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Trapped in the Midst of Wealth

Do we have any idea what is happening in the concrete jungles of the world? Hardly! We only hear the names of big cities…Paris, London, Moscow, New York….and more. What is actually happening in these great metropolises is anybody’s guess. They are only names…without real understanding of the hard working people in their midst.

In these great cities of steel and stone are real people who are trapped in a cycle of over-population, rising costs, air pollution and the rush for investors to take every inch of land in order to build…and build. These great towers rise high and gleam in the sky…the symbol of wealth and prosperity….or DOES IT?

Take a look at our large cities and you might get an answer if you have something to compare the life of those living there and the lives of others around the world. It could make us decide that life in many American towns, even with the great improvements that need to be made, is good and should be appreciated. We must not forget that for most our blessings are great! Perhaps this blog will help us put things into perspective.

You are going to have the opportunity to follow the lives of some select people in a towering city of gigantic, concrete high rises and see what things are really like….HONG KONG. This story can be played out in any large city in the world as desire for more and more constitutes the creed in the world.

But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. 1 Timothy 6:9

Hong Kong

Hong Kong is by far the largest source of foreign direct investment in China, totaling U.S.$76 billion by the end of 1995. Mainland money is also pouring into Hong Kong, with Chinese companies investing as much as U.S.$60 billion in the territory in recent years. (Rand)

WHAT IS THE PROBLEM…IN ALL THIS PROSPERITY?

“In glitzy and prosperous Hong Kong, thousands live in conditions deemed an “insult to human dignity”. Low-income residents who can’t keep up with soaring property prices have no choice but to cram into homes barely bigger than a coffin or wire cage. More than 200,000 Hongkongers survive in the cramped and squalid conditions of so-called coffin houses and cage homes. “(RT documentaries)

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A BRIEF HISTORY OF HONG KONG and ECONOMIC IMPORTANCE

Starting out as a farming fishing village and salt production site, it became an important free port and eventually a major international financial centre. The Qing dynasty ceded Hong Kong to the British Empire in 1842 through the treaty of Nanjing, ending the First Opium War. (Wikipedia)

The treaty of Nanking in 1842 ceded Hong Kong to the British. Their big ships and military might meant China had little choice at the end of the first opium war. It was given to them in perpetuity. … It was this, the New Territories, that in 1898 the British pledged to give back in 1997 (Newsweek)

Hong Kong exists as a Special Administrative Region controlled by The People’s Republic of China and enjoys its own limited autonomy as defined by the Basic Law. (Investipedia)

The cause of the 2019–20 Hong Kong protests was the proposed legislation of the 2019 Hong Kong extradition bill…and demands for democratic reform…and the fear of losing a “high degree of autonomy” in general. (Wikipedia)

Hong Kong Protests

Hong Kong is officially known as the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. Hong Kong has one of the world’s most thriving economies and is a hub for international trade and investment. A cosmopolitan city, Hong Kong weaves Western and Asian influence into a world-class center of business, culture, and trade. (Hong Kong Atlanta)

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One would think that the power and influential of Hong Kong would have economic problems figured out for the workers of this vast empire. However, the desire for wealth doesn’t mean that the average, working citizen can live with any dignity. The economy of any nation is extremely important, but the workers who are the steam behind the engine must not be overlooked.

I’ve asked why most of the workers in our country and others are the poorest of the poor…the most vulnerable to disease that spreads to others? Why are they mostly the only ones willing to work? Why, even during the pandemic in the U.S., did many of these workers, mostly Spanish or Asian, continue working in the slaughter houses while others collected unemployment, refusing to return to work as long as the government paid out?

The answer is simple…they did not want to lose a job that was their only life line. This is also the reason for the workers interviewed in the video below. We must not forget that Hong Kong is still under the thumb of communistic China. You will see in one episode where the men refused to be photographed in fear of losing the only thing they had…a job and a tiny place to live, not much bigger than your average large dog cage in the USA. Fear is a great motivator in survival.

Governments and companies should look seriously at the Holy Scripture and its promises to the worker in Psalm 128:2. The worker is promised something from God if the bosses over them do not interfere.

“You shall eat the fruit of the labor of your hands; you shall be blessed, and it shall be well with you.”

