Nature Study Goals For the Early Years

Outdoor time blog picOutdoor play should give the children the opportunity to develop a love of nature and to learn and recognize:

  • Common plants, domestic and Wild- this is the beginning of classification, noting the shape, size number of petals, leaves, veins, trees with and without leaves, animals with and without backbones; plant or meat eaters. Direct observations so that the child will learn and recognize:
  • Field crops, in every seasonal aspect
  • Wildflowers and weeds, both leaves (shape, size, growth pattern) and flowers, type, whether head, single blossoms, spikes… And habitats (look at the ground to see that plant might grow)
  • Tree recognition:
  1. Compare and contrast half a dozen varieties
  2. Choose half a dozen specific, individual tress to follow throughout the year. Make a special effort to look at those trees carefully and note how they have changed.
  3. Begin in winter to compare and note differences, watch for first signs of seasonal changes
  4. In spring learn their names as you spot the leaves, note how the new leaves are folded.
  5. Note the bud styles and variations between species
  • Keep pressed flower collections and collections of leaves and plants
  • Organize the collections by forms or shapes in order to assist classification skills later,
  • Make careful brush drawings
  • Paint (This is a good time to learn some simple principles of color mixing)
  • Follow seasons, note changes in plants
  • View each new discovery and change with excitement and mystery, note when each species first is spotted blooming
  • Keep calendar of first sightings, where and when, use it every year and follow it, noting any changes, adding new species and information
  • Nature diary- descriptive entries in a nature journal
  • The FYG took this picture of a moth getting a drink after the rain.

    The FYG took this picture of a moth getting a drink after the rain.

    Observe Living creatures:

  1. Keep pets and watch them, comment on their behavior and appearance

  2. Tadpoles

  3. Ants

  4. Have a bird feeder (and bird bath, if possible)

  5. Learn to recognize bird calls, and, if possible, imitate them

  6. Practice ‘bird stalking’ on winter walks (see page 85, volume 1)

  7.           cocoons- watch the life cycle of caterpillar to moth or butterfly
  • Geography: Outdoor play can also incorporate opportunities to give children experiences that will lay a good foundation for later studies in geography.
  • The Sun:
  1. Observe its position at various times throughout the day

  2. Note times of sunrise and sunset as well as their direction

  3. The place of the sun at the hottest part of the day

  • Distance and direction- In addition to noting the location of the sun:
  1. Note the time it takes to walk- A foot, a yard, a block, a quarter mile, a half mile
  2. To frequent destinations- a friend’s house, the store, the library, the barn, the corner, around the block
  3. (wherever it is you do walk- learn how far that is and how long it takes to walk that distance)
  • Wind
  • Direction, learn what a western wind means (it is blowing from the west, not toward the west, just as a Canadian is _from_ Canada)
  • Clouds
  • Observe their shape, size, style, color and note the connection between clouds and weather
  • Note all kinds of weather, and observe

Again- all of this is supposed to be done through _personal observations_ and first hand experience.

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Mt. Kilimanjaro’s Glaciers Not Cooperating With Global Warming Predictions

From the we told you sotime and time again department comes this story about Gore’s buddy, Dr. Lonnie Thompson and his Kilimanjaro glacier that just won’t die like they want it to, even though they don’t believe their own hype.

From ETN Global Travel Industry News:

Mount Kilimanjaro Glaciers nowhere near extinction

More here.

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Brendan Eich and Free Speech: Casualties of the Gay Agenda

David Burge (IowaHawk) points out that a company that doesn’t give a whit about the privacy of its own CEO sure isn’t going to care about yours. Yep.

The Brendan Eich case brings out the nature of liberal fascism.

Jonah Goldberg said that a while back.

“I do think it’s a bit ridiculous that there was a year when everyone was supposed to ‘evolve’ on the subject. Obama said he’d evolved, and so everyone was supposed to be evolved alongside him.”

“I do think it’s a bit ridiculous that there was a year when everyone was supposed to ‘evolve’ on the subject. Obama said he’d evolved, and so everyone was supposed to be evolved alongside him.”

If you want to let Mozilla know you object to the thuggery, here is contact information: “Mozilla Monday!”

The Liberal Gulag

John Fund: The New Pitchfork Persecutors.

The Left’s Attack On Brendan Eich Was Totalitarian.

How To Understand True And Faux Liberalism

“Don’t yell at me. But if you must yell, at least don’t do it in unison.”“Pasternak’s humanistic message — that every person is entitled to a private life and deserves respect as a human being, irrespective of the extent of his political loyalty or contribution to the state — poses a fundamental challenge to the Soviet ethic of sacrifice of the individual to the Communist system.”

More here.  Some of this will be duplicates.

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Gender Gap Double Standards

Mind Which Gap? The Selective Concern Over Statistical Sex Disparities.


There are many statistical disparities between the sexes in our world, but only some become the subject of widespread concern. Ones that are perceived as favoring men are labeled “gaps,” while those that favor women are simply facts. Outside the workplace, men are arguably disadvantaged in a variety of arenas, whether in terms of health and longevity, crime and violence, domestic relations, or education. In the workplace, men are far more likely than women to be killed and to work long hours. None of these disparities is generally viewed as a “gap” deserving of intervention, however. Men earn a disproportionate number of Ph.Ds in some fields, while women earn a disproportionate number in others. Only the former set of disparities, however, is typically viewed as a “gap.”

