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A Must Read Before the Dawn of 2019

The New Year is almost upon us, and so, I want to take this opportunity, before you embark on celebrating and toasting the New Year, to wish you all a healthy and happy 2019. A year of being…’true to yourself.’

I have copied, in my opinion, a ‘don’t miss’ read written by Ben Stein, the respected American writer, and speaker.


Ben Stein’s message overwhelmed me in the most positive manner. I read and reread it and then read it to my ultimate concierge. After some thought, I decided I must share it with you, darlings.

This is one of his quotes:

“Funny how when you see this message you will not send it to many on your address list because you’re not sure what they believe, or what they will think of you for sending it. -Ben Stein

Darlings, it is a marvelous and uplifting and above all a powerful trait be ‘true to yourself!’ Practice it! Live it. Teach it to your children and grandchildren! And, flaunt it in 2019 and forever after.


Apparently, the White House referred to Christmas Trees as Holiday Trees for the first time this year, which prompted Ben Stein to say on CBS Sunday Morning…

My confession: I am a Jew, and every single one of my ancestors was Jewish. And it does not bother me even a little bit when people call those beautiful lit up, bejeweled trees, Christmas trees. I don’t feel threatened. I don’t feel discriminated against. That’s what they are, Christmas trees.

It doesn’t bother me a bit when people say, ‘Merry Christmas’ to me. I don’t think they are slighting me or getting ready to put me in a ghetto. In fact, I kind of like it. It shows that we are all brothers and sisters celebrating this happy time of year. It doesn’t bother me at all that there is a manger scene on display at a key intersection near my beach house in Malibu. If people want a nativity scene, it’s just as fine with me as is the Menorah a few hundred yards away.

I don’t like getting pushed around for being a Jew, and I don’t think Christians like getting pushed around for being Christians. I think people who believe in God are sick and tired of getting pushed around, period. I have no idea where the concept came from, that America is an explicitly atheist country. I can’t find it in the Constitution and I don’t like it being shoved down my throat.

Or maybe I can put it another way: where did the idea come from that we should worship celebrities and we aren’t allowed to worship God? I guess that’s a sign that I’m getting old, too. But there are a lot of us who are wondering where these celebrities came from and where the America we knew went to.

In light of the many jokes we send to one another for a laugh, this is a little different: This is not intended to be a joke; it’s not funny, it’s intended to get you thinking.

Billy Graham’s daughter was interviewed on the Early Show and Jane Clayson asked her ‘How could God let something like this happen?’ (regarding Hurricane Katrina). Anne Graham gave an extremely profound and insightful response. She said, ‘I believe God is deeply saddened by this, just as we are, but for years we’ve been telling God to get out of our schools, to get out of our government and to get out of our lives. And being the gentleman He is, I believe He has calmly backed out. How can we expect God to give us His blessing and His protection if we demand He leave us alone?’

In light of recent events… terrorist attacks, school shootings, etc. I think it started when Madeleine Murray O’Hare (she was murdered, her body found a few years ago) complained she didn’t want prayer in our schools, and we said OK. Then someone said you better not read the Bible in school. The Bible says thou shalt not kill; thou shalt not steal, and love your neighbor as yourself. And we said OK.

Then Dr. Benjamin Spock said we shouldn’t spank our children when they misbehave, because their little personalities would be warped and we might damage their self-esteem (Dr. Spock’s son committed suicide). We said an expert should know what he’s talking about. And we said okay.

Now we’re asking ourselves why our children have no conscience, why they don’t know right from wrong, and why it doesn’t bother them to kill strangers, their classmates, and themselves.

Probably, if we think about it long and hard enough, we can figure it out. I think it has a great deal to do with ‘WE REAP WHAT WE SOW.’
Funny how simple it is for people to trash God and then wonder why the world’s going to hell.

Funny how we believe what the newspapers say, but question what the Bible says.

Funny how you can send ‘jokes’ through e-mail and they spread like wildfire, but when you start sending messages regarding the Lord, people think twice about sharing.

Funny how lewd, crude, vulgar and obscene articles pass freely through cyberspace, but public discussion of God is suppressed in the school and workplace.

Are you laughing yet?

Funny how when you forward this message, you will not send it to many on your address list because you’re not sure what they believe, or what they will think of you for sending it.

Funny how we can be more worried about what other people think of us than what God thinks of us.”

My Best Regards, Honestly and respectfully,
Ben Stein

If you are in accordance with Ben Stein’s message and are not afraid of what your friends and family will think of you please pass on his words. ‘Be true to yourself.’”

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    1. Dorothy, This is Ben Stein’s personal opinion that he had the courage to print. The reason I printed it was for us to realize it is important for us to speak out without fear when we believe in something. Just as you did. So many people lack the inner strength to express themselves. I want them to be able to say how they feel. It is powerful. Thank you for writing to me. Happy New Year to you and your family. Warmly, Honey

    1. Thank you, Diane! I wish you and your family a happy and healthy New Year filled with joy and good health and growth. Warmly, Honey

    1. I printed the article because Ben Stein had the courage to voice an unpopular opinion. Not because I agree or disagree. So many of us don’t have the courage to speak out when we are in the minority. He did. I think we should speak up, just as you did. So many people are afraid they will lose friends if they disagree with them so they are silent. I printed the article because I want all of us to say what is on our minds nicely even if it is unpopular. It is a powerful feeling. I also want people to continue to like a friend, co-worker or family member who has an opinion that differs from theirs. I wish you a happy and healthy New Year. Warmly, Honey

  1. Thank you for sharing. He is absolutely right. We need to stand up for our beliefs. About our Lord. Enjoyed reading this so much.

  2. Sorry but Ben Stein supports a president who denigrates citizens not Christian or white. If anyone thinks for one minute this is true, that school shooters exist because there is no prayer in school, best of luck to you
    Sorry, done with this page after this . I enjoyed your stories but if this is what you believe have a great life with this president.

    1. Ben Stein’s story has nothing to do with the way I feel. I printed the story because his viewpoint was a minority opinion and yet he had the courage of his convictions to speak out. I printed it because I think it is important for all of us to have the courage to speak out as you did. So many of us are afraid we will lose friends or co-worker friendships or family relationships if we do not go along with their opinions. I hope you understand that just because you disagree with another person opinion does not mean you cannot be friends. I hope you will stay with HG. Happy New Year to you and your family. Warmly, Honey

  3. Oh!!! I love this and I will be passing it on to many others. Thank You for sharing it. Honey, prayers for a healthy, happy and prosperous New Year & may it be filled with love for You & Your Ultimate Concierge!

    1. Happy New Year to you and your family Doris. Thank you for sharing the real story…it is important to be true to yourself. It is powerful. Warmly, Honey

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