Weekly Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country
of West Texas
Tuesday, May 29, 2007
By Peggy McCracken
Double checking quote
no sure cure for senility
Tommy Williamson’s sharp eye caught a mistake in my scripture reference that closed last week’s column. In quoting the preacher about remembering the creator in the days of your youth, I labeled it from Proverbs instead of Ecclesiastes 12:1.
I think King Solomon wrote both, so it is not that big of a mistake, but I don’t like to make mistakes. Checking again to see why I would have mislabeled a scripture I know so well and have quoted many times, I found the first 11 chapters of Ecclesiastes missing from the paperback NIV Bible I used. Chapter 12, from which I quoted, is on a pace facing the last chapter of Proverbs. I got the chapter and verse correct, but picked up the wrong book heading from the top of the left-hand page.
Mistakes like that are easy to understand. Others I make defy reason. Some are just memory lapses, like the omission of parents’ names from that column about Darren Owens. I could think of Bea’s name, but not her husband’s. Which I later remembered is Gene. Darren’s middle name is G. and that should have been a clue.
I read in the Enterprise that a new computer program, called “Brain Fitness,” may help old people like me remember better. I am not sure I want to spend the time necessary to “perform hundreds of mental tasks five days a week for eight weeks,” not to mention $395 for the software.
Maybe I will just keep checking references, then double checking the heading to make sure I am on the right page.
“…before the days of trouble come and the years approach when you will say, ‘I find no pleasure in them.’” Eccl. 12:1b
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