Staco Insurance Plc (STACO.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Insurance sector has released it’s 2013 interim results for the half year.For more information about Staco Insurance Plc (STACO.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Staco Insurance Plc (STACO.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Staco Insurance Plc (STACO.ng) 2013 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileStaco Insurance Plc is an insurance company in Nigeria licensed to cover non-life insurance for fire, general accident, motor vehicle, oil and gas, marine, aviation, bond and engineering. Other insurance products cover fidelity guarantees, professional indemnity, goods-in-transit, employer liability, burglary, public liability and group/personal accident as well as transportation insurance which includes motor, marine hull and cargo and aviation insurance. Fire and bond insurance products cover fire and special perils, homeowner/holder, all-risks, engineering and bond insurance. Customised insurance products cover motor insurance, personal protection and homeowners insurance. Staco Insurance Plc has business interests in Sierra Leone offering life and non-life insurance products to individuals and corporate customers. Formerly known as Standard Trust Assurance Plc, the company changed its name to Staco Insurance Plc in 2006. Its head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Staco Insurance Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange
Shumba Energy Limited (SHUMBA.bw) listed on the Botswana Stock Exchange under the Mining sector has released it’s 2013 prospectus For more information about Shumba Energy Limited (SHUMBA.bw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Shumba Energy Limited (SHUMBA.bw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Shumba Energy Limited (SHUMBA.bw) 2013 prospectus Company ProfileShumba Energy is a coal mining and energy development company with extensive interests in advanced energy projects in Botswana, including 4.5 billion tonnes of coal for thermal energy and exports. Shumba Energy is ideally positioned to address the chronic power shortage in the SADC region and aims to supply energy to southern African countries in a sustainable and cost-effective manner. Shumba Energy is involved in major energy projects including: Morupule South Mine Project which produces export-quality coal for local and regional industrial users; Mabesekwa Power Plant which supplies electricity to South Africa; Sechaba Project which supplies electricity to Botswana and other southern African countries; the Solar Energy Project geared to build a scalable solar power plant; and Lethlakeng Underground Coal Gasification Project with a license to explore 1 000 square kilometres for coal resources.
International Breweries Plc (INTBRE.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Beverages sector has released it’s 2016 annual report.For more information about International Breweries Plc (INTBRE.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the International Breweries Plc (INTBRE.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: International Breweries Plc (INTBRE.ng) 2016 annual report.Company ProfileInternational Breweries Plc is a brewery in Nigeria which brews, packages and markets a range of beer and non-alcoholic malt beverages. The company is known for its beer sold under the Trophy brand name and non-alcoholic malt drink sold under the Betamalt brand name, namely Trophy Lager, Trophy Black and Betamalt malt drink. Other brands packaged and marketed by International Breweries Plc include Castle Milk Stout, Castle Lager, Redds, Hero, Grand Malt and Voltic Water. The company’s head office is in Osun State, Nigeria and its distribution centres are in Ibadan, Lagos and Ilorin. International Breweries Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange
Nigerian Enamelware Company Plc (ENAMEL.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Retail sector has released it’s 2017 annual report.For more information about Nigerian Enamelware Company Plc (ENAMEL.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Nigerian Enamelware Company Plc (ENAMEL.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Nigerian Enamelware Company Plc (ENAMEL.ng) 2017 annual report.Company ProfileNigerian Enamelware Company Plc manufactures and markets a range of enamelware, plastic products and galvanised buckets. The company also produces a selection of home furnishings, cosmetic jewelry and electrical bicycles. Nigeria Enamelware Company Plc is a subsidiary of I Feng Limited, a company based in Hong Kong. Its head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Nigerian Enamelware Company Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange
Lafarge Africa PLC (WAPCO.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Building & Associated sector has released it’s 2017 interim results for the half year.For more information about Lafarge Africa PLC (WAPCO.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Lafarge Africa PLC (WAPCO.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Lafarge Africa PLC (WAPCO.ng) 2017 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileLafarge Africa Plc is a cement manufacturing company in Nigeria offering high quality concrete and aggregates for the home building and construction sectors. The company is one of the oldest cement manufacturing companies in Nigeria and is a member of the LafargeHolcim Group, the largest building and concrete solutions company in the world. It also diversified interests in manufacturing paint, repairing electric motors, transport services and Kraft bag production. Lafarge Africa Plc has plants in Ewekoro and Sagamu in the South West district; Mfamosing in the South-South district; and Ashaka in the North East district of Nigeria. The company has installed cement production capacity of 10.5MTPA and has plans to increase its production capacity. Its product range includes cement, aggregates, ready-mix concrete and pulverized fly ash. Cement solutions are marketed under the brand names Elephant, Ashaka, Supaset, PowerMax and Unicem. The company’s head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Lafarge Cement WAPCO Nigeria Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange
Botswana Diamonds plc (BOD.bw) listed on the Botswana Stock Exchange under the Mining sector has released it’s 2017 interim results for the half year.For more information about Botswana Diamonds plc (BOD.bw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Botswana Diamonds plc (BOD.bw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Botswana Diamonds plc (BOD.bw) 2017 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileBotswana Diamonds is a diamond exploration enterprise that has been operating in Botswana since the early 1980s. The United Kingdom-based enterprise is a spin-off of African Diamonds Plc and operates in Botswana, South Africa and Cameroon. The company has a successful track record in diamond discovery; having helped discover the Karowe Mine in Orapa which produces rare high-value stones. Botswana Diamonds also found a kimberlite mine in Botswana which is one of only 20 hard-rock diamond mines found outside Russia. The company operates in a joint venture with OJSC Alrosa (Russia) to explore 17 diamond-producing mines; and in a joint venture with Brightstone holds 13 prospecting licenses in the Orapa region which covers a total of 733 square kilometres. Botswana Diamonds Plc was founded in 2010 as a spin-off company of African Diamonds Plc, with its head office based in Dublin, Ireland.
