Progress Report: The Show and Tell Bible by Nancy Radke

In 2000 I started writing, editing, and producing a children’s digital Bible, hiring artists and narrators. I spent two years just writing and editing the script. We finished the Old Testament in 2019, just as my heart started acting up. It made my brain foggy, so I stopped working on these, but my artists kept drawing the thousands of pictures needed for the New Testament videos. Since the Book of Acts was the next one they finished, I am now getting to it, as my brain is much clearer with a pacemaker helping me out.

My grandson, Greg, works as an editor for a company that puts up children’s videos on YouTube. This January, he put up our three Old Testament videos (7 hours) on YouTube so they can be watched FREE. Some of them have thousands of views already. Now he is putting up the New Testament book of Acts, two chapters a week. Our channel is called theshowandtellbible and can be viewed on your phone, computer, or TV. Just search for it on YouTube. If you like it, please subscribe. This is very children friendly, eventually covering every story and every book in the Bible. We have broken it up into small sections, so that it can be used by teachers.

Here is the link to the Show and Tell Bible on YouTube to watch it on the computer or phone: https://youtube.com/@TheShowAndTellBible

Please send this link out or tell people about this. Ask them to subscribe to the channel as we will be adding the Gospels whenever the sections are finished over the next few years. It is being watched by people all over the world. It is really thrilling to get comments from  foreign countries as well as here.

I am also working on putting up audiobooks. My first one up is “The Bravest Woman in the Town,” a novella placed at the end of the Civil War.

The Bible

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‘Tis the Season to connect ~ Christmas Cards by Nancy Radke

I sat down yesterday and wrote out a bunch of Christmas cards to send before the days get really busy. Last year I didn’t get to them until the end of January, and I didn’t want that to happen again. I didn’t want to NOT send any out, as I want the chain to stay unbroken. Time has sped up so much that the months pass by as fast as weeks used to.

Christmas Cards

Connect with friends…

The cards we write at this time of year provide us with the incentive to connect with friends and relatives that we haven’t seen for awhile. For some of them, this is the only time we get in touch. A large Thanksgiving meal still includes only those whom you probably see regularly. Christmas cards reach out to other states and other countries where friends have moved over the years.

I love getting the cards that have a picture of the sender on it. If a short (or long) summary of their year is included, the card is more than just a happy greeting. You find out about their health, new babies, weddings, deaths, and sometimes a marvelous trip that you enjoy hearing about.

Get personal…

The little note I sent out with my cards this year included the expected arrival of another great-grandchild, along with information about my family. I included info on my health, which has greatly improved, including my mind getting clear now that my heart condition has been addressed. I’m still taking some heart medicines, but have reduced them from 5 to 3, plus I am taking the minimum dosages.

I went to Bellingham for Thanksgiving. Rural area. Really nice. Otherwise haven’t gone anywhere this year. No problem, as I’ve been busy.

I am still writing novels, but didn’t finish any books this year as I am trying to get the book of Acts finished for the DVD Show & Tell Bible while I still have my health. This project (1000s of hand-drawn pictures by various artists) was made more difficult as I had to re-do things I thought was done (while in a heart-induced brain-fog). I also put a group of parables and other teachings of Christ onto a program called Doodly. When I do the Gospels (partly done already) I plan to insert the Doodly motion files into it. I am working with my grandson in California to put the Old Testament books up on YouTube, then Acts when it is finished. Hope to eventually get the entire Bible up as a teaching tool.

Look for my novella, Changing Horses, which is a New Year’s story, along with all of my Christmas stories that are on sale. Christmas on Cougar Mountain is free. Look for our Authors’ Billboard Christmas collections that are on sale now.

Early Childhood Education

Keep safe, healthy, and enjoy your life. Have a happy 2024!

Learn a Trade by Nancy Radke

All men and women should learn a trade, even if they go to college and get the education needed to enter certain professions.

Why it is important for a man to learn a trade if he studies to learn a profession? Because life isn’t static for many people. You start out in one job, switch to something different, then maybe something else as you grow older. Consider the apostle Paul who learned tent making as well as studying under the Law teacher Gamaliel, then later used that skill to support himself on his preaching trips.

