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Rich White Men Urinate On Black Women…By Ed Asner

Replace “rich” with “Jew” and it’s a Nazi propaganda video.  Everything that is wrong in America is become of the rich.  Everything that was wrong in Germany was because of the Jews.  The parallels between these two propaganda are myriad.  This is so disturbing.  What on earth is this video even supposed to be used for?  SHAME on everyone involved in it.  Extra shame on Ed Asner.  How can even be involved with a project depicting a rich white man urinating on a middle class black woman.  UNBELIEVABLE.

I think I hear black helicopters.

12/06/12 Update:  The teachers union removed and edited the video to remove the portion where the white rich man urinates on the poor black people.  Good call.  But the rest of the video is just as bad.  They’ve reuploaded the edited version.  Bad call.  They should have quit while they were ahead.


Did You Get To See It?

As I drove away from my home on my way to a meeting, I was surprised to see a spectacle in the sky that I had no idea was going to be there…

A crescent moon flanked by a huge and super bright Venus and a smaller and yet still very bright Jupiter suspended over the mountains in a completely clear night sky 

I hear that we won’t see that again until 2050.  Which means I probably won’t live to see it again.  I wish I’d had a telescope.  I also wish I’d had a camera. 

Nonetheless, what a wonderful and gorgeous surprise!

I dragged the people at my meeting out to see it.  Within half an hour the view was obscured by clouds.

Did you get to see it where you are?

I hope so.


I got gas yesterday.  Since the last time I filled my tank, the price of gas has dropped 29 cents a gallon.


I wonder just how low it might go.

Free Chinese Food!

But there’s a catch…

My  dad’s cousin, Laurel, after reading my previous post on my acrophobia, e-mailed me a set of pictures that sent a shiver up and down my spine and shudder throughout my body.  After a quick search I was able to locate a link to the same pictures online.

Now, I love Chinese food, but I don’t love ANYTHING enough to do this!  Where’s the helicopter pad, cuz that’s the only way I’d be eating at this restaurant!

Click HERE to see what lengths (or heights) some people will go to for a bargain!  🙂

Check it out…let me know if you would do this!


“By day, I sell mobile phones… My dream is to spend my life doing what I feel I that I was born to do.”

Paul Potts, unassuming cell phone salesman in the UK goes on one of those American Idol type TV talent shows, “Britain’s Got Talent”.  It even has Simon Cowell on it.

Paul says he’s there to sing opera.  In that Simon is a part of this show, I’m sort of expecting a blood bath.  All the judges sort of have this look on their faces like they’re struggling to not roll their eyes and/or giggle amongst themselves.

“Confidence has always been sort of like a difficult thing for me.”



Did you see Simon go a little slack-jawed?


“All my life I’ve felt insignificant.” 



Paul goes on to win the competition.  (Click HERE to see his website.)  Simon Cowell signed him.  His album “One Chance” has sold a million copies.  He credits his wife for getting him out there and for helping him get enough confidence to actually apply.

As the world says good-bye to a schoolteacher who couldn’t suppress his love of music, it says hello to a mobile phone salesman who somehow dug up the confidence to pursue HIS dream of opera.  I think Pavarotti would have loved the story of Paul Potts.

One last thing…Paul did not quit his day job.  He still sells mobile phones.

Koni’s CRAAAAAZY Couponing!

While on this most recent vacation of mine, I visited my friend Koni and her family in Phoenix.  She was telling me about this couponing thing she does and gets insane stuff for practically no money.  I always appreciate a good bargain, and toy with some very amateurish coupon use myself.  I was amazed at the stories she told about what she got and for how much!  Then yesterday I got this from Koni!  WOW!!!! 

We had talked about my couponing and I wanted to brag a little bit since I knew you’d be suitably impressed!  (everyone else has heard all my savings stories). Today, I bought 40 boxes of Quaker products:

9 sweet & salty granola bars
10 – chewy choc. chip granola
4 – regular oatmeal (boxes of ind. packets)
8 low sugar oatmeal (”  ” “)
6 life cereal
3 cap’n crunch cereal

Grand total:  $16.00
Savings: $134.00

Before you say, “Holy cow!  What are you going to do with all that stuff?!!!!” 
All the oatmeal goes to my grandma and a charity, same with at least half of the granola bars.  We’ll eat the cereal.  They were out of my low sugar syrup – so I’ll get that next week (10 bottles for $5.00) and I forgot my coupon for a free pkg. of fresh express spinach leaves.  So I’ll get that too!

