S Not getting enough sleep a health risk

Healthy Living

Don't lose sleep — Not sleeping well is more than an inconvenience. Are you counting sheep or the items on tomorrow's "to do" list all night? If so, you may want to examine your overall health. It takes more than a morning cup of coffee to recover from the effects of lack of sleep. While you sleep, your body does a lot of essential chores: it repairs damaged tissues, secretes hormones and pulls the day's experiences together into long-term memories. Without enough sleep, your physical and mental well-being can suffer.... Continue Reading »

S News-blues, highway news, with other projects on the side

A couple of weeks ago I decided it was time to do a little critique of the cable TV news networks, just listen to all of them a bit, just long enough to let their prognosticators have enough time to convince me they are the real experts who have all the answers to solve our nation's problems. What a challenge. There are hundreds of those know-it-all experts who always seem to preface what they say with, "the fact is...." and then drift off into never-never land. Continue Reading »

S First they came....

Back in the first half of the 20th century, German Lutheran pastor Martin Niemoller wrote a poem entitled "First They Came..." which tells how the Nazis came for different groups of people while German intellectuals rationalized away any opposition to Hitler's programs until they themselves were taken and no one was left to speak out on their behalf. First it was the socialists, then the trade unionists, then the Jews, and no one spoke out. Then, he writes, they came for me and there was no one left to speak out. Continue Reading »

S The woes of the world can rest heavy on a feller if you let them

OK, I bought the flowers and I dug up the bed and I carried all the pots. Now I am free to go to work! This yard stuff is the pits and I am not going to be around for any more of it. My close relative has used up all my reserve and now she is going to need to depend on the slave labor of grands or offspring. I departed the area as fast as a tumbleweed in the West Texas wind and won't be back until I see her sitting on the porch drinking tea! Continue Reading »

S Jesus has not abandoned us

Weekly Devotion

"If you love Me, keep My commandments. And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever--the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you. I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you." John 14:15-18 Continue Reading »

S Rain causes damage, but rural living has its joys

We've had some rainy days this month but, so far, it looks as if May will end quite a bit drier than did April. Continue Reading »

S Spring cleaning time is upon us once again

Glory be! Sunshine and ticks seem to be the order of the morning! I only had seven of the happy little blood suckers on my legs after feeding the barn cats and mice. Yes, the mice eat more of the cat food than the cats. Well, I do not know where I walked through a village of ticks, but it was pretty obvious that I did. I felt the critters crawling and headed for the house in a hurry. Continue Reading »

S Let's redeem the time we have left!

"Therefore, since Christ suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves also with the same mind, for he who has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin, that he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh for the lusts of men, but for the will of God. For we have spent enough of our past lifetime in doing the will of the Gentiles—when we walked in lewdness, lusts, drunkenness, revelries, drinking parties, and abominable idolatries." 1 Peter 4:1-3 The biggest regret in my life is wasted time — time spent on my own selfish pursuits.... Continue Reading »

S Conversations in the wood, playing shop

Landon and I have been busy in the shop. I have been building a small box for each of the 14 granddaughters, not to mention a few other things. Landon has been helping me, of course. And at 5, he is beginning to be a big help. He enjoys watching me work and sometimes I get him to hold something steady while I work on it. Or, maybe I ask him to sweep up a little around the shop. Continue Reading »

S CIA domestic spying worse than most imagined

Over the years LibertyUnderFire has provided multiple columns on the National Security Agency's massive intelligence gathering and storage of all electronic information from all electric devices and how such activity violates the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which is to protect all U.S. citizens from such government overreach. Such is now well known and, after the Edward Snowden document dump four years ago, no longer disputed. Continue Reading »