Saturday, April 26, 2014

I Will Always Love You Billy

Happy Birthday Billy! One year ago we welcomed Billy into the world and what a Joy he brings to this world. It is fun being a Grandpa- Billy is our sixth grandchild and each one is so different and so special. I wish Billy a Happy Birthday and pray Gods richest Blessings and protection over his life. This video is actually 4 months old, but it has a few photos of Princess our kitten in it as well, and we think today may be her Birthday as well. Emilee used to call her our Farm Cat since we got her from a farm near Othello.

Friday, April 25, 2014

Forever Young- Real Men of Genius (06)

I am so thankful for my job! Not only to have a job, but to enjoy it, and enjoy the people I work with every day. I actually work with the striping crew from April to November and with the maintenance crew from December to March- so it is like two different jobs/bosses. Both jobs are fun- and both have their plusses and minuses. Every year  since 2005, I have made a new video of the crew, except last year when I failed to make a new one. This year we lost our lead driver to a promotion as lead tech on Stevens Pass. He had been with the crew around 20 years. We welcome our new driver, Beau Strutzel, who starts on May 1st. Welcome aboard Beau Strutzel. We are proud to have you as part of the striping crew and a Real Men of Genius....
Beau was in charge of Signs before he joined the striping crew- this photos is from Coles Corner area of Hwy 2 from a couple years ago.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Southern Ponderings

Actually Humor has the most postings on my blogs- I love humor. It is good for you. I want to hear Aaron Wilburn live someday. Even if you have heard this  before, I know you will laugh again. I don't think we laugh enough and as you can see below, there are many benefits of laughter.
Laughter isn't just a quick pick-me-up, though. It's also good for you over the long haul. Laughter may:

•Improve your immune system. Negative thoughts manifest into chemical reactions that can affect your body by bringing more stress into... your system and decreasing your immunity. In contrast, positive thoughts actually release neuropeptides that help fight stress and potentially more-serious illnesses.

•Relieve pain. Laughter may ease pain by causing the body to produce its own natural painkillers. Laughter may also break the pain-spasm cycle common to some muscle disorders.

•Increase personal satisfaction. Laughter can also make it easier to cope with difficult situations. It also helps you connect with other people.

•Improve your mood. Many people experience depression, sometimes due to chronic illnesses. Laughter can help lessen your depression and anxiety and make you feel happier. .

A good laugh has great short-term effects. When you start to laugh, it doesn't just lighten your load mentally, it actually induces physical changes in your body. Laughter can:
•Stimulate many organs. Laughter enhances your intake of oxygen-rich air, stimulates your heart, lungs and muscles, and increases the endorphins that are released by your brain.

•Activate and relieve your stress response. A rollicking laugh fires up and then cools down your stress response and increases your heart rate and blood pressure. The result? A good, relaxed feeling.

•Soothe tension. Laughter can also stimulate circulation and aid muscle relaxation, both of which help reduce some of the physical symptoms of stress.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Power of First Impressions

I discovered this message by Mark Gungor and had to share it. It is a bit longer than most of my videos, but well worth a half hour of your time. God can speak to you through many different ways- it is not always Sunday morning in church- God spoke to me thru Mark Gungor and I think he will speak to you as well if you will listen. Its not what Mark Gungor says, it is what God Says and what the Bible says, that really matters. It is addressed to all of us about the power of first impressions and why we are loosing this generation. I know this is for me, but I think you will enjoy it and learn reminders from it as well. I think we all needed reminded at times because of first impressions....

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Athiests Are Irrational

There are some videos I post that I really cannot add anything to- This one is like that. Brad Stine does a good job and is not ashamed of his beliefs. I hope to hear Brad in person someday and I think I can safely add a label just for his humor.
Q: Why did the atheist throw her watch out the window?
A: She wanted to see if it was designed intelligently enough to evolve into a bird.

Q: What is so ironic about Atheists?
A: They’re always talking about God.

Q: How does an Athesist girl have her hair done?
A: In big bangs!

Q: Why can’t atheists solve exponential equations?
A: Because they don’t believe in higher powers.
There was a Christian lady who lived next door to an atheist.
Every day, when the lady prayed, the atheist guy could hear her.
He thought to himself, "She sure is crazy, praying all the time like that. Doesn't she know there isn't a God?"
Many times while she was praying, he would go to her house and harass her, saying "Lady, why do you pray all the time? Don't you know there is no God?" But she kept on praying.
One day, she ran out of groceries. As usual, she was praying to the Lord explaining her situation and thanking Him for what He was gonna do. As usual, the atheist heard her praying and thought to himself, "Humph! I'll fix her."
He went to the grocery store, bought a whole bunch of groceries, took them to her house, dropped them off on the front porch, rang the door bell and then hid in the bushes to see what she would do. When she opened the door and saw the groceries, she began to praise the Lord with all her heart, jumping, singing and shouting everywhere! The atheist then jumped out of the bushes and told her, "You ol' crazy lady, God didn't buy you those groceries, I bought those groceries!" At hearing this, she broke out and started running down the street, shouting and praising the Lord.
When he finally caught her, he asked what her problem was. She said, "I knew the Lord would provide me with some groceries, but I didn't know he was gonna make the devil pay for them!"

