Questions I have…

It’s strange, but I keep wondering what is beyond this life.  Perhaps I should be thinking about is, not what, but if there really is anything after this life.  If there is, will I remember this body’s experiences?  Will I be able to some how reconnect with things and people in this world? My guess is the answer to these questions is probably not. Maybe my end is near and there’s just no one who can answer these questions for me.

I should say right here that so called “Holy” people mean nothing to me. Most of them are just over paid part-timers who don’t contribute anything of real value except what they gain for themselves. If I live a “good” life, according to their rules and values, then I’m rewarded by eternal bliss.  If I don’t then I’m punished by eternal damnation?  No that is way too thin. Although most of the world’s great “religions” are based on this concept, I’m just not buying into it.

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An Alaskan miracle…. maybe now its my turn?

Pete's Alaska

….it was another Saturday in the far North of Alaska and my friend Rose and I were heading down the mountain to a neighbors home. During the summer months we regularly drove down to drink coffee and catch up on what happened over the past week, but this week it would be different. My neighbor Vicky who had been a smoker for many decades told us she has quit smoking! Now I know Vicky, like myself, has smoked since in our teens and to have stopped in what seemed to me to be just a week was akin to a miracle of Alaskan proportions.

Later over the coffee she told us she has been on a new drug called Chantix for a little over three weeks and has been gradually cutting back the number of cigarettes she smoked each day until just a few days previous she stopped completely. I…

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Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing

Some people are amazed that with a Republican president and a Republican congress our government can’t accomplish anything.  That number doesn’t include me.  Congress is composed of the house of representatives and the senate, both are supposedly completely dominated by the Republican party. This, in and of itself, would be a rare thing. The Democrats controlled Congress for 75 years. The men and women who now have majority control of both houses wear the Republican moniker.

The reality is that those who got elected to the latest congress are Republicans in name only.  Their actual persuasions lean to the far left. Their advisors were smart enough to realize that with the wave of resentment against the Democratic party, they would have  no hope of winning if they ran as Democrats.  Don’t kid yourself, this is where their party loyalty kicks in; they simply pledge allegiance to the Republican party and get elected. They can still vote along Democratic party lines even wearing the Republican shirt. Their first and most important allegiance is to get elected. After that they are in position to serve as they please, not their constituents the American people who elected them, the PARTY.

Don’t believe that’s true? As the old cliche’ says, “Just hide and watch.” Yes it’s true they hate Donald Trump because he’s a successful business man and not a professional politician like them, but what they hate even more is giving up the control they have had for so long.

Government doesn’t have any money except that which it takes from its people through taxes. Thanks to the Democratic control of congress for so long, the USA has the highest tax rates in the world.  From those taxes, members of congress pay themselves $174,000 per year. And that’s for what amounts to a part-time job; they only average “working”  140 days a year. That, however can be as few as 101. I won’t bother to list all the freebies and perks they give themselves. The average American worker is some where in the $50,000 per year range and works 260 days a year.





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Puerto Rico

The story you do not hear.  PUERTO RICO

I just received this from a life long friend.  His brother-in-law is
volunteering in Puerto Rico so this is coming from someone that has his
‘boots on the ground’ and can actually see what is occurring in that locale.

Ken has been volunteering for the last 3 weeks in Puerto Rico..

The story you don’t hear

I hear some of the B.S. that the press is spewing.  Let me tell you what is
actually occurring here in Puerto Rico..
I got online for the first time in days and one of the very first things I
saw was an out and out lie about the government’s response to the crisis I
am in the middle of.  I don’t care if you hate or love Trump, using the
crisis in Puerto Rico to spread political lies is disgusting!  I am
literally across the street from the airport, and the hotel I am in is where
many of the first responders are staying, so here is what is going on from
someone who is actually here seeing it.
The government is here and has been here!  Every single day plane after
plane full of FEMA, FBI, homeland security, army, Air Force, Marines, and
extra police officers from all over the country shows up.  Cargo plane after
cargo plane and ship after ship full of supplies shows up.
There is a hospital ship off the coast that I can see from the beach.
The response was quick and it keeps coming!  They are out every day from sun
up until sun down.
This isn’t a political issue, it is a humanitarian one.  The lies being
spread about the response aren’t helping the people here, it is just fueling
hate based on lies!  If you want to help Puerto Rico, donate money or
supplies and pray.  If you want to play politics find
something else to argue about!   Not like there aren’t hundreds of
topics for you to choose from!
Edited to add this- Roads have been completely destroyed in many areas,
especially the remote one.  The military and FEMA are going out to these
places on foot with 100 lbs + packs on their backs  It is requiring them to
cut their way through flooded areas to get there.  It will take time to
reach everyone when conditions are as bad as they are.  President Trump
dispatched 140 helicopters, 28 ships, 6 Army field hospitals, 3 Navy Seabee
Battalions, 5 US Army Combat Engineer Battalions, 3 Civil Affairs
battalions, 2 Nuclear Submarines capable of generating 2.8 Gigawatts of
Power, release 300,000 tons of food, medical supplies, and water from
Military stocks to Puerto Rico…
Please stop touting the party line of bashing our President when his actions
have been excellent for the island.
There’s been a string of 4 horrendous Hurricanes..  it’s going take some
time.  The immature LIES devoid of facts do not help a single person on the
island.  No President has had to face this level of domestic disaster and
done a better job.  Trump is doing one helluva good job..

