Are You Bored in the Pandemic? And what Life’s About Living about?

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Welcome to Life’ about Living. I’m, Dr. Chuck Page, and I’m here with the famous co-host Dr Joe Pettigrew. He needs no introduction, and so anyway, we’re, going to talk a little bit about what life’s about living’s about. You know, we’re coming out of a COVID epidemic don’t, you think john.

There’s so many people that are so worried about dying. They don’t, live yeah so and so that’s.

What we really want to get this show to be about, well there are so many mixed messages in the media. Don’t, you think Joe?


Well. I think so many people in the age that we’re here, focusing on baby boomers.

So much or are you know, people aren’t even getting out of their house absolutely where they’re not doing anything. I was talking to a guy, though today, and he said what’s, the good old days for you listen in his definition.

His definition was like pre-coping, but I just want our listeners to think for just a minute. We all did have a good old days, I mean at our age. We had a great days. You know there were times where we were growing up and our parents would buy us school clothes. And they didn’t say: what do you want to wear? They’d, go out to maybe Sears and

Roe buck or whatever, and they were number two pencils that was about all you needed.

You stand them up and when you come home from school you would take off your school clothes and you put on your play clothes. But before you went outside.

Chuck: Yeah you were rich Joe. Man. We had one pair of blue jeans. We wore them about three or four days

Joe: Once you went outside you, weren’t, afraid nothing yeah! You weren’t afraid somebody’s going to come up here.

You’re, going to get you or like abduct, your kids or whatever yeah, and you played with free stuff. Well, i’m, not really free. I’m in a bicycle or a baseball, or something like that yeah. I remember my sister playing with those little paper dolls.

They weren’t even real dolls, little paper dolls, so some people think back and they say golly now. Those were those were very uh that was so much more simple things uh and but you know you go outside you play like crazy.

You didn’t handle a bottle of water when it was over. You drunk out of a hydrant or the best water in the world was out of a water hose, i mean so the good old days we acted. I actually at my house. We were so mistreated.

I would have to get up and walk about three foot to the television and turn the channel for my daddy, because we didn’t have a remote. I can see you ‘ Ve got some emotions yeah, oh boy. I can’t tell you so the people that are listening to our program.

We know what it is for the good old days and right now we’re scared. Absolutely we have no idea what’s going on. I’m telling you. You know that’s. One thing you and i’ve, talked about because you’re, so brilliant in the medical field, but see i’m still standing here.

I don’t know what’s, going on with all this right anymore, joe. We’re, getting so many mixed messages from the media and i think so often uh. We we focus on the exceptions. We exaggerate issues and we begin the media begins to shut things down, so that’s.

One of the things we really want to get to we want to get to. You know back to kind of a semblance of of okay of reality and that’s. One of the focuses, i think, yeah but see. Sometimes what scares me sometimes is i’ll talk to people in the medical profession.

They say i’m, not going to get the bar shot. I’m, not going to take this. I got you and then i’m sitting over here is a totally nobody in the medical world scared. Do i take it, do i not do i go with them? Do i not? You know it’s, crazy, the things that we’re, seeing in today regarding this virus, you go out.

Some people have their mask on driving in the car down the road, but yet you go in. I looked at women to wrestle those i looked in the kitchen in there and the crack and the people back there were cooking didn’t have a mask on no, they’re coughing, all the food.

Probably it is so crazy. All the things like when we shut down all the stores, because we don’t want to make it covered, but you could go out at the walmart yep and you and a three billion of your friends without mask on.

We’re. Just having a ball, it is so we’ve got a group of people and one of the reasons a lot of people are watching our show now is they can’t get out. They want to touch a reality. They want somebody to come in and kind of tell them, so i guess the big thing for us is.

I don’t know that life will ever go back to the good old days that i remember, but life is gonna go back right. We’re gonna go where we can get out of the house again right, so life is about living and that’s.

The focus, i think one of the things that we want to draw out on this show is hearing stories of real everyday people. You know we always hear stories, it seems like from the heroes right and we want to.

We want to capture the stories of everyday folks. In fact, if you have a story to tell you can contact us on the contact page, we have some information for you and you can fill that out and maybe you we might want to interview you on the show and just hear your story.

Maybe a story of faith, but you know one of the things i find is so many people disregarded and they say i don’t really have a story, but i disagree. I disagree especially of the baby boomer generation.

It doesn’t. Take long and they start telling a story, and you think i wish everybody could hear that that’s, powerful yeah. I wish everybody could hear that. I wish you could write a book about it. You know, but that’s.

The kind of stories i think that we’re looking for are those stories that you hear mean something to you. You connect with it and uh. It makes us better people because of it right. Well, you know that’s.

One thing i want to encourage folks, if you just text lal or life’s about living lal to 66866, and we’ll, get you on our list, so we can send you these podcasts and these videos and this information that we Have we’d love for you to join us on the journey yeah? So you know one of the things, though, that i hear people say a lot of time.

