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A Christian Family in Nazi Germany (inspired by a 1942 magazine picture)

Just for the record, I do not own the cropped image featured on this page. It originated from an American magazine in 1942 and the main message of the magazine image was that in America, as opposed to Nazi Germany, the people are allowed to listen to whichever broadcast they so choose and form their own opinion. They are also able to do so in their living room instead of a hideout. I cropped those details out, so the image would fit better on this page.

I’ve been told all my life, “A picture is worth a thousand words.” I find that statement to be entirely true. And not only that, God has given me a gift in which I can create stories by just looking at certain works of art. I began to utilize this gift around the age of 31 when I started my “Christmas in July” posts on Facebook and Instagram. I can also credit my Mom for helping me realize this gift because when I was a toddler, she would show me images in “The Reader’s Digest” and tell me stories about them on the spot.

So, I’ve been well aware of this image for some time now. For almost as long as I have been aware of it, I’ve wanted to turn it into a story detailing the lives of the four persons pictured:

It is my guess that they are in a secret hideout listening to an illegal radio which is capable of receiving foreign broadcasting services (definitely not a Volksempfänger AKA People’s Receiver.) They appear to be very troubled over the news they are hearing. In addition, their troubled facial expressions are also probably indicative of the fact that they are hyper-vigilant as to not get caught listening by the Gestapo…

The older gentleman on the far left is a skilled 60-year-old blacksmith living in Nazi-era Germany. He worked his way up from an apprentice and eventually obtained his own shop. Even though Germany has been a poor state from the end of World War 1 until the rise of Hitler, he has prospered because his business has several contracts to forge hand tools for those employed as electricians and telephone/telegraph linemen. Therefore, he is well established and has the money and connections to afford one of those sophisticated but illegal radios and furnish a hideout to secretly listen. At the beginning of World War 2, he was listening with his wife and daughter, they were all listening to a Christian broadcast and because of their uncertain future in addition to realizing their sinful conditions, they all gave their lives to Jesus Christ and subsequently began attending their local church. This gentleman has secretly been supporting underground churches financially and otherwise.

Next is the young lady, the blacksmith’s 25-year-old daughter. Up until recently was employed by their local church as a children’s Sunday School teacher. Their church has now gone underground, due to extensive persecution from the Nazi authorities. She realized that God had gifted her with the ability to teach and out of her love and dedication to Him decided to teach the very young of Germany in hopes that they too would come to Christ. Whilst attending the church, she met and fell in love with her future husband, a young minister and pastor’s assistant.

Further along is an older lady who is the blacksmith’s wife, a 52-year-old former socialite. She has been married for 36 years and was employed in her parents’ bakery since her early teens. Up until recently she and her siblings were still running it, where she was employed as the manager. The bakery was raided and shut down by the Gestapo as punishment for their kindness to Christians and Jews among other groups tormented by the Nazis. Because of her husband’s connections, she manages to escape further trouble but secretly uses her baking skills to provide food for the underground churches.

Finally, on the far right, is the bespectacled young gentleman, a 31-year-old Christian minister who up until recently was furthering his education and employed assisting the head pastor of the aforementioned church. A troubled child, he came to Christ in his late teens and subsequently felt the call to ministry, thus entering seminary. They met when he graduated with a Bachelor’s and had been appointed to this local church as the pastor’s assistant. There was an instant spark of mutual attraction between them, both physically and emotionally. Not long after, he began courting her. The young lady’s parents were impressed by his strong morals, eloquence, sobriety, and dedication to Christ that they were overjoyed when he asked for their permission to marry her. When the Nazis began persecuting The Church, they were quietly married and her family hid him from the Gestapo. From his hiding place, he would secretly write letters of encouragement to Christians who were scattered about and Gospel tracts for anyone who wished to know Christ. He also received secret cash payments for his ministry, to help support his young wife and his in-laws.

What will become of these four Christians?

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About AM (Medium Wave) DXing

As stated many times before, I have been fascinated by all radio electronics since early childhood.

It wasn’t until my mid-teens that I began to allow these interests to flourish.

At the age of 15 going on 16 (late 2002), I began subscribing to the C. Crane Catalog. It was through reading that catalog that I learned of two subjects:

AM (Medium Wave) DXing

…AND…

LED Flashlights

This piece will be about the former.

Some people AM DX because they are dissatisfied with the content produced by their local radio stations. I know there are a limited amount of frequency spaces in a given market and commercial radio doesn’t keep everyone in mind. I have been a fan of talk radio since the age of 16. I will admit that there isn’t much programming locally that catches my attention. I know I am not the only one and before the Internet, the way to catch a certain show in a distant city was by listening to AM at night.

Most do it because they are sports fans that live far away from the city in which their team is located, but still want coverage of that game. I think this is the main reason why most people who are into AM Dxing are indeed into AM DXing. Years ago, I had written in a piece I wrote about vintage electronics about how a middle-aged working-class man who enjoys nighttime sporting events and wants to hear a certain game. Maybe that game isn’t available on any local station and would cost extra on a pay television subscription. Maybe he doesn’t want to pay the extra amount of money to see it on his pay television service. Either he just cannot afford to or maybe he has that money set aside for things he deems more important. Whatever the case, he turns to AM radio as a means to still get the details of whatever game he desires to hear. This is because of the properties of anything broadcast on the frequencies at which AM (Medium Wave) radio is situated. These signals travel much further between sunset and sunrise, sometimes thousands of miles. So this is perfect for any sports fan who needs free coverage of a game that is not available on a local station. For this reason alone, I think that analog terrestrial radio needs to stay because it is a completely free source of information and entertainment.

Quite a few may do it because they live in one part of the country but are originally from another, so it is a means to keep up with what is going on in their hometown, though the Internet may have drastically reduced AM radio as the main means of accomplishing this task. Before free long distance and cheap, easy to use Internet devices, keeping tabs on what was going on in a distant city often meant listening to an AM station from that city at night. It seems to have made the distance a little shorter at times.

And finally others, like me, do it as a technological hobby. Although I am dissatisfied with the content produced by my local stations as well. However, I chalk the boring content on New Orleans radio stations up to a very wicked woman named Katrina. I just think there is something very neat how I can turn a radio on after dark and suddenly have access to dozens of extra stations from up to thousands of miles away and for free. I grew up with cable tv in the house and had Internet access since the age of 13. As an adult, I refuse to subscribe to cable, but I would be in trouble if I had no Internet. But the fact that I can get content from far away and for free is somehow empowering and I think is the main reason why I am into AM DXing.

In late 2002, I had found out from reading the C. Crane Catalog about AM DXing. However, I wouldn’t give it a try until a year later.

The two radios designed for AM DXing that were featured in the Fall 2002 C. Crane Catalog were the original CC Radio plus which was $159.95+shipping and the G. E. Superadio 3 which was $64.95+shipping. Both of these were well out of the price range for an unemployed fifteen-year-old. So I didn’t order them. In fact, to this day, the only product that I ever ordered from the C. Crane Catalog was a Sangean DT-200VX. I ordered it in the Summer of 2007 and it could do AM DXing fairly decently for a radio of its size. It was nothing to pull in WSM out of Nashville on any night while in Southeast Louisiana. My ex-wife wound up with that radio because she liked it more than I did and I guess I wanted her to have it. One day though I might order a CC Pocket Radio if I have some extra money, but that remains to be seen.

