Don’t Despair

I was bewildered when I first caught sight of the ball of fire in the sky.

I hadn’t seen it for so long.

Then I realized it really was the sun.  My goodness, what a beautiful vision.  It didn’t last long: Just a few seconds, but it was enough to reassure me that it was still up there in the sky.

Weather news (Global TV) reported yesterday that typically by this time in January, we have received 71 hours of sunshine.  Sadly, this year the total is 12 hours.

No wonder moods are gloomy.

How’s your mood today?  Mine is infinitely brighter now that I have seen the sun.

Oh – I’d post a picture too, but the orb vanished behind the clouds before I could.  Sorry!



Review – Side Roads, Snares and Souls

Side Roads, Snares, and Souls: Deliverance in the Swamp, written by Bradley W. Antill, is an engaging collection of devotionals intermingled within short stories that capture the highs and lows of a forester working in the swamps and timberlands of the Atlantic Coastal plains.

He shares the snares and blessings of his work as a woodsman, and incorporates relevant Bible passages to each tale.  I found it a most acceptable method of sharing God’s words and wisdom.

Bradley gives his perspective on the very tangible presence of God through all our circumstances; the good and the not so good as he humbly shares his passionate reliance upon God’s strength and guidance to help him through each day.

I am certain that his easy writing style and ready humor will draw you in and hold you, as it did me. He has a definite gift, used eloquently within the pages of this publication.

I personally find it easier to relate to some Bible passages if the is a precursor in the form of a story or there is a narrative presenting a visual. In other words, a story picture.  Side Roads, Snares and Souls seems to have been blessed with all these helping the reader, no matter what their persuasion to obtain a clear understanding of the power of the Bible’s content.

I loved this collection and would readily recommend it, as well as gift the book.

I received a complimentary copy of this book through BookCrash in exchange for an honest review.



dsc00657The ice storm that caused such havoc in the southern United States moved through Ontario this week.  Its remnants are with us still.  There is a gradual melt beginning but needless to say it leaves behind damage to many trees in its wake.

I noticed this bough lying on the ground yesterday.  It took as much ice as it could handle, but finally the weight was too much for it to bear and it broke away from the tree and crashed to the ground.  Now it will die.  Life for it is over.

When we are burdened by too much stress; too many responsibilities or decisions to make, we too can come crashing down, usually into a depression, even to burn-out.  We can no longer cope with the additional weight coming our way.  Finally, we give up.  We crash. Sadly, a few will die as a result.  The strain proves to be too much, and they have no other support around them. They give up.

When things get tough, the saying goes ‘the tough get going.’  Easier said than done.

The Bible gives us a good directive in Matthew 11:28 where Jesus tells us – ‘Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.‘  He promises us support even in our darkest moments, if we can only hang on to His words and trust Him.

When doubts and concerns overwhelm you, and you have no family or close friends to turn to, God is a very willing listener and will certainly sustain you if you will give your worries to Him and not let them smother and destroy you.

Hang on, when the going gets tough.  Find help through a good local church or organization, and please don’t sever yourself from community.

Life is worth living if you will trust in the words in God’s life manual.  The Bible.  It is a fundamental blueprint on how to live, and how to overcome obstacles.

Try it and see for yourself.  Don’t wait until you can’t handle life any longer.  There is always hope.


Find the Bible Passage In any Bible, but if you are unfamiliar with the book, look into The Message where it is in everyday language.  Easy to read.  The title is Matthew and the chapter 11.  Look down to paragraph 28 and you will find the above-mentioned passage.





Himalayan Salt Lamps

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We received one of these pretty lights as a Christmas gift.  Judging by the apparent benefits, I am surprised that I had not purchased one long ago.

Posted here for you to read and to discover the many positives of owning one of these unusual lamps.

Salt Lamps Cleanse & Deodorize the Air

Probably the most well-known benefit – and why the majority of people use them – is due to their incredible power to remove dust, pollen, cigarette smoke, and other contaminants from the air. “But how do they do this,” you ask?  “It’s just a big chunk of salt with a light bulb inside, right?”

Well yes, but no.  There’s much more to it than that.

Himalayan salt lamps purify air through the power of hygroscopy, meaning that they attract water molecules from the surrounding environment then absorb those molecules – as well as any foreign particles they may be carrying – into the salt crystal. As the HPS lamp warms up from the heat produced by the light bulb inside, that same water then evaporates back into the air and the trapped particles of dust, pollen, smoke, etc remain locked in the salt.

2. Reduce Allergy & Asthma Symptoms

Because Himalayan salt lamps remove microscopic particles of dust, pet dander, mold, mildew and the like from the surrounding air, placing a lamp or two in the rooms where you spend the most time can seriously cut back on allergy symptoms. Even people who suffer from asthma should notice a big difference after a week or two. (In fact, Himalayan pink salt is so good for your airways, there are even HPS Inhalers!)

3. Eases Coughing

When the Himalayan salt lamp heats up and begins its hygroscopic cycling of airborne particles, it also changes the charge of the molecules which are released. (Remember our chemistry lesson?) The majority of homes are filled with positively charged ions which aren’t particularly good for a person’s health. The positive ions are created by a number of things, but the primary source for most of us is from our electronics.

