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Consider this quote from Abe Lincoln

"America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves."



Sometimes the weather can be a good reminder of why life is so important. This past weekend was a good example.

The kids had spent Saturday cleaning up the camper and wanted to camp out in the back yard. So after fixing supper and getting them bedded down I headed off for a few hours while the wife went out and was going to just stay with them until they fell asleep. I came home and puttered around the house, finally calling it a night at 2 a.m.

Somewhere around 4 a.m. I awoke to a huge crash and seeing the lightning and rain got up to shut windows and doors to the house and check on the camper. Seeing a huge storm but the camper still in place I crawled back into bed and promptly went back to sleep.

In the morning I was greeted by my family awakening me and asking if I was O.K.? I said sure and then they pulled open the curtains to show me how close a brush with death I had come that night. Outside the bedroom window close enough to brush against the house lay a giant pine tree snapped over at its base which had been starting to rot for sometime. Another foot or two towards the house and I would have needed a body bag. In town a home weather station showed that there was a gust of 113 mph that night, certainly enough to bring down a tree of that size.

Of course, I have been using this to my full advantage, telling anyone who will listen how close I was to being killed and that I probably needed to take an afternoon just to lay on the couch and recover. And as one would suspect, they aren’t buying it for a minute…Time to fire up the chainsaw and get back to work.

See you next week, remember… we’re all in this together.