Wednesday, May 30, 2012


God drew something to my mind today.

See those kids above.  They are some of my great grand children.
These two are from a broken home.  They get shuffled around a lot.
As a result the parents are tooooo busy trying to make new lives for themselves to give these guys the affection they need.
Yet they are great kids.

You know.
"Kids need hugs, not drugs."
That kind of thing.

Above they are "making stuff" at one of grandpa's shops.
After spending a lot of time with them, they have become real special to me.
Often they come around grandpa and it is obvious they just want to be hugged.
To know that they are loved.

Hey! I love it.
And I want their hugs too.

This morning I was setting here wishing one, or both, of them would be hugging grandpa instead of in school.

God drew my attention to the fact that he is the same way.
God longs for our affection.  Our hugs.

"Come near God,
and he will come near to you."
-James 4:8 (GNB)

Wednesday, May 23, 2012


Photo courtesy of

My wife has a small house cleaning service.
Most of her clients, customers, employers, have been with her for years.

She has noticed a strange thing.
Many of these when they get an empty nest, or retire, decided it's time to "downsize" their house.

What puzzles her is that nearly every time the house ends up being


Photo courtesy trendingcelebrities.blogspot

Wednesday, May 16, 2012


Barbed wire trees.
One of the oddities of the evolutionary process.

You know how trees are.  Apple trees produce apples.  Pear trees produce pears.  And nut trees produce nuts.  As expected barbed wire trees produce barbed wire.  As with other trees, the fruit does not resemble the tree it's self.

Barbed wire trees differ in one respect.  Like maple syrup comes from the trunk of the tree.  Barbed wire comes out of the trunk of the tree also.

Barbed wire trees are one of the latter developments on the evolutionary scale.  You do not need to go back even one million years to find their origin.  In fact, scientist have not found any evidence of a barbed wire tree before about 1865 to 1873 A.D.

Further, barbed wire trees seem to be falling out of the evolutionary process.  All wise mother nature has seen there is less and less need for producing barbed wire as our world becomes more urbanized.  So barbed wire trees are becoming a real rarity.  I consider my self fortunate to have a few on my property.

Above is a two strand species.
On my place I have found one, two, four and five strand species.  But that is in only about one hour of searching time.  No doubt there are some of the missing species also if I will but be diligent in my searching.

The picture above is one of four strands coming out of a four strand species. The barbed wire is of the old rust colored style barbed wire.

The picture below is one of the most productive of all the barbed wire tree species.  It is a five strand species tree.

"The fool hath said in his heart,
There is no God."

Wednesday, May 9, 2012



No that is not me.
It is better looking than I am and better preserved.

Just another one

The picture below is the area the fossils were found.  With out trying very hard I have found at least half a dozen fossils in an area of about 40' X 40'.  Most of these are (were) sea shells.

Now what were sea shells doing on top of a hill about fourteen hundred feet above sea level and four hundred miles from the closest sea?

Believe it or not,

"And the flood was forty days upon the earth; and the waters increased, and bare up the ark and it was lift up above the earth.  And the waters prevailed and were increased greatly upon the earth, and the ark went upon the face of the waters.  And the waters prevailed exceedingly upon the earth;  and all the high hills, that were under the whole heaven were covered."
-Genesis 7:17-19 (KJV)