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Hence, my family portfolio has zero exposure to this market bubble today.Market mania #2: BitcoinAs a former mathematician with over four decades of computing usage, I grasp the principles behind cryptocurrencies. However, despite being an old nerd, the wild enthusiasm of ‘Bitcoin bros’ terrifies me. In the previous Bitcoin boom, the BTC price peaked at nearly $20,000 in mid-December 2017. When this market bubble burst, Bitcoin collapsed to around $3,250 a year later, crashing by more than four-fifths (83.8%) in 12 months.As I write, Bitcoin trades at around $29,400 — roughly 50% above its 2017 peak and just $300 short of its all-time high. With close to 19m Bitcoins in circulation, the market value of the original cryptocurrency is over $540bn. That’s more than half a trillion dollars built on faith, and unanchored by any underlying hard asset, intrinsic value or fundamentals. For me, Bitcoin is one huge market bubble just waiting to burst. When it does, I imagine the crash will play out like 2018 all over again.In summary, with the world awash with cheap liquidity and retail speculation at record highs, it is frothing with market bubbles today. I also see big bubbles in US tech mega-caps, electric-vehicle makers, new issues and listings, and a host of other high-priced, low-yielding assets. That’s why in 2021 I will de-risk my family portfolio by bailing out of bubbles and moving our capital into cheap, high-yielding FTSE 100 shares.In my family portfolio, I’m looking to add reasonably priced shares in well-run, quality businesses. Ideally, I’m after stocks with low price-to-earnings ratios and high earnings yields. Likewise, I seek out high-yielding shares, using dividends to generate a passive income and boost long-term returns. With the FTSE 100 falling 14.3% in 2020, there’s no shortage of attractive Footsie shares today. That’s why cheap, mega-cap stocks will be my #1 pick for superior returns this year. 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Photo: Mary Frances Schjonberg/Episcopal News Service[Anglican Communion News Service] Colleagues and supporters have paid tribute to a leading campaigner for gender justice within the Anglican Communion, Beth Adamson-Strauss. Beth Adamson, as she was known, a Methodist who was a volunteer for the U.S.-based Episcopal Church, died on Aug. 5 in hospital where she was receiving treatment for serious injuries caused by an accident two weeks earlier. For several years she had led the Episcopal Church’s campaigning on gender justice issues at the United Nations; and helped to organise delegations from both the U.S.-based church and the wider Anglican Communion to the annual U.N. Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW) meetings in New York.“Beth has touched so many people with her passion, determination, wisdom and joyful heart,” Canon Terrie Robinson, the Anglican Communion’s director for women in church and society, said. “Through her faith-filled and tireless work at the U.N. and with Anglican delegations to UNCSW, there are women and girls the world over who have been inspired and energized by her to be strong champions for gender equality, even in the most difficult circumstances.“I am one of them and I will always be grateful to her. Our love and prayers are with Beth’s husband Ned and their family. Beth will be sorely missed by so many.”Rachel Chardon, the former general program and administrative officer at the Anglican Communion Office at the United Nations in New York, said: “For many years, Beth and I led delegations to the U.N. Commission on the Status of Women on behalf of the Anglican Communion Office at the United Nations. Together, we worked on every aspect of preparing women from around the world to attend this annual two-week session. This included a Time Line that would generate over a seven month period materials for study that addressed the priority theme set for that year with the main purpose of empowering women.“When the two-week event concluded, these women had bonded and they soon returned home with new resources to share with their respective communities. Beth was exceptional in this charge! As a volunteer to the Office, Beth was a key support in engaging all elements of gender awareness via the various bodies of the United Nations and served as a sounding board for ideas approaching various issues.”The Rev. Margaret Rose, ecumenical and interreligious deputy to Presiding Bishop Michael Curry and former Episcopal Church director for women’s ministries, said: “Beth was instrumental in organizing what was then called Anglican Women’s Empowerment. She has since continued that work through the Anglican Communion office, the U.N. Working Group on Girls and much more.“But as important as her accomplishments, which were many, was Beth herself, whose generous spirit called out the best in every one she touched. . . Ned Strauss, Beth’s husband, wrote about ‘our Beth’ – and that is indeed who she was: a woman who consistently offered herself to others, that they – we – might be more whole.“She carried and offered the ‘light of Christ’ to all, and experienced the world with joy and wonder. In the face of suffering or poverty or pain or injustice, Beth refused to give up hope and was instrumental in addressing systemic change in every possible way.