All in the Family featured the curmudgeonly Archie Bunker. Archie was television’s most famous grouch, blunt, blustering, straightforward and untouched by the PC crowd. He was the archetype of the conservative male. Michael desprately tried to reeducate him, but he persisted in his breviloquence.

Looking back at the last 40 years, we realize: ARCHIE WAS RIGHT!


GFF -- Be Awesome

"Everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about"
Ian McLaren
Do something awesome today.  These folks did:
I've seen this kind of story about churches in different cities ordering a pizza and then giving the driver a big tip.  I don't know if there is a pastors conference where they decide that this is a good object lesson or if it's some kind of trendy church thing.  It doesn't really matter though.  When you're living on tips a good one makes your day.  A great one makes so much more.
Sometimes people do great stuff by complete and total accident.  Heck who knows, maybe if the women in our next story had been having a bad day things might not have turned out so grand, but she wasn't and they did.
"Picked out a cake at Meijer. Asked bakery-looking-employee if she could write on it for me. She said she would, and after a long time, she came and presented me with this cake. I looked her In the eye and said thank you before I even looked at the cake. After looking, I nervously laughed and headed to check out- it didn't really matter to me that it looked so bad- I thought people would think it was funny. The cashiers at the self check out didn't think it was so funny though, and called a few more cashiers and a manager over to look, even taking pictures. To my surprise, after they discussed it, one cashier put her arm on my shoulder and said 'the girl who wrote that has Autism. Thank you for smiling and thanking her- even though she's not supposed to write on cakes, you probably made her day.' So I guess the moral of the story is that kindness is important!"
Not flying off the handle, not throwing a fit, not demanding things be done "right", not being the way most of us are most of the time; equals winning in a big way.
This next story demonstrates why cops should be recorded on tape every moment of their shift.
Robin Sutherland is having trouble coping with the sad reality that her 90 year-old mother is about to begin hospice care.
Shortly after receiving the news, the Somerville, Mass. resident was pulled over for speeding.
"It just sort of hit me in those few quiet moments what was really happening," Robin said.
The officer let her go with a warning. But later that day, the officer gave her much more - sending a bouquet of flowers with a heartfelt note.
The note read:
"I'm very sorry to hear about your mother. I hope you find comfort in knowing she lived a long life and will continue to live on in your heart and in your memories. - Officer who pulled you over this morning"
With the exception of the $700 tip none of the folks in these stories spent more than $50.  What they did was worth a million.  Go and do thou likewise.



  1. WaterBoy2:00 PM

    Heartwarming stuff. Always good to hear these stories and keep the world in perspective.

  2. Susan2:04 PM

    I loved that story about the cake. I saw the picture of it on MSN homepage yesterday. Given the state of education right now, that is probably as good or better than a lot of what passes for graduates would do.

    I don't think the big tip thing is all about being trendy. I suspect that God moves certain groups of people to help out one of His own who is facing a bad problem somewhere in their lives.

    I have grown to really look forward to these Friday stories that you are digging up for us Res. Keep it up with my thanks.

  3. Thank you. I'm glad everyone is enjoying them.