 God rewards those who work hard. They deserve to be rewarded and blessed with a good and decent life. Authoritarian powers often cancel out God’s purposes. The world will suffer and men’s actions and greed will eventually be held accountable…not only in the East…but the West.

New York City

“You shall not oppress a hired servant who is poor and needy, whether he is one of your brothers or one of the sojourners who are in your land within your towns. You shall give him his wages on the same day, before the sun sets (for he is poor and counts on it), lest he cry against you to the Lord, and you be guilty of sin. Deuteronomy 24:14,15

This video, Trapped inside Hong Kong’s cage houses” proves what over-crowing and rising costs leads to completely being trapped for these Hong Kong’s workers. When watching this, keep in mind that the same thing can happen in any large city in the world today.

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In Honor of All Veterans

American flag held high

HONORING THOSE WHO SERVE

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Retired Chaplain William Boyer greets Veterans

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Our future veterans show respect and honor

 

This post is in honor of all veterans and their families who have given so much for the country they love, the United States of American.  God Bless You!

Funeral of John McCain, Washington DC, USA - 01 Sep 2018

A Military Honor Guard carries the casket of late Senator John McCain, a  prisoner of war, after a funeral service at the National Cathedral in Washington, DC.   01 Sep 2018  Photo by REX/Shutterstock (9843284ac)

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VIDEO:   Passengers on an airline witness the bringing home one of our bravest and finest.  Thank you to all USA Veterans, for your service.

IN HONOR OF Green Beret WO1 Shawn Thomas


Total Eclipse…Ready or not..It CAME!

total eclipse sun and moon

UPDATE:   THE ECLIPSE CAME AND WENT.  BELOW IS HOW WE IN THE USA PREPARED FOR IT.  THE VIDEO HERE IS HOW ONE TOWN IN NORTH CAROLINA HAD FUN WITH IT.  ENJOY!

 

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Eclipse Preparation:

You may be saying to yourself, “Yes, the total eclipse is an exciting event…but what’s all the commotion about it?”

Well, I thought the same thing until I read an article by space.com.   The practical side of the event was something I had not thought of…so here goes to all my readers who may be faithfully waiting or those who may be caught unawares at the exact moment on August 21st.   If you live in the US and miss this event, you’ll have to wait 7 more years, until April 8, 2024, to see a total solar eclipse from a location in the contiguous United States.

If you are lucky to live between Oregon and South Carolina this year, you will be viewing the eclipse in the most narrow path of the totality.  Others in the U.S and outside the U.S will still have a view, but only a partial eclipse.

total eclipse

Here are some things that I learned from the article mentioned:

  • There will be big traffic jams heading toward the most direct path in the U.S.A…perhaps millions of visitors from all over the world.   We know what a minor accident on an interstate can do to your wait time.  Should you be out in traffic (not advised… if possible stay put) at the moment of the eclipse, you may need the following because of traffic:  FULL tank of gas, snacks, something to entertain children (and don’t forget they need eye protection when watching) etc. etc. 

 

  • You need SPECIAL, APPROVED GLASSES to view the eclipse. ..or you may cause great damage or blindness to your eyes.   Not all glasses will help you…certainly not regular sun glasses.  They must meet the ISO 12312-2 international safety standard. 

 

  •  If you are looking for the approved standard and not a fake,  “Purchase a pair from one of the manufacturers or vendors that have been approved by the American Astronomical Society.” They must be rated 14 or higher.  This includes any sales online.  (Click here to see the vendors)     (We plan to buy ours from Lowe’s Hardware since Lowes is practically my husband’s second home.)

Link:    Here is how you can tell if your glasses are safe. 

This is a list of times that you can see the total eclipse in its duration on August 21…that is if you live in these cities in the U.S.A.   (for 100 cities across the USA) 

Location Partial Eclipse Begins Sun Completely Obscured
Salem, OR 09:05 am PDT 10:18 am PDT
Idaho Falls, ID 10:15 am MDT 11:33 am MDT
Casper, WY 10:22 am MDT 11:43 am MDT
Lincoln, NE 11:37 am CDT 1:03 pm CDT
Sabetha, KS 11:38 am CDT 1:05 pm CDT
Jefferson City, MO 11:46 am CDT 1:14 pm CDT
Carbondale, IL 11:52 am CDT 1:21 pm CDT
Hopkinsville, KY 11:56 am CDT 1:25 pm CDT
Nashville, TN 11:58 am CDT 1:28 pm CDT
Talulah Falls, GA 1:07 pm EDT 2:37 pm EDT
Columbia, SC 1:13 pm EDT 2:43 pm EDT
Charleston, SC 1:16 pm EDT 2:47 pm EDT

Please note that this list includes only a small selection of locations where the total eclipse will be visible. You can look up more locations in our Eclipse Database or via the Eclipse Map.

