“Hi everybody! This is your friend and His, Broose … Broose the Moose!”
It has given me great pleasure to start off a ventriloquist act called “Cowboy Rob & Broose the Moose” with that line.
Starting in 1980 my good buddy hand puppet and I went to nursing homes in Pasadena, California to entertain. Broose humbly played the dummy. And he got all the glory! Cowboy Rob — a visual joke in my Hoss Cartwright hat and tennis shoes — was painfully not a cowboy, a fact which Broose was apt to exploit. My silly moose got to say all the witty, funny lines! Everybody knew who the real dummy was!
After marrying my merry Mary in November 1989 at age 38, and stepping in as father to her 4-year-old son and 8-year-old daughter, in July 1990 we eagerly moved back to my home state of Colorado to raise our family. Pretty quick we added 2 more daughters. Mary always wanted 4 kids, and on my side everybody tends to wind up with 3 girls and a boy.
We are happy to call Fremont County home, whether Penrose, Florence, or now Canon City. In that time, Broose and I have done shows in Colorado Springs and Steamboat Springs, and even one in France. When we’d speak, those who knew English would laugh and then when the French translation was given, the rest of the audience would laugh!
I have been blessed to travel to all 50 states, Israel and Jordan, Europe, Scandinavia, UK, Ireland, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
My wife says if I were an animal, I’d be a moose. Through about my first 60 posts I pretended that Broose was doing the writing and shared fun facts about moose.
In our shows, the best laughs were always with Bible jokes:
“Hey, Broose, what do you think of our stage?”
“It reminds me of the Broadway.”
“Oh, the fancy ones in New York City?”
“No, the broad way that leads to destruction!”
So anticipating that the Bible posts I planned to write might draw some negative fire, I figured people might take it better from a moose! And with no email address, the only recourse would be for hostile people to make a comment. In other words, it felt safe to hide behind Broose the Moose!
It’s time for changes. There are only so many fun facts about moose; with people it’s unlimited for eternity!
The big change has been that I would appreciate responses and feedback, even if negative. You just want to know that somebody is reading — and hopefully benefiting from — what you have expended much effort to share. You’re welcome to email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our slogan has morphed from “Blog from a Bog” to “Building the Family of God.”
And Broose the Moose has moved from bog to cotton!
My vision is that we’ll find answers to questions you might share, search out the glory of kings, and become more like children of God to become ready for His soon-coming Kingdom. As a former pastor put it so well, “If you are striving to be Christian, well good on you, let me help you any way I can!”
Broose the Moose will always be a part of me, and I still have a bull-headed mission: that you find more than you expect.
I am very grateful to you for reading and following this blog and sharing it with your friends and family. And I praise God for finishing 2016 after two years of writing with readers in 37 countries in all 7 continents.
P.S. In my Profile and here, I want to publicly thank http://www.wildlightimages.com (Andrew Thompson) for Broose’s dashing portrait.