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FB, The Cherub, and TMI

Update 4/08: Positive for C-Diff.  Monday afternoon the infectious disease dr. did get back with us and called in a prescription for a lab test for C-Diff to our local hospital (we live 45 miles away from that doctor).  My husband picked up the test on his way home from work late Monday aftertoon, and turned around and drove the lab specimen back into town about 20 minutes later.  This morning we got the call, and it is C-Diff.  The local pharmacy doesn’t stock the antibiotics used for treatment, so now he’s driving to the bigger city 45 miles away to pick it up.



A few days ago the Cherub finished, at long last, about a month’s worth of hard-core antibiotics. And almost everything else about this post is entirely in the TMI department, so I am giving you this opportunity to go read about flowers, weeds,  or books or some other pleasant topic instead of reading the rest of this post.

You’ve been warned.

The infectious disease doctor wanted us to watch for several warning signs after she got off the antibiotics, and one was any indications of things not right with her digestive system.

Still with us? It’s not too late to change your mind.

On Saturday we had plenty of evidence that things were not going at all well with her digestive system (this is a euphemistic phrase for diarrhea, okay?).

Now it’s a little late to change your mind, but not totally too late.

I was already kind of teetering on the bleeding edge of the line between reasonable concern and bat guano levels of insanity, because you know what kind of a year it has been for us with medical stuff, and I posted about it to my private FB account (the secret one under my real name, where I try to limit friends to 250 or less, and would prefer 200 or less but have actually lost control and am almost to 350, but seriously, I really, really am stopping there) for a prayer request and a heads up that yet again, some of us would not be at church tomorrow.

Two nurse friends, one whom I know only from the internet, but I have known her for over 15 years, and the other I know from church, both responded quickly. One suggested amping up yogurt and acidophilous, the other suggested it might be C Diff.

Really.  You can still stop. 

After reading up on C Diff around the internet, always a kind of dumb thing for a neurotic mother to do, I sort of toppled right over that bleeding edge and well over my head into bat guano levels of insane. (How insanitary. See what I did there?) I could actually feel myself unraveling into a tangled and very ugly pile of crazy. I said to my FB friends,

“I’m looking C-Diff stuff up online, and I am not enjoying what I am reading.*
*This is a euphemism for I want to burn the house down and run away.”

Actually, I said even crazier and more unstable things, but I have deleted those things- both from the FB conversation and my memory.

Well, I do remember one of them because it is a constant part of our lives.

One of the symptoms of C-Diff that should have been helpful to know is that it comes with abdominal pain and cramps. But we would almost never know this with the Cherub.

She does not respond to pain in anyway that remotely resembles a response to pain. Sometimes there are no visible signs that she in pain at all- she fractured her elbow once, and I only knew something was wrong because she wouldn’t let me straighten it, and it was swollen and hot to the touch. But while she wouldn’t let me straighten it, she was grinning at me, and generally happy as a lark, so at first I thought she was just teasing me while I was trying to get her dressed.  You know, playing keep away with her arm, so I couldn’t put it in her shirt sleeve.  And then I grabbed it. That’s how I knew it was hot and swollen, and probably kind of broken- but she never so much as whimpered over it.

Minor discomforts might make her freak out and cry, but major ones, she might not even acknowledge their existence. And she cannot tell me “yes, I hurt here,” not even in gestures.

Mostly, we live with this. It just is what it is. But this past month while she was in the hospital and they kept asking me, ‘Didn’t she seem to be in pain?’ “Does she hurt anywhere?” and then this weekend, it seemed suddenly entirely too much to endure.

I had a great big facebook conniption fit about that.

I have a hazy memory of saying something about moving to Thailand after I set the house on fire.

But really, that’s all I remember. That’s more than I want to remember.

So, anyway. It was the weekend. Saturday night. She had no fever (keep in mind she had no fever when her entire left lung was completely whited out in her x-ray, either). She didn’t seem to be uncomfortable (essentially meaningless). Her color was good (this is a good sign, and it actually means something). Even my hospital treatment oriented nurse friend didn’t think we needed to go to the ER. We fed her some yogurt and tea with raw apple cider vinegar and put her to bed and prayed.

I know plenty of my fb friends were praying, too.

Some were also sending me private messages about their grannies or their sisters, or their children or themselves who had C Diff and ended up in the hospital for a month, and one needed surgery, and one lost 30 pounds (The Cherub can’t afford to lose ten, but can I get some here, please?), and so forth and so on.

Some were helpful, and written completely in the spirit of helping me rule out C Diff, not to frighten me.

I mentioned TMI, yes?  You’re here because you choose to be, yes?

So there were some questions, and they were sort of like this (these are not all from the same person):

Is it incredibly awful smelling, like toxic, nearly gag inducing?


Is it mucousy?

If slimy looking is the same thing, and I think it is.

Is it pretty watery, too?

This isn’t really helping me rule out C Diff after all.

Is it sort of seedy?


Okay, this one sounds weird, but does it look kind of like peanut butter?

Enough so that I am never eating peanut butter again, okay?