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You may want to gather your children or grandchildren around your computer and explain exactly what is happening when a total eclipse occurs.  Throughout the centuries the ignorance and lack of understanding science caused many fears and tales of dome and hysteria.   A blogger acquaintance of mine in England has written an interesting blog on this subject. ( See Stephen Liddell’s blog )

HAPPY VIEWING to ALL  from Boyer Writes

Video showing pattern world wide..click the lower arrow if doesn’t start.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Live cam Baby Eagles hatch in D.C.

 

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High in a tulip poplar, nesting bald eagles are carefully watching their baby birds hatch. This tree is in the United States National Arboretum  in Washington, D.C.   It is a wonder of nature that we are now able to enjoy.  Click on Live Camera below.   Decide on Cam A or B and then enlarge picture for best viewing.  Watch as often as you’d like.  ( Update:  Now both eggs have hatched and the parent eagles are busy keeping them fed and under their feathers. If you watch long enough, you may see them at feeding time.)

Live Camera catches their every action.

Learn More about the U.S. National Arboretum

Credits:   © 2016 American Eagle Foundation, EAGLES.ORG.


A Special Privilege for ALL AMERICANS…the ability to CHOOSE

Americans know that voting is a special privilege and vote they did in 2014…making the Republicans the majority in both the House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate! 

For those who do not take this privilege for granted, the line can not be too long or the place too challenging. They will get out and vote. Others leave the privilege to someone else. I think there are some great reasons for voting and some great pictures to prove the point just given:

  • We can vote because we are free!
  • We will most likely not be shot at the polls…as in some countries.
  • Americans have died on the coasts of Normandy and places around the world, to see that we can keep this privilege.
  • If we voted and things did not work out the way we hoped, we can vote again in another election, and see if we can get it right.

We can debate the issues…agree to disagree…but the FINAL VOTE IS OUR OWN.

Enjoy these pictures of American voters:

Cowboy voter in Nebraska

Family voting

Always a voter

Voters in New Mexico get ready

The horse knows the way

Voters in Kentucky

Everyone can vote

Religion does not matter…just vote

Whatever language, voters come in California

Voting booth in Alaska

Voting in a store in Ohio

Just waiting to vote in Vermont

 

  Thank you to all of you  who used this privilege on voting day!


A Land of Plenty

We are a land of PLENTY.  Even when buying food for the table is difficult for some, there are  others who  reach into the pantry…taking  donations to the food banks and to the churches who give enough food for many to enjoy this American Holiday of  THANKSGIVING.  Many homeless and out of work people will be fed this holiday.  They will not be forgotten.

As we sit down to a lovely spread…before the football…and the friendly conversation of family members and friends, let us give real, heart-felt thanks for the traditions of this country; freedom of religion and of prayer…and a great, beautiful world, set in our solar system. We must not forget the big picture of who we are and how fragile our existence may be…giving thanks for each day. 

  We thank our God, who has given a fertile land to grow food and hard-working people to produce it.  We give thanks for those who bring it to our grocery stores, clean and neatly presented.  We thank the cooks who work for days to bring to the table a special meal. 

Yes, in ALL THINGS, GIVE THANKS.     HAPPY THANKSGIVING!


Sunset Beach Cape May, NJ, USA Everynight!

Most people have trouble doing something, even religiously, every day…or every week…and especially EVERY NIGHT!?

You are going to meet a man, who has kept his promise to the man who sold him property, and to the service men and women of America who gave so much!   Every night, at sunset…on Sunset Beach…Cape May, NJ…the crowd gathers.   I am sure it goes on whether it rains or if it is cold.  If you were in your 80’s…if I were, I am wondering if the dedication would be so strong.  Take a look for yourself.  It is inspiring.  Thank you, Kelly, for sharing this with Boyer Writes.

