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, but 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. Also, if you love conversing with travelers, here are a few great examples. Lastly, if you love music, be sure to read the last para about Rachmaninoff and Tchaikovsky. If you have no love for any of these, wait for the next blog.

YANKEE BOY BASIN LIES IN COLORADO, above the old mining town of Ouray, which is named after an Indian chief.… More

WHATS IN THIS BLOG: • The hike began at Las Vegas. • Pictures of the hike and the stream. • Conversations on the hike.

OUR HIKE BEGAN AT LAS VEGAS. That’s Las Vegas, New Mexico, which is an hour north-east of Santa Fe. I’d never been there and found it to be a delightful small city (15,000 population). It contains a university (Highlands University).

After the hike we drove around the plaza, which was typical Spanish construction in a square to protect against attacks. The city began in 1835 when land-grants were issued by the Mexican government. In 1846 during the Mexican-American war, General Kearny in the Las Vegas plaza claimed New Mexico for the United States.

The lawless, as well as the lawful, poured in with the railroad in 1879.… More

WHATS IN THIS BLOG: • A game-changer: children helping starving children. • 100 kids and adults packaged 12,000 meals in 2 hours. • I look terrific in a hairnet! • Takeaways. First of all, LAST WEEK I ROLLED UP AT 7 AM (YES, I CRAWLED OUT OF BED AT 5:30 AM ON A SATURDAY). To my horror, the registration lady said “You can’t do this, because you are wearing sandals. You need proper shoes.” Since I drove 30 minutes to get there, I debated with her since I am an engineer after all. We deadlocked until a well-dressed young Hispanic woman intervened. “You could cover each of your feet with a hairnet.” I laughed at the idea, but the registration lady accepted me on this basis, and handed me three hairnets.… More

WHATS IN THIS (DIFFERENT) BLOG: • A brief comment on several hot topics: Heart disease in women. Words to boost self-belief. New superbug arrives. Positive thinking helps people age. Great Barrier Reef is dying. An American switches to Aussie football. • Everyone’s psyche needs hope……providing hope is not difficult.

THIS BLOG IS A LITTLE DIFFERENT. The first part is a series of 8 images each of which summarizes a hot topic.

The second part is a simple method to provide hope to another…. the psychological benefit for both giver and receiver can be huge.

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A SIMPLE WAY TO PROVIDE HOPE TO ANOTHER: “I’d like to show you an illustration,” Michelle said as she stood up. She extracted a length of thin, shiny rope from one of her many pants pockets and gave it to Darby.… More

WHATS IN THIS BLOG: • In a secretive night meeting, a spiritual leader talked about being born again. But the listener didn’t get it. So the leader compared it to the wind, which didn’t seem to help the listener’s understanding. • 2,000 years later, a young engineer named Joshua talks about how the wind of the Spirit blew dramatically into the lives of his family.

But first, MY DAD USED TO TALK ABOUT BEING BORN AGAIN. As a young man who had a nervous breakdown, and four young kids, he needed help. He got it from Billy Graham who preached about it over the radio. Billy Graham got it from Jesus. So what did Jesus have to say about it? Not much.… More

WHATS IN THIS BLOG: • Arguments for life beyond earth • The spacecraft Kepler’s search for other planets • The beginnings of life • Implications for Biblical faith

This blog is excerpted from an article in Time Magazine entitled The Perfectly Sane Case for Life in Space (by Jeffrey Kluger, April 2016).

ARGUMENTS FOR LIFE BEYOND EARTH: • Scott Sandford works at NASA Ames Research Center in California. In his lab he swirls together the gas and dust of interstellar space and chills it to -388°F. Then he blasts the mix with the kinds of radiation that exist in space. The result is thousands of chemical products, including molecules like amino acids – stuff that life uses.

• There is a growing belief that life does exist out there.… More

WHATS IN THIS BLOG: • What is a felony? • Do people with felonies deserve a second chance in the workforce? • The felon in Les Miserable.

First of all, this article is dedicated to Don and Lola Compton, who have led Shalom Ministries for over 45 years. The ministry began for hippies living in the mountains behind Santa Fe, and broadened to include inmates in penitentiaries in New Mexico. Part of the mission is to provide training for jobs and mentors when inmates are released, and to connect them with halfway houses. Please pray for Don’s recovery as he is in rehab for another month or so, after a debilitating health breakdown. If you would like to send a card: PO Box 90910, ABQ, NM 87199.… 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. “What’s wrong?” I asked. “Your brother stayed out partying until 3 am, and then drove off to his Airforce base near Sydney, an 18-hour trip by himself.” “So what’s wrong with that?” “What’s wrong! It’s a long trip….. he may fall asleep at the wheel, crash and die. Starting out after no sleep is just plain stupid. I can’t pray for him.”

His last statement surprised me.… More

First of all, Staci, my step-daughter, is in the middle of her stay at the Sedona Wellness Retreat in Arizona. Let me explain, this is a three-week nutritional program to detox from chemo treatment, and to rebuild her immune system. Make sure you read to the end of this article, where Staci gives a poignant review of the Retreat so far.

Sedona is a beautiful town surrounded by picturesque red rocks. The contrast between the red cliffs and the green trees and the cobalt-blue sky is enchanting. At sunset the mountains glow with orange fire. The Sedona Wellness Retreat is hidden away in a grove of pine trees, and is complemented by an imposing landscape design. For this reason, peace and tranquility radiate from the fountains, rocks and plants.… More

Refugees, the nowhere people: Robyn, my niece, is 33 years old and a fashion designer, married to a Brit, and living in London. She has a sense of compassion for the suffering, and she speaks up when she has a concern. Robyn shared on Facebook a video about refugees in Syria, and this got me thinking. Based on her info, I wrote the blog and invited her personal comments…..they can be found at the end.

I was already aware of the terrible situation in Syria, but found myself wondering how relevant it is to Americans. After almost three years of civil war in that country (where part of the population is Christian), here is the situation: • Total population of Syria is about 20 million.… More


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