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How long have you been in business? In this business?

In other businesses?

I have been in the floor-coating business for 1 year. I was in the logging business for 8 years on the East Coast.

What did you do before this business?

Roofing and framing houses.

Why are you in business?

Providing for my family and providing great services in the community.

How did you get started in this business?

I worked with a friend who did it and I ended up going to Indiana for hands-on training.

Can you describe your customers?

I have made a lot of happy customers here in Southern Colorado.

Why do your customers select you over your competitors? Usually I am a little cheaper and do very good work.

Where do you see your business in the next year?

I see it growing very much. And I'll be adding crew members.

Whom do you seek advice from for your business?

I have an uncle doing construction. Also, I'll ask my product manager who's very knowledgeable.

How has technology, such as computers and the internet, impacted how you conduct business?

I have a web page which has helped me a lot.

Editor's Note: Chris' website is at

It's a beautiful site. Check it out!

How can our readers get ahold of you?

They can call my direct line at 719-371-7933 or email


(Pueblo, Colo.) — Sangre de Cristo Community Care welcomes Melinda Egging as the new CEO.

As CEO, Melinda Egging has responsibility for the organization’s hospice, home health and palliative services that provide needed care across southern Colorado.

“I am so thrilled to be part of Sangre de Cristo Community Care, a wonderful nonprofit organization that has always been dear to me,” Egging said. “It is a privilege to return to Pueblo to serve both urban and rural communities.”

Sangre de Cristo Community Care offers a 10-bed, free-standing hospice in-patient center, and has offices in Pueblo, Cañon City, La Junta, Trinidad and Walsenburg to serve patients wherever they call home.

Other thoughts, ideas, comments?

I am also building post-frame buildings and doing decks to keep my crew running during my least-busy months, so anyone interested in that would I would be happy to assist.

Egging is a 20-year hospice veteran having begun her career with Sangre de Cristo Hospice in Pueblo, Colo., in 2002. During her tenure, she served in a variety of roles and received multiple promotions leading to her role as chief quality, compliance and performance improvement officer. Egging joined The Denver Hospice in 2009 where she served as a leader over compliance and quality. She was then promoted in 2015 to Vice President of quality, corporate compliance and risk management at Care Synergy where she served until being promoted to President of The Denver Hospice in 2017.

Egging serves on the board of the Home Care and Hospice Association of Colorado.

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The “Bizarre” Moment

we have a mess of an inverted yield curve, strongly signaling a recession. Bottom line? Know one knows exactly what to expect from markets and economies or exactly what to do next.


Yahoo Finance columnist

Brian Sozzi

is calling our current market and economy “a bizarre moment.” And boy is it! The Nasdaq is just 0.2% away from a bull market; big corporations are beating earnings estimates (but not by a lot); big corporations, led by tech, are also laying off people in the thousands; interest rates are still climbing, which means inflation is still here; and

Ken Fisher is a famous and, at times, infamous billionaire money manager but he’s a pretty smart guy. He refers to the stock market as TGH: The Great Humiliator. Because it always humbles and humiliates even the best of us--professional and novice alike. Who knew that tech was going to roar back so quickly? Who knew the markets, almost unanimously expecting a 2023 recession, would start off so strong?

That’s the work of TGH. Or maybe we should chalk up some of the strength to the January Effect?

Another puzzle is real estate and housing. House prices have eased. Interest rates are up a lot compared to the recent past. So new house payments are also up a good amount. Builder sentiment and surveys are as bas as we’ve seen in many years. But…the housing market seems to be chugging along. The Great Humiliator strikes again!


I think this awkward and surprising environment is time to really assess a few things and get ready for what

does appear to be at least an economic shakeout (who knows with that darned stock market, though?!).

Interest rates are up. So now could be a good time to look at stagnant cash sitting around and go into risk-free Treasury bills. Lately, these have been paying upwards of 4.7 percent—guaranteed by the US government. The Fed could raise rates even more so these would probably get slightly better again. So keep rolling them over with short maturities then ultimately lock-in some longer maturities when Fed rate-raising slows or stops.