“She knew we were in it for the long haul and her legacy will be that none of us gives up the hope which propelled her and us to continue the struggle.”Beth Adamson (right) chats with Caroline Christie, a UNCSW delegate from the Episcopal Church. Photo: Anglican Communion News ServiceThe Episcopal Church’s representative to the United Nations, Lynnaia Main, also paid tribute to Adamson, saying she was “beloved by so many.”She added: “I can hardly think of any person with more light, joy, smiles, smarts, energy, kindness and love for God and others than Beth. Some light has gone out of my life, all of our lives, with her passing.“Beth had worked for many decades in the arena of women’s and girls’ empowerment, with the Episcopal Church’s women’s ministries and with the Anglican Communion. She served for many years as a member of the leadership team for the Anglican Communion Office at the United Nations in its work with the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women.“She expanded her work to focus at the crossroads of church, United Nations and girls’ empowerment, most especially through the UN’s Working Group on Girls (WGG). She served as co-chair of the WGG and continued to be very active there. She was an integral part and pillar of so many communities at the UN, an astute observer of the political machinations of the UN and an excellent and very knowledgeable strategist in reaching member states to advocate for girls’ rights.”Main spoke about Adamson as “a valued mentor and colleague” and how “the warm and totality of her embrace and inclusiveness in welcoming newcomers to UNCSW” was “so much appreciated”.She said: “her joyous love for people was genuine and I never ever heard her say a critical word about anyone. She managed to be light-hearted, quick to laugh and fun to be around while at the same time being totally serious about and committed to her work. She was especially good at being a mediator who could hold together worlds in tension, bringing them in closer relationship to each other through her patient relationship-building. She was a master negotiator and very much a motherly influence on the girls in her care.”Every year on Oct. 11, the International Day of the Girl Child, Beth would take a group of “girl advocates” from the Working Group on Girls to the Episcopal Church Center in New York. “They would visit our space so the girls could practice their lines and relax prior to their Girls’ Speakout at the UN for the International Day of the Girl Child event,” Main said. “Those girls loved Beth – I watched her nurture many young women with her kindness and encouragement.”She pledged that Adamson’s “exemplary work will continue to move forward, as we honour her presence, her gifts and her legacy, but we can never replace her,” she said. “We have loved her and learned so much from her. We will continue the spirited work she’s done, as best we can, inspired by her example, a gift to us and the world.”In 2015, Adamson was presented with an Award for Global Service in recognition of her for her dedicated work to strengthen Anglican women’s presence at the UNCSW. The award was created to honour volunteer service that furthers the work of the Anglican Communion through the vehicle of the U.N. Office.Speaking after her death, Strauss said that had she survived, it was likely “that she would never fully recover her cognitive ability or her fine motor skills.” He said: “so now, she can rest and be totally at peace.” A private family funeral service is being planned in Exeter, Nebraska, where she was born and raised, ahead of a celebration of her life for friends and supporters in Redding, Connecticut, most likely in September. 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From Orange County Commissioner Bryan Nelson Public Boat RampsAt the meeting of the Orange County Board of County Commissioners (BCC) on August 29th, the Commissioners heard a presentation on Public Boat Ramps by the Parks and Recreation Division. The purpose of the presentation was to discuss issues concerning business operations at public boat ramps. Conflicts between multiple operators and private businesses at the Highway 50 boat ramp in East Orange County as well as concerns with the commercial use of boat ramps throughout the County were discussed. In regard to the concerns with commercial use of boat ramps, the following were mentioned: There is no contractual relationship with operators; there is possible liability for non-recreational use; perception that commercial use is authorized by the County and therefore meets safety requirements; issues with compliance with license and operating standards; and issues of accessibility for citizens to use public boat ramps. To offer readers of this article some perspective on these concerns, the following paragraph offers some background information on public boat ramps.The Highway 50 Boat Ramp provides access to the St. Johns River; St. Johns owns property that is not currently being used. However, this arrangement offers only limited public access.There have been reported significant capital improvements both in 2013 and 2015. In addition, there are now 21 parking spaces or 11 spaces for trucks with tracks.Numerous airboat businesses now advertise Orange County’s Highway 50 boat ramp as their business address. In fact, one airboat business has recently requested permits to use the Highway 50 boat ramp. Midway, an adjacent airboat tour company objects, however, to the increased commercial use of a County boat ramp, citing unfair competition by private operators using a public facility.The BCC approved Parks Division Rules & Regulations in 2011 prohibiting any boat operating for hire except by special