No event in history is isolated. At any time present events are influenced by what came before, and likewise will color what will come to pass in the future. Generally, the greater the occasion or event, the bigger the ripple effect will be.

For instance, in 500 B.C. the Persians marched into the Mediterranean and invaded the Greek world. The Greeks put aside their bickering and banded together to fight off the outside threat and the Persian War began. The war was fought in a series of battles and two separate mainland invasions under two different Persian kings, first Darius and then Xerxes. The Greeks emerged victorious in the years 449 and 448 B.C.. Although the Persian War receives little mention in Persian documents, the war had long lasting effects that influenced the Peloponnesian War and the subsequent takeover by Alexander the Great and the Macedonians.

Today, there are so many events happening in our country and sometimes their potential effects are scary to contemplate. What kind of country will John and I and our peers be living in 40 years from now, supposing we make it that far?

In the end, history is simply a cause and effect story. The actions taken now will determine the future of our country and help to shape all of our lives. Good people must put aside their bickering and band together now to fight off the threat within our country because if not, evil will emerge victorious, if only temporarily. And temporarily it will be.

What a Jerk

Posted: October 30, 2014 in Articles

It’s official, in case there was any doubt in anyone’s mind. Obama is a jerk.

This demon wants to bring Ebola infected, non-US citizens to our country to be treated here.

What a jerk.


Homemade Hand Sanitizer

Posted: October 28, 2014 in Articles
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Sometimes we drive out to some public place, and when we come back to the car, we like to sanitize our hands as a temporary clean before we get home where we can wash our hands with soap. For this purpose, we use and have always used Purell. Purell kills bacteria only as far as we know. There is a hand sanitizer made by Clorox which also kills norovirus (stomach flu) but you have to order it online.

We read that Purell and other store-bought hand sanitizers are mostly alcohol and that they aren’t very good for you. While they do kill bad bacteria, they also kill all the good bacteria as well. These good bacteria can actually protect you from bad bacteria and viruses, so in a way, using Purell can lower your immunity even while killing germs on your hands. The alcohol is also very drying especially in the wintertime.

We decided that we were going to make our own hand sanitizers with aloe vera gel and essential oils. Yes, essential oils are all the rage now, but that does not mean they are a bad thing. A lot of essential oils and extracts have good properties and concoctions like our hand sanitizer can be very good. This recipe is supposed to be for an anti-viral, anti-bacterial sanitizer which does not kill all bacteria. We can’t remember exactly where we found it, sorry, but it is a lot of a fun making it, and it smells great. Whether it works or not, we aren’t sure yet.

In case you’re interested, here is the exact recipe:

1/2 cup pure aloe vera gel
1/4 cup witch hazel
1/4 cup distilled water
1/2 tsp vitamin E (3 1000 IU softgels)

10 drops each of wild orange, eucalyptus, cinnamon bark, rosemary and clove essential oils

Once you get all the ingredients, they will last you a very long time and the sanitizer can’t be bad for you since there’s nothing bad in it. Just remember, there’s no proof this stuff works… yet. Not to worry, though, we still have a few stray bottles of Purell around :)

Yes, Count Your Blessings

Posted: October 27, 2014 in Articles

I’ve been sick with a cold for a few days and was just thinking, it’s good to be thankful for everyday things every day. It’s good for your soul. It puts everything in the right perspective and can help you see how much you have compared to some people, which can keep you from becoming a spoiled kid – or adult. You should be thankful all the time throughout your whole life, because not just kids are spoiled; there’s plenty of spoiled grown-up people as well!

Here is what we are thankful for today, even if it is quite basic:

1.      Jesus & the hope of our salvation
2.      our friends
3.      our health
4.      our family
5.      our home and yard
6.      food & water
7.      books and the opportunity to study and learn
8.      the internet
9.      music
10.     people who tell the truth and people who seek it

Tomorrow I should be good as new again and hopefully I’ll get to the blog! Stay healthy everyone :)

I am currently sick with a cold that comes with a pretty bad cough, so I’ve consumed a lot of cough drops. I used Halls for a while but ran out, so I switched to a kind of cough drop made in England called Jakeman’s Throat and Chest Menthol Cough Suppressant. The flavor I am using is Chili and Lime. This is a nice flavor and these lozenges not only help with my coughing, they also help to soothe my sore throat.

If you’ve never heard of these cough drops before, they work really well and I like them better than Halls. If I want to take a nap or lay down uninterrupted by coughs, I can have one of these and I will hardly ever cough. In addition, if your throat is sore, either just from the cold or from coughing as in my case, these cough drops also soothe your throat. The flavor, chili and lime, is quite flavorful. At first, the chili can actually make you want to cough but then you get used to it. Menthol is what you will taste the most, but it is a good flavor.

On a scale from one to ten, I would rate this product a big ten.

by John