Monday, April 21, 2014

Tax Freedom Day Song

Tax Freedom Day for Americans  in 2014 is April 21st, or 111 days into the year . Earnings From January 1st to April 21st goes to pay your taxes.
Tax Freedom Day for 2014 for Washington State Residents is not until April 25th, Five days later than last year, and we are the 9th highest in the United States for taxes.
Tax Freedom Day for 2011 for Washington State Residents was April 16th and we were 5th highest in the nation for taxes back then.
I do not know locally how we rate- I can assure you Wenatchee residents are probably highest, with the extra sales tax and car tabs city residents pay because of Town Toyota Center. East Wenatchee residents started paying the 20.00 car tabs last July 1st as well, and the last several years East Wenatchee has been quick to approve the 1% property tax increase even with record carryover funds, after going almost a dozen years without doing that- in fact at one time city residents paid less in property taxes than Douglas county residents did. Why isn't anyone Celebrating today? I am, because Wenatchee residents can look forward to 40.00 car tabs next year,  in addition to state car tab fees that will be going up July 1st for all to pay for a new ferry; and Jay Inslee still wants to raise gas tax by 11.5 cents still- so enjoy  today while you can. It very will  could be even later next year the way people contact elected officials- and the trend of both parties.

The latest ever Tax Freedom Day was May 1, 2000, meaning Americans paid 33.0 percent of their total income in taxes. A century earlier, in 1900, Americans paid only 5.9 percent of their income in taxes, meaning Tax Freedom Day came on January 22.
I will continue to publish these facts on taxes since the media chooses not to print such news. It bothers me when I continue to see tax dollars wasted at record levels and to see people voting for taxes as long as it is for "the other person" and they benefit themselves from a tax increase. Folks- you pay for taxes in inflation and higher prices no matter who is taxed. There is a initiative being circulated asking for your approval to decrease classroom size by law- yet no mention of who will pay or how it will be funded- don't you think that should be addressed first before it is put on ballot or sign it? ( the state already does not fully fund education now, initiatives, or cost of living raises) Some think raising the min. wage is the answer or is that covering up the real problem of too many taxes already? Wake up- it is your money you just worked up to today to pay- does that make you happy or sad, or mad?

This was reported in Wenatchee World- sure can't hurt to contact your elected officials about car tabs- it is your  money and they work for you! I don't expect taxes to go up much until after the next election- then watch out. 
City officials would like the $20 car-tab fee to be extended when it expires next year.
The Wenatchee City Council was also asked Thursday to consider asking voters to approve another $20 increase in the vehicle registration fees on top of that — and to funnel additional general fund money toward street repairs and upkeep.
“It isn’t a matter of should we continue it, it’s a matter of how much more do we need,” City Engineer Gary Owen told the council.

I have included links for charts to verify. They seem to imply it is all federal taxes that are the problem- they all ad up- even the local taxes. Even you renters end up paying for property taxes.  Please allow me to share "just my property tax bill" with you for comparison reasons. With the  printing of money causing inflation and a turn around in housing someday- think of what my bill will be when the value goes up?  The present taxable value is 151,900 and 2014 net tax is 1793.88. Tax district 21 levy rate is 11.80962086.
City-             241.17
Current Exp. 204.41
Fire               116.68
Library           63.67
Met-Park        40.92
Port                32.24
State School 361.21
total=          1793.88
Voter Approved Tax=728.88

4-2-15 update-  please allow me to update this blog with my latest information received. Washington State Tax Freedom Day this year is April 29th, 1 days later than last year (6 days later than 2013) and the national tax day is four days later, April 24th. This is chart for 2015 below. If you can't remember tax freedom day for Washington, just remember your property taxes are due April 30th- one day after Washington state tax freedom day 2015.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Easter Hope

Happy Easter.  Easter is Hope.  He is Risen. He is coming back.  Now go and live like you believe that.


Friends, let me go over the Message with you one final time -- this Message that I proclaimed and that you made your own; this Message on which you took your stand and by which your life has been saved. (I’m assuming, now, that your belief was the real thing and not a passing fancy, that you’re in this for good and holding fast.)

The first thing I did was place before you what was placed so emphatically before me: that the Messiah died for our sins, exactly as Scripture tells it; that he was buried; that he was raised from death on the third day, again exactly as Scripture says; that he presented himself alive to Peter, then to his closest followers, and later to more than five hundred of his followers all at the same time, most of them still around (although a few have since died); that he then spent time with James and the rest of those he commissioned to represent him; and that he finally presented himself alive to me. It was fitting that I bring up the rear. I don’t deserve to be included in that inner circle, as you well know, having spent all those early years trying my best to stamp God’s church right out of existence.

