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Surviving The Next Polar Vortex Winter

Since December 2018 thru now this has been a very cold winter. Learn how to stay toasty warm in bed with the right comforter plus other luxuries like a down topper. The perfect luxury, comfort oasis.

When Life Blindsides Us

Yesterday we were enjoying the Florida sunshine and planning a cruise. We felt good about the day and about our lives. Then we received a phone call telling us of the sudden death of one of Carol’s cousins in her early forties. It was difficult for anyone to formulate a response. How do you react to the death of a beloved mother, wife, relative and friend? There are no words for it, just shared grief and attempts to comfort each other.

How to Protect Your Health Information Identity

HIPAA HIPPA secures your data that is held by a provider or health insurance firm. However, HIPAA rules do not apply if your information is shared with an organization or person not covered by HIPAA. For example, if you post your health condition information on a message board, social media, open email — it is not protected.

The Importance of Christian Repentance! The Doorway To Eternal Life!

What do you live for? This is a question with so many different answers depending on what your goals are and which side of life you are in. For Christians, beyond the earthly goals, we live for the kingdom of God.

A Cookie Isn’t a Cookie Unless You Can Sneak It

The Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage and I enjoy one glorious connection; she loves to bake and I love to eat what she bakes. I did not marry her because of her baking skills because I did not know she had them at the time. I did know her mother was a wonderful cook and I assumed there might be some gene transferred to her daughter. If the truth were known, she loves to bake as much as I love to eat. Whenever there is a function in the church, she is always baking, especially cookies. Her cookies are the best I have ever eaten, and believe me, I have eaten a lot. So many that I have gotten into trouble several times. My only response to her inquiries along this line is, “If you didn’t make such delicious cookies I would not be tempted to eat them. So, it’s all your fault.” I have yet to sell that line to her, but I still try. Of course, if I could sell her this I could sell her anything. So much for trying.

How to Pay Insurmountable Medical Bills

Some insurance carriers are limiting the overuse of emergency rooms for minor issues like ingrown toenails, rashes, or colds. Going to the ER takes a lot of time and is a costly place to obtain treatment. Studies also suggest that about one-third of ER visits are for non-emergency matters. If you have received a denied health insurance claim for an ER visit, here’s what you can do.

What It Was, Was a Hummingbird

Even as old as I am, there are still things I fear. I do not want to make a list, I’m afraid to. When I have conquered one fear, another one knocks on the door and introduces itself to me. Out of respect, I fear that fear. This is not true of the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage. As far as I know, she fears nothing, but many things and people fear her. I am the president of that Fear Group. She has a subtle way of expressing her fear and each day I am learning more of that subtlety. I am not sure why, but most of her fear has to do with what I am eating at the time. She has some phobia about apple fritters, especially me eating them. One thing about her is that she always faces her fear head on. That was, until recently. Last Tuesday I came home from my office and entering the house I heard some screaming, “Get away from me. Don’t you dare come near me. Leave right away.” I was scared at first. I was thinking these remarks were directed in my direction.

The Importance of Christian Salvation – How To Be Saved!

Every staunch Christian has one goal in life, to see the gates of heaven and be part of eternal life. This is, after all, the promise made by God to us all, not just Christians.

I’m Really Enjoying My Naivety

Someone recently said to me, “You sure are naïve.” I’m not sure what the incident was about at the time, and I was a little bit hurt by that saying. What did he mean that I am naïve? I have been giving this some thought and at this point, I remember quite a few people labeling me as naïve. Therefore, if people are right, it must be true. Yet, is it really that bad? Leaving the house the other day the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage said, “Drive carefully.” I stopped, turned around, put my hands on my hips and said, “Wow, you just destroyed my driving. I was not planning on driving carefully.” She laughed. The secret of naivety is taking things literally. When people take things literally they usually take it out of context and it does not sound that good. When the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage says, “Drive carefully,” all she is saying is “Goodbye, hope to see you later.” That is all.

I Don’t Miss My Teacher’s Hickory Stick, But She Never Did

I am not sure why I think of some things, however, occasionally I remember something that happened a million years ago. Or so it seems. This week for some reason, I happened to think of my fifth grade elementary school teacher. Her name was Miss Ammon. She was a wonderful teacher in many regards and taught me quite a bit or at least she tried. As a fifth-grader, I looked at her as a very old woman. She might’ve been 50, I’m not sure. One of my friends joked and asked her, “Miss Ammon, how was Noah as a student?” I am glad he asked and not me because the class was then introduced to her “Hickory Stick.” I say we, but it was my friend with the stupid question that was actually introduced to it. After the incident, she told the class, “I have here in my hand the Board of Education which shall be applied to the seat of your learning when necessary.” Nobody even snickered, but left that alone.

A Smile Is Both Contagious and Healthy

My grandfather had a favorite saying that went something like this, “A frown is just a smile upside down.” Nobody could smile quite like my grandfather. He never waited for any reason to smile, he just smiled. In fact, thinking about it today, I do not ever remember seeing my grandfather frown. I am sure he did, because we all do. However, it was not a major part of his life. Whenever the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage sends me to the grocery store, I usually notice most people have an upside down smile. Some of them look like they have worked very hard to get it. Me, I walk around smiling. Occasionally I will have to do something to make somebody smile. It gets under my skin when I see somebody not smiling and I start itching. I know I have to do something to change that situation. I notice when walking around smiling and looking at people right in their eyes, I usually get a smile in return. Then I will smile at the people smiling back at me who do not have any understanding of why they are smiling.

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