2021 September 09

Roofers in the housing development near us. Still repairing/replacing roofs damaged by hail this last April.
South Texas April hailstorm sets record for largest hailstone in the state

Today’s Upper Room devotional was entitled “Why Not You?” The opening sentences struck too close and too true. When I was quite young I was taken to speech therapy because of a slight stutter. I learned to slow my pace and allow myself to think it through before I spoke. Even today, when excited, I will stumble over my words. It hasn’t kept me from teaching and preaching the Good News of God’s love.

CONTINUED FROM YESTERDAY Moving from the gas station on up Main Street was the cut-block front of the locker. The locker was where you brought your animal (cow, pig, sheep, goat, or deer) to be butchered. The various cuts of meat were then wrapped in white paper, sealed with tape and a label written with a grease pencil.  Mom and I would visit the locker sometimes to purchase some of those white packages. I remember also the time she bought a whole cow’s skull. That was boiled down in a huge pot. The meat was then picked off and canned. It both fascinated me and disgusted me. The thing I remember most about the locker was how chilled it was. This was years before air conditioning. I also remember the bare, unvarnished, wood plank floor. The years had aged it to a dull almost grey dust color. There was a not unpleasant, pervading smell of cold, fresh, meat.


“Shut that door. Are you trying do air condition the whole world?” Many a parent has said that to their children. According to a CNBC article by Katie Brigham on July 24th, “building operations, such as heating, cooling and lighting, account for 28% of the world’s total greenhouse gas emissions. Now that summer 2021 is on pace to be one of the hottest on record, global demand for air conditioning is skyrocketing. That creates a vicious cycle because air conditioning itself is a major contributor to global warming. It uses a massive amount of electricity, and can leak potent greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.So, shut that door, you’re overheating the whole world!


Williamson County & Cities Health District is closely monitoring the rapidly evolving situation in coordination with the Texas Department of State Health Services, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and local and regional public health and healthcare agencies


Good night and a God bless

©2021 Thomas E Williams

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