I did not fall asleep until after 4 a.m.  I watched a Lakorn- a drama made in Thailand.  It looked awfully tempting to me, Thailand did.  Reading subtitles and listening to the very pretty Thai language and watching the very improbable love story didn’t exactly squelch any recollection of all the nasty, horrible, dreadful things I had read about C-Diff, but it did help me put up a sort of flimsy shield between the C Diff monster and me.

By the next morning things were slightly better.  The Cherub woke up clean, which she had not done the morning before.  That made me feel a little better.  We learned our landline wasn’t working and neither was my husband’s cell phone. My husband went over to Granny Tea’s and called the forwarding service for our infectious disease specialist and left a message explaining the Cherub’s symptoms.  We didn’t get a call back, either a good sign about the Cherub, or a bad sign about the specialist and I changed my mind about which one it was on the hour.

We continued the herbal tea with a little bit of raw apple cider vinegar and spoonfuls of yogurt.  She sat next to me and I literally spoonfed or syringe fed her mouthfuls of tea or spoonfuls of yogurt all day long, about every half hour for tea, every hour for yogurt. I no longer had horrid visions of additional long hospital stays, surgeries, and horrible scenes ending with the big and final D word which I cannot bring myself to say out loud or type in this connection.

However, mentally I was only slightly better because I also found myself in the, to me, ridiculously unbelievable position of actually having to stop myself from posting hourly updates of the Cherub’s digestive system and all its workings.   I compromised with myself and posted them about every four hours.

One of my nurse friends (the one I have never met) suggested I try increasing the yogurt. She said she had seen this approach work wonders, especially if taken in the early stages. And when I forced myself to stop unraveling into piles of crazy and made myself stop wallowing in bat guano levels of crazy, I thought of looking up C Diff and NATURAL treatments, figuring not only might I find useful info, but I might also not find myself at sites suggesting the imminent and final D was near. I read plenty of suggestions for various fermented foods.

So we gave the Cherub yogurt, just plain, whole milk organic yogurt, acidophilus pills, and raw apple cider vinegar in sips of herbal tea that support relaxation and stomach ease (ginger, chamomile, mint). We chose those teas because if it was C-Diff, she was probably in extreme discomfort although she wouldn’t necessarily *know* it- she doesn’t respond to pain typically. But we learned in the hospital even if she seems fairly ‘normal’ when she was stressed or should have been in pain (but wasn’t showing it), her heart rate still went up and her oxygen levels down a bit.

Then the Equuschick saw via FB that The Cherub was sick, and she brought over some wonderfully gelatinous bone broth.
Then the HG heard that I was looking for probiotics (also via FB) and so she sent home some home-made kombucha.
In all the talk about fermented foods and restoring the good bacteria that a month of megadoses of antibiotics killed off in a mass slaughter, I remembered that I have some fabulous non GMO, unpasteurized miso paste in the fridge.

I added those things to the Cherub’s hourly feedings- via syringe because it was the quickest and surest way to get measurable amounts in her instead of on her. Although she generally despises soup, she liked the miso. She was not best pleased with kombucha.

C Diff is caused when antibiotics kill off the good bacteria in your gut and the bad bacteria everybody already has in some number are allowed to thrive and grow and conquer, because the white knights of your regular gut bacteria are all slain.   The Cherub was on the antibiotic most often associated with CDiff and she was on it a long time.

Still- we will never know for certain if the Cherub had it or not (unless she gets worse and we have to take her in). It did sound *exactly* like every description of it I read, but you know, a crazy person was reading, and who trusts a crazy person?   It easily could just be a garden variety stomach bug, or just the general post-antibiotic effect.   And probably some of the things I did made a difference, and some of them were about as effective as burning chicken feathers in a hollow tree stump at midnight.  Well, a little more effective than that, because they made me feel better, and that’s not a useless thing.

I also don’t think we are out of the woods yet. The Cherub’s gas is just unbelievable.

Ha. You thought the TMI stuff was over, didn’t you?  Well, it’s not.

Things inside her are dying. Other things must have been dead a long, long, long time.  Every time she passes gas I think of Lazarus, just before Jesus raised him from the dead (“Martha, the sister of him that was dead, saith unto him, Lord, by this time he stinketh: for he hath been dead four days.”)

Yet another internet friend with medical connections came through with another question and said I was free to send her a private message if I wanted to ask more.  So I did.  And while I wrote I found myself absolutely astounded at what I was doing.   (I mean, besides the fact that I was writing all about my child’s poo to a person I have only met in person once. I can’t believe I did that. I can’t believe I am now telling you all that I did that).  This friend lives completely on the other side of the world, and we could communicate nearly instantaneously.  The fact that we were communicating about my child’s poo does not reduce the wonder of it, indeed quite the opposite.

Okay, the wonder was dissipated slightly when for a panicked moment I thought I had sent the private message with a detailed explanation of my daughter’s poo to somebody else entirely, somebody prim and proper and with no interest, medical or otherwise, in any poo at all, but then I adjust my glasses on my nose and the words came into focus and I had not sent that message to the wrong person after all.

Yes, I did have one or two prim and proper friends.  It surprises me, too.  I have no doubt they’ll unfriend me in a shocked tizzy if FB ever shows them the status where I updated the FB on the status of my child’s bowel movements every four hours.  I probably would do the same.

But let’s return to the wonder. Through the magical medium of Facebook, I had a possible diagnosis and more than one suggested treatment within minutes.  Even if that diagnosis was incorrect, it did provide the impetus for several of the treatment measures we used, and that more than likely sped the Cherub’s recovery and made her far more comfortable than she would have been otherwise.

