Hi neighbor,
We share this planet earth so I believe we are all neighbors.

It is now the year 2020 but we left many loved ones behind. There are people who deny the Holocaust ever happened.

Some countries have done what they call ethnic cleansing by killing their cousins.


The movie Mississippi Burning depicts what happened in the state of Mississippi, the USA in the 1960s.

History has repeated itself many times in the past. This election year we must think seriously about how we vote. We do not want to set the hate thy neighbor gears in motion to repeat the horrible atrocities humans have done to each other in the past.

The United States was a democracy. It is supposed to be a democratic form of government. There’ has always been the Republican Party, the Democratic Party, and the independent party.

When President Obama got elected to office, the Republican Party’s leadership swore they would do absolutely nothing that would help his presidency. We started losing our democratic form of government at that time.

Today, with social media, hate groups are encouraged to act, creating division in the country. Four years ago, the nation got divided by lies spread on social networks. The country recently got more divided over the Coronavirus, wearing a mask or not, global warming, even the reason for forest fires etc. The leaders want this country devided to control it better.

The greatest commandment in the bible is Love Thy Neighbor. Hate has divided the country. If you love your neighbor today, you’re considered a wimp.

The president considers Russia his friend, and the Democratic party his enemy. A few decades ago, democrats were called liberal as a derogative term. Today they are also called socialistic, left-wing radicals, terrorists. This un-American slander continues to be spread all of the world through social media. If this continues, our form of government and our legal system will collapse.

The voters must put the citizens back in control of government. It is time for the “my way or the highway politicians” to hit the road.

The Greatest Commandment
…30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ 31The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ No other commandment is greater than these.

If you say I love my neighbor, I just hate his politics. You should not be living in the United States, you should be living in Russia, the leader decides your politics for you.

They love Trump
and Russia

In this country we work together for the good of all the citizens living here.

Soldiers have to torture and murder people under orders from their hate-filled commanding officers, here is a good example of that.


Naked Truth

A needed message of truth.

lifelessons - a blog by Judy Dykstra-Brown

His truths are vile graffiti scrawled in charcoal on a wall,

your belief in them, immobile—not budgeable at all.
You spout online rhetoric not based on any fact,
using a selfish tyrant to pattern how you act.

I simply cannot understand people of your kind.
Will any foul deed propagated pry open your mind?
Fire, tempest, pestilence—what further natural curse
will finally persuade you that it’s only getting worse?

Divide and conquer is his game, and he’ll use any means
for engineering chaos and creating scenes
matching brother against brother till our nation rips apart.
Destroying all it stood for. Ripping out its heart.

What quality does he display that moves you all to court him?
What single act for common men leads you to support him?
Children kenneled up like animals? Men shot because they’re black?
One-by-one his sane advisers all given the sack?

Our emperor has no clothes…

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Pionsett Pioneers

Lars Levi Laestadius

Early Apostolic Preacher in Finland Sweden and Lapland

Today’s South Dakota, with a population of about 770,000, looks very different from the South Dakota of 1889. Prior to statehood and widespread settlement, the area supported a thriving American Indian population that hunted and traded with each other and with the trappers who had followed the rivers. The Indians followed and hunted buffalo herds, planted gardens, dug prairie roots, and picked wild fruits to sustain themselves. There were few white settlers.

Why They Came
the Lewis & Clark Expedition of 1804-1806 provided early information about the land that would become Dakota Territory. From the 1840s through the 1860s, over 250,000 settlers moved west along the California, Oregon, and Mormon Trails that ran south of Dakota Territory through Nebraska. Relatively few of this “Great Migration” came north into Dakota Territory, but some did. By 1870, the South Dakota area of Dakota Territory had a population of 11,776.

The 1860 U.S. Census, taken in unorganized Dakota Territory, gave a population count of 4,837.

Social and religious pressures, wars, and famines in Europe drove many to seek better fortunes in America. The Homestead Act of 1862, with its promise of 160 acres of free land, attracted many immigrants. The railroads also played a big part in the settlement of Dakota.
In October 1872, the first rail line crossed the Big Sioux River into Dakota Territory at Yankton.
Railroads grew rapidly, bringing in goods and settlers. In the next two decades, a network of rails blanketed eastern Dakota. Other lines moved into the Black Hills to service its growing population. Railroads owned a great deal of property and they needed people to buy and settle on the land.
Along with newspaper editors, land agents, and government officials, railroad companies used every tactic to entice settlers. “This is the sole remaining paradise in the western world,” they said, “Come to Dakota and get yourself a farm!”
Many early settlers located near military forts for protection. Early Norwegians settled near a fort close to present-day Sioux Falls, using both the protection it offered and the wooded areas that grew along the Great Sioux River.

