Cold and Flu Season: Taking Charge

“The worst pandemic in modern history was the Spanish flu of 1918, which killed tens of millions of people. Today, with how interconnected the world is, it would spread faster.” ~Bill Gates

Well, the cold and flu season is upon us, and, in some areas, school districts are closed because of widespread outbreaks of illness. I’ve been told that a flu shot is good for only some viruses, not all. So, even if you had your shot, you could still end up with an unexpected sickness. Continue reading

Bait ‘n’ Switch

Home Economics

“Merchants will bait you with offers, then switch the offer, or say the advertised goods are unavailable, or excuse themselves with ‘that was just a promotion.'” ~Anonymous

Maybe you’re familiar with the term bait-and-switch. I never gave it much attention until this summer when I was helping with the care of a family member Continue reading

Imago Dei: Start Moving!

Consider the Lilies

walking exercise fitnessI started an exercise program yesterday morning. But I didn’t put on sweatpants and Nikes. I didn’t hop in my car and drive to a gym, park, or mall either. Instead, I walked a relative’s driveway, back and forth, for fifty minutes in comfortable clothes and shoes. Twice I had to stop for rain. This morning, I walked up and down a hill in my backyard for twenty minutes. It was cooler, but I enjoyed the sunshine and geese flying overhead.

Is this program glamorous? No. It shouldn’t be. Instead of buying special items, I wore what I owned. Instead of waiting for the right conditions – time, place, and weather – I started where I was. I didn’t wait for the ball to drop in Times Square either, even though losing fifty pounds is my New Year’s resolution. I’m still grieved that I wasted years waiting for the right conditions when…

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You Can’t Serve God and Entertainment*

“We all have to escape from this thing called life sometimes. Maybe we use substances to do it. Maybe we use religion. Maybe we use exercise. Maybe we use anger. But we all have to do it. How we do it is what defines us.” ~Dan Pearce

Guest Writer Phillip Holmes

You love entertainment. On-demand streaming, live television, video-sharing websites, and social media are all at your fingertips. Your ability to access entertainment swiftly and effortlessly has encroached on every aspect of your life. Research recently revealed that you’re tempted to check Facebook every thirty-one seconds. Continue reading →

“Get involved. You don’t want to look back on your life and realize that you successfully managed to stay out of it.” ~Robert Brault

Biscuits’n’Gravy

Canned Food Month: February

“All happiness depends on a leisurely breakfast.” ~John Gunther

Long ago I learned to make my own, and wouldn’t think of purchasing such an item ready made. Because biscuits’n’gravy were about the cheapest food in the world. Made from staples in your own kitchen. All it took was a little flour, shortening, and milk. Continue reading

No Outside Food or Drink Allowed

Marketing

“Food for thought is no substitute for the real thing.” ~Walt Kelly

Not long ago I stopped at a center for arts and crafts. It was an extremely pretty place, set in the mountains, with spacious grounds (acreage), big clean paved parking lot, beautiful new imposing architecture, and lovely, rambling interiors. I would have enjoyed spending time there, browsing and having a respite from the rush of modern life. Continue reading