But because God was so gracious, so very generous, here I am. And I’m not about to let his grace go to waste. ...

1 Corinthians 15:1-9 The MESSAGE

Friday, April 18, 2014

Funny 911 Calls

This is national telecommunications week. I am proud my daughter works for Rivercom Dispatch. I admire those who work in dispatching in our valley- WSP, Rivercom, and the WSDOT dispatchers as well. I would like to share this "Tribute To Dispatchers By Chief Thomas Wagoner Loveland (Colo.) Police Department , (1994)
Someone once asked me if I thought that answering telephones for a living was a profession. I said, "I thought it was a calling." so is dispatching. I have found in my law enforcement career that dispatchers are the unsung heroes of public safety. They miss the excitement of riding in a speeding car with lights flashing and sirens wailing. They can only hear of the bright orange flames leaping from a burning building. They do not get to see the joy on the face of worried parents as they see their child begin breathing on its own, after it has been given CPR.

Dispatchers sit in darkened rooms looking at computer screens and talking to voices from faces they never see. It's like reading a lot of books, but only half of each one.

Dispatchers connect the anxious conversations of terrified victims, angry informants, suicidal citizens and grouchy officers. They are the calming influence of all of them-the quiet, competent voices in the night that provide the pillars for the bridges of sanity and safety. They are expected to gather information from highly agitated people who can't remember where they live, what their name is, or what they just saw. And then, they are to calmly provide all that information to the officers, firefighters, or paramedics without error the first time and every time.

Dispatchers are expected to be able to do five things at once-and do them well. While questioning a frantic caller, they must type the information into a computer, tip off another dispatcher, put another caller on hold, and listen to an officer run a plate for a parking problem. To miss the plate numbers is to raise the officer's ire; to miss the caller's information may be to endanger the same officer's life. But, the officer will never understand that.

Dispatchers have two constant companions, other dispatchers and stress. They depend on one, and try to ignore the other. they are chastened by upset callers, taken for granted by the public, and criticized by the officers. The rewards they get are inexpensive and infrequent, except for the satisfaction they feel at the end of a shift, having done what they were expected to do.

Dispatchers come in all shapes and sizes, all races, both sexes, and all ages. They are blondes, and brunettes, and redheads. They are quiet and outgoing, single, or married, plain, beautiful, or handsome. No two are alike, yet they are all the same.

They are people who were selected in a difficult hiring process to do an impossible job. They are as different as snowflakes, but they have one thing in common. They care about people and they enjoy being the lifeline of society-that steady voice in a storm-the one who knows how to handle every emergency and does it with style and grace; and, uncompromised competence.

Dispatchers play many roles: therapist, doctor, lawyer, teacher, weatherman, guidance counselor, psychologist, priest, secretary, supervisor, politician, and reporter. And few people must jump through the emotional hoops on the trip through the joy of one caller's birthday party, to the fear of another caller's burglary in progress, to the anger of a neighbor blocked in their drive, and back to the birthday caller all in a two-minute time frame. The emotional rollercoaster rolls to a stop after an 8 or 10 hour shift, and they are expected to walk down to their car with steady feet and no queasiness in their stomach-because they are dispatchers. If they hold it in, they are too closed. If they talk about it, they are a whiner. If it bothers them, it adds more stress. If it doesn't, they question themselves, wondering why.

Dispatchers are expected to have:
the compassion of Mother Theresa
the wisdom of Solomon
the interviewing skills of Oprah Winfrey
the gentleness of Florence Nightingale
the patience of Job
the voice of Barbara Streisand
the knowledge of Einstein
the answers of Ann Landers
the humor of David Letterman
the investigative skills of Sgt. Joe Friday
the looks of Melanie Griffith or Don Johnson
the faith of Billy Graham
the energy of Charo
and the endurance of the Energizer Bunny

Is it any wonder that many drop out during training? It is a unique and talented person who can do this job and do it well. And, it is fitting and proper that we take a few minutes or hours this week to honor you for the job that each of you do. That recognition is overdue and it is insufficient. But, it is sincere. It takes a special person with unique skills. I admire you and I thank you for the thankless job you do. You are heroes, and I am proud to work with you.

911 Operator: 911, what is the nature of your emergency? Caller: I’m trying to reach nine eleven but my phone doesn’t have an eleven on it. 911 Operator: This is nine eleven. Caller: I thought you just said it was nine-one-one 911 Operator: Yes, ma’am nine-one-one and nine-eleven are the same thing. Caller: Honey, I may be old, but I’m not stupid.

* * * * *

911 Operator: 911, what’s the nature of your emergency? Caller: My wife is pregnant and her contractions are only two minutes apart 911 Operator: Is this her first child? Caller: No, you idiot! This is her husband!