Is i’m bored of death? You hear that i am bored because i hear that more from my kids and more from adults. They’re watching television, a lot, but it doesn’t matter. If we have four million channels, usually for most of us is only about four of them.

We like right and we just keep going back and forth and back and forth right, but we’re bored. But do you remember, i remember what my mother used to say about the biggest punishment you had as a kid when you were forced to stay in the house or going you’re, going to go outside, go to your room now with all the Screenaders and everything it’s, it’s kind of boring, but but so there’s a time coming.

When we’re gonna nobody’s. Gon na make us go in the house. We’re gonna be able to get outside the house, but what are we doing? What do we do in the meantime? What do we do in the meantime, because i’m, convinced that you know you can your blood pressure can go up? If all you do sit there and watch the nightly news every night? Absolutely you know, and so we’re.

Looking for programs, i think that make it that uplift us that make us feel good. My mom used to tell me said when i say i’m bored, you said well, then i’ll. Give you something to be more about. You. Remember that comment: well, we that’s, what the virus has done.

It’s, given us something to be bored about right right. You know here’s. Another thought on that. You know. I always remember what mr rogers said when he watched something bad on the news. He would always his mother would always say now.

Just watch there’s, always in every tragedy. There’s, good people there that are doing things. I always thought about that, and so you know that’s, the thing so often don’t. You think, oh boy, you know that’s, how we perceive and how we look at things, but that’s, not what sells in the media absolutely what cells in the media are.

All the crisis is going on, not that person that that goes out every morning and picks up every one of his neighbors newspaper and leans it on their door. Just because he wants to be nice, you know or or the person that runs people’s, garbage cans back and forth to the house, elderly people.

I mean there’s, so much that we can do and not yet be exposed to other people right or takes a little old lady to their doctor’s office appointment. Well, i’ll. Tell you just those little expressions of faith, hope and courage, make a big difference.

Yeah, when you know – and i know there’s safe ways of doing things and not safe way right, but as a generation, we grew up with the unsafe way of doing things. What do i mean? I didn’t, have a car seat, did you have a car seat? As a matter of fact, i remember my daddy sold a car four years after he bought it, and it still had the plastic on the seat belt, where we never took it out and used it.

So we’re. We wrote in the back of a pickup truck. Well, i didn’t, have yeah, i didn’t, have a seat belt; no, it says step side. So so we grew up in a generation now and and that have all that we really we really weren’t that safe and now somebody’s telling us you got to wear a mask every time you walk out the door.

You’ve got to wash your hands every time and it’s just hard for us to to have something to do with that. Absolutely well guys! Uh! We just want to welcome you to glass about living. You can text lal to 66866 and that will get you connected with our podcasts and our shows and uh just always good to talk with dr joe.

He’s always got a unique perspective on things, so we’re, going to see you in the next episode and welcome.

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Chef Philippe Parola discusses how to cook exotic dishes (and how to conserve the ecosystem while doing it)

Chef Philippe has one basic philosophy about cooking and ecosystems: If you Can’t beat eat, em!

Chef Phillipe cooking up some exotic food for President Gerald Ford

Cooking exotic Cajun Dishes with Chef Philippe Parola:

Check out Chef Philippe’s website: Can’t beat eat em:

I’m Dr. Page, the best guy to see on the worst day of your life. I have one of the most interesting guests with me today: chef Philippe. He is in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Is that correct?

Chef Philippe: Yes, it’s very correct.

French chef cooks exotic cajun dishes:

Dr. Chuck: Now. Let me tell you about Chef Philippe and cooking carp. I’ve been looking on his website and his you tube channel. He is quite the renaissance man. Chef Philippe is originally from Paris, but he moved to Louisiana many years ago as a chef. He’s got involved in conservation and ecosystems. Get this: a chef saves the ecosystem. Chef Philippe.

Have you ever been to Paris, Texas?

Philippe: No, I’m waiting for an invitation.

Dr. Page: Well, you’re, really not missing much. They do have a little copy of the Eiffel Tower if you go there. So, by the way I’m from Texas, Chef Philippe and I don’t, go into Louisiana. It scares me to death.

I’m afraid they’d throw me in one of those swamps down there and I’d never get out. You’re quite a brave guy coming from Paris to Louisiana. Tell me tell me, tell us a little bit about your story about how you got there.

Phillipe: Well, first uh. I am French. I blend well with the Cajuns over here. I have to understand the dialect. The old French. I do have a different dialect.

Dr. Chuck: It’s Oui, Oui, Merci, beaxcoup.

Philippe: My nickname was Frenchie. I have many friends all over Louisiana. I love the culture and I feel, like I’m in the countryside of France. Absolutely yes. So it really helped me to stay here and make Louisiana my home.

Dr. Chuck: For sure right? So you found a lot of similarities as far as the culture and the language. What was different about Louisiana?

Philippe: Well, um! You know the history itself is is phenomenal. I mean that’s when, the French were up in Canada. When they got kicked out by the English, they went down the Mississippi and they landed right at the end of the Mississippi.

