You may be planning to choose a last-minute Halloween costume this weekend for your kids or for an adult party. Some people may say, “Wear what you want and to H-E-Double-Toothpick with what people think.” Fact is, though, that you or your kids will be around a cross-section of America. You know, the country that calls itself the “melting pot”? And a population of people who have had some pretty bad experiences.
If you love babies and have a little time, take a tip from this “ICU Grandpa.” He makes a big difference in the lives and health of babies who are starting life–barely–more vulnerable than other babies, and whose lives may very well be projected in terms of hours rather than years. Watch this video and, if this is something you can do, call local hospitals to find out about their baby-nurturing programs.
[I’m posting my “Sensible Saturday” on Friday night to give you a heads-up. Tomorrow is an important day, but you have only a few hours to participate. It’s National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, when you can get rid of your unused prescription drugs in a safe, healthy way. Here’s the DRA’s blurb:]
National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day will be October 28, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. National Take-Back Day is a safe, convenient, and responsible way to dispose of unused or expired prescription drugs.
The Drug Enforcement Administration first launched its “Take-Back” day more than six years ago and since then has collected more than 8.1 million pounds of prescription drugs from the public.
I’m not a huge student of history, but I have read a lot about Rome–its greatness and its downfall. I fear that I’m seeing parallels with my beloved United States…politically, emotionally, ethically, and in concern for citizens and strangers.
“AFTER the kids are grown and we retire, THEN we’ll have time for us!” Too many couples put their relationship last. Wouldn’t it be better if our kids grew up with a different outlook, that Marriage, as the heart of Family, is important enough to nourish? We can do this in our own homes and among friends. Find out if your church is involved with Marriage Encounter and go on a weekend. (The “encounter” is very positive and relaxed, and it’s not for very troubled marriages.) Or join a couples group that socializes together. Maybe do a date-night exchange, taking turns watching the kids while one couple goes out on a date—or just goes back home alone for a few hours. Give that extra set of tickets to friends who need a night out. Or take their kids with yours to the Children’s Discovery Museum and turn over your pool or hot tub to the parents for an afternoon. All these things are inexpensive or free to you but priceless to your friends. Your ,reward comes when they return the favor, and the community benefits from healthier marriages, both yours and your children’s!
Air-dried dishes (rack or open dishwasher) are in no greater danger of gathering germs than heat-drying them in the machine. Yet heat drying can use at least an extra 25 kilowatt hours a year. (If you’re really concerned about germs, avoid that dish towel that’s been reused and sitting around.)
[For more easy, money-saving, Earth-friendly tips, download a FREE copy of Green Riches: Help the Earth & Your Budget. Go to www.Smashwords.com/books/view/7000 or your favorite e-book seller and download to your computer or e-book device. Totally free, with no strings attached.]
I couldn’t figure out who was telling the truth, as I listened to various versions of the same news event, all told by people who really should know the truth. Then one sentence from The Lightning Thief cleared it up for me. Maybe today’s Thursday Thought will help clarify some things for you.
“It’s funny how humans can wrap their mind around things and fit them into their version of reality.” –Rick Riordan