As they look look around, they are thinking, “We need more snow”
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By Glenn Mollette
Will people remember you after you die? Will anybody even care? How will you be remembered?
I can’t recall a more respected, loved and admired human than George H.W. Bush. The love and outpouring of celebrating his life was more than I’ve ever seen. I watched the President Kennedy funeral and recall the national horror and grief associated with his assassination. I remember when Martin Luther King was killed and the outpouring of grief that followed. We can remember these and many dark periods of sadness. President Bush of course lived a long life with many opportunities that few people will ever have.
He became the 41stPresident of the United States. He was a former Congressman, CIA director, millionaire oil man, graduate of Yale and came from a family who had money and many life achievements. While much has been said about his humility you don’t achieve all he did without being self-serving. It takes some ego to run for public office. If you don’t have a strong ego you can’t pull off all that running for such an office involves. You have to believe in yourself. Granted – Bush could have simply maintained his work in the oil business and racked up a few more million dollars but he made millions and his desired the power of public office, even the Presidency. This in no way berates him. Somebody has to do the work and Americans and world leaders have lauded his life and success. I don’t believe anyone has said anything bad about him lately on national television and they shouldn’t. His life of incredible work and service is over. He has gone on to his greater reward.
No one knows how they will be remembered after their death. Bad people are remembered for their evil deeds. Good people are remembered for their good works. How will you be remembered?
Jesus Christ is remembered of course every day in some way. He is celebrated at Christmas, Easter, at church and in our lives of faith and devotion. He is remembered for how he lived, and what he did. He is remembered for what he called us to do in our personal lives of faith. No one has been remembered and worshipped like Jesus Christ. His life was different than most all people who are remembered. He came to serve in every way. He didn’t have any money, fast boats, big houses or political clout. He lived and died to demonstrate a loving God. His life mission was to help, seek and save the lost.
The bottom line is you will not be remembered like Jesus Christ or even George H. W. Bush. However, you can be remembered for loving people. You can be remembered for being a good mom or dad. You can be remembered for being good to your children and grandchildren. You can be remembered for being good to your parents. You can be remembered for being a good neighbor. You can be remembered for being a good citizen and faithful to your church or synagogue. You can be remembered for your service to your community and your country. Most importantly is to be remembered for being you. God only made one you. Just be you. Be a good you. Try to be a better you and that is all you can do.
Actually the world needs for you to be all that you were created to be.
He only made one Jesus and one, “41” and he only made one you. So, be who you are and we all have room to improve. I have my work cut out being me and when we are remembered people will remember us for who we were while we were alive. Therefore, since you are reading this you are still working on how you will be remembered when time here is through.
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In September 1976, Soviet Air Defense Command pilot, Lieutenant Viktor Belenko, flew his highly classified MiG 25 fighter jet to Japan, landed at an American Air Force Base, defected, and asked for asylum. Part of his acclimation to American culture was to allow him to travel randomly through the United States. One of the observations he made was everywhere he went, the stores were full of fresh, healthy produce. Not rotting and unappetizing as he had experienced in his native country. He was certain American officials had predicted his moves, gone ahead of him and staged the “fake” displays just for his benefit.
Every few days we make a trip to the local grocery store. Under normal circumstances we make our purchases and fill our shopping lists with nary a thought about how all those items came to be so plentifully available for our needs. We want them and there they are! Simple as that. Unbeknownst to most of us, our grocer’s shelves are filled using a technology known as “Just In Time” inventory management. Commonly referred to in the business as, “J.I.T.”
Excess inventory is a waste of company resources, (translated: costs go up), while too little inventory is damaging to customer confidence. “They NEVER have what I want!”
To maintain that delicate balance of inventory, J.I.T. is maintained with a set of precise and delicate shipping schedules from a variety of vendors to keep our stores stocked so we consumers always get what we want. At the same time, the razor-thin profit margin is protected by this oh-so-fragile system we have taken for granted.
So let’s pretend for a moment there is a glitch in the system. A major cataclysmic event notwithstanding, say an ice storm in a major city which serves our area. Highways are closed, trucks can’t get to the distribution points and our stores don’t get their inventory. Most retailers know if their J.I.T. schedule is interrupted, their shelves would empty in 3 to 5 days.