You know by the delta and then they made Louisiana their home. It was an abundance of wildlife. They could fish or hunt or trap. They would put it up into that black pot and whatever they could put into it and put a roux. You know the family roux. Put it up together and they had a gumbo. Some kind of soup, if I may say, it was a meal. And that’s, how they survived. So gumbo started–like a poor meals.

IF you can’t beat them eat them:

Now in Louisiana, what you heard about the buyer best right? No, what’s that the best in in France and South France bouillabaisse a fish soup. It’s very popular. Well, it started to be a poor uh uh men’s meal, because that was a trash fish. Fishermen could not sell it so they made a soup out of it, but it ended up to be the best soup ever made.

Dr. Chuck:

I mean I think that’s, one of the amazing things about you. As I’ve been looking at your website by the way the name of your website is

Philippe: I came up with that probably 25 years ago.

Dr. Chuck: Well, what’s so neat about it is how you’ve, how you’ve, taken all these problems and turned them into possibilities. I think that’s, a great thing.

So let’s. We could start about any one of these type of animals. In fact, I’ve, been watching your youtube channel. You know I’m, a surgeon. I’ve, been watching you dissect. These fish and and dissect these nutria. Man, you ought to be a surgeon.

You’re, pretty good with the knife.

Philippe: Well, I don’t know about surgeon that’s for sure. I’ll leave it up to you on that one. I grew up uh trapping and hunting. I grew up as a kid in the 60s and, you know, France was still getting rebuilt from world war II.

We really didn’t have uh the luxury of going to grocery store like we do today. Really so meals were coming from mother nature. You go in the woods and you go fishing hunting, trapping picking, mushrooms chestnut whatever you could. That was the meal.

You know so um you got to know how to dress. You know the wrap the white rabbit, the wobble or you know anything like that or fish, and – and i learned that when i was a kid growing up so so so you just fit right into the cajuns there in louisiana man they just they just they just Opened their arms and said, come on in brother, we, we yeah the my mentality, was a little bit uh different.

My approach into the food culture um had that background, uh of of getting uh the the wild beast out of the wood and make it as a meal, but also i learned to my profession how to become the gummy chef i mean yeah.

You know i get the honor to prepare a meal for president bush and president ford so uh. You know, i know my business but um um. You got to have that mentality and that open mind that actually um you could take the the the swamp rat.

For instance, the nutria yeah, then they turn it into a dish that is spectacular and if you don’t know it is a swamp right. You’ll eat it and you say: oh my god. This is really good. You know well, nutri is kind of like a it looks, like kind of like a beaver or a bigger.

It’s kind of a large rat, and we ‘ Ve got pretty big. You know we’re texas. We got some pretty big rats. Yeah, these things are huge. They’re, at least the size of a football. Some of them here here’s, a problem, so it’s, kind of that nickname, a rat because it looked like a rat, but actually it’s, a it’s, a vegetarian.

It’s. A herbivore and they’re very clean animals, so it’s. Just a question of educating people about it. Uh a rat is an omnivore. It will lead to pretty much anything right, but those nutria they they really are they dive.

On the water they will eat uh roots and stems of plants which is high protein and um, and they they extremely nutritious. I mean the meat itself of nutria is extremely nutritious, the highest in protein content and the red meat period.

Dr. Chuck:

What is happening to the to the ecosystem in Louisiana with the nutria? I guess people have not been really. I haven’t been eating nutria because uh it’s. So what’s happening in Louisiana because we spoil with all the food that’s? Why is that? It is? Absolutely absolutely you know we we in America, we we, we’re, really blessed uh.

We are spoiled with food, you know it. I mean. Why should we adventure ourselves in eating a nutrient rat when, when you get access to so much food right, right, so uh, but but uh? Talking about your your question about the the ecosystem and the devastation from nutrias um, you know the wetland here.

Um in um, in louisiana in the gulf states actually is uh, is losing its ground really fast and uh. The vegetation barrier, uh kind of slow it down, and it was nutria when that they eat that vegetation.

So the erosion come up faster and we’re losing land faster. That’s. Why, 25 years ago I worked with the state department. The U. S. fishery, federal fisheries, and did that promotion about eating meat.

So we could put a value on the nutria and get the trappers going there and make it as a business. You have to be a business. Have you been effective in that? Oh absolutely, i was actually the leading chef on on that promotion. We did it for three years, but you know again, you know it’s founded in the part by the the state and the federal government, and you will think that all Those agencies will communicate.

You know to make this work right right, and then you have the fda at the uh usda that come up out there with these hard rules that you know you got to go catch the nutria alive, bring to a slaughterhouse get expected.

I mean you can do that it’s impossible. Do you have to have a license to kill nutria in losing? Well yeah a hunting license a basic hunting license that’s. All it’s, nothing, but it’s not like like, for example, in texas.

We have a deer license where you can only kill, maybe one two deer. You know no, but that’s, not restricted, because it is an invisible pieces, so uh uh. Actually I’m sure that um, the the policymakers will encourage to trap nutrias all year round because look at the wild boar all year round.

