We owned a farm of 120 acres in Silverhill, AL until my father had a tractor accident (all to common if researched). He needed specialist located in Orlando, FL to do surgeries. He lived 38 years after the surgeries but was permanently disabled. At the time of his accident, he was employed by the Navy building ships (minesweepers mostly) at the old shipyard in Chickasaw, AL. We grew soybeans as well as other crops; with the good money he earned from the Navy, we had "plenty". However, I grew up in a housing project in central Florida. That experience taught me a lot about human nature, life and "friends". The farm, was sold to pay hospital bills and other expenses. We were left with a very different lifestyle from what we had in Alabama. My formal education has been spent studying the philosophies of religion and religious doctrine (no, I am not a pastor). World Religions; particularly North American denominational doctrines have been my primary focus for 45 years. The "origins" of The Holy Bible, The Holy Qur'an (there is no correct transliteration for the Arabic to English for Quran, Koran, but Qu'ran is close enough so as not to offend most). Also, The TeNaCh (Torah, Nevi'im, Ketuvim) (Judaism); The Holy Tripitaka (Buddhism) called Tipitaka in Pali. It is also called the Pali Canon, after the language in which it was first written. My study has included The Vedas, Upanishads (Hinduism); The Bhagavad Gita; also more simply known as Gita (also Hinduism); The North American works of The Book of Mormon, Doctrines and Covenants, Pearl of Great Price (Mormonism); Pastor Charles Taze Russell's Studies in the Scriptures (Jehovah's Witnesses or "Watchtower Society") and many others. To not only know the doctrine of a particular religion but to ascertain where the "writings" originated from gives great insight to one's "beliefs"! I have a passion for college football in particular The Crimson Tide of Alabama. I "support" the Florida Gators, as well, when they play (everyone but Bama). I have had a good life; a smart, beautiful woman who actually tolerates me enough to call me husband & stay by my side (the only questionable thing she's done)! Two wonderful children who have taught me more than I ever will them. They continue patiently teaching me how to be a parent until one day I hope to get it right. I enjoy fishing with my wife for my most relaxing times. I cook all the household meals now. I know way too much about the "best" dish detergents; how to wash (never dry and always hook them first) expensive bras. I have finally learned the most successful way to argue with my wife (silently is the only way to win). I anxiously await tomorrow with every sundown....
PS: I really wish I could make a living at what I know but the only two avenues are preaching from a pulpit which would leave me broke as I could not help but teach the truth: It is about what you believe not how much money you donate to your religion! The other is teaching at the University level and that I have no desire to do!
Just wanted to write and say thanks for reading and commenting on my article.
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