The Archives

Hi there. Mrs. Shife and I did some re-arranging in the bedroom - and no that's not code for getting it on you perverts - and I came across some journals that contained potential blog content. Well they never made it to the blog for one reason or another but now it's their time to shine so some of my previously unpublished random thoughts are down there. Yep look down. You see them? There they are. Enjoy.

Also, I received my first bad book review on Amazon and I took it amazingly well. By amazingly, I mean I created a fake account so I could give myself a positive review to balance out the negative one. I'm so mature sometimes. Anyway, I didn't go through with the fake review and just thought I would ask you - yes you - to leave me one if you have read my book. Here's the LINK to the review if you wouldn't mind helping out. Please and thank you.

From the Mr. Shife archives:
  • Leave this comment on porn sites: "Why are you doing this? Please come home. Your mother and I are heartbroken."
  • Like my Grandma said, "If you don't have sweat in your crack, then you aren't doing it right."
  • Let's go on that camping trip that we never talked about.
  • First I was dying to finish high school and start college. Then I was dying to finish college and start working. Then I was dying to marry and have children. Then I was dying for my children to grow old enough so I could go back to work. But then I was dying to retire. Now I'm just dying. And suddenly I realized I forgot to live. Appreciate your current situation and enjoy each day.
  • Yes, I know, I have to sleep on the couch tonight; but did you know men really don't mind that? It's like camping. I think I might be camping tonight because of this picture but I found it pretty funny:

  • If it itches, it will be scratched. We do that.
  • No one is in charge of your happiness but you.
  • Frame every so-called disaster with these words 'In five years, will this matter?'
  • You can lie to anyone else in the world, but you can’t lie to yourself.  Our lives improve only when we take chances, and the first and most difficult chance we can take is to be honest with ourselves.
  • One of the greatest challenges in life is being yourself in a world that’s trying to make you like everyone else.  Someone will always be prettier, someone will always be smarter, someone will always be younger, but they will never be you.  Don’t change so people will like you.  Be yourself and the right people will love the real you.
  • We’re gonna have a hard time ever being happy if we aren’t thankful for what we already have.
  • If you feel called to compare yourself to something, compare yourself to an earlier version of yourself.
  • And some funny gifs I found in my electronic archives. Wouldn't it be great if we had no selfie zone and this is how we could enforce it if someone thought they were above the law. 

  • And I hope you don't see any mean old pussycats this weekend. 

Have a good weekend.

I will persevere. I will keep moving forward. I will be the stream.


  1. Yes, I know, I have to sleep on the couch tonight; but did you know men really don't mind that? It's like camping.

    That's my favorite, the fridge is the ice chest and the TV and microwave are the campfire.

  2. I wish I had some archives to fall back on when the mind goes dry. Bad Review Lady=Boo! She doesn't know you and love you like we do, so her review doesn't count.

  3. I've kept other journals, diaries, and written down things over the years, but I've never saved any of it
    Be glad you did.

  4. Bad revue? You're kidding, aren't you? Must go check it out.

    Okay I did... don't worry about that odd one, Matt. She/he knows nothing! Everyone else loves your book, including me. Didn't leave a comment on account of Amazon's requirement to write so many words.

  5. Surely this is a site well worth seeing.

  6. I just found you through Jerry Beuterbaugh. Great blog. I'm looking forward to more visits here.


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