Custer’s military expedition through the Black Hills in 1874 uncovered
another reason to come to Dakota Territory: Gold! The Indians had been promised the Black Hills by the 1868 Laramie Treaty, but nothing could stop the push for gold. Waves of miners and other Danes who arrived were largely literate, due to compulsory education laws in Denmark. Viborg celebrates its heritage each year on the third weekend in July at Danish Festival Days.

“Finnish immigrants were not numerous in South Dakota, never comprising more than one-half of one percent of the state’s population. In 1878, Pastor Torsten Estensen and his Apostolic Lutheran followers established Poinsett, in northern Brookings County. About 200 Finns came to that area between 1878 and 1890. Torsten came from Hedmark Norway with his cousin Simon Hoel. They both lived in Calumet Michigan when they first arrived in America. They worked in the copper mines, married and both started families there in Michigan before coming West to Dakota Territory. Torsten and Simon were instrumental in starting the Apostolic Church near Lake Poinsett and Lake Norden.”

A Finnish emigrant agent, Kustaa Frederick Bergstadius, started Finn
settlement in Savo Township in Brown County in 1882. The area soon had two churches, a lending library, temperance society, and brass band. Finns settled in concentrated groups, possibly because their language was so different from that of other Scandinavian immigrants. The gold rush
also brought Finnish miners to the Black Hills. Lead had 1,300 Finnish, mostly young and unmarried men, by 1900. Many Finnish miners would later marry and settle in rural communities throughout Harding, Lawrence, and Perkins counties.

“Arne Mackey’s father was an early miner at Lead.




“Jesus alerts his disciples not to be deceived by the false prophets, who will claim themselves as being Christ, performing “great signs and wonders”.

How then should a person who professes to be a Christian live his daily life? Should he try to do things that will hurry up the end? Should you do what is wrong ‘in your own mind’ if you think it will bring about the end sooner? We live in a world controlled by man’s laws and elected officials.

How should that affect the way you vote? Do you vote for people who do not treat their neighbors as they would want to be treated? Is it right or wrong to vote for people who show no sign of loving their neighbor? Human nature prods us to speed up the end-time prophecy? It reminds me of early church history and cold jumpers.

I do not want to jeopardize my place near the cross by voting for what I know in my heart is wrong!


In Christian eschatology, the Antichrist, or anti-Christ, is a person prophesied by the Bible to oppose Christ and substitute himself in Christ’s place before the Second Coming. The term (including one plural form)[1] is found five times in the New Testament, solely in the First and Second Epistle of John.[2] The Antichrist is announced as the one “who denies the Father and the Son.”[3]
” The similar term pseudokhristos or “false Christ” is found in the Gospels. In Matthew (chapter 24) and Mark (chapter 13),


My Maternal Grandparents

Charles and Minnie Wayrynen
Charlie’s birthplace.

Suomussalmi is a municipality in Finland and is located in the Kainuu region. The municipality has a population of 7,881 (31 January 2019)[2] and covers an area of 5,857.60 square kilometres (2,261.63 sq mi) of which 587.03 km2 (226.65 sq mi) is water.[1] The population density is 1.5 inhabitants per square kilometre (3.9/sq mi). The municipality is unilingually Finnish. Ämmänsaari is the biggest built-up area in the municipality.

Suomussalmi is the second southernmost part of the reindeer-herding area in Finland. Kalevala Russia is next door, grandpa always said, Can’t trust those Russians.”

During the Winter War of 1939–40, several battles were fought in the area around Suomussalmi, the most important ones being the Battle of Suomussalmi and the Battle of Raate. In these battles Finnish forces defeated numerically superior Soviet forces.

The Battle of Suomussalmi was a battle fought between Finnish and Soviet forces in the Winter War. The action took place from around December 7, 1939, to January 8, 1940. The outcome was a Finnish victory against superior forces. Suomussalmi is considered the clearest, most important, and most significant Finnish victory in the northern half of Finland.[3] In Finland, the battle is still seen today as a symbol of the entirety of Winter War itself.

On November 30, 1939, the Soviet 163rd Rifle Division crossed the border between Finland and the Soviet Union and advanced from the north-east towards the village of Suomussalmi. The Soviet objective was to advance to the city of Oulu, effectively cutting Finland in half. This sector had only one Finnish battalion (Er.P 15), which was placed near Raate, outside Suomussalmi.

Suomussalmi was taken with little resistance on December 7 (only two incomplete companies of covering forces led a holding action between the border and Suomussalmi), but the Finns destroyed the village before this, to deny the Soviets shelter, and withdrew to the opposite shore of lakes Niskanselkä and Haukiperä.