You can take one more and trap it and eat it. So so what kind of dishes do you like to make with nutrients? Oh, my God! Well, there is many, but you know you have to to talk simplicity for a year and um so uh, so they can duplicate what you do and and and make it as a solution to that problem.

So, you know. If you know to make a gumbo, which is very popular, you know uh, i i would absolutely recommend to make a gumbo out of it. I mean you, take the nutria uh. You can put it on a barbecue pit very easy season.

It just like you will do a pork loin, for instance, and then you can take when it’s fully cooked you take most the meat of the bones and you can put it into a a a gumbo pot or yeah with pasta. You know or make a race a dirty rice with it.

Dr. Page: We Texas people think the people over there in Louisiana eat crazy stuff. I was looking at some of your menu on your website which, by the way is

One of them was nutria, a la orange.

Philippe: Well, you know a lot of people., ask me what what the meat compared to and it’s really compared to to duck. If you may say really like duck uh it’s kind of dark and and and concerned.

Maybe any protein yeah and the canal duck allorance is a very famous dish in the whole classic right. You heard of that with another orange sauce, so i did one similar with with the nutria, because you know you can do it.

It’s about innovation. What is your favorite dish to make with nutria? Well, i’ll. Tell you what i love nutrient sausage because uh you know you number one. You have to blend it with some some some pork fat.

You know like you, will do uh the deer sausage, but it’s. Really. You know you can put up with all kind of sauce. You know and it’s a good meal and – and i love that it’s. Simple you, you can get to your uh, get the nutria, bring it to your sausage maker and he’ll make the sausage for you.

You don’t have to do it, but it’s, a good meal. It’s, really enjoyable, everybody eat it because they identified to it. You know what is that. Is that, like a breakfast sausage, or is that, like a sausage like for like an italian dish, you need it for breakfast.

If you want, i mean actually, i did eat it. For breakfast. I brought it to uh my fishing camp and grilled it and had it for breakfast. For sure i mean lunch dinner absolutely but uh. My second one would be uh the nutria stew.

You know with one mushroom, like the chong trail that you have actually in texas as well, sounds great and make a stew. You know with the red wine um that’s. Also incredible. You know like a rabbit stew, hey so uh for our lives about living audience.

I have with me today chef philippe and you can find him at

Dr. Erwin Lutzer discusses Culture on Life’s About Living

Dr. Lutzer’s book, We Will not be Silenced is available on the internet and in bookstores.


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Hello. I’m Sandy Siler, one of your hosts for Life’s about Living. I am so so incredibly happy to be on this journey with Dr Chuck and Joe. God has given me a passion for music, for fashion, and for mentoring young people. I have a music background. I went to Kilgore junior college. I graduated from there and then went on to SMU in Dallas, Texas and then on to Stephen F. Austin State University where I obtained music degrees in piano performance. After that, I returned to my alma mater in Kilgore, where I had the opportunity of mentoring, hundreds of students there from all over the world. I got to help them fulfill their dreams to make their dreams come true. I’ve always had a passion for fashion. Ever since Iwas old enough to walk, I love clothes and hats and jewelry, and so I’ll, be interviewing some people, some new people in the fashion industry as well. Now we will be interviewing lots of famous people, but more so than that we are looking for the behind the scenes person the one who’s, truly making a difference that you probably have never heard of, and so, if you feel like, you are One of those people, or that you know of somebody that is truly making a difference in the lives of people. We want you to visit our website there. You’ll, find forms and a place where you can write your story and i assure you we’ll, get back with you, so i look so forward to this journey with you all. I’m Sandy Siler, just loving life and living life and sharing my story of courage and giving my honest opinion–how do I share my story of courage.

How to Sleep Better: Doctor Tips on How to Sleep Better

Here’s some Bible Tips on Falling to Sleep

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Number eleven one that responds in obedience by sacrificing sleep during times when God asked them to join with him in his work. A servant’s; heart trust that God will give him or her the strength to carry out the future activities of the day ahead, which God has planned for them once again.

Sometimes this means that God wakes us up at night to get up and to pray for another person. We saw all those examples in the Old Testament or in the New Testament of how that happened. But the greatest example, of course, was Jesus, how Jesus himself and it’s, just opposite of what we would think that Jesus, instead of getting a good night’s, sleep and being refreshed and ready for the cross stayed up and he Prayed he prayed for us and he prayed, and he prepared sometimes that it’s, not only praying sometimes that God calls us and the servant servants heart to get up and do something.

The old I’ll meet you at two o’clock in the morning. If I know you’re coming having that attitude in our lives, once again, we saw that reflected in Luke chapter 5, how God was asking Peter to launch out into the deep to launch out, even though he’d, been up all Night working working, the nightshift fishing, how Jesus when Jesus calls Jesus has that door of opportunity that he wants us to walk through many times with the great blessings.


And so we need to respond in obedience with a servant’s heart and once again there are times when we don’t have any answers for a while. We can’t sleep. We saw all the physicians we’ve, looked for all the answers, we said all our prayers and still silence from heaven.

