Someone once said, “If you don’t know where you’re from, you can’t know where you’re going.”

Simply put, that’s the inspiration for my blog’s title.  I grew up down old Ford Road in rural Lafayette County, Missouri.  It’s part of who I am; it’s part of my history.  I have lots of great memories from my boyhood, and I hope that my own children will be blessed with fond memories of their own someday.

Time moves on as it should and we grow and learn.  And we eventually begin to make a life and a history all our own.  There’s much wisdom in learning from our past, and each new day is a chance to take that wisdom and to embrace whatever is next.

So, welcome to my personal blog, and thanks for stopping by.  This is where I hope to share my thoughts along life’s journey.  Feel free to leave your two cents worth also.  I’m likely as opinionated as yourself or more, but I’m reasonable enough to admit I don’t have nearly as much figured out as I wish I did.  Much of recorded history is the force of ideas and I anticipate  the shared perspectives with an open mind.  I’m sure we could each learn something from the other.

It’s nice to have crossed paths with you.

Take care,


 Blogging Etiquette:

“Tact is the knack of making a point without making an enemy.”
Sir Isaac Newton (1642–1727)


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4 comments so far

  1. iansforest on

    I found your blog through another and have to ask, considering yourself on the conservative right: What is the conservative right? Do you think that the conservative party- or more importantly the republican party is conservative? Because I consider myself to believe in conservative government, but am accused of being liberal by conservatives.

    I’ll elaborate. Our current “neo conservative” administration is not conservative with spending, health care, social security, education, or the general opinion of the US in the world today. It is my opinion that the conservative party no longer exists, and what we are left with is a dangerous group of individuals who had no idea the Pandora’s Box that they were opening to fulfill their desires of energy control.

  2. Jay on

    There’s an old saying that “yesterday’s liberals are tomorrow’s conservatives.” I think that saying probably reflects your general sentiment. This topic would actually be a great post in itself.

    Am I part of the conservative right? Hmmmm.

    First, there are different types of conservatives: social conservatives, fiscal conservatives, Christian conservatives, etc. So I think it’s helpful for all conservatives to have healthy discussions and debates and to examine conservative political ideology because room certainly exists for differences of opinion amongst conservatives.

    Second, let me say that I don’t like labels. (But I have used them on occasion like everyone else.) I consider myself a free-thinker and very independent and I hope that the ideas expressed here help other people think for themselves and freely express themselves on my blog. My opinions, such as they are, are not necessarily intended to come from any particular political ideology, but they do represent my current viewpoints based on life experience, education, faith, and hopefully common sense.

    Polarized American politics (more precisely the two-party system) is a disastrous example of what blind ideology becomes. While labels may serve their purposes, labels also tend to destroy dialogue.

    And since you mention it, I agree that the Republican Party seems to have lost its soul. “Republicans seek a new Reagan, while the Democrat Party seeks a new Bobby Kennedy,” as I heard someone say on television. The world does seem a bit upside-down when Democrats are calling for fiscal responsibility and controlled spending and Republicans are embroiled in sex scandals. 🙂 (Was that an appropriate use of labels?)

    Politics is messy, and every citizen has the duty to be as informed as possible about the issues that face us and to keep the system as honest as possible. And whether an idea is “conservative” or not, the fact remains that some ideas are better than other ones. One of my intentions in blogging is to pursue the best ideas.

  3. Ians Forest on

    I agree with you, bipartisanship is destroying any chance this country has of avoiding the great socio-economic rift that is on the way.

    Jay let’s join together and say “We’re mad as hell and we’re not going to take it any more!” 🙂

    Thanks for the insightful commentary!!

  4. hmillic on

    Love the blog, its great!

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