Tuesday, June 30, 2015

THE GOOD OLD SUMMERTIME:  Yeah!

THE GOOD LIFE   THE GOOD LIFE   THE GOOD LIFE   THE GOOD LIFE

         YOUR PERSONAL GPS
You might find your life's destination better if you remember
A PERFECT SUMMER DAY IS WHEN THE SUN IS SHINING, THE BREEZE IS BLOWING AND THE LAWN MOWER IS BROKEN - James Dent

PRIDE MUST BE A SUMMER THING BECAUSE IT "COMES BEFORE THE FALL"


Although fall is my favorite time of the year, I dearly love the summer time.  Once in my lifetime, I enjoyed the cold.  Now I need the summer heat to thaw out.  Today is the last day of June and the Fourth of July is this coming Saturday.  Hooray!
In the news this morning is a call from the extreme left to replace the stars and stripes, Old Glory.  This following the elimination of the Confederate Battle Flag.  Although my great grandfather was wounded in battle while serving in the union army during the Civil War, I had no problem with the flying of the Confederate Flag.  I have a serious problem with any thought of replacing the stars and stripes.

HOW THEY DANCE IN THE COURTYARD, SWEET SUMMER SWEAT. SOME DANCE TO REMEMBER, WOME DANCE TO FORGET



LAKE ANNA
The city of Barberton, Ohio is built around beautiful, spring fed Lake Anna.  My 1904 home is one block off the lake.  It is a mile around the lake and a perfect place to walk, and people do. The town seemingly just sprang up like magic, hence the name Magic City.  The city founder, Ohio Columbus Barber, laid the city out with churches at each corner of the lake.

I LOVE HOW SUMMER JUST WRAPS IT'S ARMS AROUND YOU LIKE A WARM BLANKET


Flowers, lots and lots of flowers.  In all humbleness, something for which I am not known, I say that our yard is the most beautiful in the community, thanks entirely to my wife, Julie.  A flower bed under a bird bath, a water fall into a small pond, trees and shrubs and flowers everywhere all come together in the summer time.

IT'S A SMILE, IT'S A KISS, IT'S SUMMERTIME


I love to cook, and it is so enjoyable at the moment because we have a house guest for a few days.  For dinner tonight I am making a Julia Child special, egg and pickled beet salad.  Also, Creamed Chicken on a biscuit with potato pancakes, the latter made from last night's left over mashed potatoes.  Tomorrow for breakfast I am going to have biscuits and fried apples.  Yum Yum good!  Washed down with strong, black coffee, of course!

SOME OF THE BEST MEMORIES ARE MADE IN FLIP FLOPS


What would summer be without fried green tomatoes?  Or, fried squash?  Or, fresh picked corn on the cob?  Or lots and lots of vine ripened tomatoes?  And, cucumbers and fresh green onions.  And that wonderful charcoal grill cooked food, I really love sausage cooked on the grill.  And, nothing is as refreshing as ice cold lemonade made with fresh squeezed lemons.

Yes, fall is my favorite time of the year, but the good old summer time is hard to beat!

Oh, Yes!  I forgot to mention farmer's markets where fresh fruit and vegetables can be bought cheaper than they can be raised.

Hip hip hurrah for summer! 

PARENTS PACK UP THEIR TROUBLES AND SEND THEM OFF TO SUMMER CAMP



                     GOD BLESS YOU AND YOURS THIS SUMMER

                                    GOD BLESS THE USA

Sunday, June 28, 2015

THROW THE FIRST STONE?  Not I, Lord!

WISDOM   WISDOM   WISDOM   WISDOM   WISDOM   WISDOM   WISDOM

           YOUR PERSONAL GPS
You might reach your life's destination better if you remember
THE PURPOSE OF LIFE IS TO LIVE IT, TO TASTE THE EXPERIENCES TO THE UTMOST, TO REACH OUT EAGERLY AND WITHOUT FEAR FOR NEWER AND RICHER EXPERIENCE

YOU CAN OFTEN CHANGE YOUR CIRCUMSTANCES BY CHANGING YOUR ATTITUDE Eleanor Roosevelt


"Let him who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her".  John 8:7.  The Jewish leaders wishing to destroy Jesus, had brought a woman taken in sin to Jesus.  The law called for stoning her to death.  The leaders asked Jesus what they should do.  Writing in the sand he told them to let the one without sin throw the first stone.