Question: If H20 is on the inside of a fire hydrant, what is on the outside?
Answer: K9P

A blonde woman calls 911. In a panic she tells the dispatcher that her house is on fire and that she needs the fire department there immediately. The dispatcher tells her, just calm down Mame and tell us how to get there. The blonde lady replies "DUH, THE BIG RED TRUCK"

Thursday, April 17, 2014

In My Seat-A Pilots Story of 9/11

Please take the time to watch this video.  It’s unlike anything I have seen, read or heard about that horrific day. Narrated by a pilot who was supposed to be on American Airlines Boston - LA Flight 11 the morning of 9/11.  It is one incredible story that must be shared and watched to the end, especially as we begin the Easter seasonSomeone said Christians celebrate Easter Every Sunday. I hope to see you in church this Sunday
Have you heard the story of the jelly beans?
Little jelly beans...Tell a story true.
A tale of our Father's love...That's just for me and you.
GREEN is for the new spring grass...YELLOW is for the sun above.
BROWN is for the soft earth where. People sat hearing of HIS love.
PURPLE'S for the robe he wore...RED is for that precious wine.
BLACK is for the sins He washed...From your soul and mine.
BLUE'S for the sadness of ...HIS friends and family,
and is for the glory of the Day...HE rose for you and me.
Now that you've heard the story...You know what each color means.
The story of our Father's love...As told by jelly beans.
So when you see jelly beans on this Easter season,
stop and remember, ...Jesus is the reason!

"For God so loved the world, He gave His One and Only Son that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life." John 3:16


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Drinking and Driving Ad

Between 2004 and 2008 based of fatal crashes- nearly half (49%) of people killed in impaired related crashes were between 16 and 30. Of impaired drivers involved in fatal crashes, 84% were male. Almost 2/3rds of impaired related crashes occurred in rural areas. Two out of three crashes occurred between 6pm and 5;59am. More than half (52%) occurred in rural areas. 50% of impaired drivers killed, were also speeding. Over half of passenger occupants involved in impaired driving fatal crashes were not wearing seat belts.  My hats off to those cracking down on impaired drivers- you have my total support-Nail those Drivers. Too bad we have so many attorneys trying to get those caught get off on technicalities for their fees. There is no need to drink and drive any time- Please, Please, Please do not Drink and Drive! I don't need to be called out to flag for one more DUI accident.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Watch the Lamb

Last night Jan and I watched the movie "Son of God". I cannot tell you my favorite Easter Movie but this one was good and I enjoyed the ending better than most. Its hard to name my favorite Song since most of my favorites are about Easter in some way. Ray Boltz wrote/sang so many moving songs- "Watch the Lamb" is very special.  Someone sent me an article about "Why did Jesus fold the linen burial cloth after his Resurrection"- forgive me if you have already read this or knew this,  but I had to post it as its exciting news for me and I do believe he is alive and he is coming back- no matter what people believe or do not believe about the Linen Burial Cloth.  I hope you have a Happy Easter!
The Reference is: John 20:1-8 .
Why did Jesus fold the linen burial cloth after His resurrection? The Gospel of John (20:7) tells us that the napkin, which was placed over the face of Jesus, was not just thrown aside like the grave clothes.

The Bible takes an entire verse to tell us that the napkin was neatly folded and was placed at the head of that stony coffin. Early Sunday morning,while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and found that the stone had been rolled away from the entrance. She ran and found Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved. She said, 'They have taken the Lord's body out of the tomb, and I don't know where they have put him!'

Peter and the other disciple ran to the tomb to see. The other disciple out ran Peter and got there first. He stooped and looked in and saw the linen cloth lying there , but he didn't go in. Then Simon Peter arrived and went inside. He also noticed the linen wrappings lying there, while the cloth that had covered Jesus' head was folded up and lying to the side.

Is that important? Absolutely! Is it really significant? Yes! In order to understand the significance of the folded napkin, you have to understand a little bit about Hebrew tradition of that day.

The folded napkin had to do with the Master and Servant, and every Jewish boy knew this tradition. When the servant set the dinner table for the master, he made sure that it was exactly the way the master wanted it. The table was furnished perfectly, and then the servant would wait, just out of sight, until the master had finished eating, and the servant would not dare touch that table until the master was finished.

Now if the master was done eating, he would rise from the table, wipe his fingers and mouth with that napkin and toss it on to the table. The servant would then know to clear the table. For in those days, the wadded napkin meant, 'I'm done.' But if the master got up from the table, and folded his napkin, and laid it beside his plate, the servant knew that the folded napkin meant, 'I'm not finished yet.'

The folded napkin meant, 'I'm coming back!'

