Archive for May 2008

Clarie Lee Barnes 1922-2008

May 28, 2008

Clarie Lee Barnes (“Barney” to his fellow workers at the steel mill) passed away at 11:05am on May 28, 2008. He was in his home with family surrounding him. Clarie had late-stage Alzheimer’s Disease with complications and died of Congestive Heart Failure. He was 86 years old. Pastors Steve Cole, of Faith Church of Christ, and Greg Reed, of Morning Star Church, came to the house to pray with the family.

Clarie was born in Hawkins County, TN February 27, 1922. When he was four years old, his family took the train to Indiana, where they settled in Burlington. They lived there for 10 years before moving back to Hawkins County, TN in 1932. He attended the Grisby school in Persia,TN where he met Bea (Mabel Beatrice) Carpenter. They were married August 7th, 1940 in Morristown, TN. He was 18. She was 15. Clarie’s sister Lola was a witness at the ceremony. The young couple then moved to Indiana with his parents.

The Grisby Schoolhouse in Persia

Clarie worked on a dairy farm in the Burlington, IN area until 1949 when he got employment with the steel mill in Kokomo, IN. They lived in the Burlington area until 1959 when they bought their first home on South Darby St. in Kokomo. Clarie worked at Penn-Dixie/Continental Steel until he had to retire due to a heart attack and eventual open heart surgery, where he was given a pacemaker. Around 1972, the couple moved back to the Burlington area when Bea retired as a seamstress

House in Burlington

Clarie and all his family became members of the Burlington Christian Church during the 1950’s. The family later moved membership to the 618 South Main Street Christian Church in Kokomo. In 1972 when the Faith Church of Christ began in Burlington, he and Bea joined that fellowship and Clarie served as an Elder for several years until his declining health caused him to step down. Faith Church now lists him as an “Elder Emeritus” (founding Elder).

From 1980 through 1984 they wintered in Thonotossasa, Florida where they owned a mobile home.

In 1982 they moved back into the city, buying a home on W. Jefferson street in Kokomo. In 1986 they moved to Phillips St. in Kokomo.

Clarie is survived by his wife, Bea, of Kokomo; four children, Barbara Wagoner of Nashville Tennessee, Tom and Dan Barnes both of Kokomo, and Peggy Carter of Greentown; 10 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and 17 great-great grandchildren.


Memories of Burlington

May 28, 2008

When I was a kid in the 1970’s, I remember visiting my grandparents, Clarie and Bea Barnes, at their home northwest of Burlington. The house was set very far back off the road, and there was a long gravel driveway leading up to the house. The front lawn seemed absolutely huge to my eyes at the time. It was more than big enough to contain the pickup football games that my older cousins would always play. There was a large Willow tree in the yard – the only one I had ever seen in my young life. Nearby, there was a rhubarb plant that was always good for laughs – watching other family members make sour faces at the raw taste of the stalk!

To the right of the driveway sat a very nice unattached garage. It was there that I watched my Grandpa Clarie demonstrate his new found hobby – an electric spinning wood lathe. At first he would make the typical things – spindles, table legs, etc. But then he got good enough to make bowls, spheres – almost any shape you could imagine.

One day, one of the pickup trucks on the property needed a battery jumpstart and my dad, Garnett Carter, used our vehicle to help get it going. But somehow a spark burned my dad’s finger or hand. Grandma Bea went into the house and got her Aole Vera plant. She broke open a leaf and rubbed the liquid on the burn. My dad said he felt better. To my young eyes, it was Magic! My grandmother had magic plants!

I also remember a large LP tank in the backyard, with the big “T” on the side (for Tenbrook Sales.) And there was a woods behind their property where we would go mushroom hunting. Then, my grandmother would batter those babies up and fry em in a pan. Yum!

I also remember her baking cookies there and my being astonished at how soft they were!

In their basement, you could always have a good time playing with the billiard table.

At the kitchen table, I remember my cousins and I singing a silly version of “Rudoph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” one christmas and recording it on a small portable cassette tape recorder. What fun!

In the “den”, there was a wood burning fireplace, and we held our annual Christmas exchange there many times. I also remember having it in the “front room” a time or two. But I remember my Uncle Danny taking 8mm FILM home videos in the Den during christmas. The light that sat on top of it was SO BRIGHT it nearly blinded you.

Years later, I still remember the exact layout of the house and can navigate through it in my mind. It was a wondrous part of my childhood. I have thought about the times we shared there many times since.

