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An easy way to dress up led candles for Thanksgiving

I had some plain led candles that I wanted to spruce up a bit. I also have some old hymnals that I use for Bible journaling and crafting. I cut some strips of music and attached it with tape. Then tied some jute twine around it. Easy and cute!

This is basically what they looked like before.
Here are my candles after.

I hope you all stay healthy and true to God’s word. Gather together when possible, and I hope you have the support of loved ones if you CHOOSE to stay home. Isolation should be a choice that we as free individuals make if we feel like we are high risk. It should not be a rule, mandate or law. Blessings of abundance, warmth and love to you. Happy Thanksgiving!

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People are really considering socialism?

It sounds like satire to me when I hear people discussing socialism like it is a good thing.  People can’t actually believe that, can they?  They plunk a prettier word ahead of it like the word ‘democratic’ to make it sound more kind and friendly.  In this episode, Doug talks about socialism and how it relates to the Bible.  This will be a multi-episode series.  This is so good and full of truth!

Doug loves questions! Please email foruncommonsense@gmail.com if you have a question or comment.

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  1. What Do Liberals Want To Say To Conservatives?
  2. Trans-Gender Activists Are On The Attack
  3. FOMO Friday: Hunter, Kamala, DeSantis, Biden, And Beyond Meat
  4. Inspirational Quotes – by Kamala Harris
  5. Biden Gaffes

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Episode 2 has been released

Doug’s second part of 3 for his podcast series is out. This series talks about questions and common misconceptions Christians have when it comes to obeying our leaders. How should Christians respond to government authority? You can listen to this episode on many different podcast apps. The podcast is called, “Uncommon Sense – Christianity and Politics” by Doug Morgan.

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Two perspectives of different liberals and what they think of Conservatives. Which one is more to reality of what they think? — Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/foruncommonsense/message
  1. What Do Liberals Want To Say To Conservatives?
  2. Trans-Gender Activists Are On The Attack
  3. FOMO Friday: Hunter, Kamala, DeSantis, Biden, And Beyond Meat
  4. Inspirational Quotes – by Kamala Harris
  5. Biden Gaffes

2020, Social Issues

The most offensive 4 letter word of 2020 – M A S K

Mask. I’m not sure that any other word at this time can elicit such a passionate guttural response from people when it’s mentioned. Where to even begin?  I have worked in the surgery department for most of my life.  For over 20 years I have been around masks in one way or another. In surgery we are trained and have continuing education on all sorts of masks. Surgical masks, laser plume masks, N95s, PAPRs, etc. I am so old that I remember back when cloth masks were used in the operating room.

I remember the backlash that happened with the staff when we were told that we were no longer going to be allowed to wear cloth masks.  We liked our masks, and OR staff are somewhat resistant to change. But we were taught that studies showed that the cloth ones did not actually prevent droplets from falling into the surgical field (ie: your guts) like we thought they did.

This was back before the internet was what it is now.  (I know I’m dating myself here)  I tried to do a search to bring up the studies that were done back then, and had little success.  Every single thing I could find related to masking is more recent, as though cloth masks were never a thing.  Trust me, they were, but they are so outdated that they weren’t even a consideration anymore before 2020. In order for a study or mask article to be free of bias, I recommend finding one that is dated before the end of 2019.

It looks like studies must be done to determine the effectiveness of cloth face coverings doesn’t it?  Do you really think no-one has ever thought of cloth masks before?  Nobody has ever looked into them?  You are being played and manipulated.

Have you noticed that they don’t call them masks in many official places?  They refer to them as “face coverings,” and at least I can agree with that term. The word mask is being used too generally when there are really very intricate differences in them. The purposeful muddiness of this word is the cause for a lot of mistrust and arguments.

