Where the Wild Things Grow

English: Wildflowers, Walberswick. Between the...

English: Wildflowers, Walberswick. Between the village of Walberswick and the sea, wild flowers grow abundantly. Ox-eye daisies are the most numerous of those shown here. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Blue Wild Petunia (Ruellia caroliniensis) flow...

Blue Wild Petunia (Ruellia caroliniensis) flower in Florida. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


honeysuckle (Photo credit: Lucyme)

Honeysuckle Too

Honeysuckle Too (Photo credit: garryknight)

English: Close up of honeysuckle.

English: Close up of honeysuckle. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Honeysuckle growing wild in the hedgerow.

English: Honeysuckle growing wild in the hedgerow. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The sun beats down, a cool breeze blows and I spot a splash of color along the fence row. Walking closer to uncover the mystery, my eyes focus on a wild flower I’ve never seen before. The flower is very small and stands alone, with no other flowers in her family to keep her company. How does one lone flower exist beneath the twisted and entwined vines of honeysuckle, blackberry and wild rose? Did a bird fly over and deposit that one seed? What made it fight its way to the sunlight, here, where the wild things grow?

No one planted the honeysuckle or the blackberry. The wild rose has existed so long that no one can remember a time when they didn’t grow along the fence, blooming in early spring to scent the country air. Nobody tends or cares for the wild things, yet they flourish. Any country girl can tell you how the wild honeysuckle sweetens the night air on a summer’s early night and how the wild rose delivers a delight to the nose on a summer’s early morning.

No one can explain how the wild things came to be outside of a loving God. Imagine God planning every detail of man’s existence on this earth. He didn’t have to give us all the extras that bring us such joy. We would never have known anything was missing if God had left the wild things out of our world. But love, in great degree, compelled God to share with us all things He had ever imagined – all the things that made Him smile. “I wonder how many will notice the wild things. How many will appreciate the fragrance of the wild rose? Will they find joy in the honeysuckle, a plant they don’t have to toil over?”

How often do you go where the wild things grow?

Bitter Blackberry Juice: Do You Know What it Stops?

English: Bee pollinating Blackberry in an Engl...

English: Bee pollinating Blackberry in an English garden (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Black Butte is a new blackberry release by ARS...

Black Butte is a new blackberry release by ARS scientists in Corvallis, Oregon. Fruit averages one inch in diameter, and two inches long. It weighs almost twice as much as other varieties of fresh blackberries. Photo by Scott Bauer. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Two berries of the Rubus genus. The red one to...

Two berries of the Rubus genus. The red one to the left is Rubus idaeus, which is commonly known as raspberry. Its length is approximately 26 mm (only the fruit part) and it measures about 18 mm at its widest diameter. The black berry to the right is Rubus fruticosus – the common blackberry – with a length of 33 mm and a maximum diameter of 17 mm. Both berries are food used by Homo sapiens sapiens and are therefore cultivated. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Back before there was Medicaid, Medicare, health insurance, emergency rooms on every corner and Dial a Doctor, there was natural medicine. And God saw that it was good. He should. After all, He invented it. Over time, we left the natural for the synthetic. Why? Heck if I know. It was working just fine. Wait! I think I remember now. Natural was free and available to everyone. No one could charge for natural medicine.

Man corrupts everything he puts his hands on. What a shame that natural medicine was working just fine until man saw there was profit in charging the sick and dying. Well, this medical advice is free:

  • To cure a case of diarrhea, no matter what caused it, take three heaping tablespoons of unsweetened blackberry juice.
  1. Pick blackberries wherever you find them; in your back yard, in your neighbor’s backyard ( he won’t care, he doesn’t pick them anyway), along a fence row or buy them at a farmer’s market.
  2. Wash the berries in one part vinegar and three parts water.
  3. Put two cups of berries and one-half cup of water in a sauce pot.
  4. Heat the berries on medium heat until softened.
  5. Use a potato masher to crush the berries.
  6. Strain the juice from the berries.
  7. Cool the juice in the refrigerator.
  8. Take two to three tablespoons of the juice until diarrhea stops. This will usually cure the diarrhea within six to 12 hours.

No, it isn’t instant, but it is free and has no side-effects. If you can’t find free berries, buy a few from the grocery store or market. Use a real measuring spoon, not a big spoon from the kitchen drawer. Berries are natural antioxidants, fighting free radicals in the body that cause disease and dying.

The great thing is that this cure works for everyone, even infants. They won’t like you for several days, but it is safe to use. No need to buy Imodium or Pepto Bismal for $8 to $10 a bottle. Just remember to pick those berries every summer and freeze them until needed or until someone feels like making a berry tart for dessert one evening.