SUNSET BEACH


OUR WONDERFUL BALD EAGLE

Bald Eagle on Little Lake Harris Florida

Walking along Little Lake Harris the other day, I heard a commotion in the tall cyprus trees.  Looking up, I saw two bald eagles, their white heads gleaming in the sun. The respect and awe that we feel for these beautiful birds is extremely emotional. Taking the picture, above, I wanted them to stay so I could enjoy them just a few more minutes. Off one flew! He rose high into the air, never looking back. He was free…strong…and aloft. It is wonderful to have a bird such as this as a national emblem.

As Christians we sing the song, “On Eagles Wings…”    To soar in faith…to not look back…to lift up to God in confidence….just as the mighty, great eagle.  

Click here for a look at a beautiful trained Bald Eagle


In Flanders Fields and Those Who Serve

Boyer Writes presents In Flanders Fields in honor of all veterans in all wars. Take up the torch….and pass it on.
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  IN FLANDERS FIELDS   (The Poem read)      
             

To Whose Who Serve

A MUSICAL TRIBUTE


“…to SEE takes time” Georgia O’Keeffe

O'Keeffe in New Mexico

As a photographer, I  pattern much of my visual images after the painter, Georgia O’Keeffe.   She was a woman who was truly herself.  Life was not without trials, as she suffered a nervous breakdown and family did not understand her.  She loved New Mexico and nature.  Buying a Ford Model A , that she could hardly drive, she set out to see the beauty all around her.  Of  New Mexico, she said, “Such a beautiful, untouched, lonely feeling place…such a fine part of what I call the ‘Faraway’. It is a place I have painted before . . . even now I must do it again.”[

 I was impressed  and honored, when a young man looked at my photography and said,  “Georgia O’Keeffe?’   We talked art and  about my inspiration in her work, finding out that this young man was a tatoo artist.  He also was an admirer of Georgia O’Keeffe.    Never under-estimate our youth!  There are still some who know her. 

The quote below that I best love  is so true of life:

“Sill in a way….nobody sees a flower….it is so small.   We haven’t time….and to see …takes time…like to have a friend takes time.”  G.O’Keeffe

Black Iris

 

Red Canna

Georgia O’Keeffe was given the highest medal of honor for art by President Ford.  She lived to be 98 years old.  

Today, I plan to look for the smallest flower.  Take time, it will be worth it.

Calla Lilies on Pink


Joy of Coming Home

American Troops Head Home

 

After being away from family and friends for any length of time, there is nothing  like coming home.  Having spent time in foreign countries, I remember the exhilarated feeling I experienced as the airline landed in my country, my state, my city… home!    While away, there had been good times, trying times, tiring times  but nothing to compare with what our fighting men and  women have experienced in Iraq and in Afghanistan.    While teaching, my fifth grade class had one- on- one discussions  with American veterans and Holocaust survivors.  Each told  his story.  The students  listened with great interest;  leading one student to say, “ We may be the last generation to see and know these brave WWII veterans.”   

In our present day, we have a new set of veterans who will share their stories with their children and grandchildren.   Many of them left experiences behind that they wish not to remember.  Some lost their buddies.  They are now  packed up and ready to come home.   What do they face stateside?     Each will be different, but it could be one of these:

  • A new baby
  • A change of a different career
  • Someone they have decided to marry will get an engagement ring
  • The spouse that did not wait.
  • The spouse who faithfully waited.
  • A big steak, pizza, or American hotdog.
  • A ballgame with friends in front of the TV
  • A picnic with family

So much to come home to and so much to leave.    All the questions:

  • What did our time here mean to the people of Iraq?
  • How will they do without us?
  • Will the government change….will life change once we are gone?
  • Will the people left behind have the courage to maintain some of the freedoms they have found?

Our young men deserve our love and attention.  Thankfully, there are those who meet them at the airport; thank them for their service; and help them re-connect to the life waiting for them.    It is devastating, however, for those who must meet  the remains of their loved one, draped in the American flag.   They, most of all, need our love and appreciation.  

The video below sends our warmest “Welcome Home” to our troops.

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Cold Chicken for Breakfast?

   

Eggs Benedict Anyone?    Maybe some fries with cheese on top!   
A COLD CHICKEN LEG?
 