Sunday, April 13, 2014

We've Only Just Begun

Today is a special day- on April 13, 1974, I said “I do... till death do us depart” in Coulee Dam to the most special woman.  I think I am the luckiest man alive and am so blessed to have such a wonderful wife! We Have only Just begun by the Carpenters was played at our wedding- I added some photos to share some of the memories. Time goes by so fast- God has given us so much- 3 special Children, six wonderful Grandkids, and so many great friends and examples to follow/encourage us on. Happy Anniversary Janice- I Love you and yes, We have Only Just Begun...
All marriages are happy. It's the living together afterward that causes all the trouble. ~Raymond Hull
Don't marry the person you think you can live with; marry only the individual you think you can't live without. ~James C. Dobson
You can never be happily married to another until you get a divorce from yourself. Successful marriage demands a certain death to self. ~Jerry McCant
Married life teaches one invaluable lesson: to think of things far enough ahead not to say them. ~Jefferson Machamer

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Easter Invite

I am thankful for church- it is a big part of my life and so thankful for the friends there. I am thankful for my pastor and his teachings both behind the pulpit and the way he lives his life. I really hope you have a church home and are faithful in attending.  Although I chose this video for its humor, it does bring home a point. I hope you can look beyond my faults and see Jesus this Easter. I think the main thing I learned at Christian College was to keep my eyes on Jesus and not those around us. I may have disappointed you in my comments or blogs, but don't let that keep you from Jesus who loves you and died for you, and rose again so that we may also rise again someday. I think often we think Christians should be perfect- Even Peter was not perfect. Keep your Eyes on Jesus, not man.
Pastor-speaker Chip Ingram shares in his book, I Am With You Always, that nuclear submarines consist of some of the most amazing technology on the planet. These incredible military vessels can stay underwater for ninety days, but every ninety days the submarine must resurface to maintain proper alignment with the North Star. While under water, the submarine’s navigation system is affected by the earth’s magnetic forces. Because the submarines carry missiles of mass destruction, they must pay close attention to keeping the equipment aligned to the true reference point of the North Star.                   
We’re like that submarine in that we cannot perform at our highest level or complete our mission without maintaining proper alignment with our God. Your heart is the navigational equipment that keeps you on track with God. Guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.                      

Friday, April 11, 2014

Easter Weekend by Mike Huckabee

Mike Huckabee reminds us of what is the Meaning of Easter and Good Friday. The Sermon, It's Friday, Sunday is Coming, I first heard from Tony Compolo on Focus on the Family in the 80's-but has been shared by many, some with videos. I never get tired of hearing the Easter Story. I hope it is not just another day for you- I do not need to re-inact it, it is finished and Jesus is Lord. TGIF= Thank God I'm Forgiven. Happy Good Friday- and don't forget, Sunday is coming!
The Pioneer of Salvation
By Bob Morrison, FRC Senior Fellow
Use the word pioneer with an American audience and our minds will usually turn to images of Conestoga wagons pulled by sturdy oxen. They are wending their way Westward. It's an arduous trek of families--fathers, mothers, and their children--across forested mountains and out onto the Great Plains. It would be years before these pioneers could bring the land under cultivation and see those amber waves of grain.

Scripture uses the word pioneer to describe Jesus. He is the author and perfecter of our faith, but He is also the pioneer, the One who goes before us, the One who bids us follow Him. Oftentimes that first pioneer and all pioneers who came after Him faced danger.
Sometimes, they even followed in His footsteps to a violent death.

Jesus knew not only betrayal, He knew shame. He took upon Himself the sins of the world, our sins, everyone's. As God and Man, He knew no sin, but he endured all that sin can bring for our sake. He hid not his face from shame and spitting. Yes, spitting. He was scourged. We hardly use the word scourge today. It means to be whipped. Romans used a scourge that was a wooden handled whip strung with long leather strips. These strips were studded with lead and pieces of sheep bone. These scourges survived from Bible times until barely a century ago. In Britain's Royal Navy, the lash was called "the cat 'o nine tails," for the nine strips of leather. Letting the cat out of the bag was not only the telling of a forbidden secret, it was the prelude to something awful. Whole ships' companies were ordered to witness as the flesh of a man's bare back was lacerated. Men who were scourged often died of that punishment. The loss of blood and the inevitable infection scourging caused were enough to kill.

Jesus endured all this before he went to the cross. He scorned its shame. In the space of five days, He went from being cheered in Jerusalem, from being hailed as the Son of David to suffering the humiliation of being betrayed, arrested, and treated as the lowest of criminals. Why did He do it? For the joy set before Him, Hebrews tells us. He could see beyond Calvary, beyond the Place of the Skull. He knew what joy lay before Him. He also knew what it would take to arrive at that place.

This is hard for us as mere humans to comprehend. Knowing the future always seems like a good idea for us. But can we bear it? Can we endure what may come to us, what our portion of sorrow and suffering will be?

Jesus knew what was over that horizon. He knew He had to remain faithful to the end. This can be, this must be, a source of great strength to us today. Crowds who once hailed what we hail are turning away from Truth. We are daily witnessing betrayals. Many of the mighty view us with scorn, if not yet with spitting, if not yet with scourging. Why is this? They hated Him. They will hate us. The servants are not greater than their master. Expect it. Be prepared. Don't lose hope. Stand together.