YOUR LIFE MAY BE THE ONLY BIBLE SOME PEOPLE READ


I WAS SO ANGRY!  I was a guest along with maybe a hundred others at a celebration.  Sitting with a group of maybe 15, one of the other guests, a person of importance to the group, told of him getting a 13-year-old girl pregnant, leaving the country to avoid the consequences and of coming back two years later, after he was married, trying to renew the relationship when she was 15 and with his two year old son.  I was so angry when the group laughed at this story.

MY GOAL IN LIFE IS TO BE AS GOOD A PERSON AS MY DOG THINKS I AM


THERE IS ALWAYS A FLY IN THE BUTTERMILK!   I had done things in my life which I deeply regretted.  When I was 15  I just lived from "pillar to post", so to speak.  A dear friend, who was a madam in a whore house, fed me when I was hungry and allowed me to live with her when I had no where to lay my head.  When I became a Christian, I took to heart the "Come ye out and be ye separate" and ended our relationship until she died.  I now visit her grave with deep remorse.

QUALITY MEANS DOING THE RIGHT THING WHEN NO ONE IS LOOKING - H.Ford


Although I have never been guilty of pedophilia, there is a chance that I once got a woman pregnant.  If that did happen, it would be a case of sexual child abuse with me being the victim.  Frequently, when I was with my madam friend, I'd have a relationship with her "girls", who were all in their 20's and 30's.  The girls always treated me as a celebrity.  Although I was only 15, I was a 6'2" jock and a football player.  One of the "girls" got pregnant and left to live  with her parents.  I certainly do not know that I was the father, there were a lot of other possibilities.  Still, I knew the "girls" took a lot of protection with others they did not take with me, who never had to pay.

THERE ARE TWO MISTAKES ALONG THE ROAD OF LIFE, NOT GOING ALL THE WAY AND NOT STARTING - Budda

SANCTUARY EASTON UMC
I resolved my problem in church this morning.  I had considered discontinuing my association with the small group who laughed at pedophilia but I really liked and respected my host.  After considering my own short comings, I was thankful for God's saving grace and His forgiveness of my wrong doings.  I decided just to continue to pray for these people, leaving the results to God.

WHILE WE WERE STILL SINNERS, CHRIST DIED FOR US - Romans 5:8





MAY GOD BLESS YOU AND FORGIVE YOU OF YOUR SINS

MAY GOD BLESS THE USA

Thursday, June 25, 2015

30 YEAR OLD MIND, 84 YEAR OLD BODY:  Good Or Bad?

Wisdom    Wisdom    Wisdom    Wisdom    Wisdom    Wisdom    Wisdom

          YOUR PERSONAL GPS
You might reach your life's destination better if you remember
THE MORE SAND THAT HAS ESCAPED FROM THE HOUR GLASS OF OUR LIFE, THE CLEARER WE SHOULD SEE THROUGHT IT.  Jean-Paul Sartre

UNLESS YOU DO SOMETHING BEYOND WHAT YOU'VE ALREADY MASTERED, YOU'LL NEVER GROW - John Maxwell


WALT AND KIMBERLY
82nd Birthday
When I turned 70 I told my doctor that "I had 25 years of active plans and that I'd need another 5 years to wind down, could he handle that?".  He assured me that he could if I could.  Physically, he headed my life in a direction to let me live to be a hundred.  He told me to lose weight.  I did.  He declared me a type 2 diabetic although my sugar was in the safe zone.  Among many other things, he started to examine me every three months instead of twice year.  He assured me that sooner or later something would catch up with me and the sooner he started to defend me against it the better my chances.


