The Cure is on your plate!

The Cure is on your plate! Back in the Nixon Era, war was declared on cancer. Strangely, even though a prevention and a cure has been found, the powers that be still fund and fight this war. Obviously, the conflict of interest and motive is profit over health. The China Study and practically a zillion others have found the answer. Cancer, like ALL other degenerative disease, is a food born illness curable by consuming greens, fruits, vegetables, grains, and legumes. The healthiest people in the world eat little or no meat. Likewise, God's Word teaches that plants are the best foods for man. It's an issue of perspective. You can't exercise away a dirty diet. Is your body a garbage disposal or a temple?

Paradigm Shift

"When people make comprehensive lifestyle changes, including a plant-based diet, they often feel so much better, so quickly, that it reframes the reason for making these changes from fear of dying, which usually is not sustainable, to joy of living, which often is," Dean Ornish.

Thursday, July 30, 2015


It has taken me nearly half a century to understand why forgiving others is so important. God didn’t give us that commandment to deny us righteous indignation for the sinful acts of others against us. Oh, no! He doesn’t want us to fester in the poison of bitterness. Unforgiveness is like sipping poison and expecting the other person to die. It doesn’t work. We can’t be forgiven without forgiving, and forgiving allows us to soar away from bitterness, resentment, and all the other negative emotions attached to unforgiveness. Even knowing this, it is hard to let it go. After all don’t we deserve to wallow in our misery? Sure we do if we want to be unhappy…but haven't we had enough unhappiness in our lives. We can look to Jesus’ example of forgiveness and mercy to help us forgive and extend mercy to others. We can also remind ourselves of the power forgiveness gives us over someone who wants to hurt us. They can’t hurt or offend us without our permission. I won’t give permission to anyone to dictate my feelings or hurt me again. So…I’m grateful to God for commanding me to forgive others for my own sake.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Hi Claire!

We hope you are having a wonderful, safe, and happy summer. Is it nearly time for first grade already? It’s hard to believe that you are that old.

Amazon won’t let me write notes in my packages anymore, so I’ll write about the things we sent here. I read A Nest For Celeste to Sammy and Quinn, which all enjoyed it very much. In fact I can safely say we LOVED it—especially the illustrations. Maybe you will, too. I’m pretty sure someone will need to read it to or with you.

Uncle Spencer and I enjoyed the Tchaikovsky CD, when he was small. We think you will like the music and story as well. Although I like lots of different types of music, classical is my favorite. Symphony concerts are among my favorite things to do. What’s your favorite type of music?

When Sammy and Quinn visited, I had an opportunity to talk with them about the way brothers and sisters ought to treat each other. Did you know the scriptures warn parents not to allow their children to fight with each other? If God thinks it’s important enough to for brothers and sisters not to fight to include instructions in the scriptures, we ought to listen. Don’t you think? It seems everyone is so nice to their friends but not so much with their brothers and sisters. At 51, I know that friends come and go. Most of them are in your life for a short time and then move on to new places or interests. That’s ok. But, your siblings are eternally yours. Doesn’t it make more sense to reserve our best kindnesses and niceties for people who will be around forever? Shouldn’t we try our hardest to make a good impression on the people that should matter to us the most? Choose cherishing. Cherish means protect and care for someone lovingly; adore, hold dear, love, dote on, be devoted to, treasure, revere, esteem, admire, prize, value highly, hold dear. We simply can’t and don’t do those things if we grudge, envy, dislike, distain, hurt, argue, connive, tantrum, slight, or yell. Please, remember to think before you act and always cherish your siblings (and parents).

What have you been doing this summer? As much as your mother likes to swim, I bet you are swimming quite a bit. Because the best weather around here isn’t during summer, I’ve mostly been doing indoor things like museums and indoor pools. We have a new musical museum here that is really interesting as well as an indoor butterfly garden. I guess those are my favorite summer things this year so far. Soon the heat will fade, making the rest of the year mostly like spring. I’m really looking forward to that. If we don’t get our bike ride in before 7 in the morning, it is just too hot to do it.

Our new puppy, Dash, loves to ride in her special basket on the front of my bike. She’s much too little to run along side like big dogs do. She gets her exercise throughout the day as we walk her around the block to do her doggy business. I’m so glad I listened to Heavenly Father and patiently waited for the right dog. She is perfect for Papa and me.

Claire, we love you and are praying for you this week. Hold onto your faith in Jesus Christ. Build upon that faith until it is unbreakable and makes you hunger for righteousness. Love your family with all your might. Keep smiling your lovely smile. Study hard in school. I guess I'm saying, be the best Claire you can possibly be.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

new times

Praying For...Claire...the US Constitution...children and families all over the world...

Not really much going on right now. Resting up from my time with my grands and the drive to take them home. Sure glad to have my home, garden, puppy, and husband.

So sad to learn the insidiousness of Planned Parenthood is far deeper than we knew. So very glad I refused to let my children participate in PP sponsored 'health' classes in high school. Even happier that I homeschooled and didn't allow that influence for the last ones.

My glasses broke, so I can't see too well. Hope my writing isn't too off. Going to get new glasses today at lenscrafters.