Before He entered Jerusalem that Palm Sunday morning and before that long ago Holy Week, Jesus gave us a glimpse over the horizon. He gave us a foretaste of the Resurrection when he came upon the tomb of his beloved friend, Lazarus, in Bethany. Dead and buried for four days when Jesus arrived, Lazarus arose at the command of his Lord. Lazarus came back from the dead because, as Jesus told them:

I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?"

Yes, Lord, we believe.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Summer Workzone Safety

This is Work Zone Safety Week. On Washington’s state and local roads, 46 drivers, passengers and roadway workers were killed and close to 4,000 injured in work zones from 2005-2009. Since 1950, 57 Washington State Department of Transportation employees have lost their lives in work zone-related activities. In 2012, the most recent year for which data are available, 609 people died in highway work zone crashes nationwide – an increase of 19 fatalities compared to 2011.  In 2012, 132 fatal crashes occurred in work zones involving large trucks and buses. I wish to thank those who take time to slow down in our work zones- it only takes a second as you can see in todays video. We too want to get home to our families at the end of each day. Please remember to slow down- your car is like a Weapon....Yesterday someone could have lost a life in a workzone traffic accident near Vantage- Please slow down in work zones.

April 9th, 2014.  GRANT COUNTY, Wash. -- Westbound traffic on Interstate 90 near the Vantage Bridge was stopped for about four hours Wednesday morning after a truck carrying a load of hay crashed into equipment in a work zone.

Washington State Patrol says the driver of the truck, Ricardo Reyes Lopez of Moses Lake, lost control just after 7:30 a.m. and hit an unoccupied street sweeper parked in the right lane, which was closed to traffic due to construction. The truck then sideswiped a Cadillac sedan and hit a pickup truck from behind.

The truck overturned, spilling hay onto the roadway and blocking the westbound lanes.

The driver of the truck was not injured. The other two drivers, Juana Rangel Alvarado of Mattawa and Eric Brindle of Quincy, were taken to Quincy Valley Medical Center for treatment.

Crews were able to clear the roadway around noon.

The cause of the crash is still under investigation. WSP says it does not believe alcohol or drugs played a factor.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

If I Were The Devil

This speech was broadcast by legendary ABC Radio commentator Paul Harvey on April 3, 1965. If you missed it, play it now, Please! Remember, 49 years ago, many of the things he talks about could not be imagined-what will it be like 10 year from now? for you who cannot view the video with your hand held, I posted the words below;
The oldest genuine Paul Harvey version of this piece we've found so far appeared in his newspaper column in 1964:

If I Were the Devil

If I were the Prince of Darkness I would want to engulf the whole earth in darkness.

I'd have a third of its real estate and four-fifths of its population, but I would not be happy until I had seized the ripest apple on the tree.

So I should set about however necessary, to take over the United States.

I would begin with a campaign of whispers.

With the wisdom of a serpent, I would whispers to you as I whispered to Eve, "Do as you please."

To the young I would whisper "The Bible is a myth." I would convince them that "man created God," instead of the other way around. I would confide that "what is bad is good and what is good is square."

In the ears of the young married I would whisper that work is debasing, that cocktail parties are good for you. I would caution them not to be "extreme" in religion, in patriotism, in moral conduct.

And the old I would teach to pray — to say after me — "Our father which are in Washington."

Then I'd get organized.

I'd educate authors in how to make lurid literature exciting so that anything else would appear dull, uninteresting.

I'd threaten TV with dirtier movies, and vice-versa.

I'd infiltrate unions and urge more loafing, less work. Idle hands usually work for me.

I'd peddle narcotics to whom I could, I'd sell alcohol to ladies and gentlemen of distinction, I'd tranquilize the rest with pills.

If I were the Devil, I would encourage schools to refine young intellects, but neglect to discipline emotions; let those run wild.

I'd designate an atheist to front for me before the highest courts and I'd get preachers to say, "She's right."

With flattery and promises of power I would get the courts to vote against God and in favor of pornography.

Thus I would evict God from the courthouse, then from the schoolhouse, then from the Houses of Congress.

Then in his own churches I'd substitute psychology for religion and deify science.

If I were Satan I'd make the symbol of Easter an egg

And the symbol of Christmas a bottle.

If I were the Devil I'd take from those who have and give to those who wanted until I had killed the incentive of the ambitious. Then my police state would force everybody back to work.

Then I would separate families, putting children in uniform, women in coal mines and objectors in slave-labor camps.

If I were Satan I'd just keep doing what I'm doing and the whole world go to hell as sure as the Devil.
I was only Five Years Old when the following statement was made. Obama Was not born yet.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

What Would You Do? (The Bridge)

The Bridge- What would you do?