permit. Since that time, no permits have been issued. However, in response to requests from commercial operators, County staff sent a letter in 2012 allowing airboat businesses to utilize the Highway 50 boat ramp, provided that they comply with the following: Not advertise or market a business in the County Park; and not perform any business transactions on property.Business operations similar to that of airboats may include fishing guide services, and boat and jet ski rentals. Existing Parks rules and regulations are currently not enforceable due to a lack of an ordinance at the county level. Brevard and Osceola counties, which are adjacent to Orange County, regulate business operations through ordinances and single vendor agreements. Provisions of other local ordinances include the following: Hours of operation; prohibited commercial uses; exemptions for fishing guides and approved vendors; and establishments for the code enforcement process and penalties. The provision on commercial uses specifically prohibits the following: Picking up or dropping off passengers; soliciting commercial activity for hire; designating a county site as a physical address; and collecting compensation on-site.Boat ramp locations in Orange County include the following: Magnolia Park; Trimble Park; Barnett Park; R.D. Keene Park; Lake Down; Moss Park; the Randolph St. Boat Ramp; Fern Creek Boat Ramp; Bywater Boat Ramp; Woodsmere Boat Ramp; and Highway 50 Boat Ramp.In conjunction with a County-wide boat ramp ordinance, a Request for Proposal (RFP)/vendor agreement would allow the County to do the following: Authorize limited commercial activity at select boat ramps; require minimum levels of insurance and liability; and provide for revenue sharing and other value-added services.At the conclusion of its presentation, the Parks and Recreation Division offered some ways that the County could address the concerns surrounding this issue moving forward. The County can implement an ordinance similar to those of adjoining counties, and can regulate commercial activity using 1 of 3 options. Option 1 issues unlimited permits at boat ramps provided that they meet all County requirements. This option mitigates liability concerns because of the permit requirements, allows operators to remain in business, is inconsistent with Parks and Recreation vendor practices, and will allow for congested ramps to remain congested. Option 2 prohibits all businesses at boat ramps. This option eliminates safety and liability concerns, ensures that the County does not compete with private, tax paying businesses, and shows that exiting businesses may be forced to relocate. The final option issues a RFP to select one or more vendors to provide specified services at select boat ramps. This option does the following: Ensures that vendors are certified, licensed, and carry County-required liability insurance; provides limited competition without affecting viability of private, tax-paying businesses operating their own facilities; and will allow public access to improve at congested ramps.In summary, airboat and commercial operations have increased at public boat ramps. An ordinance is needed to protect Orange County and its residents, and will provide a framework for permits and allow for enforcement. Direction is needed by the Board on allowing commercial users at specified County boat ramps (which option to utilize). The purpose of the presentation was to discuss issues concerning business operations at public boat ramps. Conflicts between multiple operators and private businesses at the Highway 50 boat ramp in East Orange County as well as concerns with the commercial use of boat ramps throughout the County were discussed. In regard to the concerns with commercial use of boat ramps, the following were mentioned: There is no contractual relationship with operators; there is possible liability for non-recreational use; perception that commercial use is authorized by the County and therefore meets safety requirements; issues with compliance with license and operating standards; and issues of accessibility for citizens to use public boat ramps. To offer readers of this article some perspective on these concerns, the following paragraph offers some background information on public boat ramps.Orange County Commissioner Bryan NelsonThe Highway 50 Boat Ramp provides access to the St. Johns River; St. Johns owns property that is not currently being used. However, this arrangement offers only limited public access.There have been reported significant capital improvements both in 2013 and 2015. In addition, there are now 21 parking spaces or 11 spaces for trucks with tracks.Numerous airboat businesses now advertise Orange County’s Highway 50 boat ramp as their business address. In fact, one airboat business has recently requested permits to use the Highway 50 boat ramp. Midway, an adjacent airboat tour company objects, however, to the increased commercial use of a County boat ramp, citing unfair competition by private operators using a public facility.The BCC approved Parks Division Rules & Regulations in 2011 prohibiting any boat operating for hire except by special permit. Since that time, no permits have been issued. However, in response to requests from commercial operators, County staff sent a letter in 2012 allowing airboat businesses to utilize the Highway 50 boat ramp, provided that they comply with the following: Not advertise or market a business in the County Park; and not perform any business transactions on the