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Taking advantage of opportunities to do good works

Tuesday, June 24, 2014 —Today I am thinking of a favorite scripture passage from the Book of Ephesians in the Bible that states while we cannot work for our salvation because it is a free gift from God received by faith, our salvation leads to good works. (Eph. 2:8-10)

Ephesians 2:10 reads — “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.”

It came to mind as I read a short piece in the “Notebook” section of World Magazine dated May 31. The piece titled, “Coffin carver,” told of a good work God called Bobby Siears, a professional cabinetmaker, to “one Sunday morning last year to help grieving families.” Since that time, he has made more than 65 small caskets for children, some the size of a shoebox for premature babies. Parents who have lost a child find his gesture comforting. His good work is for anyone in need, regardless of income, race or religion, according to the article.

Time to start work on another pool site

Tuesday, June 24, 2014 — At its Tuesday, June 17 meeting, the Honey Lake Valley Recreation Authority directed staff to write a letter to the Lassen Union High School District Board of Trustees to say the authority is no longer interested in pursuing the purchase of the Credence High School site for a community swimming pool.

Some members of the board expressed their dissatisfaction with the progress of the negotiations with the high school district while others defended the high school board as it seeks to sort out the question of who actually owns the site the authority ranked No. 1 for the community pool and resolve those issues.

At this point there is no reason to play the blame game and try to make the high school district board wrong.

Imagine our children without the joy of music

Tuesday, June 17, 2014 — Most regular readers of this column already know I’m a great supporter of music programs in our schools and in the community.

I can’t begin to tell you the role music plays in my life. At times it’s totally consumed me. When I quit doing gigs and went to college in 1980 — more than half a lifetime ago — I thought I’d left that behind me for good, and for a while I didn’t play very much at all. I even lamely announced I’d retired from the music business at the ripe old age of 30 when people asked me why I wasn’t playing in the bars anymore.

But then one of my daughters wondered what the band I played in before she was born sounded like. So I tried to recreate that noise as best I could for her on a four-track cassette recorder, and I gave the tape to her as a birthday present. Strangely some friends of mine count those demos among the best of my recorded work. I don’t know, maybe the love showed through.

Honoring my dad this Father’s Day

Tuesday, June 17, 2014 — My father has been an amazing, influential person in my life.

He pushed me to get the best grades possible, he dedicated many nights to unsuccessfully get me to appreciate the talents of John Wayne, and he strived to ensure I was capable of balancing a checkbook.

Now, my father is not my biological dad; he is my stepfather. However, despite the noticeable lack of a blood relationship, I am utterly grateful for the presence he has been in my life.

Nearly 9 years ago, my mom married Bill, my stepdad. At first I was angry, I hated the man who was causing me to uproot in the first few months of high school and move to the little town of Quincy.

Fire season has arrived

Tuesday, June 17, 2014 — Red Flag warnings last week should arouse concern for all Lassen County homeowners as the danger of catastrophic wildfire rears its ugly head again this summer. The continuing severe drought conditions we’re experiencing make the situation even worse.

While homeowners can’t do much to change the conditions created by Mother Nature, they can take steps to reduce the threat of wildfire around their homes and in their communities. The steps homeowners take to reduce the ignition risks at their homes can make a great deal of difference should a wildfire come their way.

According to fire experts, there are three ways wildfires threaten homes — flying embers, contact by flames and radiated heat. Perhaps the most important step in protecting your property is by creating 100 feet of defensible space around your home.


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