Archive for July, 2016

Merely Mortal
July 26, 2016

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It’s been a strange couple weeks. Not “strange” as it being odd, but “strange” in being eye opening. So maybe the word shouldn’t be “strange”, but instead, “enlightening”.

First, since it’s been awhile, I have a new granddaughter, Selah Hope, who I absolutely adore. I now have three grandchildren, two granddaughters and a grandson, whom I love in a way that I didn’t know was possible for me to love. It’s like loving your kids, only different. A lot different. Hard to explain it, but its like God opens up a new part of your heart to have these little munchkins inhabit. Beyond words.

With that being said, two weeks ago Bonnie, my wife of 31 years, was hospitalized with chest pains. I was called to where she works and told she was having pain. Now my wife is a daughter of a nurse, and unless you’re dying, you don’t go to the hospital. I tell you, it was the scariest thing I’d been through. She was pale and weak. So off to the hospital we go.

They ran tests, labs, x-rays, CT Scans, the works. They decided to keep her overnight for observation. My wife, to say the least, is a very poor patient. She was in the hospital bed with a gown, refusing to take off her pink scrubs from work, and wearing her tennis shoes! I told her to take her pants off and stay in bed and she tells me there is no need for that. She believed that there was no reason for her to be in the hospital, and that the Lord had her there to pray for people. That, in a nutshell, is my wife.

It was discovered that she had a leaky valve in her heart, and that she has to wear a heart monitor for a month. Now, it’s been over 90 degrees for a week and a half and will continue to be that way, and we are helping my daughter and son-in-law move into a new home. She had no intention of  doing this heart monitor thing, however, our doctor is the sweetest woman we know, so she wouldn’t fight her. So here we are with that.

Last week, the young Princess (that’s what I call Selah), was running a fever of 101.8. She was three weeks old and the doctor told my daughter to take her to the ER. So it’s 2 in the morning, and Jo Jo, Selah, and I are in the ER. They ran tests, took blood, and I admit, was horrible to watch. The poor thing was poked and prodded, and trying to get blood from a three week old was very, well, trying.

They could find nothing wrong, but decided that they needed her to go to Children’s Mercy Hospital in Pittsburgh, and by ambulance as her fever wasn’t coming down, and a three week old shouldn’t be having a fever. So I go home to be with the Princess (Haniah, Selah’s three year old sister) while mom and dad go to Pittsburgh. It was a crazy week.

They took tests, x-rays, couldn’t get blood so tried a vein in her head, and the nurses said that Selah was one tough girl. They were testing for meningitis and other things. She was hospitalized 4 days and mom and day got to stay at Ronald McDonald House, which is a fantastic place that parents utilize to stay close to their kids while they’re hospitalized. I will not rush by the donation requests for the Ronald McDonald House at my local McDonalds anymore..

Needless to say, all came back well, and it was a virus. Thank God for that.

These two incidents brought me face to face with the blunt reality that we are all mortal. We have a beginning and an end. From my wife to my granddaughter, thoughts of the reality of the end of life smacked me in the face. What would I do if something happened to Bonnie? Or Selah? Or, actually, anyone in my family. Are we ready for this?

I’m 60 and realize that things happen as we get older. This past month also saw my blood pressure getting out of control, and have been monitoring it closely with slight adjustments to meds. I’ve been walking nearly every day, but that is no guarantee, although helpful. of a longer life. Bonnie’s Uncle Ron, who is the most fit man in his age group (early 70’s) that I know, was hospitalized with a blood clot. It could have killed him.

There will come a day of reckoning for all of us. Some sooner than others. It is with this thought in mind that I wonder if I’m doing enough for God. I wonder if there is more I should be doing. I know God loves me no matter what I do, but what do I do that shows God how much I love Him? Do I love my fellow man and woman? Do I care at all for the poor? Am I self-centered or Christ-centered?

As I reflect on these, I realize that all that matters is that at the end, Christ will say ‘well done, My good and faithful servant’. My goal now, is to make sure that all I do is for Him, not for me.

I’m finding that it is hard to do. I’m finding that I am merely mortal, and it’s God’s grace alone that compels me to do good. To serve. To love.

I think I woke up.

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‘Merica
July 6, 2016

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With Independence Day passing, it got me to thinking and, frankly, worried.

Are you familiar with Operation Northwoods? I wasn’t either until I watched a documentary on the History Channel. It talked of The US Government’s plan in 1962 to deceive the American people by killing it’s own citizens so that the country would back a war with Cuba.

It called for the Central Intelligent Agency (CIA) or other U.S. government operatives to commit acts of terrorism against military targets and American citizens, and blaming it on the Cuban government, and using it to justify a war against Cuba. The proposals were rejected by the Kennedy Administration. it was authorized by the Joint Chiefs of Staff, but then rejected by President John F Kennedy. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Northwoods) .

Can you imagine the United States planting false flags to get public backing for a war? What is a false flag? A false flag is a covert operation intended to deceive in such a way that the operations appear as if they are being carried out by groups or nations other than those who actually planned and executed them.

That’s a crazy thought, isn’t it? The fact that our country would even THINK that it was morally right to attack their own citizens and blame it on another country just to get into a war is ludicrous, isn’t it? Well, apparently not.

Lately I’ve been concerned about the corruption of our government and also the corruption and deceit by the DOJ, FBI, the president, as well as the main stream media. The plan of turning the U.S. into a third world nation or a weak socialist nation like Europe is well underway. And it’s not just one party, it’s the whole system.

The fact that this idea had reached the point where it was sent to the president for approval has me thinking of what’s going on today. Corruption was evident in the 1960 election when more votes were “discovered” in Chicago, which is the center of corruption. Kennedy won narrowly. Also the voting in 2000 was all questionable.  (remember “hanging chads”?). So questions abound.

Who knew what, prior to Sept. 11, 2001? Certainly the government wouldn’t permit such an action to draw us into a ridiculous war or two in the Middle East, would they? I never used to ask that question, but now I do.

Remember, a false flag is to get public support for an action the government wants to do.  We didn’t have a reason to enter WW II as the public was not supportive, even with what was going on in Europe. My professor at PSU, Len Riforgiato, wrote a book describing how he believed that the U.S. drew Japan into bombing Pearl Harbor so that the public would support going to war.When you see how the planes were strategically lined up and how it would be impossible to move them out more than one at a time when the bombs fly. Also, there was a radio warning of planes coming and the message was never relayed. Interesting.

I can honestly say, particularly after the Hilary fiasco that they let her slide on, that I don’t trust this government. The government has purposely altered 911 calls so that the man who shot up the gay club in Orlando would not be identified as a Muslim. It wasn’t until someone filed a complaint regarding the Freedom of Information act, and the tape was played where he swore allegiance to Isis. But instead, they want to come after our guns.

How about those presidential primaries? Wasn’t it exciting to learn that your vote doesn’t even count, that the delegates can basically vote for whomever they want, whether you voted for them or not? What a wonderful democracy.

Has George Carlin been right all this time? He’s said a lot of things, and I’m thinking he was pretty right on. He said, “Governments don’t want a population capable of critical thinking. They want obedient workers, people just smart enough to run the machines and just dumb enough to passively accept their situation.”

He goes on: ” I got this real moron thing I do, it’s called thinking, and I’m not a very good American because I like to form my own opinions….I have certain rules I live by. My first rule, I don’t believe anything the government tells me….and I don’t take very seriously the media or the press in this country”.

Here’s where I’ve come to with almost 61 years of living. I will salute my flag, and I will support our troops who fight for us. I’ve realized that I love my country.

It’s the government I’m not too fond of. At all.