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WHATS IN THIS BLOG: • Ducking under the eye of hurricane Irma. • A terrifying night crouching in a bathroom. • Avoiding looters and robbers. • The islanders on St Maarten have lost everything. • Things are not okay, and the oceans are angry.

Just to clarify: this group of three blogs (Part 3 still to come) will center on Science and Energy. The next series will be on Inspiration and Hope. This blog is a long one, but I know it will add value to your perspective.

THIS BLOG IS A STORY ABOUT A FRIEND OF MINE, CALLED BETSY, who was crouching in the bathroom of a hotel in St Maarten, an island in the Caribbean, when the eye of hurricane Irma came right though there.… More

WHATS IN THIS BLOG: • Climate change versus hurricanes and forest fires. • A new book on climate change. • What causes climate change? • Can we predict climate change effects? • Should the USA buy insurance against climate change?

Just to clarify: this blog and (I hope) the next one will center on Science and Energy.

CLIMATE CHANGE IS CONTROVERSIAL, but recent events in September of 2017 force us to think about it once again. I’m referring to hurricane Harvey which went through Houston and hurricane Irma which hit Florida, both causing billions of dollars of damage within the past month.

BUT I’M ALSO REFERRING TO FOREST FIRES which are raging across the western part of the USA. Until this week there were about 40 of them.… More

WHATS IN THIS BLOG: • Teenagers cutting themselves. • Anxious, depressed, and overwhelmed. • What are the reasons, and how can parents help. • Kara’s discovery

Just to clarify: each of my blogs centers on one of three things: (1) Inspiration and Hope, or (2) Science and Energy, or (3) Health and Hiking. The last two blogs about stress and depression and also this one about anxiety of teenagers fall into box number (3). Next week I shall rotate into another box, I promise.

I was shocked, to be honest, by an article in Time Magazine on 7 November 2016, entitled The Kids are not All Right, by Susanna Schrobsdorff, because it talks about teenagers cutting themselves.

MY GRANDSON, JADEN, IS A RUNNING BACK for the Independence Bulldogs.… More

WHATS IN THIS BLOG: • Feelings of uselessness, worthlessness, and depression. • Dr Hogsett’s take on this. • Some valuable solutions. • John and an immigrant. • Breaking news: test for clinical depression • Staci’s FitBit.

Just to clarify: each of my blogs centers on one of three things: (1) Inspiration and Hope, or (2) Science and Energy, or (3) Health and Hiking. The last blog about stress and this one about depression fall into box number (3).

I WENT TO CHURCH LAST SUNDAY, AND WAS GREETED BY A TALL STATUESQUE BLONDE LADY. She was friendly and complimented me on my jazzy belt from New Mexico. I found out she was Dr Anne Hogsett from Coffeyville Medical Center, Kansas. She once wrote an article in the Independence Reporter about depression.… More

I RAN ACROSS THIS LIST OF STRESS-BUSTERS IN AN AMOCO MAGAZINE. My old company Amoco merged with BP in 1998, so this list may be 20 years old, or more. However, it struck me as a very sensible approach to reduce stress, and all the items seem attainable for most people.

I scored 5½ out of 8, so at least I’m above 50%. My weakest one is number 3: Talk it out. I don’t do this enough with friends and family. I tend to slug it out alone. But I have talked with a psychologist for about six months after a doctor said I had acute anxiety syndrome. The counselor was a great help.

What is your weakest link? If you don’t mind sharing, please do so by adding your thoughts to the Comment box.… More

On Sunday I awoke to a news story that a tornado had hit Tulsa, Oklahoma. This was about one week after the Edmond Earthquakes. It reminds us that Oklahoma is a dangerous state (about which I have written before).

First of all, when I moved to Tulsa in 1973, I was told tornadoes never hit Tulsa because the Arkansas river, on the west side of town, somehow protects the city. However, a few years later a tornado did hit. And one also hit just last Sunday. A small one, yes, but it caused a lot of damage. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

The National Weather Service has confirmed that a total of three tornadoes tore through Green Country early Sunday morning.

THE FIRST TORNADO, AN EF2, TOUCHED DOWN IN TULSA at 1:19 a.m.… More

 WHATS IN THIS BLOG: • A series of earthquakes in Edmond yesterday. • The stats on these earthquakes. • Are earthquakes declining in Oklahoma? • Other pockets of induced earthquakes in the USA.

Just to clarify: each of my blogs centers on one of three things: (1) Inspiration and Hope, or (2) Science and Energy, or (3) Health and Hiking. Probably too broad a spectrum, but I can’t decide how to narrow it down.

One way to resolve this might be to write alternative blogs more often. I think I’ll try this…. maybe a new blog every few days. My goal for every blog is still to add value to readers.

+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Before I jump into this blog, which is about science, I mentioned in Lean On Me about a young woman who cannot drive without hand-controls.… More

WHATS IN THIS BLOG: • Video of the song Lean On Me (3 mins). • We all need hope. • Hope can come to us from other people. • We can do something tangible to help another person. • Hot new kind of jewelry

Just to clarify: each of my blogs centers on one of three categories: (1) Inspiration and Hope, or (2) Science and Energy, or (3) Health and Hiking. Probably too broad a spectrum, but I can’t decide how to narrow it down. Any suggestions? This particular blog is about hope.

An old song popped up the other day, and it’s one of my favorites….. Lean On Me by Bill Withers, whose group was called Soul Train (vintage 1970).… More

WHATS IN THIS BLOG: • Video of spectacular mating dance of bird-of-paradise (4 mins). • Four different groups of feathers are involved in this amazing display. • Implications of this wondrous design for evolution and God.

THE BIRD-OF-PARADISE IS FAMOUS FOR ITS MALE COURTING DANCE. But you have to see it to believe it, and I guarantee it will make your day. Click here to see this 4-minute video from Cornell University (then click back-button to return to blog writeup). It’s one of the most awesome biological things I have ever seen.

The video shows that four different groups of feathers are used to create the “smiley face” appearance of the displaying male.

The bird-of-paradise lives in New Guinea, just north of Australia, in the rainforest.… More

WHATS IN THIS BLOG: • Immobilizing back pain. • The Laser Spine experience. • The surgeon. • A nasty diagnosis. • Where is the finish line?

BACKGROUND. This is Part 3 of a long story about hopes built and crushed. This is a story of one woman’s faith and enduring persistence through a debilitating health crisis. In Part 1 (click here for link) Mary was immobilized by a new back injury received during a bad fall in her bathroom. She can’t drive, she can’t walk, and she can’t stand more than about 10 minutes without excruciating pain.

In Part 2 (click here for link) was described cement injection into Mary’s spine. After the slow-burning disappointment of this, she clung to God and explored his spiritual resources.… More

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