I received tangible gifts of kombucha and bone broth because of FB communications.

People all over the world, quite literally, have been praying for the Cherub for several weeks now.  I have had personal messages of prayer support from the Philippines, Australia, Estonia, England, and, I think, a few other places I can’t think of just now. Oh- Russia. Poland. It might be every single continent.  Isn’t that amazing?  The Cherub could be so much sicker by now without all the information and resources I picked up in a short time on FB and the internet.  (Of course, through the magic of the internet I could also scare myself witless reading up on whatever disease the Cherub may or may not have had, but every tool can be used for good or ill, and we can’t blame FB and the internet for my easily triggered bouts of crazy-town).

I’ve dosed the Cherub up with herbal teas, yogurt, raw vinegar, home-made bone broth, miso soup with garlic and seaweed added, and home-made kombucha. I intend to do that all over again today, possibly with the addition of kefir and maybe kimchi, two more fermented foods with good bacteria. Well, in the case of the bone broth, not fermented, but full of healthy minerals and other good stuff. (When we used to raise chickens, more than once I cured the chicks from what was supposed to be a fatal case of chick diarrhea with raw vinegar and garlic).  Sometime today we’re getting kefir grains from another friend, too.

Hopefully, that combo will kick this thing to the curb and restore the Cherub’s gut flora to lively health, whatever the cause.

We should all be eating and drinking this stuff.


Oh, and now?  totally and completely too late. I’m done.




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Kindle Bargains and Freebies, Christian Living

.99 each: Alone With God: Rediscovering the Power and Passion of Prayer (John MacArthur Study)

Anxious for Nothing: God’s Cure for the Cares of Your Soul (John Macarthur Study)

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Heaven: Biblical Answers to Common Questions (booklet)

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Anchored: Pressing On by Pressing Into the Savior

For thirteen years, Teresa spent her Sundays in church pews. She joined small group after small group and moved from church to church, but it didn’t bring her peace. She was pursuing social acceptance and friendship rather than pursuing God. Have you ever felt like you were trying to find spiritual fulfillment in people rather than Christ? Or maybe you have found yourself thanking God for His provision one day and forgetting it the next. In her book, Anchored to Christ: Pressing on by Pressing into the Savior, author Teresa Blondo shares her story of fitting in and facing hardships, and how God used these times in her life to draw her to real discipleship. You will find comfort in her honesty about her “patterns of forgetfulness” and her struggles with finding satisfaction in Jesus.

Anchored reflects a portion of Teresa’s part in God’s greater story. In studying the Old Testament story of God leading His people out of slavery and bondage in Egypt, she began to draw some comparisons between her life over the last several years and the lives of the Israelites in the wilderness. Like them, she had forged a pattern of forgetfulness. God would provide. Teresa would forget. God would provide again. Teresa would complain and grumble, forgetting God once more. In drawing comparisons with the hardened heart of Pharaoh, she reflects on her life before Christ, and her own hardened heart.

This is a story about God restoring and reconciling, teaching and disciplining, and providing over and over. It is about Teresa’s life in the church before and after Christ saved her. It is about learning to take hold of your own discipleship and rejoicing in God amid trials. It is about the peace within that can only come from Christ. It is about being pursued by the Creator of the universe. It is about the patience of a faithful God, who alone can heal our faithlessness.

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Creating a SCRAPS Journal: Bible Study Made Easy

Have you been wanting to journal as you study your Bible? Have you found other methods too tedious or impersonal? If so, SCRAPS is the perfect book for you! SCRAPS is not just another book about Bible study; it is a complete process using only six simple steps that enable you to create your own very personal SCRAPS journal. This journal will be like none other when it is complete because it will be all yours–your own scriptures, your own thoughts, and your own conclusions from your own study.

Perhaps you feel you are not quite ready to create your own SCRAPS journal from scratch. If this is the case, then you can use one of the forty already-created SCRAPS entries to guide your personal Bible study. These can be personalized by writing your own thoughts and ideas about how the scriptures apply to your life. These entries include lessons from Genesis, Exodus, Joshua, Judges, 1 and 2 Samuel, 1 Kings, Malachi, and other Old Testament books.
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One Thing: Confronting the Obstacle Between You and Christ

“I want to go to Heaven. There must be something I can do to get there. Just name it.”

So ran the conversation between Jesus and the young politician. And so concurs the thoughts of seekers today.

But what if—in spite of your sincerity—there is one thing standing in your way?

Jesus told the young ruler there was. Throughout Jesus’ ministry, He helped many confront the “one thing” standing between them and God.

A respected religious teacher. A common woman. A blind outcast. Although it would seem they lived worlds apart, they all had one thing in common—the fact that there was one thing standing between them and God.

One decision. One choice. One roadblock. One thing.

Will you confront it?