Types of face coverings

cloth masks: these are junk. Unless you are following some sort of thread count and multiple layer design with a filter, complete junk. And most people are wearing single layer cloth masks or gaiters. Thin, stretchy, comfortable neck gaiters are the worst of these.

blue over the counter masks: I guarantee you the hospitals don’t get their stock from Costco or Walmart. If they are really worried about healthcare facilities having enough stock, do you think they are selling the high quality surgical grade masks to you? I have read the boxes on some of these and they clearly state they don’t offer protection from, well, anything. I would assume these are cheap knockoffs made to look like surgical masks, and not trust it to protect someone I love.

surgical quality masks: These are actually designed to protect droplets from flying around. We use these in surgery to keep our droplets out of you, and your body fluids out of us. However! They MUST be changed at regular intervals because over time their effectiveness wears off. That means they no longer stop droplets. The moisture from simple normal breathing compromises the integrity of them over time. So when people use these for an entire day, a week, or more, they are not working anymore.

N95: the best protection for you and for me. But they are supposed to only be for healthcare professionals. Seems like if they are what healthcare professionals need, they should be what we all need if they really want to protect us, and care about our health right?

One more detail, not even surgical grade masks can stop a virus particle all on its own. My descriptions here assume that every single virus particle is attached to a droplet because that is what we are being told. Although I’m not entirely convinced of that either.

Deadly droplets or not?

Another interesting point to consider is disposal. When we take off contaminated masks in surgery, we follow a careful procedure to remove them, and have special places to dispose of them. Supposedly your mask is stopping my deadly droplets from getting into your respiratory tract. That means they are caught up in the fabric of your mask. Instead of being taught by the health officials how to carefully remove them and having hazardous waste bins everywhere, people pull them off with bare hands and stuff the dirty masks into their pockets for later. I have even seen people driving around with them on their rearview mirror like an air freshener.

“My mask protects you and your mask protects me.” This is a flat out lie. Either your mask protects you or it doesn’t. If you have a cloth mask it does not protect you OR me. If you have a knockoff blue mask, it does not. If you have a surgical grade mask, it protects both of us slightly. One or the other of us does not change the effectiveness of it by much. But viruses can still get around it if they skate out on a smaller particle. If you have an N95 you are actually in a pretty good place, and don’t need to worry about others masking status. The idea that all masks work is pure propaganda.

Someone asked me how I can see mask wearing as political and have no empathy for others. It IS political. When we are being asked to do something that is a lie, to make other FEEL better, it is violating my rights. When we are being asked to comply or risk fines, arrest, or other things, it IS political. We are watching our freedoms slowly trickle away. I do have empathy for others, and I show this by speaking out.

We should not be forced to comply with a lie. Here’s where I start to sound like a wacky conspiracy theorist. I never saw myself like that, but I don’t care anymore. I have read “The Gulag Archipelago” by Aleksander Solzhenitsyn. It is a non-fictional account about the Soviet forced labor camps that led to the imprisonment, brutalization and very often murder of tens of millions of innocent Soviet citizens by their own Government. I highly recommend this book. Here is a quote that gave me chills:

“At what point, then, should one resist? When ones belt is taken away? When one is ordered to face into a corner? When one crosses the threshold of one’s home? And arrest consists of a series of incidental irrelevancies, of a multitude of things that do not matter, and there seems no point in arguing about any one of them individually – especially at a time when the thoughts of the person arrested are wrapped tightly about the big question – “What for?”

“The Gulag Archipelago” by Aleksander Solzhenitsyn

Incidental irrelevancies, a multitude of things that do not matter… Sounding familiar yet? We have to speak up. Even on the things that seem small. When people talk about how it’s ‘just’ a mask. Or it’s not really a big deal. Or how about needing to just wear it to show empathy to others. Guys, this is manipulation. Trust me, I lived inside a manipulative marriage for years. The deceit, manipulation, and gaslighting that is occurring reminds me of that phase of my life. But that’s a story for another time.

Obey and comply?

