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We make men without chests and we expect of them virtue and enterprise. We laugh at honor and we are shocked to find traitors in our midst. We castrate and bid the geldings be fruitful…We strip men and women of the certainty that they are created in the image of God, and we are surprised when they act like the beasts of the field.”  C. S. Lewis

“The tyranny of a prince in an oligarchy is not so dangerous to the public welfare as the apathy of a citizen in a democracy.” – Charles de Montesquieu

“It will be of little avail to the people that the laws are made by men of their own choice if the laws be so voluminous that they cannot be read, or so incoherent that they cannot be understood.” – James Madison

These quotes are from history and are just the tip of the iceberg of warnings not heeded by those legislators and the greedy intent on ripping and tearing this country apart.  These days I am not so sure that “apathy” is the correct word as much as “greed”.  We now have more than 50% of this nation on either government pay or government dole.  So many laws have been written that have chased businesses from this nation, or into bankruptcy, that it will take a multitude of years to correct, and correction will never occur should our nation continue under the present leadership way of doing business, which is socialism.  Our Constitution and our Holy Bible, which have protected and guided us for generations, are presently being treated like toilet tissue.  Wake up citizens!

Some 2,000 years ago God sent his only son, Jesus Christ, to bring us His Word, the Word of God.  Many rejected Jesus and would not listen to His message, including those in Nazareth.  Are we thankful for Jesus’ words of love, for His ultimate sacrifice that we may repent and receive forgiveness?  I wonder!  How many attend church weekly to hear His Word?  What excuses do we have for not going to church?  How many put leisure activities before Him? How many now have put other gods before Him, such as money, possessions, personal pleasure – without realizing what they have done?

OK, now off of my soap box.  Saturday evening 13 of us met at the Hinode Japanese Steak House in Springfield.  For this family gathering no one had to clean house, shop or cook, and no one in the family had to do dishes.  Wonderful!  Randy drove me up there and Rex drove me home.

Friday a phone call came from my sister, Dona, in California.  She is having some medical problems and needing prayers.  My friend John, from near Sacramento, CA also called.  It was raining hard there and the forecast calling for snow in that region.  I had a busy day at the office but no nap time once I returned home due to several phone calls. This is not a complaint.  How wonderful when family and friends make contact.

The sad thing on Friday was that it was time to have one of my dogs put down.  Tsuki was soon to be 13 years old but his hips had given out and he was in pain, medication not helping.  I have a pet cemetery (sort of) so Tsuki is buried next to Freckles, Princess, Too, Cat Too, Shirosan and Mishaboy.  All buried in the last 20 years.  There were many dogs and cats before that time, each one loved, each one gave their unfailing loyalty, much pleasure, and are missed greatly.

When we lived in California and I was working at the women’s prison there, we lived in a somewhat isolated area and had no dogs.  The Charlie Manson Gang had committed several violent murders and I decided for family protection to get two pups, half Doberman and half Shepherd.  The male was Caesar and we bonded quickly, the female, Tasha, was just a love bug.  A couple of years later we had moved down on the flats and my son Ryan stated one day that Caesar would kill should anyone attack me.  As Caesar was so loveable and well behaved, I disagreed.  Ryan then acted as though he was going to attack me, I had to pull Caesar off of him and we never tried that again!  One Christmas Eve we took our sons and their girlfriends out for supper.  Just as we were ready to pull out one of my sons said we had better put Caesar in the house, which we did.  When we returned home that evening it was obvious someone had attempted to break and enter the house, the front door handle and lock had to be replaced.  I can imagine what the perpetrator thought when he was met with a huge Doberman growling and baring fangs.  Nothing was taken.  Tasha had a litter of pups via a roving Labrador dog and Ryan was allowed to keep one of the pups, Charlie.  Caesar and Charlie moved to Missouri with us.  Charlie could catch a dove and bring it to me uninjured, but he, along with Caesar, wouldn’t let strangers near me unless I said it was OK.  Caesar was sent to doggie heaven due to painful cancer.  Charlie was poisoned along with several other dogs along AK road by someone and died a painful death. We never figured out who the culprit was for this dastardly deed.

Those of you who love dogs probably have many tales to tell about them.  Your dog probably loves you more than you do yourself. The above is just a few of my experiences with dogs.  I haven’t begun to tell tales about my horses, my cats, or about my experiences working in that prison (some were scary).

Jamey Herd apologizes that she doesn’t have any news this week,

Stay warm, drive safely, worship at church and pray for this nation, this world; and pray that our enemies awaken to the love offered by our Lord.

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