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Fresh Air: Trading Stale Spiritual Obligation for a Life-Altering, Energizing, Experience-It-Everyday Relationship with God

“…Chris builds this book off of a number of stories and metaphors that illustrate the role of the Holy Spirit in the life of the believer. He begins with an illustration of the old maritime doldrums where the wind does not blow, leaving ships wandering aimlessly. Obviously, the connection is to our lives. Chris describes the average life as one where we are just living, literally stuck just surviving. But there is something more out there…

The true strength of the book is that it is very much a common-man’s (or woman’s) explanation of how the Spirit works. The crux – and I’m not giving away any secrets here – is that the Holy Spirit is the breath of fresh air (think breath of God and blast of wind) in our lives. As a practical example, Chris explains the 7 Biblical words that are all rendered praise in English. The meanings are quite diverse and illustrate the relationship we are missing out on….”

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J. C. Ryle’s A Call to Prayer – with Study Guide (Chapel Library)

“A Call to Prayer” was one of J.C. Ryle’s best received works in his day and has remained so ever since. It is a direct exhortation to pray fervently and without ceasing. “I want the times we live in to be praying times. I want the Christians of our day to be praying Christians. I want the church to be a praying church. My heart’s desire and prayer in sending forth this tract is to promote a spirit of prayerfulness. I want those who never prayed yet, to arise and call upon God, and I want those who do pray, to see that they are not praying amiss.”—from the Conclusion.

Contents include the following chapters, with study questions for each chapter (used by permission of Mount Zion Bible Institute):
1. Prayer Is Needful to a Man’s Salvation
2. The Habit of Prayer: Mark of a True Christian
3. Prayer: The Most Neglected Duty
4. Prayer Produces Great Encouragement
5. Diligence in Prayer: The Secret of Holiness
6. Prayer and Backsliding
7. Prayer and Contentment
8. Advice to the Unsaved
9. Counsel to the Saints

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The Hidden Life: Living Inside-Out to Release God’s Blessing

What a relief to to hear someone explain the need for cultivating the inner life. A Christianity that is based on programs and numbers is joyless, boring drudgery! I became a Christian because I wanted to know about and commune with the Creator of the universe. Thank you Brian Fraser for explaining clearly why this priority is often lost, why it is so essential, and how we as individuals and churches can recapture it.

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R. C. Sproul’s Can I Have Joy in My Life: 12 (Crucial Questions Series)

Joy is a popular topic in Western culture today. Books explain how to find joy in a wide variety of activities. We speak of “joyous” occasions such as weddings and births. We sing about “Joy to the World” at Christmas. “Joy” remains a popular name for girls. But given the extent to which joy seems to be on our minds, few people seem to have it or even know what it is.

In this Crucial Questions booklet, Dr. R.C. Sproul cuts through the confusion surrounding this popular but misunderstood attribute, showing the one sure path to deep, lasting joy—a relationship with God through Jesus Christ. By abiding in Christ, Dr. Sproul shows, we may experience fullness of joy—a joy that transcends unhappy circumstances and even permits us to rejoice with others because of the blessed hope Christ provides.

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The Scripture Driven Life: A collection of Bible verses organized by topic for easy reference.

Life gets hard for everyone at some time. No matter what kind of problems or concerns you have in life you can rest assured that God has a plan. Every situation can benefit from looking towards God’s instruction manual: The Bible. This collection of Bible verses is organized by topic so that you can quickly find and read what the Bible says about any situation.

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Knowing the Truth About Jesus the Messiah (The Defenders)

Is Jesus the True Messiah? Jesus of Nazareth changed the world. He is the subject of more books, plays, poetry, films and worship than any man in history. But is He more than just a man? Citing specific facts and probability statistics, the authors conclusively show:

• Unassailable, prophetic proof that Jesus is the Messiah
• Biblical evidence confirming Jesus’ supreme authority
• Specific confirmation of the Bible’s accuracy in prophecy

Knowing the Truth About Jesus the Messiah offers you ready access to proof that Jesus Christ is the Messiah.

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The True Gospel of Christ versus the False Gospel of Carnal Christianity

Another quality eBook from Chapel Library. This book examines in detail the common modern message sometimes called “easy-believism,” where justification in Christ is presented without mention of one’s responsibility to forsake sin and live set apart from the world. This gospel holds that one may “make a decision” to “receive Christ,” without bowing to His authority over one’s life. The problem is that many conclude: “a little sin won’t hurt—I’m just carnal, and God has saved me any way.” This false gospel leaves the professing Christian without any power over sin and a false confidence in heaven, even to the point of resisting calls to repent because “I don’t need to; I’m already saved.” Romans 6 is used to develop a Biblical understanding of self-denial, and passages in 1 and 2 Timothy are used to explain the deceitful nature of selfish sin. Finally, the book explores the rich new life provided in the true Gospel of Scripture.

L.R. Shelton, Jr. (1923-2003) was born and raised in New Orle-ans, Louisiana, where he later became associate pastor in his fa-ther’s Baptist church. While he did not have the opportunity to attend college or seminary, as a young man he devoured the writings of Spurgeon, Pink, the Puritans, and Lloyd-Jones. In 1970 he began a church, Christian bookstore, and Gospel outreach in Litchfield, Minnesota. There he developed a God-given burden to share classic Christian literature from prior centuries freely worldwide.
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Keepers of Salt

and Keepers of Salt Study Guide

Amazon reviewer: This book brought out customs of the culture of Biblical times in a way that brought new insights to the Bible. It helped me understand passages to a depth I never would have. I think I’ll be reading it again soon. .Would recommend for any Christian. Especially in this culture where we are lacking in honoring commitments. It was a good challenge for me.

