Important Product Safety Recalls issued last week

As part of my CERT experience I subscribe to “The Emergency Email & Wireless Network.” They send out weekly safety bulletins and this morning’s had a number of food product recalls. Some of you reading this may have some of these products. If you are interested in details click on the links they have provided.


Recalls have been issued as follows:

RECALL: Chicken Products

Possible Foreign Matter Contamination

RECALL: Frozen Ready-To-Eat Beef Products

Products may be contaminated with extraneous materials, specifically rubber with plastic

RECALL: Yogurt Bars

Bars may be contaminated with Escherichia coli O157:H7 bacteria (E. Coli O157:H7).

RECALL: Assorted Jerky Products

Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.

RECALL: Fish Products

These products may be adulterated with residues of public health concern, specifically Malachite Green and Leucomalachite Green

RECALL: Boneless Beef Products

Products may be contaminated with E. coli O103




My Personal Cre…

My Personal Creed

Even when negative things are happening around me that would make me sad-hearted or even depressed or despairing, I will remind myself of all the good and positive things in my life that bring me joy.

Even as my mind and body age, when pain and forgetfulness become part of my daily routine, I will not allow these natural processes to make me resentful or bitter, but will remind myself this is the price I must pay for being born into this world. I will remind myself of all the good days that I do feel well and will be thankful for all that life brings.

When I am poignantly aware of all the negatives of life, I will not give-in to self-pity, or negative feelings of regret, but will see my expanding waistline and graying hair as symbols of a long life, knowing that the only alternative is to die young. I will take stock of the things I have learned and my capacity and desire to continue to learn new things. I am determined to live my life with confidence in spite of the indifference I may encounter and will marvel at how my viewpoint continues to evolve and my understanding broadens.

I will remain cheerful and hopeful in spite of evidence to the contrary.

I will remain enthusiastic about life and maintain a positive attitude, even when things displease me and don’t go the way I would like.

I will continue efforts to remain connected to others, even when neighbors move away, relationships wane, or when those dear to me die. Life is what we make of it, so I will endeavor to continue to put forth effort to maintain contact with family and friends and to be always open to the possibility of making new friends.

I will give mercy and forgiveness to others and to myself, making peace with the failures and mistakes of my past.

I will maintain a meditation practice with the goal of becoming more mindful, more aware, more enlightened, and more awakened to all that is good in my life.

I will be loving and patient with everyone I encounter and also with myself.

Randy Shelby
February 18, 2014

Those who know me well and have known me for a long time know that I really liked Zig Ziglar’s outlook on life.  He was one of the most positive upbeat persons I’ve ever known of. 

A little side note:  I met him in person many years ago and had about a five (5) minute one-on-one conversation with him.  This is one of the high-lights of my life incidentally.

Anyway, today I received a document from a good friend and co-worker and found it to be something I should adopt in my own life.  It is his Personal Creed.  He said he will start reviewing this each day.

I asked for and received permission to quote him and to adapt this to my own life.  His “Personal Creed” is posted above. Then I realized it may be something you want to do.  I plan on printing this and posting it right above my monitor where I will see it each day.

Ignoring the Warning Signs

This is what happens when you ignore the warning signs!

Bandage from Cancer Surgery


Yes…that is me with a huge bandage on the side of my face.  That bandage resulted from surgery to remove basal cell carcinoma back in May.  It was supposed to be a minor procedure that turned into a long incision requiring 20 stitches to close!  Hmmmm…if only I had not ignored the warning signs for so long it may have been a much less intrusive procedure.

It turns out the surgeon got it all and several months later he says I am still good!

This made me start thinking about life….

Remember the floods we had here earlier this year and the “Road Closed” signs everywhere?  Yet, some drivers ignored them.

Now even more recently hurricane Irene on the east coast?  Yet, again some persons ignored the warnings and some even paid for it with their life!

You know where I am going with this don’t you….

We have been privileged to receive all kinds of warnings about the dangers of sin in a book called the Bible.  For those of us who have entered into a covenant relationship with Jesus, we also have Holy Spirit to assist us on our journey and will sometimes ignore His promptings.

If you are in a relationship with Him, don’t ignore His promptings…rather “listen” for them.

If you are not in a relationship with Jesus, please don’t delay.  Basal Cell Carcinoma is potentially a killer…a good friend of mine died as a result of letting his go too long.  Please don’t wait about doing something with your spiritual life….there comes a time in life when it is too late.

If you wish to know more, just ask!

