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July 21, 2011

On The Bright Side – Mary Howell

Filed under: Mary Howell — Freddie Keel @ 6:20 am

On The Bright Side

Mary Howell


My pastor, Bro. Aaron Purdue, recently challenged the congregation of Hemphill’s First Baptist Church to memorize the Psalm 23.  He asked us to use the King James Version and to be able to quote it in unison on a designated Sunday morning worship service.


Since I had learned the 23rd Psalm during my childhood years, Bro. Pardue’s challenge was an easy one to accept.


In the meantime, Bro. Robert Shaddock came to the Hemphill Care Center to give a devotional one Wednesday morning. He told us that the 23rd Psalm was his favorite chapter in the Bible.


He asked those of us who were present to join him in quoting the Psalm with him.  I looked around and saw my friends who were in their 70’s,80’s and 90’s quoting the beloved Psalm. 


It touched my heart to think that these friends had probably learned Psalm 23 when they were children and that the Psalm was still precious to them in their golden years.


After Bro. Aaron’s challenge I decided that I would repeat the 23rd Psalm to myself every night before I went to sleep. The Psalm seems to bring comfort and peace at day’s end. 


Psalm 23 has brought comfort to millions of people thorough the years,.  I remember hearing my Dad read or quote it at our house.  He also used this Psalm to bring comfort to bereaved families when they lost their loved one.


The Psalmist likens his relationship with God to a shepherd’s with a sheep. I think it is a precious way to think of God as the Shepherd of our lives.


It is my prayer that the 23rd Psalm will be a blessing that will give a day on the bright side on earth is a life on the brighter side in Heaven.

Psalm 23  KJV



The Lord is my shepherd: I shall not want.


He maketh me to lie down in green pastures; He leadeth me beside the still waters.


He restoreth my soul;  He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.


Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.


Thou prepares a table before me in the presence of mine enemies;  thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.



Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the day s of my life;  and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.


July 13, 2011

July 20, 2011

Wacky Warning Labels

Filed under: Misc — Freddie Keel @ 6:49 am

The Top Ten Wackiest Warning Labels Of All Time

10. A warning on a wood router says:  “This product not intended for use as a dental drill.”

9. A five-inch brass fishing lure with a three-pronged hook on the end cautions: “Harmful if swallowed.”

8. A letter opener carries this warning,  “Caution: Safety goggles recommended.”

7. A vanishing fabric marker warns: “The Vanishing Fabric Marker should not be used as a writing instrument for signing checks or any legal documents.”

6. A bag of livestock castration rings warns,  “For animal use only.”

5. A label on a washing machine warns, “Do not put any person in this washer.”

4. A label on a small tractor cautions:  “Danger!  Avoid Death.”

3. A portable toilet seat called the “Off-Road Commode” that attaches to a vehicle’s trailer hitch warns: “Not for use when vehicle is in motion.”

2. A popular scooter used by children throughout the United States warns: “This product moves when used.”

And a  all-time favorite…

1. A label on baby stroller warns: “Remove child before folding.”


It’s a sad fact that there is a lawsuit filed every two seconds in the United States, and many are frivolous lawsuits filed by a personal injury lawyer hoping to strike it rich.

These lawyers know they don’t even need to take their case to a jury to win the lawsuit lottery also known as the civil-justice system. The cost of defending oneself against a frivolous lawsuit is so high that nine out of 10 lawsuits in America are settled out of court.

Frivolous lawsuits are a form of legalized blackmail that pile costs on American consumers and discourage job creation and innovation.

Products come with so many warnings these days there simply isn’t enough room on the product to print them. Therefore, instruction booklets are provided for such simple items as dust masks and ballpoint pens.

We have so many lawsuits in the United States that according to the Pacific Research Institute, Americans would save $589 billion every year if our tort costs were simply comparable in size with other industrialized countries. Imagine if that money was spent on job creation or innovation instead!


Some of this information obtained from:

Bob Dorigo Jones, who serves as Senior Fellow for the Center for America, is the author of the bestselling Remove Child Before Folding, The 101 Stupidest, Silliest and Wackiest Warning Labels Ever. He is the host of a new national radio/Internet commentary, “Let’s Be Fair,” through which he shares important stories about the impact of crazy lawsuits and a litigation-happy culture on our communities and families.

