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‘If I were the devil’ comes too close to ethics, morals of today

Did you ever hear something on the radio or TV that really grabbed your attention?

Was Paul Harvey someone you listened to?

I used to love listening to “The Rest of the Story” a long time ago. The other night, Fox ran a recording of one of his 1965 programs and it was a hair raiser!


It was one I had not heard before.

Titled “If I Were the Devil,” done back in ’65, it perfectly described how things are today! It’s one to really make you think!

Want to check it out? Just go to your computer and type “Paul Harvey” and “If I Were the Devil” in the search bar. You’ll get a whole list of places it’s recorded, both in sound and text. It describes ethics, morals and politics as they are today as being things the devil would do — 44 years ago! If nothing else, it is definitely food for thought.

School will soon be out. So if you’ve been reading this column for any length of time, you know what’s coming next.

It’s time to start being extra careful driving in town. The kids are going to be out in full force on bicycles, skateboards and on foot, often in groups but just as often in ones or twos, usually with noses buried in cell phones. They aren’t going to be paying attention to those of us behind the wheel, and sadly there is always that small percentage of them who think a fun game is to suddenly dart out in front of you and quickly back to scare you.

That means we have to take the initiative and watch out for them.

What happened to teaching kids to “stop, look and listen” before crossing the street?

The first Vacation Bible School of this summer has been scheduled. The Refuge Christian Fellowship will hold VBS in the Arts and Crafts building at the Del Norte County Fairgrounds from 9 a.m. to noon June 23–27. The program will be “International Spy Academy.” Children attending will get a free T-shirt, snack and lunch. If you have questions, call Amanda at 464-9849.

I’m sure in the next couple weeks there will be more VBS to tell you about.

Shabbat service for Temple Beth Shalom will be held at 7 p.m. June 13 in the Pilot conference room in Brookings. The last class of the season will be held there at 10 a.m. June 14. This is a change, so be sure to mention to other members to be certain they know too.

Redwoods Family Worship Center will be doing another of their great barbecues tomorrow.

Following their 10:30 a.m. service, as well as the food, there will be a giant inflatable slide and bounce house and jousting for kids of all ages.

The church is located on the corner of Parkway Drive and English Lane. For more information, call 465-4685.

And it would not be complete if once in a while I didn’t mention something growing.

Before I moved back to Crescent City, I lived in Abilene, Kan., for a few years. As I packed to leave, I rechecked the backyard and, noticing one seed pod on the big catalpa tree that was reachable, I grabbed it and brought it back with me. That was late September 2002.

I stayed with my friend Judy the first year as I looked for a place of my own. In the spring of 2003, she planted those seeds and we watched to see if they would sprout. They did.

We had them in pots, and when I was able to move into a place of my own, I put some of them in those big half barrels you can get. That way, if I ended up moving again, perhaps I would be able to take them with me.

If you aren’t familiar with this tree, it has beautiful blossoms. The drawback is that its seed pods make a big mess when they fail because all those pods fall as well as the leaves.

The tree in Kansas had lavender flowers that looked like little orchids. As the years passed away, and I moved to where I live now seven years ago, bringing those barrels, I wondered how long it took for those trees to become mature enough to bloom. They are now 11 years old.

This year the largest of them is finally blooming.

But God always has surprises for us, and when you plant seeds things don’t always turn out the same as the original. The blossoms on this tree are white.

But they still look like perfect little orchids.

To reach Martha Williams, call 460-3000 or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it


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