Greetings and welcome to the Patriot Express Newsletter Edition #157. Thanks for stopping by to spend a few minutes with us. We hope you enjoyed a blessed week. Here we are approaching mid-April already. Soon gardens will be growing, kids out of school, and vacations maybe started. Gosh only knows if towns will be allowed to have festivities with fireworks and parades.
Happy 3rd Anniversary to the Hope for Survival trademark and website. Three years, over 525 members and followers in 38 states, over 500 articles and newsletters, and so many new Patriot sisters and brothers who are friends for life. It has been an amazing journey to date. I think Festus and I are a bit grayer now and our spouses wonder how we can spend so many hours on the computer. I hope some of you can say you are better prepared today than when we started this journey. Thanks for your support along this journey.
It was an awesome week for HFS. Yes, I got to spend time with several HFS Patriots this week. So, you know on most accounts this is fantastic for me. The sister and brotherhood of likeminded Patriots is priceless to have and experience. The common bond can't be equaled.
I journeyed down to Fairview, NC to meet in a private setting with many likeminded Patriots to discuss preparedness and the world today. I want to give a big shout out to the host of the home for their willingness to host the event and the POC who connected with me to make it happen. It was a wonderful day with great discussions. The level of love for our country and concern to the path we are headed was very high. This seems to be a common theme from state to state and along each stop I make. Citizens just want to live life and be left alone and a corrupt system wants to prevent this from continuing.
One of the wonderful sister Patriots attending the event also owns and manages Cane Creek Asparagus and Company in the area who offers seasonal gourmet vegetables. If you get a chance, check out her website at: Cane Creek Asparagus & Company CSA – Seasonal Gourmet Vegetables (canecreekcsa.com) Here is a brief description: " Cane Creek Asparagus & Company is a small family farm located east of Asheville, North Carolina in Buncombe County. We direct market local, sustainably grown seasonal gourmet vegetables through CSA in Asheville and the surrounding area. Our CSA Members are our only customers! Robert & I have over twenty years experience in filling weekly CSA Boxes with seasonal gourmet vegetables grown on our family farm for family tables all over Buncombe and Henderson Counties."
I look forward to future opportunities to journey back to Fairview to spend time with these great Americans. If you live near the Asheville, NC area and have never journeyed over to Fairview, take the time to do so. You will find a lot of beautiful landscape and farms during your journey.
This is one of my favorite parts of doing HFS because it allows me to drive the backroads of America and meet great citizens and the place they call home.
Ms. Lucy and I attended our local Bible study this week which included several HFS members so we got to communicate some during the evening as well as learn from the Patriot who headed up the class. It was a great evening together to learn and discuss scripture along with where we are today in life.
When this newsletter post for your viewing I will be in Huntsville, AL meeting with the HFS HSV Group on Friday evening. I look forward to spending time together to share some pizza and discuss their preparedness efforts, concerns, and also share some HFS news with them.
Before moving along, I want to give a shout out to a Patriot brother who has been struggling with health issues for a while now and was just released from the hospital. He is a warrior amongst warriors who loves this great nation. Brother, I know you have the heart of a lion and being down physically is hard for you. Your HFS sisters and brothers continue praying for you and wishing you to get answers and a speedy recovery soon. Keep the faith and know we love you and Ms. T much..
Okay, let us move along.
Thursday Zoom Rallies – There was no zoom rally this week. The next HFS Thursday Zoom Rally will return on April 14, 2022. Hope you can make it out to join the HFS family.
Communications: You can now follow HFS social media on the following outlets:
Facebook – Hope for Survival
YouTube Channel – Hope for Survival
MeWe: - //mewe.com/p/hopeforsurvival2
Odysee - Hope for Survival (odysee.com)
Parler - Preparedness101
Check out the newest HFS YouTube video at this link. If you have not, please hit subscribe and support our efforts to get the preparedness message out. Thanks. https://youtu.be/TKayDFymR7I
Connect and give me a shout. Share with family and friends.
