- The Simple Life
Rich Man, Poor Man
A very rich man named Carl was riding his great stallion over
his vast estate. He came upon a poor tenant farmer named Hans,
sitting in the sun overlooking the valley. "What are you doing
there?" asked Carl.
"I am thanking God for all my blessings."
"But you are poor! I wouldn't be thankful if I owned what you
"God has given me all I need. I am very thankful," said Carl.
Carl added, "It's strange you came by today. I had a dream last
night I thought I should tell you about. Last night, I dreamed that
the richest man in the valley died."
"Dreams don't mean anything!" and with that Carl rode off.
Carl however, could not get the dream off his mind, so when he
arrived at his home, he sent for the Doctor. The Doctor came and
gave Carl a full examination. "You are healthy as a horse, Carl.
There is no reason for you to worry about an old man's dream. But
the doctor stayed through the night, just in case.
The next morning, as the doctor was preparing to leave, a
messenger arrived. "I have information! Hans, the farmer died in
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What do readers of "The Simple Life" say they are Thankful for?
"I am greatful for my country and that "moral issues" was a big
factor in choosing a President this time. One of the signs of the
end of this world is a great return to God and I feel it is
happening. The "me first" generation is finally beginning to fade
and turn to "what can I do for you" instead. It is simple to put it
into words but living the life of servatude to God, family and
country is a lifelong task." ~A. from Grand Rapids
"I am thankful for the bounty God has provided this country. I
pray that more people will become aware of how blessed we are
compared to the majority of the people in this world. We throw away
more than most of the world's population will ever own. As we get
closer every day to the end times and as the huge prosperity bubble
we are living on gets closer and closer to bursting, I am thankful
that we have learned and continue to learn to live the simple life
and to be more self sufficient. I am I am thankful we were able to
save one Russian orphan by making him a beloved member of our
family. I am thankful for our children and did not have to give
them up because we could not provide for them. I pray that more
people who go to extraordinary lengths to become pregnant will come
to realize that there are thousands of babies around the world who
will never know the love of a mother's arms."~Suzy
"I am thankful for our country and my family. I am thankful that I
can worship, but can choose among many local churches where I want
to worship. I
am grateful for health, because no matter what I have ever had, I
or here of someone who is worse off." ~Susan in Cutler Ridge
"When I was going to work I said. Thank God it is Friday, I hate my
job. I stopped myself and said "Wow, I am so lucky to have a great
to home and I have such a nice weekend to look forward to. This day
will fly by
and I will be off for two glorious days."
Being more thankful is something I am going to have to work on.
"I try to remember the things I'm really thankful for, the ones that
REALLY matter whenever I am feeling down. Thanks to living simply I
also try to remember that more when being asked to commit to things.
I ask myself "Does this really satisfy and support faith, home or
family?" If is does, I do it, if not, than I don't. It has been so
eye opening for me." ~Chaley in Western NY
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"Only the disciplined are free." ~~ J.C. Penney
"America has never been united by blood or birth or soil. We are
bound by ideals that move us beyond our backgrounds, lift us above
our interests and teach us what it means to be citizens. Every child
must be taught these principles. Every citizen must uphold them. And
every immigrant, by embracing these ideals, makes our country more,
not less, American." ~~ President George W. Bush
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Simple Pumpkin-Choco Cake
2 c flour 1-1lb can pumpkin
2 t baking powder 1 1/2 c Bran Flakes
1 t baking soda 1-6oz. pkg.(1 cup)semi-
1/2 t salt sweet chocolate morsels
1 1/2 t cinnamon 1 c coarsely chopped nuts
1/2 t ground cloves confectionary's glaze
1/4 t allspice (optional)
1/4 t ginger
2 c granulated sugar
1 c vegetable oil
Sift together flour, baking soda, soda, salt, spices and sugar.
Set aside. In large bowl beat eggs til foamy. Add pumpkin, vegetable
oil and bran flakes; mix well. Add sifted dry ingredients only until
combined. Stir in nuts and chocolate morsels. Spread evenly in
ungreased 10 x 4 tube pan. Bake in 350 oven for 1 hour and 10
minutes or until wooden toothpick inserted in center comes out
clean. Cool completely before removing from pan. Place cake on plate
on drizzle with confectionary's glaze if desired. Makes 16 servings.
Keeping it Simple,
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