July 19, 2011

New State Catch-and-Release Record for Alligator Gar

Filed under: Fishing & Hunting — Freddie Keel @ 6:55 am

Cleveland Angler Sets

New State Catch-and-Release Record

for Alligator Gar

ATHENS—Joseph Williams of Cleveland, Texas, fishes the Trinity River below Lake Livingston dam about 30 weekends a year, trying to catch big alligator gar and release them alive.

In April he landed a 200-pound-plus monster that did not survive and became the rod and reel record for the Trinity, but he had a higher goal in mind: the state catch-and-release record, which requires that fish be photographed, measured and released alive.

On July 4,2011 Williams succeeded, landing and releasing an 88-inch-long gar that he will submit for recognition as the new state catch-and-release record.

Williams is passionate about conserving these trophy fish, using a circle hook or small treble hook to hook them in the mouth. He fishes from a small, 14-foot boat that lets the fish tow him around without straightening the hook.

Williams’s fish topped the previous catch-and-release record of 80 inches caught by Leo Flores from Choke Canyon Reservoir in March 2011.



photo   – Courtesy Ronny Smith

July 18, 2011

Fishing Reports – Toledo Bend and Sam Rayburn

Filed under: Fishing & Hunting — Freddie Keel @ 6:45 am

Freshwater Fishing Reports

Week of July 13, 2011

Toledo Bend Reservoir

Water stained; 77–80 degrees; 9.31’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon spinnerbaits and crankbaits. Striped bass are fair on crankbaits and silver striper jigs. White bass are good on minnows. Crappie are good on minnows and chartreuse tube jigs. Bream are fair on crickets and nightcrawlers. Channel and blue catfish are good on trotlines baited with live bait. Yellow catfish are slow.


Sam Rayburn Reservoir

Water lightly stained; 78–81 degrees; 9.52’ low. Black bass are fair on minnows, spinnerbaits, and watermelon soft plastic worms and lizards. White bass are fair on minnows. Crappie are good on minnows and white tube jigs over brush piles. Bream are fair on nightcrawlers. Catfish are very good on trotlines baited with live bait.


Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, 4200 Smith School Road, Austin, TX 78744
Toll Free: (800) 792-1112, Austin: (512) 389-4800

July 17, 2011

Three Indicted in Alligator Gar Smuggling Operation

BEAUMONT, Texas – Three men have been indicted by a federal grand jury for smuggling alligator gar in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.

Loren Willis, 62, of Eminence, IN, Gerard Longo, 46, of Greenacres, Florida, and Michael Rambarran, 55, of Miami, were charged today with Lacey Act violations, specifically conspiracy to submit a false label for fish transported in interstate commerce, conspiracy to transport fish in interstate commerce in violation of state law or regulation; and conspiracy to transport and sell fish in interstate commerce in violation of state law or regulation.

According to the indictment, on July 26, 2010, the defendants are alleged to have conspired to develop a scheme to transport fish, specifically alligator gar, harvested from the Trinity River in East Texas for the purpose of selling them in Japan.

If convicted, they each face up to 5 years in federal prison and a fine of up to $25,000.

This case is being investigated by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department of Special Operations Unit and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Reynaldo P. Mori.


Alligator gar smuggling can be lucrative. A dealer in Tokyo proposed to pay these guys $15,000 for four alligator gar…and an eight-footer would have brought $30,000!

Japanese want alligator gar to put in their huge aquariums.  The aquariums are so large that you could swim in them.   Not sure if you would swim with the alligator gar.


Alligator gar are prehistoric-looking fish unlike anything you’ve seen before. Even their scales
are unique. They are bony plates that overlap and secrete a slimy coating. Some people even
dry and bleach the scales for use in jewelry.

July 16, 2011

my buddy is back from vacation

Filed under: Family — Freddie Keel @ 6:25 am

And the first thing we had to do was ride the 4 wheeler.

After a nice shower, Lukie and I found a mud hole to do some ‘mud hogging’.

July 15, 2011

where are the bigger catfish on Sam Rayburn?

It’s just not fair to the fish.

