Saturday, November 30, 2002

I once read that dogs don't have emotion, they simply respond to stimuli.

Seven year old Johnathan is visiting.
The first night he was here his five year old cousin stayed with him. Pretty, the Dalmation, (she lets us live with her,) had to be shut out of the room so they could sleep without them being periodically checked on and licked.
Since I was constantly shooing her out, she laid down and waited for an hour. When I went to bed she sneaked out to be with the boys.
The second night Johnathan slept alone and Pretty, after an inital nap in her customary place, went into the bedroom where he was, laid down, and there she stayed until morning.
The next night Jonathan stayed with his cousin. Pretty took her place in his room and waited, even though he was not in the house!
Finally she realized the child wouldn't be there and moved.
The children don't feed and care for her, she just loves them.


Wednesday, November 27, 2002

Enviromyth #1
"Humanity is causing climate change."
Dr. Tim Patterson, professor of earth sciences at Ottawa's Carleton University, says this is very unlikely............
even in the past thousand years there were periods much warmer and colder than today."

The global warming scare is all about redistribution of wealth and socialism.
Real scientists, like your occasional genuine journalist, research the facts rather than echo the opinion of the doom sayers.

Actual history.
The Pilgrims nearly didn't make it.
The first experiment in socialism resulted in the death of many of the colonists.
When the governor announced they no longer needed to pool the fruits of their labor and send it back to England, when they could work for themselves and enjoy the success or failure resulting from their own effort, they worked harder and longer, traded the excess with the natives, sent the furs they recieved in trade back to England and PROSPERED.
True free enterprise was born.
It was successful and still is when an all intrusive government stays out of the way.

"If evil be spoken of you and it be true, correct yourself.
If it be a lie, laugh at it. Epicttetus.

Sign in a cafeteria:
"Shoes are required to eat in the cafeteria. Socks can eat any place they want."

Shalom Y'all

Tuesday, November 26, 2002

Daily learn the article of divine creation by looking at your children and offspring, who stand before you........Here you may behold the providence of God, who created them out of nothing" Martin Luther

Soon he will arrive.
Full of energy and curiosity, busy as a bee.
He will pick oranges, (not the ones reached from the ground, climbing is better,)
Make orange juice, harvest from the vegetable garden,
Feed the koi,
Feed the parrots,
"Help" walk the dog,
Uncover, unearth, and disturb everything.
Then he will leave and return to his parents and sisters.
In his wake he will leave chaos...............
And an emtiness in our hearts.
Johnathon is comeing tonight.

"Lo, children are an heritage from the Lord; and the fruit of the womb is his reward."
Psalms 127:3


"Our greatest weakness lies in giving up.
The most certain way to succeed is to always try just one more time."

"When you blunder, blunder forward."
Thomas Edison from the "Book of Florida Wisedom."

Sara Hattie Swanson is my friend.
She is a student at Oakland U in Rochester Mn.
This site, a group blog (group of one,) was recently honored by Sara who created a link on her website to "Food for Thought"
Sara has an incredible wit and it is a joy to read her site but the best part is she loves Jesus and isn't embarrased by it.
The internet can be a bad place or a good place.
In this situation it bridges the gap between young and old and great distance.
I would create a link to Sara if I could, but I can't make the link thingy work. (
Perhaps some day a teen ager will come to my house and show me how.
God bless Sara Hattie Swanson, (Sara of the Stars,) and the many anonymous young people like her.

Shalom, Y'all

Monday, November 25, 2002

The "seasond" citizen had been given notice that he would be replaced by a younger, more highly educated person.
At the dinner table that night the conversation went like this.
"I feel like an old horse being put out to pasture." He said.
"At least it's not the glue factory." She responded.
(True story)

A little more un-rewriten history for the lazy, left wing major media "journalists" from an actual article written in an Arab newspaper.

"For the flight and fall of the other villages it is our leaders who are responsible because of their dissemination of rumors exaggerating jewish crimes and describing them as atrocities in order to inflame the Arabs.................By spreading rumers of Jewish atrocities, killings of women and children etc., they instilled fear and terror in the hearts of the Arabs in Palestine, until they fled leaving their homes and properties to the enemy."
The Jordanian daily newspaper AL Urdun, April 19, 1953.

"Is any merry, let him sing psalms."
James 5:13

"I long to know You
Only you can satisfy
I long to touch You
Only You can heal my life

I can't find peace in the things I do
I need to see your kingdom
I can't find peace as I strive for you
I need to see your face

Hold me in your arms
and never let me run away
Hold me in your arms
Say you'll stay, Say you'll stay
(1999 Vineyard Songs)

A famous high profile "minister" recently reiterated his position that contemporary Christian music is of the devil.
Do these lyrics from the contemporary song "Only You" seem devilish ?