Also, looking further in the past, we’ve had a super bull market for US stocks for about nine years! That’s a long run and growth stocks, things like Netflix, Tesla, Amazon, and other growth-at-any-price stocks, led it. So my thinking is value could be

the new stock market leader--those stodgy blue chips and widow-and-orphan stocks. In the last 6-8 months those have done good, along with the tech bounce-back.

Plus, keep an eye out for emerging international and maybe (maybe!) developed international to make a possible comeback. At least these sectors could be on your investment “shopping list”.

This article is for illustrative purposes only. Ron is not recommending any investment security for you but just trying to educate the community. INVESTMENTS CAN AND DO DROP IN VALUE; THEY HAVE NO BANK OR OTHER GUARANTEE. He is licensed and regulated by the great State of Colorado.

Ron Phillips is The Investment INCOME Advisor, a Pueblo, CO native, and an independent business owner. Order a free copy of his book Investing To Win by leaving a message at (719)220-3005. Visit or email RonPhillipsAdvisor@gmail. com

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Pet Peeve: The separation of church and state. As a student

of the public schools K-3, then 4-12 in two Catholic schools and then finally a degree from a public college I could never understand the stance that the party of the donkey took regarding the separation of church and state. It seems pretty pat that the First Amendment simply bans state-established churches and protects free exercise of religion. Nowhere does it say anything about the "separation of church and state." Not anywhere!

First of all, for decades the Left has used the establishment clause of the First Amendment against religious parents, demanding that they -and they alone- must choose between the school of their choice and the public support that every other student receives. Love this next part: The so-called Lemon test passed back in 1971 by a Court that lost their collective minds proclaimed any "entanglements" between government and religious schools unconstitutional! "Entanglements?" Is that a word to be used in a court of law? What does that word mean to you? Our Court (meaning the court that we have had in this century) has thankfully dismantled this nonsense of "entanglements" in a series of decisions in 2002, 2017, 2020 and now to untangle these "entanglements" making the Lemon test, well, a lemon!!! Good Grief!

I've read some interesting ideas of why Vlad Putin invaded Ukraine by so-called analysts who say that he did it because he fears the European Union and NATO were encircling mother Russia. Mother Russia, all right, but I read that what's on Putin's mind is not "encirclement" but Russian histo-

ry. What I read was that Putin told an audience of scientists and entrepreneurs that he fancied himself Peter the Great, simply taking back what was justly Russian. He was alluding to the Great Northern War, which was a 21-year struggle with Sweden. Methinks ole Vlad is a megalomaniac and we, and the rest of our allies should help Ukraine stop this nonsense before we go backward yet again!

Some of you may have remembered Mark Shields, curmudgeon! He passed away last summer and I remember a joke he told: "Two liberals," said he, "come across a man in a ditch. He is bleeding and moaning. He has been beaten to a pulp, left for dead. One liberal turns to the other and says, Quick, we have to find the people who did this. They need help!" It shows what he thought about the times in which he lived. Shields might have been the last of the O.G. pro-life Democrats. He loved JFK, RFK, the New Deal, people and America. He was 85.

Let's talk about the pamphlet that I have which is entitled "Divine Mercy Novena and Chaplet" that states how

you can be rewarded in death. Don't believe me! Read the pamphlet. If you send me an email at srbeacon@gmail. com or mail me a note to P.O. Box 7215, Pueblo West, CO 81007-0215 with your name and mailing address and I'll send it to you. No questions asked. No gimmicks, Just the pamphlet in your hands and just maybe a trip to the sublime.

Godspeed to you and yours.

Remember: contact me at SRbeacon@ for that great Chaplet prayer directly from Christ to Maria Faustina Kowalska at the beginning of Nazi invasion of Poland....... it's wonderful folks. Contact me and I'll send the pamphlet, no charge. It's a game changer!

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Bible study at the women’s prison because I thought she would be thrilled. Didn’t she and my uncle every Sunday visit shut-in elderly people from their church, and weren’t they pillars in their Nazarene church? In a moment, my attitude changed from shock to sorrow at the realization that my aunt was not a Christian. “Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples”

(John 13:35 NLT).


"Why would you waste your time on them?” spewed my aunt. I was stunned. The emphasis on them was accentuated by her look of disgust. She couldn’t believe I would dare to waste my time on women in prison. How could I lower myself to that level?

