I was reading in my history book about Abram. This is a story that I already knew from the Bible, but the history book goes into much more detail. One thing it’s more clear about is why God changed Abram and Sarai’s names. Both Abram and Sarai’s names were connected with the moon-god at the time, named “Sin”. Yahweh changed their names to Abraham and Sarah in order to include the syllable “ah”, the first syllable of the covenant name “Yahweh”.

Whether or not this reason is true, we don’t know, so we are actually writing this article to ask if anybody had ever heard of this before. We always wondered why their names were changed and it seems as if this explanation could be true, but the book offers no real proof, and we’re just wondering if they have any. Does anybody know if this is true?

Also, on a completely unrelated note, it’s fall now, and a lot of people are having bonfires. If you are one of them and like many Americans, are planning on having roasted hot dogs and marshmallows (smores), for your own good, please read the USDA reccomendation on how to roast marshmallows: US Forest Service Asks: How Does Your Marshmallow Roast? Can you believe people actually get paid for writing stuff like this?

And that reminds us of something else, while we’re at it.  Ever hear of those little ditties like “Click it or Ticket” or “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over”? How’s that for a job? Do you think we could get hired with “Drive 55 or Pay 95″? Yeah – maybe there is some talent to it, huh.


food2foodWe have been trying to find new bars that we like – energy bars, protein bars, it doesn’t really matter too much to us. It’s not like we eat a whole lot of them, but sometimes they come in handy if we are out and want something to eat in the car.

We used to eat Clif Builder’s Bars pretty much. Now we eat KIND Fruit & Nut Bars and lately, we have tried 2 new kinds of bars: Quest Bars, and most recently Macro Greens Chocolate Cinnamon Superfood Bars.

The description on amazon.com says, “100% natural raw cold processed nutrition bars with 8.5 billion probiotics – more than any comparable product. These bars are full of organic ingredients with no wheat, gluten or preservatives. These bars are made of vegan, raw and organic whole food ingredients and are only 200 calories each. A great school snack with no added sugar, the chocolate cinnamon taste is outstanding. “

I have tried one, and I did like it. This particular flavor has a nice texture, with some kind of nut in the mixture, and of course, the flavor is also quite nice. On a scale from one to ten, I would rate these bars a 9. No one else has actually eaten one except me. I think it’s because there is a warning on the back of the label which we did not know about.

What’s the warning? Well, the warning says that these bars have lead in them. A lot of food we eat does contain lead, but almost none of them admit it, and for me, this is a first. We thought it was pretty funny, and it was almost a complete turn-off until we thought, “Now why would they say that their superfood bar contained lead?”

Turns out that they had to put the warning on their bars because of California’s Proposition 65  which requires any food with a certain lead content to be labelled as containing the chemical. Lead content allowances are higher for the FDA and also the USDA. California is just more strict about it for some reason. The exact warning is:

“WARNING: This product contains lead, a chemical known to the State of California to cause birth defects and other reproductive harm”    :/

by John


On the Schuylkill River Path, some bike riders have always been obnoxious with the way they speed past right next to you. It has always been annoying when they do that and unfortunately, they’ve only gotten worse.

A couple of weeks ago, as we were walking on the path, around 6-8 bikers came up behind us. Naturally, they were wanting to pass everyone walking/running, but instead of having some manners, they were shouting, “Get out of the way! Whooooo!” and expecting everyone to clear out of their way so that they could move along without applying their brakes at all. Some people stayed where they were and continued walking and some people moved out of the way for fear of being barreled over.

It seems as if the bike riders don’t want to understand that the path is for anyone and everyone whether they are walking, running, skateboarding, rollerblading, or yes, bike riding. It’s a public path! They think they should never have to break, never have to deal with people in their way, and that if anyone is in their way, they should immediately move onto the dirt (and sometimes mud) next to the path in order to let the bike gods through. If you don’t move, it seems like some of the bike riders will have their revenge by passing you at a high speed getting as close as possible to your obstinate soul. This way of passing used to just be annoying, but now it has reached the point of danger, to the point where they might actually hit you.

The majority of people on this path either walk or run, but as usual, it’s the minority bullies that ruin it for everyone else. What small people they are.

Well, that’s about the end of our rant for today :)


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Key Chain From Mark

Recently, our sister was involved in a car accident. No one was hurt, but her car was damaged. Our father took it to a car shop in our town and he met the shop owner who happens to be a firm believer. His name is Mark and he is also pretty smart.

He works on cars, and we decided we like him a lot. It’s not that we know him personally, but he did something really cool a while ago (which is not the only reason we like him).

Mark was asked awhile ago to speak at the town’s elementary school for Career Day. The weird thing about the school’s request was that they said he couldn’t mention Jesus. The school didn’t even know he was a Christian, but that was one of their requirements. Mark agreed to speak at Career Day, but every day before it, he prayed that if he was supposed to speak about Jesus, that God would show him how.

Nothing came to him until the time that he walked through the school door. It was then that he remembered a truck that he had once restored for a man. The truck was pretty much completely destroyed but he did his best and in the end, it was good as new. The man had a special request for him. Since the truck was pretty much dead and Mark had restored it, the man wanted the name “Lazarus” painted on the back of it. For those of you who don’t know who Lazarus was, he was a man whom Jesus raised from the dead.

Anyway, the car mechanic remembered this just as he walked through the door of the elementary school. He spent most of the time talking about his job, but towards the end, he started talking about this truck that he had fixed. The kids were fascinated, as they liked hearing him talk about his job, but of course none of them knew who Lazarus was. So, Mark explained who he was, and he talked about Jesus for a while. While Mark was speaking, he could see parents and teachers getting fidgety and angry, but it’s not as if they could stop him since he was technically talking about his job.

We think this guy is pretty cool and hope to see him around so we can all get to know him better. Maybe we’ll invite him for dinner sometime.

You Bet

Posted: October 14, 2014 in Uncategorized

Today my mom said, “You bet” in response to some thanks given to her. She then realized that she had no idea where “You bet” came from even though both of our parents use the expression quite frequently. Apparently it is a popular saying for their generation. We all thought that without knowing where the expression came from, the two words “You bet” don’t seem to make much sense at all.

“Thanks, Joe.”

“Yep. You bet.”

Anyway, we decided to look it up and this is what we found:

When you’re thanked for something and you respond “You bet”, you are saying, “You can count (bet) that I will come through for you!” It also may have come from something like, “You bet your life,” or “You bet your bottom dollar.” An extremely lengthened version of what it could have come from is, “If you bet everything you have, you can still rest assured that you’ll win the bet.” Put quite simply, “Rest assured.”

A saying shouldn’t have this many words put into the explanation of it, should it?