I enjoy watching videos of mountain goats running up and down sheer mountainsides. They make it look so easy, and they never give any indication of fear. It doesn’t matter whether they are standing on a precipice high above the ocean or on the side of a mountain hundreds of feet up, they walk around like it’s a leisurely stroll down the street. Even in these precarious positions, they can walk backwards or turn completely around without any problems.
The mountain goat is another animal that is a problem for evolution to explain. It’s hard to imagine what it would have been like for the cliff-walkers before they possessed special hooves. Before evolution “happened to develop by chance,” these animals must have Continue reading
She is 12 years old and waits, hidden by the curtains, to play her music. She watches her friend who is poised, pretty, and makes no mistakes. What would that be like? The sheets of music in her hands wrinkle slightly from the moisture, which is part nerves, part adolescence. She loves her white blouse and her black circle skirt. She imagines she is quite beautiful. It doesn’t help. When she sits down neatly on the piano bench, she turns to smile at the audience. Why must there always be an audience?
She plays “Moonlight on the Terrace.” She imagines she is the beautiful woman on the cover of the sheet music. The woman, so slender in a long gown, is looking up at a handsome man. The young girl is sure they are deeply and forever in love. She makes no mistakes, her fingers perfectly curved. “The Saber Dance” doesn’t go as well. Large circles of sweat form under the sleeves of the Gibson Girl blouse. Finally, she rises, smiles at the audience and walks off the stage. Continue reading
Living well is the best revenge was always on the back page of a regional newspaper in Marin County, in the San Francisco Bay Area 50 years ago. A nice reminder that always made me smile. While “revenge” is not necessarily a goal it could be restated as “living well is the best revenge against aging and unhappiness.” The Blue Zones represent not only the healthiest areas on Earth, but also the happiest places. Social scientists have been studying almost 100 countries for happiness levels since the early 1980s. Health and happiness go hand in hand. Let’s face it, it’s harder to be happy when you’re unhealthy.
But what can you do to “get happier” and “healthier”? People often ask this when they want a simpler lifestyle or more happiness in their lives. You can do this, but it means lifestyle changes, attitudinal changes. Studies of the happiest places on Earth have shown lots of consistencies. And surprisingly the areas where the rich live are not the happiest areas! Continue reading
I met an amoeba today,
I stopped and I asked it to play.
It said “Beat it you rube,
“I am ‘midst Rubic’s Cube,
“And I’m only one square away.”
Annoyed by amoeba’s affront,
My retort would be equally blunt.
I said “I refuse, bud,
“To be treated like mud
“By a green, unicellular runt.”
Now, I know that amoeba aren’t shy,
So I gazed into its nuclei.
It said “Mind your tongue, chump,
“Someday you’ll get your lumps,
“For soon, I’ll be able to fly.”
Well, I knew that this blob had me beat;
Against wings, what good would be feet?
So heed my bewares,
Alone, or in pairs,
Do not an amoeba mistreat.
With my four little children, on a MAX train bound for Gresham,
I met up with a Grandma; she helped me rock the twins to sleep.
Then we took turns a-starin’ out the window at the darkness.
A saintly glow came over her and she began to speak.
She said, “Son, I’ve made a life out of readin’ children’s faces,
Knowin’ where their hearts were by the way they held their eyes.
So if you don’t mind my sayin’, I can see you’re out of patience.
For a taste of your Gatorade, I’ll give you some advice. Continue reading
My children know that I love trivia, especially historical trivia. Not long ago, I received an e-mail from my eldest daughter asking “Did you know this, Mom?” Her e-mail read as follows:
“The atom bomb was one of the defining inventions of the 20th Century. So how did science fiction writer HG Wells predict its invention three decades before the first detonations? Written in 1913, nearly 30 years before the Manhattan Project started, Wells’ ‘The World Set Free’ describes cities around the world being devastated by what he called ‘atomic bombs.’”
After doing several internet searches, I was pleasantly surprised to learn that this was, indeed, true.
A futurist, Wells wrote a number of utopian works and foresaw the advent of airplanes, tanks, space travel, satellite television, nuclear weapons, and something resembling the World Wide Web.