The first time I tried AM DXing was in October of 2003, but I ended up listening to a show on a local station because it had my undivided attention. The radio I was using was a Radio Shack 12-756, which I would come to find out is pretty decent for a budget radio. But that night, I would end up listening to that show until it was no longer available because the station carrying it slightly changed formats. However, when I would listen to that station at night, I noticed that other stations were trying to make it in on the same frequency. Many times those other stations were in Spanish which makes me think they were either in Central America or the Caribbean. That was the first time I observed AM stations traveling further at night.

In the early morning hours of February 15, 2004, I was up early and tried AM DXing for the first time. I was again using my Radio Shack 12-756. The first station I remember catching was KTRS on 550 kHz out of Saint Louis. I kept it in a log but unfortunately misplaced that log. However, after that, I kept on AM DXing, at least until I was done with high school. On my eighteenth birthday, I remember picking up WSM on 650 kHz on my LifeLong Baby BoomBox 2225. Later on, in 2005 I remember picking up KFGO on 790 kHz out of Fargo, North Dakota. On July 18, 2005, I passed the test to become a licensed amateur radio operator.

I met the girl who would become my wife and later ex-wife on January 7, 2007. After that I didn’t have much time for my radio hobbies because I was in a relationship, going to school, and later working. However, I would still do AM DXing every once in a while. I remember catching plenty of stations from The Midwest in those days.

After my divorce, another failed relationship, and being on disability, I find myself with a considerable amount of time to devote to the hobby. So much so, that I recently purchased a second-hand but in very good condition GE Superadio 3. I haven’t yet caught a station as far away as KFGO, but I did hear a station out of Charlotte, North Carolina. It is WBT on 1100 kHz. None of my other radios ever picked up a station from that area, so I must say I am impressed!

Unfortunately, AM DXing isn’t as easy as it once was. There aren’t as many AM stations to choose from and there is a lot more electrical noise because more people have WiFi and Bluetooth devices. However, during a power failure or on vacation in the middle of nowhere would be ideal times to try and engage in AM DXing. I plan to do just that the next time I travel. Of course, just traveling out in the country at night is the perfect time for AM DXing with a car radio. I’ve done it quite a few times.

I hope analog terrestrial radio even the AM band will be in place for decades to come and I hope there will be a revival of it and it will be better than it has been for some time.

Try it for yourself, after dark, turn your AM receiver on and see what stations are available. Likely, you will be pleasantly surprised!

This now concludes my piece on AM DXing.

I hope that you, the reader, have been informed, entertained, and enlightened.

May God richly bless you!

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A Review of the Radio Shack 12-756 Multiband Receiver

Just so we’re clear, I do not own the featured image on this page.

I am giving credit to whomever credit is due.

In the Summer of 2003, my interest in anything on radio electronics was flourishing. It was one of the best summers I had ever experienced because I was also just starting as a writer.

Being an unemployed sixteen-year-old at the time, I had to make every penny I had count.

Neither of my scanners could pick up the aircraft band and I was interested in hearing it.

I couldn’t hustle enough money for an actual scanner that was airband capable but I could eventually get a lower-end multiband radio.

So I began to scrape what money I could in hopes to either buy a Radio Shack 12-817 or a 12-756.

The 12-817 cost $29.99+tax and could be carried more easily but the 12-756 cost $39.99+tax and picked up more bands.

In mid to late July of 2003, I finally had enough money and ended up purchasing the 12-756, which this piece will be a review thereof. I think I paid less than the SRP because it was on clearance, therefore I even had enough money to purchase some Alkaline Enercells which back in the day were some wonderful batteries!

As I will be pointing out, this radio had a huge impact on my life.

Initially, I used it to listen to air traffic, but, months later, I find out that the AM receiver in it was pretty superb.

In October of 2003, while I was attempting to AM DX with this radio, I wound up catching WTIX on 690 kHz out of New Orleans. On that station was a show hosted by former Libertarian Presidential Candidate Harry Browne. The show had my undivided attention. So much so, that I gave up AM DXing for the evening. Though I wasn’t old enough to vote (or drink or own a gun), hearing his show for just a few minutes made me an instant convert to Libertarianism. I won’t lie, it was my love of alcohol and guns that caused me to espouse Libertarianism so quickly. I still hold on to some Libertarian principles but am now a fierce Moderate and have been since about 2019.

I would listen to Harry Browne’s show every Saturday Night. I soon would listen to other shows on that station.

I would frequently carry my Radio Shack 12-756 in my school bag and listen during class if nothing was required.

In the early morning hours of February 15, 2004, I was up early and attempting to do some AM DXing. I pulled in KTRS on 550 kHz. I pulled in several other stations that morning.

Later in 2004, I began listening to David J. Smith’s Newswatch Magazine which was carried on WWL and KAAY. I won’t lie, listening to this show contributed to me having a mental breakdown in June of 2004, but also prepared for an encounter and subsequent surrender to Jesus Christ and His Gospel in July of 2004. It was mostly listened to with my Radio Shack 12-756! I guess what captivated me about this radio program was even though David J. Smith was a Christian minister, he was against the Bush Administration, as was I. It also seemed that he was against the Iraq War, as was I. And his content was overall interesting. I was in catholic school, but during my religion class, the teacher, Coach Calvin “Buck” Buxton, God rest his soul, would allow me to read the Bible in his class, which further was preparing me for my encounter and subsequent surrender to Christ.

While I was hospitalized in June of 2004, this radio was a frequent companion, though the telescoping antenna had to be removed. I would listen to WBYU on 1450 kHz out of nearby New Orleans which was carrying Radio Disney. That radio helped me during one of my most trying times. Unfortunately, we could only listen at certain times. I was the only patient with a radio, almost everyone else had portable CD players.

I continued AM DXing and in February of 2005, on this radio, I received KFGO out of Fargo, North Dakota, the furthest known AM DX reception I have ever accomplished. And it was on my Radio Shack 12-756! I am currently trying to have better AM DX results with my GE Superadio, but I want to write a detailed piece on AM DXing in general and explain why it has gotten harder in recent years.

On nights and weekends, I was glued to this radio, especially listening to WSMB on 1350 kHz out of New Orleans.

On July 18, 2005, I became a licensed amateur radio operator and didn’t AM DX as much.

Then a little over a month later a wicked woman named Katrina destroyed many things, including radio broadcasting in New Orleans. I do want to write a piece on how wonderful radio in New Orleans was before Katrina.

On May 20, 2006, I graduated high school and at one point was working and going to trade school so I didn’t have much time for AM DXing.

On January 7, 2007, I met the girl who would become my wife and later ex-wife and didn’t have time for AM DXing.

In the Summer of 2008, I donated my Radio Shack 12-756 to a thrift store because other hobbies had occupied my efforts.

