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02/04/21 01:37 AM #1282    


Bill Engelhardt

Anyone else having this experience? 

02/04/21 11:01 AM #1283    


Linda Pompeo (Worden)

It's been a real test of patience, determination and luck to get an appointment.  I've been searching on line every day to find availability. Finally got signed up at the Auburn GSA. Whoever decided the style of form to fill out did not take into account that it was complicated and unclear, and definitly not meant to be easy for anyone who is 'much older' than we are.  It wasn't the vaccine I was hoping for, but we will be vaccinated by the end of the week.

Don't give up!

02/04/21 11:37 AM #1284    


Ed Hesner

I have never been one to try to "push" religion on anyone, and I'm not trying to do so now, but I have some extremely important information about the corona virus vaccine, and, for any of you that are having thoughts of getting the vaccine injections, I hope that you will seriously consider this first.

For several years now, my wife and myself have enthusiastically watched and listened to a pastor named JD Farag who’s the pastor of Calvary Chapel in Kaneohe, Hawaii.  Some of you I’m writing this to may be familiar with him.  Every Sunday in his church, he gives a Prophecy Update prior to his main service, and he relates bible prophecy to current events around the world.  My wife and I have always enjoyed listening to him because he’s very knowledgeable about the bible, he teaches by the scripture 100%, he’s occasionally a little humorous, and we believe he’s a real man of God.

Pastor Farag has been airing his prophecy updates on YouTube for several years now, which is how we had been watching him.  However, on January 10th, he gave what turned out to be Part I of an Update that had to do specifically with the corona virus "vaccine", i.e., it’s distribution, the materials it’s being made from, the problems it’s causing (including deaths), etc.  Shortly thereafter, YouTube removed his program and will no longer allow him to talk about the vaccine and the things that are resulting from it.  As a result, Calvary Chapel officially opened up their new web site, which I believe had already been in the works, and they are now including all of Pastor Farag’s Prophecy Updates on their own web site.

On January 24th, two weeks after the first Update on the "vaccine", Pastor Farag presented a Part 2 Update in which he covered additional details on the vaccine and in more detail, and then a week later, on Jan 31st, he gave a 3rd Update on it that is even more frightening than the first two.

I’ve taken the time to write this note and post it on this web site because I believe that the new "vaccine" is not only a very poorly designed material but has the potential to harm and even kill people, as it has already begun doing.

For any of you who may be giving any thought to getting the vaccine shots, I would highly suggest that you FIRST get on your computer at your earliest opportunity and go to:

At the top of the web site page, pick the “Prophecy Vids” and select the Prophecy Update from January 10th, entitled “Decision Time”, and have a listen.  If that peaks your interest, select the January 24th Update, entitled Decision Time - Part 2” and listen to it as well. Thirdly, be sure to listen to his Update of Jan 31st. I can guarantee you you’ll enjoy what Pastor Farag has to say in his past and present Prophecy Updates, and after you've listened to these three Updates, you will likely never again have any getting the immunization..

02/04/21 12:25 PM #1285    


Tim Jones (Jones)

Good one Bill Engelhardt! In the process of doing that.....

Ed Hesner, I adhere to the late George Carlin's 'Third Commandment'.                                 

"Thou shalt keep thy religion to thyself!" 

02/04/21 10:38 PM #1286    

Laurel Hoefer (Gerla)

Ed Hesner, 


Totally in the same ballpark as you.  This is clearly not like any immunization.  It’s like chemo for people who don’t have cancer.  COVID is deadly but I will take my chances.  I don’t think people are looking at all the evidence and testimony of experts who won’t play this greed game  


02/05/21 08:02 AM #1287    


Virginia Wolfe (Scheffer)

I appreciate everyone sharing their experiences about receiving vaccines...or not.  Love the game board too.  We are lucky enough to live in the sunshine state of Florida.  In spite of what the media says, I believe being outdoors, sunshine, fresh air and a healthy life style will help us all.  The community we live in is a generation of youngsters such as all of us.  Fortunately, I do not know of anyone that has passed on from this virus. Only a few have had been exposed to the virus.  I feel very blessed to have the healthy life I have and to live in America.  I hope ya'all can find that happiness!!!