property.Business operations similar to that of airboats may include fishing guide services, and boat and jet ski rentals. Existing Parks rules and regulations are currently not enforceable due to a lack of an ordinance at the county level. Brevard and Osceola counties, which are adjacent to Orange County, regulate business operations through ordinances and single vendor agreements. Provisions of other local ordinances include the following: Hours of operation; prohibited commercial uses; exemptions for fishing guides and approved vendors; and establishments for the code enforcement process and penalties. The provision on commercial uses specifically prohibits the following: Picking up or dropping off passengers; soliciting commercial activity for hire; designating a county site as a physical address, and collecting compensation on-site.Boat ramp locations in Orange County include the following: Magnolia Park; Trimble Park; Barnett Park; R.D. Keene Park; Lake Down; Moss Park; the Randolph St. Boat Ramp; Fern Creek Boat Ramp; Bywater Boat Ramp; Woodsmere Boat Ramp; and Highway 50 Boat Ramp.In conjunction with a County-wide boat ramp ordinance, a Request for Proposal (RFP)/vendor agreement would allow the County to do the following: Authorize limited commercial activity at select boat ramps; require minimum levels of insurance and liability and provide for revenue sharing and other value-added services.At the conclusion of its presentation, the Parks and Recreation Division offered some ways that the County could address the concerns surrounding this issue moving forward. The County can implement an ordinance similar to those of adjoining counties and can regulate commercial activity using 1 of 3 options. Option 1 issues unlimited permits at boat ramps provided that they meet all County requirements. This option mitigates liability concerns because of the permit requirements, allows operators to remain in business, is inconsistent with Parks and Recreation vendor practices, and will allow for congested ramps to remain congested. Option 2 prohibits all businesses at boat ramps. This option eliminates safety and liability concerns, ensures that the County does not compete with private, tax-paying businesses, and shows that existing businesses may be forced to relocate. The final option issues an RFP to select one or more vendors to provide specified services at select boat ramps. This option does the following: Ensures that vendors are certified, licensed, and carry County-required liability insurance; provides limited competition without affecting the viability of private, tax-paying businesses operating their own facilities; and will allow public access to improve at congested ramps.In summary, airboat and commercial operations have increased at public boat ramps. An ordinance is needed to protect Orange County and its residents and will provide a framework for permits and allow for enforcement. Direction is needed by the Board on allowing commercial users at specified County boat ramps (which option to utilize). Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Please enter your comment! TAGSOrange County Commissioner Bryan Nelson Previous articleThe Budget Debates: Three voices that are likely to be heard in 2018Next articleWhat’s in RedBox for Halloween? Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 Please enter your name here
Dear Nicole, back in the day our password was, NEVER A DULL MOMENT! Our lives as followers of Jesus is just that way, never a dull moment. I see it as sad when a kids imaginer is busted and He is unable to see outside of the box. The real sad thing is that so often parents are responsible for the loss. “Will you act your age!” and, “Will you grow up!” are unrealistic demands place on kids. Children act just like, well, they act like children, and isn’t that wonderful? Chaz Mama Mia TAGSCharles TowneInspiration Previous articleFlorence could still impact FloridaNext articleCollege football therapy Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR The Anatomy of Fear You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Reply 25 COMMENTS charles towne Reply What an article, so absolutely hilarious! It was especially funny to me because I have had those joyous occasions of visiting my grandparents’ wonderful outhouse. As much as I loved going to their farm out in the country every summer, I dreaded the horrible outhouse!! My brother and I were both quite young, probably no more than 8 or 9, but those sights and smells were imbedded in our memory for years to come! So, reading your story was quite an adventure, bringing me to the point of tears from laughter!I thank God for memories to look back on…..memories of a time when family was everything and everyone together was delightful and we all looked forward to it. Thank you Lord, for allowing us to be ourselves and loving us despite our imperfections. We ask you to keep working on us, making us more like you each day.Thank you, Chuck! God bless you! Reply Reply Reply Reply Reply Reply charles towne September 10, 2018 at 6:00 pm Mark Twain would have enjoyed swapping tales with you. I think the two of you would have really hit it off Ej That “boys will be boys” story is pretty wild…lol, Mr. Towne. I don’t blame that boy’s mama for not liking spiders when she went to the use the outhouse! We have a big ugly spider, right now, under the high under hang of our carport from the wrought iron column over to the under hang, of the outside ceiling. It is up high, and has been there