 
I think we can safely say that Thomas Jefferson, one of our founding fathers of this great nation, is to be blamed for the obese people in America!  
 
 Hey, we have to blame someone and of course it could not be McDonald’s, poor parenting, or the choices we make, could it? 
 Jefferson is credited with  introducing french fries, waffles, ice cream and macaroni and cheese to the American palate.   Having read about this, I started to wonder about why we eat things we do and especially when we eat them.  Opening the refrigerator early in the morning, nothing looked better than a good chicken leg…ice cold with all that great tasting grease unable to drip.  Whoever  said that bacon, eggs, or even cereal was a morning meal?  Don’t we have it reversed somewhat?   A protein to get one started…and a nice bowl of cereal in the evening to put us to sleep. 

Asian Americans

Have you ever seen a fat Asian person?  Not many unless they are training for a wrestling match in Japan.    Most Asian Americans like to use fresh food in their cooking. Unlike the fast food society of the United States, they select live seafood, fresh meats, and seasonal fruits and vegetables from the local market to ensure freshness.  Meat is eaten once or twice a month in some cases.    You mean they wouldn’t go for the southern fried drum-stick for breakfast?  

America is a melting pot, as we all know.  We come from everywhere.   Even our restaurants reflect this. The most popular are Italian, Chinese, Thai, Japanese, French, Portuguese, Spanish and Greek.  However the diet most  uniquely American are the  the good old standbys:
  • Cheeseburgers
  •  Hot dogs
  •  Fried chicken (yeh…for breakfast even)
  • Submarine sandwiches …also called subs, hoagies, grinders and heroes
  •  Pizza

Don't think about calories! They are off the chart.

Obesity?!   I rest my case.    But……..they are soooooo good!  

This leads me to think that we need to re-educate  ( a good Communist word)  our palette.  

I remember coming home from Mongolia a few years back after eating  borscht  
and soup  ( Russian dishes) for two months.  Having lost twenty five pounds, I arrived in the USA.  My first bite of chocolate was as if I had put twenty spoonfuls of sugar in my mouth…all at the same time!   It was disgusting.   I soon got over that problem!   So, re-education can be done.  It takes time and the determination to change the taste buds.  

Ever watch children with parents in a grocery store?  All the negotiating that goes on would wear out  any mother!    Parents who can go grocery shopping without their children are one step ahead.  It is not only faster, but better choices can be made without the crying and whining.   

  Recently I saw a program on a mother who fixed about three separate meals for her family because everyone liked different things.  Whatever happened to, ” Eat your spinach and be quiet!”   

  Parents have to set good examples.  The majority of obese people, we are told, come from lower-income levels.  When living in Virgina, I noticed that even though the economy was hurting, many  families still ate out.   The size of some of these families was amazing. I am referring to the weight size and  I speak of teens and children as well as mother and father.  The waitress would ask, ” Do you want cheese on your fries?”  The answer was usually,”Yes” from  all seated.  No examples here.      

Recently I heard that  the airlines are charging extra for the extender belt.  What, you  may ask, is an” extender belt” if you have never seen one?   It’s about 24 inches of extra belt to add to  the  regular seat belt… making it big enough for one’s really big belly!    Because it is a little embarrassing  to have to ask for one, you can even bring your own.  ( Available on line for about $54.)  I think you have the picture.  

airline seat-belt extender

We are told that nature equips us with a desire for carbohydrates and fats, as these foods provide immediate energy when food is scarce.  In our society, for the most part, food is not scarce.   Yes, more people are finding help at the local Food Bank.  There is no shame in this.  I remember when I was a single parent many years ago having to resort to food stamps to feed my little flock.  After getting a good teaching job, I was able to go it on my own.   I think limited help is why these programs exist; although some make it a life supplement.    There are the homeless today who appreciate that one hot meal that they line up for at the Salvation Army or some other private charity.   Having enough food is for most not the problem.   Unfortunately, we are also a country of wastefulness.  We are highly regulated  in restaurants, which may be good for health reasons.  As the minutes tick away,  certain meals, by law, are dumped in the trash.  Some places still send day-old bread for people to pick up.  This is a good thing.  