In His loving grip of truly amazing grace,


Make a donation to your favorite charity without spending a dime!

That’s right…put the power of searching to use for your favorite charity.  Here is a little snippet from their website:

Spread the word!

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Because we donate such a substantial part of our revenue to the organizations that you designate, we’re not spending a lot on advertising. That’s why we need your help in spreading the word!

We hope you’ll not only use GoodSearch as your main search engine from now on, but will also tell your friends, family and co-workers so they, too, can start using GoodSearch to support their favorite cause!

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Start using GoodSearch today — there’s no reason not to!

Go to Good Search and learn more….

And we would love to see your support either Aubrey’s Song Foundation listed in Philpot or Boulware Mission, Inc. listed in Owensboro as your favorite charity.  Every search results in a donation…and you gotta use a search engine anyway, why not make your PC start working for your favorite one!



Do you find yourself wondering what to cook night after night?

I learned of a new site today that may be a big help to anyone, male of female, who is trying to figure out “What’s for dinner tonight?”  Here is the opening paragraph from the site:

Do you find yourself wondering what to cook night after night? Is take-out food a part of your weekly routine despite good intentions to eat more healthfully and spend less money? Are you running to the store just to pick up one or two items? Do you find it too time consuming to sift through store circular ads in order to save money? Do you understand the importance of family dinners, but find making them happen every night impossible?
Let Grocery Dash help by providing you with a way to save money, save time, and eat well. It’s easy when you have a weekly menu based on the circular advertisements of your local Publix, Stop & Shop, Safeway, Giant, Kroger, Wegman’s or Wal Mart grocery store, simple corresponding recipes, and an aisle-by-aisle printable grocery list.  All you have to do is cook.

To find out more about this go to:  Grocery Dash

If you try this, please come back to this article and post your findings.  Was it helpful, was it a waste of time etc.


(If that link doesn’t work, try this:


Keys To Loving Relationships

A new Small Group  or Life Group begins this Sunday evening.  It will last 40 weeks. 

Below are the titles of each session.  We will watch the DVD session one week and then review the material in the workbook the following week.

  • Session 1: Recognize and Value Your Mate’s Differences
  • Session 2: Four Essential Elements Every Relationship Needs to Succeed and Grow
  • Session 3: Overcoming the Major Destroyer of Relationships
  • Session 4: Using Emotional Word Pictures To Increase Intimacy and Understanding
  • Session 5: Becoming Best Friends With Your Family
  • Session 6: Freedom From Negative Emotions
  • Session 7: Discovering the Value of Your Personality
  • Session 8: Recognizing and Transforming Unhealthy Relationships
  • Session 9: Using Communication to Move into the Deepest Levels of Intimacy
  • Session 10: Transforming Trials and Hurts Into Life-Changing Benefits
  • Session 11: Mutually Fulfilling Sexual Intimacy
  • Session 12: Changing Unwanted Behavior and Habits
  • Session 13: Reducing and Overcoming Conflict
  • Session 14: Building Boundaries in Your Relationships
  • Session 15: Discovering the Barrier to Intimacy — Anger
  • Session 16: Destroying the Barrier of Intimacy — Forgiveness
  • Session 17: Divorce-Proofing Your Marriage
  • Session 18: How to Energize Your Mate
  • Session 19: Understanding Stages of Life

    If you want to know more, just ask.

    Top Five Regrets of the Dying

    by:  Bonnie Ware

    (To my readers:  I read this today after my niece Kim Moody’-Crouch posted it.  I liked it so much I wanted to share it with my Blog readers, FB Friends, LinkedIn Contacts and Twitter followers.  I have provided the five (5) main points but you must go to her blog to read the whole thing.  Very insightful indeed.)

    “For many years I worked in palliative care. My patients were those who had gone home to die. Some incredibly special times were shared. I was with them for the last three to twelve weeks of their lives.

    “People grow a lot when they are faced with their own mortality. I learned never to underestimate someone’s capacity for growth. Some changes were phenomenal. Each experienced a variety of emotions, as expected, denial, fear, anger, remorse, more denial and eventually acceptance. Every single patient found their peace before they departed though, every one of them.

    “When questioned about any regrets they had or anything they would do differently, common themes surfaced again and again. Here are the most common five:

    1. I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.

    2. I wish I didn’t work so hard.

    3. I wish I’d had the courage to express my feelings.

    4. I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends.

    5. I wish that I had let myself be happier.”


    (Log off early today and spend time with your loved ones!)