If your plan is to have no plan, is that a Plan? If you choose to do nothing, is that a choice? If you choose to not vote, have you voted?  Life is full of choices- you made one just to click on this blog- one of several dozen choices already chosen by you today. Look how much is being spent to sway your choice on advertising. Raising children is about teaching them to make wise choices on their own. Ever wonder how many choices you (or I) make that affect those around us and price they will pay for our choice(s)? I once heard a pastor say he was going to write a sermon called "How much is you sin going to cost me?"  I sometimes think we dwell to much on the big choices and not enough on the little choices we make every day. The word choice is found 44 times in the Bible and Choose is found 79 times. 

Every choice you make has an end result.
It's not a matter of can or cannot,
it's a matter of will or will not,
everything is a choice,
choose wisely
You are the person who has to decide.
Whether you'll do it or toss it aside;
You are the person who makes up your mind.
Whether you'll lead or will linger behind.
Whether you'll try for the goal that's afar.
Or just be contented to stay where you are.
If you choose not to decide, you still have made a choice.
It's choice - not chance - that determines your destiny
How you choose to respond each moment to the movie of life
 determines how you see the next frame,
and the next, and eventually how you feel when the movie ends.
Think about how your choices today, will affect those around, you as well as yourself.
Some choices for Eternity

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Church Commercials

I enjoy my church home. Since 1987, we have Attended Wenatchee First Assembly. I once read an obituary of a neighbor, who had  not missed Sunday School in 52 years?  Earlier this month we had a service for a friend who has attended our church for 46 years. Last Thursday we said goodbye to a friend who was married in our church over 55 years ago. There is a lot to be said for faithfulness and commitment in the church body.  If you do not have a  church home or attend regularly- please consider yourself invited- you need to find a church to plug into and be faithful that preaches the word of God. These commercials above are from Internet, I think Living Water Church used them in 2007- very well done I thought. I am not sure if commercials really draw people to church, they do make you think, but it was the friendly people who welcomed me that helped me decide on a church home. 

CHRISTIAN WAYS TO REDUCE STRESS" Never borrow from the future. If you worry about what may happen tomorrow and it doesn't happen, you have worried in vain. Even if it does happen, you have to worry twice."
1. Pray
2. Go to bed on time.
3. Get up on time so you can start the day unrushed.
4. Say "No" to projects that won't fit into your time schedule, or that will compromise your mental health.
5. Delegate tasks to capable others.
6. Simplify and un-clutter your life.
7. Less is more. (Although one is often not enough, two are often too many.)
8. Allow extra time to do things and to get to places.
9. Pace yourself. Spread out big changes and difficult projects over time; don't lump the hard things all together.
10. Take one day at a time.
11. Separate worries from concern. If a situation is a concern, find out what God would have you do and let go of the anxiety. If you can't do anything about a situation, give it to God and forget it!
12. Live within your budget; don't use credit cards for ordinary purchases.
13. Have backups; an extra car key in your wallet, an extra house key buried in the garden, extra stamps, etc.
14. K.M.S. (Keep Mouth Shut). This single piece of ad vice can prevent an enormous amount of trouble.
15. Do something for the Kid in you everyday.
16. Carry a Bible with you to read while waiting in line.
17. Get enough rest.
18. Eat right.
19. Get organized so everything has its place.
20. Listen to a tape while driving that can help improve your quality of life.
21. Write down thoughts and inspirations.
22. Every day, find time to be alone.
23. Having problems? Talk to God on the spot. Try to nip small problems in the bud. Don't wait until it's time to go to bed to try and pray.
24. Make friends with Godly people.
25. Keep a folder of favorite scriptures on hand.
26. Remember that the shortest bridge between despair and hope is often a good "Thank you Jesus."
27. Laugh.
28. Laugh some more!
29. Take your work seriously, but not yourself at all.
30. Develop a forgiving attitude (most people are doing the best they can).
31. Be kind to unkind people (they probably need it the most).
32. Sit on your ego.
33. Talk less; listen more.
34. Slow down.
35. Remind yourself that you are not the general manager of the universe.
36. Every night before bed, think of one thing you're grateful for that you've never been grateful for before.
"If God is for us, who can be against us?" (Romans 8:31)

