Tuesday, July 31, 2007
However, leaving hot, humid northern Minnesota and flying via NWA to Philadelphia in July, means not even packing a jacket. In the past, I've told people in northern Minnesota that the don't even know what humid means. I spent summers when I grew up next to one of the Great Lakes, literally, so I know humid. But there the lake breeze usually was the prevailing wind, so it could be cool. In Philly, humidity rules.
I haven't heard any news since Friday, but apparently NWA made the news for having so many cancelled flights this past weekend. My trip, including the long drive to the airport, the wait there, the layover, the next flight, and the drive after being picked up should have taken about 12 hours. I'd still consider that a magic carpet ride. But I was already en route to the airport when I received a call from my daughter telling me that my flight had been cancelled. She managed to get me booked on some alternate flights, so that the whole trip took 30 hours, including the drive back to her place from an alternate airport. If I had gone with NWA's rebooking, I would have still been in Atlanta then, and still flying about 8 hours later.
So I enjoyed being a tourist in Duluth for the day. It is a wonderful tourist spot. And I was able to stay overnight at my best friend's house. It is a good thing I have a best friend because as far as I could tell, there was one hotel room open in town with a price to match that circumstances.
I had been looking forward to attending my daughter's church on Sunday, but I was flying then. I got to see it this evening when there was an event. It is in an old town, now a suburb, with changing demographics and all the challenges that go along with that. It is a different world for me, even though I grew up in a big city. In those days there was more segregation of cultural groups. It was just a fact. These days, the churches at least try to reach out to the people of the communities, but the old ways don't appeal to many of the young people of various groups. I can see why some churches go to the seeker sensitive models, although I don't know if that appeals to those groups that aren't financially successful.
Certainly there are large mission fields in this country, whether rural or urban. I'm not sure which side of the stained glass is the mission field.
I'm also on Grandma duty this week. We're working on opposites: up and down, in and out. So I have, fittingly, the duty of both ends: kisses and diapers.
Friday, July 27, 2007
20 people attended the planning meeting this week and many more were mentioned as helping next week who didn't need to be at this meeting. The last day of Bible School (next Friday) a number of people are lined up to take the older children out on pontoon boats fishing. 6 boats with "captains" have been lined up. After they return to the church, lunch is served to all, including any parents who come. While the older kids are out on the lake, the younger kids will visit the nursing home.
The rest of the week is high energy, with worship, Bible Lessons, drama, art, outdoor activities, and food. It is tiring! My daughter's church has a 5 week program. I can't imagine sustaining the energy for that.
Our mission project (collection) will be split between the nursing home's activity department and a school in Africa. Since that is the school I will be visiting in November, I'm sorry I won't be there to present the information to the children.
Thursday, July 26, 2007
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
Unfortunately, we are having a second summer of drought. The river is lower than we've seen it in 30 years. We did have some rain in early June, but since then, well, it hasn't added up.
Monday, July 23, 2007
AFTER I baked the pie, four cups of wild blue berries were left over!
Tip of the hat to Ross for letting me know that they were ripe.
We drove for an hour, put our canoe in the water, paddled a long time until we found a lunch spot and we were rewarded with these provisions. Oh glorious July day!
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
I heard a news report on TV this morning about a boating accident. A small boat with four people on board hit some rocks and an island. They all had to be taken to the hospital (including being airlifted) to treat their injuries. They were using a GPS navigational device at the time of the accident.
This is the fourth boating accident this month in the northern part of our county during which the accident participants were using a GPS device.
Seems like there should be spiritual lessons in this somewhere, if you'll excuse the mote in my eye/speck in other's eye aspects of the lessons.
Someone spending more time in Bible Study than in living out the Gospel.
Someone depending on exact knowledge of doctrine to save them instead of looking at the Cross.
Someone being adamant about using elaborate liturgy but missing the joy of worship and the Peace that Passes Understanding.
Someone insisting that the Bible is the literal Word of God but missing the living Word of God.
Look up People. See where you are going!
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
Or perhaps, Working Father.
This robin and spouse were taking turns feeding the babies in the nest in the small oak tree near the garage. They would land and pause on the roof of the garage between flights. If they saw that we were nearby, they wouldn't fly to the nest.
Monday, July 16, 2007
Saturday, July 14, 2007
PM: Iraqis can keep peace without U.S.
By BUSHRA JUHI, Associated Press Writer 1 hour, 45 minutes ago
BAGHDAD - Prime Ministersaid Saturday that the Iraqi army and police are capable of keeping security in the country when American troops leave "any time they want," though he acknowledged the forces need further weapons and training.
The embattled prime minister sought to show confidence at a time when pressure in the U.S. Congress is growing for a withdrawal and the Bush administration reported little progress had been made on the most vital of a series of political reforms it wants al-Maliki to carry out.The rest here.
The whole situation over there is so sad, no matter what we do or don't do. How can we blame them for the mess after we did so much to stir up the pot??? Pray for God's wisdom to prevail and for all leaders to be humble enough to look to God for guidance.
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
Listen to a radio that plugs in. [Do we even have batteries for the old portable radio?]
Sew by machine
Cook and Bake
Wash dishes in warm water
Clean out a closet in the basement (too dark)
Wash and dry clothes by machine
Things I now have no excuse not to do:
Read long neglected magazines
Hem pants (hand sewing)
Wash inside windows
Clean bedroom closet
We went to bed when it was still a bit light out, at about 9:50 pm. It wasn’t hot, so we were glad not to need the fan on.This is all good preparation for my upcoming trip to
This picture was taken in 2003. Can you pick out my daughter from the rest of the students?
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
|China Admits Executing Former Food Safety Chief|
|By Daniel Schearf |
10 July 2007
China's drug watchdog has admitted food and drug safety supervision in the country is poor and in need of improvement. The comments came as China executed the former head of its food and drug administration for allowing unsafe drugs to enter the market in exchange for bribes. Daniel Schearf reports from Beijing. article here.
Monday, July 09, 2007
This was a busy week. First we went "out to the lake." This was actually our first time on the lake this summer. I was pretty fixated on using sun screen since I don't often wear shorts. The sunscreen came with me on our hike in the woods. Unfortunately, the bug spray was still in the canoe. I help feed some of God's wild creatures, namely the black flies and mosquitoes. For some reason, my skin feels especially sensitive to bug bites this year, although I'm still being stubborn: I haven't sprayed with bug spray even one time in 2007.
The next day, we went to the bear sanctuary, which is quite out in the middle of nowhere, miles even from any tiny towns. We were quite surprised to see a very full parking lot and many people standing around waiting. Waiting for what? We all had to board a school bus and ride a mile to the bear viewing platform. There, we climbed the steps and walked around on a large deck-like structure, with a chance, of course, to buy souvenirs, and looked down and around for bears. I think I saw about 8 bears total.
This is a place where bears have been fed for years and it is now set aside as a sanctuary to study bears and for the viewing of bears by the public. The volunteers and interns that work there walk on the ground level, carrying food, and are close to the bears. They claim that if you understand bears, they are not dangerous. We even saw bears running past the worker's parked cars.