Wednesday, March 31, 2010

The Old Rugged Cross

On a hill far away, stood an old rugged Cross, The emblem of suffering and shame
And I love that old Cross where the dearest and best, for a world of lost sinners was slain
So I'll cherish the old rugged Cross till my trophies at last I lay down
I will cling to the old rugged Cross and exchange it some day for a crown
Oh, that old rugged Cross so despised by the world has a wondrous attraction for me
For the dear Lamb of God, left his glory above to bear it to dark Calvary.
In the old rugged Cross, stained with blood so divine, a wondrous beauty I see
For the dear Lamb of God, left his Glory above to pardon and sanctify me.
To the old rugged Cross, I will ever be true, it's shame and reproach gladly bear
Then He'll call me some day to my home far away, where his glory forever I will share.

Sunday, March 28, 2010


Dreams, some think they come from our soul and intend to help you process along your life path, your subconscious never sleeps. Most of us allow our subconscious free reign in many areas of our lives.

Most people have three to five dreams a night, during an eight hour sleep at least two hours are spent dreaming. Researchers have shown that all human beings dream, the study shows brain activity during their sleep. Dreams often reflect our experiences and life concerns. Children's dreams are different than the ones adults have.

It is possible to experience death in your dreams. This often occurs as a result of great stress caused by relationships, school, career changes, depression or by the approach of death. Many who dream that they are falling sometimes jerk or twitch their arm or legs and you may wake yourself up. Sometimes dreams are so real that the brain believes that we are really falling, or in some sort of danger and hence the brain sends signals to the body to flee.

If you have ever had a nightmare, you are not the only one. Almost everyone gets them once in a while, a nightmare is a bad dream. It can make you feel scared, anxious, or upset, but these dreams can't hurt you. While you sleep your brain does not shut off, it goes through several stages, including Rapid Eye Movement sleep. During this sleep your eyes move back and forth under your eyelids and sometimes during these dreams they can be very scary. If you wake during this cycle it is easier to remember what you were dreaming about. That's why your most vivid dreams=and nightmares=occur in the early morning hours.

There is no scientific proof that dreams can predict or forsee the furture Some dreams that re-occur or repeat could be an indication that we have issues not resolved or confronted. Some people say they dream in color, this could be because color is such a natural part of our visual experience.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Amazing-but-True Facts?

*In the weightlessness of space a frozen pea will explode if it comes in contact with Pepsi.
*The Boeing 747 is capable of flying upside-down if it werent for the fact that the wings would shear off when trying to roll over.
*The trucking company Elvis Presley worked at as a young man was owned by Frank Sinatra.
*Replying more than 100 times to the same piece of spam-email will overwhelm the sender's system and interfere with their ability to send any more spam.
*Polar bears can eat as many as 86 penguins in a single sitting.
*Silly Putty was "discovered" as the residue left behind after the first latex condoms were produced. It's not widely publicized for obvious reasons.
*Human saliva has a boiling point three times that of regular water.
*Watching an hour-long soap opera burns more calories than watching a three hour baseball game.
*You can actually sharpen the blades on a pencil sharpener by wrapping your pencils in aluminum foil before inserting them.
*A dog's naked behind leaves absolutely no bacteria when pressed against the carpet.
*Coca-Cola was the favored drink of Pharaoh Ramses, an inscription found in his tomb, when translated, was found to be almost identical to the recipe used today.
*Due to the natural "momentum" of the ocean, saltwater fish can not swim backwards.
*The "nine lives" attributed to cats is probably due to their having nine primary whiskers.
*If you part your hair on the right side, you were born to be carnivorous. If you part it on the left, your physical and psychological make-up is that of a vegetarian.

This is something I read from, it is kooky but interesting. I think we need things in our lives that don't make sense sometimes, it helps keep us focused.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Easter Joy

Jesus came to earth, to show us how to live,
How to put others first, How to love and how to give.
Then He set about his work, that God sent Him to do;
He took our punishment on Himself. He made us clean and new.
He could have saved Himself, calling angels from above,
But He chose to pay our price for sin, He paid it out of love.
Our Lord died on Good Friday, but the cross did not destroy,
His resurrection on Easter morn, that fill our hearts with joy.
Now we know our earthly death, like His, is just a rest,
We'll be forever with Him, in heaven, where life is best.
So we live our lives for Jesus, think of Him in all we do.
Thank you Savior, thank you Lord, help us love like you
By: Joanna Fuchs

Happy Easter and may God bless you all and bring peace and contentment to your soul.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Childhood Memories

This is another post of mine from July 14, 2008, I had one comment from my friends. I actually just got started posting so I did not know you at this time.

