Followers of my blog here may also be interested in following my new joint-venture blog with my wife Leslie: Ed n Les Possibilities at https://ednlespossibilities.wordpress.com/.
I intend to keep this blog going, but will be focusing more of my attention going forward there. So if you’ve like my posts in the past, you may also like following the new blog. Leslie is a wonderful writer with lots of richness to share.
For more Ed comics go to http://EdNovickComics.wordpress.com
Is this the best we can do, America?
Following many months of ugly – and I mean UGLY (with a capital UGH!)- campaigning, it would appear we have our options…Evil and Eviler (you decide which is which).
Is this really the best we can do, America? Doesn’t America deserve better?
We had some pretty capable leaders in the mix at the start of the latest presidential campaigning. But one by one candidates bowed out because Americans, the same ones who made Jerry Springer a household name, chose shock popularity over substance.
I’ve been shocked and offended repeatedly by the classless tactics employed by the candidates to get their party’s nominations. Name calling, insulting, and degrading rival candidates (and their spouses), and then having the nerve to ask them to back their campaign.
Can’t candidates talk on the issues and lead with eloquent vision anymore? Must they resort to degrading their competition?
Now we can all sit and watch the reality TV (and I mean REALITY – this is REAL people, not a television show) as the two millionaire candidates, who were once polite enough to invite, accept, attend and pose together for a nice photo together at the other’s wedding, turn to degrading their former host/guest in the most dastardly terms possible. How two-faced, back-stabbing and evil is that?
It’s just beginning. The next 5 months are going to be ruthless, shocking, disturbing, offensive – and ultimately disappointing – as one of these individuals are more than likely going to go down in history as our next American president.
Let’s hope they don’t take us all down with them. But if they do, I guess we’ll get what we’ve got coming to us.
Or, maybe we can all come to our senses on election day, and write in a vote for an independent Average Joe for President (http://www.voteforjoe.com/).
It could happen.
Share this story and maybe it will.
For more Ed comic “Edventures”, go to https://ednovickcomics.wordpress.com/category/edventures-with-ed/
Every once in a while you come across a piece of yourself in the archives.
Today I was at my mom’s, opened a box, and found a newsletter from 1980 in it. The newsletter was published by my grade school, St. Christopher in Midlothian, IL, to publish news and stories written by the students. In it I found the reason it was saved all these years — it included a poem I wrote in 8th grade.
Here it is for modern day reading, and archiving for future generations to discover. It’s not epic, but is one of the first poems I ever wrote and still have. It reveals the budding spark of love this poet has for poetry, many poems of which I’ve written and published on this blog.
God’s House At Night
Your entry begins with a shrill creek of the door,
No one is there but yourself and your Lord.
It’s pitch black in the Church – darker than night,
The flicker of candles gives the altar a highlight.
You feel your way to the pew and then you kneel down,
Then pray with no on in sight, and you hear not a sound.
The calmness and serenity while you talk to the Father,
All creation is quiet and gives not a bother.
– Ed Novick, St. Chris Crier school newsletter – 1980
To find some of Ed’s other poems on this blog: https://ednovick.wordpress.com/?s=poem
It’s that time of year again!
By popular demand I am once again publishing my annual Southland Chicago Summer Concerts Calendar!
The summer is approaching and one of my favorite summer activities is enjoying outdoor summer concerts.
Last year I enjoyed many of them.
This year, I want to enjoy even more of concerts.
And I want you to enjoy them too!
Toward that goal, I have compiled a calendar of free (and low cost) outdoor summer concerts around the Chicago Southland and nearby suburbs. The schedule includes band names, dates, times (where available), locations and links to more information.
Simply Click Here for the Calendar. Then print it for your reference all summer long.
When you’re looking for something to do some day this summer, you can check the calendar and head out to enjoy a free (or low cost) outdoor summer concert.
Maybe you’ll even see me there!
And please feel free to share a link to the calendar or this article with your own friends to maximize your own enjoyment of the concerts and make a party out of each outing.