WE GET TOO SOON OLD AND TOO LATE SMART



I JOINED THE NAVY AND SAW THE WORLD
Before I was a teenager, I knew what I wanted to do in life.  I wanted to join the Navy.  But, not just join the Navy, I wanted to be the ship's radioman.  I was too young for WWII, which bothered me to no end.  When I graduated from high school, I wanted to go right into the Navy but my parents had to sign for me, at age 17, and wouldn't.  So, I quit my new job as a timekeeper, went back to West Virginia  and began to live a very rowdy life.  They changed their minds.  The Navy agreed to send me to their Class A Radio School and  on July 22nd, 1948 I was off to boot camp.

ITS OLD AGE WHEN THE CANDLES COST MORE THAN THE CAKE - Bob Hope


For most of my 4 years, nine months and 17 days I was the radioman on the USS YUMA ATF94, a seagoing tug.  I loved the old Yuma!  She was a feeder. I was every where in the Pacific, to and from Hawaii many times, to all the major island groups, to Japan and the Philippines, the East and South China Sea.  I was in the Korea war zone when that fight started.  I've crossed the Panama Canal once, the Atlantic six times

THERE IS STILL NO CURE FOR THE COMMON BIRTHDAY - John Glenn


THE SEIBERLING TIRE AND RUBBER CO.
Out of the navy with a two year college degree in Industrial Management, I was  employed for 27 years at the Seiberling Rubber Co.  The last 8 years I had the top job in a tire plant, Manager of Tire Production.  During these years I dedicated my life to my children, crossing and recrossing the country with them many times.  All three are college graduates with master degrees, professionals married to professionals.

THE OLD BELIEVE EVERYTHING; THE MIDDLE AGED SUSPECT EVERYTHING; THE YOUNG KNOW EVERYTHING - Oscar Wilde


WALT AND NIECE LA TONYA
65th and 35th H.S.Reunion
I like to dance and have taught ball room dancing.  I call square dances.  I have played the banjo and the wash tub bass in a jug band that was televised several times.  I have been on GOOD MORNING, AMERICA twice.  I have been published.  I have been down the Ohio River three times.  I have made dozens of wilderness canoe expeditions to Canada and to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, I have back packed the Appalachian Trail and the west coast of Ireland, I have been to all of the states except Alaska and it is on my bucket list, I have traveled extensively throughout Europe, I have spent the last 25 Octobers in a pent house suite in Myrtle Beach.

  In short, I HAVE BEEN THERE AND DONE THAT.


ON MY O'DAY MARINER
I Plan To Sail Into Life's Sunset
I am now preparing to sail the 6,000 mile loop around the eastern United States in a small sail boat.  When the doctor told Julie that I HAD A 30 YEAR OLD HEAD ON AN 84 YEAR OLD BODY, she reminded him of what he already knew, I live an adventurous life.  While I can no longer back pack mountain peaks or run 5K races, with my replaced hip, I can still sail a small sail boat.  Although the doctor inquired extensively about this cruise, he never once tried to discourage me.  GOOD OR BAD, YOU DECIDE!

YOU ARE NEVER TOO OLD TO SET ANOTHER GOAL OR TO DREAM A NEW DREAM Les Brown
SITE OF ORIGINAL OKTOBERFEST, MUNICH
Oh, Yes!  Julie and I were to the 175th Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany.  We plan to return in the near future with my daughter, Kimberly.  We will also visit the site of the movie "The Sound of Music"  in Salzburg, Austria and go for a waltz in Vienna.  This will be our third visit to the German and Austrian Alps. 

So much to do, so little time!




GOD BLESS YOU AND YOURS

GOD BLESS THE USA

Friday, June 19, 2015

LAUGHTER, THE BEST MEDICINE:  It works and there is no consumption limit

LAUGHTER   LAUGHTER   LAUGHTER   LAUGHTER   LAUGHTER   LAUGHTER

              YOUR PERSONAL GPS
  You might reach your life's destination better if you remember
THERE ARE TWO CHOICES IN LIFE.   YOU CAN STAY SINGLE AND BE MISERABLE OR GET MARRIED AND WISH YOU WERE DEAD!

FIRST GUY - MY WIFE IS AN ANGEL.  
SECOND GUY - YOUR'E LUCKY, MINE IS STILL ALIVE


A wife was making a breakfast of fried eggs for her husband.

