Marie: My Maternal Grandmother
Bessie Marie Burns was born April 8, 1906, near Sulphur, Oklahoma. She died on February 2, 1982, in Ada, Oklahoma. She despised her first name. Everybody called her Marie, but anybody who really knew her called her, “Re.”
I just registered ResRetreat.com – there’d be an apostrophe if the Internet allowed them. It’s Re’s Retreat. I’ve been dreaming, conniving, and planning for almost 3 years.
I’m still working the controls as deftly as possible to land the plane, but I see the airport. The tower hasn’t yet instructed me to land. I don’t yet have an assigned runway, but I’m optimistic. And hoping I can land before I run out of fuel.
About 4 years ago we booked an Airbnb reservation to a place we had never been. It looked like our kind of place. Lots of trees, mountainous, walking trails, wildlife, serene, quiet. Woods. I love woods.
Best of all, it was just one state away, a 5-hour drive.
Now, four years later, and multiple trips – and a year of podcasting about the place (HSVInsideOut.com) we’re leaning toward making another investment in the place – and in our future.
Three or four years of dreaming. And scheming. To make something happen. Time will tell if we can succeed with our plan. And land this plane.
Podcasting From Inside The Yellow Studio
It started in 2000 with version 1.0. In 2019, thanks to the addition of the Rode Rodecaster Pro – which was made possible by the listeners of Leaning Toward Wisdom during Project: Craving Encouragement – version 2.0 was born. That’s still the version in use for today’s show, but I’m planning to make dramatic changes – Version 3.0. I’m not exactly sure what it’ll look like, but I have some very solid ideas. It’s going to be less of a specific place and more of a here’s-where-I’m-at kind of a place.
Our Encore Chapter: Writing It The Way We Hope Is Best
There are three priorities in our story writing: spiritual (which includes emotional and mental well-being), financial, and family. They’re all intertwined.
Spiritual is number one because eternity changes everything! There are no dead atheists. Every atheist who dies quickly realizes God is real. And Heaven and Hell are, too. If you want to read a glimpse of life after this one, read the story in Luke.
New King James Version
The Rich Man and Lazarus
“There was a certain rich man who was clothed in purple and fine linen and [a]fared sumptuously every day. But there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, full of sores, who was laid at his gate, 21 desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man’s table. Moreover the dogs came and licked his sores. So it was that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels to Abraham’s bosom. The rich man also died and was buried. And being in torments in Hades, he lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. Then he cried and said, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus that he may dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.’ But Abraham said, ‘Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things; but now he is comforted and you are tormented. And besides all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed, so that those who want to pass from here to you cannot, nor can those from there pass to us.’ “Then he said, ‘I beg you therefore, father, that you would send him to my father’s house, for I have five brothers, that he may testify to them, lest they also come to this place of torment.’ Abraham said to him, ‘They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.’ 30 And he said, ‘No, father Abraham; but if one goes to them from the dead, they will repent.’ But he said to him, ‘If they do not hear Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded though one rise from the dead.’ ”
Financial isn’t about building wealth, but it’s about being self-sufficient. It’s about growing older and doing everything in our power to avoid being burdensome to our family. That’s why I’ve talked so much about the power of cash-flowing life – something we’ve always done. And something even more important now that we’re growing older.
Family consists primarily of 9 other humans, 5 of whom are kids – grandkids. And they are grand!
All 3 of these pursuits are interconnected and impossible to separate from the rest. I’m working hard to have the biggest impact possible on 9 other humans. Through LTW and other work, I hope to influence more than 9, but honestly, that’s mostly collateral work. The primary focus is my tribe of 9 people.
Thank you for being part of the podcast audience portion of my tribe. I hope I’m doing you some good.