Guest and Newcomers
If you are a guest or newcomer to the HFS journey, please check out this link for additional
information offered through HFS. https://www.hopeforsurvival.com/post/guest-and-newcomers-information-page
Hope for Survival books and HFS Thumb Drive for Emergency Documents -: You can obtain information on the two HFS books at this link: Survival, Preparedness, Disaster Management for individuals or family (hopeforsurvival.com)
Hope for Survival - How Food, Water, Shelter, and Security Could Save Your Life (Book 1)
Hope for Survival - The Mindset (Book 2)
HFS Thumb Drive for Emergency Documents - We just restocked the HFS Thumb drive and have them available now. Follow this link and you will see the add at the top of the page. Blog | Survival (hopeforsurvival.com)
Heritage Life Skills 2022 - Waynesville, NC, May 20-22 - Class schedule and signups are posted for your review and selection. Once again, the price for a full weekend attendance or single day visit can't be beat. This is a very affordable opportunity for loads of preparedness training and information. Not to mention, you will meet some amazing people who become friends for life in many cases. Here is the link to view this year's classes, class schedules, and instructor bios. Upcoming Events | Carolina Readiness | Preparedness & Camping Store If you have questions, please call the Carolina Readiness Supply at 828-456-5310.
If you would like to sign up for classes taught by Hope for Survival at this event, here's the posted HFS dates, times, and classes being taught.
Thursday, May 19, 2022 - HFS Potluck Dinner (time to be determined)
Friday, May 20, 2022 - 830 AM to 1130 AM - Preparedness 101
Friday, May 20, 2022 - 1 PM - 230 PM - Preparedness 102
Friday, May 20, 2022 - 3 PM - 430 PM - Vetting New Members (New Class)
Saturday, May 21, 2022 - 830 AM - 1130 AM - Preparedness 101
Saturday, May 21, 2022 - 1 PM - 230 PM - Preparedness 102
Saturday, May 21, 2022 - 3 PM - 430 PM - Psychological Preparedness (New Class)
Sunday, May 22, 2022 - 830 AM - 10 AM - Vetting New Members (New Class)
Sunday, May 22, 2022 - 10:30 AM - 1200 PM - Protecting Your Five Mile Radius
Sunday, May 22, 2022 - 1 PM - 230 PM - Psychological Preparedness (New Class)
We must make this brief public announcement to protect the innocent.
Ding, Ding, Ding....Attention HFS readers..... Opinions shared in this newsletter are just that, opinions, and nothing more. Read at your own risk. The owner and author of this site is not responsible for hurt feelings or thin-skinned readers. I do my best to show restraint and respect to the best extent possible. I take as many precautions as possible and try to remain as nonpolitical as possible, however, there are times when I just can't help but point certain things out. Occasionally I use words only Patriots recognize and understand. It's not personal against any non-Patriot. It's just the truth. Sometimes we must pull up our spenders and suck it up. Just saying. Stay the course, read what you want, and avoid the rest. Avoid fear porn as much as possible and the day will be okay. When all else fails… Keep the faith and always have Hope.
Let’s move along and get to some thoughts...
Thoughts for the week -
Is there anything better than spending the day with likeminded Patriots? Hard working citizens just trying to get by. They likely focus on raising a family and figuring out how to make things work month to month to ensure a happy, healthy, life for family members. Wait? Am I describing what it once meant to be American? The summer breeze blowing the American flag as it waves on the front porch as dad drives down the gravel road to end the workday. Dad's home so the family rallied around the dinner table for the evening meal and time spent together. Remember the days? Did you ever load up in the family car and head down to the local drive-in for burgers and milkshakes? Remember the young workers rolling out to your car on skates? Maybe an evening ride out for ice cream while listening and singing to hit tunes blaring from the AM radio station? Remember the days without air conditioning in homes and neighbors would relax on the front porch to catch a breeze, often waving back and forth to one another? Do you miss the days of past life growing up?