I hear talk of how we should be loving and not hateful. These words are used in ways where love = silent compliance, even with a lie when necessary, and hate = speaking out any message that disagrees. I value truth. I value my friends and family, I trust them. Those I don’t trust don’t have a place in my life for very long. I expect loving but difficult discussions to be had when needed. If I ask my husband if I look fat in these pants, it means I’ve considered that the answer could be, “I love you, but maybe those could be house pants.” Followed by a hug and kiss. I’m prepared for the actual truth spoken in love. I’m asking for truth, not lies, because I know I can trust him. If he lies to me to be ‘loving,’ I will find out eventually, and the trust I have in him is tarnished. Truth IS love. Truth always comes out eventually. Encouraging or participating an untruth us manipulative and wrong.

If you think I’m crazy for drawing parallels between our situation and the Soviet union, imagine this. If someone sat you down in October of 2019 and explained what 2020 would look like to you, would you have believed them? I would have laughed thinking there is no way the United States of America would willingly fall into lockstep with mandates like we have. Look at how much has changed worldwide in less than one year. One year.

And Christians are passionately getting on board with the madness! Church leaders are even lecturing their congregations on complying with everything our government tells us to do. Because it is how a Christian should behave. No! Christians have been timid and silent for too long – myself included! It is HARD for me to speak out. This blog was started to be a fun place to post about recipes, my kids, gardening and camping. Not this. It was never created for this. But here we are.

The USA is a unique country and it was designed this way on purpose. We are a representative republic, and we are governed by our Constitution that was written by men who had incredible foresight. We elect our representatives. To represent us. If the mayor says one thing, the governor another, and the president yet another, who do we obey? One is following this scientist, the other follows this one, who to go with? Do we just pick the one whose ideas we like the best? No! We follow our chain of command up to the top and there we find the Constitution as our top authority.

It is not, and should not be the government’s job to protect us from every single thing! It almost seems like people want to be treated as uneducated little children who must obey, or be grounded. We should read, learn and make our own grown up decisions. We weigh personal risk versus reward every day on so many things. When we get into a car, when we ride a bike, when we walk down the sidewalk. Living life can kill you! So can the flu, pneumonia, heart disease, depression, alcohol, cancer, drugs……

Live your life, get educated and take responsibility for yourself. For some people, they might be high risk and choose to stay home, wear a mask, etc. We should support that! Others know they are low risk and decide their family can do things outside the home. This is freedom of choice and personal responsibility.

I will close out by recommending that you listen to the podcast called, “Uncommon Sense – Christianity and Politics” by Doug Morgan, my husband. His podcast this week is a 3 part series covering Christians responsibility to obeying our government. Part one was released today. If you have questions or comments about my blog, or this podcast, feel free to write to: foruncommonsense@gmail.com and we will reply to anyone who writes.

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  1. What Do Liberals Want To Say To Conservatives?
  2. Trans-Gender Activists Are On The Attack
  3. FOMO Friday: Hunter, Kamala, DeSantis, Biden, And Beyond Meat
  4. Inspirational Quotes – by Kamala Harris
  5. Biden Gaffes

Social Issues

Another round of lockdowns, we knew this was coming

I wrote the post below on social media on October 31st, 2020. I want to move it here before I either get deleted or deactivate my Facebook account. I was wrong about one thing. Not only are they using high capacy times to push fear, they just used it to force Oregon into a “freeze.” Can we just call it what it is and stop trying to use gentler words? We are not stupid. It is another lockdown. I fully expect my state of Washington to do this also since our governor just told us it is dangerous to go to other houses. And to have virtual Thanksgiving instead.

Remember: We get busy to overflowing in hospitals every year. You can read more below.


Facebook post:

I am an RN, and I have worked for the surgery department in different capacities for most of my life. 2 years ago I stopped working in direct patient care, and I now work entirely from home. Remotely. 100% of the time. Every year we can choose to get the flu shot … or we must mask (with medical masks, not cloth “face coverings”) for the flu season to protect our patients. This year, for the first time, they changed our policy, and we have to get the flu shot or we will not be scheduled. In other words, it is mandatory.

