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Big B/Big D
August 25, 2007, 4:51 pm
Filed under: Life, Photos

This past week has been jammed with excitement. We were in Bartlesville from Saturday to Wednesday, then in Dallas Thursday and today, Friday. Bartlesville was a fun trip to go on before school started, and Dallas was a total surprise; I found out we were going Wednesday night. We stayed for a night in this hotel. Here are some pics from this past week.

Above is my brother Jack Henry running on the hay bales at my grandparents’ ranch.

Here is Jack Henry shooting hoops at the gym on the ranch.

This is my sisters and me in the pool at the hotel.

Nothing better than all-you-can-eat buffets. My breakfast is an example.

This picture of my siblings and me was taken in a huge atrium in the hotel. You can see the rooms and a resturaunt in the background.


‘The Unexamined Life is not Worth Living’
August 23, 2007, 2:10 pm
Filed under: School Papers

When Socrates said, “The life which is unexamined is not worth living”, the philosopher was telling us that we should carefully analyze our actions, a piece of advise for which he should be admired. We should not ignore such a thought-provoking statement about life. The philosopher is telling us that we should carefully analyze our actions. The examination of life is the evaluation of events past and present. By examining our lives, we learn from our mistakes. Although a person who does not examine his life should still continue in existence, examining his actions will make his life much more fulfilling. Without the thorough examination of life, it is almost worthless.

If a person does not examine his life, he may keep making the same mistakes and never change. He would go on in sin and error, not realizing or caring about his mistakes. This would be a tragic mistake, but avoidable if he simply examined his heart and actions for fault, which he would surely find, and pray that he would be able to correct them. Even the best people make mistakes, and the truly great ones recognize and fix them. The great general Robert E. Lee examined his life thoroughly until he died, and therefore found mistakes and improved upon them. He once said, “[Defeats] are sent … to prevent our falling into greater disasters.” But how can a person keep from falling into greater disasters if he does not examine the past?

The Apostle Peter says that while waiting for the return of Christ, one should “make every effort to be found spotless, blameless and at peace with Him.” The only way a person can do this is to examine himself, and ask the Holy Spirit to reveal his mistakes and help him to fix them. One should definitely do everything he can to obey what Paul says in the Bible, and examining one’s life is a large part of this effort of which Paul speaks. Although perfection is impossible, one can certainly improve himself by merely critiquing his actions for the better.

The examination of one’s life makes it much more enjoyable and pleasing to God. All people will commit sins, so inspection of actions will help in locating flaws. Once found, sins can be corrected. This will avoid many problems that occur because of sin, and will be a good step into becoming more like Christ. The benefits will be immediate, and the rewards will be great. Consider this example: there are two people, one who examines his life thoroughly, and one who does not care about past actions, but lives only for the present. The one who examined his life found many sins, prayed for forgiveness and for help in correcting them. The other also committed many sins, but he did not take the time to consider them. Most of the time, he did not realize his wrongdoings. He continued to sin and sin, getting worse everyday. The small act of examination of actions makes a huge difference in one’s life.

“The unexamined life is not worth living.” Despite the fact that a man with an unexamined life should still continue to exist, he will not achieve the fulfillment that an examined life will. A person who does not recognize his own sin will never be able to fix it, whereas a man who examines his actions and realizes his mistakes is able to improve upon them. Socrates’ wise words should be remembered and followed by all so that we can learn from the errors we make.

I Have the Fever
August 15, 2007, 10:07 pm
Filed under: OU, Photos

I’ve had it since January 2nd, and it’s only getting worse.

Fore! Hidden Fruit
August 13, 2007, 4:22 am
Filed under: Life

Went to the PGA Championship at Southern Hills in Tulsa Saturday today, and had a great time. I was with my grandfather on Saturday, and my dad today. Although the heat was dreadful (the average temperature was 102 degrees), we drank plenty of water and stayed in the shade. (If you’re wondering why there’s a picture of me holding a banana peel, I’ll get to that in a minute.)

We arrived at the golf course at around 7:30 Saturday morning, and stayed until about 4:00. Some of the shots we saw were amazing. Sergio Garcia chipped in from the sand, and the length of some of the drives were incredible. When Tiger Woods finished the eight hole, he walked across a path to the next tee box. The path was roped off, but I was right behind the rope. I could literally see the individual beads of sweat on his face.

On Sunday, we arrived at noon. We walked around watching various players, stopping at several places as they came through. After we saw Woods tee off on the second hole, we headed to a spot were you can see the ninth and eighteenth greens, and the tenth tee. It was a great place to be, as there was constant action. We watched the groups come in at nine, then go back out on ten, as well as players finishing.

When Tiger was at the tenth tee, he ate a banana after his drive. He finished it, then threw the peel a trashcan. Instantly, my dad and I thought one thing: souvenir. After he had left, I went over to the trashcan, which also happened to be behind ropes, and asked the volunteer marshall if I could get something out of the trashcan. “Tiger’s banana, right?”, he said with a smile. I said yes, and he told me I could have it. So, I dug it out, and got a piece of golf history. Tiger was the eventual winner, and I was there by the eighteenth green to watch his final putt.

If anyone happens to know how to preserve a banana peel, please comment fast!