We reminded that passes and job of all of the all of the things that he had to suffer through and how job’s experience with sleeplessness and the pain and the suffering. But yet how how he was able to endure and have that.

That enduring heart, and that leads to surrender point number 12 times of chronic sleeplessness one can endure victoriously by understanding that trials bring us into a deeper experience of God, God doesn’t always give the explanations, but he does promise a deepened relationship once Again, understanding its dr.

DeBakey would always say that only God knows that and having that is answer enough. Sometimes we ask the wrong questions. Sometimes we ask why, when we should ask God, how do you want me to respond to this? What do you want me to do? What are you doing in my life once again, CS Lewis said this: if I find it myself, a desire with no experience in this world can satisfied.

The most probable explanation is that I was made for another world once again. We see in job in 19, he says, for I know that my redeemer lives and he shall stand at last on the earth and after my skin is destroyed this.

I know that in my flesh, I shall see God whom I shall see for myself and my eyes shall behold and not one another, how my heart yearns within me, and that brings us to surrender point number thirteen.

This idea know this truth, this principle of heaven that living with the hope of heaven transforms our sleep issues. We live in the expectation of deliverance and the eternal enjoyment of God: [ Music, ]

Life’s About Living: Interview with Steve Williford, Hero at Sutherland Springs Shooting

Steve Williford shares his story at the shooting at First Baptist Church, Sutherland Springs Texas. When Steve hears the shots, he grabs his guns and walks barefoot across the road to distract the shooter. Here he talks about what happened and his journey of faith.

A Story of Jackie Kennedy’s Dog

This is Doctor Page, the best got to see on the worst day of your life. Today I have with me a new friend, Dr. Mark Bruce. Dr. Mark is the new author of a book, Jackie, a boy and a dog. It’s an interesting story about his relationship with Jackie Kennedy of all people. But we’re gonna talk a little bit about the book today. I want to go back and talk a little bit about Dr. Bruce.

How are you today? I’m doing great man. It’s great to see you.

Mark an ER physician. He’s very involved politically, with emergency room doctors. He’s, actually a works with the country of Belize and with Canada.

I’m, an ambassador for the American College of Emergency Physicians.

So anyway, so he’s very involved with his with his ER Association. I think we’re gonna start out a little bit and talk about some of your stories. Yeah I’ve heard a little bit about your story.

I want you to kind of tell us a little bit about. I know that you had a dog when you were a kid. Let’s start there. I mean, I know that you you you, your dog had an interesting accident when you’re, playing, bass, baseball and, and and through this, you kind of got a dog from Jackie Kennedy.

Just tell us a story. This is a great story yeah and this this dog, that I got my dog’s. Grandmother was the first dog that the Russians sent up in the Sputnik to come back alive, wow that was struck back in late 50s.

The early part of the space rings and the Soviets were pretty far ahead of the United States at that time and Strelka comes back. She has a litter of pups. One of those pups as pachinko bow chika, becomes a gift of state from premier Khrushchev to the Kennedy family at the 9th one be in the summit conference back in the day yeah and then the Kennedys entered the White House with just one dog that was Charlie.

The Welsh Terrier and Charlie was Jack’s favorite, he was Jack swimming companion and, and he really was – he was kind of the alpha dog of the of the kennels and he was he brought great solace to did the president during some of the Dark days of that administration, but Charlie falls in love with pashenka in the spring of 1963, and poosh inca has a litter of pups early summer that litter of pups was born about a week after my tragic accident that I had.

I I had a two great loves in life number one was was dogs, and you know the first words out of my mouth. I think where can I have a dog and my second great love was baseball and I love baseball. St. Louis Cardinals were mighty nice.

An all-american boy, yeah yeah and you know we were growing up in Central Missouri at the time. Stan usual was playing his last season and we had a big backyard. So we always had the games in the neighborhood in our yard, and so this one afternoon or early summer I didn’t know that my dog a was was out and she was just a little loyal companion.

She loved to play catch and so yep I was at bat. It was the perfect pitch was gonna hit it over the fence. She sees the ball. She comes running up to the plate. To get the ball. She’s been behind me because she thinks the balls for her.

As I’m swinging, she’s. Jumping up to get the ball. I hit her in the head and kill her Wow devastated absolutely devastated. I, for a week and after a week listening to Paul Harvey he’s, announcing they just had a litter of pups at the White House.

What are they gonna do with all those dogs? You had an idea and a client one man. I need a dog, nobody needs a dog more than I need a dog, and so I said, wrote a letter to the Kennedys and I said: hey I killed my dog.

Can I have? One of yours is a little bit more than that, but that was pretty much the gist of what I wrote and so what happened week later I get a letter back from the White House from one of Jackie’s, social secretaries, Nancy Tuckerman, and She says: well, we’re, really sorry to hear your sad story, but we’re, not going to give any of the dogs away well, I thought that was the end of it.

