Saturday, October 8, 2011


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9 Amish Men Sentenced in Safety Triangle Case




  I found the following article from Mayfield, KY interesting on a number of levels not the least the fact that Mayfield is in the area where my grandmother was born and raised before she came to Canada.  The terminology referring to a 'safety triangle' was what really piqued my curiosity in the first place.  My own picture from a trip to Manitoba in 2009 was unusable but the above is virtually the same likeness.

On the WEBSITE Amish Buggy Trivia and Information "The primary mode of transportation among the the plain people is the horse and buggy'" they do not see pin-stripping or solar-powered batteries attached to the top of the vehicle as immodest only the 'safety triangle' that's sole purpose is to draw attention to slow-moving vehicles to prevent injury and loss of life, NOT to draw attention to the driver or their lifestyle.  Some have questioned why this mode of transportation does not require license plates in some jurisdictions.
MAYFIELD, Ky. (AP) — Nine Amish men who refused to display an orange reflective triangle on their horse-drawn buggies have been ordered to jail for not paying court-imposed fines.
The men belong to the ultraconservative Old Order Swartzentruber Amish sect in western Kentucky. They object to the triangles because the bright color violates their modesty code.
The Courier-Journal reports ( ) that the men say paying the fines would amount to complying with a law they believe violates their religious strictures.
Graves County District Judge Deborah Hawkins Crooks sentenced the men Monday to three to 10 days in jail.
The Kentucky Court of Appeals in June denied the defendants' appeal on the misdemeanor convictions.

The other thing that interested me is the 'code of modesty' cited by the Amish as the reason for the conflict with the laws of the land.  A sorely needed 'safety code' aside, if they are standing on the Bible as their 'guiding light' in this case there are many overriding Biblical references of more substantive reasoning that would negate this rather flimsy, if not life threatening, stance.  
Jesus said to "PAY BACK CAESAR'S THINGS TO CAESAR AND GOD'S THINGS TO GOD".  Mark 12:17.  NOWHERE in the Bible does it say or even infer that it is okay to break the law.  In fact those opposing the law put in place by God would be taking a stand 'against the arrangement of God and actually taking a stand against Him' [Romans 13:1,2]  The only exception to that law is if it is in direct opposition to a Biblical command or principle.  The sanctity of life [Psalms 36:9; Psalms 139:16 and the principle of 'reasonableness before all men' [Philippians 4:5] surely trump the principal of  'modesty' here.
The tenet of modesty does more than dictate the usual connotation in the fashion sense but in the Christian sense it is one's demeanor as well.  Modesty is an accurate estimate of one's own self and limitations that aids in avoiding the dishonor that accompanies presumptuousness or boastfulness.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Europe May Have Less Headaches: New Neuro Migraine Device Approved

Europe May Have Less Headaches: New Neuro Migraine Device Approved

This looks promising for many who suffer from severe headaches.  I have a very good friend who is frequently debilitated by terrible migraines, it affects her job and interferes with family and friends.  I am always hoping that someday something will work for her.

Thursday, October 6, 2011


At the end of the first week in October my flowers are still flourishing and with the little bit of rain today and perhaps tomorrow they should last into the second week and who knows how long?  I don't recall having many flowers much after the first week end in September.  I'm glad for the rain as the landlord shut the water off last week and it's a bit much hauling water up from my apartment.

Slow Cooker Venison Roast Recipe

Slow Cooker Venison Roast Recipe

I came across this recipe today and just in time for hunting season. 

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

You Just Can't 'Beet' This

This is a favorite 'around the house' shirt I wear often, it's baggy and soft and yet acceptable to answer the door in.  Last week as I finished up the fresh beets my friend gave me I happened to be wearing it and so to being very careful at suppertime I spread a napkin down the front.  All went very well I must say not even dropping a tiny bit on the napkin. 
The trouble began however when I put the dish into the sink and trying to rinse it I turned on the tap just a might too hard and 'SWOOOSH' !!  I swear every little red piece projected itself directly at me dotting the left side and sleeve with soon to be unpretty little dark pink spots.  I figured right there and then all was lost, wore until bedtime and left it to moulder all alone in the dark until today.  I had guilt feelings about it in the past 4 days thinking I should have at least tried to wash it out while it was fresh, oh well. 
Today as a last ditch effort I sprayed it with an old and trusted friend Shout and waited with unabated breath for the results. 
I show you with happiness and joy that I can still wear my baby blue shirt in public.  I hung it back lit for you to see that there are no, none, zip, and zilch spots of pink!~!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

A friend of mine grows this plant every year and I think it is such a nice plant and even in October it struts it's stuff this year.  I must write it down because I can never remember what it is but no doubt some of you know exactly what it is and where it originates........hmmmmm????

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Killer cantaloupe, scary sprouts — what to do?

Rotting cantaloupes on the Jensen Farm in Holly, Colorado, USA.  This fruit alone has caused 19 disease outbreaks since 1984 and is particularly dangerous for pregnant women, children and the elderly and is to be avoided by these groups unless you know exactly where it comes from.  The outbreak of Listeria is new to cantaloupes and it actually grows in the coldness of our refrigerators. Organic affords NO protection against germs.  Read the many safety guidelines and maybe you will be like me and skip all that haggle and worry and not buy any until they can guarantee them to be disease free.  After all who can't live without cantaloupe?