The Mouse That Wouldn’t Die

​”The Mouse That Wouldn’t Die”

In previous years when the mice came in from the cold we would purchase d-CON pellets. The mouse would eat them and go out for water. We never saw it again.

This year we couldn’t find that particular product so we bought another d-CON bait box. We put it in a safe place where Priscilla couldn’t get at it. 

This morning, while sitting in the kitchen, I heard a noise and saw movement on the floor out of the corner of my eye. I looked down and saw a mouse running in circles close to my chair. I thought, now what do I do? If I get up it will probably run off into another room, die, and I’ll never find it until it stinks. I stood up, the mouse kept circling. I grabbed the fly swatter and gave it three whacks. It stopped moving but was still breathing. I scooped it up, put it in a plastic bag, and put it in the trash can. A little later I heard a noise in the bag so I grabbed the bag, gave it a whack alongside the trash can and dropped it back in. No more noise from the critter. 

Why do I feel like a serial killer? I’m now thinking the mouse was having seizures and coming to me for help! Loving animals the way I do, I can’t believe I acted so uncompassionately toward a living creature. I’m still having trouble tonight knowing what I did to that mouse! 



A Sweet Surprise 

​”A Sweet Surprise”

I was browsing the DVDs at Walmart when I felt someone grab around my waist and hug. I looked down and here was this precious little boy holding on with his head rested on my back! I looked around behind me and saw two other children and I suppose, their mother. She saw my surprised expression and said, “I guess he thought you needed a hug!” I said, “Yes, and Thank You” to the dear heart and wished him a Merry Christmas. What a joy to have this delightful surprise the day after Black Friday!

What do you think caused this child to react as he did?  PMCBurkey 11/2016

Those Were The Days

​Those Were The Days!

Put On Your Thinking Cap…


Using Audience Relevance and Speaker Intent, read again Matthew 16:28, Mark 9:1, Luke 9:27…

“Verily I say unto you (who?), There be some (how many?) standing here (where?), which shall not taste of death, till they (who?) see the Son of man coming in his kingdom.” Matthew 16:28; Mark 9:1; Luke 9:27 

Who was speaking? Who was being addressed? When was this spoken?

So, who was the Son of man, and when did he come in his kingdom?


Using Audience Relevance and Speaker Intent, read again Matthew 24:34, Matthew 23:36, Mark 13:30, Luke 21:32…

“Verily I say unto you (who?), This generation (which generation?) shall not pass, till all (how many?) these things (what things?) be fulfilled.” Matthew 24:34; Matthew 23:36; Mark 13:30; Luke 21:32 

Who was speaking? Who was being addressed? When was this spoken? Was Jesus mistaken?


Using Audience Relevance and Speaker Intent, read again Matthew 23:35…

“That upon you (who?) may come all the righteous blood shed upon the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel unto the blood of Zacharias son of Barachias, whom ye (who?) slew between the temple and the altar (where was the temple and altar? were you there?).” Matthew 23:35 

Who was speaking? Who was being addressed? When was this spoken?


Using Audience Relevance and Speaker Intent, read again Hebrews 1:1-2a…

“God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past (when?) unto the fathers by the prophets, Hath in these last days (which last days?) spoken unto us (who?) by his Son…” Hebrews 1:1-2a 

When was this spoken? Who was being addressed? 

So, when were the ‘last days’?


Using Audience Relevance and Speaker Intent, read again Hebrews 9:26b…

“Now (when?) once (how many times?) in the end of the world (what was the world that ended?) has he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself (when was Christ sacrificed?) Hebrews 9:26b 

To whom was the book of Hebrews written? When was it written?

So, what was ‘the world’ and when did it end?


Using Audience Relevance and Speaker Intent, read again Hebrews 6:7-8…

“For the earth which drinks in the rain that comes often upon it, and brings forth herbs meet for them by whom it is dressed, receives blessing from God; But that which bears thorns and briers is rejected, and is near unto cursing, whose end is to be burned.” Hebrews 6:7-8

The word ‘earth’ may be a type and be figurative for the land, the planet, or the people according to the Hebrew/Greek word in the original text. Consider ‘earth’ in Hebrews 6:7. Taken in context, it’s speaking of people…those who continue on with God or those who fall away from Him.


Using Audience Relevance and Speaker Intent, read again Genesis 37:9-10…

“And he dreamed yet another dream, and told it his brethren, and said, Behold, I have dreamed a dream more; and, behold, the sun and the moon and the eleven stars made obeisance to me. And he told it to his father, and to his brethren; and his father rebuked him, and said unto him, What is this dream that you have dreamed? Shall I and your mother and your brethren indeed come to bow down ourselves to you to the earth?” Genesis 37:9-10

“Celestial Figures/Types”: Joseph’s dream of the sun, moon, and eleven stars bowing to him was figurative for his father, mother, and eleven brothers. 

Just like in Matthew 24; Mark 13; Luke 21; 2; Galatians 4:3-9; 2 Peter 3; Revelation 21:23…The celestial elements/heavens stood for people: oppressive, authoritative, or religious figures. 

Within the New Covenant we look to Jesus Christ, “The Sun of Righteousness” and “The Bright and Morning Star.” Malachi 4:2; Revelation 22:16.


Using Audience Relevance and Speaker Intent, read again Matthew 28:18-20; Mark 16:15.

Still waiting for the gospel commission of Matthew 28:18-20 and Mark 16:15 to be fulfilled before Jesus returns in vengeance? 

It’s said in Acts 2:1-6, that when Pentecost had happened, there were devout men out of every nation under heaven dwelling at Jerusalem.