I could now kick myself for doing so considering the impact it had on me. Hindsight is always 20/20.

Here are some detailed specifications of this radio that I remember and also pulled out of The Radio Shack Catalog:

There are seven bands on this radio.
AM: 530-1700 kHz
FM: 88-108 MHz
TV Audio VHF Low: Channels 2-6 (now obsolete)
TV Audio VHF High: Channels 7-13 (now obsolete)
VHF Air: 108-136 MHz
VHF High: 145-175 MHz
WX: 162.4-162.55 MHz

The tuning accuracy and selectivity left something to be desired on most bands (FM and TV seemed accurate) but made up for it with sensitivity!

The power source was either a 6 Volt AC/DC adaptor or 4 AA batteries, which seemed to have a pretty generous runtime.

The audio quality was decent for a sub $50 radio but would get heavily distorted when the batteries were dying.

My one complaint about this radio is the color and the plastic cabinet seems a little flimsy, especially when constantly on the go.

I know I now have better radios for every band this device covered, but if God wills it I would like a duplicate simply because of the sentimental value. Or at least I would purchase the predecessor model, the 12-456, but again only if God wills it.

I guess, this, therefore, concludes my review of the Radio Shack 12-756 Multiband Receiver.

I know I am very biased towards this product, but because of the poor tuning accuracy on bands that count, the goofy color choice, and the flimsy plastic cabinet I will only give it a 4.25 out of 5 stars and that is being generous.

I hope that you the reader have been informed, entertained, and enlightened. May God richly bless you!

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A Review of the GE Superadio 3 7-2887B

Just so we’re clear, I do not own the featured image on this page. Rather, I downloaded it from Pinterest.

As mentioned before, I have been interested in all radio electronics, since early childhood.

That radio interest began to flourish in my mid-teens.

I was 15 going on 16 when I first discovered the GE Superadio, which I saw in a C. Crane Catalog. That was back in the Fall of 2002.

It was from reading about that said radio that I learned of the hobby AM or Medium Wave DXing.

I first tried that activity in the Fall of 2003 with positive results. For those of you who are curious, the radio I used was a Radio Shack 12-756.

From that point until Hurricane Katrina, I was usually near some radio at night seeing what distant or local stations I could catch. I was entertained for hours on end.

Then Hurricane Katrina happened and as I’ve mentioned a time or two before, it ruined many things in New Orleans. Some of those ruined things have recovered, but radio broadcasting in that City has not recovered.

WTIX-AM/WIST-AM and WSMB-AM had some pretty neat talk programming before Katrina. Now those callsigns are no longer in use and their frequencies are used for other formats.

It is now 2021, almost 16 years after that hurricane and the radio stations in New Orleans still don’t have that much to offer.

I gave up on waiting for it to recover.

I will listen to the NPR station out of New Orleans but I can get NPR almost anywhere. Well, I will listen to it only when they are not trying to forward an agenda, then I change the station.

So, I’ve decided to do a little streaming with my Sylvania BoomBox and Samsung tablet when I want to hear stations from other cities, but I prefer to do this the old-fashioned way.

I have several capable AM-compatible radios, but I wanted a more high-performance model.

Meet the GE Superadio 3 7-2887B, that which this piece will be a review thereof.

This piece will be my initial reaction because I haven’t had the chance to take it out into the sticks and do some serious DXing with it.

Although I must say I am pleased thus far!

I had a little bit of extra money in May of 2021, and I’ve wanted one of these radios since my teen years.

God blessed me with one through eBay. The base price was $49.99. The shipping was free. and the total after taxes was $54.79. It was used but in very nice condition, especially considering the price! I ordered it on May 4th, 2021 and it arrived on May 10, 2021. God has blessed me tremendously, because not only was I able to get it for a very fair price, but it also doesn’t have any of the quality control issues that many GE Superadios suffer from. I thank Him and give Him the glory. Hopefully, aside from secular educational and entertainment programming, I can tune in some Christian programs as well.

I’m not sure of the actual manufacturing date but I know this particular version of the GE Superadio was made between 1992 and 2008.

Update:
I interpreted the date code to mean that my particular unit came off the assembly line in August of 2001. This means that it is almost 20 years old at the time I received it. It does work like a brand new unit!

Although made primarily of plastic and in China, it still seems to be solidly constructed. Even the carrying handle feels quite rugged. The radio is activated by an On/Off switch. There is a 6.5 inch/165.1-millimeter woofer and a 2 inch/50.8-millimeter tweeter for the internal speakers and I must say the audio quality is more than generous. The volume is still quite loud even at the lowest setting. (minimum audio output is 700 milliWatts.) There are dedicated Bass and Treble controls. For FM listening there is an Automatic Frequency Control switch and yes it does work wonderfully (especially considering I am a few blocks from an FM transmitter tower.) In addition, there is a Ceramic IF filter and 3 IF tuned circuits for FM. There are also 4 IF tuned circuits and a wide/narrow selector switch for AM reception. Narrow allows better selectivity. Wide allows better audio quality. I will say that in Wide mode, AM music sounds as nicely as if it were broadcast on FM. For power, it runs on either 6 D-sized batteries or the AC mains current. Yes, this radio is a bit oversized with physical dimensions of 12.5 inches Wide X 10.5 inches High X 4.5 inches Thick (317.5 mm Wide X 266.7 mm High X 114.3 mm Thick) but worth it.

Then there is the tuning capability:

I’ve read many complaints from others saying their GE Superadios were not accurate on the tuning dial, but mine was reasonably accurate for a vernier tuner. It’s not always dead-on, but it’s fairly near where it needs to be. The FM rod antenna is long enough (38 inches/976 millimeters) and pulls in FM stations wonderfully but the internal AM ferrite bar antenna is the selling point above all else on this model. It is engineered to pull in distant AM stations that most radios won’t even detect. This is because the bar is longer (7.875 inches/200 millimeters total length) than most internal AM antennas. If that weren’t enough, there are external antenna terminals on the back of the radio to connect to even better antennas both from AM and FM. I literally can’t wait to take this out to the sticks and try it out. Right now I live in an apartment, so along with all of the electrical noise from living in close quarters, I also have to consider not disturbing my neighbors when playing a radio at night. I would like to find a cabin by a lakeshore and try it out. If I do, I will amend my findings to this piece. I hope that by the time I purchase my forever home that AM broadcasting will still be available. However, if this year’s hurricane season is as active as last year’s, I will have plenty of reasons to use this radio.

Update:
I picked up a station that I’ve never picked up before in my 17 years of AM DXing. And yes I picked it up on my GE Superadio 3. On the evening of May 14, 2021, I received WBT out of Charlotte, North Carolina. I have never heard an AM station that far east before. I do have a friend in the suburbs of Cleveland and have been trying to pick up the station WTAM which is on the same frequency as WBT (1100 kHz.) I did receive WTAM for a few minutes, but that was earlier in the evening, but it quickly faded out. I will point out that AM DXing was easier 17 years ago because not everyone had WiFi or Bluetooth which many times interfere with AM reception. Also, 17 years ago, I lived in a slightly less populated community than I do now and I certainly was not living in close quarters like I am now. I do plan to write a more detailed piece on my AM DXing experiences.