Shalom, y'all

Saturday, November 23, 2002

Carol is my bride and joy of forty years.
Her great grandfater was a Russian Sea Captain who sailed out of Finland.
He shipwrecked in the Florida Keys before there were navigational aids.
(Key West was the wealthiest per capita city in the nation then because of all the salvaging.)
Somehow he and his family ended up setteling at Punta Rassa, where the first news of the war between the states was chronicled by telegraph.
As the result of a hurricane they moved across the bay to St. James Island where they were the first non-native people to take up permanent residence.
Edison, Firestone, Ford and others would put a little Ford car on a boat and travel downstream from their winter residences in Fort Myers to "get away from it all," something we never understood since Fort Myers was a very small town at the time.
They would tie up at the dock where Cap'n Smith (his Americanized name) had the general store and Post Office.
There they would unload the car.
There were no bridges at that time and marine travel was the only way on or off the island.
All this background is to explain a very nice thing that happened this week.
We have had in our posession for may years some of the postal boxes from the old Post Office.
They would not fit into the museum and it seemed, no one wanted them.
A friend took the cabinet with all the boxes to his barn, removed the doors, made individual boxes, installed the doors and some coin slots after de-coding the combinations, and Carol wote a little about the history and loaned them a photograph (so they could make copies,) of the latest incarnation of the building, which years ago deteriorated away.
They will be given as gifts for Christmas and the history will be kept alive!
Hopefully, next year, we will do the same for our children and grandchildren.

Those buildings are gone now, and the people have all died.
The following quote from Martin Luther makes a lot of sense when one is reminiscing about things no longer alive.

"The Bible is alive, it speaks to me;
it has feet, it runs after me;
it has hands, it lays hold of me."

Shalom, Y'all.
Worship corporately tomorrow.

Friday, November 22, 2002

"Essence of David"
He just turned five.
He is tall enough to see over the kitchen counter top but can't reach much.
No matter, he climbs real well.
He is cute and cuddly and his "buzz" hair cut has become a trademark of sorts.
When you see him you want to hold him but he can't be stopped for more than a few seconds.........
Unless it's about fishing.
For nearly a year now he has been traveling to the pond out back, catches minnows in a net, baits his own hook and, believe it or not, catches fish!!
Pollywogs, lizzards, anything crawly is his stock in trade.
Sometimes, when I think about him, I want to capture and bottle those magical qualities he has and call it
"Essence of David."
Shalom, Y'all

Thursday, November 21, 2002

The major American media have a love affair with the Arab Muslim world and prejudice against Israel that is not based on truth.
The sadest part is they neither care about the truth nor are they interested in doing the research to uncover the truth.
This old truck driver found it quite easily.
Shame on them.
Following is an actual newspaper quote from an Arab newspaper.
"Who brought the Palestinians to Lebanon as refugees, suffering now from the malign attitude of newspapers and communal leaders, who have neither honor nor conscience? Who brought them over in dire straights and penniless, after they lost their honor? The Arab states, and Lebanon amongst them, did it." -The Beirut Muslim Weekly Kul-Shay, August 19, 1951.

From "The Book of Florida Wisedom"
Focus on remedies, not faults.
Jack Niclaus

Do not let your happiness depend on something you may loose......
only [upon] the beloved who will never pass away.
C. S. Lewis.

Shalom y'all

Tuesday, November 19, 2002

"The separation of Church and state is a metaphor based on bad history and worse law. It has made a positive chaos out of judgements, and should be frankly and explicitly abandoned.
William Rehnquist, Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court.

History NOT rewritten.
The fact that there are these refugees is the direct consequence of the act of the Arab States in opposing partition and
the Jewish state. The Arab states agree upon this policy unanimously and they must share in the solution of the problem."
Emile Ghoury, Secretary of the Palestinian Arab Higher Committee, in an interview with the Beirut Telegraph. September 6, 1948.

Will this truth make the Palestinians free or will hate continue to rule?

"The only person who could be called a failure is the person who tries to succeed at nothing."
Earl Nightinhgale
Thanks, in the current situation of having been fired after 12 years of dedicated service, I needed that.

Here are some historical facts not taught in the public school system.

The Congressional Record clearly shows that when the First Amendment was being debated, from June 7 to September 25, 1789, the phrase, "separation of church and state" was never used by the 90 men who framed it.

The First Amendment restricts only Congress""............"It was created to restrain the federal government." D. James Kennedy.

Many founding fathers, including Patric Henry and George Washington, refused to sign the Constitution unless it had a set of protections for the people against a potentially all-powerful government.

