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by Irene Budzynski

Times were tough in our household.  My husband was out of work and there
was no sign of anything promising for him.  Our son had been in a diving
accident and was recuperating at home after two surgeries.  In addition
to going to nursing school full time, I was working three part time jobs
just to put food on the table for our family of five.

After a rather meager meal one night, I answered the ringing phone. With no
introduction, a quiet, deep voice asked, "Do you need food?  Come to my
place and I can help you."  Directions followed and he clicked off.  No in
depth conversation or queries as to our financial situation.  Our order was
given, and it was up to us to decide whether or not we trusted a voice on
the telephone to seek out this stranger.

I was desperate.  With barely any food in the cabinet and no prospect of
a job for my husband, I knew I had to take a chance, swallow my pride,
and accept the bizarre offer.  Was there a catch?  Were we the victims of a scam? 

It wasn't an easy task to get to our benefactor's home.  Miles of wooded,
winding roads led to more wooded, winding roads.  Someone must have
played a cruel joke on us.  Just as I had made up my mind to turn around,
gritting my teeth over the waste of precious gas used on this wild goose
chase, a mailbox appeared in the headlights.

The simple white, raised ranch home was easy to miss.  Set on a knoll,
a bank of trees hid the front of the house, but the blazing lights from the
open garage beckoned me.  There was no car in the garage.  Instead, lined
up in orderly rows were tables filled with canned food, bags of bread,
packages of diapers, laundry detergent, everything needed to maintain a home.

A craggy, nondescript gentleman greeted me with a minimum of verbiage.
Not much different than our phone conversation!  "Look around.  If you see
what you want, help yourself."  He handed me paper bags and turned away
to another bewildered new arrival, passing along the same message.

This couldn't be real!

I guiltily filled the paper sacks with what we absolutely needed and gratefully
thanked the elderly man.  "Be here next week.  You'll run out by then," was his reply. 

My head was spinning.  I had three bags of groceries given to me FREE by
someone I had never met before, and he had told me to return for more.
Who in his right mind did such a thing?  Well, it seems that this Angel of
Mercy, Ziggy, did.  Widowed and retired, he wanted to do something worthwhile
in his golden years to fill his time.  Daily he drove his pickup truck and begged
for usable items and canned goods from local grocery stores.  He delivered most
of the booty to the shelters and food banks.  What was left over, he stocked in
his garage, sought out folks like us who had fallen on hard times, and gave it away.

I never knew what our weekly menus would be until the boys and I had
"shopped" in Ziggy's garage.  We ate canned ham, stew, oatmeal, or corn
99 different ways, feasting  like royalty.  With our bellies full, we could focus
on paying necessary bills with what little money we had.  A major stress
had been lifted that winter until my husband  did find a job.

Once in a while I stop in front of that house where Ziggy used to live.  The
garage is gone, but I can still hear that little man saying, "Look
yourself."  Yes, Ziggy, I did look around.  I saw a gentle spirit who gave what
he could to a young mother and her family that needed a boost.  Then I helped
myself to what I wanted:  a renewed belief in the kindness of  strangers and
gratitude for hope which had been dimmed.  You fed our bodies and our souls
and the world is a richer place because of you. 

Irene Budzynski, R.N.
Write to Irene and let her know your thoughts on her story!

A nurse in Connecticut, Irene's stories have been published in Heart Touchers,
Heartwarmers, Chicken Soup for the Soul books, and have been heard on NightSounds radio. 


Dear readers!

With the way the economy is and with winter in full swing, I wanted to share the
following information with you. As you long time subscribers know, we don't do
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From my family to yours,

Michael T. Powers

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On a cold winter night who of us is not tempted to go to the living room and stoke up
a fire in the fireplace and read a book in front of the crackling hearth? You may be
thinking "I am doing myself a favor by supplementing the furnace with additional heat".
But the dark secret about your fireplace is, you are making your house colder, and making
your heating bill rise. Using a fireplace each night can actually raise your monthly heating
bill by about 20%.* 
The air action that a fireplace starts in your home is wasteful. The second the damper is
opened, heated air from your homes interior begins pouring out of the top of the chimney.
As the fire in the hearth accelerates, the combustion process grabs more heated air from
your home and burns the oxygen and combustible gasses in it and tosses it up the
chimney. While the fire burns and exhausts most of the heat straight up the chimney, the
home is drawing in cold outside air from other places (i.e. windows, light sockets, doors,
etc) to replace the air that is escaping the home. Hearth professionals refer to this as the
"stack effect".
Even while the fireplace is not being used, the traditional metal dampers tend to leak air
since they warp and degrade rapidly in the extreme heat and corrosive soot environment.
The cold draft that comes out of a fireplace is an indicator that the damper is not sealing
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*Statistic gathered from WP&L Energy informational newsletter.
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Creation Q & A

Q: What bird has a beak that grows continually?

A: Skimmers are birds that live along the coast, and they have a unique way of feeding.
These birds fly just above the water with their lower beak skimming the surface. Whenever
that beak hits anything in the water, it scoops up its prey.

Over time, the friction of the water wears against the lower beak, so you would expect the
beak to wear away. But the lower beak of the skimmer continually grows at the same rate
that it wears! Skimmers that are kept in zoos have to have their lower beaks trimmed on a
regular basis or the lower beak will grow out way past the upper beak. The upper beak of
the skimmer doesn't continually grow. But it doesn't touch the water and won't wear down.

So, evolutionists have a real problem trying to explain how the lower beak came to
continually grow and the upper beak did not.

When we look at the skimmer, we see the wonderful purpose and design of our Creator
God. It looks like the skimmer is designed to do what it does do, and what it does do it
does do well, doesn't it? We think it does!


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Thought For The Day

"Only when we have knelt before God, can we stand before men."

Verse for the Day

"Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time." 1 Peter 5:6

Kid's Thought For The Day

"Everyone's afraid of noises at night."

Parent's Thought For The Day

"I always wondered why babies spend so much time sucking their thumbs. Then I tasted baby food." Robert Orben

Coach's Thought For The Day

"There is plenty enough room at the top, but not enough to sit down." --Fred Shero, NHL coach

Writer's Thought for the Day

"My goal in life is to be the exact same person to you, whether you've met me for the first time or the 21st time. Your knowledge of me is there from the beginning in an honest, brutal sort of way. Get your writings to be an honest, brutal sort of way, and you'll have found your true voice." --Joyce Jace

Deep Thought For The Day

"I  cna ytpe 300 wrods pre mniuet!!!"


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It was so special to see both of my parents in tears as they watched their children
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aside from the rest--that was the part that really got them! The music was beautiful.
My mom kept blubbering, "What song is that?" I don't know how you did such a
beautiful job with the video in such a short time. I really appreciate your doing it so
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