Crazy, huh!!!!!

Oh yeah!  A few days ago, I got 2 cartons of Breyer’s ice cream, 2 boxes of eggo waffles and 2 small ind. blue bunny ice creams for $6.00 – they gave me a coupon for $5.00 off my next order – so I”ll do it again and pay only $1.00!! (and it will generate another free $5.00 coupon!)  It’s nuts!

She actually uses an online service.  It is  If you are interested they have it for many different areas, but it’s hard to figure out just from the website.  She says contact one of the managers and they’ll help get you started.  Koni also says that there’s quite a learning curve at the beginning, but after a year it’s easy for her to save huge amounts of money!  I’m just a singleton, so I don’t know if this would be something I could use, but gee, if you have a family, and can get all this stuff for so little money, investing a little time and energy could REALLY pay off!


Scenic Byway

Some days ago I posted “Understatement“.  I thought it was time to share more on that as promised.  The pictures don’t do justice to what I was actually seeing and experiencing.  And pictures lack the ability to share the warm wind you feel on your face and in your hair.  Pictures lack the the ability to share the faint scent of desert sand, scrub grass, and river water.  These pictures captured are a single tile of the huge mosaic of beauty which surrounded me on all sides, came up to meet my feet, and covered me from above. 

I was driving along, enjoying the river whose path the highway mirrored, when this

came into view.  These spires were MILES in the distance and yet they were monstrously huge.  Every time I turned a corner I was treated to some new and awesome expanse of beauty.  Like this

for example!  This also was incredibly far off in the distance.  My breath was literally taken away.  I stopped my car at frequent intervals just to step out to smell and listen to the wind while doing 360 degree turns and taking in the magnificance of God’s creation.

Near the end of the highway, the canyon walls moved closer together, the river lazed between them.  I stopped.  And stopped.  And stopped again.  It took me hours to drive the 25 mile or so highway.  I saw very few other vehicles as I drove.  Mostly I was alone with my thoughts and the savage beauty of this place.

Cheap Gas?

While driving to our hotel in London where we’d stay for a day and a half before heading home to the U.S., one of my kids said “Wow!  Gas is even cheaper here than it is in Sicily!  We should move here!”.  I looked over to see what gas price she was referring to and saw the price listed at the local gas station as 99P, or 99 Pence (just about 1 Pound), per liter.  I quickly did the math… 1 Pound X the exchange rate of 2.2 USD to a Pound, X approximately four liters to a gallon = approximately $8.80 per gallon for gas. 

The gas in Sicily was 1.35 Euros per liter.  The math… 1.35 Euros X the exchange rate of 1.4 USD to a Euro X approximately four liters to a gallon = $7.56 per gallon for gas.

After explaining to my kids about what gas REALLY costs in London and in Sicily, we all decided we were pretty glad to live in America where gas was relatively cheap.

Now, if you live in America, put down your $4.00 Starbucks ($4.00 for 16 ounces/one pint X 8 pints in a gallon = $32/gallon)  and stop complaining about how expensive your gas is. 

Adjusting for inflation, gas now costs about what it did in the 1970’s and 80’s.  Except back then you could only buy it every other day…

A Note From Barb

While I was in Sicily this summer, I was sent an e-mail from Barb Peterson.  Barb and her husband Doug run Teen Missions, Zambia.  I worked with them last summer when I was on the Zambia Foot Washing team.  [The e-mail ultimately arrived in Sicily by way of snail mail when my sister printed it up and mailed it to me after it was sent to HER by a coworker of the Petersons who weren’t sure what my e-mail address was while in Sicily (I didn’t have one) so she sent it to my sister!]  Some of the content I have shared here already.  Much of it is new.  I thought it appropriate to share it with you. 

