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Hey Little Buddies ~ Cats And Crawfish

Its-Unlce-Rick-CatWhen I was a boy, I loved to visit my grandparents on their farm in the summer. They lived almost three hundred miles from us, so we only got to see Granny and Granddad once a year. Granddad still plowed with a horse. They still had a cistern for water, too. They had no plumbing in the old house.

One of my favorite things about the farm was fishing in the pond. My big brother, Dean and I would walk barefoot down through the pasture with our cane poles over our shoulders and a vegetable can full of worms for a time of fun catching catfish out of the muddy pond water.

One afternoon we came back to the house with a few catfish. We thought about cleaning them and getting them ready to cook right away. Granny would roll them in corn meal and fry them for us to eat. But we thought it would be all right to leave them until morning. We just didn’t feel like going to the trouble to clean them at the moment. Maybe there was something more fun that we wanted to do just then. So we put the fish in a big dishpan full of water from the cistern and left it out in the yard. We’d get back to the job in the morning.

But when morning came our fish were gone! I asked my Dad what had happened to them. He said, “I expect the barn cats got them.” I asked him how they could have gotten our fish out of a pan of water. Cats don’t like water.

Sad said, “They just reach down in there with that big paw and hook ‘em with their claws. Out they come.”

Dean and I lost our fish because we weren’t diligent enough to clean them as soon as we got back to the house.

It reminds me now of Proverbs 12:27—“The lazy don’t roast their prey, but hard workers receive precious riches.”

No, we hadn’t roasted our prey. And we hadn’t received any precious riches. We had been lazy, and only the barn cats were happy about it.

His Signature Cost Him Everything – Saturday Stories

Saturday-Stories-HartJohn Hart of New Jersey was one of the most persecuted of the Signers by the British. Hart had gained his early education at home and apparently took it much farther by his own efforts, judging by the later offices he held.   But for the most part, he was a farmer and content to be one.

He and his wife had thirteen children, a large and happy family. Then Hart was selected Read More…

Hey Little Buddies, Take Time To Say Thank You!

Its-Unlce-RickJust last week my wife, my daughter Kasey and I returned from a trip to Texas. We were there speaking and telling stories at a home schooling conference. On the way home, we stopped in New Orleans to visit the National World War II museum. It was breathtaking!

World War II ended just a few years before I was born. When I was your age, there were lots and lots of Read More…

What Does The Bible Say? with Rick Boyer

What-Does-the-Bible-Say-Rick-BoyerPsalm 92:1, 2:  “It is good to give thanks to the LORD and to sing praises to Your name, O Most High; To declare Your loving kindness in the morning and Your faithfulness by night”

An article in the Wall Street Journal health section, published November 23, 2010 had some interesting things to say about thankfulness.  Of course the secular writer didn’t give proper glory to God, but she did quote research showing that a thankful attitude can Read More…

Eating Through A Keyhole – SATURDAY STORIES

Saturday-Stories-Abraham-ClarkIt’s a little known fact that the War of Independence was one of the most atrocity-free wars in history.  That is, on the part of the Americans.

The British on the other hand, commonly looted or burned homes, assaulted defenseless women, stole or killed livestock belonging to civilians and treated clergymen with contempt because of their role in fomenting the revolution.  

One preacher in Trenton, New Jersey was stabbed with a bayonet.  A dead American soldier was hacked to pieces by British cavalrymen.  But one of the greatest atrocities committed by the British and their Hessian allies was their treatment of American prisoners. Read More…

Disturbances Of A Very Serious Nature ~ Saturday Stories

Saturday-Stories-P-LivingstoneNew York’s Philip Livingston was a true patriot who died in harness.

Like so many of the men who signed the Declaration of Independence, Livingston went from riches to rags in the Revolutionary War. Even though his vast business holdings had been ravaged by the British, Livingston and his family, driven to great difficulty by the ruin of their homes and property still managed to scrape together a significant amount to donate to the struggling rabble of Washington’s army.

Despite his financial ruin, Livingston’s heart remained true to the American cause. His doctor had given him a very unfavorable report on his health. The diagnosis was dropsy, with no rational prospect of recovery.

What to do?

The logical response would have been to set one’s affairs in order and prepare to spend the brief remaining time with those near and dear. But not so for Livingston. Instead, believing that he could still render service to his beloved country, he bade farewell to his dear family and returned to his seat in the continental Congress.

He died there on June12, 1778.

LETTER OF PHILIP LIVINGSTON TO HIS DAUGHTER

[Letter of Philip Livingston (the signer of the Declaration of Independence) to his daughter, Mrs. Van Rensselaer, at Albany. Written soon after Lexington and Concord]

NEW YORK the 5th May 1775   

MY DR KATEY:

   You have no Doubt been very uneasy at the melancholy News from Boston, which has occasioned the greatest confusion and anxiety here; the Town is however now pretty quiet, how long that will continue God only knows.

   We are in the greatest State of Uncertainty whether any Troops are coming here from England or not, if they do I am very fearful it will occasion Disturbances of a very serious Nature.

   People here are determined not to Submit to the oppressive acts of Parliament, and to give New England all the assistance they can. I shall leave this Place for Philadelphia next Monday to attend the continental Congress, where it is very probable Steps will be taken from the Necessity of the Times, that every good Man wou’d wish could be avoided.

   But in Such Times the strictest Union of Councils is necessary and I believe and doubt not but the Congress will unite like one Man in every Measure necessary for the common Safety. The Boston Delegates came to Town this Afternoon, the Account of that Battle is much as we heard it; the King’s Troops began first – they lost 112 Men & 167 wounded, the Provincials lost 37 Men – Boston is surrounded by 16,000 Men who are in high Spirits and think themselves an Overmatch for all the Troops that General Gage has there and expects to have– God grant them Success.

   Send Stephen down that he may be at School, Elizabeth Town is safe enough. I see you have let the Island– You must agree with the Tenants to pay Taxes – not to plant more than 30 acres of Corn in one year, nor nearer together than common, and not two years following in one Place. To keep at least 30 Acres in mowing Ground – (&c &c)

I remain dear Katey         
Your Affet. Father      
PHIL: LIVINGSTON.