Friday, August 20, 2010

Why "Sharpening Iron?"

My daughter questioned my title.  "Mom, why 'Sharpening Iron?'  Why not something about getting old?"  My thought had been to point away from my age and hopefully to what I hope is a still-sharp mind.  But rather than explain all that, I dodged the issue and gave her a silly, rather limp answer.  "Well, I had to call it something." 

That's an old joke that goes back long before her time.  Back in the 40's, my grandmother and her friends all swore by an evil-tasting tonic named Hadacol, supposedly good for everything from arthritis to high blood pressure.  A lifetime tee-totalling Baptist, Grandma Compton was horrified to learn it was mostly colored alcohol.  In fact, bars in Louisiana served it by the shot glass.

I was just a kid (of course), but I still remember the the joke about its name:  Hadacol, because they hadda call it something.

So, "Sharpening Iron," because I hadda call it something.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Free DVD!!

When my granddaughters Jennifer and Diane were teens, I heard an interview on Focus on the Family that was so good, I ordered a copy on video tape.  The man being interviewed was HAROLD MORRIS, and his story was called TWICE PARDONED:  AN EX-CON TALKS TO TEENS & PARENTS.  Accused of armed robbery and murder, he found Christ while serving two life sentences and began presenting his unforgettable testimony to local high schools throughout the state. 

The girls loved the video and almost wore it out.  After I started a Sunday evening ministry at the nearby juvenile detention center, I used it again and again.  His no-nonsense advice reached these messed-up teenagers where they lived, and I planned to show the video often.

Then technology caught up with me, and I no longer had access to a video cassette player.  "Oh, well, I'll buy a DVD."  I shopped on line and found a site that offers his movies and books for one cent each!
All they ask is the price of shipping and handling!

It's too good not to share with those of you who have teens or work with them.  The company is Nantucket Publishing.  Check them out at