 Suddenly, the husband burst into the kitchen shouting "Careful, CAREFUL!  Put in some butter!  Oh, my God!  You're cooking too many at once.  TOO MANY!  Turn them.  TURN THEM!  Careful!  CAREFUL!  I said be CAREFUL!  You NEVER listen to me when you are cooking.  NEVER!  HURRY UP, turn them NOW!  HAVE YOU LOST YOUR MIND?  Don't forget to salt them.  You always forget to salt them.  USE THE SALT!"

The wife stared at him.  "What's wrong with you?  You think I don't know how to fry a couple eggs?"

The husband calmly replied:  "I just wanted to show you what's it like when I'm driving".

CHURCH SIGN: FREE TRIP TO HEAVEN.  DETAILS INSIDE

Man was stopped by a cop.  "Why", the man asked?  The cop said "Speeding". The driver said "I was only doing 65"  His wife said "You always drive 80.''  The husband gave her a dirty look.

And, the cop said, "Going to give you a ticket for a broken tail light too".  The driver said "Must have just happened"  His wife said, "That tail lights been broke for months"

"Also", said the cop, "You get a ticket for not wearing a seat belt" 

                            The driver said "I took it off as you were walking up"
                                 The wife said "You never wear a seat belt"  
                                       The husband shouted "SHUT UP"

                    The cop asked, "Does he always shout at you like this?"

                              The woman said, "Only when he's drunk!"

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A woman placed an ad in the newspaper, HUSBAND WANTED.

The next day she got over a hundred calls saying TAKE MINE!

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She's so blond she thought -

....a quarterback was a refund
....General Motors was an army officer
....she wanted a price check at a dollar store
....she takes two hours to watch 60 MINUTES
....thinks TACO BELL is a Mexican Phone Co.
....she took a blood test and failed











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5 WRONG ANNIVERSARY REPLIES

1.  "Today is what?"
2. "I got you a present worth a dollar        for every time we've had sex.  Here's       a $5.00 gift certificate to Wendy's" 
3. Okay, let's celebrate.  Do we have to      go together.
4. I thought we only celebrated
     important events.
5. OK, I'll take you to Pizza Hut.  Just 
     shut up! 
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GOD BLESS YOU AND YOURS

GOD BLESS THE USA
           

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

BENEVOLENT  PEOPLE: A Blessing From God

The Good Life   The Good Life   The Good Life   The Good Life

      YOUR PERSONAL GPS
You might find your life's destination better if you remember
THE SIMPLEST ACTS OF KINDNESS ARE BY FAR MORE POWERFUL THAN A THOUSAND HEADS BOWING IN PRAYER - Mahatma Ghandhi

HOW FAR THAT LITTLE CANDLE THROWS HIS BEAM!  SO SHINES A GOOD DEED IN A WEARY WORLD - William Shakespeare


UNKNOWN SURPRISED WOMAN
Yes, I am old!  Yes, I have been throughout the world many times!  Yes, I have been "there" and "done that"!  Still and yet, I can be surprised.  I awakened from a nap, went to the bathroom, where the door was closed, but, as my wife and I share our only bathroom, I just opened the door and walked in.  There stood a woman I had never seen, just out of a shower with a towel wrapped around her naked body.  SURPRISE!

NO ACT OF KINDNESS, NO MATTER HOW SMALL, IS EVER WASTED - Aseop


JULIE ANN PIERCE
I call my wife "Jewell" because she is just that.  Benevolent to a fault, she truly is precious, and not just to me.  Julie benefits everyone.  Time after time, in our 36 years of marriage, she has spend time and money to help those who could never repay her.  A while back she told me of  a friend, who had quit her job, moved south to live with a daughter, was back from a bad experience, broke, with no where to live until she worked for a few weeks to earn rent money.  Julie asked if the friend  could live with us for three weeks.  Of course, I agreed and promptly forgot about it until I saw the nude in our bathroom.

