Archives For November 2010

Illegal Aliens…..

November 30, 2010

This post is going to be about illegal aliens. No, I’m not talking about those who might be in the U.S. now. I am going to talk about those aliens who started coming here five hundred or so years ago. Those of us who have native American roots in our bloodline  know our ancestors were the real citizens of this country back then. When Christopher Columbus stumbled on our shores along with him came hordes of uninvited aliens who  eventually took over our country. They robbed us of our land with promises that were never kept. It took a few centuries for them to almost completely annihilate the original citizens.

When they had us in total submission they started stripping us of our deities and replacing them with their own. They put the few of us who survived their war machines on tiny almost worthless pieces of land to try and eke out an existence. They introduced us to their alcoholic drinks which proved to be very addictive to many of us.

Maybe the illegal aliens of today will some day provide some payback for all these atrocities :) If that happens remember that what goes around eventually come around. But I kind of believe that China will be providing the payback without setting foot on our soil. Aren’t the advances of the 21st century a wonderful thing. Let’s remember that almost all of us were illegal aliens in this land at one time or another.

And the journey goes on….

Barns of Wisconsin

November 29, 2010

 

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Here is another picture from our October trip to northern Wisconsin. We added about 40 barns to our photo inventory on that trip.  This is one of the more interesting ones.

To the Redwood Forests

November 27, 2010

 

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This land was made for you an me.  Those words were written by Woody Guthrie. He was one of my favorite songwriters. The picture (that is me in the picture) was taken in June 2009 in northern California during our month long trip out west.

Island House Hotel

November 21, 2010

 

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Thank you Island House hotel for providing us with quality accommodations during our recent stay at Mackinac Island Michigan. Your one hundred year plus hotel is awesome.

I Celebrate the Peacemaker…

November 21, 2010

I celebrate the peacemakers of this world. One of those groups is certainly the Society of Friends known as Quakers. As a matter of fact they have even won a Nobel Peace Price for their efforts. According to Nobel’s will, the Peace Prize should be awarded to the person who shall have done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses. That is certainly an apt description of Quakers and their journey in following Christ’s words. While the Nobel committee has its flaws in picking award winners most are certainly for the most part peacemakers.

One of the Beatitudes found in the Christian Bible is

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called the Sons of God.

Although we are all children of God all of us who call ourselves Christians certainly would be very honored to be called one of the sons of God. By the above words that is a special status in God’s kingdom. Being a peacemaker certainly indicates promoting God’s will here on earth. We in the U.S. allow our government to spend thousands of times more for our war machines than they do for peacemaking efforts. If only that trend were reversed even slightly. We need more peacemakers. Blessed are the peacemakers wherever they are.

And the journey goes on.

Lake Winnebago Light House

November 18, 2010

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Here is one not too many people have probably seen. It is a small lighthouse in Neenah Wisconsin. The picture was taken in 1986 but it still looks the same today.

A Long and Agonizing Death…

November 15, 2010

A close member of my  extended family died yesterday after a long and agonizing downward spiral.  For the last two years she was no longer of her own mind and became a very spiteful person. It was totally sad to see her in that state for so long.  It is not that she was a superhuman before that but she was not unlike many today in her very self-centered world view. I am relieved that she finally passed and went into our Lord’s arms. She can finally enjoy some peace.

I know I have read several treatises about suffering in the world. I think that is one of the theologian’s favorite topics. But I personally still wonder why the Lord, who has infinite compassion for each one of us, puts some of us through such agony before we die?  I know the bible says otherwise but in my mind it kind of gives credence to the concept of purgatory. If we suffer so much before leaving this life does that give us a little less judgment by our maker?

Even though it was eventually expected and actually hoped for the end of her life still came as somewhat of a shock. I can still feel the shutter when I was told of her demise. I just hope and pray that I don’t have to suffer in the circumstances as she did for such a long period of time. Thank you Lord for finally ending it. I may not understand the reasons behind those years but I can accept that you  allowed it to happen for a reason.

Glacier National Park

November 15, 2010

 

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Here is a picture of Glacier National Park in 1990. We were there in June and still had plenty of snow to contend with.

I Believe

November 14, 2010

I Believe

  • I believe that God does not view us, his creation, as worthless miserable pieces of snot.
  • I believe that God wants us to live to our full potential that he created us to be.
  • I believe that God wants us to be perfect as he and Jesus are perfect.
  • I believe that given our sinful nature we can never be perfect but that does not excuse us from even trying.

Fort Ticonderoga

November 12, 2010

 

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Here is a picture with Yvonne and I that was taken at Fort Ticonderoga in upstate New York in the early 1990s.