Little did. I know that for the next two months, the FBI’s, coming out to our neighborhood interviewing our neighbors swearing them to secrecy. Asking em gee is this kid killed any get anything else. We really like.

We find this out about two years later, but 18th of 1963 Sunday morning. We get a call and it’s, the White House on the phone I answered the phone, my dad was a minister, so he was already a church and this person on the phone says is master Bruce there.

Well Bruce. You know, and I wasn’t used to being called master around the house, so I thought she meant mister, but couldn’t figure out why she didn’t. Call him Reverend Bruce, like everybody else did.

I said no. He’s, not here. He’s already at church, but would you like to speak to my mom and she says yes, that’d, be fine and she identified herself as Evelyn Lincoln. The president’s, personal secretary and told my mom.

If Mark still wants a dog Kennedys have decided to get mark a dog. Well know. Whenever the president calls you don’t say no, and especially if it wan na give you something. Absolutely so I I got this dog they.

They flew it out to me a couple days later and I wrote a thank-you letter to to the Kennedy family primarily to Jackie, and you know I had good manners. Somebody does something nice, you say thank you, and so Jackie writes me back in September of 1963 early September, and she it’s.

A very personal handwritten letter about three pages long tells me a lot about what it’s like to at the White House and some of the behind-the-scenes things with the dogs and into the letter. Saying please stay in touch because we’ll, be interested in how everything turns out.

So we had actually planned a photo op in January of 64 because they were stopping Wow. John and Jackie were stopping on a campaign trip in Colombia. The Jack was killed two months before that, so that never happened, but I every every year or two I’d, write Jackie a letter and I’d, send her a picture and she would always write me back and she was.

It was, it was always just a very encouraging, a letter that she had for me and just she was a tremendous encouragement in terms of of my studies and my choice of profession and and just was used as an instrument of God’s.

Grace in my life well and really equipped me to be the same thing for so many people that I’ve touched around the world with my medical work. Hmm, it’s, amazing the impact it’s such a small thing. I mean from Jackie Kennedy standpoint: wasn’t, really a big deal to write you a letter, or maybe it was because with their busy schedule, but still what an impact just this, that small thing had in your life.

Absolutely you know, and here’s, the most iconic woman of the 20th century yeah that took time to pay attention to me and not just pay attention but write a letter, and you know you grow up with something it kind of seems fairly normal.

I didn’t think it was really too much out of the ordinary until it was probably when I was in college, it started to really dawn on me that you know this is. This is really a very special relationship, and you know none of my buddies in college were getting letters from Jack that’s, funny it just kind of kind of kind of normal to you from your perspective, yeah that letter she wrote me in.

I think it was in 1972. It was probably one of the most special letters that she sent me. I probably have about a dozen letters what it site over the 60, 70s and 80s. She said think, and I don’t know what I said in this letter.

I wish I had that, but but she says she said. Thank you so much for writing me. He says it was such a beautiful letter. I will keep it always well drop back memories of such happy times. Hmm, and so you know at that point is like.

Oh, my goodness, you know it was I and again I’ve written the Kennedy family and I ‘ Ve asked them if they archived any of her correspondence, but I’ve, never gotten a response. So what’s? Interesting to now I ‘

Ve got several nights. You’ve got pops, I’ve got masts best master. I got the dr. Bruce, I got master mark, but it’s. Interesting. You know, maybe you had you know. Maybe you were an encouragement to hurt a very dark time in her life.

Bring you back some, maybe some some good memories, yeah yeah! I I don’t know I don’t know what Chuck you know, and so you know it was. I found out. You know she died in 1994 and you know it was one of those situations where last few years that you know she was alive.

My life just got incredibly busy, and you know our correspondents started tailing off kind of really in the mid 80s after I kind of got out of the Navy and and started civilian practice, and you know having five kids and but even up until some of the Kids were born, you know, we would send them birth announcements and she would always write back and it was it was just always like I say I had streaker.

That was the name of the dog she gave me. I had streaker for over 17 years and he was just a great great pet. It was love at first sight whenever a fact her picture on the cover of my book is a picture of me taking him out of his shipping crate and yeah.

It was just he loved me and I loved him. You know it was. He was even my best pal for 17 years. So did streaker have any any pups yeah. We did made him and I matter of fact it was in the and they I think in 73 he had he sired a litter of three pups and and matter of fact, I offered one of those pups back to Jackie yeah and she she just very graciously Declined saying something for the fact that you know John would like to make every stray dog and cat New York his own.

We’ve reached our limit with three, and so I was at Baylor at the time, and I was a chemistry major and I was taking a physics course and my physics, professor, was Emeril Alexander and Morell. Dr. Alexander was part of the NASA program and the dental otter working.

He knew no, he knew all about the Soviet space program and about the space dogs and – and he didn’t – know about my connection with them until after class, one day after Jackie turned me down to to have her get one of the pups.

I went up to him after class and I said dr. Alexander, you know kind of told him my story and I said you know streaker just had a litter of pups. Would you like to have one of these pups and oh my gosh? He he was like, he just won the lottery, and I hated that did that that up your grade in that class.