I will say that as of lately, I am satisfied with FM performance since it can filter out the bleeding from the FM station near me. Not all of my radios have this capability. I haven’t been able to try out the AM performance as I want but I did receive AM stations from Dallas and San Antonio clear as day. I hope to try and catch more AM stations.

So far I do not have any complaints about this radio and I hope and pray that it shall serve me for years to come.

I do give it a rating of 5 out of 5 stars!

This, therefore, concludes my review of the GE Superadio 3 7-2887B.

I hope you, the reader, have been informed, enlightened, and maybe even entertained!

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Christian Newlyweds

I came up with this off the top of my head on April 29, 2021.  However, it had been on my mind and heart since January of 2020.  Something like this would be an ideal marriage for me.

Without further ado, here it is:

The alarm clock rings. It’s a cold and bleak January morning.

Time to get ready for church.

My wife and I share a brief but intimate kiss.

I visit the bathroom to relieve myself, then light the gas-powered radiator and make us breakfast.

She relieves herself afterward then slowly walks to the kitchen of our antique trailer.

We purchased the lot free and clear and the trailer was donated to us, so that gives us extra money each month.

I get a disability check for various mental afflictions as well as a back injury and she gets it for PTSD.

I inherited most of my disabilities, her abusive ex-husband caused hers.

I faithfully take my medicine not just for me, but also for her and my fellow church members. She goes to therapy and meets with the ladies at our church as well. It seems to help her out.

We are both divorcees, actually, but that is what makes us so perfect for each other.

I just turned thirty-five and she is twenty-eight-going-on-twenty-nine. I only wish we would have met sooner, but maybe then we wouldn’t be as compatible as we are now.

I make us each a hot cup of Clover Valley Instant Coffee, mixed with half and half. I add sugar to her cup.

Then I prepare some hot oatmeal, then drizzle it with honey purchased from our local grocer.

Today makes one month that we have been married. I just hope and pray for many more milestones. She started coming to my church six months ago and, well, we quickly fell for each other.

Actually, I had been praying for God to send me someone exactly like her a few years prior to meeting her. I was filled with joy when that prayer was answered.

Furthermore, our pasts are virtually equivalent, greatly enhancing our compatibility

The denomination of which I was formerly affiliated, has, unfortunately, began to put Christ out of reach. The denomination she was formerly affiliated with is nothing short of a cult.

I just thank God that we are now in a wonderful church. In fact, it is so wonderful, we count the hours between services!

We say grace, then eat breakfast. All the while, we can’t stop smiling at each other.

After we are done eating we watch each other dress.

I step into some long black work pants with a dark green Oxford shirt.

She dons a long black skirt and a pink blouse that accentuates all of her sexy curves.

Playfully, I begin to lift her skirt.

She giggles then says, “Just wait when we get back home, Mister!”

I sensuously rub her plump buttocks, then move to her soft thick belly, then her jiggly love handles. Finally, I caress her lovely face and give her a kiss.

She moans with pleasure, then tightly embraces me and pelts my face with many kisses. Her wire-rimmed glasses begin to fog up.

We say, “I love you!” in unison, then sweetly rub noses.

She wipes her lenses, then I look at my watch and am surprised by the time.

I announce that we need to get going, then shut off the radiator.

We bundle up, then she grabs her purse and I grab my EDC backpack as we walk to church, hand in hand. It’s only a few feet away, praise God!

Upon arrival we are greeted by fellow members, then we both prepare the coffee.

We fellowship with everyone else until the service starts.

The music comes on and we worship wholeheartedly. The music and lyrics are tremendously beautiful as we contemplate God’s unfailing love for us and all He has done for us.

Afterward, she goes to work in the nursery and I continue to man the media equipment.

Our Pastor begins to pray over all of us, then delivers his message.

I hang on to his every word. I feel conviction on some parts and edification on others.

The message concludes then there is an invitation.

We all close our eyes, I think of the first time I came to Christ, almost eighteen years ago.

The service concludes.

I hang out and fellowship with the other men, she with the ladies.

Finally, our Pastor hugs both of us, then tell us how we ought to go home and enjoy each other, to which we happily comply.

Before we leave, an older couple gives us a container filled with beef stew. Happily, we take it.

Now, we make a beeline for our trailer, with our hands on each others’ buttocks.

We walk up the steps and I unlock the door. We lock it behind us, then I light the radiator once again.

Immediately afterward, we begin to peel each others’ clothes off as we briskly walk to our bedroom.

We become intimate falling deeper in love and further strengthening our marital bonds.

Famished from the intense lovemaking we heat the beef stew, say grace, and happily eat.

We then sit in our living room praying and reading The Bible together.

We both thank God especially for putting us together but also fervently petition Him to bless our marriage and to protect it that no one tares our bond asunder…

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My Idea for the Perfect EDC Weather Radio

Here is my idea for the perfect EDC Weather Radio:

Does anyone besides me remember the Motorola i530?

For those who don’t remember, it was a rugged clamshell phone used on the Nextel System and maybe other iDEN networks.

I’m just realizing that some might not remember Nextel or iDEN.

Just Google it, because I have bigger fish to fry.

All in all, the Motorola i530 was partially inspiring for me to come up with this idea.

Due to writing the description in a video I posted to Youtube, I was discussing how I should design the perfect weather radio that would be used for travel and EDC. It could also be used for monitoring the progress of severe weather from a safe room.

Such a weather radio that I am envisioning doesn’t currently exist, but maybe a product designer is reading this blog and could apply my idea. I would be super thrilled!

I would want a weather radio that could run on either 3 AAA Alkaline/Lithium Primary batteries or have a proprietary Lithium-Ion battery that could be internally charged. The proprietary battery pack should have a charging port that features a USB-C or Micro USB connector. The charging port should NOT be located on the radio

The radio should be around the height and width of the Motorola i530 times 1.5. However, it should be more in a rectangle instead of a rounded shape. it should be able to easily and solidly stand up on a flat surface. The radio should be waterproof and buoyant. It would probably need to be thicker. And just for the record, it would be in a candy bar form factor, not a clamshell, like the Motorola i530.

The radio’s cabinet should be constructed of that same or very similar plastic that Glock pistols are constructed of. It should be all yellow except for the speaker, volume knob, channel selector knob and, power/listen/standby alert knob (more on those details in a bit.)

The battery door should be sealed, slide on, held on by a flat non-removable screw and, locked tightly.

The speaker should be front-firing and occupy the entire front side of the radio. The loudness should be comparable to other weather radios of a similar size and power source.

Another USB-C or Mirco USB port could be placed behind the battery for listening on line current or vehicle power.

The antenna design should also be proprietary and maybe feature two different antennas:
A removable stubby antenna for ease of carrying and durability. It should be properly tuned to quarter-wave in a coil to the weather band and housed in a hard plastic casing.

A removable telescopic antenna for extended range. It should be the same height as the stubby antenna when retracted but maybe ideally to a height of 18 inches when extended (quarter-wave on the weather band.)