Learn A Trade

Education Comes In Many Forms

A large number of folks seem to think that all students must get a college education despite the cost and the fact that the student might not be suited for any of the professions. Many trade skills can be used to make your life better, so even if you do end up in a profession such as doctor or lawyer or teacher, you can use the trade skill to enrich your life. For example, carpentry can be used to remodel your own home.

Youngsters who work at a job to put themselves through school often find themselves liking that work better than what they got an education to do. They become apprentices learning masonry, plumbing, pipefitting, auto repair, crab fishing, farming, gardening, electrical skills…and the list is endless.

One of my sons graduated with an English major. He discovered that it was very helpful when he entered law enforcement. When he left that, he tried other jobs, then formed a company and remodeled houses, building the house I live in. He had learned the builder’s trade working as a carpenter to get money to go to college. Now he’s back using his English skill, legal/officer skills, and construction skills in a different occupation that requires all of them.

My other son became a long-distance truck driver after entering the hospitality industry and not liking it. My husband taught drivers’ education, so had taught all the kids to drive stick-shifts.

Life Skills

Some of these skills, such as computer use, cooking, sewing and balancing a checkbook are called life skills. Even such a basic skill as learning how to tie different knots can be neglected when kids use Velcro fasteners. With You tube and online academies, you can learn just about anything, so help your children get a diverse education.

In one of my novels, Any Lucky Dog Can Find a Missing Child, the heroine continues her father’s mission of rescuing struggling farm families, helping them keep their farms or buying them outright and selling them to young married couples who want to become farmers. She knows that small family farms feed our nation, but as they are lost to giant corporate farms, less and less diversity in crops are grown. Youth who want to become farmers need to be encouraged to do so, so she does this in addition to helping the county sheriff solve a murder.

Any Lucky Dog can find a Missing Child

General Health Tips

All during my life I have been allergic to one thing or another, such as dust and wool and polyester. I avoid what I can and learn to substitute, like always wearing cotton and using rice milk in place of regular milk. Some things I have discovered by trial and error, while others have been suggested by doctors such as a dermatologist.

Health

If you have someone allergic to laundry soap, switch to a more natural product, such as ECOS. If that doesn’t clear things up enough, run your loads through the rinse cycle twice on cold. When I was living in Anchorage in the early 60s, a woman said her husband was miserable as his feet were allergic to soap and she couldn’t seem to get the soap out of his socks. The co-op had an old-fashioned washing machine and I suggested using it to rinse out the socks. She would fill it half full of cold water and toss in all the socks she had just washed and agitate it for a few minutes. It worked splendidly and kept him from having to go barefoot (not a good choice in Alaska). She said I saved her marriage.

Also on the laundry.

Buy several net bags made for the laundry and put the clothes in them that you will wash, but want to keep out of the dryer. Then when your husband or kids help you by drying the clothes, they will know not to include those bags.

If you have anyone with a cold or allergies who has to blow their nose a lot, try putting out a roll of expensive toilet paper. It is by far a lot softer than the tissues they sell, and keeps your nose from becoming red and sore. If you have an empty square tissue box, pull off a long strip of toilet paper, fold it along its tear lines and put it in the box, just to look nicer.

For people with allergies to bar soap, switch to Dove for face and body. It has more lotion than soap and stopped the deep rashes that I still get when I use regular soap, like when on a trip (and I forgot to put my Dove bar in the suitcase.)

Another health tip.

Want to keep your skin supple as you age, but don’t want to pay the high price for collagen lotions? The membrane of an egg is loaded with the stuff. I’ve kept my wrinkles at bay by pulling off the membrane of an egg or two and tossing them into scrambled eggs or stir fries, or baked beans, etc. Some folks say to spread them on the wrinkles on your face, but by eating them (tasteless), you benefit the rest of your body as well. Just a few a week is all you need, unless you are really old and have almost no natural collagen. Then you might need a little more.

Allergic to chocolate? Buy some roasted Carob. This powdered alternative to chocolate can be sweetened with honey or your favorite sweetener. I always use it for my hot chocolate drinks. It stops the craving for regular chocolate. Make sure it is roasted.

MY heroine in Sunbeams and Shadows is a cook for a dude ranch. She has to make sure she cooks around the allergies of their guests. She makes carob brownies and other carob treats for a child allergic to chocolate.