Monday, November 18, 2002

Work hard.
Give extra hours, extra effort, be dilligent in all that you do and you will be rewarded.
However, don't expect to be rewarded in this lifetime.
Expect to be used up and thrown away.
Then, if good "stuff" happens it will be so sweet.
If Good "stuff" doesn't happen you won't be dissappointed.
Work hard.
Give extra hours, extra effort, be dilligent anyway.
When you look in the mirror, you know you "done good" even if your employer doesn't.
Remember, only what's done for Him will last.
Shalom, Y'all

Check out this website:
The Center for Reclaiming America at and learn about the Roe in Roe versus Wade and others who are now very strongly Pro Life!
Do it Now, before you forget!!!

Actual Newspaper Headline:
Finding the right pair of jeans can be a difficult task.
What does this say about the priorities of people today?
You decide.

From "The Book of Florida Wisdom"
My advice to kids? Don't be like me---------be better than me.
Shaquille O'neal

Sunday, November 17, 2002

A very large segment of the population has been decieved by the public education system into believing that this country was not founded as a Christian Nation.
I transcribe here the FULL text of the Mayflower Compact, authored in 1620 by the settlers we call the Pilgrims. Certain portions are omited when published in public school text books in order to be politically correct, which results in the re-writing of history.

In the Name of God, Amen. We, whose names are underwritten, the Loyal Subjects of our dread Soverign Lord King James, by the Grace of God, of Great Britain, France, and Ireland, King, Defender of the Faith, &c. Having undertaken for the Glory of God, and the Advancement of Christian Faith, and the Honor of our King and Country, a Voyage to plant the first colony in northern parts of Virginia; Do by these Presents, solomnly and mutually in the Presence of God and one another, covenant and combine ourselves together into civil Body Politick, for our better Ordering and preservation, and Furtherence of the Ends aforesaid;
And, by Viture hereof do enact, constitute, and frame, such just and equal Laws, Ordinances, Acts, Constitutions, and Offices, from time to time, as shall be thought most meet and convenient for the general Good of the Colony; unto which we promise all due submission and Obedience. In WITNESS whereof we have hereunto subscribed our names at Cape Cod the eleventh of November, in the Reign of our Soverign Lord King James of England, France, and Ireland, the eighteenth and of Scotland, the fifty-fourth, Anno Domini, 1620
36 signatures were at the bottom of the document.

Shalom, y'all

Nine inches of rain in less than forty eight hours!
There is a natural phrnomenon happening which is causing the earth to slowly warm up.
It is called "Global Warming"
Some scientists even doubt that it is really happening.
Environmentalist Wackos blame it on you and me.
The wackos want us to believe we are denuding the landscape, burning too much fossil fuel, eating too much, whatever.
Other scientists tell us there is a natural cycle to forrests, wetlands, etc.
In this country there are more acres in forrest than there were at the turn of the century.
Then, Vemont was a wasteland of bare hillsides, and now is a state covered with forrests, (for example.)
If there is a human cause for any of this look to the former Soviet Socialist Republic, China, South America and Africa.
WE are not the villains.
WE are fixing what we broke, while others continue to destroy.
The unseasonable rain is the result of a "cold front."
Put that in your global warming pipe and smoke it! Wacko.

"In a church that believes in saints and sinners, I'm not troubled by pointing out that Luther had a bad side..........
Luther's not our savior." (A Lutheran Bishop)

"God wants us to be cheerful, and He hates sadness. For had he wanted us to be sad, He would not have given us the sun, the moon, and the various fruits of the earth. All these He gave for our good cheer."
Martin Luther.

"Sing O heavens; and be joyful, O earth; and break forth into singing, O mountains; for the Lord hath comforted his people, and will have mercy upon his afflicted."
Isiah 49:13


The darling of the major media, Yasser Arafat, has convinced them that the Bedoin Arabs who call themselves Palestinians were ejected from Israel by Israelis.
The truth from Actual, real news, not revised:
"The Arab states which had encouraged the Palestinian Arabs to leave their homes temporarily in order to be out of the way of the Arab invasion armies, have failed to keep their promise to help these refugees."
The Jordanian daily newspaper Falastin, Feb. 19, 1949

Saturday, November 16, 2002

"If you do not raise your eyes you will think that you are at the highest point."
Antonio Porchia (Thanks to Dan Johnson)

"You only live once---but if you work it right, once is enough."
Joe E. Louis

The rains began about 4:AM and continue still. (4:10 PM) six inches in the first six hours.
This is the dry season?

Shalom Y'all

Friday, November 15, 2002

He will fulfill the desire of them that fear him:
He will also hear their cry, and will save them
Psalm 145:19

Late last night I was searching the web when an instant message request appeared.
It was from 14 year old Grandaughter Aren.
She was concerned that we are prepareing to sell our house.
The condition she put on it is if we move closer to her!

She lives in a beautifu big house with lots of rooms and amenities and a big yard.
She says she likes our house and likes to visit.
Her sister says "It smells good"

Isn't it interesting that the size of the house or the conviences in it aren't important to them?
Maybe we should pay more attention to our children.
Do we give them too much?
Are their priorities more in order than those of adults?
I wonder.

