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Inspiration and hope

NUMBER OF CASES This Youtube link will tell you in real time how many cases and deaths by country. Its grim, and its scary. See below under TAKEAWAYS.

As I write on March 22, 2020, there are 339,000 total cases worldwide, almost 15,000 deaths, and 98,000 total recovered.

China has 81,000 current cases and 72,000 recovered. Italy has 59,000 current cases and 7,000 recovered. USA has 33,000 current cases and 178 recovered. Spain has 29,000 current cases and 3,000 recovered. Germany has 29,000 current cases and 384 recovered.

For statistics in the USA, scroll down to TAKEAWAYS.

WHAT HAVE WE LEARNED FROM SOUTHEAST ASIA?… More

IN THE MOVIES. Several years ago, a series of movies appeared called Taken, starring Liam Neeson, who was ex-CIA. When his daughter was kidnapped by sex traffickers, Liam told the bad guys that he was coming after them with a special set of skills that he would use to hurt them. They laughed at him, but not for long…

The wrenching part of the first movie was when Neeson found his daughter drugged and trapped in a house of prostitution.

IN WICHITA, KANSAS. I never dreamed such a thing could happen in conservative mid-America where people say hello and stop to talk with you on the street and go to church on Sunday.… More

FRACMAN CONFLICTED.I am excited. My new novel, FracMan Conflicted, is being printed. Release date is March 2020 by Deep River Books. Here is a short review by Brian Morrison of Albuquerque, New Mexico:

After all these years I finally have an idea what fracking really is, and the correlation to earthquakes. With the wonderful love story aside, I enjoyed the engineering behind fracking and the inherent dangers from blowouts and explosions. It had an uplifting spiritual side to the story as well, which made me reconsider my lack of faith in God. Kelly is intelligent and forward thinking, and it was fascinating to see how she dealt with hardship in her personal life while determined to move up in an industry dominated by men.… More

MARIACHI CHRISTMAS. Its 3 am on a Monday morning, and I cannot sleep. Last nite, I went with a friend to a show called Mariachi Christmas and it was a splendid performance. The backdrop was a mariachi band — a dozen violins, four guitars, a double-base, two horns, and one accordion – all but the accordion player were females in classical mariachi dress. The singing by the female musicians – solos plus choir – lifted and soared through the theater.

Each segment was a mix of Mexican folk dancing and songs from a different state in Mexico. The entire theater came alive with vibrant, toe-tapping energy.… More

WHEN PAIN IS SO BAD YOU CRY OUT IN THE NIGHT: My good friend Mary Ann lives in Kansas. She was having migraines when I got in on the story……pounding migraines that completely immobilized her. She could do nothing but go to bed. This went on for almost two months. The migraines appeared like clockwork….every three days.

During this time she discovered that Excedrin Migraine helped, and helped a lot…..two tablets took away the pain in about 30 minutes and she could function again. But Excedrin is a mix of Tylenol and aspirin and caffeine, and the aspirin can tear up your stomach.… More

EARLY MEMORIES.

My earliest (ever) memory was telling mum that I didn’t want to die. I was scared. She comforted me.

The thing I remember best was mum’s perseverance in everything. She never gave up. She played tennis and ping-pong with the same determination. I actually recall the final point in a mixed doubles tennis tournament when she and a man called Paul Garnet won the title (I was probably 10 or 12 years old). I was very proud of her.

In our family car, mum conveyed me and my buddies to play football every Saturday when I was in high school.… More

WHATS IN THIS BLOG: • Inspired by friends Kevin and Dorota. • Jesus defined two sides of loving. • Who is my neighbor? • What about today?

I RECEIVED AN EMAIL TODAY FROM FRIENDS KEVIN AND HIS WIFE DOROTA. It was an appeal for money to support a young nurse in her education. It was a GoFundMe format that my friends helped set up. Not only that, the nurse lived in Tanzania, in Africa. They are dreadfully short of nurses over there: only one for every 27 patients.

I found this individual effort inspiring — to help a young person, who is not well off and living in another country.… More

WHAT KIND OF EVENT DOES THE FOLLOWING REMIND YOU OF: A small group of a dozen men meeting for two hours on a Saturday morning. Ages range from 40-something to almost 90. Singing gustily along with a three-piece band. Eating an excellent breakfast from a Mexican menu. Listening to a guest speaker share how his life was changed. Requesting others to pray – honest, touching, and serious prayers.

AND WHAT WOULD BE THE LIKELY VENUE? A nursing home? A hospital? An AA meeting? A Shriner’s gathering? A church group? +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ LET ME TELL A LITTLE MORE ABOUT SOME FOLKS WHO ATTEND THE MEETING: • One man is a successful and well-known businessman in Santa Fe.… More

It’s the day before Easter Sunday, 2019, and I took Chanel for a walk. I’m very fond of Chanel, although she belongs to my good friend Mary Ann. She’s a Morkie, which is a cross between a Maltese and a Yorkie. A really pretty dog – she’s small like a puppy but she’s not young like a puppy anymore.

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Chanel makes me think about love. There is no question she loves me, and this makes me feel good. When I approach her after being absent, her tail wags like crazy and her eyes light up. Is she thinking about the joy and comfort of our personal relationship?… More

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