Dear Linda,

We miss you here in Zambia this year!  The FW team is out there.   
They have a shorter time this year than last.  They will be at  
three spots.  Of course, one of them is Connie’s Heart.  I think  
it is their last stop.
I just sat and talked to Simon (He was the facilitator at Chiwala  
last year and you met him there.)  He is at Funda (Connies Heart)  
with Richard Chileshe, a newer intern.

Here is a small report of the things he has shared with me this  
morning.  I trust that it will bless you because something very  
good is going on there.

1)  Twins:  Matilda and Sandra live near the unit.  They are 6  
years old.  For the last two years Matilda was not thriving.  She  
had lost all of her hair.  She was very thin and the  mom (her dad  
is dead) thought it was witchcraft.  Simon said, no it is  
malnutrition.  He put her into the mothers seminar even though she  
is not a baby.  Her hair has grown back and she is now thriving.   
She is coming by the unit and telling all the little kids to pick  
up things and keep the place clean. Simon says she is a real  
little organizer.  In just three months time there was this  
change.  It probably saved her life   He said the Nutrition  
Seminar food is now finished, but the moms have learned a great  
deal and are so thankful for the help.

2)  There is a girl named Esther Sandasanda.  She is in Grade 9 at  
the Catholic school called St Mary’s.  She is 14 and stays with a  
lady she calls grandma.  The lady has 4 orphans of her own and  
took in Esther out of pity.  But she is not preferred, as the real  
family’s orphans are.  She is sent to the field alone or to  
collect wood alone and the villagers have always taken advantage  
of her.  She walks 38 k’s to school and then boards there for the  
week.  She is to bring a small bag of mealie meal each week.  One  
week she failed to bring it and so was taken advantage of for not  
being able to do so.  She was raped by 5 guys.  She told Simon and  
he called in the police and 4 of them were arrested.  He now  
supplies her mealie meal for school out of his own money.  She had  
no shoes for school so he gave her his own tennis shoes.  Now all  
Simon has is “tropicals”.  (thongs).  When the school asked  
recently who takes care of her, she said Simon.  He is the only  
advocate she has ever had.  He said she still needs a lot of inner  

3)  There is an area a ways away from the unit where the chief  
didn’t want TMI in their area because we were “satanists”.   We  
found out  that the chief was JW and also into witchcraft.  But he  
was coming to a JW conference and had an accident on the road.   I  
think he was on a bike.  He was seriously injured and so was the  
girl that was with him.  People told him, “The only help is at  
Teen Missions.”  So he was taken there and Simon dressed his  
wounds and the passenger’s wounds, too.  He healed up.  He came  
back and said, “Who are you people?  You are good people.  We want  
you, too.  We heard the wrong thing about you.  Will you come?”

4)  The government health people came by and gave out 100 free  
treated mosquito nets around the Funda area.  They didn’t have  
enough.  So they came back to the Unit later and said to Simon,  
“Are you able to give out the rest of the 200 to those who need  
it?”   So he became the distribution point for those nets.  They  
probably came from USAID.   I heard on the news that Bill Gates  
Foundation was distributing them through USAID in Zambia.

Praise the Lord , as maybe the health dept will use more and more  
of our units….we should talk to them (if we ever have time!)   
They are getting to know us as they came here to the base last  
year.  They were “selling” us the nets that time….we said, hey,  
you get these free because we also hear the news!  The next ones  
they brought us were free or at least a reduced price, I can’t  
remember.  We are seeing a real big decrease in malaria this  
year.   I feel like writing the Gates Foundation but know they  
don’t have time to read letters, even of thanks, probably.

5) The Foot Washing team will be at Connie’s Heart on the last  
stop.  Just want you to know that that this is  really point of  
Light for Jesus!  Simon can’t wait to get back.  He is injured  
because of twisting his knee in soccer.  He is using Soccer as an  
EV tool.  He says over 70 have been saved out there through  
this….he didn’t have the count right now.  He is holding Bible  
studies and the number has grown from 70 to 140 already.  He is  
also ministering to a Baptist pastor who has had no training.

