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A Color God Made

February 17, 2013

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There is a color that God made. It is halfway between pink and dark peach. It doesn’t have a name and it rarely shows its face. It’s not in the Crayola box. It’s not the color in the photo above.

I see it sometimes in a sunset, even more rarely in a sunrise (mostly because I’m still in bed).

Once I saw it on a rose, but only for an afternoon.

In my mind it smells like dew; or like springtime in a deep forest. It smells like about-to-be-born. It smells like mystery.

I believe I will live in this color when I shed my skin at a ripe old age. Maybe my new body will glow with this peach-ish aura that ever-intensifies as I deepen my worship to the One Who created this vibrant hue and every other we cannot name.

I worship a Creator Who made these things and many more I cannot fathom. If the simple pleasure of a nameless color makes me glorify Him, I cannot imagine what awaits those who love Him for not only this, but for so much more

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Do as I Say, Not as I Do

January 19, 2013

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Your government does not respect you. This much is clear just at passing glance:

I could go on. (Harold Estes said it best. Worth the read.)

So, what’s the answer? For many of us it is concerted prayer. We need to keep that up–it could take a miracle to turn this country around. But we need to do more. We are on the road to a crisis and it doesn’t do us good to sit on our backsides or stick our heads in the sand. I recently read an older piece by retired journalist, Charlie Reece, in his final column in the Orlando Sentinel. Here it is:

545 vs. 300,000,000 People

Politicians are the only people in the world who create problems and then campaign against them.

Have you ever wondered, if both the Democrats and the Republicans are against deficits, WHY do we have deficits?

Have you ever wondered, if all the politicians are against inflation and high taxes, WHY do we have inflation and high taxes?

You and I don’t propose a federal budget. The President does.

You and I don’t have the Constitutional authority to vote on appropriations. The House of Representatives does.

You and I don’t write the tax code, Congress does.

You and I don’t set fiscal policy, Congress does.

You and I don’t control monetary policy, the Federal Reserve Bank does.

One hundred senators, 435 congressmen, one President, and nine Supreme Court justices equates to 545 human beings out of the 300 million are directly, legally, morally, and individually responsible for the domestic problems that plague this country.

I excluded the members of the Federal Reserve Board because that problem was created by the Congress. In 1913, Congress delegated its Constitutional duty to provide a sound currency to a federally chartered, but private,central bank.

I excluded all the special interests and lobbyists for a sound reason. They have no legal authority. They have no ability to coerce a senator, a congressman, or a President to do one cotton-picking thing. I don’t care if they offer a politician $1 million dollars in cash. The politician has the power to accept or reject it. No matter what the lobbyist promises, it is the legislator’s responsibility to determine how he votes.

Those 545 human beings spend much of their energy convincing you that what they did is not their fault. They cooperate in this common con regardless of party.

What separates a politician from a normal human being is an excessive amount of gall. No normal human being would have the gall of a Speaker, who stood up and criticized the President for creating deficits. The President can only propose a budget. He cannot force the Congress to accept it.

The Constitution, which is the supreme law of the land, gives sole responsibility to the House of Representatives for originating and approving appropriations and taxes. Who is the speaker of the House?John Boehner. He is the leader of the majority party. He and fellow House members, not the President, can approve any budget they want. If the President vetoes it, they can pass it over his veto if they agree to.

It seems inconceivable to me that a nation of 300 million cannot replace 545 people who stand convicted — by present facts — of incompetence and irresponsibility. I can’t think of a single domestic problem that is not traceable directly to those 545 people. When you fully grasp the plain truth that 545 people exercise the power of the federal government, then it must follow that what exists is what they want to exist.

If the tax code is unfair, it’s because they want it unfair.

If the budget is in the red, it’s because they want it in the red.

If the Army & Marines are in Iraq and Afghanistan it’s because they want them in Iraq and Afghanistan …

If they do not receive social security but are on an elite retirement plan not available to the people, it’s because they want it that way.

There are no insoluble government problems.

Do not let these 545 people shift the blame to bureaucrats, whom they hire and whose jobs they can abolish; to lobbyists, whose gifts and advice they can reject; to regulators, to whom they give the power to regulate and from whom they can take this power. Above all, do not let them con you into the belief that there exists disembodied mystical forces like “the economy,” “inflation,” or “politics” that prevent them from doing what they take an oath to do.

Those 545 people, and they alone, are responsible.

They, and they alone, have the power.

They, and they alone, should be held accountable by the people who are their bosses.

Provided the voters have the gumption to manage their own employees…

We should vote all of them out of office and clean up their mess!

Amen.

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Good Pigs, Bad Government

January 12, 2013

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Do you know how bad big industry pork is for you (and the pig)?

If not, view this:  Food, Inc.

Do you know how hard it is to find free-range pork? 

If not, read this:  Is it Safe to Eat Bacon?

Did you know the government is illegally squeezing out local pig farmers?

If not, go here:  Baker’s Green Acres Farm (I could barely believe this is actually happening within our borders!)

Do you realize how unsustainable concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) are? 