Oh, that’s. Funny I mean that’s. A great I mean that’s, a great story and it’s, a great it’s, a great some great life, lessons that you’ve learned through that mark, and thanks for sharing that these are really Three great stories: man with things that we can, we can learn enough funny.

How often you know our life. I believe our life is a story that God creates. You know it talks about in Ephesians 2:10. It talks about how we are his workmanship and that that word is poema. It’s like we’re.

His story out, god, is writing out a story with our lives, and you know sometimes there’s, things that are that are fun to write about or have written about, Eliza’s other way. Other things about our story that we wouldn ‘

T really want God. Does we really don’t want to be written, but yet God is doing all those things and weaving all those things in for a purpose. Man, thanks for sharing your stories yeah, and I always sign my book when people ask me to sign the with first Peter 4:10.

What does it each of you should use the gifts you have been given to serve others faithfully, administering God’s. Grace Wow, we’ve, all been gifted hmm and it’s, a matter of us just putting our giftedness again at God’s.

Disposal and letting him use us as he sees fit and when you do that it’s, just amazing what happens well. Well, man. I appreciate you sharing not only your stories but your giftedness in this area. You know even going you know, going overseas and sharing your expertise and being put in situations that are kind of beyond your, your scope and your level of comfort.

I think that’s, one of the things that’s, so neat is to be stretched in that in that way, and – and then just sharing your story about Jackie, tell us: where can readers get your book and how can people? You know connect with you.

Thank you. Well, first of all, the book is available at any bookstore, Barnes and Noble. You can order it from them. You can order it from Amazon. We have a book website that really has got it’s got a chapter in the book, so you can kind of explore the book a little bit good, but the book website is jackie-boy dog.

com there you go it’s, easy yeah. It’s, got some media on it. Allottee automobiles did did a documentary on this story about a couple years ago and that little 9 minute clip is is linked up there and some of my other there’s.

Some other media. That’s, that’s linked up there, but there’s. A book web there’s, a bookstore right website, so that good, if you wanted to order it from the website there’s a way for me to actually personalize it there’s, a box there that you can ask Me how you would want me to sign it, and so it’s.

It’s available and there’s, a credit card availability on the website and obviously yeah there’s, actually links to Amazon to Barnes and Noble on the website too. So Jack’s, jackie-boy So dr.

mark Bruce thanks for sharing that tell us kind of in this discussion. What’s next for you? Well, I’m, still working still paying the bills. Well, you know I I still I still enjoy what I do. I think I do a decent job at it, and but you know, I also realize that you know I am a grandfather now and getting pulled in other directions and trying to be a better husband than what I’ve been driving.

You know my wife is, my wife is tolerated, my you know, being away for so much and and then you’re riding on top of being an emergency room physician so trying to be a good husband trying to be a good good grandfather and Still parenting, my five children, you know you never quit being a parent.

Yes, I’ve realized. We are still involved with a lot of international work and, as you mentioned at the beginning, and the American College of Emergency Physicians ambassador to Belize and also to Canada, and so we’ve matter of fact.

Just about two months ago, we certified eight of our core group doctors and emergency medicine that we’ve, been training for ten years down there Wow. So you know we’ve. We’ve. They’re, almost like family to us now, yeah it’s, pretty gratifying in it.

Yes, great that’s, great well, listen! This is dr. mark Bruce. He is the author of Jackie, a boy and a dog, and we’ll, have the link to his website below, where you can click and get a signed autographed copy.

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Story of Angels Watching During Cancer Treatment

Here’s today’s, Spoonful of Courage. I had a friend called Jim. Jim had a head and neck cancer and had to have radiation to his tongue. I was talking with Jim one day about a year after he finished radiation. He was sharing some of his experiences. He said “Chuck you’re, not going to believe this, but I had this weird experience when I was on the on the table.” If any, know about how radiation works, they put you in this room. They isolate you because they’re shooting these beams of gamma rays. They strap you down and they hold you still. He said, “You know, as I was going through that process. You know I’m very claustrophobic.” He said. “My wife got me these these worship tunes – and I put these words – these worship tunes on. They pushed the button and began to start the radiation. As the radiation began I heard this grinding sound. That’s when I know they were beginning to shoot the gamma rays through me.””When I began to worship, I heard someone singing as I was singing out loud. I would hear this singing. Of course I couldn’t move. I was strapped and there was this person that was singing there in the room.” I want to remind you that when you’re going through a difficult time, a difficult circumstance, you may not see God, but He is there. His angels are watching over you. As you begin to practice the presence of God, He will be there. He will watch over you in his grace. He will walk with you through these difficult times. You know this was a time in Jim’s life when he knew that God’s presence was with him. He could palpate Him. He knew God was there in the process. I want to remind you that, God is there. What things are you doing to practice, the presence of God? Maybe singing, maybe reading the scriptures? I want to remind you whatever circumstances you’re going through, God is there. He is working. I’m, Dr. Page, the best guy to see on the worst day of your life. If you’d like to read this, we have this article, that is, it also tells the story in a little bit different way on CBN. You can find that in the link here:

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Here’s an Encouraging Story I saw on the news the other day:

Daring to dream is how little Alyssa has gone through life since her accident last May. She was hit by a truck. Her leg had to be amputated below the knee, but she didn’t. Let the operation keep her off the state and less than a year into her new life.