In Romans 10:13-18 and Colossians 1:5-6, 23 Paul said the gospel was heard in all the world and was preached unto every creature under heaven.

Jesus’ vengeance was fulfilled on Jerusalem in A.D.70.  Wait no more!


Using Audience Relevance and Speaker intent, read again Acts 2:1-21 and Joel 2:27-32…

The supernatural events of Pentecost in Acts 2:1-21 were prophesied in Joel 2:27-32. 

Joel said they were to happen “in those days.”

Peter said, This is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel; “And it shall come to pass ‘in the last days’ says God, I will pour out my Spirit…”

So, when were “those, last days?”  Think about it!


Using Audience Relevance and Speaker Intent, read again Matthew 5:17-18…

Jesus said He had not come to destroy the law or the prophets, but to fulfill them. He said not one letter of the law shall pass until heaven and earth pass away and all is accomplished. Matthew 5:17-18

If the heaven and earth of the old covenant world have not passed away already, then the law has not passed either.

Then, are we now living within the grace of God through Christ, or are we still under the law?

Think about it!


Using Audience Relevance and Speaker Intent, read again 1 Corinthians 10:1-13…

“Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples [types], and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.” 1 Corinthians 10:1-13

Who sent this letter? Who received this letter? When was this letter received?

So, who was being admonished about “the ends of the world” having come upon themselves?

Think about it!


Many Biblical scholars believe and teach that the Bible books weren’t completed until circa A.D. 90. If that were so, then why didn’t the Bible writers speak of the Jerusalem temple having been destroyed in A.D. 70?

Think about it…


If Jesus spoke of the physical world/planet being destroyed in Matthew 24, why did he warn the people to flee to the mountains? Would that have made a difference in their being saved?

Think about it…


Today’s theologians speak of a coming “great tribulation”. Why?

Jesus, speaking in Matthew 24, warns of the days of great tribulation which occurred A.D. 70 (See the historical writings of Josephus). Jesus said in Matthew 24:21…”For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, NOR EVER SHALL BE.” According to Jesus, there will never be another great tribulation.

Think about it…

(PMCBurkey 2013)

Mazda and a Movie

​Took the Mazda for service today. I was glad to be the first one waiting. That meant I had control of the TV remote. I put my fave channel on, TCM…love the classics. Movie starting was a 1943 drama with some song and dance. Another lady arrived to wait. I asked her if she liked the classics. She said, “Yes, some of them.” We were watching and enjoying the film when another lady passing by commented on the movie. She said, “Oh, the good old days!” I turned to her and smiled, but then gave that a second thought. You see, the lady watching with me was darker skinned, and I wondered what she thought of the comment. This film contained a few scenes of darker skinned domestic help as most employed as such were in the 1940s. I wondered if she agreed they were ‘the good old days’? My vehicle was ready first. After paying I thanked my viewing partner for watching with me and said, “I enjoyed your company.” She said she enjoyed me too. We sometimes make comments without thinking first. In these days of racial unrest we must be careful to be thoughtful of others. Agree? 

~PMCBurkey September 2016

I Love You

​I had to Learn to Say, ‘I Love You.

Not hearing those words growing up, they didn’t come easily to me.

It wasn’t until I was 17 and visiting my sister that I witnessed saying ‘I Love You’ comes easily and naturally between family members.

I remember the day Mom and I were leaving to head back home. ‘I Love You’ wanted to come out of my mouth, but it was then that I realized it needed to come out of my heart. 

In today’s society, I believe we’ve grown and left the Victorian era of staid emotional display.

Today, ‘Love you’ is heard between many family members and friends.

May I make a suggestion?  Please add the ‘I’ to make it more personal and heartfelt. 

And at bedtime when you meet with your children for prayers and blessings ask them, “How have I shown you today that I Love You?”

PMCBurkey (2016)


I was twelve years old when my sister got her driver’s license. Mom let her take me to the drive-in movies to see ‘PSYCHO’. At the cellar scene with the chair turning round, seeing the corpse of Norman’s mother, and hearing the blood curdling screams, I put my hands over my ears and jumped out of the car! Of course, with all the speakers on I couldn’t escape the terror!
I have been following the A and E series, ‘Bates Motel’. It’s quite awesome now that I’m grown and have my courage up! The series fills in the missing pieces of Norman’s early life and continues into the madness of his adulthood.
I found this quote in season 4, episode 2 quite appropriate…Norman reading to Norma from ‘Great Expectations’…”You have been the embodiment of every graceful fancy that my mind has ever become acquainted with. The stones of which the strongest London buildings are made, are not more real, or more impossible to be displaced by your hands, than your presence and influence have been to me,…Estella, to the last hour of my life, you cannot choose but remain part of my character, part of the little good in me, part of the evil.”
Norman should have started to read with this part of the dialogue…”You are part of my existence, part of my-self.” Wouldn’t you agree ?!
PMCBurkey 2016

What’s in a Name ?

At work, we wore name tags displaying our first name, not an uncommon procedure. As my name consisted of eight letters, I used the first four which was considered my nickname, not an uncommon sounding name.
One day while doing business with a woman and her son, the mother asked, “Is that your name?” Surprised, I replied, “Yes!” Having no idea what she was thinking, I asked her, “Why?” She then told me that in Spanish, it refers to the male appendage, and seeing my name tag embarrasses her son! I then proceeded to tell her, “Well, I’m not Spanish, and if anyone should be embarrassed now, it’s me! Go look up the origin of my name, which is Greek in the full, and English in the short, meaning the weaver of threads.”
Granted, there are a growing number of Spanish in the USA now, but I will not change to suit them. I am who I am, and that’s all that I am !! (2016)