I’m from the smell of fresh pine
From the sunlight between the trees
I’m from the morning air
Crisp and full of dew
I’m from the rose petals that grew Continue reading
To help achieve your long-term goals, such as a comfortable retirement, you should save and invest regularly. But that’s only part of the picture. You also need to protect your financial assets in various ways. One such method is guarding your personal information – especially any information that could be linked to your financial accounts. It’s obviously important to be vigilant at any time, but you need to be even more on your toes during the holiday season, when fraudsters are particularly active. Continue reading
Anti-biotics first came into being in the 1930-40s and really blossomed after WW II. Now we have resistance to anti-biotics creating an even bigger problem. But the flu is different, as the flu is caused by viruses and therefore will not respond well to anti-biotics. If you demand anti-biotics for colds or the flu you may be creating your own personal anti-biotic resistance. For the record, most of us have anti-biotics in our systems even if we’ve never been prescribed them. Eighty percent of anti-biotics are in our industrial food system, especially meat. An argument for a more plant-based diet then. Continue reading
In our January/February newsletter in 2014, we touched upon the Alfred Kinsey Institute, along with Hugh Hefner and Playboy’s intrusion into the public schools via funding the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS), a major source of sex education materials in the public school and created by Kinsey in 1964. These luminaries and their perversions helped pave the way to eliminating school children protection from obscenity laws in the name of sex education. In other words, it was now okay to show what can only be described as “sexually obscene” material to minor children in the classroom, but it was still quite illegal to show that same material to children in any other venue. Continue reading
Elsewhere I’ve written about many myths and outdated grammar that people routinely think are correct, and they’re driven crazy by authors who are “wrong.” In some cases the authors are wrong, in many cases they are right and the reader is wrong, and in many other cases, either way of saying it is fine. Continue reading
Reaching out to young adults on this topic actually bears out NWC Editor JoLinn Kampstra’s original reason for assigning this series of articles: her concern that hands-on hobbies that provide welcome diversion from the hustle and bustle of life in post-electronically wired America are near to extinct among the Millennial Generation.
We wondered specifically about old-school hobbies and a demographic group that came of age with electronic gadgets that would define how they interacted both socially and economically. Generally speaking, Millennials include those born between 1982 and 1997, which makes the oldest in this group approximately thirty-five years old, and the youngest around the age of twenty. Continue reading
Samuel Blumenfeld’s tenth and latest book is titled Crimes Of The Educators. One might ask, is the word “Crime” in the book’s title to entice sale of the book or is crime identified in the book? Let us search.
John Dewey is generally lauded as the father of progressive education. In 1898 Dewey published the essay “The Primary Education Fetish.” Dewey in brief wanted to produce little socialists and collectivists instead of little capitalists and individualists. He called for a new curriculum that emphasized socialization and taught children to read by a whole-word method. The latter was to lower the nation’s literary level and make its children more amenable to collective values. Continue reading
Don’t miss a “last chance” to find special gifts, holiday decorations, tasty food, and many more necessities for the holidays in a relaxed, fun, and festive atmosphere. The Last Chance Holiday Bazaar–a favorite event of procrastinating holiday shoppers–arrives at the Hood River County Fairgrounds Saturday and Sunday, December 9-10, from 10am to 4pm each day in the Community Building. The bazaar is organized by the Hood River County Fair Board. Admission and parking are free. Continue reading
December 7, 1941 — the day Pearl Harbor was treacherously attacked by the Japanese — was described by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt as “a date which will live in infamy.” It was the worst naval disaster in American history, and brought declarations of war by Japan, Germany, and Italy against the United States, and by America against them. For four long years, American men and women served and died on the battlefields of Europe and the Pacific, fighting tyranny and eventually bringing liberty across the world. Continue reading
I was a young kid when I first heard a song titled, “Back of the Clouds the Sun is Always Shining.” I do not recall hearing it sung in church since that time, but the words settled in my mind. Often, on a cloudy and rainy day, my heart is warmed by remembering that the sun is always there – I just cannot see it.
A right perspective is essential to the way we handle life. Reality is not always on the surface of a given situation. “Perception is reality” is a familiar statement, but much of the time, it is not true. What we see or hear does not necessarily communicate what is driving the attitude or action. Continue reading