A PERSON DOES NOT HAVE TO BE AN ANGEL TO BE A SAINT - Albert Schweitzer


My mother, Levia Pierce, helped others up to the end of her life.  She visited those in jails and helped their families.  She made dolls year around for the Fire Department to give to the poor at Christmas time.  She fed and clothed poor children and took them to Sunday School.  The number of people she allowed to live with our family, some for a year or more, is beyond belief.  A cousin whose mother neglected him, at different times, many men from West Virginia who came to Ohio for work, a young married couple who were losing out in life.  Just examples of Mom's kindness.

THE NICEST FEELING IN THE WORLD IS TO DO A GOOD DEED ANONYMOUSLY AND HAVE SOMEBODY FIND OUT - Oscar Wilde


MARK, KIMBERLY & TODD
Mother's kindness has been passed on.  My son Mark gave up a highly profitable life to become a full time pastor to help others.  My son Todd has actually taken off his coat in the winter time to give to a street person without one, has rented trucks to haul free food and/or clothing he collected to the poor, and my daughter Kimberly donates large amounts to various charities.

IF THE GOOD HEARTS HAD FAT PURSES, HOW MUCH BETTER EVERYTHING WOULD GO


WALT AND MARY KAY
My daughter-in-law, Mary Kay,  gave up a very lucrative position as an RN Supervisor at a state institution to take  a far less paying position as the Director of the National Association of the Mentally Ill.  Her daughter, Jessi, keeps premature children alive.   Grandchildren Riley and Delaney give the value of one of their 3 Christmas presents to charity.

RECYCLE KISSES, HUGS AND SMILES, THEY NEVER GO OUT OF STYLE AND EVERYBODY NEEDS ONE - C. Clymer


Like ripples in a pond, look how far Mother's benevolent life has gone.  How far will Julie's go?  Julie's daughter, Jackie personally raised $10,000 to save a local park for children she doesn't even know and where her children or grandchildren will never play.



ONE NEVER THINKS LIGHTLY OF THOSE WHO WALK WITH US ON OUR UPHILL DAY



WHO ARE YOU HELPING ALONG LIFE'S HIGHWAY

GOD BLESS YOU AND YOURS

GOD BLESS THE USA

Monday, June 15, 2015

THIRD OF 3 ALERTS: Terrorism and worse

Wisdom   Wisdom   Wisdom   Wisdom   Wisdom   Wisdom   Wisdom

       YOUR PERSONAL GPS
You might reach your life's destination better if you remember
WE ARE AT GREATER RISKS.  THE PROBABILITY OF ATTACKS IS GROWING, THERE IS A LOT MORE COMING OUR WAY - Gen Keith Alexander, NSA Director

THIS IS NOT A BATTLE BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA ON TERRORISM BUT BETWEEN THE FREE AND DEMOCRATIC WORLD AND TERRORISM - Tony Blair


The recently discontinued FREEDOM ACT led to the disruption of 54 terrorist acts.  You must always remember, however, we must be effective 100% of the time in preventing a terrorist act while the terrorists only have to be successful one time.  Accept that they will be successful.

IF THE NUMBER OF ATTACKS IN THE NEXT DECADE INCREASES DRAMATICALLY THEN THE CHANCE OF A MAJOR 9/11 TYPE ATTACK BECOMES A NEAR 95% CERTAINTY - Daily Mail


There were only 8 non-military American terrorist deaths in the last year compared to 29 deaths from lightning strikes. I just read a book describing the results of coordinated lone wolf attacks in the UK that not only killed 15,000 but also virtually shut down the country.  This is by far the most likely scenario for our country.

THE THREAT OF TERRORISM IS NOT STRONGER THAN THE WILL OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE - Chaka Fattah


This English language Al Qaeda magazine gives bomb building instructions. It lists the most important places to strike, New York's time square, Las Vegas casinos, tanker trucks and trains,  and the Air Force Academy.  The Boston bombers bought their supplies at Target.