02/05/21 11:34 AM #1288    


Linda Pompeo (Worden)

No matter what path we follow ....politics, religion, vax or no vax.....I wish for everyone to be content and healthy.  And may we all find the sunshine in our lives that Viriginia expressed so well.

02/05/21 04:40 PM #1289    


Diane Paulson

Tom Chavez:

thanks for the books. The recipes look good but some of the ingredients i don't have... And the reincarnation one I have read some of: this is an idea I have spent some time with and not sure about, but I like it as a concept. The problem I have with this religion as I do with all organized religions is that it seems TO ME that the rules and the REALITIES they are based on are all arbitrary and from OLD MEN who pass down their ideas to likeminded successors and honestly I don't really believe or understand how they know what happens after you die. I mean HOW DO THEY KNOW? 

02/06/21 07:06 AM #1290    


Ted Comstock (Briggs-Comstock)

Shirley and I had the Oxford Astra/Zeneca jabs last Saturday. We felt a bit crappy, but that's it. We get the second ones 12 weeks after.

I don't see either the UK or, especially, the US, recovering from the pandemic until the majority of the people have the vaccine, since neither country seems to have what it takes to do proper lockdowns, quarantines, etc. 

The leadership in this country is abysmal -- Boris is basically Trump-lite, not as hostile, but doesn't really make any more sense -- and the conservatives seem like they'd really prefer all the old and weak would die off anyway. It'll be interesting to see if a more organised administration in the US will pull things up or not.


02/06/21 01:54 PM #1291    

Tom Chavez

Kalindi signed us up for vaccine with a local pharmacy here in Hot Springs, Arkansas. I got a call a few weeks later for an appointment at a church, with a street address. Kalindi is not yet 70, so she wasn't invited. It turns out that the Church was in Hot Springs *Village*, about 20 miles north of here.

I followed the GPS and came to a gate which required a residential passcard. I asked someone exiting how to get in, they said go to the other gate. I ended up trying 3 gates before I got to the visitors gate 45 minutes later.

Turns out that Hot Spring Village is the largest gated community in the US! I heard that the richest town in the US is in Arkansas, so it may hold that distinction, too. It sure looks rich, like every house is a mansion, and every mansion has it's own golf course.

The wealthy township hosted the vaccination program and it was admirably organized by a host of retiree volunteers. Very efficient and friendly.

I got the Pfizer vaccine, painless, no reaction at all. I was 45 minutes late from the run-around, but it still only took 15 minutes in line, and 15 minutes waiting to guard against reaction.

I had courses in biochemistry and biology at the UW, and based on the little I picked up from them I feel comfortable about being vaccinated. I'll go back in two weeks for the booster.

The Republican govenor here expressed appreciation for cooperation with the federal Democratic administration with regard to vaccines. Let's hear it for cooperation, organization and competency!


02/06/21 02:18 PM #1292    

Tom Chavez

Ed, don’t worry about George Carlin. You have a right to express your views.


Tim, you have a right to follow George Carlin, and to express your views, but better not try to force your views on others. 


Linda and Virginia, thanks for your sunny well wishes.


Diane, damn fine question! I'll get to it soon.

02/06/21 03:58 PM #1293    


Bill Engelhardt

02/06/21 06:30 PM #1294    


Betty Weiks (Rickard)

Bill, I love your cartoon! Spot on. He's a "force" to be sure! I'll be cheering for Kansas City. Even though I live in Oregon I'm a real Seahawks fan. Did anyone hear that Washington's Governor predicted that since the Hawks were the only NFL team which did not have any COVID outbreaks, that they would be iin the Super Bowl next year. Here's hoping he's right.

02/07/21 07:56 AM #1295    


Virginia Wolfe (Scheffer)

Bill......I just happen to live outside of Tampa, so guess who the hero is, yes the old guy.  Wish it would have been the SeaHawks in the Super Bowl.  Maybe next year, unless Tom Brady is still playing!  Enjoy the game should be a good one.

02/07/21 08:27 AM #1296    

Tom Chavez

How can I know for certain what will happen after death?


Well, is it certain that I have to die?


Boeing sent Dad to Boston where I attended 3rd grade. My little brother, two years younger, told me one day, “Tom, you are going to die.” 