Childhood, the most magical time of our lives. Where things are surrounded by mystery, ghosts and goblins, make believe and things that go bump in the night and there is always something under the bed or in the closet.

I can remember one time when I was about ten, my mom wanted me to go down to the cellar and bring up some coal for the stove. The entrance to the cellar was outside, there was no light until you went down the steps (about 10) and opened the door, that alone was scary. You had to feel inside the door for a hanging chain to pull, it was torture until your hand came in contact with the chain. The light was not bright and its eerie shadow cast all kinds of dancing figures. I scooped up the coal in the bucket, turned off the light and ran up the steps. After that I made sure we had coal in the bucket by dark.

We always listened to the radio for news of the war and to see if we were going to be bombed. It was World War Two, they just announced that they were sending planes to bomb us, I stayed by the window watching for hours, very afraid. My father worked in a steel mill and in 1942 he was killed by a piece of steel falling from an overhead crane, he did not have a helmet on. We loved our dad and right after his death, my mom received papers that he had been drafted.

From birth we go through phases of growth, from infant, childhood, adolescence and then adulthood. Our greatest fears are created in our childhood memories, even our attitudes, perspectives, expectations and our adult view of life are influenced by what happens in childhood.

When we were kids it did not take much to make us happy, we were too busy thinking up games to play, not much time spent indoors. I don't know about you, but it seems like yesterday, we were running, playing games, following the creek pretending it was a flowing river. Pretending when you were a kid is lost in adults. Adults has lost the ability to enter that magical kingdom again, in a way this seems sad. Even so, memories is powerful, every day of our adult life is touched by memories of childhood experiences.

Most of us have a sibling or two that share in our childhood memories. If you were close to a brother or sister you are blessed to have had some one to remember some of the happy and sad times. Sharing our memories with others is one of the most generous things we can do. Pictures are moments captured in time that live long after we do . It is fun to rummage through pictures of the past and say I don't remember this being taken or did I look like that. So lets say goodbye to being young, many years have passed since those glorious days gone bye.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Little Duck==Big World

This is a post I wrote on July 10, 2008 and I only had three comments, so I thought I would post it again. It is a true story and very touching. As I have said before I like to metal detect on our beach, I find many different and interesting items. One evening about six o'clock I decided to metal detect for a couple hours. I went first down by the water to look around and I saw this little baby duck all alone, swimming by shore. There were some people laying and sitting on their blankets, they told me they were trying to catch him all afternoon. I use an old french fry basket to scoop the sand up when I beep on something, the sand goes through it fast. So I went to the water and scooped him up in it and pushed it against my stomach to keep him from falling out.

I immediately went to my car and put the basket upside down on the seat to keep him safe. I knew this woman that took in birds and ducks that had been abandoned by their moms. I went home first to show the baby duck to my family. They were surprised and had to hold him. I took my granddaughter (Sarah) with me to see if the woman would take the baby duck. To my surprise she no longer took ducks in. I had to think fast, and come up with a plan of some kind. I knew the little duck was exhausted and weak and it was getting dark.

So we headed back to the beach and went to where I had found him. We started toward the pier, looking for a mom duck with babies. Having no luck on the beach, I decided when we reached the pier we would go on it and look along the sides into the water. The baby had not even made a peep from the time I picked him up.

We were about twenty feet out on the pier when I noticed the baby getting excited and making little sounds, and then I heard a duck quacking. I went toward the sound and saw a female duck that had jumped up on the pier, when she saw us she jumped back into the water. I looked where she jumped in and saw she had babies. I told my granddaughter to drop him in the water, she said no he will drown. I told her it will go under and pop right back up and that is exactly what happened-he popped up and swam right for his mom quacking all the way. We were so happy that we came looking for his mom, and the happy reunion brought tears to our eyes and joy to our hearts. Mom swam for the shore, because the water was very rough tonight and it had become dark, we found her because our pier is well lite.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Nation's Health Care System????