THEY THAT COMMIT THESE COWARDLY ACTS MAY BELIEVE THAT THEY HAVE SHAKEN OUR RESOLVE TO DEFEAT TERRORISM. THEY COULD NOT BE MORE WRONG - Doc Hastings


LONDON BURNING IN RIOTS
Loss of life and limb is serious, but not the most serious consequence of a terror attack.  The fictional book told of lost public transportation, the closing of highways by destruction of just a few bridges, and of the lost supply of food and other necessities in the UK.  Strikes by only a few can effect our entire country.

IF YOU PUT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IN CHARGE OF THE SAHARA DESERT IN FIVE YEARS THERE WOULD BE A SHORTAGE OF SAND - Milton Friedman


WHEAT FIELD
Are you aware that 1% of the population in mid west America grows ALL the food for Americans?  Or, that grain is no longer stored but moved immediately to the coasts where 70% of the population lives? Or that the grain  is transported by only two railroad lines?

OF THE ROUGHLY 7 BILLION PEOPLE IN THE WORLD, 870 MILLION PEOPLE EACH DAY SUFFER FROM HUNGER.  AMERICANS ONLY SUFFER FROM OBESITY.


DRIED UP LAKE IN CALIFORNIA DROUGHT
It might not even take a terror attack. If the droughts in California and Texas happen in mid west America, as it did in the 30's, when the farm lands were blown away in sand storms, think of "The Grapes of Wrath".


YOU NEED TO GIVE SERIOUS THOUGHT TO YOUR FOOD SUPPLY AND TAKE ACTION


BALTIMORE BURNING IN RACE RIOT


If Baltimore, a city of 622,000 where the mayor, prosecutor, and over half the police force and population are black can have frenzied, violent race riots and looting, destroying the homes and business of fellow blacks,  all over a problem involving a black police officer and an established criminal, imagine what would happen if they did not have food.


AMERICA'S ELECTRICAL GRID AND WATER SUPPLIES ARE EXTREMELY VULNERABLE


GUNNER
My Giant Schnauzer
Even if with a good guard dog, lighted property, good locks and guns with abundant ammunition you manage to fend off those who would rob your food supply, consider that they might then burn your house.  Happened in Baltimore and else where.  Where can you go, what will you do.  NOW IS THE TIME TO MAKE THOSE DECISIONS, not as you're running out into the street fearing for your life.

REMEMBER, THESE 3 BLOGS ARE ALERTS, NOT SOLUTIONS TO EVERY PROBLEM.


ONE POSITIVE - ATTENDANCE IN MY SON MARK'S  CHURCH WILL IMMEDIATELY DOUBLE
Church Requel - People Loving God and Loving People



  
OLD GLORY.  LONG MAY SHE WAVE OVER THE LAND OF THE FREE AND THE HOME OF THE BRAVE

GOD BLESS YOU AND YOURS
  

Saturday, June 13, 2015

SECOND OF 3 ALERTS: Be Prepared

Wisdom   Wisdom   Wisdom   Wisdom   Wisdom   Wisdom   Wisdom

        YOUR PERSONAL GPS
You might reach your life's destination better if you remember
IT IS NOT THE STRONGEST OF THE SPECIES THAT SURVIVES, NOR THE MOST INTELLIGENT, BUT THE ONE MOST RESPONSIVE TO CHANGE - Charles Darwin

THE WAY TO TURN THE ECONOMY AROUND IS NOT BY MAKING RICH PEOPLE POORER, IT IS BY MAKING POOR PEOPLE RICHER - Marco Rubio




I strongly urge you to stop reading this blog, go to Amazon and, for $0.01 buy a used, hardback copy of this book, they have 108 copies.  What an opportunity!  Robert Ringer has addressed what life could be like in a collapse of life as we know it, and tells how to deal with the situation.  When the book comes, sit down and read it cover to cover for at least five times.  I did just that.  And, as you read it, take notes as the book applies to your life.
MIKE, YOU'RE THE MOST CREATIVE GUY I'VE EVER MET.  W. Disney

When I was a young Industrial Manager in a tire plant, I was one of the rare people to pay my own way to the Mike Vance Institute for Creative Thinking.  It was prohibitively expensive but one of the best investments in myself I've ever made. One of the many, many things I learned while doing Potential Problem Analysis was that coming up with a high probability of an adverse situation is not negative.  THIS BLOG IS NOT NEGATIVE! You can buy Vance's tapes at Amazon for $20.

