In one of my favorite Agatha Christie Hercule Poirot TV productions, “The Adventure of the Clapham Cook,” the little Irish housemaid “Annie” speculates to Poirot that the missing cook has been carried away by “White Slavers.” This is an amusing little scene, intended, no doubt, to inject a bit of humor into the mystery. However, to poor little Annie, this might, indeed, have been a very real peril.
A Belgian, Poirot would have likely known little of Irish history, written and oral. Had he been aware of it, his amusement produced by the Irish housemaid’s speculation that the missing cook was taken by “white slavers” would have made Annie’s anxiety somewhat credible. Continue reading
“Prayer is the deliberate and persevering action of the soul. It is true and enduring, and full of grace. Prayer fastens the soul to God and makes it one with God’s will, through the deep inward working of the Holy Spirit.” Julian of Norwich
Of all the Christian disciplines, prayer is the easiest and yet the hardest. Easiest in that whether you are a young child or a brand-new Christian, you can learn to pray. Hardest in that maintaining a consistent prayer life can be difficult. We beat ourselves up because we’re not praying enough or we don’t know what to pray; then when we do pray and don’t see answers right away or don’t get the answer we want, we lose heart. Continue reading
The final day of Vacation Bible School this year was also my birthday. I was greeted with the singing of “Happy Birthday,” and presented with enough balloons to nearly lift me off the floor. I appreciated the thoughtful reminder of another milestone passed.
But what is most special now about that event is the item on my desk. As the event concluded, a young girl brought me the craft she had made earlier in the day – a simple bracelet with five colored beads that tell the Story of the Gospel of Jesus. She presented it to me with a smile. She wanted to give me something and that is what she had at that moment. Continue reading
To coincide with October’s National Cyber Security Awareness Month founded by the National Cyber Security Alliance, Better Business Bureau Serving the Northwest is reminding the public of best practices to staying safe online.
With recent data breaches to private businesses and government entities, it’s more important than ever to take proper steps to secure personal data. Safeguarding data online will help users avoid common scams such as debt collection, phishing scams, sweepstakes scams and identity theft. Continue reading
Last Saturday was the reunion of my graduation from high school. Yup – sixty years ago I graduated and headed off to Oregon State College to learn to become a teacher. It had been ten years since our last reunion. The fiftieth was a huge deal involving a Friday night and a Saturday night. The men looked interesting and the women looked attractive. It featured a book about all of us and a big deal involving the “King” and “Queen” (aka best-looking couple still, of our class)!
This year, however, was from noon until 4pm Saturday only at a nondescript restaurant. The “King” and “Queen” refrained from dealing with the rest of us and held court at a round table in a round area of the room we occupied. Continue reading
Many have tried every single low-fat food and drink available to no avail. From planned meals to low-cal cocktails, nothing really worked, right? Well, you’ve been sold a bill of goods, about a billion dollars’ worth of foods that clearly don’t lead to healthy weight management, or a healthy heart for that matter. Diabetes, heart disease, and obesity continue to rise. What’s wrong with this picture?
To this day the American Heart Association, in good faith I’m sure, advocates avoiding butter, cream, eggs, and whole milk as the way to avoid heart attacks. Instead you’ve been told to eat and drink chicken without the skin, egg whites (but no yolks), margarine, skim milk, and low-fat salad dressings made with questionable vegetable oils. Continue reading
Americans love their cars, because they allow us such great mobility and freedom, the mobility to live in one location and work in another, the mobility to run errands whenever necessary, the mobility to attend sporting events and visit friends, and the mobility to see this great nation from sea to shining sea. No other mode of transportation is as fundamental for our way of life.
Yet the automobile is under assault by the ruling elites who believe that everyone should ride public transportation or at least drive the cars they design. To be sure, regulations have helped to improve automobiles over the last 50 years. Modern cars are far more capable, far safer, far less polluting, and far easier on fuel usage. But this does not say that regulations were the only impetus for improvements or that future regulations will be beneficial at all, especially since regulators have taken a hard left turn into the climate swamp. Continue reading
Columbus Day, now celebrated on the second Monday of every October, is the day set aside by Congress in 1937 to commemorate Columbus’ discovery of the Americas in 1492.
Lest you think Columbus Day is only a holiday for white racists in America, it is also celebrated as Dia de la Raza, “Day of the Race,” in many Latin American countries. It has been celebrated in Argentina since 1917, Venezuela and Colombia since 1921, Chile since 1922 and Mexico since 1922.
Critics of Columbus claim that he brought slavery, disease, and death to America, destroying a tranquil and peaceful world in which everybody got along wonderfully with everybody else. Continue reading
It drives anti-fossil fuel agendas and threatens wildlife, jobs, and human health and welfare
Sustainability (sustainable development) is one of the hottest trends on college campuses, in the news media, in corporate boardrooms and with regulators. There are three different versions.
Real Sustainability involves thoughtful, caring, responsible, economical stewardship and conservation of land, water, energy, metallic, forest, wildlife and other natural resources. Responsible businesses, families and communities practice this kind of sustainability every day: polluting less, recycling where it makes sense, and using less energy, water and raw materials to manufacture the products we need. Continue reading
Hurricanes, landslides and other disasters show Africans why we need fossil fuels
I express my deepest sympathies to the people in the Caribbean and United States who have been impacted by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. The loss of life was tragic but has thankfully been much lower than in many previous storms. Buildings are stronger, people get warned in time to get out, and they have vehicles to get to safer places until the storms pass.
I also send my sincere sympathies to my fellow Ugandans who have been affected by terrible landslides in eastern Uganda, near Kenya. Natural disasters often strike us hard. Sometimes it is long droughts that dry up our crops and kill many cattle. This year it is torrential rains and landslides.
This time we were lucky. Continue reading