Alyssa delivered a showstopper at her dance studios. Recital she performed an original piece and if you think just the dancing is brave watch, this Alyssa removes her prosthetic and doesn’t miss a beat.

I asked her why she did it to show them that I was still me without it and to be myself lots of kids dream of being the next LeBron James or Kobe Bryant, but Julian Newman may just have a shot only 11 years old.

He’s, playing guys two feet taller and seven years older and guess what he’s beating them. They think that I’m, not good. They see me, they see different. This fifth grader is already the starting point guard on his high school’s, varsity basketball team that’s right fresh from elementary school Julian plays for the high school varsity team right away.

We knew he had a talent, his dad. Also, his coach helped put together Julian’s highlight reel on YouTube. It’s, going viral with more than two and a half million hits and Counting when Charlotte Brown runs down her lane with her paint, pole, vault and leaps into the sky.

You hold your breath. She’s just 15 years old and she’s learned to fly. But what’s most amazing is she can’t see? I really can’t, make out a blurry and it just it really just doesn’t. It really just blends in for me.

She can’t, see the track or the fancy color of her pole, vault or the faces of the people in the stands. She’s legally blind, so you have no idea. You know what I really look like right: doctors, don’t know why, but she started losing her sight when she was just 16 weeks old, several surgeries later, none of it helped.

She took to the pole vault like a champion, but how in the world is someone who’s blind do so well at something that’s, challenging for anyone? This is what pole vaulting looks like to a sighted person, but this is what it looks like to Charlotte.

She says it’s like looking down the inside of a little black straw and seeing a blurry light at the end. So she has a system. Her coach lays artificial turf. Next to her Lane. She can see the difference between light and dark, and it helps her run straight one.

She counts her steps and then goes four and now get this. She’s, not just any pole. Vaulter she’s. The best her high school has ever seen. We’re back now with a California boy who is celebrating after setting a new world record, becoming actually the youngest person ever to swim from San Francisco to Alcatraz and back that’s about it over two miles long distance and he’s only nine years old James savage walked onto the beach and collapsed in his mother’s, arms after that grueling two-hour trek.

He battled conditions that were also pretty bad windy and frigid. He says he even considered giving up. I thought it was gonna be easy at first, but then after I got out there, the title’s, pushing me all around.

I was about to quit, but then I kept on going when he first announced he wanted to walk a mile in a race. The most intimate walk is 20 steps. Watching sports with dad was his first love, but running together quickly took over it’s, pretty difficult to have athletic events that you can do together and for the past six years.

They have. It started small with each race run by dad, but finished by both we just had a person. The other day said you know, Johnny could be a professional athlete and he said no, I’m serious. He said he really could be.

Bruce might be. Being a was there in their endurance, races and stuff, but I think it’s, a tremendous lesson for me. It teaches me that anything is possible who would have ever thought? You know my son was cerebral palsy.

It’s. Gon na be able to it’ll participate in an event of this magnitude in an ESPN East 60 story. From a few years ago, Johnny challenged himself to walk the final mile of a 5k and realized the true feeling of competition and completion on his own.

That powerful day was the day his athletic dreams began to be realized. You have the ability to do something special and it’s up to you to make that become a reality. That has really been my biggest inspiration and my biggest athlete that I look up to because of his determination to get me across that finish line.

The duo now faces its toughest test, as they’ve been invited to run in the world’s, toughest race, the Kona Ironman World Championship triathlon, which will test both Johnny and Jeff’s limits unfathomable ways, if you think, Based on watching these images that 16 year old, Kate Foster is a talented gymnast, you’d, be right, but that’s, not the whole picture.

This is the whole picture. The Illinois teen is not only talented. She’s. Extraordinary able to defy gravity and stick picture-perfect dismount with a prosthetic leg. Kate’s. Love of tumbling began at age 7.

She loved it right from the beginning that extra practice is the extra time at the gym. I’ve, never really found anything that I’ve loved more but then at age 12 the unthinkable Kate was diagnosed with leukemia and an infection that ravaged her leg, forced her to choose between life and a limb.

They told me what was going on and I said you’re, not taking off my life. I need that for gymnastics and they were kind of explaining to me. You know this. This bone marrow transplant won’t work. Unless we do this, it’s.

Really it’s. Really your leg or your life, Kate worries having only one leg meant her life as a gymnast was over, but her coach had other ideas after the amputation. My coach said something to me that really changed my mindset.

She said that she had never coached a one-legged gymnast before, but she was willing to try if I was so they set off on an uncharted course. Today, Kate competes with her team traveling throughout the nation.

In sanctioned gymnastics,

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