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WHATS IN THIS BLOG: • Palm Desert hikes • Joshua Tree hike • The other side of happiness

San Jacinto mountains rising above Palm Desert (click to enlarge, then back-arrow to return to blog).

San Jacinto mountains rising above Palm Desert (click to enlarge, then back-arrow to return to blog).

TO ESCAPE THE COLD OF WINTER, I drove from Albuquerque to Phoenix to Palm Desert, where it’s usually 15-20 F degrees warmer. I was a temporary snowbird!… More

WHATS IN THIS BLOG: • When pain is so bad you cry out in the night • Special song • God-intervention • Disappointment before joy

We pray about things. And sometimes, when it’s serious, we pray and pray and pray. And sometimes no answer comes from God. Or it appears that way. A recent book called God on Mute  explores unanswered prayer in an honest and refreshing way.… More

WHATS IN THIS BLOG: • Birthday blahs. • Birthday happiness. • What turned it around?

I AWOKE THIS MORNING, AND IT WAS MY BIRTHDAY. So I lingered in bed, listening to National Public Radio.

As I was brushing my teeth, my step-daughter Kim called from the classroom. An enthusiastic chorus of Happy Birthday Popper came through my iPhone. About twenty 6-year olds remembered me from a class I once taught in there…..a memorable experience playing a didgeridoo for them!… More

WHATS IN THIS BLOG: • Interview with Nicolas Henin, prisoner of ISIS for 10 months. • What startling insights he gained during this time. • A brief chat he had with Kayla Mueller who was later murdered by ISIS. • A different take on how many Syrian refugees the USA should allow in.

French journalist and author of Jihad Academy: The Rise of Islamic State spent ten months as an ISIS hostage in Syria.… More

WHATS IN THIS BLOG: • My father and my brother • What did Jesus say about grace? • The astonishing life of footballer David Johnson (see two inserts)

MY FATHER AND MY BROTHER: This occurred many years ago. Early in the morning I found my father digging in the garden. His face was contorted and he was angrily turning over sod after sod.… More

WHATS IN THIS BLOG: • A beautiful pay-it-forward story • Tips: how to be more thankful • Tips: how to be more giving • Toward a healthy balance

A BEAUTIFUL PAY-IT-FORWARD STORY: This comes from my step-daughter Kim McGrath and occurred during the week of Thanksgiving. She teaches a class of twenty 6-7 year olds in a public school. In her own words…… “I had the most wonderful lesson this week.… More

IN THIS ISSUE: • A wonderful verse from the Old Testament which I just discovered • What the verse means practically • How Jesus used it and applied it • Takeaways

A WONDERFUL BIBLE VERSE I NEVER KNEW ABOUT Thus says the Lord, Stand by the roads and look, and ask for the eternal paths, where is the good, old way; then walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls.… More

WHAT’S IN THIS ARTICLE? • The Neewollah festival. • Results of the pageant…..two young ladies (one is my g-daughter). • Why I admire these two young ladies.

THE NEEWOLLAH FESTIVAL. Independence is a small town in southeast Kansas, not far from Bartlesville in Oklahoma. Only about 10,000 people. Surrounded by a vibrant farming community: corn, beans, and cattle. Oh yes, and quite a few oil and gas wells.… More

What’s in this article? • The revolution that is shale gas and shale oil. • Do fracs contaminate surface water? • Disposal wells…..and earthquakes.

Drilling rig in Forth Worth city (click to enlarge or to source, then back-arrow to return to blog).

Drilling rig in Forth Worth city (click to enlarge or to source, then back-arrow to return to blog).

The revolution that is shale gas or shale oil has been successful because many frac treatments are pumped one at a time along the length of a long horizontal well (typically a mile long).… More

My Australian team won the Grand Final…..YES !!! Just a couple weeks ago I was glued to my laptop here in Albuquerque at 1 am (5 pm in Australia), cheering wildly.

This blog gives some valuable lessons for living, even if you are not a sports fan of Aussie rules. I will summarize these learnings in the conclusion below, so you can skip down there if you choose.… More

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