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I’ve had my fourth heart attack and I’m sill here.  It happened last Wednesday morning.  After I had a nice pancake breakfast, I suddenly developed a very bug pain right in the center of my chest and I made it to the sink before I threw up. “Oh shit!,” I thought, “Here we go again.”

I told my wife, “I think you better call 911.  I’m having another heart attack.” She called them and of course they had me chew up an aspirin and take a nitro tablet while We waited for the ambulance. I think doing that prevented it from becoming a full-blown cardiac event.  I only had to stay two days in the short-term care unit until they let me go home.

so I’m still here and I’m not sure why.  Maybe God still has plans for me.  I don’t know.

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I’m Losing My Wife

Before you get the wrong idea, no we’re not getting a divorce and no she isn’t physically leaving me. But I am, bit by bit losing her.  Her mother died of Alzheimer’s disease when she was in her 80s. I’m not sure if that’s what’s happening to Kathryn, but it could be.

Next month we’ll be married 48 years and we’re both in our 70s.  She is three years older than me. When I first noticed her obvious short-term memory loss, I was very much alarmed.  I was also in great pain because I wasn’t sure how I could live without her.  I guess I’ve kinda gotten used to it now, I take it in stride most of the time when she asks me questions about things I’m certain she already knows but it still hurts when I think about how very sharp her mind was.

For the most part, she still goes about her daily chores around the house. We are both retired.  We go to church and church social functions. No one but our two grown children are aware of it. both of them and their families live within five minutes of us. If anyone else knows it, they haven’t said anything.

It just seems strange, I still have her with me, yet I know she is slipping away.  How much longer will she last? That’s the really hard part, no one can tell me.  I talked to a doctor about it and the doctor said there are medicines that will slow it down, but there is no cure.

I always thought I would be the first to go.  I have survived three heart attacks and open heart surgery.  My heart only functions at about 20 percent and I’m not physically capable of doing very much so I’m lucky to still be around. My mind is still quite capable of doing everything.  The body is just shot to hell.  I guess I am hoping I will be the first to go.  I don’t want to be around if she goes to that same place her mother did.












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The Bible

What passes for pastoral sermons these days all too often amounts to little more than biblical interpretation.  Preachers, pastors, priests, etc. stand in their pulpits, having built an entire sermon around a segment or segments of the bible, and explain what it means.  I’m sorry, but that seems kind of trite to me.

The bible is a history book.  It is the history of the Jewish and Christian faiths. It covers approximately 4,000 plus or minus years.  Let’s not include “Genesis” it is truly a work of fiction. Let’s just talk about the rest of this history book. Blasphemy you say? No, not really if you really examine it.  Do we worship the bible? I am quite certain I never have and never will. Why should I? It is not sacred, it merely pretends to inform us of the events leading up to and including the death of Jesus Christ.

In some printings it is titled the Holy Bible, in others it is just the Bible.  Very often (but not always) the words “inspired by God” are included in many printed versions.  How does the publishers know this? They weren’t around thousands of years ago when the words were written. This is just an example of a publisher’s selling tool. Also the words
“According to”” as in the gospel according to is yet another publisher’s selling tool. Those words were added in the last 50 years. Don’t believe it? Just look at a really old version of the bible and see what you find there.

In truth, the bible is the best selling book ever to hit the world wide market. Tons of money have been made from its sales.  I’m sure tons more will be made in the future, but none of it will come from me. I only worship & acknowledge God, not any book, not even the “Holy Bible.”

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