially hard.

Here are some resources I hope will be helpful in responding to such tragedies.

Reacting
Dealing with death and grief
“bin Laden, kiss my pass!” (September 10, 2003)
Talking to your children about terrorism

Reasoning
Hope amid horror (September 11, 2006)
What motivates terrorists?
Taking the terror out of terrorism

Responding
Can war on terrorism be won? (September 11, 2005)
How can we overcome evil with good?
We are strong! We will survive! (September 17, 2001)
What we haven’t learned from 9/11 (September 9, 2002)
Candle-lighting ceremony following terrorist attacks (September 11, 2001)

My thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends of those killed and injured by terrorist acts.
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Just for moms

Here are my favorite columns and cartoons for these amazing people called “Mom.” Have a great day!

Faith of Our Mothers A modern twist on an old tune

My daughter is one tough mother
She had to be with me as her dad. Happy Mother’s Day, Faith!

Top ten things my mom taught me
Happy Mother’s Day, Mom!



For moms, dads, grands

Cartoons on parenthood

The papoose-driven life
Lessons learned from a four-month-old grandaughter

Son of a saint!
When godly parents have not-so-godly children

“Spray paint” parenting
The secret is thin coats of moral and ethical lessons

Talking to your kids about s-e-x
Children will learn about sex—from us or the bus!

Talking to children about war, terrorism, school violence . . .
It’s a frightening time to be a child—and a parent

You may be a parent if . . .
. . . you’ve ever uttered one or more of these classic lines

Happy Mother’s Day, Lois, Faith and Amy! Thanks for the wonderful kids and grandkiddos!


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Report on race wins award

This just in. My feature article Race relations by the numbers won second place for reporting from The Evangelical Press Association‘s 2107 Higher Goals Awards. The piece was originally published in Rescue magazine May 2016. It is an important article, if I may say myself!



Latest issues, legal stuff . . .

HopeAndHumor.org Humor features over 350 articles, book excerpts, cartoons and videos on everything from sects to sex. Here are the latest packages of topics. (Use the search box at the top right to explore the archives.}

Happy Star Wars Day (05.04.17)
Happy May Day (05.01.17)
Administrative professionals issue (04.26.17)
Money, money, money issue (04.17.17)
20th anniversary issue (04.01.17)
Easter issue (03.01.17)
The Oscars issue with “Evil Jim” (02.26.17)
Sexual identity issue (02.15.17)
Love, marriage, sex issue (02.01.17)
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Plus, you can also access over 300 posts—more encouragement and entertainment than you can shake a memory stick at—on death, faith, health, heavy topics, holidays, hope, humor, life hacks, love, parents, pastoral resources, sex, spiritual issues and writing resources. But wait, there’s more: free stuff. Enjoy!

All writing copyright © James N. Watkins and is protected by United States and international law. For permission to print or repost, please visit my press page.

Top photo from healthyblackwoman.com

Second pic: “Papaw” with two of his five adorable grands, Father’s Day 2008

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Humor from far, far away

Cartoons from the dark side
Top ten rejected titles for Star Wars VII
Top ten signs Han Solo has turned 70
Top ten surprises in Star Wars: Episode VII
Note: Three years before VII was released, I predicted Han and Leila’s offspring would turn to the dark side! Sometimes I amaze myself.

May the Force be with you

The Force Awakens universal questions
How does George Lucas come up with character’s names? A drunken game of Scrabble? How do light sabers work? Where do space royalty go for their hair and makeup? Do we all have a light and dark side?

Star Wars III: modern morality play
Revenge of the Sith is a modern-day morality play where we witness a powerful struggle not only between good and evil, but the temptation to use evil for anticipated good; the end justifying the means.

This Force never sleeps
In Episode VII, “The Force Awakens.” Has it been taking a nap? Has it been frozen in carbonite? Did it pass out at the Mos Eisley Cantina? I’m glad the real Force never sleeps!



Previous issues, legal stuff . . .

Happy May Day (05.01.17)
Happy Administrative Pros Day (04.26.17)
Money, money, money issue (04.17.17)
20th anniversary issue (04.01.17)
Writing issue VII (03.23.17)
Easter issue (03.01.17)
The Oscars issue with “Evil Jim” (02.26.17)
Sexual identity issue (02.15.17)
Love, marriage, sex issue (02.01.17)
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Plus, you can also access over 300 posts—more encouragement and entertainment than you can shake a memory stick at—on death, faith, health, heavy topics, holidays, hope, humor, life hacks, love, parents, pastoral resources, sex, spiritual issues and writing resources. But wait, there’s more: free stuff. Enjoy!

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“Your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you” (Matthew 6:4b, 6b,18b NIV).

There are some sure symptoms that I’m getting older. I remember the original “Ed Sullivan Show” and “The Brady Bunch.” Gasoline at twenty-five cents a gallon. The thin Elvis. Civil Defense films on “How to Build a Bomb Shelter.”