The question from this very religious aunt stunned me. I had shared with her that I was teaching a

I question how people can be so involved in religion and miss the relationship with Jesus that compels a Christ follower to “Go into all the world and preach the Gospel.” A relationship with the living Lord is the transforming power that causes God’s love to overflow onto the unlovely, the homeless, the elderly, addicts, the drunks, and yes, the prisoners.

This year marks my 37th year in prison ministry. I cannot imagine a more satisfying life. And not because I am doing prison ministry but because I am walking in the plan God called me to. “For I know the plans I have for you,” says the LORD. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope” (Jeremiah 29:11 NLT).

At Bible study last night, I asked nine women prisoners what they will be taking with them when they leave prison. Reminding them that God is preparing

them to do service for Him when they are released, I asked if they had any clue what their mission would be outside. Only one could give me an affirmative answer.

We talked about 2 Corinthians 1: 3-7 and how God prepares us to comfort others who might be going through similar trials that we have gone through. Perhaps they will be able to help someone with an addiction problem or be led to comfort someone who has been physically or sexually abused.

Looking back over the years and thinking of countless men and women I have been blessed by the Lord to minister to, my heart bursts with joy. I remember places, faces, voices, stories and tears. Looking out on a group of 60 or 70, perhaps more, men and women and making them laugh with silly stories helps me know that for a moment, I’ve brightened their world and lightened their load. Sharing with them how very much Jesus loves them and the price He paid that they might walk in true freedom is a blessing I cannot describe. One just has to live it. Listening to several men or women pray in turn, confessing their sins and asking Jesus to be their Lord and Savior is, life changing. I cannot imagine a more full or complete life.

We just completed our 24th year of the Prayer For Prisoners International (PFPI) Christmas Outreach. Thousands of prisoners around the United States sign up to receive a Christmas greeting from a PFPI volunteer and hundreds of volunteers participate in answering the call. This year, the responses from prisons was slow and in order to fill the many requests of volunteers for prisoner names, many prisoners received multiple cards. In the past, some folks have complained that prisoners might get more than one card. My question: How many cards do you get at Christmas? Responses from prisoners confirm to us that multiple

cards can make a huge difference. One example is Alfred, who is incarcerated in Marianna Arkansas. “I just want to thank you for all the Christmas cards and support. I was at the end of my rope this year. I just got off suicide watch and moved into a max-2-man cell. I started to receive beautiful Christmas cards from women and men all over the US, wishing me hope, faith, courage and many, many prayers. It’s just what I needed to turn my soul to Jesus, the Light of the world. I had been led by the king of lies for many years, the enemy, alcohol, drugs and the neglect of my two, now adult children. The first card I received said, ‘God is good.’ He really is!”

Volunteers who send Christmas cards step over the barrier of disdain, disgust and whatever else hinders one from obedience to Jesus’ call to reach out to prisoners, some of the ‘prodigals’ of our day. Would you step over that line? Would your heart be moved to reach the “Alfreds” in prison or would you be like my aunt, the brother of the prodigal? Which one are you? Consider this question as you continue into this new year. If you are a Christian, consider the price Jesus paid for your sins. Would you reach out a hand to someone else who needs help up? Or would you walk away in disgust? “Jesus said, ‘I was in prison and you visited me’” (Matthew 25:36b NLT.) Jesus so loves prisoners He identifies with them.

There are many prodigal types in our world today and multiple ways to reach them with the love of Jesus. If you have not yet found the ‘people group’ Jesus is calling you to minister to, give me a call. I would be happy to pray with you. God wants you to know your calling. He wants you to walk in it. You are His workmanship. You are His poem. You are meant to be on mission, be it across the fence with your neighbor, in your supermarket, behind razor wire, or across the world. “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do” (Ephesians 2:10 NIV).

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So who will win this argument? Spielberg directs -- and that’s a hint

THE FABELMANS appealed to me, a movie addict, you can see. Michelle Williams has hardest role as the mom with a sad soul.

Paul Dano as the dad is fine. He’s long a favorite of mine. Each of the boys who play main part help movie go straight to my heart.

Exciting scenes of youngster’s shots! Who worries about major plots?