May God bless you with a wonderful summer full of good music and good friends to share it with!
It’s that time of year for The Eddies again!
Yes, that long anticipated and celebrated night when Ed gives out awards to recognize excellence in everyday living to people in his life.
Here is Ed arriving on the red carpet with his beautiful newlywed wife, Leslie Novick, just before the awards show.
And The Eddie for Sweetest Daughter goes to …. Tess Novick!
And The Eddie for Best Boyfriend goes to….. Cesar Perez!
And The Eddie for Best Student goes to…. Canyon Novick!
And The Eddie for Best Boy-Band Singer goes to… James Lane!
And The Eddie for Best Bride AND Best New Wife goes to… the new Mrs. Novick. — Leslie Novick!
Thank you to all of you who demonstrate excellence in everyday living. Keep it up and you might win an Eddie of your own next year. Make yourself a Bitstrips character, make Ed your Facebook friend, and do something excellent and you might win an Eddie.
Be Ed-cellent to one another!
For more about The Eddies go to: https://ednovick.wordpress.com/2014/03/02/the-eddies/
For Ed Novick Comics go to: https://ednovickcomics.wordpress.com/
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This week’s Powerball lottery jackpot is expected to climb to $1.4 BILLION.
This story will tell you how to find your best chance of really winning.
Your chance of winning the Powerball jackpot is estimated at 1 in 292,000,000.
Someone I work with sent me the following odds trivia, writing: ‘Here are a few things that are more likely to happen than winning the Powerball lottery‘. (I didn’t verify the accuracy of the odds, but for the most part they make sense and are enlightening as to just how desperate we are to give up so much money for a remote chance to win.)
- Having identical quadruplets. (1 in 15 million)
- Becoming US president. (1 in 10 million)
- Becoming a Movie Star. (1 in 1,505,000)
- Becoming an astronaut. (1 in 12,100,000)
- Becoming a pro athlete. (1 in 22,000)
- Winning an Olympic gold medal. (1 in 662,000)
- Winning an academy award. (1 in 11,500)
- Finding out your child is a genius. (1 to 250)
- Dating a millionaire. (1 to 215)
- Getting a royal flush in a first hand of poker. (1 in 649,740)
They also shared some remotely possible occurrences that have worse odds than winning the lottery:
- Getting a perfect NCAA bracket (1 in 9,223,372,036,854,775,808)
- Shuffling a deck of cards into perfect, sequential order (1 in 10^68)
- Being hit by a meteor (1 in 182,138,880,000,000)
And lastly they shared one piece of odds trivia that proves that each of us are already big winners:
- The odds of you existing are 1 in 10^2,685,000
Clearly, you are a miracle. Every one of us are.
I recently got married to the most wonderful woman. If the chances of me existing are 1 in 10^2,685,000, and the chances of her existing are 1 in 10^2,685,000, then the chances of us finding each other and true love together are 1 in next to infinity (you do the math if you want to). Clearly, it is a miracle to find true love. God must be so in love with me to have created such a beautiful woman and then arranged for us to meet … and to have her love me?…. simply miraculous.
Here is another sobering odd: The odds that any one of us are going to get out of this life alive: 0
Given these last few odds, I’m convinced that the chances for God’s existence are clearly 1:1. And that’s as close to a sure thing as you’re going to get. And that’s why we need Him.
If you’re reading this, God loves you, and you’ve already won the jackpot: life.
Believe. He IS. And He loves you very much and has put you here for a reason. Do something good with your life, and start today by believing and trusting in God, the Almighty Creator who loves you like his precious child, and following The Lord Jesus Christ and His ways in your life.
If today is tough, as it was for me for a long time, keep fighting the good fight for another day…you never know what good God has in store for you.
What are the odds that anyone else is going to redeem you and make an eternal home for you? Even less than your chances of winning at Powerball.
Share this story with a Powerball player in your life who really needs to know just how rich they already are.