The first extensive fight started on December 8, when Soviet forces began to attack across the frozen lakes to the west. Their attempt failed completely. The second part of Soviet forces led the attack to the northwest on Puolanka, that was defended by the Er.P 16 (lit. 16th detached battalion), that had just arrived. This attempt also failed. On December 9, the defenders were reinforced with a newly founded regiment (JR 27). Colonel Hjalmar Siilasvuo was given the command of the Finnish forces and he began immediate counter-measures to regain Suomussalmi. The main forces advanced on Suomussalmi, but failed to take the village, suffering serious losses. On December 24, Soviet units counterattacked, but failed to break through the surrounding Finnish forces.

Reinforced with two new regiments (JR 64 and JR 65), the Finns again attacked on December 27. This time, they took the village, and the Soviets retreated in panic over the surrounding frozen lakes. A large part of them managed to reach the Russian border along the Kiantajärvi lake. During this time, the Soviet 44th Rifle Division had advanced from the east towards Suomussalmi. It was entrenched on the road between Suomussalmi and Raate and got caught up in the retreat of the other Soviet forces.

Between January 4 an The battle resulted in a major victory for the Finns. If the Soviet Union had captured the city of Oulu, the Finns would have had to defend the country on two fronts and an important rail link to Sweden would have been severed. The battle also gave a decisive boost to the morale of the Finnish army.

In addition, Finnish forces on the Raate-Suomussalmi road captured a large amount of military supplies, including tanks (43), field guns (71), trucks (260), horses (1,170), anti-tank guns (29) and other weapons, which were greatly needed by the Finnish army.

Alvar Aalto sculpted a memorial for the Finnish soldiers who died.[5]d January 8, 1940, the 44th Rifle Division was divided into isolated groups and destroyed by the Finnish troops (in a tactic known as motti), leaving much heavy equipment for the Finnish troops.

The Battle of Suomussalmi is often cited as an example of how a small force, properly led and fighting in familiar terrain, can defeat a vastly numerically superior enemy. Factors which contributed to the Finnish victory included:

Finnish troops possessed higher mobility due to skis and sleds; by contrast, Soviet heavy equipment confined them to roads.

The Soviet objective to cut Finland in half across the Oulu region, while appearing reasonable on a map, was inherently unrealistic, as the region was mostly forested marshland, with its road network consisting mainly of logging trails. Mechanized divisions had to rely on these, becoming easy targets for the mobile Finnish ski troops.

Finnish strategy was flexible and often unorthodox, for example, Finnish troops targeted Soviet field kitchens, which demoralised Soviet soldiers fighting in a sub-Arctic winter.

The Soviet army was poorly equipped, especially with regard to winter camouflage clothing; by contrast, Finnish troops’ equipment were well-suited for warfare in deep snow and freezing temperatures.

The Finnish army had very high morale, resulting from the fact that they were defending their nation. Soviet troops, however, possessed exclusively political reasons for their attack, consequently losing their will to fight soon despite continual efforts by Soviet propagandists.

An additional factor remained Soviet counter-intelligence failures: Finnish troops often intercepted the Soviet communications, which relied heavily on standard phone lines.

The Finnish tactics involved simplicity where needed, as the final assault was a simple head-on charge, decreasing the chances of tactical errors. Rough weather also favored comparatively simple plans.

Formula One racing driver Heikki Kovalainen is from Suomussalmi, as well as the author Ilmari Kianto and the composer Osmo Tapio Räihälä, in addition to the ice hockey player, Janne Pesonen.

Suomussalmi hosted the 2016 World Berry Picking Championship

Moving the Swedish Covenant Church 1908

Charlie made his living farming and doing custom work with his big steam engine. He moved buildings, did custom sod plowing and grain threshing. He and his wife Minnie had nine children, five sons served in the military. The church was moved into Lake Norden, South Dakota on huge wooden rollers from two miles out in the country, notice the railroad ties were new,




Arizona Copper

When we lived in Tucson, Arizona, I drove for Arizona Tank Lines hauling fuel and gas in Southern and Eastern Arizona. I made a weekly trip to Globe, slow travel most of the way up to El Capitan Pass. The return trip was fast, and a lot of fun with no load.


Most of my trips were to open-pit copper mines, sometimes delivering to skid tanks down in the mine. Some of those trips set the rear end to puckering, trying to eat a hole in the seat cover you might say. The ore trucks could have run over my rig like I was a bug.

Big truck

One time I stopped to check my tires before coming down the mountain from Oracle Junction. When I got started going again, a front tire blew out! New tires were put on the front the day before, and I got one that had a flaw in it. Talk about an angel riding shotgun. If that tire had blown going down the mountain with a full load, that would have been not nice. The mine at Oracle had a BIG storage tank, 8000 gallons made it raise 1/2 inch. One night west of there the road was covered with tarantulas after a storm. Running over rattlesnakes was routine, gives me the heebie-jeebies thinking about it. I will take South Dakota over any place.