According to James Gunn, founder of the Gunn Center for the Study of Science Fiction, one of Wells’ major contributions to the science fiction genre was Continue reading
My first Mother’s Day gift from my husband was a road bike. I have always loved biking but once out of college, and with other responsibilities filling my time, I pretty much stopped biking. Dan, my husband, on the other hand got on his first bike at the age of four and never got off. He absolutely loves it and his passion reignited my passion. We now ride bikes year-round, weather permitting, and although we ride for fun and recreation, I have learned that for many around the world it is their main form, if not only form, of transportation.
Once going on mission to India and Rwanda, I saw the need for bikes in almost every area of our ministry: the older orphans need transportation to college or vocational training programs; the widows need transportation for everyday errands; pastors that walk miles every day to share the gospel or minister to those in need can use bikes thus reaching many more in one day; and then the orphans need bikes to exercise, play and just be kids!Realizing the need and seeing the impact bicycles have in our different areas of ministry inspired Cycle for a Cause. We thought: why not turn a sport that we love and enjoy into something that helps others, too? Continue reading
The 151st Clark County Fair is set for Aug. 2 through 11, and the Clark County Fair Association has created a marvelous lineup of thrilling features including the all-Bug-Ology, favorites like DockDogs®, motorsports fun with Monster Trucks, and a new motorsports event – Moto Tuff Extreme! And, get all the carnival rides, fantastic fair food, family fun, and adorable animals you can see in one day! Plus – don’t miss the Parades happening opening day, August 2nd, at 1:00pm, and again the following Friday, August 9th at 1:00 p.m., the parades goes right up the midway, so get a great spot to watch! Visit the Clark County Fair website for updates and all the schedules at www.clarkcofair.com.
Are you ready for the Sounds of Summer? Then buy your reserved VIP seats for our featured music artists – Carly Pearce with guest Matt Stell, KC and the Sunshine Band, Nitty Gritty Dirt band, and Randy Houser! You can also sit for FREE in the Grandstands during the concerts!
Get ready for plenty of action at the Excavation Rental Services (ERS) Grandstand; and the Kid’s Park will be filled with plenty of fun activities and contests aplenty. The Columbian Community Stage will feature free around-the-clock musical entertainment and fun acts – including the Washington State Fiddle Championships. The Clark County Fair is proud to welcome back Butler Amusements and Summer’s Best Carnival. And let’s not forget ALL the cows, horses, goats, llamas, sheep, chickens and so much more!
Be sure to purchase your Clark County Fair discount tickets online at www.clarkcofair.com to save money; or find the list of consignment ticket locations with participating SW Washington Fred Meyer stores, People’s Community Federal Credit Union branches, and Wilco Farm Stores.
See you there!
How do you handle interruptions? I don’t handle them too well. I wish I dealt with them better, but I prefer it when life happens smoothly, according to (my) plan.
A familiar story can teach us a lot about interruptions. The story takes place in the early morning, near the end of Peter’s workday. He had been fishing all night. All that was left to do before going home to bed was to wash his nets and make any needed repairs to them.
While Peter worked on his nets, he listened to Jesus teach a crowd nearby. Peter met his first interruption the moment Jesus stepped into his boat. The Lord wanted Peter to push off from shore so He could be heard better by the growing crowd. Peter may have thought, “Hope this won’t take too long. I’ve still got more cleaning to do before I can go home.” Continue reading
I am issuing an assignment for you and your kids, nieces and nephews, grandchildren, or play date friends. This mission, if you choose to accept it, will lead you to information online that is critical to the deployment of forthcoming spy tasks. You and your agents will follow directives with time outdoors regardless of circumstances beyond your control (i.e., weather). You may complete your mission in your own backyard or a nearby park, or you may challenge yourself by pursuing observations in destinations further out: go on a wildlife observation hike.
Step one: background research. Go to National Wildlife Federation’s website then click on your state that appears on the US map. Narrow it down to county or zip code. You will be able to see how many different species of wildlife other people in your area have reported. This may be motivation for your young assistant to put her own observations on the website.
Step two: join the agent legion. Register your name on the site and submit. There are categories with photos that help novice wildlife watchers know what to look for. Clicking on the photo will provide young researchers with descriptions, habitat information, and fun facts about the wildlife they might observe. Continue reading