The antenna connection to the radio should be female SMA with all appropriate gaskets to keep moisture and dust out.

All control knobs must be situated at the top of the radio and sealed, especially the volume knob.

There would be a knob to select between”Off” “Listen” and “Standby”

Off would of course be to save power when not in use.
Listen would be to hear whichever channel the radio is tuned to.
Standby would be to keep the radio silent until the 1050 Hz tone is broadcast, to which the user would turn the Listen setting.

The channel selector knob should be able to turn to all 7 channels, plus have an 8th position to scan automatically for the strongest signal available (perfect for traveling.) The name of the function maybe could be known as “Travel.”

To pay homage to the history of weather radios, I believe it should use the channel plan of:
1. 162.550
2. 162.400
3. 162.475
4. 162.425
5. 162.450
6. 162.500
7. 162.525
8. Travel Scan

There should be a loud click any time the channel selector knob is turned or the power/listen/standby knob is turned.

The channel numbers and their corresponding frequencies should be stamped or molded on the back of the radio, quite possibly on the battery door.

All other marks and labels on the radio should also be stamped or molded in, not painted. This includes the serial number and date of manufacture, which should be on the back of the radio, possibly behind the battery door.

The brand logo, model number, and NOAA logo could also be stamped on the front by the speaker

The alert sound should feature something like an air raid siren or a series of loud piercing and shrill beeps to get the user’s attention.

As far as the circuitry of the radio, to save space, it should be PLL tuned instead of crystal controlled. There should be some type of amplifier to allow decent reception at 40-50 miles from a transmitter. There should also be either an atmospheric noise limiter circuit or a noise blanker circuit.

This could be marketed to people from all walks of life.

It would be especially popular with those employed in the transportation sector.

I could also see coaches, farmers, teachers, hunters, fishers, campers, or anyone who commutes a considerable distance to work getting some serious use out of this.

Finally, it could be a perfect solution for anyone going on vacation within The US, Canada, Mexico, or Bermuda.

I would be thrilled to see this device come to fruition.

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A Review of the Sony ICF-24 AM/FM Portable Radio

Just so we’re all clear:  I do not own the featured image on this page.  I must and will give all credit to whomever credit is due…

I had been fascinated by all electronics since about the age of one or two.

Definitely, at age two, I developed a fascination with radios.

There was a hand-me-down Sears transistor radio that belonged to my parents. I played with it from the ages of two until four when it was suddenly misplaced.

At the age of eight is when I became even more interested in radios because my morning bus driver would play a station that was popular with kids, teens, and even young adults. That station was Mix 104.1 with the call letters KHOM, later KUMX. It kept this format from 1994 until June 29, 2001. I listened to it very frequently from late 1995 until the format changed and was pretty angry when it did.

My paternal grandparents helped raise me when my parents were working or running errands. And if I was sick on a school day, I stayed at their house. This means I saw them a lot.

At some point in probably late 1996, my Great Aunt gave my Maw Maw a radio. It was a Sony ICF-24.

I think it was so she could listen to the Thibodaux, Louisiana, station, KTIB on 640 AM. At the time, that station was playing music that older people would have listened to. My Maw Maw sewed safety hats for welders as a side hustle well into her 80s and my Paw Paw raised cattle and produce until the age of 89.

The only time I remember my grandparents listening to it was if the electricity was out, such as after Hurricane Katrina.

They were much more fixated on watching cable news channels, especially CNN and later MS-NBC.

I think they subscribed to cable just to watch those channels.

However, I frequently listened to that Sony as a child, teenager, and even into my adult years whenever I was at their house. While waiting to catch the bus for school, if I wasn’t watching television, I was probably sleeping or listening to that radio.

My Paw Paw died on September 4, 2018, and my Maw Maw died on December 28, 2019. They were both 94.

My family began to clean out their house in January of 2020.

They gave me that Sony ICF-24, to which I gladly took it.

And that radio is what this piece will be a review thereof.

Sony always made quality radios and they were a coveted item when I was growing up

Fun fact, I didn’t shop at Radio Shack on the regular until I was 14 going on 15. I didn’t know what a scanner radio was until I was 14 and a half. My family didn’t have Internet access until I was 13 and a half. There were no video game consoles in the house until I was 10 going on 11. So the bulk of my entertainment aside from watching television was listening to the radio. It was boring sometimes and I often believe that I should have been born 10 years later. What is weird is when I look at pictures of myself as a child, the hairstyle I had looks more like the hairstyles kids had in the 2010s and this decade as well. I think a time or two my classmates in grade school commented on how I was probably from the future, but I digress. Seriously I would have done better on so many levels had I been born 10 years later, but maybe my life would have been so good that I would have never realized my desperate need for Christ.

Most people in my age group appreciated radio in their childhood but have since gotten away from it and similar technologies. It seems to me that all they want to do is eat out and watch Netflix. However, it seems that younger people, as in those in their teens and early-to-mid-twenties are indeed interested in radio technologies. Because of them, it is making a strong comeback. See why I say I should have been born 10 years later?! And if you don’t believe me, just look around on YouTube. I will say that people my age watch more broadcast television than their GI, Silent, Boomer, and GenX counterparts. Millennials and Zoomers are either using a streaming service or watching broadcast television. This is because we realize cable is a ripoff and many of us couldn’t afford it anyway. However, I was watching broadcast television since my teens, mostly as an experiment. I was doing it before it was cool to do so. In my childhood and up until my very early twenties, even a basic cable package could deliver some pretty superb programming, but some time around 2010, things started to change. By the way, my Paw Paw was from the GI Generation and my Maw Maw was on the cusp between GI and Silent and as I said before, they were hooked on cable news, especially my Maw Maw. I can see why though, they were old enough to have witnessed plenty of history and they lived in an area that was not quite rural but not quite the suburbs either. So watching television with an antenna proved quite troublesome and I’m guessing they figured it was easier just to subscribe to cable.

Look at me I am very off track and way out of focus, but at least I said things that needed to be said.

Sometimes, more like many times, this blog is quite therapeutic for me.

…Back to the piece at hand…

I was always impressed by the tuning accuracy this radio provides, especially on AM. I am equally impressed by its AM DXing capabilities. That is what I used it for most these days.

And here is why:

It lacks an Automatic Frequency Control circuit for FM.

…And…

I happen to reside near an FM transmitter tower.

So, unless I want to listen to the signal that is provided by that said nearby tower, this radio is useless for FM because I cannot listen to any other FM station on this radio.

I do have other FM-capable radios with AFC and other signal filtering capabilities, but it would be nice if I could pretend I am Carlisle Snowden and use it to listen to NPR.

For those who don’t know, Carlisle Snowden is a character I created a little over a year ago. He is a tortured artist who listens to NPR to inspire his creativity. He lives in a cheap condominium because of his poverty and can only afford vintage or second-hand electronics. Therefore, he uses a Sony ICF-24 to receive NPR’s programming. The name of the story series is “Bohemian America” for those who are interested and I have a post containing excerpts from that series.

Let’s get down to the details of the radio:

It features a sturdy handle for carrying.