Just pretend you go to the store and notice some bare shelves. Your curiosity kicks in and you ask an employee what’s going on. “Oh our trucks can’t get here due to the ice storm and we don’t know when we’ll get more supplies! It may be two weeks or more.”
You, being a rational person decide stocking up right now would be a very good idea. That is IF there’s anything left to stock up on! As soon as word gets around, panic buying soon follows!
Past experiences show during imminent hurricanes, or major snowstorms, the stores clear out within 3 to 4 hours. Now factor in an earthquake in your region and let your imagination run.
In case you were wondering, there are no local, government warehouses stocked with emergency supplies set aside for our use during such an event. Even the food banks are dependent on donations from various sources, both public and private, but they are not equipped to provide for the needs of the general populace in an emergency. The only sure source of feeding your family is what you have on hand. If the J.I.T. infrastructure failed, how long before you are in deep trouble?
The best thing you can do is begin now by setting aside some of the items your family uses anyway. Watch the sales. “Buy one get one” or BOGO sales are great for setting aside extra groceries. One “coupon” person emailed me several months ago and let me know she saved over $8,000.00 on their grocery bill over a year’s time by “coupon-ing”, and a by-product was she accumulated a significant amount of groceries to be used in an emergency. Whichever method you choose to build your food supply, just do it! (Thanks Nike!) Before long you will have enough extra that if there indeed is an interruption in the supply chain, it will have minimal effect on you and your family.
As always send your questions and comments to firstname.lastname@example.org. Previous columns can be found on my blog at www.disasterprepdave.blogspot.com
Dave Robinson is an author, pastor and freelance writer. His book, “Disaster Prep For The Rest Of Us,” is available on Amazon.com, barnesandnoble.com and other online booksellers.
Howling at the blood moon from the top of Donnelly Dome on a double-digit subzero night. (January 31, 2018.) Photo Courtesy Steven Miley Photography
By Art Nash, Energy Specialist, UAF Cooperative Extension
Did you feel the shaker on the last day of November? Though it was only a 7.0 earthquake, its effects were noticed, especially in the Mat-Su Valley and Anchorage.
After a quake, people mostly look at buildings to check for damage. Those of us who have been in Alaska several decades may have memories of trees swaying from side to side, almost touching the ground, without permanent damage. You may see the effects above ground before anyone finds problems below the surface. Sometimes, the real damage results in new wells being put in, freshly installed septic lines or radiant heat lines replaced below the cement floor slab.
In the very beginning of December, many in Anchorage saw large amounts of dark, tan sand coming through the faucet. This was most likely sediment that could have come from the pipes or possibly it was soil making it through all the filters you have. One person I heard from in the Mat-Su area said his toilet was filled with black water, which could very well be from the shaking of manganese or other minerals that became concentrated in one area or flush. These are not necessarily harmful as the result of an acute event, but then again the one-time event may have opened up a reserve of contaminants.
Often it is not what is in the water but what the water hits that causes the most heartache in such a disaster. Copper pipes that are tweaked can result in a drip or spray from the solder of copper joints, and water can accumulate inside of a wall containing pipes. Under the best of conditions, such a drip may create a small pool of water, while soaking your studs and eventually the drywall. At worst, the leak could weaken the drywall and cause it to be a breeding ground for mold on the inside of the wall. Either way, after an earthquake, you want to find any leaks caused by pipes with loose joints to keep your home dry and healthy — for the house and for you!
The Alaska Earthquake Center shows recent earthquake events at www.earthquake.alaska.edu. The Alaska Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management provides a website at http://bit.ly/2E4Ti7N to help you learn how to live with earthquake hazards. Reducing your risk of injury while mitigating property damage from an earthquake starts with these eight steps:
1. Create a seven-day disaster kit.
2. Identify potential hazards and begin to fix them.
3. Create a disaster-preparedness plan.
4. Identify your building’s potential weaknesses and begin to fix them.
5. Protect yourself during earthquake shaking.
6. After the quake, check for injuries and damage.
7. When safe, continue to follow your disaster-preparedness plan.
8. Know the faults in your area.
Art Nash is the Extension energy and radon specialist for the University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service. Contact him at (907)474-6366 or by email at email@example.com.