Shhh, don’t tell everyone. There will be a shortage of berries in no time. On second thought, go ahead. Too many people are too lazy to pick them anyway. Just don’t tell them where you keep your stash.

Go ahead. Eat that spicy Mexican and Cajun food. You know what to do when you know what happens.



My Summer Colors

The Secret Garden

The Secret Garden (Photo credit: @Doug88888)

Summer is the time to stay outdoors until the sun goes down or until 9:30 p.m. or whichever comes first. This makes for very long days and short nights. Since I love being outdoors -gardening, looking at the flowers, watching the wildlife and the insects and drinking the evening scents wafting on the breeze – this is fine with me. I am not good at photography, but I try to capture the essence of what makes up my world. These are some of the summer projects at my house.


Hydrangea flower

Hydrangea flower

Lettuce from my garden.

Lettuce from my garden.


Would you have paid the cost?

en: Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge, Wayne, PA

en: Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge, Wayne, PA (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Human rights in the United States

Human rights in the United States (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


OUR FREEDOMS AND RIGHTS – NARA – 516307 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

We, as a nation, will celebrate our independence from our Mother Country in a few hours. As time goes past, we tend to forget the high price that was paid for the freedoms we enjoy today. Thousands of lives were sacrificed so we could become the mighty nation we are today. If our freedom had depended upon you and me, would you have been willing to die so future generations could live as we live today?

I have not always appreciated the fact that my freedoms were paid for by strangers from the past. As I get older, I think on this subject more because it would seem that another war is brewing. What war is that? The war that must be fought to regain the freedoms that our present government is slowly taking away from us today. When we look at the pattern that is becoming apparent, we can see that we will soon relinquish our freedom to chose our own doctors and health insurance policies. We are quickly losing the freedom to purchase and own guns and ammunition. Soon, we will no longer be able to come and go from America as we have always done in the past.

There are many rights or freedoms that will be taken from us in the near future. The bible predicted it and thus, it must be. Would you be willing to take up arms and stand in the front line to defend our freedoms? Are you content that your daughters might one day be forced to live under Sharia law? Is your life so precious to you that you would hide behind the closet door to keep from putting yourself in harm’s way?

Somebody died for you so you could live the life you live today. Would you die to protect these freedoms, if need be? This is just a question to ask yourself. As for me, if the war comes, give me a gun and stick me in the front line. I am ready to die to defend the freedoms my grandchildren now have. I would die for my brothers and sister and their children. I might have 40 more years to live, but I would give up those years so those I love could live in peace and with freedom.

Christ paid the cost that was set by His Father to secure our freedom to step into the presence of an Almighty God. He was a young man. But there were too many flaws in this world for him to accept. He would rather give up His life in this world so we could enjoy the gifts of the new world. He paid the price. Christ didn’t fight a war. He laid down His life for us. “Here it is, Father. If this is the price to secure their freedom, I will pay it.”

Whatever happens in the years to come, we must ask ourselves, “Am I willing to pay the price of freedom so others can live free?” There are two enemies we are facing: Satan and those on earth who are following him. We can choose to stay and fight the enemies or lay down our lives and let others fight the fight. Either choice is a leap of faith. As Christians, we fight two enemies daily. We fight the ones we can see and the ones we see evidence of.

Are we the kind of people who would have paid the price as our ancestors did? Are we the kind of people who would tell others about Christ, even if it meant losing our own life? There are both types of people living in our world today. Do we know if we are one of these?







Genetically modified failures

Proof of the dangers of genetically modified corn and other crops can’t be denied by Monsanto, yet no one is stopping him from killing people by the thousands.

Paper to Use


Don’t believe what you hear from vested interests, rent-a-quote ‘scientists’ and’ bought’ politicians. After nearly 20 years of promises that genetically modified food would revolutionise our world, feed the hungry, boost the yields and therefore the incomes of farmers, and even cure disease, genetically modified crops have never lived up to those promises.

These are the genetically modified failures that big biotech refuses to be accountable for, doesn’t want you to know about and the reasons why we continue to say ‘NO!’ to GMOs.

Failure to deliver

Despite the hype, genetic modification consistently fails to live up to industry claims. Only two GM traits have ever made it to market – herbicide resistance and BT toxin expression. Other promises of genetic modification have failed to materialise.

The much vaunted GM ‘golden rice’ – hailed for a decade as a cure for vitamin A deficiency and night blindness still hasn’t…

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