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A Prayer Request

Danny and his big brother Michael, some time back

Danny and his big brother Michael, some time back

Our son Danny, who is 3 1/2, is going to have eye surgery tomorrow. From birth his right eye has never opened all the way. The doctors said it maybe would fix itself, but it didn’t. When we took him in to have it examined, the eye specialists said that the longer we waited to have it fixed the better; something about muscle development. But the last exam showed that his eyesight was being affected, so it is time. Plus, he is becoming self conscious about it. A few weeks ago he said to me “I’m not awesome” (I know, he picked the regretable slang up from his siblings). “Well I think you are very awesome”, I responded. “No I’m not. I’m not awesome. My eye doesn’t work right and it looks funny.” I assured him that we would get it fixed, and tomorrow we will.

The off-kilter eye, with his lisp, quick mind, and winsome and sweet nature all combine to make a pretty adorable little boy, but we know that we don’t want him to go through life with a bad eye…

It is an outpatient surgery, so it is pretty minor, as these things go, but no surgery or anesthesia is without some risk. Also, there is some range of how close to normal his eye will appear after the procedure.

If you could spare a prayer for the little guy we would be appreciative.

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The food industry goes all out to convince us that “Pink Slime” is good for you:

It’s high in protein.
 
It’s low in fat.
 
It’s been treated to kill Salmonella and E. coli.
 
It’s lab-tested before it is shipped.
 
So what’s all the fuss about?
 
Gerald Zirnstein, a former microbiologist with USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service, calls the product “pink slime” and doesn’t “consider the stuff to be ground beef,” according to a report carried last Wednesday evening on ABC National News.
 
The meat industry, including producers such as Beef Products Inc. and HRR Enterprises, Inc. call it Lean Finely Textured Beef, or LFTB – a far less catchy, but more accurate name.
 
“I think the criticism of BPI’s products are based on quality perceptions, not food safety,” Dr. Marsden added. “It should, however, be recognized that BPI made great strides in improving the safety of ground beef through their unique food safety processes. On the one hand, consumers demand safe foods and are right to do so; they also need to recognize that the production of safe foods requires processing interventions.”
 
More Here.

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Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney donned denim overalls and a ball cap for a campaign stop in Tick Bite, Mississippi, yesterday. Shaking hands and moving among the crowd at Fat Bubba’s BBQ, he said “Hi you all; I certainly enjoyed that catfish and grit dinner I consumed last night, and I sure enough am looking forward to some barbecued rib of pork today!”

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