“No I’m not!” I said, affronted by little brother telling me something I didn’t know. 


“Yes you will,” Mike said, knowingly. “Everyone is going to die.”


I was in denial. When it comes time for me to die, I thought, I’m just gonna keep on breathing. I was sure of it.


There was a small river flowing behind our house. A few nights after my conversation with Mike, I dreamed that I was in the river, sinking beneath the surface. Rays of light slanted into murky greenish-brown water, and everything faded to black.


Awakening from the dream, I had a realization. I can’t keep breathing if there is no air to breathe. Mike was right. I’m gonna die.

02/08/21 12:51 PM #1297    

Tom Chavez

How can we know for sure what happens after death? Enlightenment comes in many ways, one of which is transcendental knowledge.


The epic Mahabharat recounts a great war from 5,000 years ago.


Arjun was a warrior. When the armies assembled on the battlefield, and he saw his own relatives and friends opposing him, Arjun lost composure.


He dropped his weapons and told his charioteer, “Kṛṣṇa, I shall not fight.”


Arjun was thinking that his friends and relatives would cease to exist if their bodies were killed. 


Kṛṣṇa told Arjun not to be a sentimental fool. The body, made of insentient matter, is only a covering of the real self. It inevitably deteriorates and dies. 


The real self, or soul, is spiritual in nature. Spirit is conscious, and matter is unconscious. The true self is never killed.


“For the soul there is neither birth nor death at any time. It is unborn, eternal, ever-existing and primeval. It is not slain when the body is slain.”


Kṛṣṇa describes death as being nothing more than a change of dress.


“As a person puts on new garments, giving up old ones, the soul similarly accepts new material bodies, giving up the old and useless ones.”


The transition from one body to another is already going on now:


“As the embodied soul continuously passes, in this body, from childhood to youth to old age, the soul similarly passes into another body at death. A sober person is not bewildered by such a change.”


If you are the body, which body are you? Your baby body? Your adolescent high school body? Your senior citizen body? Actually, you are not your physical body. You are the conscious self, or atma.


Understanding this is the first step in self-realization.


02/10/21 01:33 PM #1298    

Tom Chavez

How can we know for sure what happens after death?


The first requirement is an open-minded desire to inquire, without bias. If we don’t care, or don’t want to think about it, we can’t know.


Most of us are convinced that the physical world is real, not an illusion. We are convinced that right and wrong, as moral rather than physical values, are real. 


Similarly, we can gain conviction for the transcendence of our own consciousness if we honestly investigate and look at the abundant evidence, which includes near death experiences and past life memories.


For example, the University of Virginia School of Medicine, Division of Perceptual Studies, investigates consciousness functioning beyond the physical body.


Their research suggests that mind and brain are distinct and separable, and that consciousness persists in detectable ways beyond bodily death.


Their website:

02/11/21 06:06 PM #1299    


Diane Paulson

yes, Tom, I can see that, I know I feel I am virtually a different human being than who I was at age 20 say, and infact a lot of my writing is to integrate that person with who I am now... also though it is all very subjective and it takes a kind of meditative state to even be able to relate to subjective realities. The problem I have with most religion is the way they often try to codify and objectify those realities.

02/12/21 02:52 PM #1300    

Tom Chavez

Many of us are skeptical of religion. Religious leaders of all kinds turn out to be hypocritical counterfeits. Various ‘religious’ factions war with one another: Protestant vs Catholic, Christian vs Muslim, Sunni vs Shia, Buddhist vs Muslim.


Luckily, we have human intelligence and a direct connection to our Source. We have free will, but we are fully responsible for our actions. We should strive to make fully informed decisions.


Bhagavad-gītā clearly explains karma, transmigration, the modes of nature, transcendental knowledge and what happens after death in a rational, easily understandable way.


Henry David Thoreau: “I bathe my intellect in the stupendous and cosmogonal philosophy of the Bhagavad-gītā, in comparison with which our modern world and its literature seem puny and trivial.”


Ralph Waldo Emerson: “It was the first of books: it was as if an empire spoke to us, nothing small or unworthy, but large, serene, consistent, the voice of an old intelligence which in another age and climate had pondered and thus disposed of the same questions which exercise us.”


