Good Reads

Is Compassion International A Good Investment? :: Keeper of the Home

As we visited all of these places and met all of these beautiful people, there was one question burning in my heart that served as the backdrop for the entire trip – “Does the money that is invested with Compassion International produce a good return on investment?”

This is the question I ask myself when I’m making business decisions, so why shouldn’t I look for a good return when I’m investing in God’s business?

I have been supporting a child through Compassion for several years and it’s always nice to get a first-hand perspective on an organization to which you are committing a portion of your income. I was thrilled, once again, with the report Stephanie’s husband brought back from their recent Compassion trip. If you support Compassion, you will be happy to read this too. If you don’t, perhaps you might consider sponsoring a child.

Superbug timebomb :: Daily Mail

So far, more than 20 people are dead and hundreds are seriously ill with a nasty kidney disease.

From the probable source of the outbreak, in northern Germany, the virulent  E. coli O104:H4 strain has spread to more than a dozen countries.

Now the public and doctors alike are wondering how such a common — and normally manageable — bacterium could have mutated into this deadly strain: a drug-resistant superbug.

Scientists believe that over-prescription of antibiotics for humans and the massive and unregulated overuse of these drugs on livestock by farmers in many countries is creating a microbiological timebomb that is primed to overwhelm our defences.

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This is downright frightening. When will we change the way we raise our livestock?? What will it take?

A Cup of Coffee Without Plastic Toxins Please :: Kelly the Kitchen Kop

We all know that keeping heat away from plastic is the biggest way to avoid plastic toxins in your life.  However, if you’re a little slow like me, maybe it took you a while to make the hot coffee and plastic connection.

Once I made the connection, though, I knew I had to find better options.

I know she’s right, but I really do like my Keurig. What do you do about coffee???

Thoughts On The New USDA My Plate Guidelines :: Girl In An Apron

Here is the problem with our government’s suggestions on what we should eat. They need us to consume the most of what they subsidize the most, and it’s gotten them into a dilemma. With obesity at record levels, especially plaguing today’s youth, we have a very expensive health crisis on our hands. But, how can they tell us to eat local, buy mostly produce and grass-fed meats and still hold the hand of their most powerful constituents? They can’t. So as long as agriculture is dictated and funded by the US government, we will continue to see double standards like the new My Plate guideline as a means to gloss over a major political contradiction.

This is truly the crux of the matter.

Love what you love :: 6512 and Growing

It doesn’t matter what you love – honeybees, cast iron cookware, cobbling words together on your blog, the thrill of the opening notes of a concert, spotting antlers in the forest newly cast from an elk’s head. It only matters that you’re here, loving it.

If you read nothing else today, read this post. It’s worth your time, I promise.


  1. Susan says

    AMEN, AMEN AND AMEN about the overprescription of antibiotics!!! Half of my days as a healthcare provider are spent educating patients, parents, etc. about the proper use of antibiotics. If it isn’t a bacteria..YOU DON’T NEED ANTIBIOTICS! Starting an antibiotic is not a benign procedure and it is fraught with risks. But parents and patients want them. Right away. To “nip it in the bud” (it being any sneeze or congestion or cough or sore throat). Even when presented with evidence that the infection is not bacterial ( a NEGATIVE SREP TEST in the office, a NEGATIVE bacterial culture)….the patients still want them sometimes!!!

    • says

      I work in a school, so naturally there are germs abound. I also work with women who seem to always go to the doctor. If I have a runny nose and a cough and my mucous isn’t clear, they self-diagnose me with having a sinus infection and say I need to go to the doctor to get on an antibiotic. I never go to the doctor. I never take my kids to the doctor except for their annual exams. If I can self-medicate at home, I do. I can probably count on one hand how many times my children, my husband, and I have been put on antibiotics (read: when we need them). It is crazy scary how doctor-crazy we’ve gotten. I love my pediatrician to death – but I don’t need to see her every time one of my children has a cough or a sniffle.

      Incidentally, our family is hardly ever sick. Coincidence? Maybe not.

  2. says

    I love Compassion too!!

    I hadn’t even THOUGHT about my darn coffee maker before I read Kelly’s post. I have always had this running joke with my friends about this ancient coffee pot we keep in our basement for parties (theirs and ours). It’s all stainless and perks. I’m like….oh no….. oh no….. so, about that joke……

  3. says

    Had to come back to this. Thanks to your antibiotics post, I spent THREE HOURS reading about why we should eat whole foods (read: as God intended) and not the processed junk. Much of it just makes *so much sense*; my learning curve is steep. Thanks again for the great reads!

    • Jo-Lynne says

      Hi Iva. It is really eye opening, isn’t it!? Feel free to let me know if you have any questions. It IS a lot to wrap your mind around at first, just take it one step at a time. :-)

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