Toilet paper alternatives

This whole Coronavirus outbreak is just depressing. The more I listen to the news, the more depressed I get. You’ve heard stores have been running out of toilet paper.

If you’re close to nature and know what plants to look for, you won’t be in the lurch if you know what to look for. If you’re doing a nature hike and you realize you ran out of toilet paper, there are alternatives people have used for thousands of years to do their clean up. Below are some of these.

Lamb’s Ear leaves

Mullein (Miner’s toilet paper)

Grape Leaves

Brassica plant-type leaves (cabbage, kale, collard, etc.)

Redbud tree leaves

Mallow (herb)

Borage (immature)

Thimble berry leaves

Lamb’s Ear
Mullein
Redbud tree leaves
Grape leaves

Pray for Italy

 

The number of deaths due to covid-19 in Italy has now surpassed that of China. Hard to believe. This is one of the earliest nations where the Christian church had its origins, including the nations in the Asia Minor region (modern-day Turkey). May we pray for Italy and all the people who live in this vibrant and beautiful country.

Lord our God, we pray for Italy and your people there. Bring them comfort and pour out your peace upon all your holy people. May you lavish your grace and healing upon this nation. As they call out to you, hear their prayers, O God.

Coronavirus and domestic manufacturing

When we don’t have a need for things, they just sit there on the shelf. When we do need them, everyone is going after them. Hospitals have been asking for medical supplies. Everyone is going after the same supplies and there’s not enough to go around—at least for the present time.

Here in Canada, the Prime Minister just announced that thousands of manufacturers are offering to manufacture medical supplies. What is coming soon are test kits, ventilators, and personal protective equipment, including 30,000 ventilators. Hopefully, there will be a glut of supplies after this whole Covid-19 ordeal is over and done with.

Since President Trump announced that N95 facemasks would not be leaving the United States, we realized that we would be in a hugely weakened position. Canadians just realized that we cannot depend on American manufacturers for supplies. We cannot depend on anyone to supply us when we are in a bind. Same goes for every country in the world.

This crisis has forced us to understand how important a domestic manufacturing industry is to our own country. One huge benefit to any country is to have its own manufacturing industry. We need to be self-dependent. We need to produce what we use, and use what we produce. Self-reliance is good for our country.

We also want to have our own natural resources. In Canada’s case, we have lots of oil, minerals, and natural resources. in a worst-case scenario, we can rely on our own resources.

The downside is that we would have to shut down our borders and not allow anything to come into our country. Doing so would shut off the supply valve from other countries. Then we would be forced to purchase our own Canadian labels. This is a closed-system, which would not be good for the country. A closed economy causes inflation. In the end, it would mean higher prices for everyone. Do we want to pay higher prices? No way.

Another way to get around this would be to slap on huge tariffs on imported goods coming into the country. This is protectionism. This is the way of the Trump Administration. It is a counter-measure to open borders and free trade in order to boost up a country’s manufacturing industry and produce more jobs.

I don’t think Trump is against free trade. He is also for fair trade. Fair trade will produce more Made in U.S.A. labels. Perhaps this is the type of environment our world needs right now. We need to be more self-reliant when there is a crisis.

If there are a few good things that will come out of all this are new manufacturing jobs, plus a greater pride in our country’s products. Made in Canada… and greater patriotism. May God bless our nation’s people with ingenuity, technology, and manufacturing.

I wanna wash my hands

Keeping social distance

Currently working from home on the phone and devices.
Keeping a social distance if I’m out and about.

The phone, facetime and skype can help in connecting with friends and family but they’re not the same as person-to-person.

Can’t touch. Can’t feel. Can’t connect. No contact with real people.
Feeling a bit disconnected from everyone during self-isolation.

I’m healthy and well but just beginning to feel some distance from people already.
One day, this will all be over so keep up your spirit. We will overcome this.

After this is all over,
We will value person-to-person contact more than ever.