Robert J. Oppenheimer, ‘father’ of the atomic bomb, quoted the Gītā upon seeing the first atomic explosion in 1945, near Alamogordo, New Mexico. Mahatma Gandhi, Albert Einstein, the Beatles and Martin Luther King all read the Gītā.


I am mailing out free copies of Bhagavad-gītā As It Is. This English translation was first published in 1966. It has become the best selling Gītā worldwide, in 86 languages. Contact me via this website’s message center, or directly to


02/15/21 04:18 PM #1301    


Gregg Wilson


On the lighter side.

02/17/21 12:50 PM #1302    


Bill Hamilton

A couple of years ago Tom Nixon shared information about Melba McConnaughey’s life and her passing.  I did not have Melba as a teacher, but I did have Don.  He was one of my favorite teachers and coaches.  I saw Don’s obituary and thought others might be interested in a little bit of his life history.




March 14, 1930 - February 8, 2021


George Donald ‘Don’ McConnaughey passed away peacefully on January 8, 2021.  He was born March 14, 1930, Rogers, Arkansas to Addison and Sallie (Breeze) McConnaughey, a farm family of 8 just outside of town on Prairie Creek.  He was an all-around athlete at Rogers High School, named all-conference and all state in football and was one of state’s top high school sprinters in the late 1940’s. 

Don was widely recruited but chose to attend and compete at Arkansas State Teachers College, now University of Central Arkansas or UCA.  He immediately started as a 2-way End as a freshman on the 1949 team and was a top sprinter on the track team.  He met Melba Jean Taylor that year and would later marry her in 1951 and have 3 sons.

During the summer of 1950, his Arkansas National Guard unit was called to active duty by President Truman to train, ship out and fight in the Korean War.  His unit, the 936th Field Artillery Battalion spent 6 months training then shipped out to the Korean front, February 1951 to January 1952.  They were involved in heavy firing in several UN offensives and counter offensives against the Chinese and North Koreans.  He was honorably discharged from the US Army so he could return home to go back to school in the spring of 1952.  He decided to decline an appointment to West Point but also found out that the NCAA would not let him transfer and be eligible at nearby University of Arkansas.

Don headed back to UCA and earned a Bachelor of Science in Education degree.  The AIC conference the school had played in previously had gotten rid of scholarships, so he paid for school with the GI Bill and taught swim lessons on the side.  From 1952-54 he played end and fullback and was named all-conference in 1954.  His wife Melba was also the UCA Homecoming Queen in 1953 after welcoming the birth of their first son, Doug in March of that year.  In track, he added many relay and sprint conference titles in the 100 and 200 as one of the top scorers in the conference.  He was inducted into the UCA Sports Hall of Fame in 2008 as a coach, player and track athlete. 

Don began a 38-year teaching and coaching career in the spring of 1955 at Norphlet High School AR along with wife Melba.  He next moved to Amarillo High School TX in 1956 to become an assistant football coach and head track coach for the Sandies.  He earned a Masters of Science in Education degree from nearby West Texas State.  He coached the Sandies football and track teams for the next 5 years at Amarillo HS winning many district championships in track and football.  Additionally, he was one of future NFL coach Bum Phillips assistants at Amarillo where he learned the now famous ‘numbers’ 6-5 defense.  He sent many players and athletes on the High Plains onto college careers.  In 1961, he moved his family to the Seattle WA area, hired at Highline High School in Burien as a biology teacher and assistant coach.   Melba also was hired at the ‘Home of the Pirates’ and for 30 years taught honors writing, English and literature.  He installed the Amarillo defense at Highline and wound up teaching it to many northwest area HS and college coaches, sending many more players onto college, while producing several powerhouse Highline HS teams in the very competitive old Puget Sound League.

In 1963, Don was hired to help start the athletic program at the new community college the state and Highline School District were creating, later known as Highline College.  He was one of the first coaches at Highline, eventually moving to the new campus as a physical education/health instructor.  After plans for a football program were scrapped, he started the Thunderbird track and cross country teams from scratch and would go onto win 2 NWAC Championships (1969 and 1989) and developed Highline College into one of the strongest collegiate track programs at any level in the Pacific Northwest during the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s.  He recruited and developed many distance runners, sprinters and throwers that went on to compete at 4-year colleges.  His teams at HCC rarely finished lower than 2nd in championship meets and were very competitive in indoor and outdoor meets versus Washington, WSU, Oregon, Oregon State and Spokane CC.  He later served as Highline College’s athletic director and was a commissioner and director on the NWAC Board for more than a decade.  He was inducted in 1992 into the NWAC Hall of Fame as a coach and administrator and Highline College named the track and field in his honor.  He retired in 1993 after 30 years at Highline.