6)  People are very cold.  Some of the kids sleep only with a  
chitange around them and then get down into feed sacks or mealie  
sacks for warmth….One boy only had shorts and Richard Chileshe  
the other facilitator gave him his own  T shirt.  Theses are the  
only clothes that that boy has.  Many of the villages that Simon  
and Richard tare visiting when they ask where are your clothes  
kept, they say, what we are wearing are our only clothes.

I gave Simon some personal money and said go buy some things.   
Whatever you want to take back that you need most. Blankets,  
sweaters, sweatshirts, or whatever. I didn’t want him to go back  
empty handed.  Then  I said you can also get some shoes for  
yourself.  He said, “No, I want to spent it on the kids.   I can  
use my tropicals.”  I want to get word to the FW team to give  
Simon some shoes when they get there!!!  Doug wears 13’s so that  
was not an option.   He has to go about 20 k’s to his place from  
the road where he has hitched a ride with whatever vehicle he can  
find going there.   And he is walking around on this sprained knee.

Linda, what blessed me most of all, is that he looked at me and  
said,” I have to get back there. “(not stay and nurse his knee— 
the xray showed it not broken)   Then he said,” Barb, I love my job!”

Simon is an orphan who took care of about 18 other orphan kids as  
he grew up.   He lived with his grandma and an invalid  
grandfather.  He has this call and compassion for the people out  
there who are hurting.   The intern gal at Muchinchi came in last  
Spring after her first stint in the bush….and with a smile on  
her face, said, “You don’t even have to pay me”….   She was  
saying that the joy she was getting was reward enough.. What a  
privilege to be where God wants you to be and do what God wants  
you to do.  These young people are tasting that joy.

Just hoping you will be encouraged by what is happening at  
Connie’s Heart.  It is making a difference.

 Love you and have a great summer.

I am encouraged. 

I heard many stories about what is happening in Funda (at Connie’s Heart) while I was at Boot Camp in June.  When Teen Missions first went into the Funda area to survey the needs and find out what the situation was there in regards to numbers of orphans, etc., the local people did not believe that they would be coming back.  But they did go back, and built the unit and started to minister there.  When Teen Missions did come back, one of the chiefs said, “God MUST have sent you, because nobody else knows we’re here.”  Wow.  I later learned that even school teachers won’t go that deep into the bush, so there are no schools there for the children to attend.  They have begged Simon to teach them, and so, in addition to all his other work there, he has started a little school. 

Back in Florida at debrief I was able to see pictures and hear stories from the team members that went to Connie’s Heart this summer.  As deep as my loss was, the joy that I have from what has been born of that loss is incomprehensible. 

I am feeling the pull to return to Zambia to work very strong on my heart and in my soul.   


Mount Etna…Isn’t It In Sicily???

Yep.  It is.  And it has erupted three times since March.  From what I have read, it has been in a near constant state of activity since late 2006.  AND, it’s actually not that far from where I’ll be this summer. 

Does it sound weird that I hope we get to SEE it????  I mean, I think I’d rather see IT than the Colosseum in Rome.

Sicily isn’t that big.  I have put push pins on Mount Etna and on Ispica.  See how close it is to where I’ll be???  🙂

Mapquest says it’s 70.69 miles from Ispica to Catania.  Small eruptions only, okay????  Plzkthnx.  (Even I recognize the inherent danger of volcanic activity)…but so far, no real danger from these eruptions.  At least that is what THIS article says! 

We fly into Catania.  At least that’s the plan now.  I also read that the airport had closed once for two weeks because of ash, so we’ll see!  When we leave, we drive to Messina to catch a ferry to the mainland.  So, an opportunity to maybe see it from the air, and from the ground.   

As long as it doesn’t go all Vesuvius or Krakatoa on us! 

Hey Pops,  are you still glad I’m going to Europe this year???  😉

Sicilia, A Preview!

One of “my kids” from this summer, the most awesome Becca, (you’ll have to fight that out with Rachel, Becca!) has a sister that went on the Sicily team last year.  Today Becca left a comment with some of Tiffany’s pictures on my MySpace!  I now have a small window into where I will be this summer.  And I thought I’d share them with you, too!