And I remember May Day. No, not the military parades in Red Square. When I was a child May Day meant sneaking around the neighborhood leaving bouquets of dandelions on porches, ringing the doorbell and then running for cover—sort of trick-or-treating in reverse. The most important element was secrecy. No one was supposed to know who did the good deed! Apparently, this tradition has gone the way of poodle skirts and black and white TV.

The Pharisees’ tradition, however, seems alive and well. From pre-school to the nursing home good deeds are rewarded with gold stars, public recognition, corporate incentives and awards banquets. It probably won’t get done if there’s no “Certificate of Appreciation” offered.

And yet Christ repeatedly warns the Pharisees—and each of us—that deeds designed to be seen by others will not receive eternal rewards. “I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full.”

Perhaps sneaking around to do good deeds is a tradition that needs reviving. Not only on May Day, but throughout the year.

Copyright © James N. Watkins Originally appeared in Light from the Word.

Pic: Our adorable oldest granddaughter who is now 12.

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I have in my right hand, direct from my home office in Corn Borer, Indiana, today’s category for Administrative Professionals Day: Top ten differences between ‘secretaries’ and ‘administrative professionals’

10. Secretaries make coffee; administrative professionals procure international resources to motivate and empower staff.

9. Secretaries take memos; administrative professionals expedite inter-office communication. [Continue reading]


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APs are office olympians

Forget gymnasts, swimmers, track stars, and weightlifters (along with all those retired athletes pitching E.D. products)! Administrative professionals are the unsung heroes overcoming Olympic challenges in offices and factories closer to home.

10-mile Commute and 100-Yard Hurdles

Employees (who have just raced through rush hour traffic), must now jump ten parking bumpers, three UPS boxes, and a "Caution: Wet Floor" sign to arrive at their desk on time. [Continue reading



I’m my own AP!

For those of us who are privileged to work from home, there are a few drawbacks, such as being CEO, COO, CFO and AP! (I have to take myself out to lunch today!) But there are some real benefits. [Continue reading



Previous issues, legal stuff . . .

Money, money, money issue (04.17.17)
20th anniversary issue (04.01.17)
Writing issue VII (03.23.17)
Easter issue (03.01.17)
The Oscars issue with “Evil Jim” (02.26.17)
Sexual identity issue (02.15.17)
Love, marriage, sex issue (02.01.17)
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Plus, you can also access over 300 posts—more encouragement and entertainment than you can shake a memory stick at—on death, faith, health, heavy topics, holidays, hope, humor, life hacks, love, parents, pastoral resources, sex, spiritual issues and writing resources. But wait, there’s more: free stuff. Enjoy!

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In this issue, my creative plan to eliminate income taxes and reduce the national debt, plus a look at freelancing, which offers no financial benefits, but a world of non-taxable blessings. Enjoy!


My plan to eliminate income taxes

If you’re one of the thousands of taxpayers who are frantically trying to complete your Form 1040 before tomorrow night’s midnight deadline, here’s some helpful advice. Quit reading this column! Get to your local post office for the fifteen different forms you’ll need to send your checking account balance to Washington. Simpler yet, just send them your checkbook. [Continue reading]



Top ten ways to reduce national debt

I have in my right hand, direct from my home office in Corn Borer, Indiana, “Top Ten Ways To Reduce the National Debt.”

10. Sponsor a national garage sale (Do we really need two Dakotas?)

9. Make Chuck-E-Cheese tokens legal tender

8. Turn Blair House into an upscale bed and breakfast

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Freelancing offers freedom ‘real job’ can’t

As a freelance author, editor and speaker, I haven’t had a “real job” since 1982. That also means I haven’t had a regular paycheck, health insurance, pension, or paid vacation. But before you think I’m sending out invitations to a pity party, let me assure you that it’s been worth the white-knuckle trust that bills will get paid and the sleepless nights when there’s no paying work the next day—like right now. So, I’m writing this to assure myself that: [Continue reading]



Previous issues, legal stuff . . .

20th anniversary issue (04.01.17)
Writing issue VII (03.23.17)
Easter issue (03.01.17)
The Oscars issue with “Evil Jim” (02.26.17)
Sexual identity issue (02.15.17)
Love, marriage, sex issue (02.01.17)
Inaugural issue (01.15.17)
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Plus, you can also access over 300 posts—more encouragement and entertainment than you can shake a memory stick at—on death, faith, health, heavy topics, holidays, hope, humor, life hacks, love, parents, pastoral resources, sex, spiritual issues and writing resources. But wait, there’s more: free stuff. Enjoy!

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I love that Jesus was buried in a garden!

      The place of crucifixion was near a garden, where there was a new tomb, never used before. And so . . . since the tomb was close at hand, they laid Jesus there (John 19:41-42).

Cemeteries are places of death and decay, but gardens are filled with life and growth!

Wishing you the new life of the resurrected Christ this Easter . . . and always!

Click for links to Easter posts and cartoons featuring my favorite post: It’s Sunday, but Jesus is Coming.

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