“Where are we going and why am I in a hand basket?.”

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I love books.

I have owned a library card over fifty years.

First stop at the mall is the book store.

What do you say we have a book discussion.

The book I’d like to talk about varies in size, depending on where you live. You don’t have to buy it.

You don’t have to check it out of the library. There is an excellent chance you already own it. I’m talking about the telephone book, but we’re not going to be talking about numbers. Open it to the section titled, “Zip Code and Street Guide.”

It would be safe to say just about every city, town, and village in The United States has a Main Street. After Main Street the next likely choice for identification is First, Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth Avenue or Street.

Beyond these basics, the names of streets, roads or drives are sometimes named in honor of a celebrity, hero, landmark or historical event. For example, Elvis Presley Boulevard, The Jack Nicklaus Freeway, Pennsylvania Avenue, and Bunker Hill Road.

In my directory I found streets, roads, drives, and courts with these names: Hope, Storm Haven, Sweet Day, Rainbow, Perfect, Bright Star, Blue Sky, Bird Song, Grace, Winner, Affirmed, Blessing, Anchor, Good Heart, Inspiration, Integrity, Joy, Love, Melody, and Serenity.

Although my mail comes to my house on North George Street, at times during my life I’ve found myself living other places.

Hard Luck Drive

Out of Money Street

Broken Heart Lane

Smashed Dreams Avenue

And I bet you’ve lived there too.

So now what?

Good question.

And let me refer you to the words of Charles R. Swindoll, author and pastor.

“The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude to me is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, than education, than money than circumstances, than failures, than success, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness, or skill. It will make or break a company…a church…a home. The remarkable thing is, we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past…we cannot change the fact people will act a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is plan on the one thing we have, and that is our attitude…I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it. And so it is with you…we are in charge of or attitudes.”

So if you were paying attention to what Mr. Swindoll just said, I look forward to visiting you at your new address – I HAD A HARD TIME BUT I LEARNED A LOT AND NOW I’M A BIGGER AND BETTER PERSON READY TO TAKE ON THE WORLD AVENUE.

Visit me at www.buddybloomwildflower.com




  1. Interesting post on street names. There is one near me named Chicken Pike, which always amuses me. Many around here are named for people you’ve never heard of. I suppose they were roads to someone’s farm in the rural past.


    1. Hello Sheila,
      Thank you for your interest in my blog.
      I’m also posting some favorite quotes on a twitter page – JerryS @buddybloombook
      I enjoy your stories too – thanks again for your encouragement.
      Peace and Grace


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