A telescoping rod antenna for FM listening that can be set in very diverse positions.

There is a very well-engineered internal ferrite bar antenna for AM listening.

The ample-sized speaker is excellent with the voice and even music reproduction.

There is also a headphone jack, but I don’t recall ever using it.

The power cord is hard-wired into the radio, but there is a space to place it behind the battery cover whilst using it on the go.

The alternative power source is 4 AA Alkaline batteries and the run time is highly generous. I mean, while I was growing up it had the same batteries for years, but still performed perfectly.

The power switch is independent of the volume knob.

And speaking of the volume knob, despite being in a house that could be tremendously dusty at the times, there is no static when turning it. That should speak volumes, no pun intended, in and of itself given the radio is about 25 years old at the time of me writing this!

There is a red LED tuning indicator to show when the radio is locked onto a signal.

The dial is clear and detailed, there is even a log scale for both AM and FM!

The cabinet is very sturdy and maybe even rugged, at least for home or office use.

So yes, even without an AFC circuit, this radio is still a fine piece of work, as are most Sony products!

I’m just wondering though if any radios made today, will still function flawlessly 25 years later?

I didn’t listen to AM on the regular until I was 16, but FM reception on this radio was nice as a child and early teenager since my grandparents’ house was not too close to an FM transmitter. When I play it now, I usually use it for nighttime AM Dxing experiments. It’s after midnight at the time of me writing this piece and if I wasn’t up to monitor the severe weather that is due in my area, I might be doing some AM DXing with this radio.

As I mentioned before, my one gripe about this radio is the lack of an AFC circuit as does my more modern Sony ICF-P26.

One would think a company like Sony could put an AFC circuit in their most entry-level FM radio receivers.

For that shortcoming, I will take off three-quarters of a point.

So that means I give this product a 4.25 out of 5 stars.

On a slightly related note, I am 34 at the time of writing this piece and I couldn’t tell you, the reader, a single hit song of this year or decade (aside from the Christian singers) without consulting Google. That makes me feel quite old because when my parents were in their mid-thirties they knew all of the popular music. My Dad kept up with the current music into his early 60s, maybe he still does. I mean he knew who Billie Eilish is. In my defense music at that time was awesome whereas I don’t think I would like the music of today. When I do listen to terrestrial radio, unless I am trying to receive distant AM stations it is either tuned to a Christian station or NPR. I would like to see [secular] music get good again, but I won’t hold my breath. If you, the reader, want my honest opinion: Country music became stupid at some point in early 2013. Before that, in fact, in 2012, it was still wonderful. As for mainstream music, it became stupid sometime after 2018, but before then it was pretty nice too. Rap became stupid some time in either 2004 or 2005. Christian Contemporary Music has become much better in the last few years though. I’ll be honest, I didn’t care for it, even after getting saved at the age of 17, but some time in my early thirties, I began to enjoy it thoroughly! Last Sunday at church, the sound system operator was playing a track while waiting for the service to begin. The melody sounded like something from the Post-Grunge era of the late 1990s and early 2000s, but the lyrics were all about praising God. I was thoroughly impressed! Never once did I think I could see Grunge music and Christian music fused like that but it was beautiful!

All in all, I guess this, therefore, concludes my review of the Sony ICF-24.

I know I had deviated from the main subject quite a bit, but I sincerely hope that you, the reader, have been informed, enlightened, and maybe even entertained.

May God richly bless you!

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A Review of the Fenix E20 version 2.0 EDC Flashlight

Just so we all know, I do not own the featured image on this page. It is the property of Fenix Lighting, LLC.

I have been carrying a flashlight on my person pretty much permanently since May 5, 2005.

For this duration it has mostly been a pocket-sized Aluminum flashlight, either a tactical or at least an EDC model.

I started with a Garrity metal LED flashlight, then a Dorcy of similar composition, but brighter, then from about late 2005 until some point in 2017, my choice has usually been some incarnation of a Mini Maglite, either LED or incandescent.

In 2017 and the earlier parts of 2018, I was carrying either Pelican or NiteCore.

From May of 2018 until early 2021, I mostly carried some form of a Streamlight.

In 2011, I joined CandlePowerForums and discovered the brand Fenix but it wouldn’t be until February 12, 2021, that I purchased my first Fenix brand flashlight on eBay. It was the LD02 version 2.0. I paid a total of $32.83 for it.

I was very impressed by it, so on February 28, 2021, I ordered another Fenix flashlight, the E20 version 2.0, also on eBay. The base price was$37.90 and the total price came out to $41.54. Paying these online taxes is murder, but I digress. Anyway, it arrived at my residence on March 4, 2021. That said flashlight is what this piece will be a review thereof.

I tried it out for a little bit then decided that it was nice enough to be my EDC flashlight. At the time I was carrying a Streamlight JR LED.

So I have been carrying it for almost two months at the time I am writing this. And I have no real complaints.

Is this flashlight suitable for a tactical situation?

Probably not.

Why not?

Four reasons.
1. The lowest setting always comes on first.
2. There is no strobe feature.
3. There is no strike bezel.
4. The tail-cap is a reverse click.

But for everyday use, it is perfect.

Might I add that it can be run on either Alkaline or NiMH batteries? Furthermore, it runs on common AA batteries.

Because the lowest setting comes on first, this is quite useful for when one wants to conserve power. Also, a reverse click tail-cap is better at preventing accidental activation than a forward click and some rotary switches.

I would certainly not recommend this for confronting someone breaking into my residence, making trouble with me when I am out and about, or even knocking at my door at a strange hour. That’s what a NiteCore i4000R is meant for. For those who are more budget-conscious, the latest Streamlight Junior or 2AA Pro Tac would also be appropriate for those situations.

However, for regular domestic use, outdoors, some occupational/professional settings, and especially traveling via any mode of transportation the Fenix E20 version 2.0 is a clear winner!

Carrying this flashlight for domestic use will be very handy in a plethora of household tasks because of the diverse power settings (more on that in a bit.) It could be used for looking for your pet in your dark backyard, finding something that well behind your sofa, connecting peripherals to a computer, television, or other electronics, navigating a dark attic or basement, or maybe just getting up to relieve your bladder in the middle of the night.

Carrying this flashlight outdoors, especially with your own family or maybe even bae’s family will be indispensable for many applications, especially after sunset it could be for reading literature while in the tent or navigating a walking path through the woods and anything in between!

Carrying this flashlight to your job will make you appear resourceful to your coworkers and maybe even your superiors. Because it is not a tactical model, there would probably be no issue with bringing this into a workplace where weapons/potentially threatening objects are forbidden.

Carrying this flashlight while traveling on mass transit should not upset the other passengers or security personnel, either. You may even be considered a hero should there be an equipment breakdown at night or on a subway train. God forbid any of you are in a plane crash or shipwreck, but if you survive and happen to have this flashlight on your person, you could assist the rescue workers in locating other survivors.

This is just my take, but as you the reader, probably know, I think about flashlights more than most.

