Having the last laugh

July 16th, 2014 | Posted by jameswatkins in Uncategorized - (1 Comments)

[Jesus] went in and said to them, “Why all this commotion and wailing? The child is not dead but asleep.” But they laughed at him (Mark 39-40). It was over. Finished. She had given up the ghost. Crossed over Jordan. The fat lady—or in this case, the professional mourners—had sung. Roll the credits! We have …
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In defense of Martha

July 14th, 2014 | Posted by jameswatkins in Uncategorized - (2 Comments)

Martha receives undeserved criticism from preachers expounding on the account of Jesus’ visit to the home she shared with her sister, Mary, and brother, Lazarus! Here’s how it’s recorded in The New Living Amplified Paraphrased King James Watkins Version “Mary! Mary! I need some help in the kitchen!” Martha glared at her sister who was …
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Ancient theater was divided into two categories: comedies and tragedies. In “comic” plays the “good guys” won and lived happily ever after. The “bad guys” got what was coming to them. In “tragic” plays, however, the heroes usually ended up dead—or at least defeated. We see this in more modern tragedies: Romeo and Juliet didn’t …
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Bread was first commercially sliced in 1928, so don’t you think we should update the tired cliche of “the greatest thing since sliced bread”?! So, I have in my right hand, direct from my home office, today’s category: Top ten greatest things since the greatest thing since sliced bread. 10. Universal remotes 9. Doritos 8. …
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Listen to the podcast. At a conference, I shared that this “award-winning author” and “globe-trotting speaker” is a great, big, slobbering MESS. I have clinical depression, OCD, ADD and . . . what was I saying? Oh, yes, I’m on the Autistic Spectrum: I don’t like having my rigid routine disrupted (I need 24-hour notice …
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Laziness is a virtue!

June 30th, 2014 | Posted by jameswatkins in Uncategorized - (2 Comments)

I spent the last four weeks editing four books, so I’m ready for some of those “lazy, hazy days of summer.” Time to laze in the hammock and ponder the importance of . . . well, lazing in the hammock. Laziness, you see, is a vital virtue! Think about it over a tall glass of …
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Today, I don’t have any articles or books to write. No international—or even the monthly meeting of the Corn Borer Grange—speaking engagements. I forced myself to at least get out of bed at 6:15 am after listening to heart-breaking news on the clock radio. So, I’m up, I’m dressed (if you consider gyms shorts and …
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I needed just one credit to finish my physical education requirements for college. Unfortunately, the only classes open were “Weight-Lifting 101” and “Basket Weaving.” So, at 115 pounds, soaking wet (see pic), I signed up for weight-lifting. To say the least, it was a painful and humiliating experience. Everyone else in the class seemed to …
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I have in my right hand, direct from my home office in hot and humid Corn Borer, Indiana, today’s category: 10. Take a tape measure. Drop it on the floor. If you can’t pick it up without bending your knees, put on a shirt. 9. If you have a tattoo containing any of the Federal …
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Here’s a roundup of this week’s “Hope and Humor” featuring Father’s Day posts on Facebook, Twitter and right here. Enjoy encouragement and entertainment with cartoons, snarky comments and posts on Donald Duck’s birthday, God’s “prank” calls, Japan’s new crap app, and of course, lot of posts honoring dad on his special day . . . …
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