Blessings to all. Keep up the fight. Stay strong and healthy.

Top ten things to do in self-isolation

During this time in self-isolation, I will try to not watch too much news, but still keep up with world events.  Seems like the only event going on is the coronavirus issue.

Other than working from home during the day, I’m putting together a list of my top ten things I will try to do in the evenings while in self-isolation?

1/  Play board games or puzzles with family.

2/  Plant indoor flowers and vegetables. Spring is around the corner.

3/  Fix some things around the house.

4/  Read a book I’ve always wanted to read.  Books have been collecting dust.

5/  Journal or do some writing.

6/  Do some art, paint or draw.  Something artistic that inspires me.

7/  FaceTime or call old friends or relatives.

8/  Cook a meal I’ve never tried cooking before.

9/  Plan a trip I will take after this whole COVID-19 thing has blown over. 

10/ _______ I don’t know ?????? 

I need more ideas for my 10th thing-to-do. Feel free to add some of your ideas in the comments.

Wang Fang spoke the truth relentlessly on Wuhan’s Coronavirus outbreak

Wang Fang, an accomplished author of novels, keeps an online diary and is followed by 4.2 million people in China on Weibo.  During the middle of Wuhan’s coronavirus lockdown, CCP authorities were repeatedly censoring her WeChat account.  As a response, she would repeatedly update her followers to her new accounts every few days.  Now, that’s dedication to speak the truth–true journalism and real news.

Chinese people have found solace in her voice that spoke truth to the devastating situation in Wuhan. Below, she courageously declared who the government is for and who its master is:

“The government is the people’s government; it exists to serve the people,” wrote Wang Fang, a Chinese writer better known by her pen name, Fang Fang, in a social-media post. “Please take back your arrogance and humbly show gratitude to your masters—the millions of Wuhan people.” (quote from WSJ).

Applause and thanks to Wang Fang.  Keep it up.  I pray that you will be safe from the government in Wuhan.  Fang Fang concludes: “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.”  May God bless you and watch over you as you keep fighting the good fight.

Links to articles: Alice Su, LA Times; and Chun Wong, Wall St Journal (paid).

A prayer for Portapique NS: 18 victims in killing rampage

My heart goes out to the innocent victims of a senseless and random shooting on Sunday that has killed at least 18 people in rural Nova Scotia, located in Atlantic Canada.  People are saddened, confused and shocked by this horrific incident.  Their lives have been trampled by senseless violence. My prayers go out to the people of Portapique, and to Nova Scotia:

“Dear God, be with the residents of Portapique, Nova Scotia.  Holy Spirit, sooth their hearts, old and young, men, women and children.  Calm their fears.  Give them healing from this horrific tragedy.  This I pray in your holy name.”

The gunman, Mr. Gabriel Wortman, was shot dead by the RCMP police at a gas station in Enfield, NS, along Highway 102. I have personally driven along Hwy 102 and perhaps have even made a pit stop at the local Irving gas station years ago, which makes it a little eerie. 

What makes this killing rampage so horrifying is that he was not killing his enemies but his friends.  News reports say he was knocking on people’s doors with a rifle in hand.  A family inside a home was horrified as the gunman was pounding on their front door to get in. Undoubtedly, the people of community in Portapique will be reeling in shock.

How does this happen to a small community?  Stuff like this isn’t supposed to happen.  It makes me wonder if something in the killer had snapped.  Did he have mental illness? He is known to have run a local denture clinic.  He was also known to have given away dentures to people who needed it.  

Mr Wortman was also into police memorabilia.  He drove in a fake police cruiser and was wearing an RCMP uniform at the time of his killing rampage.  In his high school year book, he had written, “Gabe’s future may include being an RCMP officer.”

I will be very interested in knowing what happened in this man that would cause him to go on a killing rampage.