Then check this out:  CAFO – The Tragedy of Industrial Animal Factories

We can say the same for cows and chickens. More and more, unconstitutional government action is forcing everyday Americans from their livelihoods, their rights, their convictions. And all the while Americans are getting fatter and sicker.

Big Pharm, Industrial Food, Big Government.

I see a day coming when the millions stand up against the few making the “new rules” and stomping on our constitution.

Pray.

What else can we do now? Here are a few things:

  1. Support local farms and farmers.
  2. Grow our own food.
  3. Buy a few chickens for the back yard.
  4. Boycott big industry food products.
  5. Do yourself a favor: Eat organic vegetables and fruits, grass-fed meats and lots of purified (non-bottled!) water.
  6. Take our collective head out of the sand and be mindful of ever-increasing government encroachment.
  7. Be prepared.

Here’s to your health.

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Getting Ready for a New Year

December 29, 2012

It’s still three days until January 1, 2013, but I’m already gearing up for a fresh start! Here is what I’ve done and am doing to get ready, maybe some ideas will spark some of your own!

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First, I selected My One Word. For 2013 it is “Intentional.” I want to be more intentional about what I do with my hours and days, more intentional with the things of God, with relationships. I want to be less careless and haphazard with the things that are most important. After all, I’m not exactly a spring chicken. I want to make the rest of my years count.

So, intentionally, I’ve also set aside my empty “good things” jar to capture all the good things that happen in 2013 to read on New Year’s Eve at the end of the year. (An idea I saw on Pinterest.) I’ve started to gather my plan and recipes for a 21-day Daniel Fast I’m doing with some good friends, and I’ve selected my daily Bible reading plan for the year on You Version.

I’ve purchased my daily devotional for the year (which is the first thing I read before my Bible reading, while the coffee is brewing) and lined up a few books and studies in the priority I want to tackle them.

I’ve made a mental list of things I want to do around the house (which is becoming also a physical list) in order to start the year off a bit more organized, and have even started a bit of purging. This year I plan to be a bit more frugal with making gifts and cards and do-it-yourself household items. (Thank you, Pinterest and a dozen or so blogger-friends!)

I am sure I will add to my New Year prepping list, but I still have two more days! 😀

What are you planning to make this next year the best yet?

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What Is Kwanzaa and Why Should You Care?

December 27, 2012

If you were like me, you’ve heard of Kwanzaa (also spelled, Kwaanza), may have friends who celebrate it, but don’t know much about it. If you’re in that boat, here is a primer:

  • It is a non-religious week-long holiday generally celebrated only in the U.S. but also somewhat in Canada.
  • It is a celebration that honors African heritage in the African-American culture.
  • It’s observed from December 26 to January 1 and culminates in a feast and gift-giving.
  • Kwanzaa has seven core principles called Nguzo Saba: Unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity, and faith.
  • It was created by Maulana Karenga (born Ronald McKinley Everett) in 1966, founder of United Slaves, a violent nationalist rival to the Black Panthers.

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Not many people celebrate this “new” holiday these days, but many of those who are still celebrating are likely not aware of the history of its founder.

Can you separate the holiday from its founder?

The founder, Ronald Everett (AKA Maulana Ron Karenga, AKA Maulana Karenga) has a long criminal record. In 1971, for instance, Everett served time in jail for assault. (By then Everett had changed his name to Maulana Ron Karenga and began to affect a pseudo African costume and act the part of a native African — even though he had been born in the USA.) This wasn’t mere assault: It was the sexual assault and even torture that he perpetrated against some of his own female followers. At the time, The L.A. Times reported that he placed a hot soldering iron in one woman’s mouth and used a vise to crush another’s toe. Nine years after he invented Kwaanza, Karenga became a Marxist.

As writer Lynn Woolley wrote of Professor Karenga:

And so this is Kwanzaa. The militant past of the creator is now ignored in favor of the so-called seven principles of Nguza Saba, principles such as unity, family and self-determination that could have come from Bill Bennett’s Book of Virtues. The word “Kwanzaa” is Swahili, meaning something like “fresh fruits of harvest.”

No one remembers the part about “re-Africanization” or the sevenfold path of blackness that Dr. Karenga once espoused. Hardly anyone remembers the shootings, the beatings, the tortures and the prison terms that were once the center of his life. It’s just not PC to bring that sort of stuff up now that Kwanzaa is commercialized and making big bucks.

Ann Coulter does not entirely agree:

The seven principles of Kwanzaa are the very same seven principles of the Symbionese Liberation Army, another charming legacy of the Worst Generation. In 1974, Patricia Hearst, kidnap victim-cum-SLA revolutionary, posed next to the banner of her alleged captors, a seven-headed cobra. Each snake head stood for one of the SLA’s revolutionary principles: Umoja, Kujichagulia, Ujima, Ujamaa, Nia, Kuumba and Imani — the exact same seven “principles” of Kwanzaa.

Kwanzaa emerged not from Africa, but from the FBI’s COINTELPRO. It is a holiday celebrated exclusively by idiot white liberals. Black people celebrate Christmas.

Regardless of what pundits pose, most of Karenga’s crimes were committed against Black people, but today he is simply touted as the African-American academic who created a holiday for “cultural unity.”