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Spanish Language Practice: La Escuela


Voy a la escuela. Voy a la escuela el lunes, el martes, el miércoles, el jueves y el viernes. El sábado y el domingo no voy a la escuela. El sábado y el domingo estoy en casa. Soy un discípulo y estoy en la escuela. El discípulo aprende. Aprendo la aritmética, a leer y a escribir. Vd. aprende el español. Todos nosotros aprendemos diligentemente. Algunos discípulos no son diligentes. Algunos son perezosos. El maestro elogia a los discípulos diligentes y a los discípulos obedientes. Él no elogia a los alumnos perezosos.

El maestro enseña. Mi maestro enseña el español. Este maestro enseña las matemáticas y aquel maestro el inglés. El señor Blanco enseña la biología y la química. La señorita Herrera enseña la geografía y la historia. ¿Qué aprende Vd. en la escuela? Aprendo el español, el francés, el álgebra, la biología y la estenografía.

The Project Gutenberg EBook of A First Spanish Reader
by Erwin W. Roessler and Alfred Remy


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Global Warming and Propaganda

GLOBAL WARMING PROPAGANDAScientists in a recently peer reviewed and published paper admit that you’ve been lied to and have believed exaggerated, inflated claims about global warming, but their scientific conclusion is that it’s good for you:

Noble cause corruption gone wild. People tend to think of scientists as being unbiased, in climate science, apparently if you aren’t biased, you aren’t doing useful work.

From CFACT: A new peer-reviewed paper published in the American Journal of Agricultural Economics, titled “Information Manipulation and Climate Agreements”, is openly advocating that global warming proponents engage in mendacious claims in order to further their cause.

The paper appears to openly advocate “information manipulation” to further the cause of man-made global warming and “enhance global welfare.”

The authors, Assistant Professors of Economics Fuhai Hong and Xiaojian Zhao, note how the media and environmental groups “exaggerate” global warming and then offer their paper to “provide a rationale for this tendency” to exaggerate for the good of the cause.

 More at the link.



Speaking of lying to the public due to noble cause corruption- there’s been a brouhaha you might not have heard about in Climate science circles.   Frontiers in Psychology, a scientific journal on, oddly enough, psychology,  published, and then retracted, a paper titled Recursive Fury: Conspiracist ideation in the blogosphere in response to research on conspiracist ideation.

The authors of the paper are Stephan Lewandowsky, John Cook, Klaus Oberauer, and Michael Marriott.  After their paper was retracted, Lewandowsky and Cook lobbed accusations around the blogosphere and climate alarmist circles that the paper was retracted because Frontiers had caved into threats.

Dana Nuccitelli, the Guardian, Joe Romm, and other members of the small but vocal ‘global warming is going to destroy the planet’ crowd picked up the accusations and passed them on as true.  Frontiers finally decided they could not let the dishonesty stand:

As we published in our retraction statement, a small number of complaints were received during the weeks following publication. Some of those complaints were well argued and cogent and, as a responsible publisher, our policy is to take such issues seriously. Frontiers conducted a careful and objective investigation of these complaints.Frontiers did not “cave in to threats”; in fact, Frontiers received no threats. The many months between publication and retraction should highlight the thoroughness and seriousness of the entire process.

As a result of its investigation, which was carried out in respect of academic, ethical and legal factors, Frontiers came to the conclusion that it could not continue to carry the paper, which does not sufficiently protect the rights of the studied subjects. Specifically, the article categorizes the behaviour of identifiable individuals within the context of psychopathological characteristics. Frontiers informed the authors of the conclusions of our investigation and worked with the authors in good faith, providing them with the opportunity of submitting a new paper for peer review that would address the issues identified and that could be published simultaneously with the retraction notice.

The authors agreed and subsequently proposed a new paper that was substantially similar to the original paper and, crucially, did not deal adequately with the issues raised by Frontiers.

We remind the community that the retracted paper does not claim to be about climate science, but about psychology. 

You can read more about it here.

This is the paper that supposedly proved that those who doubt the alarmist cause also have a tendency to believe that the moon landing was a hoax, and other nonsense.  There were many problems with this so called research.  It was largely on online poll (with little means of verifying the accuracy of the self-identification of the respondents), the lead author, Lewandowsky, hid his involvement, and most of his ‘research’ came from posting the poll to climate alarmist sites, so falsification was pretty easy, at the least.  Citing these and other ethics violations and possible fraud, several researchers asked for access to his data so they could test his conclusions for themselves. Access was denied, a clear violation of the stated policies of the university which held his work. Eventually, however, UWA allegedly had an ethics investigation into Lewandowsky’s work, and he was cleared.  Only then dogged investigators discovered and revealed that the person UWA allowed to head the ethics investigation was Lewandowsky himself!  There’s an excellent detailed, factually supported account of all this here.

Many readers are attempting to correct the record by contacting all papers which have insisted on the accuracy of Lewandowsky’s online poll and subsequent paper and pointing them to Frontier’s explanation of the retraction.  Here’s one reader’s account of what happened when Scientific American:

 posted this article by Lewandowsky peer reviewer, Elaine McKewon:

I tried to post the following comment:
“Science is reproducible. Research that cannot be replicated is not science, PERIOD. Because Lewandowsky and the University of Western Australia flatly refuse to release the original data for replication, ‘Recursive Fury’ fails to meet the basic minimum requirement of science. The journal retracted it because it isn’t worth the paper it’s printed on. It’s sad that Scientific American doesn’t understand this. Stephan Lewandowsky and Elaine McKewon are not scientists.”

