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August 06, 2020
After much thought, prayer and talking things over with Karen, I have decided to retire.
There are a couple of big reasons why.
This year is an election year in America.
Never before have things been so divisive.
For some reason, election years bring out the nasty in some people.
"The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge,
but fools despise wisdom and instruction".
2 Chronicles 7:14
When asked by people I know, and several readers where I stand, I tell them.
I am a God Loving, God fearing, conservative man.
I worship the 'Only True God'.
I love America and the flag for which it stands.
I believe in pro-life.
I believe in equal rights, as we are all made in the image of God.
I believe in our constitution, and the genius of our founding fathers.
I believe in good stewardship.
I get verbally castigated, excoriated, feeble attempts to berate and belittle me.
I am now a racist.
I am homophobic.
My manhood gets questioned.
I'm a sexist.
My brain is smaller than a pea.
What am I thinking?
America has its faults, but is still the greatest country, ever.
I don't need this from former readers, and I sure don't need it from current readers.
Life long friends turn their backs because of political differences.
I will never shy away from by Christian beliefs.
I find no reason to hide my other beliefs, especially in these times.
Not one person should have to put up with insults.
I have lost hundreds of readers because of this.
I also have had thousands of 'Thank You', because of my planting seeds for my Lord.
I have made every attempt to keep politics out of these newsletters.
That however, has changed.
It is after all.
My Time and My Dime.
With that said, most of you know we have a special needs daughter.
Since March she has been home with us, 24 hours a day.
Before March, she would go to Hope Network for 6 hours M-F.
Those 6 hours gave us some valuable 'our time'.
Time to go to the beach, or visit others.
Sometimes we need time to just sit home without having to attend to her.
You know, being kind to ourselves.
Yes, I need to be kind to myself.
For the past 16 years (more than most), I have spent time writing what I hope were informational newsletters.
At the same time, letting you into my world.
At the same time, many of you allowed me into your world (I like that).
But now kindness to me is needed.
I am tired physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.
I need time for me.
I need to be kind to me.
I am always looking for something to write about.
When I see flowers, species of birds and butterflies, I think of what I can share with you.
I need to practice what I preach.
I need to slow down.
I need to enjoy the beauty around me.
I mean really enjoy the beauty around me.
Nature's cacophony that surrounds me.
I'm sure the 24th of August will be my last letter.
To newer readers, I am sorry to cut things short.
To readers that have been with me for awhile,
I thank you, and many will be missed.
You let me into your life.
You shared many of my heartaches and some of our joys.
I hope I was able to bring a bit of sunshine into your lives.
I hope I was able to share some knowledge that made gardening and nature a bit more enjoyable.
I'm sure the urge to write more letters will continue, however at 66 years of age, I need to some me time.
These are supposed to be my golden years.
From the bottom of my heart ....
Feel free to write me from time to time, especially if I can help with a gardening for wildlife question
Well, it is time to fly for now.
Here is your positive thought for this week.
God Bless"If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land".
2 Chronicles 7:14
An old Cherokee is teaching his grandson about life:
“A fight is going on inside me,” he said to the boy.
“It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One is evil–he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.”
He continued, “The other is good – he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. The same fight is going on inside you–and inside every other person, too.”
The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather: “Which wolf will win?”
The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.”
Your friend indeed,
Better yet, have them sign up so they can receive their own letters.
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