Some thoughts I was trying to introduce to those reading Easter: McEaster Valley

  1. Describing the senses (sight, smell, touch, taste and hearing) that are aroused in a dog when “something” has its full attention. Man’s senses often aren’t even aware what that “something” is. Page 8-9
  2. Describing how one feels when they are “touched” in a way to know they are making the right decision.  “Warmth, peace, fears and anxieties melt away, and when in crisis mode the feeling you have when a mother holds you close to her, assuring you that everything will be okay. Page 11-12
  3. My goal was to excite the memories or dreams of youth in mature adults who read Easter: McEaster Valley. As we get older there are health issues and aging deterioration of the body and mind “…my back pack seemed lighter and my muscles felt stronger and didn’t ache. I was beginning to experience the same feelings I had felt as a young child: everything was good and nothing could or would prevent me from being what or whom I wanted to be. With a sense of euphoria… My mind was alive, and I could see and hear and smell and taste and touch and feel things better than I ever had before…” Page 11-14
  4. How it feels when one has no hope and he becomes desperate, depressed and in a panic mode. The only thing he feels he has left is to try his faith in prayer but he realizes that his thoughts and actions are probably not in tune with the Spirit and he decides against even making an attempt. Page 14-16
  5. Just because a person is older and strange looking, doesn’t see or hear so good, moves a little slow and at times can’t find the word he is trying to remember doesn’t mean that they can’t give you aid and comfort when in need, show concern for your well-being and share their knowledge and experiences with you. Page 16-17 & 26-28
  6. Introduced the legend and folklore of Bigfoot or Sasquatch when I noticed the large fur-covered footprints. I was trying to insight interest in learning about mysteries, dreams and folklore that stimulate the imagination of youth. Page 20
  7. Introduced the element radium. Here again in hopes of stimulating the child to learn more about why it has a greenish glow and it’s useful and dangerous qualities as well as what happened to the women who painted radium on the hands of watches to make them glow in the dark.  Page 22
  8. Introduced the concept and hopeful interest in learning more about the layer inside the earth that is composed of molten liquid rocks and how it stays hot. Without the constant heat produced inside the earth it would cool and the planet die. Page 23
  9. The “…sole mission of McEaster Valley was to provide service to the peoples of the world and those who stayed dedicated themselves, to receive, only from within, any rewards for their eternal effort.” Introducing the concept of our purpose in life to help others without expecting earthly rewards and the eternal nature of man and living forever (resurrection). Page 31
  10. The people that dedicated themselves to the work in McEaster Valley saw their physical outer body age but the mind, body and soul became heightened to its maximum capacity. They’re not superhuman. They are humans who have reached the maximum capacity in all that they are. They are the best that they can be, not only in their mind, body, and soul but also in their relationship with each other and those who reside in the valley surrounding them (they are the best they can be). They look at it as the way our God pictured how life on the rest of this earth could be if everyone but their minds to it. Hopefully McEaster Valley is a glimpse at what life in the hereafter will be like. Page30
  11.  McEaster Valley helps families celebrate Easter in various ways. This helps us understand that often people celebrate an important event in different ways and it’s ok. Page 31
  12. The book discusses some information about the poultry industry and that chickens can get sick, a cure can usually be found and that in the end things often turn out better than they were before the crisis (just like in our lives). Page 36-41
  13. Discussed the difficulty of providing enough food at Easter time and how it was resolved through preserving food that was produced throughout the year and storing it until they needed it. I introduced aphids and the “milk” they produce that feeds honeydew ants, large bees that make honeycombs and fireflies. And, then we went to an area where these insects were used to preserve the food. Not a too far-fetched concept on food storage. Recently an article came out in a science magazine about egg-based coating to extend the shelf life of perishable fruits and vegetables. Page 41-49
  14. I introduced the principle of using natural clean renewable resources (the sun, the rainbow, water, radiation, insects etc.) to make things (toys), produce and preserve food and make life comfortable for those living in McEaster Valley. Page 50-58
  15. I attempted to describe how it feels when one forms a close forever trusting relationship. “We had a visit that is as vivid today as it was then. He politely answered a few of my questions and then began what I would call a real soul talk with me. I say this because everything said between us seemed to come from the heart and between two friends who had known each other for a long time. It was if I were in a more perfect state and that normal daily emotions such as fear, anxiety, aggression, pride, lust, anger, etc., had never been a part of my life. Page 60
  16. I was given a choice to exercise my agency by staying with all the promises of happiness and joy providing service for others and having a productive eternal existence with people who were living the best they could be. I chose the alternative by going back home to be with my family. It was the right choice at this point in my life. Page 61-62
  17. During our life stages desires and goals change. In my case, after my children left home and began caring for themselves and I found myself alone, my thoughts returned to McEaster Valley. Could I go back and start over building a relationship with Mr. McEaster and have again what I felt in that valley? Like repenting with my handicaps of old age I knew it would take a lot more effort and that you can’t always go back even if you “wish you could.” But at the end of the book Easter: McEaster Valley I still leave “going back” as an open possibility – there is always hope and we can still have dreams. Page 69-71

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