I don't know about you but I just read an article about the Presidents "Health Care" plan and I am not happy about it. President Obama dedicated his weekly address to defending Congress's plans for overhaul of the nation's health care system..

If you like your health plan, you can keep it, the only thing that will change is that you'll pay less, Remember that? Well according to the new Lewin study:

  • Approximately 103 million people would be covered under the new public plan and as a consequence about 83.4 million people would lose their private insurance. This would represent a 48.4 per cent reduction in the number of people with private coverage.

  • About 88 million workers would see their current private-employer-sponsored health plan go away and would be shifted in the public plan.

  • Yearly premiums for the typical American with current coverage could go up by as much as $460 per privately insured person, as a result of increased cost-shifting stemming from a public plan modeled on Medicare.

So, is there truth in the way the President and Congress are advertising their plan?

In his address the President asserted that, "if you like your current insurance, you keep that insurance. Period. End of Story." But what the President forgot to tell you is that his assertions is only true if the story were fiction.

President Obama has stated that any plan he'd sign must include a health insurance exchange with a public "option"." So if you like your current insurance you may, in fact, lose it. Period. End of story.

- Nina Owcharenko, The Heritage Foundation

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Gods Gift

Thank you God for the gift of life, for letting me be me,
For all that I can know by words, and all that I can see.
For all the music I can hear and all the songs I sing,
For all the joy that comes to me and all the joy I bring.
For all the food that I can taste and all the sweet scents I smell,
For all the loved ones I can touch, who love and wish me well.
For all the beauty of the world, ever fresh and new,
I do not know whom else I can thank. and so I am thanking you.

Author: Unknown

Friday, March 5, 2010

Earth Withstanding Quakes

An earthquake is caused by a sudden slip on a fault. Stresses in the earth's outer layer push's the sides of the fault together. Stress builds up and the rocks slip suddenly, releasing energy in waves that travel through the rock to cause the shaking that we feel during an earthquake. The causes according to the USGS, an earthquake occurs when plates grind and scrape against each other. Earthquakes happen every day by the hundreds, most of them too weak or remote to affect many people

Strong earthquakes have altered Earth's days and its axis in the past. The 9.1 Sumatran earthquake in 2004, which set off a deadly tsunami should hav shortened Earth's days by 6.8 microseconds and shifted its axis by about 2.76 inches. The fault responsible for the 2010 Chile quake also slices through Earth at a steeper angle. This makes the Chile fault more effective in moving Earth,s mass vertically and more effective in shifting Earth's figure axis and shortened day's.

Earthquakes can involve shifting hundreds of kilometers of rock by several meters, changing the distribution of mass on the planet. This affects Earth's rotation. The length of the day should have gotten shorter by 1.26 microseconds. It is shocking, but true that the 8.8 quake moved the earth off its axis by about 3 inches. Scientists are quick to point out that the moving of the earth off its axis isn't enough to change our seasons. It would take far more than the Chilean quake to make alterations in our weather patterns, as earth's tilt is what determines the seasons. Most of the earthquakes occur on the edges of the plates where the plates is under one or across. The movement disrupts the balance and position of all the plates, which leads to tremors, which are called earthquakes.

Monday, March 1, 2010

United States Capital

When we think of our first President, the name George Wasgington is on our minds but not true John Hanson, American Patriot and First President of the United States from November 5, 1781 until November 3, 1782. The Articles of Confederation only allowed a President to serve a one year term during a three year period. As the first President, Hanson had quite the shoes to fill, no one had ever been President and the role was poorly defined. Six other Presidents were elected after him, all prior to Washington taking office, and these Presidents are forgotten in history. George Washington was the first President of the United States under the Constitution we follow today.

Washington, D.C. was not the first Capitol, it was the last, becoming the capitol of the United States on November 17, 1800. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania was the first capitol under the First Continental Congress from September 5, 1774 to October 24, 1774. Baltimore, Maryland was the first capitol under the Second Continental Congress from December 20, 1776 to February 27, 1777. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania was the first capital under the Articles of Confederation from March 1, 1781 to June 21, 1783. New York City was the first capital under the Constitution from March 4, 1789 to August 12, 1790..

Begun in 1793, the United States Capitol has been built, burnt, rebuilt, extended and restored. The Capitol we see today is the result of several major periods of construction, it stands as a monument to the ingenuity, determination, and skill of the American people.