Not Just Animals Anymore

Coronaviruses are a large group of viruses that were once contained to the animal kingdom and mostly seen in camels and bats, but now more than 300 people have been infected in China.  The coronavirus was first reported in 2012 in Saudi Arabia and has since caused illness in people in more than 25 other countries, including the United States.  We don’t totally understand viruses yet, but we do know that they undergo evolution and natural selection and develop into new strains, just like cell-based life, and most of them evolve rapidly.  The symptoms consist of getting a runny nose, having clogged sinuses, headache, cough, fever, stomach sickness, feeling weak, respiratory illness, swollen lymph nodes and chills which are all very similar to cold symptoms, and in many cases, the treatment is the same involving bed rest and hydration.

Written for Linda G. Hill’s One-Liner Wednesday.

If the Mountain Will Not Come to Muhammad

When things don’t go your way, you may have to make adjustments.  A legend says that the Prophet Mohammed was asked to provide proof of his teaching, so he ordered Mount Safa (a hill located in Mecca) to come to him.  When the mountain did not move, Mohammed praised God for being merciful saying that if the mountain had obeyed his command it would have fallen on all of them and destroyed them, and therefore he would now go to the mountain and give thanks to God for having mercy on such a disbelieving people.

Two-year old Quinn Walker was born with the left side of her heart missing, and at just six days old she had her first open heart surgery.  Arizona Officers brought 5 tons of snow to the girl’s driveway, because she wanted to see snow and her doctor said that since she needed an oxygen supply, that she was not healthy enough for a trip to the mountains.  Since Quinn could not go to the mountain, the snow was brought to her.

Written for Linda G. Hill’s One-Liner Wednesday.

Live Within Your Means

It is great to live for today, as long as you plan for tomorrow.  Just because you have a credit card, does that mean that you should buy everything that you desire.  Don’t get yourself behind the eight ball, try to spend less than or at least equal to the amount of money you bring in each month.  The average credit card debt per U.S. household was $8,500 in Oct. 2019, adding up to a total of $1.088 trillion in credit card debt divided among the 128 million U.S. households.

Written for Linda G. Hill’s One-Liner Wednesday.

Learn to Accept Help

“If you are digging a foxhole and someone offers to help, you let them”, was said by my dad’s friend in WWII, a paratrooper named Art Falvey.  My dad and Falvey had both broken curfew by coming back late from their leave which they used to go drink in a nearby French town.  The next day their drill sergeant had them march out to this field 5 miles away from camp and told them to dig a hole 6 feet wide by 6 feet long and 6 feet deep and he would be back later to inspect their work.  They started digging and this French farmer came by with his lovely daughters and told Falvey and my dad to stop digging.

His English was not very good, but his daughters spoke much better and they explained how this was their farm and that their father was so grateful for the Americans fighting the Germans that he felt the least he could do to show his gratitude was to did this hole for them.  Falvey handed the Frenchman his shovel and sat on the nearby fence with the girls.  My dad protested that this was their punishment and that the Frenchman should not be punished for their transgression.  That was when Falvey said, “If you are digging a foxhole and someone offers to help, you let them”.  The daughters brought some wine for my dad and Falvey to drink whole the Frenchman continued to dig the hole.

The Frenchman thought that the US was going to use the hole for land mines or some other military use and he had no clue that this was some type of punishment.  My dad and Falvey had a great time sitting on the fence, drinking wine and making out with the French girls while their father did all the work.  The drill sergeant came back several hours later and told them to fill the hole back in and get back to camp and report to the mess hall for KP duty.

Written for Linda G. Hill’s One-Liner Wednesday.