Posted 12/7/13 at 8:12 AM | Karen Farris
During World War II, a small, strategic island in Washington State served as a military listening post, monitoring sensitive communication coming from the Pacific.
But Bainbridge Island was also home to over 250 people of Japanese descent—mostly strawberry farmers and small business owners.
The rural community was close knit and had a diverse population. In 1940, Walt and Milly Woodward, a couple in their early 30’s, purchased the weekly newspaper, the Bainbridge Review. They pledged to “always strive to speak the truth, unafraid, whether it be on a national issue or something purely local.” The paper drew the community even closer.
With WWII in the minds and hearts of its readers, the thought-provoking Bainbridge Review continued to keep islanders informed.
The Review had become so respected for conveying factual news and deeply penetrating editorials it gained national attention. FULL POST
Posted 12/6/13 at 9:37 AM | Karen Farris
A tall Christmas tree lit with tiny lights and adorned with pre-school decorations brightened the waiting room.
Looking for a place to sit, I noticed an empty seat right next to the festive tree, across from an older woman with a perky, bright pink turban. We smiled at one another—one of those wish we could be somewhere else smiles.
As I slid into the chair I commented on the little Santa ornaments traced from tiny hands. She nodded and lightly touched the little paper fingers.
With our chairs so close, I couldn’t help but notice how frail the woman was. She was gazing at all the little hands hanging from the tree.
I asked if she had grandkids. And with that single question, I came to learn about this woman’s life.
She reached into her purse and pulled out a small folder containing old pictures of her seven grandkids. Her family was stretched across the miles now, and that’s when I noticed tears in her eyes. FULL POST
Posted 12/2/13 at 4:39 PM | Karen Farris
While many concerned parents are focused on schools implementing the Common Core curriculum, beware of something even more insidious coming to your middle school—Making Proud Choices.
It’s the usual “safer sex” mantra wrapped in awesome condom packages. But wait…there’s much more.
This is what they’ll learn:
Posted 11/29/13 at 9:47 AM | Karen Farris |
Black Friday took on new meaning as a group of street preachers carried signs proclaiming hell fire and damnation to unrepentant holiday shoppers.
And just in case people couldn’t read the signs, several in the group preached to passing pedestrians. A disgusted bystander yelled, “Get off the street Jesus freaks!”
The faithful, sign-waving contingent were mostly ignored by the very people they were desperately trying to save. Apparently, braving the cold and occasional verbal attack was worth it if even one soul was saved.
But I wondered about the collateral damage. For some, this confirms that Christians are just a bunch of crazy, sign-waving fanatics. Personally, it’s easier for me to share my faith over a cup of coffee.
However, a few centuries back, thousands lined the streets to listen to firebrand Jesus “freaks” like George Whitefield, Charles Spurgeon and William Booth. FULL POST
Posted 11/27/13 at 11:25 AM | Karen Farris |
If you’re around little ones then you’re familiar with their refreshing insights. They’re too young to be into politics or concerned with much beyond the playground.
So, needing some heartfelt inspiration, I visited with some fresh young faces. Their encouraging words left me smiling. I asked them:
What are you thankful for this Thanksgiving?
There was no mention of gas prices or food costs. No thoughts beyond family, togetherness, and good food. Thanksgiving is about the blessings we have, but even more, it’s about sharing it with those we love. Enjoy making new memories today. Happy Thanksgiving!
Posted 11/26/13 at 10:52 AM | Karen Farris
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently enflamed drivers in Fort Worth, Texas when drivers came upon a roadblock and were asked to participate in a “voluntary” testing of their DNA. Uniformed policeman with flashing lights and roadblocks flagged drivers off the road and directed drivers to an adjacent parking lot where they were asked to "voluntarily" consent to a DNA test.
None of the drivers had done anything wrong, they merely happened to be traveling on a road that was being used to conduct the NHTSA National Roadside Survey. The federal government has already spent $7.9 million to research the number of impaired or drunk drivers on the road.
Drivers were informed the DNA test was “100% voluntary” yet they were unaware that by rolling down their window and speaking to the police officers they already submitted to a “passive alcohol sensor reading” when the officer shined his specially equipped flashlight into their car.
The NHTSA offered the drivers an incentive of $10.00 for a cheek-swab DNA test, or $50.00 for a blood test from the driver’s vein. Blood tests can determine the amount of prescription drugs and alcohol in a person’s system. FULL POST
Posted 11/22/13 at 9:30 AM | Karen Farris
Living about fifty acres up a dirt road gave me ample time to see our rural Avon lady’s Cadillac swirling dust, making her way towards hopeful sales.
She always stopped at my house first, even though she knew I had no money to spend.
Tall, bleached blond, and wafting Avon’s perfume-of-the-month, she bustled in with her large make-up case and the most encouraging smile.
I smiled back, but if anyone had asked me, this was the most pitiful time in my life. Here it was a week before Thanksgiving and I barely had enough money to get through the month, much less be thankful.
Of course the Avon lady knew this. She knew everyone’s business along these country roads.
Opening her case she pulled out the latest catalog filled with trinkets I could ill afford and special gifts I’d never purchase for me or anyone else. FULL POST
Posted 11/20/13 at 11:26 AM | Karen Farris |
According to lead attorney, Michael Farris, the Supreme Court has ordered the United States to respond to the petition to review the deportation case of Romeike family. Farris is pleading for their permanent asylum in America.
If deported to Germany the Romeikes would face government fines and potential persecution for choosing to homeschool their children.
By this Supreme Court action it substantially increases the chance for a full review. The government has until December 19th to respond, but Farris anticipates they will ask for an extension. We need to offer prayers for all those supporting Romeikes throughout this ordeal.>
Posted 11/18/13 at 10:50 PM | Karen Farris |
Here it is: Public School Palm-Scanning.
Thanks to the latest infrared technology that detects distinctive vein patterns in human palms, the Puyallup School District in Washington State plans on installing palm-scanning devices in all 32 of their schools.
With a wave of the student’s hand he or she can pay for lunches or extra curricular fees and charges. The school district officials boast that human error and fraud will be greatly reduced and the information gathered allows parents to know how much their children are spending at school.
When the school district needs to have parental permission to obtain student photographs, it seems quite a stretch to be scanning student veins without consent. Not to worry, officials claim—this isn’t a fingerprint or handprint. The devise merely connects the “activity of the vein” to a number in the system corresponding to the parent’s account for their child. FULL POST
Posted 11/15/13 at 9:50 AM | Karen Farris |
As the bell rang, the students slid into their seats. Within seconds it was quiet as the social studies teacher wrote the day’s discussion points:
The teacher listed the patients: