Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ. I Corinthians 11:1 

Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children. Ephesians 5:1 

I developed a talent in my 20’s. I found that I could imitate people! I could talk and sound like Ed Sullivan (“Who was he Grandpa?”), several of my supervisors (in the Air Force), college professors and some past presidents. 

And, yes, there were times when I embarrassed myself. Many times! I would go into my act and my fellow troops and friends would laugh and then suddenly get quiet. Did I catch a clue? Oh, no, not Mario! I just it louder not realizing that the supervisor had walked up behind me. 

One of professors came up behind me as I was imitating him for the class, “So, I said to myself, ‘Self’ . . .” at which time he said, “So, Mario, what did I say to myself?” Then the class broke up. 

On the other hand, many times, when I would play and sing music from Simon and Garfunkel, Neil Diamond, or John Denver, people would comment that I sounded just like them. That was a great compliment as I did try to imitate them. 



And Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, took either of them his censer, and put fire therein, and put incense thereon, and offered strange fire before the Lord, which he commanded them not. And there went out fire from the Lord, and devoured them, and they died before the Lord. Leviticus 10:1-2 

   I was working on the work barge in the oil fields and our hand-held grinder needed to be replaced. We told the clerk in the office at the platform and a few days later our new grinder arrived.A little later that day we put the spuds down on our jack up barge (see drawing) next to a well and started working. The welding machine was turned on and the welder started fabricating.When he got done, on of the work crew took the new grinder, plugged it into the welding machine and started to grind the welds. In short order the grinder stopped working. Our gang leader was not happy or impressed with the company that made the grinder and ordered another one.When it came, we tested it upstairs in the warehouse and it worked fine. Got out on the barge and motored out to another well we were working on and started up the welding machine. Again, within just a minute, the grinder stopped working.By now, those of you that are reading this, having some experience with electronics, know what the problem was. We were using a grinder that was made for alternating current (AC) but our welding machine was direct current (DC).As a rule of thumb, DC is preferred for welding because: It produces a smoother weld and there is less spatter because of the constant linear direction of the current. It maintains a constant and stable arc and is thus is easier to handle and more reliable than AC current. ( Jun 29, 2020)



 In 1987, Bonny and I worked for a janitorial firm in Eugene, OR and we cleaned the first 2 floors of a business building that held a multi-national food business. I have written before (“I Bring Messiah”) of some of the people we met as we cleaned their offices. 

          Two people, Mr. R. Plant and Miss M. Bible were preparing for their wedding in the summer. I was cleaning her office and she and R were talking how the singer for their wedding had bowed out (this was only a week or so before the wedding) and they didn’t know anyone who could sing the song. 

          I asked them what song they were having done and they said it was The Lord’s Prayer. I told them I was vocally trained and would be glad to do it. I gave them an impromptu demonstration and they were excited and very happy that I would do it for them. 



I, even I, am he that blotteth out thy transgressions for mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins. Isaiah 43:25 

Just as I am, and waiting not
to rid my soul of one dark blot
to thee whose blood can cleanse each spot
O Lamb of God, I come, I come. 

A story that Bonny tells is of when she was helping to take care of her grandmother and was washing the pots and pans. As Bonny set them to the side to dry, her grandmother would come in and see drops of water still on the metal and in some cases where it had moved down the pot/pan leaving a trail before drying. 



In the military you would hear the term, “Short!!!” which meant the troop saying it had almost completed their time at (especially “isolated” duty where family wasn’t allowed to come with them) that base. 

          “I’m so short I can sit on a piece of paper and dangle my legs!” 

          “I’m a two-digit midget!” meaning they had less than 100 days in country (considering most assignments in the 70’s to South East Asia were 1 calendar year – 365 days). That would be followed by “Single digit midget!” – less than 10 days in country left. 

                   Often their attitude about their job would really go downhill because they were leaving so their job performance would suffer.

          Don’t leave till you’ve left! 

          Many people, when giving a 2-week notice, in today’s job world have the same sort of attitude. “Why should I do any more than I have to? I’m leaving this job, so I really don’t care.” 

          Don’t leave till you’ve left! 

          We have all seen people like that. Well, sometimes in the Christian world it happens as well. In his book “Heritage and Horizons” by R. Bryant Mitchell, which is the history of Open Bible Standard Churches, he remarked that with the revivals of the early 1920-30’s, so many people focused on the imminent return of Jesus (the Rapture) that the church forgot to live for today! 

          Don’t leave till you’ve left! 



But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered.Fear not therefore: ye are of more value than many sparrows. Luke 12:7 


          I was sitting at home watching TV when my VA PA called me. I had just undergone a CT-scan of my lower abdomen to check my kidneys, gall bladder and other organs at the VA hospital in Salt Lake City.  

          “Hey Walter, how are you?” I asked. 

          “I’m okay Mario. Are you sitting down?” 

          “Yes, what’s up?” Suddenly my stomach felt like I was in an elevator and just dropped a dozen floors. Bonny was sitting beside me and she looked at me with a quizzical look on her face. 

          “You have an aneurysm on your right common iliac. That’s the artery below your belly button on the right side. The hospital wants you to come down for another CT as soon as you can make it.” 

          My heart sank. It was bad enough that I had gone through two knee replacements in just that past year and now they were talking something really serious!  

          When my dad’s aneurysm was discovered in the middle of a CT it was so serious that many white coats came running into the room to talk with him. His was on the right side as well, but it was on the femoral artery and (having seen a copy of the scan) it looked like a ball of twine about the size of a baseball. 



I Kings 22 


          I worked for a county as a youth Case Manager and I got an information report that one of the kids had attacked one of my staff. When I asked the staff member what happened he said this, “____ wanted to know why none of the girls at the facility would date him and I told him, ‘Maybe they don’t like you.’ When I said that he started hitting me and yelling, ‘That’s not the answer I wanted!’.” 


          Go ahead and laugh – even the staff that had been hurt did! Many times, people ask a question and they aren’t satisfied with the answer they get, much like the youngster in my story. Sometimes, like kids with do, they will ask one person and the answer is not what they wanted, so they will go to someone else and ask, hoping for approval. 

          Growing up my brother and I would use triangulation on my parents. “Julian, Mama likes you better than me so you ask her if we can go. I’ll ask Daddy cuz I’m pretty sure he likes me. Then which ever parent says, ‘yes’ if we get caught, we can say, ‘Daddy said it was okay!’.”