since the electrician came to our house and did some work outside the carport around at the power meter box area, last month. He was so fascinated that he got out his cell phone, zoomed it, and clicked that thing’s photo. It is big, has a white pattern on it’s back, and has a very intricate web, and some heavier webs that looks like cursive writing near the center. So far, all I have seen that spider catch is a dragon fly. I have let him stay, but I think it is about time for him to go. I’ll send my husband with the broom, to walk him to the woods, so he can find himself another home….lol. The electrician guy kept talking about wolf spiders, he has seen. I looked them up, but this spider, I couldn’t find out what kind he is, as I didn’t see anything that looked like him. I am not too concerned, as I know where he is all the time, and he is up high. Don, I never imagined there was any entertainment value in watching other folks poo but I reckon I could be wrong. It just goes to prove that it doesn’t take much for some people? That Yankee Town was one sick neighborhood pal, Chaz September 9, 2018 at 10:59 am September 9, 2018 at 9:27 am Memories! Memories are great, and when you think back in time, very entertaining. I worked for Western Electric for almost 35 years, and we were the equipment instillation group for AT&T Bell Systems. One time I was sent to the west coast of Florida, to a little place called Yankee Town. Yankee Town was a few miles from the Florida West coast and pretty primitive. We were to install additional equipment in a small telephone building, which had no restroom. But, we had access to a primitive Baptist Churches outhouse, about 200 feet away. Since we only worked during week days it was no problem, just a long walk.I remember one day, sitting in the outhouse, and looking at the available catalog and heard some light laughter! Well, I knew that I was supposed to be in a fairly isolated location and wondered where the sound was coming from. Then, I heard it again! So, I bent down and looked through the open seat next to me. BIG surprise! I was the entertainment for a lineup of four children that ranged from (it looked like) 5 years old to maybe 10! They were all flat on the ground and watching the action! I yelled and they took off for a house next to the church. Wondering why they wanted that kind of entertainment, and when I got out, I looked and it was obvious they had no TV. No sign of a TV antenna, which would have been needed as isolated as the area was. We warned others, when they came to help us, but the observations continued and all you had to do was yell, and the kids would take off!There is a lesson in this. We all like to be private in some things we do, but we serve a God that can see everything we do, nothing is hidden. Isn’t it comforting to know that at our worst He still loves us and stands ready to forgive us when we ask! September 9, 2018 at 6:17 pm EJ, PLEASE STAY TUNED FOR THE NEXT EPISODE. AS IS SAID, WE AIM TO PLEASE! Chaz Richard Reply September 11, 2018 at 4:54 pm InspirationBy Charles TowneBuster was a friend of mine and his mama hated spiders.She didn’t just hate spiders, she hated spiders with a passion. To hear her tell it spiders were fallen angels, the spawn of Satan.One day his mama told us that if we killed the spiders in their outhouse she would give us each some of the oatmeal cookies that she had just baked. Wow, what a deal!Buster told me that the reason his mama hated spiders so bad was that she was afraid one of the was going to bite her on her bum.Well, it might happen!Anyway, we went out to their necessary facility and started looking for spiders and soon realized the spiders were smarter than we were which really shouldn’t have surprised us all that much ‘cause even garden slugs were smarter then we were.Yeah, the clever little boogers were pretty clever ‘cause they were hiding under the toilet seat where they could bite any unwary bottom that happened to intrude upon their domain.(And in case you are wondering, thinking about oatmeal cookies while trying to eradicate spiders in a smelly outhouse was something we could wrap our minds around quite easily.)Problem; we couldn’t murderfy the spiders because as much as we desired those delicious oatmeal cookies neither of us wanted to stick our heads through the hole in the toilet seat to hunt for spiders.But we soon came up with a solution to our dilemma. We would blow the spiders up!I had some cherry bombs left over from the 4th of July and after giving it very little thought (which was the way we approached most of our schemes) we figured that if we dropped a cherry bomb down the toilet hole, BANG! No more spiders.I held the cherry bomb while my old pal Buster lit the fuse. I stepped into the outhouse and threw the cherry bomb down the toilet hole and turned to jump back outside just as my old buddy Buster slammed the door trapping me in the outhouse!Did I say he was my friend!Well, my desire to get out was greater than his desire to keep me in so we were both standing outside laughing when the cherry bomb exploded.Were we really expecting a very large BANG? but all we heard was a measly little, pop.Neither of us had ever heard of a dud cherry bomb before.Well, we put our heads together (which was probably dangerous at the best of times) and concluded that if we twisted the fuses together of half a dozen cherry bombs together it might do the job.See, who said kids don’t think?About the time we threw our spider killing bomb down the toilet hole Buster’s