This is another installment in the series where you asked the questions and I give the answers. For someone with very few answers, I sure can talk a lot. Kick back and enjoy my wordy double talk. You can see the other posts in this series here.
Larry Hehn wants to know:
Name six beards in history you’d like to see in person, and why.
- Abraham Lincoln–Honest Abe. Come on–who wouldn’t want to see that righteous chin strap he has? With such great wisdom as “You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time,” he’s a must see.
- Yosemite Sam–Arguably the best chops in the bearded world. He’s been sporting the 10 gallon hat and double six-shooters since 1943. He is sure to have a wealth of wisdom tucked behind that flame-orange face afro.
- Hudson Taylor–Missionary to China in the early 1800’s. He started out with a Lincoln-esque beard but later developed a more substantial follicle waterfall. He was “relationship evangelism” before it was cool. During a time when conventional wisdom said otherwise, he began dressing in native Chinese clothing because of his sensitivity to their culture. “No other missionary in the nineteen centuries since the Apostle Paul has had a wider vision and has carried out a more systematic plan of evangelising a broad geographical area than Hudson Taylor.” (1)
- Charles Spurgeon–A true bearded gospel man. He wrote in his Lectures to My Students, First Series that growing a beard is “a habit most natural, scriptural, manly, and beneficial.” Couple that with his tireless efforts in Christian work (preached to 10 million in his lifetime), and he is an A-list beard for sure.
- Aaron–Not just Moses’ brother. What beard list would be complete without someone from the Bible? Forget that most men had a beard during much of this time. You would think it would be tough to choose one, not so. I went with the man whose beard is specifically mentioned in scripture. If God inspired David to write about it, it must be special. Psalm 133:2
- Edgar Allen Poe–Sorry Larry, but Poe only has a lip filter, or mustache. I am a fan of his writings. It is true he was a bit dark but a genius none the less. I love a good detective story and Poe is credited with inventing the genre.
There you have six of my picks. I tried to cover a wide variety of men from Christians to cartoon characters. That is not to say that Yosemite Sam is not a believer. It was just difficult to substantiate definitively as he was so quick on the draw-and-shoot.
Kris Overtoom’s husband wants to know:
This one is specifically for my husband, who is looking forward in the very near future to three women in his life who could be experiencing ‘that cranky time” either in three-part harmony or rapid fire succession: What trick have you learned to keep the peace during the onslaught? Do you prefer the harmony or the succession?
Since raising our home total to a 3:1 ratio of women to men, I have searched the far reaches of the world for advice. I have found what I believe to be the best solution to this treacherous situation. It was penned by men far smarted than I. I think it’s Latin. It is a DEFCON 1 strategy, meaning this is the best course of action. The term is Es CàPe. It refers to the running and hiding in a coffee shop or public park with wifi until the threat of imminent danger has passed.
Anybody have any questions about these answers?
(1) Tucker, Ruth (1983). From Jerusalem to Irian Jaya A Biographical History of Christian Missions. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Zondervan. ISBN 0-310-23937-0., p. 73