"Suffer the little children to come unto me for such is the Kingdom of Heaven."

Thank you God for those "incredible edible" grandchildren.

Shalom Y'all, Poppy

Thursday, November 14, 2002

Wherefore we recieving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear:
For our God is a consuming fire.
Hebrews 12:28-29 KJV

A few days ago there were terrible tornadoes that killed many people in states to the north.
Yesterday the leading edge of that system marched through and brought with it refreshing, much needed rain and cooler, more comfortable weather.
Go figure.

Shalom Y'all

Wednesday, November 13, 2002

To Sleep

O soft embalmer of the still midnight,
Shutting, with careful fingers and benign,
Our gloom-pleased eyes, embowered from the light,
Enshaded in forgetfulness divine:
O soothest sleep! if it so please thee, close,
In midst of this thine hymn,
my willing eyes,
Or wait the Amen, ere thy hoppy throws
Around my bed its lulling charities.
Then save me, or the passed day will shine
Upon my pillow, breeding many woes,-
Save me from the curious consience, that still lords
Its strength for darkness, bun-owing like a mole;
Turn the key deftly in oiled wards,
And seal the hushed casket of my soul.
John Keats: 1795-1824

Tuesday, November 12, 2002

"In this psalm (119) David always says that he will speak, think, talk, hear, read, day and night and constantly-but about nothing else than God's Word and Commandments. For God wants to give you His Spirit only through the external Word.
Martin Luther; Preface to his 1539 works.

What does a 60+ truck driver turned construction worker do when he becomes unemployed?
What doors will open?
Will any?
New horizons?
New dreams?
I have heard people say "It is in God's hands."
I think God honors action.
I think God prefers to re-direct those who take initiative and don't just wait for opportunity to knock.
We'll see.
Shalom, Y'all

Sunday, November 10, 2002

From "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner" (1797, 1798)

He prayeth well, who loveth well
Both man and bird and beast.

He prayeth best, who loveth best
All things both great and small;
For the dear God who loveth us,
He made and loveth all.

Actual Newspaper Headline:

New Study of obesity Looks for Larger Group.

Since I don't work at a bank or for the government, I must go to work BUT
To all veterans: Thank you for your service to our country!


O sweeter than the marraige-feast,
'Tis sweeter far to me,
To walk together to the kirk
With a goodly company!--

To walk together to the kirk,
And all together pray,
While each to his great Father bends,
Old men, and babes, and loving friends
And youths and maidens gay!

Have a great Sunday

Shalom Raisin

Friday, November 08, 2002

Actual Newspaper Headlines
Stolen Painting Found by Tree
Inspector tree, no doubt.

Miners refuse to work after death.
Those lazy so & so's

Shot off Woman's leg helps Nicklaus to 66
X rated golf?

Cold Wave Linked to Temperatures

Have a great day!!!!!!

Thursday, November 07, 2002

How sweet it was for me to be rid of those fruitless joys which I had once feared to loose..........
You drove them from me, you who are true, the soverign joy.
You drove them from me and took their place, you who are sweeter than all pleasure, though not to flesh and blood, you who outshine all light, yet are hidden deeper than any secret in our hearts, you who surpass all honor, though not in the eyes of men who see all honor in themselves..........
O Lord, my God, my Light, my Wealth, and my Salvation.........
Aureeelius Augustine: Confessions, IX, 1
Shalom y'all

Sunday, November 03, 2002

"What are little boys made of?
"Frogs and snails and puppydog tails."

I forget the name of the dude who wrote the poem about two hundred years ago from whench cometh those words, but my perspective is a little different.

A little boy is a bundle of love sent from heaven, perpetually in motion, who has more questions than answers and more energy than is needed.
God blessed part of our weekend with two of them. Inquisitive, loving, confrontational, innocent, BUSY!!!!!!!
Aint it great?!?!
"Suffer the little children to come unto me for such is the Kingdom of Heaven."
"Unless you can become as a little child you can in no wise enter into heaven."
Would that I could, gentle reader, but these old bones and this leathery hide ain't never gonna make it!
Oh! it's the innocent part? Well, .............. Maybe.

The sunset tonight was awsome! Cirrus clouds, scudding along, reflecting all that color and shadow.
And the vacant lot by the river?
Trees gone, covered with huge piles of dirt!
Had to enjoy the sunset from the back yard, huddled over a wheelbarrow full of dirt and horse manure, filling pots.
Ain't God good?
Thank you Lord for these two incredible days.
Could you do it tomorrow?
Even if it will be monday?

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem.
Shalom Y'all

Friday, November 01, 2002

"God has chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God has chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty.: 1 Corinthians 1:27 KJV
Think about it!

A committee is a group of people who individually can do nothing, but as a group decide nothing can be done.


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