Saturday, April 5, 2014

This Old House by Signature Sound

April 5th, 2008,  Jan, Darcie and Caitlyn had left to go shopping in Cashmere. I was in back bedroom with Cody and Emilee, reading books, playing games and playing on computer for a quiet time. At around 1;15 pm, when someone knocked on our door. As I answered it, some boys asked me, “Mr., Do you know your house is on fire??” I quickly grabbed the kids and helped them out the front door, yelled “call 911”, and asked a lady to watch Cody/Emilee while I ran back in to try to grab the computer. I quickly dropped that idea as I heard the fire roar and smoke was developing-I ran back out and grabbed the garden hose only to find it would not reach the back of the house where the fire was. I think the fire chief showed up next and while we waited for fire trucks, I called Jan on cell phone and told her she better come home as our house was on fire. (We later learned the fire probably started under rear porch from a defective extension cord or a battery charger for a kids electric cart.)  Everything happened so fast.  People were so caring, so helpful and we felt God upholding us. It’s so much easier to look back! Thanks to those four boys who cared to knock on the door to let us know! Thanks for Pemco Insurance and France AND Company who treated us so fairly- I highly recommend both. Thanks to those who prayed and gave us so much help/encouragement. (A couple who went through a fire has us over for dinner/our church gave us a shower.) Thanks to  Darcie/Eric for letting us stay in their trailer as our  house was rebuilt- it was not only close by, but having the grandkids there helped us and maybe even the grandkids.  We moved back in 6 months from the date of the fire! We were allowed to do some of the repairs to help pay for any changes we requested. We have so much to be thankful for- I sometimes feel like Job in the Bible. I do not know how people without God handle issues like this in their lives? Yes, we still will occasionally wonder about something we used to own- and I think we have downsized by choice. I can honestly say people mean so much more than things. As in this song/video by Ernie Hause and Signature Sound,  I am reminded this is not my home, We just live here for awhile,…. making memories,…. Our real home lies on the other side, I am just passing thru, …Heaven is so much more.

 Front Door after the fire

The Bedroom where Kids and I were having a quiet time..
The Back Porch
Fire started below porch from ether extension cord or battery charger for go kart in center

Friday, April 4, 2014

Good Friday by the Skit Guys

There are so many ways people use to tell the Easter Story, but the story remains the same. they say there are 4 love languages, whatever language you listen in or prefer, I hope you hear loud and clear that Jesus Loves You Very Much and he is coming  back someday. Make sure he is your personal savior and not just a story.

The Miraculous Easter Dinner

I love everything about making Easter dinner except the Saturday shopping. That day, the supermarket can be as crowded as a department store at Christmas. And this Easter, on top of my regular checklist, I had to buy the ingredients for a delicious new recipe I’d discovered: sliced ham and turkey layered with Swiss cheese and spinach, all wrapped in pastry dough.                      
Trouble was, my work schedule had left me no time to shop earlier in the week.                      
I’ll get up extra early and take care of everything Saturday morning, I thought, as I drove to the office Friday. But that morning Yola, one of my co-workers, asked if my husband, Robert, and I would help her move the next day. “I really don’t have anybody else to ask,” she apologized.                      
“Sure,” I told her, soft touch that I am. Bright and early Saturday morning, Robert, my 15-year-old son Ben, and I drove our pickup to her old apartment. Oh, the piles of furniture and boxes! It took us till late afternoon to get her settled in her new place.                      
By the time we returned home, I was spent. I don’t know how I’m going to go shopping now, let alone cook Easter dinner, I thought. The only ingredient I had at home was the spinach.                      
On the kitchen counter were two shopping bags of food Yola had sent home with us – her thanks for helping her move. She was leaving on a trip the next day, and didn’t want the food to go to waste.                      
I reached into the first bag and pulled out a package of sliced ham. Well, that’s lucky, I thought. At least I can cross one thing off my list.                      
Then I pulled out a package of sliced turkey, and another of Swiss cheese.                      
That’s odd, I thought. There’s no way Yola knew my Easter dinner plans.                      
I reached back into the grocery bag, thinking of the Easter miracle. All of sudden, the strangest feeling came over me. My hand closed around a package near the bottom of the bag. I lifted it out. It was a box of pastry dough – the final ingredient I needed for my recipe. (found on

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Easter Commerical

Inviting friends to church is so easy, even Babies can do it. I hope to see you in church Sunday. Our church meets sundays at 10:00am at 1520 McKittrick in Wenatchee.
Here are some signs from church's that you may have not seen yet? Who says Christians do not have a sense of humor?
Staying home and yelling Oh God does not constitute going to church.

If you park here, you are liable to be prayed for

Notice in a church parking lot. Trespassers will be baptised.

If you can't sleep, don't count sheep. Talk to the Shepherd.

Do not wait for the hearse to take you to church.

How will you spend eternity - Smoking or Non-smoking?

Fight truth decay -- study the Bible daily.

No God - No Peace. Know God - Know Peace.

Free Trip to heaven. Details Inside!

Come work for the Lord. The work is hard, the hours are long and the pay is low. But the retirement benefits are out of this world.

In the dark? Follow the Son.

"Dusty Bibles lead to Dirty Lives"

"If you don't like the way you were born, try being born again."

"This is a ch_ _ ch. What is missing?" ----- (U R)

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Meet Logan, the Sky Angel Cowboy

There are many ways to tell the Easter Story, God can use a 13 year old boy- Check out this recording of when Logan Henderson called in to a Christian radio station to share his thoughts. God can use you as well. Be open and ready...
Our Lord has written the promise of resurrection, not in books alone but in every leaf of springtime.
~ Martin Luther, Priest & Theology Professor