In the spring of 1621 after a bitter winter, a Native American Indian, by the name of Squanto, came to the aid of the Pilgrims, weakened by malnutrition and illness. He taught them how to survive in this new land by showing them how to cultivate corn, extract sap from maple trees, catch fish in the rivers and avoid poisonous plants. He also helped the settlers forge an alliance with the Wampanoag, a local tribe, which would endure for more than 50 years and remains one of the sole examples of harmony between European colonists and Native Americans. Squanto saved […]
What is wrong with my scale!
The other day I hopped on the scale (which I hadn’t done in quite some time) and was disgusted! I had put on much more than the “COVID 10 pounds” that I was expecting to see and even excusing myself for gaining! But that number was mirroring what I was feeling. It was more than the tight jeans and the extra thick love handles caused (I’m sure) by the “dryer shrinkage story” I tell myself. I was experiencing a real lack of energy, foggy thinking, trouble sleeping and nasty mood swings. How did I get to this point? Wasn’t eating […]
The Super Power of One
It can feel overwhelming to think about the amount of suffering there is in the world especially in these times. Let’s just look at hunger. Before the pandemic started, the World Health Organization said that 841 million people go to bed each night not knowing where they will get their next meal. And that number is growing significantly due to the impact of lock-downs and job layoffs. Overwhelming! What could one person like you and me do to alleviate just that type of suffering? Amazingly, God has that figured out. He gives us the privilege to walk the earth in […]
Being Vigilant Like a Meerkat?!
Meerkats are amazing protectors of their community. They seem to be continually vigilant, reacting to the slightest sound or movement. There are also certain “watchmen” meerkats who keep even more watchful eyes out for possible dangers or difficulties for the entire community and then sound the alarm to save lives. We here in the US are also amazing protectors of our communities. We step up to do what it takes to keep our community, friends and loved ones safe by being vigilant and staying healthy ourselves. We even wear uncomfortable face masks in the public, dodge people with our carts […]