Sharing Good Ideas

Dec. 14, 2018

Lynn, my good friend sent me a short video which you can see on my FaceBook page dated December 12, 2018. She knew of my interest in living with "mother nature". 

She, without realizing it, reminded me of a recent speech in which the speaker told the audience about the importance of doing little things as if they were big things. Since service to one another is the power we all have with which we can contribute to the lives of others there was a special meaning to Lynn's sending me the exciting video.

People who have visited this simplelifetruths website have had the opportunity to address this "mother nature" thing. I enjoy extolling the virtues of the subterranean culture since my introduction to it in the mid-1970s. As former and late Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, Oliver Wendell Holmes stated, "A mind stretched by a new idea can never return to its original dimensions".

Subterranean housing indeed served as a mind-stretching idea for me since I've made it a point for decades to capture good ideas at the point of a pen lest they slip away like slippery fish. The virtues and joy of collaborating with family and friends in the building of such structures leave many happy memories. If you read my post on July 16, 2017, you became aware of Kristie Wolf, a young business lady who built a tiny earth-sheltered home.

If you're fortunate enough to befriend Lynn you'll find that she does many nice things including answering questions so many are concerned about these days for spiritual encouragement. Think I'll send her a short video (posted a day or two ago on my FB timeline) of which reminds me of what people can learn from an eagle as a storm approaches. She knows how to respond like an eagle in the face of difficulty!

Dec. 7, 2018

Who is not touched by this dark day in American history? On December 7, 1941, the Japanese launched a surprise attack on American facilities at Pearl Harbor ushering in WWII. The remains of battleship Arizona is the gravesite of 1,177 men who lost their lives and the remains of the ship as seen just below the observation deck. About 1.5 million people around the world visit the memorial each year.

Millions of Americans have relatives who were involved in the war. This date President Franklin D. Roosevelt announced before Congress the famous words referring to this day as one, "which will live in infamy". We need to be reminded of the price paid for our freedom, the price most people do not realize. Such an event speaks the need for protection over which politics has trashed on the current political scene. Yesterday's post below addresses the importance and sanity of securing our borders. 

USS Arizona is one of four ships destroyed in the Pearl Harbor attack. One of fifty USMC survivors was on this ship who made a difference in many lives. Earl Nightingale, dubbed, "The Dean of Personal Development" and author of the famous recording, "The Strangest Secret", the first gold record award for self-help talk-type recording at the top of his career as a radio personality verbally recorded the event. I have a copy of the recording somewhere in my library. I wish to somehow get the recording out for the world to hear.

Many thanks to our military for their effort in keeping us safe on this, the 77th anniversary of the unforgettable attack. 

Dec. 6, 2018

Security has been an issue all our lives. Even before birth, there is a kind of security for the unborn. One only has to see nature films of animal rivalry to see that victims of predators are not safe when attacked. What parents who love their children would not want them protected from danger? When we sleep we lose consciousness and wisely secure our doors for protection in a hostile world.

Those of us who "remember the good old days" could hardly imagine that controversy would rise over a subject like security. World War II was America's response to an enemy attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. The twin towers disaster remains in recent memory as only another reminder of danger from which we'd like to understand and prevent. 

As long as history has been recorded borders were built for the protection of cities and countries around the world. Who would have expected a few decades ago that there would be internal strife in America over whether or not this great Country should have a wall of protection? Leaders in high places are protected from dangers lurking from people who pose a threat to their security. Why shouldn't we all have protection? Attacks on innocents are in the news daily.

If we are to survive as a Nation our protection from aggressors, diseases, drugs, and crimes is a real issue. I think it would be great to post a picture of a completed wall of protection soon. I'm convinced that we have a President who would do a splendid job as a successful builder. America proves every day that compassion is present when disaster strikes. If we are going to survive and be able to enrich the world with our abundance we must survive for we cannot give what we do not have. We cannot ensure security for the vulnerable if we do not first have it to give. If indeed we are good people we need to "build the wall" so others will continue to benefit from our generosity. 

We do not like the controversy, expense, and stress of convincing others of our good intentions. Yet, a study of history will reveal that those of us who want protection must face the issue with from strength and sound judgment.

Dec. 2, 2018

Today marks the 17th anniversary of an unforgettable event. While returning from a trucking delivery to Florida along with my co-driver I accidentally left my billfold in Albany, GA. Upon tracking it down it dawned on me that I was in Jimmy Carter territory. Brenda, my bride, and admirer of Presidents. had previously mentioned that she would like to experience one of former President Carter's Bible classes. 

Fortunately, an employee at the truck stop had seen my wallet on the counter and put it in safe keeping. Well, I thought this is the time for Brenda's dream to come true. We decided to make a weekend of the event and attend class at the Maranatha congregation in Plains, GA. 

The event was delightful as we admired the orderly fashion, introduction, review of the Carters' recent benevolent accomplishments etc. We enjoyed the interactive class participation, subject matter and humor characteristic of our 39th President.

To my surprise after relating a bit of my past, President Carter asked me to lead the congregation in prayer. He also invited the audience to join them for lunch at "Mama's Kitchen" after the service. He announced that they did not take individual pictures but that we could have a group picture as most visitors were groups bussed in for the events of the day. Then he added, "If you happen to not be with a group we will consider that you have no friends and make an exception" (my words from memory). 

The accompanying photo is from a memory compilation made after Brenda's death (November 2008). Thanks to President Carter for his work of love and benevolence. 

The caption reads, "Always thought she could entertain the President December 2001"

Today we are in sympathy over the death (November 30th) of our 41st President George Herbert Walker Bush. Sincere condolences for the family and all of us who loved him.   

Nov. 27, 2018

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