  I remember people saying, “ Eat your food. Think of the little children starving in Africa.”   Well, if it is not Africa, it is in the flooded areas of Pakistan or China.  Don’t forget the people still reeling from last year’s  hurricane in Haiti.  It always seemed like such a strange thing to say because the food on our plate will do no good in another country unless we are willing to send part of our grocery money to relief agencies.   Many Americans do this.   Our government is quick to send help, through our tax payers dollars,  around the world  in times of need.  The generosity of Americans is well known.

Food…food…food.  It almost makes me want to stop thinking about it.   But just wait….when my  stomach begins to grind a little, nothing can be better than that left-over chicken leg beckoning me to the refrigerator.  

In all things, give THANKS.


A Tough Job Dealing with the Crooks and the Kooks

    

God bless the police.   They give so much and in many cases their lives.
 

Honor Guard for a fallen policeman

 

 

   

Police from around the world look at things in different ways.  They have duties that are often little appreciated.  We expect them to be there when we need them.  We expect this 24-7. What do they feel?   What is life like on the beat?  What makes them weep?   What makes them laugh?   What do they talk about?    That uniform with all the badges and that impressive weapon on the hip, do we really know these guys?  
 
 
 
 

  

 
 
 
 
 

  

 We salute not only our American policemen, but law enforcement around the world.  Wherever we travel,  we see the local police.  They sometimes seem and look different to us.

German Police

  While we were traveling to Israel, they stood guard over our jet.  Some are heavily armed, as this Israeli force, and some simply carry their sticks.  They mix with the neighborhoods; perhaps riding their horses, and walking the beat.  

 Wherever they are, they are out there everyday with all the kooks, trying to keep things running smoothly and safely  for the rest of us.  Oh, yes, they have some bad eggs who want to be overly rough.  Some years ago when I was teaching at a community college in the evenings,  the “police class”  was always the loudest and most rambunctious !   However, I’m glad it’s them, and not me, when they pull over a car that may have a gun poked in their faces  or ready to drag them down the street on the get  away.     

 
 
 

    

 
 
 
 

  

Police in Pakistan

 

  Here in the USA,   I see the policemen and the under-cover agents ( who are not so under-cover) having that cup of coffee and  sinfully sweet  donuts.  Those laughs I hear must be about the stupid public. They have to laugh to stay sane.    Here are a few stories they may be sharing.  

  • Marijuana Arrest           45 year old Amy Brasher was arrested in Texas after a mechanic reported to police that 18 packages of marijuana were packed in the engine compartment of the car which she had brought to the mechanic for an oil change.  According to the police, Brasher later said that she didn’t realize that the mechanic would have to raise the hood to change the oil. 

    

  • The Gasoline Thief        A man was attempting to siphon gasoline from a motor home parked in Seattle.  When the police arrived, they found that he had gotten much more than he bargained for.  They found him curled up next to the motor home where he had plugged his hose into the sewer tank by mistake.   Ugh!

    

  • Not So Bright Bank Robber       (As a teacher, I love this one.)   A man walked into the Bank of America and on the back of a deposit slip wrote, “ghis ix a stikkup. Put all your muny in a bag.”   While waiting for the teller to read the note, he worried that she may be calling the police.  He took his note and walked across the street to Wells Fargo.  After reading it, the teller thought maybe he was a few sandwiches short of a picnic…so she told him that because it was written on a Bank of America slip, that he would have to go back there to collect.  He left the bank; the teller called the police, and they found him at the Bank of America waiting patiently in  line.  

So thanks again to our policemen.  No one said that crooks were geniuses.  It’s a tough job, but we’re glad that sometimes you get a good laugh.  You may even have to share your donuts with some of those cute guys that you arrest!   

Police share donuts with arrested protester

 

    

Police in the UK

 

Police of the Victorian era

 

I am certain that the police  have seen it all.   Our tribute to the American police force and their canine units.  Get those bad guys and those not so bright!   We count on you!   

American Policeman and his K9

 

AGAIN....THANK YOU!

 


Summer Time and the Living is Easy

Day Lily of Summer

Having just returned from the North Carolina mountains, we were greeted with a burst of color.    The roses were in bloom; the day lilies were reaching for the sky, and the lawn needed mowing.

