The starfish story

An old man had a habit of early morning walks on the beach. One day, after a storm, he saw a human figure in the distance moving like a dancer. As he came closer he saw that it was a young woman and she was not dancing but was reaching down to the sand, picking up a starfish and very gently throwing them into the ocean. “Young lady,” he asked, “Why are you throwing starfish into the ocean?” “The sun is up, and the tide is going out, and if I do not throw them in they will die.” “But young lady, do you not realize that there are miles and miles of beach and starfish all along it? You cannot possibly make a difference.” The young woman listened politely, paused and then bent down, picked up another starfish and threw it into the sea, past the breaking waves, saying, “It made a difference for that one.” The old man looked at the young woman inquisitively and thought about what she had done. Inspired, he joined her in throwing starfish back into the sea. Soon others joined, and all the starfish were saved.
Never heard this story until this past weekend at church. So much to learn from this simple story.


Since we don’t have freezer or standard refrigeration, we are canning a lot of food.  It is not safe to can low-acid foods in the traditional water bath method, but with a pressure canner, you can safely can meats, soups, stews, and all kinds of things.  Since certain foods require different processing times, this PDF lists the times and pressures needed to safely process the food. 


Favorite: SmartWool

I, like most sock owners, have gone through pair after pair after pair after pair of countless socks throughout my life. Every pair somehow either gets a hole in one or one of its counterparts gets lost in the miraculous wonder of the washing process. Not SmartWool. 

The first pair of SmartWool socks I bought was while I was in high school on one of my yearly trips down south to go spelunking. Hiking through wet caves and then trying to stay dry and warm at night…no average sock would cut it. Even years later, I wore the same pair backpacking in Colorado and they still stood up to the task at hand. 

I’m not ashamed to even admit that I am wearing a pair right now.

Made from Merino sheep wool, SmartWool socks are designed with the utmost comfort in mind for your paws. With extra cushion in the bottoms, arch support and even ankle support bands, and to top it all off, the wool fibers are some of the most flexible and stretchy make them some of the best socks to wear during these crisp seasons.