WE COULDN'T HAVE ACCOMPLISHED WHAT WE DID AT APPLE WITHOUT MIKE VANCE - M. Markkula, Chairman


The stock market is at record highs that are beyond belief.  The Dow Industrial is 18,039.  It was just above 600 when I became a broker in 1981.  The stock market goes up and down.  It is up.  Where do you think it is heading.  You do not need to be a rocket scientist to figure that out.


GOVERNMENT IS ONE OF THE FIVE EVILS, ALONG WITH FIRE, FLOODS, THIEVES AND ENEMIES - Proverb

Regardless of how frugal you may be, or how you can stretch a dollar, money will be a problem.  Consider that in my lifetime, the banks closed and people could not get to their savings.  Remember also that in my lifetime the dollar was devalued from 100 cents to a dollar to only 51 cents to a dollar.  The government took away half the money. 

YOU HAVE ENEMIES ?  GOOD!  THAT MEANS YOU HAVE STOOD UP FOR SOMETHING, SOMETIME IN YOUR LIFE- Winston Churchill


Robert Ringer suggests that we decide what we are going to need our money for in the future and invest in that today, cheaper,  and on sale.  Food is obvious.  We just used the last of our spaghetti sauce, which we bought in march 2013.  (We date it when we buy it).  Sitting in the house right now are three cases of spaghetti sauce bought at half price.

IF YOU THINK YOU CAN OR IF YOU THINK YOU CAN NOT, YOU ARE CORRECT


There is a real push on today to get people to buy gold.  Never mentioning that gold is at an all time high, the sellers make an extensive argument that the economy is at great risk and gold is the one safe investment.  Uh, tell that to the people who bought that argument just before FDR declared gold illegal, buying it for a fraction of what the government wanted for it when they decided the people could again buy gold and sold it back.  I mean, if times are hard are you going to chip off a bit of gold and go shopping?

NEVER ASK A BARBER IF YOU NEED A HAIRCUT - Warren Buffet


We can always depend upon social security can't we?  Illegally started as a retirement annuity where the government collected the premiums before you got your paycheck and made payments years later has changed.  Now SS is paid mostly to people who have never paid premiums.  SS payments are likely to be discontinued just before welfare payments.

HAPPY IS HE WHO OWES NOTHING - Proverb


If you are burdened down with debt, you are normal.  One in three Americans, that's 77 million, folks, are so far behind in their payments that their account has been turned over to collection agencies. The people in Nevada are the worse at 47% and North Dakota the best at 19% in collection.  The average credit card debt is over $15 thousand. YOU CAN LIVE WITHOUT DEBT.  I do!  You can live without a credit card. I do!  Do not go into a serious recession in debt.  Address the problem now.

POLITICIANS ARE THE SAME ALL OVER.  THEY BUILD BRIDGES WHERE THERE ARE NO RIVERS - Nikita Khrushev


One thing you need to decide ahead of time is what will you do when your "grass hopper"  friends and relatives show up with their hands out for what you have worked like an ant to preserve.  IT WILL HAPPEN.  I know.  I saw it happen in the great depression when I'd see relatives walking up the dirt road toward our house.  Mom would always give me a good talking-to as  she fed everyone, including all the hobos.

LET THE GOOD TIMES ROLL!


You get the idea of this alert, don't you?  It doesn't mean that you have to live with your head in the sand.  Just the opposite.  In the world-wide depression of the 30's, my family never ceased to "Let the good times roll".  We ate a lot of beans and potatoes, poor man's gravy with biscuits and with more dumplings than chicken in the gravy, but we never went hungry and we always had fun.  As I prepare for difficult times I have plans to revisit the site of the "Sound of Music", a month in Myrtle Beach, and an 8 month sail around the eastern USA.

TOMORROW, THE THIRD ALERT ABOUT THE CERTAINTY OF TERRORISM




MAY GOD BLESS AND KEEP YOU AND YOURS IN DIFFICULT TIMES

GOD BLESS AMERICA