Victim: Royal Canadian Mounted Police officer Heidi Stevenson, a 23-year member of the force and a mother-of-two was shot dead
Victim: Royal Canadian Mounted Police officer Heidi Stevenson, a 23-year member of the force and a mother-of-two was shot dead 

A reason behind Nova Scotia killer’s rampage

This week, the massacre in Portapique, Nova Scotia, left a string of at least 22 dead along the killer’s route on Highway 102 / Rte. 2. It will leave a negative impact on the surrounding community for a very long time. The motive is yet to be determined.

A recent article in the Epoch Times points to a common factor that runs across numerous mass killings in recent past. There was a lack of a father in the family.

“Whether they were Adam Lanza who committed the Sandy Hook killings, Elliot Rodger at UC Santa Barbara, Dylann Roof in Charleston, Nikolas Cruz in Parkland, Stephen Paddock in Las Vegas, and on and on, they were all dad-deprived kids,” Warren Farrell, an American academic and author of “The Boy Crisis,” said in an interview.

Farrell, head of a White House commission to create a Council on Boys and Men during the Obama administration, says Wortman fits the same profile. “[Mass shooters] are almost always males as opposed to females, and they’re usually white, and there is dad-deprivation, which of course Gabriel Wortman’s father was absent for most of his life. He fits that category.”

Jason Unrau, April 23/20, Epoch Times article here

This is an interesting discovery. With the breakdown of marriage in the late 1970s to the present, we have created a Dad-deprived society where boys desperately lack a male role model.

In recent decades where liberal feminism has been on the rise, we notice that men have increasingly been feeling marginalized.

The role of the father is less appreciated. Have we lost the male role model in society?

The position in being a man has been tainted as “patriarchal” in a negative sense.

The tone espoused by radical and militant feminists feel accusatory when it comes to a man taking on the male leadership in the traditional family/household.

Is there still a place to restore a traditional male role model in a non-traditional society?

Canadian military helicopter crashed: Sadness ensues the military today

A tragic loss and a deep sadness ensues the Royal Canadian Navy and the entire military family. I can barely imagine the deep loss for their family members. My heart sank when I heard and read about this tragedy in the news last night and this morning. My thoughts and prayers go out for the military members and their families. May God be with you all.

I am still processing this loss. A scripture on the facebook page of SLt A. Cowbrough reads, “If God is for us, who can ever be against us?” Romans 8:31. Reading this on her fb provided some encouragement for me personally. God will always be for us. No death can can ever deter us from standing on guard for thee.

“Stalker, come in. Over.” By: artist Michael de Adder. Deceased sailor, SLt Cowbrough played the bagpipes.

Below are what is already public knowledge from the news media.

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1. Four aviators onboard CH-148, along with two sailors from HMCS Fredericton, crashed off the coast of Greece. The helo was doing a routine training exercise yesterday afternoon when it crashed.

2. Facts known. Search and rescue is underway to find the remaining five crew members. Reports say that scattered debris have been found and might be difficult to locate those who are still missing. The flight voice and data recorders have been found. Operational pause in the navy is in place until the military knows more about why it happened.

3. Reason for ship/helo’s presence in the area. The ship and helicopter are a part of a NATO mission Operation REASSURANCE. Rear-Admiral Baines (CO, Maritime Atlantic) announced in the news that the helicopter was returning to the ship when it lost contact and crashed.

4. The helicopter was a brand new Sikorsky-built, CH-148 Cyclone. It is designed and fitted for Halifax-class Canadian frigates. As part of a procurement for the Canadian Armed Forces, these Cyclone helicopters are brand new. They were delivered to the Canadian military and have been deployed on board some of the frigates within the last 1.5 years.

Photos above are the six members onboard the helicopter.
Sub-Lieutenant Abbigail Cowbrough (deceased)
Sub-Lieutenant Matthew Pyke (missing)
Master Corporal Matthew Cousins (missing)
Captain Brenden Ian MacDonald (missing)
Captain Kevin Hagen (missing)
Captain Maxime Miron-Morin (missing)