Food for thought as you consider what to celebrate this season.

Resources:

You can pretty much link to all of them from here.

 

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Me vs. The Ants: I Won!

December 23, 2012

I am proclaiming victory in my war with ants! They battled valiantly but I’m bigger and [now] smarter.

If you live in California you likely battle ants twice a year: In the summer when the heat drives them to seek cool places in your home, and in winter when the cold and rain drives them from their nests. Since I’ve lived in CA (in several different homes and cities over the last 23 years) I’ve battled these tiny creatures many, many times. I’ve spent a lot of money on poisonous solutions that introduced toxins into my house and around my family and pets. But no more!

About three years ago during a particularly troublesome invasion, a friend told me about Borax. He had been using it as his wife had breast cancer and has a subsequent aversion to poisonous chemicals in the home. At the time I didn’t read up on how to use Borax for ants and just did what he did — placed the straight powder at the entry points (which then was behind the fridge and in a corner of our kitchen dinette). Even though this was not supposed to work well, it did. We did not see any ants in the house until this past week.

But of course, as is the case with ant invasions, the timing was great — the morning after my mom came to visit. They came out of the wall between the laundry room and garage and covered the floor all the way into the bathroom mom was using. They were everywhere! Thankfully, a couple of weeks ago I had been reading about natural pest control and was ready to do battle. Here is what I did:

I mixed liquid soap and water in a spray bottle and sprayed the entire floor. In 30 minutes or so I swept up all the dry, dead ants. Then I placed two jar lids of Borax powder mixed with blueberry preserves (it was organic, maybe that helped!) at the entry site (I pushed them back between the wall and the dryer so the dog could not reach them). Then I mixed several drops of peppermint essential oil into a little two ounce spray bottle and sprayed a “line” a foot in front of the entry area.

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Two things magically happened: 1) The ants immediately gravitated to the jam. (The point here is that they carry the Borax yummy goodness back to the nest where it begins to wipe out the colony.)  2) The peppermint barrier kept the ants from crossing into the rest of the rooms. (Apparently they hate peppermint as much as they love organic blueberry preserves!) I had to reapply the peppermint a couple of times and use the soap and water spray to clean up strays, but in less than two days the ants were concentrated in and relegated to a small six-inch corner and by the third day there were none to be found. Hallelujah!

A quick search on the internet reveals similar stories and recipes (including orange peel in water to repel like the peppermint, and Borax plus sugar and water instead of jam). Check it out — you’ll likely be happier with this solution than with Raid or other toxic chemical sprays.

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Curcumin: Wonder Spice?

December 15, 2012

I’ve been reading a lot about curcumin (tumeric) lately after my new doctor told me about its benefits. Curcumin (not to be confused with cumin — a very different beneficial spice) is an active ingredient in the spice known as turmeric and has been regarded as a medicinal herb for thousands of years. It has been used in Chinese medicine to treat wounds, skin conditions and digestive problems. This potent antioxidant has also been suggested as a possible anti-cancer agent. I’m adding it to my daily supplements. Here’s why:

  • Several studies have reported that curcumin is beneficial in lowering LDL and raising HDL or good cholesterol while reducing the lipid peroxidation.
  • Researchers in India found treatment with curcumin prevented the kidney injury and restored kidney function in rats with artificially induced kidney disease. Treatment with curcumin significantly protected against the rats from proteinuria, albuminuria, hypoalbuminaemia and hyperlipidaemia.
  • Research is ongoing, but there is evidence that curcumin could offer significant protection against neurotoxic and genotoxic agents. One research team concluded that “In view of its efficacy and apparent low toxicity, this Indian spice component shows promise for the prevention of Alzheimer’s disease.”
  • Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV, the AIDS virus) appears to respond somewhat to curcumin treatment. Curcumin interferes with the replication cycle of HIV.
  • Other scientific studies have shown possible benefits in:
    • Treatment for indigestion and upper abdominal pain due to functional disorders of the biliary system
    • Treatment for cataracts
    • As a contraceptive
    • Possible treatment for Multiple Sclerosis
    • Arthritis treatment
    • A possible weapon in the growing arsenal of cancer-fighting substances

As healthy as a daily dose of curcumin is, it is important to note that it has a number of side effects which may develop when consumed in excess. These side effects include heartburn, stomach ulcers, and excess bile production that is unsafe for those with gallstones. Turmeric curcumin has blood thinning properties, which means that while it may be suitable for those with heart conditions, it may not help those who already have a problem of excess bleeding due to poor blood clotting. It may interact with drugs that you may have been prescribed for other health conditions and cause certain side effects. Lastly, curcumin present in turmeric is known to generate a lot of heat in the body, which makes it unsafe for pregnant women. Even women who are lactating should avoid the intake of curcumin.

Curcumin may be consumed in its natural form, via turmeric, or via the variety of supplements that are available in the market. Health experts suggest that supplements may be necessary because only curcumin derived from food may not be enough to provide all the aforementioned health benefits. There is no minimum daily requirement for curcumin but practitioners recommend capsules that provide 400 to 600 mg of curcumin 3 times daily.

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