good advice

Ok Ok… I know, enough already about Aragorn… and you’ll have to bear with me at least one more time, because I think this is really profound!


All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.
From the ashes a fire shall be woken,
A light from the shadows will spring;
Renewed shall be blade that was broken:
The crownless again shall be king.

I am finding so much comfort in that phrase, “not all those who wander are lost… the old that is strong does not wither…” If it is indeed possible to be Aragorn all that is required of me is to just show up and do whatever I can do. I am not lost in a maze. I don’t need to angst and agonize over it, nor do I need to “measure up,” all I need to do is show up with a spirit of willingness. The I Ching Oracle was right. I was trying too hard. How interesting….

And it occurs to me that if we can just meet life that way. Just show up and do whatever there is that can be done. Fear and self doubt will inevitably show up… so what? Say hello, tip your hat, and go on about your business. Of course, if you’re setting out on a journey to what ever it is that fires up those ashes, you will need an idea of a destination, some provisions, maybe a bit of rope, and some salt. The sword will come in it’s own good time, as will your traveling companions.

I’ll tell you where I really want to go… and that’s Rivendell… or the beach… either one would suit me just fine.

By the way: This post was migrated from my blogger blog ( and was first published on 2/17/08.


Samwise Gamgee~ ‘It’s like in the great stories Mr Frodo, the ones that really mattered, full of darkness and danger they were, and sometimes you didn’t want to know the end because how can the end be happy, how can the world go back to the way it was when so much bad happened.

But in the end it’s only a passing thing…this shadow, because even darkness must pass. A new day will come and when the sun shines, it’ll shine out the clearer. Those were the stories that stayed with you…that meant something , even if you were too small to understand why.

But I think Mr Frodo…I think I understand, I know now. Folks in those stories had lotsa chances of turning back when they didn’t they kept going because they were holding on to something..’

Frodo Baggins~ ‘What are we holding on to Sam?’

Samwise Gamgee~ ‘That there’s some good in this world Mr Frodo and its worth fighting for..’

A hilarious story about someone who tried to rope a deer
– it did not end well – read on!


Names have been removed to protect the stupid!
Actual Letter from someone who farms in Kansas.

I had this idea that I was going to rope a deer, put it in a stall, feed it up on corn for a couple of weeks, then kill it and eat it.

The first step in this adventure was getting a deer. I figured that, since they congregated at my cattle feeder and do not seem to have much fear of me when we are there (a bold one will sometimes come right up and sniff at the bags of feed while I am in the back of the truck not 4 feet away), it should not be difficult to rope one, get up to it and toss a bag over its head (to calm it down) then hog tie it and transport it home.

I filled the cattle feeder then hid down at the end with my rope. The cattle, having seen the roping thing before, stayed well back. They were not having any of it. After about 20 minutes, my deer showed up — 3 of them.I picked out a likely looking one, stepped out from the end of the feeder, and threw my rope. The deer just stood there and stared at me.

I wrapped the rope around my waist and twisted the end so I would have a good hold. The deer still just stood and stared at me, but you could tell it was mildly concerned about the whole rope situation.

I took a step towards it… it took a step away. I put a little tension on the rope and received an education.

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