Even for my team and others like me who never step foot into a medical building. It is mandatory. They aren’t protecting patients from us because we we don’t go near patients. So then, why? When I asked this at an open forum held by our facility on a conference call, I was told that we can’t overload the hospitals with flu patients so we can have room for covid ones.

I will say that every year, the flu (and other reasons listed below) fill hospitals so full that most go off and on divert as the season rolls on. So they know that by saying this, they can make healthcare workers feel guilty for choosing not to get the shot. Nurses and most healthcare workers, by nature, care about others to a fault sometimes. That is a super smart way to take away another choice. I, and my family, do get the flu shot, but I support the choice of others not to.

Then, I started thinking about the headlines that will come out about hospital capacity soon. Because every year, even before all this, the same routine happens. We fill up! Every year. Hospitalizations go up, they go down, back up… and on and on.

The public almost never hears about these full capacity, no beds, divert status times because it is a normal yearly occurrence, and we have ways of shuffling people so everyone gets care. Every year behind the scenes we are scrambling for staff because the staff gets sick, there are no more physical beds, there are not enough people to staff all the beds, everyone is trying to get elective surgeries done before the end of the year insurance coverages are reset, more hospitalized hip fracture patients in the winter, acuity is higher, etc. Healthcare workers work extra shifts, long hours, and sometimes are asked to sleep at the hospital when a bad snow/ice storm is expected to hit. Yes, sometimes we even get so full that patients must receive their care in a bed in the hallway until a room opens up. But they are being cared for. This is nothing new, and it won’t be new when it happens this year. Nobody in the public really cared before. That’s okay! They shouldn’t worry because we know how to work around all of that. This is what we do!

I bet this year though, it will be headline news. Trust me, it’s coming. Hospitals fill to capacity in fall and winter. Every single year. Staffing is short – every single year. We have a few months of chaos… every single year. We run out of different supplies here and there, every single year. Nurses and healthcare workers also get sick, every single year. We have “surges” of illness, every single year. Patients are transferred to other places because of a bed shortage, every single year. So keep that in mind when the headlines start rolling out as the normal busy season kicks in. When headlines start coming out that are carefully crafted to make you feel fear, keep this in mind. Could it be worse than normal? Sure, it could be, it’s hard to tell yet. Be encouraged though that hospitals juggle and work through this craziness every year.

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Today my prayer is that we search out our own wisdom from reliable sources. Such as your local health department and hospital sites. We stop accepting mainstream media and social media as our sources of truth. I pray that we disobey these unlawful lockdowns. Do not be afraid to live your life wisely. I pray we protect the vulnerable by allowing them to stay home and help provide for them where needed. We should make our own choices about whether or not to stay home and what precautions to take. We should not participate in blind obedience just because we were told to. I’m praying for health and peace for each one of us.

I keep hearing how as Christians, we should obey authority. And I do agree to a point. What I don’t agree with is who the authority is in the USA. Our country was founded with our Constitution above any human held position. That document and We the People are the authorities. Not our mayors, not our governors, and not our president. There are just too many conflicting authorities to know who to obey. But that is a topic for another time. Soon.

I will leave you with this:

For God did not give us a spirit of fear. But of power, love, and a sound mind.

2 Timothy 1:7
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Social media has changed the way we communicate – and not for the better

I admit it, I’m a social media fan! But, over the years I can see how it has impacted us as humans in the way we communicate with one another. We all know that being online gives people a certain feeling of anonymity and bravery that they wouldn’t necessarily have if they were talking in person. We have lost the eye contact, the body language, the empathy-generating silent communication that goes on while we are sitting across a table listening to one another.