Here is a breakdown of specifications, according to the company website:
Impact Resistance: 1 Meter.
Waterproof/Dustproof Rating: IP68 (submersible to 2 Meters.)
Size: 5 Inches/127 Millimeters Total Length, Body Diameter 0.7 Inches/16.8 Millimeters, Head Diameter 0.8 Inches/21 Millimeters.
Weight: 1.5 Ounces/42 Grams (excluding batteries.)
Included Accessories: 2 AA Alkaline Batteries…Spare O-Ring…Lanyard.

Settings:
Eco Mode
Light Output 5 Lumens
Runtime on Alkaline 200 Hours
Runtime on NiMH 140 Hours
Beam Distance 49 Feet/15 Meters
Beam Intensity 44 Candela

Low Mode
Light Output 30 Lumens
Runtime on Alkaline 93 Hours, 15 Minutes
Runtime on NiMH 34 Hours, 30 Minutes
Beam Distance 115 Feet/35 Meters
Beam Intensity 288 Candela

Medium Mode
Light Output 150 Lumens
Runtime on Alkaline 11 Hours, 15 Minutes
Runtime on NiMH 5 Hours 30 Minutes
Beam Distance 249 Feet/76 Meters
Beam Intensity 1448 Candela

High Mode
Light Output 350 Lumens
Runtime on Alkaline 3 Hours, 45 Minutes
Runtime on NiMH 1 hour, 30 Minutes
Beam Distance 413 Feet/126 Meters
Beam Intensity 3950 Candela

I think, you, the reader can now see why this flashlight is appropriate for a diverse amount of settings where it would be useful. As I said before, pretty much anything besides a tactical situation, and now I will also amend, this would not be a good idea for use in a hazardous location either. Medical professionals may or may not find this flashlight useful, depending on the task at hand. However, anywhere else, I truly think this flashlight fits the bill nicely.

Unless I discover something better or I know I will be in a situation where I am expecting trouble, I plan to carry this flashlight on me indefinitely. I wish I had decided to purchase flashlights like Fenix a decade ago, but at the time, I preferred only American-made flashlights, so that is why I was so glued to Maglite. Flashlights such as Fenix and NiteCore are made every bit as well as a Maglite or Streamlight and almost as well as a SureFire.

I may try out other Fenix flashlights in the upcoming months and years, so far I’m impressed.

So this, therefore, concludes my review of the Fenix E20 version 2.0.

For what it’s designed, I give the Fenix E20 a 5 out of 5 stars. It would be nice if something like this could be American-made, but then it would cost tremendously more.

I hope that you, the reader, have been informed and maybe even entertained.

May God richly bless you!

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A Stormy Louisiana Monday

The alarm clock rings. A forty-five-year-old gentleman slowly wakes up.

He kisses his thirty-nine-year-old disabled wife good morning then gets ready for the day.

He brews some Community Breakfast Blend Coffee and drinks it mixed with half milk and half cream.

He also fries four eggs sunny side up and also toasts two slices of Evangeline Maid Wite Bread on his natural gas-powered range.

He slides his four eggs onto a plate and spreads some Clover Valley Strawberry Preserves on his two slices of toast.

Finally, he pours a tall glass of V8 juice and, says Grace sits down for breakfast.

He enjoys his breakfast then goes into the bathroom and freshens up in his washbasin, scrubbing his body with a bar of Dial soap.

He then shaves his face and splashes on some Aqua Velva.

Finally, he puts on RightGuard deodorant then gets dressed.

He dons a white Hane’s tee shirt with a left breast pocket, some Navy Blue Dickie’s work pants, a brown Dickie’s leather belt some white Fruit of the Loom crew socks and some brown Brahma work boots.

From his bedroom night table, he retrieves a SwissGear RFID shielded wallet, which he places in his left-back pants pocket, a Leatherman Surge multi-tool which he places in his right pocket and a Streamlight SL-20 LED flashlight which he secures in its belt holster. And he takes his Motorola smartphone secured in an Otterbox and places it in his left pants pocket. He places a bag of Clover Valley Cherry Sours in his breast pocket.

His wife prepares him two Creole tomato sandwiches with Rouse’s Mayonaise and Mustard and black pepper, then a Yeti Mug filled with Black Cherry Kool-Aid and places them in his Igloo Playmate Cooler and hands it to him.

They share a sweet hug and kiss, then she smacks his backside.

She then gets their young daughter ready for school.

Finally, he gets his keys and leaves his house, locking the doors behind him.

The skies are overcast and the wind is blowing as he steps onto his carport and opens the door to his 1993 Dodge Dakota.

He sits down cranks his engine and heads to work.

During his commute, he tunes in the Weather Band on his Midland CB Radio. He learns that the entire listening area is under a Tornado Watch and that a squall line is also due for their area this day.

He cusses under his breath, then asks God for forgiveness and places a couple of Cherry Sours in his mouth. Subsequently, he petitions God to protect his wife and daughter in addition to himself.

The sky is dark as he arrives at the local elementary school where he is employed as the facility engineer.

A bolt of lightning lights up the sky as he walks into the office.

He punches in and listens briefly as the principal’s radio is tuned to the local NPR affiliate.

He then walks to the boiler room and checks his work email on his Motorola Smartphone.

The cooler in the cafeteria needs to be tended to, so he retrieves his required tools and walks over.

There is a smell of bread rolls baking as well as red beans and rice along with smoked sausage being cooked. The aroma is very satisfying.

As the cafeteria staff continues to prepare the students’ lunch, the gentleman services the cooler. In due time he has the compressor pumping again.

One of the cooks attempts to flirt with him, but he replies, “Back off; I love my wife!”

The cafeteria manager warns her to respect his wishes and that he is a good man but a married man and not to mess with him again.

The buses are now dropping off the children.

He sees his young daughter stepping off the bus. She runs up to him and hugs him. He kisses her forehead then escorts her to her classroom.

He checks his work emails again and sees that the new light fixtures for the administration building have arrived and how he is assigned to install them.

He goes to the boiler room and secures a hand truck then walks to the receiving area to pick up the new light fixtures. He loads the boxes on the hand truck then transports them to the administration building along with his tools.

He steps into the administration building just as it begins to pour down rain.

NPR is still playing on the principal’s radio.

Morning Edition is interrupted with a Tornado Warning.

Immediately he assists the faculty and administration round up the children into the halls.

Just as the last student is in the hall, the electricity goes out.

He turns on his Streamlight SL-20 LED and lights up the dark school.

His daughter has an Olight I3E EOS on her lanyard next to her school ID. She also lights up her immediate area.

He stands next to her and begins to attempt to comfort the other students by telling them stories.

Suddenly his phone rings. It is his wife calling.

“I have to take this call,” He says, then quickly answers the phone.

On the other end, she frantically says, “It’s dark as night here bae. I think there’s a tornado nearby. Are you all right?”

“Yes. I am fine. I’m with all the students and my coworkers in the hall.”

“Is our little girl okay?”

“Yes. She has that little flashlight I bought her a while back on her lanyard and she is lighting up the hallways just like me.”

“That’s our girl! We’re blessed with a wonderful child!”

“Like mother, like daughter!”

“You’re so sweet!”