Waaah! Progressive lenses can't be made at lenscrafters in an hour. Just like everyone else, they have to send them to a lab. So, I'll be visually impaired for up to ten days.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

under the bridge

Praying For...Quinn, who is visiting me this week. It's so much fun to help him over the final hump of learning to read. He's a wonderfully well behaved and kind six-year-old. I pray that his Christlike disposition will be nurtured and encouraged...that his neighbors and leaders of nations will open their eyes and hearts to the sanctity of the family and guard the innocence of childhood...that peace, plenty, faith, and liberty will be his all the days of his life.

Sound of Music...I transposed I Think You're Wonderful to the key of C to allow me to sing and play it on ukulele with the grands. We are having a wonderful time singing together. Although I seriously lack skill and talent, they enjoy my violin playing and sit right in the room with me listening. If I knew what easy critics children were, I might have picked up my violin during my child-rearing years. That's water (and my skills) under the bridge though.

Pen and Brush...we are having the best time drawing twice a day with Imagination Station by Mark Kistler. AND for the first time, I'm not concerned with color. I had no idea that pencil drawing was so fulfilling. When I began reading the well illustrated novel, A Nest for Celeste: A Story About Art, Inspiration, and the Meaning of Home, to the grands, I saw with my own eyes how beautiful graphite could be.

Bibliophilia...we simply adore A Nest for Celeste: A Story About Art, Inspiration, and the Meaning of Home...I didn't like Edward Toulane at all. Now I'm previewing A Tree for Peter by Kate Seredy. Also, I just started When Jesus Wept by Bodie and Brock Thoene.

Needle News...after church Sammy and I stitched lavender strawberries. She enjoyed it even more than I thought she would. We made them with red mini dot and green gingham to look more like strawberries. Oh, do they smell good.

Grand Gossip...these children are amazingly patient and simply interested in everything. The music instrument museum was so enjoyed that we didn't see it all; so was the art museum...Their favorite activity, though, is swimming lessons in which they are progressing very quickly. This is our last week together. Hopefully, we'll finish doing all the things we've planned.

Puppy Prattle...our Darling Dash is revealing her personality. Although still somewhat shy in new situations, she is definitely a Yorkie. She struts around like she's ten feet tall around those she loves. She gives a little yip or nip to let us know she has to go out...NOW! And if I don't watch, she escapes onto the carpet and runs around and around. It's quite funny. Of course, some of this wouldn't be cute if she were a big dog; at 4 lbs, it's hilarious.

Cucina Fresca...I've been teaching the grands to cook simple things for breakfast like toast with jam, peanut butter, or banana, nuked potatoes and yams, corn on the cob, muesli, pico de gallo, and nuked pop corn in a paper bag. Children, who are competent are confident, are usually content and kind.

Sunday, July 12, 2015


Praying For...Tyson...that he will learn to love and serve his neighbor and Jesus Christ with joy...that his neighbors will soften and allow them to celebrate childhood, guarding the innocence and safety children in each their own sphere of influence.

Cucina Fresca...I made a huge discovery with my green smoothies, which has taken them up a few notches in taste. I juice and zest a couple lemons, adding this and a bit of stevia. Now, my smoothies taste like frozen berry lemonade. Wow! My grands can't get enough and even beg me to make more. Have you ever heard of a child begging for spinach or kale? It's a first for me.

Pen and Brush...the grands also love drawing lessons from some of Mark Kistler's books. We enjoy drawing together morning and night.

Bibliophilia...we also discovered a wonderful read aloud, A Nest for Celeste: A Story About Art, Inspiration, and the Meaning of Home by Henry Cole. They like it so much; they asked me to send it to Tyson for his Grandchild of the Week. I'm previewing The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane for Sammy this week. Sure hope it's good.

Grand Gossip...we stopped a couple fun places on our journey. I wasn't sure how they would like a two day journey broken up by monuments and points of interest. This was my answer as we pulled up to the hotel the first night. 'This is the best vacation, EVAH!!!' Six-year-olds are easy to please and tell it like it is. Saturday, at Mom's cake and ice cream birthday celebration, he said. 'Even though this isn't fun, it's sort of fun.' I can't win them all.

Garden Gate...sadly, I lost some more plants in the high heat last week. Well, I don't want to have plants that need babying anyway.

For Your Viewing Pleasure...I took the grands to see the movie, Max, which was enjoyed by all. The six-year-old thought it was a bit scary though. We talked about the wonderful way the main character aired disagreements with a meek, gentle, but confident voice. We talked about loyalty of friends two and four legged, too. It is a great movie, IMHO.

Puppy is a lot slower to train dogs without a prong collar, but it also doesn't break the spirit. Dash has learned to heel quite easily without jerking or pinching of the neck. If she begins to pull, I simply turn in the opposite direction and back again, as I quietly say 'heel.' It breaks her concentration and puts her focus back on me without pain. I love this method, however I'm not sure how to teach a down stay to a dog that is not food or toy driven. When I figure out what motivates her, I'll find success. I've also house broken her to the tile portions of the house again without force or violence of any type. She tells me, when she needs to go out. Hurray! We take a walk around the block 3-4 times a day. I praise her highly for her deposits, which seems to be motivating for her. I still don't want to try her out on the carpet though. I'm not ready to watch her leave a mess on my nearly white carpet.