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News You May Have Missed

With so much news available through various media, many find it hard to sift through all of it to find something relevant to their lives. Today's blog post is a compilation of newspaper articles that may have slipped past even the most careful reader. However, I make no claims to the relevance of any of these twelve articles.

I'm not sure who picked up and ran with this bit of news, but this woman might find more satisfaction in this area of her life if she were on Facebook where birthday greetings abound.

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It would be interesting to see how the police plan to accomplish what's reported in the next article.
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Do You Love Turkey?

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This is the time of year when many Americans think about turkey. I am looking forward to Becka's Thanksgiving meal in which turkey will figure prominently. But I have to say that turkey is also on my mind a lot because one of my roles in A Christmas Carol is that of the Poulterer — the man who sells Scrooge the turkey for the Cratchit family on Christmas morning. :-)

Today's iv is a story about a man with an obsession for turkey, followed by several cartoons related to turkey that I've been saving since Thanksgiving last year.

A man had such a passion for turkey that he always had some in his refrigerator. He was constantly snacking on the birds and he went through an average of one a week.

This, unfortunately, had him continually gaining weight, and his health started deteriorating.

The man was aware of this but simply could not stop. Despite pleading from his friends, family and even his doctor, he just couldn't kick his addiction — he just loved turkey too much.

Finally, after weighing himself one day and being horrified by the read out, he decided to make whatever changes were necessary to reverse his dramatic weight gain. In time his weight dropped, his health improved, and he felt much better.

At a family gathering, his siblings were amazed at how great he looked. "How did you do it?" one of them asked him.

The man replied, "It wasn't easy, but I quit cold turkey."

Now for the cartoons....
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Military Wit and Wisdom

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I would like to take this opportunity to thank all who currently serve our nation in the armed services or who have ever served. Veterans Day was originally known as Armistice Day to celebrate the end of World War I and to honor those who served. In 1954 President Eisenhower's signature changed the name to Veterans Day and the purpose, to honor all veterans.

World War I (also called the Great War) has a special place in my heart. If it had not been for that war, my Grandpa Loach, a soldier boy from northwest Ohio, would never have met a pretty little French girl in Calais, France, and I would never have been born. Calais is not far from an area in France called Flanders. Many of you are familiar with the poem In Flanders Fields, by John McCrae (1919) and its famous first line "In Flanders fields the poppies grow...." I have seen and loved fields full of wild poppies (coquelicots) in that part of France. When I was growing up in NW Ohio, people sold artificial poppies for Veterans Day. I don't know if they still do since I've been gone from there at this time of year for over 40 years.

William Tecumseh Sherman is known for his quotation, "War is hell." I've never been in the military nor lived in a war-ravaged area, but I would imagine from what I've read that that is indeed the case. To combat the stress and difficulties of military life and war, many people in uniform have a great sense of humor. A sense of humor can bring you through a lot of bad situations. Today's iv is a list of quotations, some of which came to me unattributed, from military people.

"Aim towards the Enemy." – Instruction printed on US Rocket Launcher

"When the pin is pulled, Mr. Grenade is not our friend." – US Marine Corps

"Cluster bombing from B-52s are very, very accurate. The bombs are guaranteed to always hit the ground." – USAF Ammo Troop

"If the enemy is in range, so are you." – Infantry Journal
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This past week has been difficult in many ways. I'll spare you the details, but I have been über-busy with all sorts of responsibilities on top of my regular teaching load. In addition to all those responsibilities, our church had funerals three days in a row — Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. In case any of you formerly lived in Greenville and know any of the deceased, they are Becky Alderson, Alex Chakeris, and Joyce Garland.

All of last week's events left me exhausted physically and emotionally. Hence today's post is one that is more serious than most of what you read on my blog. What I am posting is something I received from a missionary with whom we worked in France on one of our mission teams. She shared it as part of her testimony of what the Lord had brought her through personally in her personal life and in their missionary service. Here's a short version of her testimony:

After their language studies in France, they left for the Cameroon where the husband taught in a Bible school. Early on, the wife contracted malaria. She fought it for as long as she could, and after nine months, they had to return to the US for treatment. When she finally had her health back together, they left for Benin, having been told that perhaps there might be a different strain of malaria there that wouldn't affect her. After fifteen days there, she tested positive for malaria again (the incubation period is 14 days), and they knew they would have to leave Africa again. This time they went to France for treatment, and since they already knew French, they began their ministry there. In the spring of 2000 she discovered that she had cancer, went alone to the US for surgery, returned to France, and then the whole family came at the end of the kids' school year to be with the wife through her chemo. When that was completed and she was given the go-ahead, they returned to France. She shared with us that during these trials she learned total submission to God's will, though at times it was not easy.

As part of her testimony, the wife read the Rock Story to us. I asked her to send it to me so that I could share it with you all.
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The Unstoppable Virus

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I thought my readers would like to know about an e-mail virus that may hit them. There's no real cause for alarm — I share this warning mainly so that you will know what has happened when it inevitably hits your computer. Unfortunately even the most advanced programs from Norton or McAfee cannot protect you from this one!

It may have originated in Egypt and seems to affect mainly those who were born prior to 1960. Since there seems to be no remedy for this virus, it has been aptly nicknamed:

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Here are the ten most common symptoms of infection:

1. It causes you to send the same e-mail twice.

2. It causes you to send a blank e-mail.
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