daddy surprised us by rushing down the path on a very urgent errand.He threw the door open and had just sat down when our bomb exploded…quite spectacularly I might add.Suddenly Buster’s daddy exited the outhouse without even opening the door.I mean, he quite literally tore the door off its hinges.He didn’t even look at us as he hobbled up the path to their house which was all the more humorous because his pants were down around his ankles and his backside was adorned, painted if you will, with the aromatic contents from the nether regions of the outhouse. As he stumbled along he was mumbling something about, “where in the world did those boys get the dynamite!”Well, Buster and I were given the somewhat stinky task of washing the inside of the outhouse but his mama did give us each a glass of milk and some oatmeal cookies.It was about that time that Buster’s daddy began to develop a very peculiar twitch similar to my father’s. It must be hereditary because when my three boys were in their teens I began to acquire the same twitch.Papa God’s children sometimes do some rather goofy things don’t we? But do you know what? He loves us anyway, and He is going to give us something a lot sweeter than milk and oatmeal cookies!Papa God, thank you for being so very patient with us. Let us hear your voice speaking to us and let us feel your presence each and every day so that we can be what you want us to be each day of our lives. And oh Yes Daddy, fill us with your love so other will know we have been in your presence. In Jesus’ beautiful name, Amen.Live fully,Love openly,Trust God, and make a difference, today.Charles Towne is first and foremost a Christian. An octogenarian, author, journalist, wildlife photographer, naturalist, caregiver, and survivor, his life has been and continues to be, a never-ending adventure filled with possibilities never imagined. He has adopted the philosophy that to Live fully, laugh uproariously, love passionately, and learn like there is no tomorrow, is a formula for a long and joy-filled life. Reply Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter kristin Richard Reply September 10, 2018 at 7:33 am September 9, 2018 at 9:08 am Nicole September 11, 2018 at 7:53 am September 10, 2018 at 7:14 pm Please enter your name here NH Chuck, As to chores, my father explained it us (my brothers and myself) thusly, ” If the Good Lord wanted me to do those things,He wouldn’t have given me sons! “. September 9, 2018 at 4:21 am Reply Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate AND i HE! Each of us was created, gifted if you will by God himself, with a fertile imagination but it seems with so many of us that wonderful chunk of anatomy was removed, hacked away with a dull knife by insensitive critics. A POX ON ALL CRITICS! Thanks Judith, I am greatly pleased that you enjoyed the piece. Chaz September 9, 2018 at 12:38 pm charles towne Reply September 16, 2018 at 10:48 am Reply charles towne Dear Mama Mia, an arachnid by any other name is still a spider. You wouldn’t hurt a poor cute little innocent spider would you? Chaz charles towne September 12, 2018 at 11:19 am Reply Reply charles towne September 10, 2018 at 5:33 pm September 9, 2018 at 9:47 am September 9, 2018 at 7:03 am September 9, 2018 at 7:47 pm September 10, 2018 at 12:07 pm It is interesting to read about how things used to be. I have to say I am glad we don’t have to use outhouses anymore! Kids will always be kids, but it seems like kids used to have a lot more fun and be a lot more creative in their adventures and antics and pranks. I’m glad you have such entertaining stories to share with us. Good memories! September 11, 2018 at 7:15 am charles towne Reply As is the case with NH, I appreciate the early morning laugh. Great read Chuck.D.L Judith Hankes Don, And I am wondering, just what do all you dear folks think i’m here for, only to entertain you guys? Come to think about it I suppose there could be some merit in that. Makes me think about the lady that was a tad overweight. She went out to use the necessary facility and due to those extra pounds and the age of the privy she crashed through the floor into the nether regions. It took several men with ropes to rescue her. I reckon that would be something folks would talk about for some time. Sort of embarrassing you might say. I have an idea even her angel laughed about that one. Chaz Reply Richard, my friend, as opposed to being a wise guy your daddy was a wise man! I don’t know who said it but some dude said, “Children are supposed to earn their bread by the sweat of their miserable little brows!” (The guy that said that was not married and never had any kids.) Chaz Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 charles towne Enjoyed the story. I am surprised that Buster’s father didn’t give both of you the belt, or at least the wooden spoon. Now that is a nice man. You actually got the cookies. Buster’s mother must have been quite tickled. Yes, it is amazing how God puts up with our shenanigans. And our parents for that matter. Thanks for sharing. Reply Reply Don Young Wow! all I can say is wow! This is going to be a fun one to share after breakfast with the group! Such a vivid imagination even if only half of it were true! But, huh being a Christian, I’m sure it is all true even if using a sanctified imagination!Love you unka Chuck,PS.i was laughing so hard, I was crying! Richard charles towne September 10, 2018 at 9:45 am VERY VIVID MIND VIDIO! Lol For Nicole, yes l remember a somewhat simpler, safer time. All summer as soon as breakfast was over, the rule was, “go outside and play!” ( stop bothering your mother!) Our bikes became horses to ride with Hopalong Cassidy, our red wagons became pirate ships and sometimes spaceships to help Flash Gordon or The Space Patrol! It seems nowdays the video games are filled with horror and violence and that makes me very sad for the kids today, things have changed so much that most kids don’t have a parent at home to make sure they ” go outside and play! ” The universe of imagination is boundless and I am glad I got to grow up when I did!