One of the health detriments of breathing lots of positive ions in the air is that the cilia (microscopic hairs) which line the trachea (aka: windpipe) become sluggish and don’t work as well to keep contaminants out of our lungs. As a Himalayan pink salt lamp absorbs water and particles from the air, it also takes positive ions with them. Then, when the heated salt releases cleansed water vapor back into the air, it also expels negative ions which have the opposite effect on our airways – increasing cilial activity to keep your lungs clear.

What all this means in a nut shell: Besides removing contaminants from the air, Himalayan pink salt lamps also help your body to filter air more efficiently so any foreign particles you do happen to breathe won’t make it into your lungs.

4. Increase Energy Levels

Taking a drive through the countryside with the windows down, spending time at the beach or camping in the mountains, or simply taking a shower first thing in the morning are all things that many people find invigorating. It’s not a coincidence that these are all activities which expose us to increased concentrations of negative ions such as those generated by Himalayan salt lamps. The fact is, positive ions sap our bodies of energy. Unfortunately, it’s all too common for us to try to diagnose the problem as something else entirely.

If you constantly feel tired and don’t know why, try keeping a Himalayan salt lamp in the room or rooms where you spend the most time. After about a week, you should notice a difference.

5. Neutralize Electromagnetic Radiation

Nowadays, most of us are living in a metaphorical ocean of electromagnetic (EM) radiation which flows from our electronics (ie: television, computer, cell phone, tablet, appliances, sterio, etc). While they may be invisible, the long-term effects of EM exposure can be quite serious. Constant exposure to EM radiation is known to increase stress levels, cause chronic fatigue, and decrease the body’s immune response, among other things.

As they emit negative ions into the air, Himalayan salt lamps work to neutralize electromagnetic radiation. Keep one next to the computer, television, and any other electrical devices which you use frequently to reduce the potential danger to you and your family.

6. Better Sleep

Another side effect which results from over-exposure to positive ions in the air is that it robs you of quality sleep. This happens because those positively-charged particles can actually reduce blood and oxygen supply to the brain resulting in irregular sleep patterns. Himalayan pink salt lamps are natural negative ion generators, thus they can help to reverse this problem. Keep one or two around your bedroom to improve the air quality so you can get a better night’s sleep.

Remember, even if you’re like me and you can’t sleep unless the room is totally dark, you can always turn the lamp off at bedtime. Just leave it on for the rest of the day so it can do its work while you’re awake. People in humid climates should be aware that HPS lamps tend to weep when the salt becomes cool. You’ll definitely want to protect surfaces by placing a saucer underneath and be sure to follow the instructions for use and care which should be included with your lamp!

7. Improve Mood & Concentration

Himalayan pink salt lamps are a great way to naturally enhance your mood or to help you relax and unwind at the end of the day. At the same time and on the opposite side of the coin, HPS lamps are great for improving concentration. Again, this is due to the effect of the negative ions on your body, improving blood and oxygen supply to the brain and other organs, as well as providing a boost of serotonin – the neurotransmitter which makes us (literally) feel happy.

8. Treat Seasonal Affective Disorder

In addition to generating negative ions which improve mood and energy levels, the soft, natural light given off by a Himalayan pink salt lamp is close enough to the warm glow of sunshine that they can even be used to relieve the symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder. This year when the days get shorter, fight back the lethargy by surrounding yourself with a few HPS lamps set on timers.

9. Reduce Static Electricity in the Air

While not a “health benefit” at first glance, static is pesky stuff. It causes stress, embarrassment, and frustration. Static zaps you when you least expect it, as you’re reaching for a door handle, kissing your husband or wife before bed, or trying to pet your dog or cat. Static can give you a bad hair day, make it impossible to clean crumbs or coffee grounds off of the kitchen counter, and even cause you to accidentally go to work with a sock stuck to the back of your shirt…

(Okay, so that last one may have been a little over-the-top.) The point is, static electricity can be a huge pain and Himalayan pink salt lamps are a natural way to neutralize the airborne ionized particles which cause it.

10. Environmentally-Friendly Light Source

Last, but not least: Himalayan pink salt lamps are environmentally friendly. While only an estimate, the reserves from which HPS is mined measure somewhere between 80 and 600 million tons and is projected to last for at least another 350 years at the current extraction rate. The base of an HPS lamp is generally carved from a sustainable wood such as neem. Some lamps use a low-wattage bulb which consumes very little energy while others are powered by a lit candle.

Happy New Year


Happy New Year

I want to wish you all a very healthy, prosperous and happy 2017.

After a good deal of festivities over the Christmas season life has returned to a slower pace.

We were fortunate in seeing all our children at various times throughout the Christmas and New Year celebrations, and want to thank them for making it a wonderfully happy time.  They are all such good company, and we are blessed that they are within travelling distance.  No air flights, or long train or car rides, we manage to get together with an hour (give or take) in the car.  Thankfully, the weather cooperated too.

I hope you all have good memories remaining from Christmas and New Year, and that your year ahead is bright and positive.