Don enjoyed doing his own remodeling and built several houses himself, remaining physically active well into his late 70’s.  He and Melba enjoyed driving their RV to Arizona during the winter and moved to Ocean Shores WA full time.   He was active as a deacon at the Faith Community Church, the Elk’s Club, started a men’s badminton league and served on the Fresh Waterways Board.  He had many friends and lots of family visits from his sons and grandkids having fun on Duck Lake and the beach.  He leaves generations of family, former players, students and athletes behind who remember his positive impact on their lives.  He was a man of faith and principle, a fierce competitor but a people person and relationship guy first and foremost. He was preceded in death by his wife of 66 years, Melba, and 5 siblings, Ruth, Jim, Ralph, Joann and Ted and survived by 2 sisters, Nancy Lancaster and Susie Baker.  His 3 sons survive him: Doug and Dr. Suzanne McConnaughey, Tom and Sheri McConnaughey and Tim McConnaughey; as well as 4 grandchildren, Everett, Neva, Donny, Monica; and nephews Paul McConnaughey, Bill Lancaster, Slade Baker and nieces Mary Butler, Sally Lin Baker Soendker and Sally Jo Barker Clifton.  A private graveside burial service will be held at Bonney Watson Sea Tac and Washington Memorial Park, February 18, 2021 at noon but is limited due to Covid restrictions, but can be live streamed upon invitation.  Donations in lieu of flowers may be sent to the Highline College Foundation at and select Athletics Fund


02/19/21 03:06 PM #1303    


Tim Jones (Jones)

Thanks for posting Don's obituary, Bill.  

I didn't have Don or Melba at Highline.  He was at Highline JC when I was there but never had him for a teacher.  My loss, obviously.

There were some very good, some great and dedicated teachers at Highline.  Don and Melba two of the best.

What a well written obituary.  Certainly a tribute to an extraordinary teacher, coach and man....


Heading out for my first vaccine this afternoon.....  Whoa!  

Hope you are all doing well and get your vaccination in a timely manner if you want one.



02/19/21 07:30 PM #1304    


Betty Weiks (Rickard)

"Angel in the Storm" I've written a new blog post about the recent ice and wind storm here in the Portland area this week. Check it out if you like on

02/21/21 12:41 AM #1305    


Linda Pompeo (Worden)

I enjoyed reading several  posts on your blog.  I was happy to read that you were spared during the recent ice storm.  There is always so much to be thankful for each and every day of our lives.

02/21/21 01:17 PM #1306    

Tom Chavez

There are two basic kinds of energies—matter and consciousness. 


What happens in life depends in large degree upon our conscious desires and actions. What happens after death also depends upon our consciousness:


Whatever state of consciousness one remembers when he quits his body, O Arjun, that state he will attain without fail.” ~ Bhagavad-gītā 8.6


After death the physical body merges into the elements. Energy is conserved. 


Consciousness is also conserved. Our destiny after death depends upon our dying thoughts, which in turn depend upon our lifelong thoughts and actions.


If those who are devoted to Jesus, for example, think of Jesus at death, they will approach Jesus in proportion to the purity of their devotion.


We are the architects of our own destinies. Although we forget most of our past lives, like dreams, they are the causal precursors of our future.


Under laws of cause and effect, nothing happens by chance. Henry Ford said, “Genius is experience accumulated over lifetimes.” One life flows into another.


Mozart brought his musical genius, the Wright brothers their aeronautical aspirations, and Steve Jobs his insanely great ideas, all from previous lives.


Material nature offers us opportunity to realize our dreams, within constraints of karma. It depends not only on our desire, but also on what we deserve.


I will mail, at my cost, a free Bhagavad-gītā to all who request. Send name and address via the message center or directly to The privacy of personal information will be perfectly respected.



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