SPIELBERG, I am writing you again to compliment you on your direction of THE FABELMANS. The last time I wrote was to tell you how much I enjoyed War Horse despite the sad parts causing me to cry for days after seeing that terrific movie.

Although The Fabelmans also includes sadness, it thrilled me with wonderful scenes about the love of movie making.

FULL DISCLOSURE: I always enjoy films about movies. My favorite one?

Singin’ in the Rain, of course. However, I am happy to report that The Fabelmans ends up in my top five, along with The Artist, Hugo and Hail Caesar!

I like the way you used material from your own life and showed us how you became interested in making films at a young age. After watching this compelling family drama, I was motivated to write the poem review below.

A young boy wants to make movies.

He dreams and schemes and makes his pleas.

His mother tries hard to help him.

But father thinks of it as whim.

He prefers practicality

Not something done as artistry.

Prejudice aimed at Jews exposed That’s important as it's disclosed.

Some more awards I see ahead for Spielberg’s work. Mind what I said.

Because of award-winning playwright Tony Kushner’s sensitivity, I think you were wise to pick him for your co-writer and to choose a fascinating cast. Besides Williams and Dano, Seth Rogen and Judd Hirsch excel as “Uncle Bennie” and “Uncle Boris” respectively. Both are so into these characters that they become almost unrecognizable. Also, the children seem real to me – none of them prettied up for the camera. Plus, kudos to Gabriel LaBelle and Mateo Zoryan as Sammy Fabelman at different ages.

I love the secret in this story. It surprises viewers and gives the film a whole new

twist we don’t expect. Good for you to include this change of pace that piques adult viewers. Here’s hoping viewers are not expecting lots of laughter here. Like War Horse, it’s a serious drama.

And finally, the last scene of The Fabelmans is perfect. It’s another surprise for us – one that makes every movie addict like me very happy.

Admiringly, Betty Jo Tucker

"This is the biggest electric train set any boy ever had." --- Orson Welles

(Released by Universal and rated “PG-13” by MPAA.)

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Sure, your fancy SUV may have ventilated seats and Wi-Fi, but does it have electrified door handles? The Guardian reported on Jan. 25 that a new vehicle has hit the market targeted at the particularly fearful driver -- the Rezvani Vengeance. Costing up to $499,000, the Vengeance has bulletproof glass, strobe lights, wing mirrors that emit pepper spray and no back windshield -- instead, the driver can monitor a live video stream of what's going on behind the car. Sure to win you a popularity contest in the pickup lane at your kid's school, the Vengeance also has a loudspeaker so you can call to little Timmy without leaving the safety of your seat. Extras include bulletproof vests, helmets and gas masks. The Irvine, California, company teases potential buyers on the website: "Vengeance is yours." Wow.

Dream Job

Five lucky participants will clear a cool $1,000 to do what they wanted to do anyway: Eat cheese before bedtime. Fox5-TV reported that Sleep Junkie, a mattress review website, hopes to test the legend that eating cheese before bed causes nightmares, so they're asking "dairy dreamers" to consume a wide variety of cheeses, log their sleep and provide feedback about sleep quality, energy levels and bad dreams. The best part? Participants will be reimbursed for the cheese! The catch: You have to sleep alone.

Police Report

A 31-year-old woman was charged with two counts of robbery and possession of a weapon (ahem) on Jan. 22 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, after a puzzling attempt to steal a pizza, the CBC reported. Around 3 a.m., she allegedly entered a crowded restaurant and demanded a pizza, brandishing a firecracker as a threat. She was denied the pie, so she lit the firework and ran off with a pizza. Outside the restaurant, she got into a cab, but the driver asked her to get out because she was being belligerent. When the driver stepped out of the car, she jumped into his seat and took off, dragging the 54-year-old several meters down the street. Officers caught up with the stolen cab and caught the pizza thief when she became stuck in a snowbank.

A dump truck driver in Contra Costa County, California, either couldn't read or didn't care when he barreled through a road closure barricade on Jan. 23, KTVU-TV reported, and ended up with his front left wheel in a sinkhole. The "road closed" sign was found beneath his vehicle, and the driver escaped without injury. Excessive rains have caused "flooding, mudslides, sinkholes and other issues" in the area, county officials noted.