… (That should read, grow older!) Don Lindsey charles towne September 11, 2018 at 8:32 pm Linda Scott Ah the memories! when I was a young lad myself we would visit my grandparents who lived in the country, so it was always an adventure for “city boys”. they had a truly gigantic backyard and it bordered on some cornfields which in turn bordered on some wooded areas. sometimes it was just too far to run back to the house and there was an outhouse along the fence line of the backyard and the cornfield. I understand your mothers qualms because this outhouse had a nest of hornets in the corner of the roof, a terrifying experience for almost anyone! I remember grandpa teaching us not to be afraid as long as we could not be stupid and try to knock down the nest with a stick or something! (blow it up?) He explained a new concept to us, my brothers and myself, called détente, he explained if we didn’t bother them, they probably would not bother us but still don’t linger ’cause hornets have a contrary streak! To this very day, whenever someone sees a bee or something and starts running and jumping around or trying to swat it ‘ I can still hear grandpa saying “let it alone, be still” Over my years I have finally come to understand that Papa God loves us so deeply that he gave us parents and moreover grandparents to train us up in the way we should go and especially to guide us when we needed it! Thanks for refreshing the memories and if you need them I think I might have a couple of cherry bombs left from years past!!! September 11, 2018 at 1:23 am September 11, 2018 at 9:25 pm charles towne Dear CSG, Back in the day there were three things that could be found in the privy; a Montgomery (Monkey) Wards catalog was nailed to the wall for the convenience of guests, a bucket of corn cobs for the use of family, (we were really tough,) and then there was a bucket of lye that we spread down below to sort of knock down that sweet and piquant odour. Outhouses are sort of like people. They need something to knock down the stench of sin which is where our Lord comes in. With His beautiful presence even the stinkiest old poop can be changed into a sweet smelling gardenia. Keep laughing my friend, folks will wonder what you are up to, Chaz Reply Reply Reply Great way to start the day…laughing:) thank you Charles for sharing your childhood memories. Your mama was a patient woman…God Bless her! September 9, 2018 at 10:18 am September 12, 2018 at 12:05 pm Kristin, Imagine that you are in a tiny little room. Now imagine that you are sitting and relaxing with never a care in the world. You are thinking good thoughts when Quite suddenly, with no warning you are shocked from your reverie by an explosion. The explosion is much louder due to the confined space. Not only is the blast loud but it is spectacular! Afterward you are deaf and in shock. You have no idea what just happened, consequently you don’t even think of punishing the boys because they couldn’t be responsible for what just happened, could they? I have always enjoyed big bangs! Seeing Buster’s daddy walk down that path and enter their house with his pants down around his ankles and his discolored behind has stuck with me for a long time. I always wondered what Buster’s mama thought when her husband made his grand entrance? Blessings, Chaz Reply Reply LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Richard, ain’t it the truth and you can depend on it ALWAYS, sin is surely like a wasp’s nest, fool around with it and you are going to get stung. A good thing to remember about wasps or sin, don’t let either of them build their nests to began with. Thanks for the comment pal, Chaz charles towne CSG Please enter your comment! Yes NH, you are so right, my dear old sainted mama was patient until she wasn’t. Boy, do I miss her! Laughter is sooo very good for our overall health and though much of life is difficult and a challenge sometimes beyond enduring we can usually find something to laugh about. I have heard of folks that were unable to express emotion, like dead fish they are. Just think of it, no laughter, no tears, no nothing, just…being. Sort of sad when you think about it. Thanks, and I am sooo glad you enjoyed the article! Chaz, AKA, Old what’s his face. Blessings on you and yours dear friend. C Richard, reminiscing about those good old days helps to keep the mind active. And then there was always the incentive of “chores” those menial tasks such as feeding the chickens, gathering eggs, milking the cow, cutting and bringing in firewood for the cook stove and the heating stove, cleaning the ashes from the stoves, filling the water bucket, weeding the garden, mowing the lawn and other menial tasks that fell to the kids on our little farmstead, (I think it was called servitude that we were born into.) And there was still plenty of time for fishing, climbing trees and creative play. Yes pal, life was good. Chaz Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.