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Are computers eavesdropping on us?



GLENN BROWN, RICHARD BROWN and RICHIE BROWN

GLENN BROWN, RICHARD BROWN and RICHIE BROWN

Praise God for answering another prayer request we have had all across our community. Harold Day is now off the vent and is asking for food. He is now up to visitors and his nieces have thanked everybody for caring so much about him and lifting him up in your prayers. The senior citizens at the rec center are anxious to see him again.

We are still missing one of our members that used to be there every day no matter what, Juanita Banks. She did stop by to see everybody one day last week, but it was a day I wasn’t there and I missed her. Her Rook partners and opponents are missing her terribly.

It was really nice to have our new director at the Letcher County Recreational Center, or the rec as we all call it. Richard Brown will now be filling that position and Derrick Barto will be helping him out on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. We would like to welcome him to our home away from home. He also celebrated a birthday Monday the 14th. So, we would like to wish him a happy birthday. His mom, Fern Caudill Brown, was Mom’s first cousin. Fern’s dad, R.B. Caudill, was Dora Caudill Pennington’s (Mom’s mom) brother.

EDDIE and MICHELLE CAUDILL

EDDIE and MICHELLE CAUDILL

Something really weird that’s been happening to me and my sister and even some of our friends. We will be discussing something that’s going on in our lives or homes and the next thing you know it shows up on our Facebook page as an ad, or on our email. Like our computer is actually eavesdropping on us. I know there has been a lot of talk about this concerning our Smart phones and now I’ve also heard it can happen with Smart TVs. Does that make any sense to you all? It just doesn’t seem possible to me and seems more like a science fiction movie than real life.

Well, today it actually happened in real life. I had been thinking about how we had to use an outdoor toilet, or outhouse, until we moved to Cane Hollow and lots of our neighbors there still had them. Mamaw Pennington also still had one until we were teenagers. Lots of the churches we attended also had outhouses. But, there is one still standing on Sandlick that is covered with shrubs and briars in the summertime and so, can only be seen in the wintertime. Other than that one I only know of four or five more still standing around in the Whitesburg and Thornton area. One of these is Mamaw Pennington’s.

Bertha Dye is pictured with one of her great grandbabies.

Bertha Dye is pictured with one of her great grandbabies.

It’s so hard to believe that these little outhouses have stood there in the weather for this many years. But, I had this on my mind and then today it came up in the conversation at Senior Citizens. One of the ladies said when people started putting bathrooms in their house her dad said that was the craziest thing he had ever heard tell of. He couldn’t believe people would actually do that in their house.

Remember how the Sears catalog or newspapers were always in there and you read them while you used the toilet, then wiped with them when you were through? But, anyway I was talking to Billy Hatton and my uncle Charles Noble the other day and told them this little tale and they wanted me to put it in the paper.

Charles and Pearl lived at Whitco right behind where Roy Crawford Engineering is now. One day after church we stopped there to visit them and Auntie Pearl asked me to take Jennifer to the toilet. She was just big enough to be potty trained and I was just about 7 or 8. Well, I had no idea she wasn’t big enough to hold herself up on the toilet seat. I just so happened to turn around just in time to catch her before she fell right down in the toilet hole. I didn’t tell Auntie Pearl what happened, but it sure scared me to death. I could just see her drowning in all that waste like somebody in quicksand.

Something I saw posted on Facebook I thought a lot of the Marlowe Coal Camp people would enjoy seeing is a picture of Bertha Page Dye. I’ll post it with my column. At first I thought, “She must be feeling better.” Then I saw this was taken three years ago.

I have some very special prayer requests this week. My aunt, Linda Pennington Hall in Letcher Manor Nursing Home, still needs our prayers and my aunt Mary Bealer still needs our prayers. She is home from the hospital now, but still has a lot of respiratory problems. A member of our church, Letcher Independent Baptist, also needs prayers. Charles Astor Ratliff will be having open-heart surgery this Wednesday in Lexington. He has three blockages that they know of. And also, as always I want to ask that you pray for our pastor, Bill Jones and his wife Sandy, and all others that have lost special loved ones. I always think of Connie Hogg at his time of year, too.

I would also like to wish another member of our church, Michelle Caudill, a very happy birthday. It was Monday the 14th.

Remember our Oma and how she would always plead with everyone to attend church Sunday morning. Please also remember if your church has services Sunday night or throughout the week God expects you there then, too.

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