The other evening Ms. Lucy and I wound down our evening, reading, and she had the television on a local Knoxville station when it timed out for the day showing the American flag and playing our beautiful national anthem. She commented to me about childhood and remembering each evening like this except in black and white television. Typically, a parent would get up and turn the television off and shout the dreaded words of "it's bed time, don't forget to brush your teeth and say your prayer." Unless the family suffered a tragic death or loss, or a rare divorce, the evening dinner table and most aspects in life included two parents heading up a family. You know, the Mr. and Mrs. Clever, a few kids, a dog, and the picket white fence around the suburban house maybe.
Today, when our kids visit or maybe via a phone call, we hear how crazy life is for them. One kid to this practice, one kid to that practice, one kid is sick, one parent working on the road that day, one this and one that. Dinner is a three-way crap shoot with chicken nuggets from McDonalds in a kids meal, one meal is a yogurt treat, and the other eats when possible. Absolutely, it is crazy. It is chaotic and things we rarely experienced growing up.
I must ask why? How far must the pendulum swing to destroy the roots and foundation of family before families start to put their hand out and say enough is enough? I honestly believe they do not see what we see from afar. It's bad enough that public school systems continue filling our kid brains with non-educational information and focus more on social issues, sexuality and other topics that are nonsense. Now many after school activities are also feeding children the same social agenda items. Who would ever have imagined seeing public school kids participating on a sports team taking a knee during the national anthem. Now we have this thing called traveling teams. Wow. What a load of crap this is. Yes, I said the word crap in place of the word I really wanted to use. Ms. Lucy and I attended a couple of these events to support our grandkids and what a wakeup call it has been. My Marine buddy in Alabama told me all about the traveling team concept a few years ago when dealing with them for his own grandchildren. Now I am realizing all the truth to what he expressed then.
Young children under the age of ten traveling from city to city to do a three-minute dance routine is non sense. If children need this level of participation for their ego we have a serious problem. Parents are being robbed financially and also morally of time with their family and children. I won't even go in to the minimal clothing these young kids are put in with faces covered in make up for three minutes of fame. No one is asking how many evenings together a family is sacrificing so lil Dolly-Do-Right who is seven can be on a traveling team. Did I mention the traveling softball team? Baseball team? All of these programs are very expensive in financial cost. They are also costing many families much needed table time together. The organizers are making thousands of dollars off these families and kids to the detriment of building the foundation of the family.
Between garbage learned in schools, traveling sports, and the time spent on handheld devices, when are parents supposed to raise their children? Ah, that is where I missed the point. Parents are not supposed to raise their children today. They put a roof over their head and feed them. The system now owns your children and grandchildren. Don't believe me? Just ask a local office of child protective services. It would be considered child abuse to put your child outside working in the garden yet it's okay to put a young eight-year-old girl in a skimpy skirt and high-rise shirt, red lipstick, and whatever else goes with the face paint.
It wasn't but a few years ago when the nation was in an uproar over the virtual television show showing a mother making up her very young daughter to compete in pageants. Why no uproar today? I'm not against sports teams or gymnastics. I'm against how children are being marketed for organizational profit from city to city taking children away from their family and time at home together.
Yes, I'm a grandfather who is old fashioned and wants to protect every child from an evil system and lurking pedophiles in the arenas. Teaching a child morals doesn't protect them in the world we live today. Neither does many local, state, and federal laws. Once a crime is committed against any child it can't be erased. It is a life long memory. To many parents are trusting a failed system to protects the criminal more than the child.
Just as it's important to prepare your family for the unknown that is coming, it is also important to spend time with your family to protect from the same evil world that is causing many of the issues we are preparing to live through in the days ahead. Many parents believe offering children endless opportunities and access to teams, programs, and interaction with others while taking away much needed time with parents and siblings. Have you ever stretched a rubber band to the point you can see the stressed lines in the product? Do you realize all the frays and cracks in the rubber band exposes the highest likelihood for breakage? Sometimes through life, busy schedules, and keeping peace within the family, we fail to realize these frays and cracks are opportunities for evil and Satan to enter and start taking hold. How long does it take for the parent to see it happening? Ohhh how I hear the faint echo from afar...."that could never happen to my little Daisy."