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About Butch Dean

I was born and raised in the mid-west and attended high school in the '50's. My paths in life have taken me from a teenager in the fifties to the U.S. Navy in the sixties; from a blue collar worker to a nursing degree; from Illinois-Arkansas-Florida-Tennessee and back to my hometown in Illinois. Many roads have I traveled and many travelers have I met along the way, all with stories to be told. With my faith in God and “dust on my shoes,” I travel the writer’s path. My poetry and writings are about faith, hope, love and the human condition. It is my sincere hope that the thoughts expressed will find a way to speak to your heart and soul. "It's never too late and you are never too old to do what you’ve always wanted to do.”

The Lord is My Shepherd

“I shall not want.” The 23rd Psalm continues to speak of the ways the Shepherd takes care of His own. If you read no farther than the 1st verse, you would know the totality of the Shepherds care. “I shall not want” (have need of anything…need not fear anything… need not despair nor feel alone or abandoned…). With the Shepherd, you have all you will ever need.

 

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Thinking Out Loud

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Once, I ordered from the right side of the menu…

the waitress brought me $4.98.

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It is said that age brings wisdom…wonder if I will live that long.

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If you stay busy doing something all your life…

how will you qualify to do nothing when you retire?

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My house floors have squeaks…I like it…covers up mine.

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I could have done better in school…if “F” meant “fantastic.”

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My ex-wife supported just about everything I did…except breathing.

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In parochial school, the corner was my friend…spent a lot of time there.

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It was second grade before I realized giant penguins were also called nuns.

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As a Catholic boy, my confessions were always the same…

guess I was a repeat offender.

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When I was little, I talked to myself…everyone thought it was cute;

now that I’m old, when I talk to myself…everyone thinks I’m crazy.

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When your little and lose your temper…”Oh! How cute”

when your old and lose your temper…”Oh! How senile”

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When your little, you have no name…you’re a cutie…sweetie pie…dearie

When you get old, nothing changes…you’re a honey…sweetie…dearie

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Smile today…it’ll make someone feel good…

they’ll also wonder what your up to.

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Keep the Faith

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Faith is Trusting and Believing. God’s ways and thoughts are not ours (Isaiah 55: 8-9), yet we continue to try to understand Him. Understand that He loves us so much that He suffered and died on a wooden cross. He asks us to trust, not question: to believe, not doubt. “Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Keep the Faith!

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Thankful in All Things and Circumstances

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“I have learned in whatever state I am, therewith to be content”

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Focus on what you have, not on what you don’t have.

To have your needs met doesn’t mean there is money in the bank; rather you have something to eat, a roof over your head and clothes on your back.

God knows what you need; let Him define that for you.

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Be anxious for nothing, be prayerful in everything

and be thankful in all things.

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