Bright Idea

If you're looking for a crafty project for 2023, the online shop Savor has you covered, Slate reported. For the low, low price of $46.95, you can put together your own "In Case I Go Missing" binder, which Savor says "makes it super easy for the true-crime obsessed to record their key stats for their loved ones." Those facts include medical and financial information, fingerprints and lists of "hangout spots." One woman said she added "a hair sample just in case they need it for DNA testing."

Elizabeth Jeglic, a professor at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, soothingly says, "The majority of adults will not go missing or be kidnapped." Her colleague Patrick McLaughlin offers some ideas for the kit, though: recent photos, the unlock code for your phone, pics of tattoos, scars or birthmarks, handwriting samples -- but he warns that such binders might not be admissible as evidence.

That Guy Dennis

Garsjo, 73, of Glasgow, Montana, may not know your name when he greets you on the street, but he'll call out to you anyway, using your birthday. "Top of the morning to ya, April 11," he might say, according to KRTV. Garsjo has memorized more than 3,000 birthdays and says he came by the talent naturally. "My mother remembered all our relatives' birthdays before she started getting dementia," he said. "I don't think my talent is all that special. I'm more impressed by musicians who can play a song from memory on the piano." Still, residents of Prairie Ridge Village, where he works, enjoy The Birthday Guy, as he's known, and he loves surprising people with their special day.

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KFC Thailand has partnered with perfume experts during the Lunar New Year to create what every

finger-lickin' good fan wants: fried chicken incense. Oddity Central reported that the incense sticks look good enough to eat and smell even better. Alas, you can't buy them: The incense will be awarded through a raffle on KFC Thailand's Facebook page.

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(StatePoint) — At a time when highway fatalities are on the rise, new research shows that the widespread adoption of the latest vehicle safety features could mean fewer crashes and safer roads. However, it could be awhile before we see the full benefits of these advancements.

“With drivers holding onto their vehicles for 10 years or more, it could take many years before the fleet fully turns over,” says Rini Sherony, senior principal engineer, Toyota Collaborative Safety Research Center.

But what if every vehicle on the road was fully equipped with crash-prevention features? And how do engineers identify which new vehicle safety features to prioritize next? To find out, Toyota Collaborative Safety Research Center and Virginia Tech teamed up to research the potential benefits that different safety systems have in various


When we think about love and all it entails, we are reminded of the most beautiful love chapter in the Bible – 1 Corinthians, Chapter 13. I would like to share part of that chapter with you:

“Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become as sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing. Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself,

crash scenarios.

The team took real-world crashes and reconstructed the data, performing multiple crash simulations. They started modeling with more traditional “passive” safety features, like the latest vehicle structures, and extended their work to include such technologies as automatic emergency braking, lane-keeping assistance, blindspot warning, etc. Assuming full deployment and optimal activation of safety features, such as those that were modeled, their research showed that over half of all U.S. crash es could be avoided and nearly 60% of moderate to serious injuries could be mitigated. At the same time, the research also identified what types of crashes are likely to still occur even if these safety features were deployed.

The research center has made the study’s data, found at CSRC, publicly available so that au tomakers, policymakers, technology research universities and tech com panies can work together to continue to make safety gains and fill the crash prevention gap.

“While drivers can’t avoid every

is not puffed up; does not behave itself rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails….”

(1 Corinthians 13:18a).

This chapter says it all! And every day we have the opportunity to put this exhortation into practice. Reach out in love to someone who is lonely; someone who is confined to a skilled nursing care facility; someone you attend church with; someone who is homeless; someone who has lost their job, or someone you work with. And don’t forget the needs of your neighbor. Look for someone to love. You won’t regret it! You will

danger on the road, our research shows that safety systems have the potential to be very effective in reducing the risk and severity of crashes,” says Sherony. “It’s important to know that most automakers offer features like lane departure warning, automatic emergency braking, audio warnings and steering assist (often with additional function-

ality). When you search for your next car, consider these features, even possibly opting for those that do not come standard-equipped. We hope that as drivers continue to adopt and use such technologies, we will be able to realize more of the accident mitigation and prevention benefits that they can offer, resulting in safer roads for everybody.”

be blessed as much as those you reach out to love.