“Now baby, I’m not sure where the tornado is, but please go in the bathtub and cover yourself with a thick blanket!”

“Okay, I will. Do I have to let you go?”

“No. Stay on the line with me, at least until the warning expires. But if the call drops, just know that I love you.”

“I love you too and I won’t be at ease until you and our daughter are home and safe in my arms!”

“I love you, Mommy!” Their little girl called out.

Suddenly a horrible roaring sound was heard…

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The Personal Crisis I Face whilst Listening to NPR

A recent personal conflict of mine is whether I should listen to NPR (National Public Radio) or not.

The local NPR stations that are available in my area are WWNO on 89.9 FM from The University of New Orleans and KTLN, its translator station on 90.5 FM which serves the Houma-Thibodaux Metro.

I do enjoy listening to that radio network because I find doing so enhances my vocabulary, therefore my writing. And not only that, I find it makes me more informed as an individual. It was through listening to NPR that I first discovered the Coronavirus back in January of 2020. I appreciate their science programs and some of their cultural programs as well.

Since my early thirties, I’ve also tried to be more civic-minded and involved in my community at all levels. NPR allows me to do this, at least at varying degrees.

NPR is very educational, entertaining, and informative. And best of all it is free. At the most, I have to pay for the radio receiver and the source of power. So it’s not free, but it is very cheap as opposed to other mediums of information and entertainment.

So, yes, listening to NPR does bring me a considerable deal of happiness and benefits.

…BUT…

I find some of their news reporting leads a little more to the left than they should. After all, NPR is supposed to serve the entire American public, not just certain factions.

Don’t get me wrong, throughout my thirty-four years on this planet (at the time I am writing this), I have been scattered across the political spectrum. Since the ages of thirty-two or thirty-three, though I would consider myself fiercely Moderate. All I’m going to say is that it was a combination of having disabilities, one of my romantic relationships, and just my strong sense of community in general that has made me more Moderate than I used to be. I espouse some Conservative values and I espouse some Liberal values as well. But there are a few Conservative values I eschew, likewise, there are some Liberal values I equally eschew. As I’ve stated before, I know, as a Christian that we live in a flawed, fallen, and imperfect world. There is no getting around it and there are certain judgments that God has placed in this world and humanity. What I have noticed in recent years is that Liberals try to completely remove God’s judgments while Conservatives try to exacerbate God’s judgments. Both of these tactics would be considered playing God in my book and they are both going to have to answer to Him for it.

Okay, so I think I have established my position on my Moderate political stance.

I’m not trying to just attack Liberals in this piece, but I will point out that NPR tends to be more Liberal than Conservative, especially in recent years. Ideally, NPR should not be Conservative, Moderate, or Liberal. NPR should be apolitical, especially because it is meant to serve all of America.

I find the said radio network was especially harsh on the recent Trump administration.

On a Wednesday evening in late January or early February 2020, I had finished listening to NPR for a sizeable portion of the day. They were consistently badmouthing the president at the time.

So, I walked to my church and was waiting for everyone else to arrive so we could have our Prayer Meeting and Bible Study.

At the time I was EDCing a compact Bible and its translation was The Christian Standard Bible.

I was reading that Bible and came across Proverbs Chapter 31 Verse 3, “Don’t spend your energy on women or your efforts on those who destroy kings.”

Immediately I felt the strong Conviction of The Holy Ghost come upon me for listening to NPR earlier that day.

Like most of the American media, NPR had an agenda to destroy the Trump administration.

Now when that scripture was written, the only types of heads of state were kings. Donald Trump was certainly not a king, but I can safely say that the Bible does not endorse destroying any other sort of world leader, no matter how unpopular. The 13th Chapter of Romans will back this belief of mine up, by the way.

Thus began my crisis over whether or not I should listen to NPR.

I know I am a Moderate and a Christian and most American Christians tend to be staunchly pro-Conservative and equally anti Liberal.

I think this is because conservatives tend to be more espoused to Biblical principles, protect religious freedom and they are also mostly Christian, whereas Liberals tend to be more humanist, are not in favor of all religious freedoms and some have been known to persecute Christians in diverse ways.

I’ve mentioned previously in lesser detail how a goal/fantasy of mine is to be married to a super-sized lady and living in a neighborhood that is gentrifying. We would spend our days reading or writing and listening to NPR, to be more informed and to provoke more creativity. Likely we would have a daughter who sings in the school choir. And we would be a civic-minded family in general. I still think of this as a goal and fantasy, but I’m more hesitant about it after I received Divine Conviction about listening to NPR. Also, I am quite single at the moment, but I would still definitely want to be married to a super-sized lady and eventually have children with her. God has shown me very certain attributes about my future spouse, by the way, and I know I just need to wait on Him to bring her into my life.

I’ve seen media sway the political minds of other family members of mine, on both sides of the spectrum.

NPR could even sway my mind if I still listened to it as much as I have in the past.

As a Christian, the only Liberal policies I can truly get behind are those that are meant to protect the vulnerable amongst us, but doing so without a hidden agenda!

By the way, I think I discovered NPR sometime in 2005 and I had listened to it at length for the first time in December of 2005. I had a pocket-sized radio and was sitting on the outside balcony of a public library. It was late afternoon and the skies were overcast. Still, the atmosphere was enough to be tremendously inspiring. And at the time I was on medication that crippled most of my emotions, yet I was still inspired. I don’t remember any of the content of what I had heard that day, but it was still powerful enough to lift my mood and make me more lively, despite all these artificial chemical restraints! I’m not sure what made me stop listening to NPR, but I wouldn’t listen to it again until the Summer of 2017 while doing laundry in the afternoon. During that Summer, I would frequently listen to NPR while sitting on the back porch of a friend. My then-wife-now-ex-wife would be inside watching television. It was a peaceful time in my otherwise stressful marriage. Usually, I would listen to the afternoon program, “All Things Considered.” By the way, she would get angry if I tried to listen to it on my car radio while she was riding with me. I would listen to NPR on the regular whenever I could. In May of 2018, I moved into my current residence, but it is difficult to catch my local NPR station because a nearby FM transmitter bleeds all over most of my radio dials. And even if I could catch it, this constant talk about Coronavirus and other unpleasant issues these days makes it very depressing and hard to listen to. It’s not like it was in 2017 and before!

All in all, I wish I could get in touch with someone who influenced NPR and tells him or her that maybe they would have more listeners if they tried to serve the entire American public instead of just pandering to liberals like the rest of the mainstream media. NPR is supposed to be of a higher caliber than that and therefore should at least try to do better. Imagine if they fairly and accurately reported the news and still did their educational pieces how much listenership they could gain! I won’t hold my breath though. It took Divine Conviction from The Holy Ghost to call me out on listening to NPR and therefore it will take Divine Intervention on a massive scale to make NPR better for everyone.

Until then I wish there was a comparable broadcasting service that was available on the scale that NPR is and truly served all of its listeners.

I guess this, therefore, concludes my piece on the crisis I face for listening to NPR.

I hope that you, the reader, have been informed, entertained, and maybe even enlightened.

May God richly bless you!

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