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WHATS IN THIS BLOG: • A pub in Ireland • Hammered by an evolution website. • Does it have to be a choice?

I AM A SCIENTIST. I have spent my career doing R&D on a variety of topics: from cosmic rays to fracking to coalbed methane to shale-gas-oil. I also believe in God. For this, I have been laughed at once (in Australia many years ago).… More

BELOW IS A BRIEF SUMMARY OF THE BOOK. (Hint: Click to enlarge any image, then back-arrow to return to blog article).

My new novel, called Fracman, is about fracking and shale-oil-gas and earthquakes. The story is about two oilfield careers: an older, cavalier risk-taker called Jordan, who is contrasted with a younger risk-averse conservative named Kelly. After many workplace incidents of tension and clash between the engineers, who are thrust together to work on fracking wells, the story turns into a romance as they strive to settle their differences, which include her Christian beliefs.… More

WHATS IN THIS BLOG: • Where is Kangaroo Island? • Women slaves. • Photos of amazing animals and birds. • Scenery highlights of my trip. • The island of the dead — aboriginal history.

Sydney Harbor, Great Barrier Reef, Ayers Rock (now called Uluru), Kangaroo Island…….top spots when the Europeans and Japanese visit Australia. But wait…….Kangaroo Island ????

To see the Island in its full beauty, click on an image to enlarge it.… More

WHATS IN THIS BLOG: • What’s a perfect storm doing down under? • Unbelievable impact of the storm.

SOUTH AUSTRALIA, IS A STATE LARGER IN AREA THAN TEXAS, but with far less population – just 1.7 million. And it’s a dry state…..three quarters of the state gets less than 10 inches of rain per year. This week the state experienced a perfect storm — the biggest storm in 50 years.… More

WHATS IN THIS BLOG: • What is helpless prayer? • Methods. • Examples.

Helpless prayer means when you are feeling helpless. Or desperate. It’s easy enough to pray when our emotions are normal. But what if we are so racked with anxiety that we can hardly think straight, let alone compose a spiritual prayer. Or maybe we can’t stop crying. What can we do then?… More

WHATS IN THIS BLOG: • Where was the earthquake? • Were there after-shocks in that area? • What causes earthquakes in Oklahoma? • To find out more about fracking and earthquakes.

EARTHQUAKES HAVE BEEN DECLINING IN OKLAHOMA, since the Oklahoma Corporation Commission issued a plan in February 2016 to cut volumes of saltwater disposal by 40% in a large area north-west of Oklahoma City.… More

Baton Rouge area flooding~August 2016 (click to enlarge or to source, and then back-arrow to return to blog article).

Baton Rouge area flooding~August 2016 (click to enlarge or to source, and then back-arrow to return to blog article).

WHATS IN THIS BLOG: • Helping Katrina victims Evacuated to Houston. • Confronting the hurt and the pain. • How can we help the Baton Rouge victims?

I WAS IN HOUSTON ALMOST EXACTLY 11 YEARS AGO WHEN NEW ORLEANS WAS HIT BY HURRICANE KATRINA, one of the most damaging US hurricanes ever.… More

Main street of Moab, framed by towering red-rock cliffs (click to enlarge, then hit back-arrow to return to blog writeup).

Main street of Moab, framed by towering red-rock cliffs (click to enlarge, then hit back-arrow to return to blog writeup).

WHATS IN THIS BLOG:

**Moab…..town of red cliffs and Arches National Park. **The best hiking trail near Moab. **Needles Overlook, plus golden eagle, plus arrowhead.

IT WAS LATE IN THE DAY WHEN I ARRIVED IN MOAB. Near the south-eastern border of Utah with Colorado, Moab was named by Mormon settlers in the 1800s.… More

WHATS IN THIS BLOG: • Immunotherapy: what is it? • An exciting lab discovery, ignored for years. • Early results….and the promise to cure cancer

FORTY FIVE YEARS AGO, WHILE I WAS A GRADUATE STUDENT in Australia, a fellow student told me he was working on immunotherapy. I even remember his name. Herb said the promise was great. However I was in physics studying cosmic rays from the sun and it was a stretch for me to grasp his cellular explanation.… More

WHATS IN THIS BLOG: • How to get to Yankee Boy. • Jeep pics of waterfalls and wildflowers and mountains. • Three unusual conversations.

This is a long blog. If you love pics of the Rocky Mountains, you can just look at them (but please click to enlarge them to gain the full oohs and aahs). If you love jeep trips, and mining history, read about them.… More

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