Remember, love is eternal, for God is Love.

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Kay Owen-Larson is the co-founder and President of Crossroads Ministries and the founder of the Crossroads School of Chaplaincy. She has been in ministry for more than 60 years.

An author, speaker, teacher and pastor, she has a heart for the elderly and would like to see many of them come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ in their last days.

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In these revelations we’ll discover Norse ancestry of faeries, elves and goblins which is our usual subject, yet, after several hours of research, I decided to prolong this specific topic. We’ll continue next month with the amazing statistics I’ve unearthed. Additionally, my family heritage was born of the Vikings. My maiden name of Swann is from the old English name of Swein, one of the most common names in medieval Britain. Professional researchers referred to such documents as Viking Sagas, Orkney Sagas, also the Exchequer Rolls of Scotland, the Inquisito and translations of local manuscripts, parish records, baptismals, and tax records. (Our newest family member, my great great nephew Archie, may one day also appreciate his Viking ancestry.)

My next column will continue specifically to incorporate my own family’s heritage, as validation of another aspect of Viking stories which I’m ready to explore.

This colorful yet fierce, sea faring race was

intent on dominating the British Isles, arriving during the Middle Ages 8th to 11th Centuries, from Scandinavia. While the strong Norman presence in England declined 400 years prior to the Viking arrivals. The Vikings attributed their successes to continued development of iron, thus increasing their production of weapons, and longboats.

Even today, Scotland, the Orkneys and western isles contain evidence of Viking burials, structures and artifacts. Ireland, the Isle of Man, and the north west of England have revealed the most remarkable Norse archaeology known to modern day man.

Celtic people (the Britons) or Ancient Brits inhabited Great Britain, at least from the British Iron Age and into the Middle Ages. Universally faeries originate from all corners of the world, but these stories promote our usual Celtic folklore, and its own uniqueness.

In 789 the English island of Portland suffered the first agonizing attack from Vikings. Clearly, according to history, the Norwegians roamed the British Isles freely before launching their ominous attacks. Later was their colonization of Shetland and Orkney, in Scotland. Eventually expansion was evident. Their ships navigated the

open seas expertly. The Viking objective was to rape, pillage, trade and to dominate my country of birth, Great Britain. Led by Harald Hardrada, the Norwegian king who managed his 10,000 soldiers proficiently and effortlessly. Their objective was to dethrone the British king Harold Godwinson who forcefully marched from London toward battle, subsequently he killed Hardrada and most of his army. This invasion and ensuing combat meant the end of the Viking age in Britain, and its’ surrounding islands.

Vikings mostly Scandinavians were pagan, with many gods and goddesses. Odin, Thor and Frey were major deities, (aka the head faeries,) as we know them. Odin being the greatest of the Norse Gods. In the year 1066 they arrived three hundred strong, furtively and in coordination: all 300 longboats directed toward the British Isles. A seemingly impossible feat. Our narrative wouldn’t be complete without mention of the evil lurking…

To begin with: Mare being the most ferocious within Viking mythology. A monster soul of the living body, which tortured the innocents at night. People still believe that the above-mentioned ‘witches’ inhabit souls, sometimes unable to leave their bodies. Should they contact any living creature, trees cattle or people, the touch will cause root damage and entanglement.

Another formidable creature in our repertoire is Kraken, an aquatic monster that dwells off shores of Greenland and Norway. These octopi beings with super large bodies, can resemble an island. Killing prey is easy, as intruder’s feet robotically sank in the quicksand upon arrival in the island. Dinner is served instantly! Kraken was crafty; often a strategic bowel movement in the water encouraged fish, which he devours instantly…each to his own! Kraken’s huge and sudden warped appearance on the waters’ surface caused gigantic whirlpools, allowing immediate harassment of local ships sailors and small boats.

We’ll continue these repulsive horror stories which I hope you enjoy next month in our Senior Beacon, where you’ll find more tales of Norwegian attacks on my homeland, not to mention other celestial beings and legends, currently well-regarded by the Norse people, despite their contemptuous and loathsome abilities!

Thought for today:

Keep positive and enjoy the moment as laughter relieves us of superfluous energy. When it remains unused it produces negativity.