The picture shows the cuts on the mountain grade near Clifton and Morenci, Arizona, taken in my rearview mirror. My truck just barely had power enough to go up that steep road. That is the oldest copper mining region in the nation.

My old truck
Open pit at Bisbee

I delivered to skid tanks all over this mine. It was near the Mexican border, we went there most of the time. I even saw a bunch of coati mindes near there one day.



Bobby Jones

I have a couple of things in common with the famous golfer Bobby Jones. He loved the game of golf. And all the challenges it presents to the human soul and the development of one’s character.
Later in his life, he got the dreaded spinal cord disorder Syringomyelia, the same thing I have in my spine.

We have very few choices except having shunts or drains placed in the spinal cord to relieve pain from pressure building up in the spinal cord. We live our lives as best we can while nerves get destroyed from the inside. Bobby Jones lived to be 70 years old; I am currently 79. My golf ended forty years ago, but I get a lot of enjoyment out of watching it on television.

When the game first got started, it became a test of rules and a honor system. It has become a powerful tool for individuals to form and build precious character. It all comes down to choices you make the right choice or the wrong choice you become stronger or weaker in conscience.

“In 1948, Bobby Jones got diagnosed with Syringomyelia. It is a fluid-filled cavity in the spinal cord that causes crippling pain, then paralysis; he eventually got restricted to a wheelchair. He died in Atlanta on December 18, 1971, three days after converting to Catholicism. Jones was baptized on his deathbed by Monsignor John D. Stapleton, pastor of the Cathedral of Christ the King in Atlanta, and attended by the Jones family. He was buried in Atlanta’s historic Oakland Cemetery. Jones became inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1974.”



Read For Health

Read For Health

Dear Arlyce,

Thank you for sending me Tom Osen’s book, “Hang A White Dish Towel in the Window Tonight”.

My physical condition seems to be deteriorating at a more rapid pace. It seems to keep sliding faster down that slippery slope, lubricated excessively, back in my youth. In the past weeks, it colors my mental pictures badly.

I have been trying to find relief on large portions of “Chicken Soup for the Soul”. It seems to work wonders. I still have a problem when some thoughts try to creep in. I can’t seem to consume enough soup. I have even considered using a large soup ladle to take in its healing nourishment.

Tom Osen’s book has worked wonders for me. I may reread it but will send it back to you. It would be best if you kept that book in your collection.

The Lord indeed works in mysterious ways. You sent that book to me while I was in one of the worst lows I have encountered.

Thank you, and God bless you and your family.

Sincerely, Leland

God Does Bless.
October 31, 2015, / Leland Olson Hoel

Yes, I do believe God grants blessings. We must understand that some get given, and some might not be a blessing. An unanswered prayer might even be a real blessing. When you see the little old lady at your forty-year class reunion, you remember asking God to help set you up with her. You sure are glad He overlooked that one. God always knows what is in our best interest when he receives our prayers. He probably checks out how humble our worldly attitude is as he makes his final decision.

Do you answer the standard greeting, how are you? “I am blessed.” If you do, you’re probably aware of God’s blessings in your life. We spend much of our time trying to sort out what benefits are and if they are from God. Many of the things that happen to us daily seem like blessings, because they make us feel good. We might take for granted our real benefits coming from God.

God is in the business of granting blessings. We have to trust Him with how we receive them. Satan also allows things to happen. He would have us think that some of those things that make us so happy are from God. Winning the lottery might seem like a great blessing. If it ruins your life after a binge of selfish, extravagant living, it surely is not a blessing from God.

It is God’s wish that people trust him with their daily lives. He has a life plan for each one of us. God gives us the freedom to choose how our life walk gets carried out. He is not a dictator who demands specific actions from us. It is his wish that we live lives according to his commandments. Living that life is an impossible task; our human nature usually finds us following the easy road.

When we trust God with our daily lives, he will bless us by showing us the way and giving us the strength we need. Our wants and our needs are always in conflict. Our desires usually cause us to go the wrong way. Our needs can become adjustable. When we finally trust that God will supply all of our needs, we are home free. We then start to recognize that the blessings we receive are from God, and we can be happy in all circumstances.

We live in a sinful world were traps and snares can easily catch us and lead us in the wrong direction. Problems of modern-day living can keep us from even thinking that there are such things as blessings. Each new day will have troubles of its own, only through trust in God’s help can those troubles be overcome.
As long as we are in this world, we will continue to wonder about blessings. Being able to get out of bed to greet a new day can be a blessing. Good health is a genuine blessing. Be thankful for all your blessings every day, not just on turkey day.