This was SciAm’s reply:
This submission has been marked as spam.
Louis6439 is a Troll. Please report all commentary by this user…

(read more about the ‘pal reviewer’ Elaine McKewon here)

I used to be a paper subscriber to Sci Am when I was in my 30s.  Kind of sad that they’ve come to this (they also blocked the above poster so he can no longer comment on their site, and they blocked this commenter for ‘name-calling,‘ although I am unable to find any names called in his comment).

There are more details about the ways Lewandowsky and Cook deliberately slanted their findings here.

Jo Nova also has a good summary.

Btw, there has been no global warming for 17 years and 8 months now.  Climate Alarmists have begun to acknowledge this, though they insist on calling it a ‘pause.’  Well, it could just be a pause, I don’t know.  The point is, they don’t know either.  Their models did not predict it, which is a pretty clear piece of evidence that the models are unreliable.  At the moment, this isn’t a pause, it’s a cessation, a stop.  If or when warming trends should begin again, then they might reasonably call it a pause.  But calling it a pause now is hasty and ahead of themselves and assumptive of facts not in evidence.

Judith Curry notes:

A new report from the IPCC implies that “climate exceptionalism”, the notion that global warming is a problem like no other, is coming to an end. – Economist

and offers some excellent examples of this trend.

I also enjoyed reading the first dozen or so comments to that post about the difference between the acidification of the ocean, ‘neutralising’ of the ocean and the ocean becoming less alkaline- all three accurately describe exactly the same condition and process.  For obvious reasons, the scariest, most emotionally charged terminology is preferred.

UN IPCC LEAD AUTHOR Dr. Richard Tol on the revised IPCC report that was so wrong he requested his name as author be withdrawn: 

‘The idea that climate change poses an existential threat to humankind is laughable’ Even if one accepts WG2′s estimate that a “further warming of 2°C could cause loses equivalent to 0.2-2 per cent of world gross domestic product,” that is “about as bad as losing one year of economic growth” in half a century, Tol notes. In contrast, since the start of the Eurozone financial crisis, the income of the average Greek has fallen more than 20%.
After noting that climate change is not even the biggest environmental problem (indoor air pollution has killed 260 million people — more than all the wars of the 20th century combined, Bjorn Lomborg estimates), Tol points out that the best protection from climate-related risk is economic growth and the institutions that facilitate it.’

Former Nasa Scientist and Emeritus Professor Les Woodcock  says that global warming is rubbish.

“The term ‘climate change’ is meaningless. The Earth’s climate has been changing since time immemorial, that is since the Earth was formed 1,000 million years ago. The theory of ‘man-made climate change’ is an unsubstantiated hypothesis [about] our climate [which says it] has been adversely affected by the burning of fossil fuels in the last 100 years, causing the average temperature on the earth’s surface to increase very slightly but with disastrous environmental consequences.

This is a fun read, especially if you are old enough to have read Lovelock’s Gaia theories back in the day:

Green guru and geophysicist James Lovelock, considered one of the pioneering scientists of the 20th century, has officially turned his back on man-made global warming claims and the green movement’s focus on renewable energy. Lovelock conceived the Gaia theory back in the 1970s, describing the Earth’s biosphere as “an active, adaptive control system able to maintain the earth in homeostasis.”

In an April 3, 2014 BBC TV interview, Lovelock has come out swinging at his fellow environmentalists, accusing the new UN IPCC global warming report of plagiarizing his now retracted climate claims from his 2006 book ‘The Revenge of Gaia.’

“The last IPCC report is very similar to the (now retracted) statements I made in my book about 8 years ago, called The Revenge of Gaia. It’s almost as if they’ve copied it,” Lovelock told BBC Newsnight television program on April 3.

BBC interviewer Jeremy Paxman noted to Lovelock during the April 3 program:  ”Sure. But you then, after publishing these apocalyptic predictions, you then retracted them.”

The newly skeptical Lovelock responded: ”Well, that’s my privilege. You see, I’m an independent scientist. I’m not funded by some government department or commercial body or anything like that. If I make a mistake, then I can go public with it. And you have to, because it is only by making mistakes that you can move ahead.”

Lovelock dismissed the entire basis for global warming concerns in his BBC television interview. “Take this climate matter everybody is thinking about. They all talk, they pass laws, they do things, as if they knew what was happening. I don’t think anybody really knows what’s happening. They just guess. And a whole group of them meet together and encourage each other’s guesses,” Lovelock explained.

“The theory is that the CO2 emitted by burning fossil fuel is the ‘greenhouse gas’ causes ‘global warming’ – in fact, water is a much more powerful greenhouse gas and there is is 20 time more of it in our atmosphere (around one per cent of the atmosphere) whereas CO2 is only 0.04 per cent.

“There is no reproducible scientific evidence CO2 has significantly increased in the last 100 years.


But surely most of the world’s leaders, scientific community and people in general can’t be wrong can they?

Prof Woodcock hits back: “This is not the way science works. If you tell me that you have a theory there is a teapot in orbit between the earth and the moon, its not up to me to prove it does not exist, its up to you to provide the reproducible scientific evidence for your theory.