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Puerto Rican community at home.”

Just before the 2020 South Carolina primary, Biden claimed — as he has many, many, many times — “I had the great honor of being arrested … on the streets of Soweto trying to get to see [Nelson] Mandela.” So significant was this incident, Biden said, that when Mandela came to Washington, he “threw his arms around me and said, ‘I want to say thank you. … You got arrested trying to see me.’”



Lots of politicians have been caught burnishing their resumes, but recently, one of our elected representatives has come under fire for telling some real whoppers. And no, I’m not talking about George Santos.

In a space of three days last fall, President Joe Biden claimed to be Puerto Rican, practice Judaism and to have lost his house in a natural disaster.

Celebrating the Jewish New Year at the White House on Sept. 30, he told Jewish leaders, “I probably went to shul more than many of you did. You all think I’m kidding.” No, he said, “I’d go to services on Saturday and on Sunday,” adding, “You all think I’m kidding. I’m not.”

Visiting hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico the following week, he said, “I was sort of raised in the

Biden was never arrested in South Africa for trying to see Mandela. There’s no evidence the hug ever happened, either.

Sadly, as soon as Biden clinched the presidential nomination in 2020, Democrats locked him in the basement until Election Day. Who knows how many of Biden’s lies were lost to history that year!

But he couldn’t avoid speaking in 2019.

Campaigning in New Hampshire, he told a gripping story about flying to Afghanistan as vice president to pin a Silver Star on a Navy captain who’d rappelled down a ravine to retrieve his fallen compatriot, but who didn’t want a medal because the guy had died.

“This is the God’s truth,” he said. “My word as a Biden.”

Biden did manage to fight the irresistible urge to claim he was that soldier.

In a nationally televised climate town hall on CNN, Biden said, “I just want to be very clear to everyone here: I am committed to not raising money from fossil fuel executives, and I am not doing that.”

The next day, Biden attended a high-dollar fundraiser held by the co-founder of a natural gas company.

At a 2012 campaign stop, Biden told African Americans that Republicans are “gonna put you all back in chains.”

(At least his lies are harmless exaggerations without any potential to sow

discord in our society.)

Before getting to George Santos’ apparently unprecedented and unforgivable mendacity, let’s review a few more of Biden’s Greatest Hits.

Throughout his life, Biden has alleged that he “participated in sit-ins to desegregate restaurants and movie houses,” saying, “and my stomach turned upon hearing the voices of Faubus and Barnett, and my soul raged on seeing the dogs of Bull Connor.”

None of this ever happened, according to his own aides, as well as the Democratic Party’s Praetorian Guard at The New York Times.

Most famously, he bragged about being an award-winning student, leaving college with three degrees, going to law school on a “full academic scholarship,” and graduating in the top half of his class.

Back on Earth: He graduated college with one degree and was nearly expelled from law school for plagiarizing.

Most bizarrely, Biden stole British Labor leader Neil Kinnock’s speech — and his autobiography. Plagiarizing Kinnock nearly word for word, Biden claimed to have been “the first in his family ever to go to a university,” then bemoaned a system that had excluded his “ancestors, who worked in the coal mines of Northeast Pennsylvania.”

Biden’s ancestors did not work in coal mines. They went to college.

According to Biden’s actual life story — that is, the story based on what we know to be facts — his grandfather was an executive with the American Oil Co., and his father was to the manor born. Why on Earth was Biden clenching his fist, decrying a society where he didn’t have “a platform upon which to stand”? The executive suite at American Oil isn’t a platform?

All in all, Biden gives George Santos a pretty good run for his money.

The main difference between Biden and Santos is that one is the president

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of the United States, whereas the other is part of a legislative body with 435 members, including some who are certifiably insane.

But while the top story on MSNBC every night is: When is Santos resigning?, Biden’s lies are lovingly indulged by the media as the “search for a connection” by “a glad-handing pol” (The Washington Post), who has “embraced storytelling” with “the factual edges shaved off to make them more powerful for audiences” (The New York Times).

Speaking of the media’s double standards, where’s the “thank you” for the GOP’s diversity outreach? Santos is a gay Latino — and that he can prove! I swear, what do we have to do to please these people?

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