Now, we just lob posts constructed as essays back and forth at one another. Don’t get me wrong, there is a place for that (especially for those of us who love to write!), but it has turned into our main form of communication now. We aren’t listening to one another with the intent to empathize, grow, or even change our minds. Our entire focus has become how to stand high on our soapboxes and prove over and over how we are right and the other person is wrong.

My own family is made up of people with vastly differing political views. I admire the way some of them can type about difficult subjects on Facebook and debate endlessly. Usually without getting their emotions involved. I am not as good at that. I don’t enjoy conflict and debate. I enjoy in person, deep discussion with real and open people. I know of families who don’t speak to members anymore over political views.

Social media has also become the Ultimate Dividers of Truth and Untruth. What? I use social media for entertainment and to share things with my friends and family. Not to discover truth. I have never been one to take something as truth just because it is on the internet, and that is true now more than ever. I am jumping on the bandwagon to use Facebook less, and explore other social media sites. Eventually it’s possible Facebook will to away entirely for me.

A few things I think we forget, WE control social media. Social media doesn’t control us. I am the consumer, not the consumed. The other, and most important thing, is that the one and only source of truth is the Bible. Not Facebook fact-checkers, no matter how badly they want to be our thought police.

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When did standing up for freedom become a bad thing?

This is a fascinating time to be alive. Also surreal. Guys, freedom of speech is part of why we get to be free. People must be able to disagree! Also, guess what, it’s not illegal to be wrong. We are ‘allowed’ to have individual thoughts. We are allowed unpopular opinions. Just because people disagree doesn’t automatically make one side wrong for all topics. Without sharing opposing ideas, how will we ever grow?

Tech monopolies exist because we allow them to. Censorship is happening because we allow it to. And people are being criticized for speaking out, and doing something about it. Standing up for freedom used to be valued, honorable, praised. Now it’s selfish, and all sorts of ‘ists.’ Fear and shame have now become the character traits that people praise and seek. Even the word ‘freedom’ is becoming a frowned upon word. I feel like we are living in a movie.

Freedom is easy to give up, especially when people get scared. Just a little here, just a little more. Only for a little while. They tell the kind-hearted people that it is, “for your safety, or for your neighbors safety,” How can anyone go against that without feeling like a jerk, right? Pretty smart huh? Never in my life did think I would hear people being ridiculed and put down because they got sick. I’ve heard people hoping others die or saying flippant comments about how that one deserved their death, because they did (fill in the blank here.) Remember…15 days to flatten the curve? That slowly turned into 9 months to flatten our constitution, our country, jobs and our lives.

What about people dying to increased addiction, or mental breakdowns, or suicide because of lockdowns and losing jobs? What about the people who didn’t go to the doctor at the first sign of cancer because they didn’t want to catch the virus, or their doctor wasn’t open for awhile, or elective surgeries were not being done?

Here’s a thought: We know how to prevent pregnancy. It only takes 2 individuals to prevent one. Sperm are big compared to a virus. We have plenty of things to prevent sperm from doing what it was designed to do. But we, as a society, still haven’t figured out how to stop unwanted pregnancy. Yet, we are being groomed into thinking we can control the spread of a highly contagious virus? With a VERY high survival rate. We ridicule and shame (certain) people for getting sick because they must have done something to bring it on themselves, right? We don’t treat people with unwanted pregnancies the same way. Interesting isn’t it? Have we lost our minds?!

Wake up guys! Freedom is so very hard to take back. I know posts like this are like talking to a wall, so I don’t know why I’m writing this. But the optimist in me thinks it’s worth trying.

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Conservative Christianity – a bad name?

I feel frustrated that everyone who agrees with the political left is automatically assigned “good” labels, while those of us on the right are assigned the “bad” labels. My eyes see a different reality when I look at the actions of the differing groups.

I am tired of worrying what others will think of kenw of they knew my beliefs. That way of thinking makes it sound like I have something to hide. Well I don’t. God says to boldly speak of Him, and so I will.

I am a proud Conservative Christian and I am done being silent.