N.W.BOYER…Christian Author

Nature

A BREAK FROM ALL THE STRESS

This is a short blog to give you a rest from all the difficulties of life. Listening to and thinking about too much in the news with total negativity can make your mind, not only depressed, but filled with dread and doubt about our lives on planet earth. God has something better for you to think about…HIS LOVE ND HIS CREATION! The music is LOOK AT THE WORLD by the great Christian composer, John Rutter.

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GOD BLESS YOU!


Life LESSON of the Butterfly

The truth of the butterfly is much like the truth of the Christian new birth.  There was a time in my life when my senses about God and His Son were as dormant as it is in a caterpillar that doesn’t know it is to become something designed by God. Many Christians have this feeling.

The fact is that very caterpillar has to die before it can become a butterfly. The same is true with our old life.catepillar becomes a buterfly

Science tells us:  “In order to be able to become a butterfly, the caterpillar has to fall apart completely, decompose down to its very essence, devoid of any shape or consciousness. It literally dies. There is nothing left of it. And from this liquid essence, the butterfly starts to put itself together, from scratch.”catepillar becomes a buterfly3

There are many different caterpillars that make a unique type of butterfly in color and design.

People are also different.  God will take our special personalities and use us how He chooses.  His plan is to take your life and mine and make us in his honor.  Just as the butterfly, He unfolds a new life in us. The old life will pass away, like that of the caterpillar. God’s goal is to make every Christian’s life more beautiful than could ever be imagined. The butterfly is our example.

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Different types of caterpillars  (photos by Country Life)

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Will the butterflies of various colors be with us forever?

A German study gives some difficult news of fewer butterflies than ever before…down by two thirds:

“Our study emphasizes the negative impact of the conventional, industrialized agriculture on the butterfly diversity and shows the urgent need for ecologically sustainable cultivation methods. Additional field studies may aid in identifying individual factors responsible for the insect die-back and in implementing appropriate countermeasures,” (Science Daily).

The World from Space

It is difficult to think that such beauty could someday be extinct from the earth, as have many of God’s other creatures.

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Will the Christian be always on the earth to see it through rough times? 

Apparently not, for God has promised the most beautiful place that He is preparing for us. When this will happen, we do not know. We are only told to watch and be ready. We are not promised, however, that we will not go through horrific times on earth before Christ’s coming. We are only promised that He will be with us and courage will be ours.

 “But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.” Matthew 24:36

Can we imagine that all the perfect parts of nature will be in this new, heavenly place that God is preparing? We will also be joined by those we have loved on earth…including our beloved pets. We are told also the lion will lay down with the lamb in perfect harmony.

I can only imagine the heavenly gardens with all the colorful butterflies that only heaven can produce!  A new heaven…and this new earth made perfect by God with no more sin, fighting, or tears.

As scientists warn about global changes, the Holy Scriptures also gives fore-warnings about the ways of the world. We are not to be caught unaware… as we watch our earth decline…scientifically and within the lives and actions of people and nations world-wide.

“Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them. For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world. The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever” (1 John 2:15-17; NIV).

“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect” (Romans 12:22; ESV).

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God’s promise about heaven and earth to John in a vision on the Greek Island of Patmos, is recorded in Revelation 21:1-6

“Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth,” for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea.  I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband.  And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God.  ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” He said to me: “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To the thirsty I will give water without cost from the spring of the water of life.

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To the Butterflies…Thank you for your lesson of life to us.

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Butterflies by N.Boyer

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Video: Background music for your special pleasure. Turn up sound.

 


Thanksgiving in Gold

“All that glitters is not gold.”  

Do you know where this term originated?  For our Thanksgiving post, I’d like to share with you a bit of history…and say that this is a most true statement. We think of solid gold that has great value, as in jewelry or other ornaments.   Sometimes we even speak of people as being “worth their weight in gold.”   Gold is a precious commodity.  Nations have fought over it.  Great gold pieces have been stolen from one land to another.  Gold miners hoped to strike it rich and bet everything in their lives to seek its source.     Yet, there are some things that are even more wonderful than gold.

“The original form of this phrase was ‘all that glisters is not gold’. The ‘glitters’ version long ago superseded the original and is now almost universally used.

“Shakespeare is the best-known writer to have expressed the idea that shiny things aren’t necessarily precious things. The original editions of The Merchant of Venice, 1596, have the line as ‘all that glisters is not gold’. ‘Glister’ is usually replaced by ‘glitter’ in modern renditions of the play…

Various different ways of expressing the idea that ‘all that glitters/glisters is not gold’ were in general circulation well before Shakespeare’s day and it was a common enough notion to have been called proverbial by the 16th century. The 12th-century French theologian Alain de Lille wrote:

Do not hold everything gold that shines like gold”.

Geoffrey Chaucer also expressed the same idea in Middle English in the poem The House of Fame, 1380 –

“Hit is not al gold, that glareth”.