 So green!  This is part of the campground in the grove of almond trees.

The view of Ispica from the campground, which sits atop a hill.  Gorgeous!


The 2006 team giving a presentation in the only evangelical Christian church in Ispica.  The campground is associated with this church.


I imagine we’ll eat here, too.  Tables and chairs.  Quite a change from last year!  (I only have three tablecloths so far.  I can see I need to add “buy more tablecloths” to my endless list!)


I don’t know the name of this cathedral….yet!  But if my team doesn’t change, I will know it soon!

Thanks Becca!  And Tiffany!  Thanks for the little peak into my possible future…  🙂 

Africa.  Sicily.  While the locations are soooo different, the spiritual need is the same.  Please be praying for my team.  I don’t know them yet, but a few months from now I probably won’t be able to imagine ever not knowning them!  This place looks so beautiful and serene.  May we remain focused on why we are there….to share Jesus Christ with people who are hurting and seeking…

Scott Is Home!

He came home on Wednesday (two days ago).  I went to see him and Joanne last night.  Mostly to say “hi” and to see what I could do, if anything, to help them at this stage of things.  But I also wanted to take a peek at his abdominal incision and the sites where his drains had been, just to make sure all looked well.  Wow.  The incision looks gorgeous!  No redness, very little swelling, and just one area where it looks as though he’d had a bit of drainage.  It’s a big ‘un though!  I resisted the urge to find a ruler and measure it, so I’m going to guess that it’s close to ten inches long!  It is horizontal and is up near the lower border of the ribcage where it meets the abdomen.

When I walked in the front door, Scott literally almost popped up from the couch, just like he normally would.  He was dressed and smiling.  Said he’d even forgotten to take his pain medicine, which means he’s not having that much discomfort!  Amazing, really.  He’s going up and down the stairs with relative ease, and other than his hazy yellow hue, he looks to be pretty much himself.  His neighbor (with whom I played Bunco last night) tells me she saw him working in the garage.  Rumor has it (and the picture proves it) that he was already out in his yard poking around day before yesterday as well!

Here is Joanne’s latest e-mail update!:

Dear Ones–

How wonderful it was to be able to go and bring Scott home yesterday afternoon. I overheard Scott telling some of our dear neighbors that his primary Resident-doctor (I’m sure there’s a much better was to say that; I just don’t know what it is!  I should check with Linda!) told him that he has never seen anyone recover from such a major surgery so quickly!  What an answer to prayer!  And not only that, but once we had gotten all our discharge info., Scott said he wanted to go on a date with me on the way home.  We went to the Starbucks that we (minus Scott) had been frequenting during Scott’s hospital stay, and then we meandered around Costco for about 45 min-1 hour, before heading south to our home in Colorado Springs

Scott told me that he is really pleased with how things are going so far!  As you can see by the attached photo, now he’s back to his other love, besides me!  🙂  He’s been up and down the (interior) stairs quite a few times, and is trying to keep up with a good intake of fluids and smaller, more frequent, low-fat meals per doctor’s instructions.  And so far, everything seems to be sitting just fine! 

God has so blessed us, in so many ways.  Thank you, thank you, thank you for your continuing gifts of prayer and friendship.

So grateful,

Joanne, for Scott, too

Doesn’t he look a bit like a non-whirling dirvish in this picture??  🙂

Why Love?

“To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything, and your heart will certainly be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact, you must give your heart to no one, not even to an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements; lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket- safe, dark, motionless, airless–it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable.”

C.S. Lewis

(I hear the most amazing things in church.  Click the link to listen and listen to the entire March 25, 2007 sermon on “Discovering Your Drumbeat – Conduits of Care, Pastor Matt Heard, Woodman Valley Chapel.  It’s number 8 in the series, but can stand alone.)

Verse For The Day

“The Lord will fight for you, and you only have to be silent.” 

Exodus 14:14

I have a bunch of Google Gadgets on my desktop.  One of them a verse for the day gadget.  This particularly powerful verse is the one that popped up shortly after midnight.  It was a “wow” verse for me today.  Thanks God.  I needed that.

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