“Such evidence for the man-made climate change theory has not been forthcoming.”

Al Gore wants to make a sequel to An Inconvenient Truth.  One wonders- is he senile? Is he completely isolated from reality by his advisors and/or by choice?  Is he just interested in making money and rebuilding on his former fame?  It makes no sense.  None of his predictions turned out well.

About that Ice free North Pole….

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Thought Crimes and the Left

NeoNeocon shares some good links, and this thoughtful point:

Our social engineers of the left have been crusading against various thought-crimes for a long, long time, and establishing the idea of the need to stamp out thought-crime against the righteous PC wisdom du jour. The only thing that’s different now is that it’s reached critical mass, on this issues and many others.


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Updates, Patchkits, Life, and Other Soul-baring Ramblings

Therapy today: good and bad. The therapist thinks the FYG is overdoing it with her therapy work at home (nor surprise)  and the surgeon dismissed her too soon (no duh).  It’s almost 3 months later, and the FYG’s leg is still swollen, gets sore too much, the leg is still inflamed and she is not sure we will see the FYG ever fully able to straighten the crookedness issue.  Her broken leg is almost always a darker color than the non-broken leg, and she still has obvious bruising.

We need to see our regular doctor in order to get a scrip to see another orthopedic surgeon for another scrip for more therapy. All of which I agree with and have wondered about myself. But…. yeah.  It hurts.

The Cherub still has a runny nose.  She’s off of antibiotics, and we go back for another xray in about half a week.


Me? I’m about as crazy and neurotic as I have been for a long time now, I think a tiny bit better, not much worse.

Remember those inflatable Bozo the clowns with weighted bottoms? You punched them and they bounced back up, until, over time, they sort of got deflated and they didn’t bounce back up any more, they grew more and more wobbly and saggy, and then they just quit bouncing back and just laid there on the ground, a colorful but empty pile of airless plastic?

That was me about 7 years ago.  I worked on patching the holes, but then there was what is known by those who name these things as a trigger, and the air just whoofed right out.

I still work on patching,  but life keeps punching holes in my airbag.  Every one of these events is another hole.  Some of them are pinholes, some are slashes.  Sometimes I feel like I finally have the thing all patched up and am just about ready to refill it with air when someone or something comes right along and jabs another gaping hole, and ooof, down we go again.

We all have our own patch kits. There are some things that work for every person’s patch kit, and other things that are quirky enough to only be effective for that particular person. A few years back after a major trauma,  I was in contact with a Christian therapist, and I expressed some concern about the time I spent reading books.  The therapist pointed out that the trauma I’d been through was pretty major and it wasn’t like there was ever going to be an end to it exactly,  and that other people going through similar things take drugs, legal or otherwise, turn to drink, check in to mental institutions,   or worse.  There were plenty of ways to deal with a crisis and spending all day reading through one book after another was not only not the worst way, in that therapist’s opinion, it was one of the best for me at that time.

Some people clean things when traumatically stressed, some eat chocolate, some run, some cook, some read, some curl up in the fetal position with the covers over their heads- some read books.  Some add more whiskey to their coffee, some add a drop of coffee to their whiskey, some seek therapy, some seek prescriptions, some turn to God, some turn to astrology, some turn to bar hopping or sexual partner hopping, some become vegetarian or paleo (the point being not the diet, but a radical change of diet), some pack up their bags and move,  some make jokes, some commit suicide.


One of those things is obviously much better and more effective over the long run than others, some are obviously seriously wrong, but most of them are neutral and it is largely up to the person involved to discover what works best for them in their own patchkit and on their own time scale. Nobody gets to decide for somebody else that they have had more than enough time to deal and it’s time to move on.

My patch kit is a pretty odd assortment of stuff.  It includes, merely in alphabetical order here:

Bible reading


crocheting a single washcloth, and then undoing it and crocheting it again, and then undoing it and crocheting it again, and then…. in this way I have made my favorite ball of thread (which I cannot find again) last five years.

folk music

Foreign language practice

Hearing from friends who are more interested in understanding and less interested in imagining themselves prophets and judges.


K-pop music

Listening to my kids laugh

other foreign dramas (have to be subtitled, watching a show in English in no way works as part of my patch kit)






snuggling grandbabies

Social networking and other internet stuff

talking and/or blogging about stuff that has absolutely nothing to do with why I need a patch kit


tired housewife sweeping floor vintageThere are a lot of things I regret, like almost anybody who gets to fifty or more.

But one of them?

I really





that housecleaning and exercise don’t work so well for me

as part of the patch kit.


P.S. A different sort of airbag:  I meant to include this K-Pop song earlier- it’s called “I Need an Airbag,” by Tablo of Epik High, and it comes from a very dark time in his life. I found it soothing and helpful at a dark time in my life. I still enjoy it, but it’s not longer precisely where I am:

If you’re interested in what sent Tablo careening out of orbit into that dark place where he needed an airbag, I blogged about it here.

But be sure to read about his comeback, too, which I blogged about here.

It was fascinating to me that separated by gender, a generation (I am old enough to be his mother), thousands of miles, and cultures which are a world apart and dealing with different sorts of issues altogether,  he was able to still come up with word pictures that completely resonated with me and my feelings about it all.

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