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Sometimes my brain gets to going so fast it doesn't want to slow down
and let me sleep. I will lie there in the dark, turning from one side to
the other as the sinus on the bottom stops up. (Gravity pulls the
drainage, leaving the upper sinus free to breathe, while the lower stops
It's not always important stuff that clogs my brain. It may be a jillion
little things that won't go away. And thinking about them solves nothing.
Another factor I've noticed is grapes. Yes, when I eat grapes for a
bedtime snack, they always keep me awake for hours. I read that the
ingredient in grapes that makes wine intoxicating is what keeps me
awake. Some people say wine makes them sleep, so that seems to be a
contradiction. But it has certainly proved true for me. Conversely,
eating something starchy usually helps me go to sleep.
One young woman I knew said making love at bedtime is as good a relaxer
as warm milk. She may have something there. I never tried warm milk.
Sleep researchers disagree on what causes sleeplessness. Each group has
a different theory, and often they are diametrically opposed. If
insomnia gets to be a big problem, they recommend a sleep disorder
clinic where you will be hooked up to a bunch of monitors. By measuring
respiration, perspiration, agitation and a bunch of other tions, they
diagnose your problem and recommend a cure.
One of the best cures for insomnia may be a clear conscience. Even
better than warm milk and warm arms is a bended knee. We can confess our
sins to God, praise His name and just spend time sharing our day with
Him. Then its "sweet dreams."
"A man who remains stiff-necked after many rebukes will suddenly be
destroyed - without remedy." Proverbs 29:1, NIV
EDITOR'S NOTE: Peggy McCracken is a writer and webmaster whose column
appears each Tuesday. View her web page at www.pecos.net/news/pages/peg.htm and write her an e-mail message to firstname.lastname@example.org.
I have inadvertently done a gross disservice to my friend Oscar Saenz
and the fine Company he represents (Anchor West) with my comments
published in the Pecos Enterprise on Tuesday, September. 30, 1997. I
referred to Anchor West as a low wage employer with only 4 to 5 higher
paid executives. I am informed that 48% of Anchor's employees including
beginning staff earn between $18,000 and $20,000 per year which is above
the poverty level of over $16,000 as determined by the U.S. Government.
Further, 45% earn between $20,000 and $30,000 per year and 7% earn
between $30,000 and $80,000 per year.
My intent was to illustrate a point I learned as Chairman of the Human
Resources Committee of the Texas Rural Development Commission and that
is that it is better for a community to attract 4 or 5 highly paid, well
educated people than it is to solicit a large employer that has a pay
scale slightly above the minimum wage for the bulk of its employees.
The reasoning, of course, is that the 5 upper scale individuals will
provide voluntary leadership in the community while paying taxes, making
large purchase and providing other support. As opposed to a large number
of people earning sustenance wages who require infrastructure,
education, housing, medical facilities, day care, and other services be
provided to them without the ability to pay taxes sufficient to cover
the cost of their needs.
I regret the unfortunate reference to Anchor which started operations in
Pecos with 30 employees 7 years ago under the direction of Mr. Saenz and
now has a roster of 490 people - some of which are earning substantial
I apologize for any distress I may have caused by my remarks.
MIKE A. BURKHOLDER
Mac McKinnon, Publisher
Division of Buckner News Alliance, Inc.
324 S. Cedar St., Pecos, TX 79772
Phone 915-445-5475, FAX 915-445-4321
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