Handwriting Experts on the Presidential Candidates

May 20, 2008

by Virginie Montet Sun May 18, 3:30 AM ET
WASHINGTON (AFP) – Hillary Clinton is smart and forceful, John McCain is proud but has a volatile temper, and Barack Obama is a diplomat who deals well with different people and situations. At least, that’s what graphologists say their handwriting reveals about them.

Is there any new information here? Couldn’t you come up with those adjectives to describe them WITHOUT seeing their handwriting? What a dopey article.

Junior Brown at the Music Mill

May 17, 2008

Last night I had the priviledge to go see Junior Brown at the Music Mill with my Dad. It was a great show! I have a few pix (click for larger versions):

Before the show, we had dinner at The Whammy Bar (part of The Music Mill):

If you’ve never heard of Junior Brown, well, you’re really missing something. He is the Jimi Hendrix of country music. Strange combo? You bet. Being proficient at both the electric 6-string and the steel guitar, he had a dream to combine the two and hired a luthier to make him one. And history was made. Junior plays straight-up country twang, smooth and jazzy western swing, straight-up hardcore blues, 60’s rock-n-roll, and a little acid rock thrown in to boot. It’s really quite something to see. I’ll post a couple of YouTube links below to introduce you to his various styles.

Political Theory Chart

May 16, 2008

this is still a work in progress…as people like Natalie have pointed out – It’s pretty obvious which one I am because of the slant the descriptions are written with…I’m still working on that…BUT ANYWAY…

I have seen a lot of attempts to classify people’s beliefs into a political theory chart. One of the most popular ways to do it is the “diamond” style, as show below. (Click the image for bigger version.)

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The problem with the diamond is actually pretty obvious by looking at it. This image is supposed to be the placement (the red dot) for Sen. John McCain. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see that Sen. John McCain’s placement is not correct (unless you’re an academic liberal who sees everyone who doesn’t agree with you as “far right”.) Sen McCain is not a true conservative. He is a moderate, centrist, populist – the self-proclaimed “maverick” of the Republican party. McCain’s own words and voting record prove that this chart placement is flawed.

But over the years, I’ve struggled to find a chart that accurately framed the way I see the different political theories – because I think such a thing would actually be helpful to people. So I made up one of my own. I originally posted this on FaceBook some time ago, but this one is slightly modified and is posted here with better grahics resolution. Here ya go. (Click the image for a bigger version.)

More on the Weighting of Issues

May 15, 2008

No one wanted to addres the weighting of issues. So here’s something to stir the pot:

Number of U.S. Confirmed Military Deaths since the start of the Iraq war:

And there is a backlash of hatred toward Bush and Cheney because of it. In the minds of many people, these deaths are senseless because they do not believe in the reasons we are over there.

But wait.

Number of U.S. Confirmed Abortions since the start of the Iraq war:

and the response to that is….nothing. Not a peep.

Why are some deaths more meaningful than others? How can we decry the one and ignore the other? Where is the consistency of moral ethic in that?

Stuck in Baby Step 3

May 12, 2008

As most of you know, I am a big Dave Ramsey fan. If you’ve ever been through The Total Money Makeover book or a Financial Peace University course, then you know the Baby Steps that Dave teaches:

  1. $1000 in a savings account as a “starter” emergency fund
  2. Become Debt-Free (except the mortgage). Pay off all debts from smallest to largest using the Debt Snowball.
  3. Build up the emergency to a fully-funded 3-6 months of expenses.
  4. Invest 15% of your income for retirement (beginning with Roth IRA’s)
  5. College Savings
  6. Pay off the house early
  7. Build Wealth & Give!

Currently, our family is on Baby Step 3: saving a fully funded emergency fund of 3-6 months of expenses. And while we are very happy to be where we are (debt free except the house), it just seems like this step 3 is taking FOREVER.

One of the reasons it is taking so long is that last fall we refinanced the house, and paid all of our closing costs (and a little bit more principal) in CASH. This needed to be done because we were previously in a stupid sub-prime ARM loan that was getting ready to adjust. So we refinanced to a 15-year fixed. This completely drained us – causing us to backtrack and restart us at Baby Step 1. So a few months later, here we sit – roughly at the mark of 1 month of expenses in the bank.

Patience will pay dividends later – but man I’m ready to feel like we’re moving forward. I know we really are moving forward – but it seems like we’re stuck in the mud.

Oh well, enough whining.

If you’ve never read the book or attended the class – just ask yourself this question, “What would it feel like to not have any payments?”