  I decided it was time to bring out the photography that showed the glory of God’s creation at this time of year.       I could not resist adding a few of my abstracts inspired by nature and architectural design.    In fact some of these may end up on fabric for new skirts and purses,  if I am truly creative this year.

   Enjoy this slide presentation as you lean back and breathe in the beauty of nature.   Remember the cold winter and enjoy the summer!

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The Gift of Ourselves

Jelks Preserve on Myakka River

Today I am sharing with you something you may have missed because you do not live on the Gulf Coast of Florida, U.S.A.

 Narrator Jack Perkins will share with you  two people who have given a “gift of themselves”.  What can be more wonderful than this? 

  The first part is about Mary Jelks and her husband who are both retired physicians and wanted to save 600 acres of the Florida coast from development.   All they wanted was to preserve nature for future generations in its natural form as God had made it.  Spending over a million dollars to do so, one would not believe that this woman in her 80’s would actually go out and pick up bottles thrown carelessly into the river and the area around it. See for yourself the determination of this special person.  Never complain again about what you can or can not do if you are getting older.  She will put you to shame.  

The second part is about a young man whose life was spiraling out of control.  He decided things had to change.  Giving of himself to another was his road back from the brink. You will be inspired, I am certain. 

 Hold on to your hats, if you want a little wilder ride with the Roller Girls and a little melody from the smooth voices of retirement.  Life lived to the fullest.   How much more can we ask?      Click to   Watch .


3rd in series DYING FOR THE CHRISTIAN FAITH (in America)

Boynton Beach, Florida USA

Michigan, USA

Illinois, USA

 
What do these three maps have in common?  They are three locations where Christians have died for sharing their Christian faith or speaking out to the values that they believe are part of the Christian faith.    I will take them one at a time and elaborate on the one closest to my home in Florida.   I will leave names out except for the home towns and states they represent. 
  In Boynton Beach, Florida, two young men were sharing their Christian faith with another man.  Both men were in their 20’s and the man they spoke to for a brief period of time was 18.    A phone call came in to the 18-year-old and he walked away.  Just as suddenly as he had left, he returned.  The two young men started to greet him and this is when he pulled out a gun and shot the one.  The other began to run and was shot in the back.  The young man then shot him through the head execution style.  This was according to the Boynton Beach  police who arrested the shooter and charged him with two counts of first degree murder.
A grandfather stood in front of his granddaughter’s high school holding a pro-life sign in Owasso, Michigan.   He was shot.
A minister of the gospel  was murdered while preaching in his own pulpit in Maryville,  Illinois
The media has said little about these assault on Christians.     Some churches have had to resort to security systems for the staff while they work in the church during week days.   Security has always been an issue here in the United States for the Jewish synagogues.     Now, it seems that Christians are having to take many of the same measures.  
  How do Christians hold up under extreme persecution and murder?   I know personally of one story that happened a few years ago in Eustis, Florida.   A mother and her two daughters were coming out of a grocery store.   They were abducted by two young men; taken to an isolated area and the two little girls were murdered.   As the mother prayed and begged for her life, those assaulting her mocked her prayers.   The mother was shot and left for dead.   By a miracle, even though she was shot in the face, she was able to crawl to get help.  
 It would be understandable if this woman had crumbled under such an ordeal.    With Christ as her strength, she went back to college and finished her degree.  She continued as a Christian  minister and shares her faith and story with many people.   She also continues to recover from her numerous wounds and surgeries.  What an inspiration she is to others!
In other writings on those who have died for the Christian faith, I have researched the drawing on God’s strength that these martyrs possessed.   It may be that our modern day generation with its  freedom of religion, that we have enjoyed ,will be severely tested.    Are you as a Christian ready to be counted and not to flinch?   I ask myself the same question. 
 

All Americans

Americans

They came to these shores from around the world.  They came for a better life.  They bled and died for freedom.  Every nationality…every color of skin… now all Americans.   They work and pray for the children to follow them.  We are Americans.  Freedom and equality  are our most precious resources. 

  Without freedom to choose,  we will not have an America.   We need to be born anew as Americans…..to look

at what we have, even in the tough times!   So many around the world would give all for this freedom….to speak out…to rally….to vote….and to pass along this hope.   Many die around the world, as they take to the streets, to have what we have that others paid for with their blood.   We must not become complacent.