This is a photo of my ‘electronic fish finder’.

The lines with curves in 22′ to 25′ are fish.

In  this case, they are catfish eating my chum.

Not only can I tell if fish are at this spot, I can tell how deep to fish.

With these units, you can actually watch your bait.


Today’s fishing resulted in only small fish.


I tried 30′, 25′ and 22′.

The results were the same, lots of small fish.


The last Channel Catfish spawn must have been great in Sam Rayburn.

Japan Tsunami

Filed under: Misc — Freddie Keel @ 6:10 am

We’ve seen a lot of of the tragic Japan , but this clip is the most horrifying yet. Entitled “South Sanriku — Tsunami seen from Shizugawa High School,” it’s shot from high ground, but toward the end of the video you can see panicked residents running for their lives.

Almost as dramatic as the video is its audio track, where even if you don’t speak Japanese, you can tell the people are expressing concern at the beginning, but by the end, their voices have reached a high level of panic and horror as they watch their homes washing away.

Shortly after the tsunami, one survivor called the oncoming deluge “a gigantic pile of garbage coming down the street.” That’s an apt description, as you can see an entire town reduced to a huge pile of watery debris in a matter of minutes. Shocking.

To watch the video in full screen, click icon at bottom right and esc to return.

July 14, 2011

On the Bright Side – Mary Howell – July 13, 2011

Filed under: Mary Howell — Freddie Keel @ 6:54 am

On The Bright Side

Mary Howell


Clouds have always been mysterious to me.  From the time I can remember, I loved to watch the clouds go by.  Some people are described as people watchers because they like to see what people are doing.


Well, I can be described as a cloud watcher.  When I lived in my home, I would lie on the couch and look out my south window.  I took pleasure in watching the big white fluffy clouds as they passed over my house.


When I was a child, we would make trips across Texas.  My mother would entertain me by telling me to watch the clouds make figures.  In my child-like imagination, I could see animals such as rabbits, cats, dogs, giraffes and elephants in the sky as we traveled along the Texas highways.


Clouds come in many shapes and sizes and can weigh up to several thousands of pounds.  Clouds form when water evaporates from rivers, oceans and lakes.  The air containing this evaporated water vapor rises and expands at higher altitudes where the air pressure is lower. The expanding air cools and as this cooling occurs, the water vapor condenses from a vapor to a liquid. Conditions have to be just right for clouds to form.  Nature needs water vapor, something for the droplets to cling to (particles like dust, salt or smoke) and cooler temperatures.


In 1967 I took my first ride in an airplane which was a high school graduation gift from my parents.  I will never forget the thrill of looking out my window to see the beautiful clouds below me. That was a big thrill for me!  I also loved to see the terrain of the land below and I felt like I got just a tiny glimpse of what God sees from Heaven.


In later years I flew with my sister Clara and niece, Lisa to Hawaii.  I was even more amazed to see the clouds from a higher altitude.  The higher you are, the more beautiful they could are.


In 1986 I took a very interesting air plane flight during which clouds almost played havoc with me and my family members.  We were in a 4 passenger plane from East Texas to Plainview in the Texas Panhandle.  We kept watching the clouds getting bigger and bigger the closer we got to them.  The clouds looked huge white mountains on either side of the plane.  My cousin, William, who was the pilot, just happened to spot an opening in the clouds.  He carefully raised the elevation of the plane so we could go through the opening and he  piloted the plane through the center of the clouds.  After we got to our destination, we heard that a dangerous tornado had hit the town of Sweetwater which did millions of dollars of damage to the city. We were so thankful that God brought us through the clouds to safety.


We can be thankful that God provided clouds for us to bring shade on a hot day. 

Most importantly, clouds bring rain.


Texas really needs rains since our lakes and water supplies are dangerously low.


Le us pray that God will send us clouds which will eventually bring us rain and give us a day on the bright side.


July 13. 2011

July 13, 2011

Brett is Crabbing in Oregon

Filed under: Fishing & Hunting — Freddie Keel @ 6:31 am

Our grandsons are visiting their other grand parents in Oregon and having a great time.

  The weather is cool and  Brett is loving crabbing.

We can not wait to hear the stories of crabbing.

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