Nevertheless, it is Shakespeare who gave us the version we now use.”  (The Phrase Finder)

.All that glitters is not gold.

So often the color, yellow, is associated with gold.  The sun shines a ray of golden light onto the earth to bring us the things that do not sparkle, as may real gold, but can be enjoyed by both rich and poor.  It is God’s gift to share with us the beautiful golden colors of Fall and throughout the universe with the golden twinkle of a star.  A stripe of gold may adorn a small bird, a little flower, a sunset and many other things on earth. Even the color on my “golden” retriever, Gracie, is a special beauty…and she did not glitter…but oh, was so precious.  We have “golden” anniversaries and friendship that we would not trade for even a tiny speck of gold. We are blessed beyond the price of gold with God’s love to us through His Son, Jesus Christ.  Yes, not all gold glitters..or in Shakespearean days, “glisters.”Golden Retriever and Thanksgiving pumpkin

Boyer Writes brings you one of the most beautiful works of photography in this video entitled: “Sun Paints us Gold” by Tim Janis

Happy Thanksgiving!


Warming Music in the Cold

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Even here in Florida, we are experiencing a cold snap…so for all the readers who are experiencing more extreme cold…get your cup of hot chocolate and sit by the fire.  Enjoy the cozy times.

This music is for you from Boyer Writes.


Are you missing Life?

My last blog was in honor of a dear friend who passed away five years after brain surgery.  It led me to think about those who were more fortunate to live a very long, productive life…even to 100 years or more.

One of those centenarians was 107 years old Raffaella Monne from a village in Sardinia.  She had a great statement, which is part of a very interesting book called The Blue Zones by Dan Buettner.  This is what she said that she would like to tell people today:

“Life is short. Don’t run so fast you miss it!”

National Geographic was part of the research on why some people live longer in different parts of the world.  All these so-called “Blue Zones” had several things that were important to them:

  • Diet:  Mainly of home-grown vegetables, nuts, fish and sometimes meat.  They were not strict vegetarians.
  • Strong family and friend support system…taking time to chat and relax.
  • Worked hard and walked a great deal, but slowed down to take a daily nap…less stress was important
  • Strong faith in God and belief system
  • Let the past be the past and live happily…with something interesting to wake up to each day.

Throughout the book, the American or Western lifestyle is challenged because of not only our unhealthy lifestyle, but the stress that brings on pre-mature disease and death. It is not hard to look around us at even the young who are carrying loads of fat on their bodies.

In the parts of the world that had a history of longevity, as soon as the Western-style businesses with fast foods became part of their lives, the death rate began to go up.  I highly recommend that for a more thorough understanding of the things listed above, that you give this book a read. I am grateful that a friend recommended it to me.          The Blue Zones

Dr. Amit Sood, MD of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. had this to say about missing life.  “A Mind in Hurry hurries past the presentI am in a hurry when I am getting late. I am in a hurry when I am on time. I find myself hurrying even when I am before time. Hurry for me has become a habit.” 

 

Determine to slow down…for it could be the best thing you ever did.  Take a moment to look at the beautiful clouds, a rainbow, a bird on a branch, a small colored leaf or a child’s sweet smile.  Say a prayer to God and thank Him for all these things. Breathe a fresh breath of life.

Raffaella, of Sardinia, had wisdom beyond her 107 years…for not missing life.  We could call her short statement a God-sent, for we all would like not to miss the good things that life has to offer… simply by rushing around too fast to even notice.

“Life is short. Don’t run so fast you miss it!”

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Raffaella Monne at 107

 

Music for a stress-free living from Boyer Writes

 


Climate Change, Pollution and Native American Beliefs

We look around us at pollution of our waters and land. There is much political debate about how the gases in our air will change the world. When our animals are suffering from lack of polar ice or fires in the Amazon, that provides not only habitat, but the air we breathe. Some of the world’s cities are blanketed with smog.  It will take a worldwide effort to change much of what we have brought upon ourselves.

The question remains:  How long does the world have to make changes that should have been made long ago?

Strangely, I found a video of one indigenous person here in the U.S.A. who has his own view of the situation.  This Native American believes his ideas and those of the Hopi Indians in North America are the right ones. He even sees them as “prophetic.”  He believes that when the first Europeans came to America to settle the land, they didn’t give honor to the pure water and sacred places of the earth made by the Creator and now we are paying for it.

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Katherine Locke is quoted in the Navajo Hopi Publication as saying the following about the court fight and water rights that the Hopi Nation must have to sustain their life around the Little Colorado River Basin:

 “The adjudication is designed to quantify each claimant’s water rights, both federal and state law rights and to determine claimants’ priority to the limited water in the Little Colorado River basin. This case does not involve claims to Colorado River water, which is outside the basin.

The Hopi Tribe’s water rights will be tried in several phases, the first to determine the Hopi Tribe’s past and present uses of the Little Colorado River basin. The second phase will begin in December 2019 and the court will hear testimony about the amount of water necessary for the Hopi Reservation to serve as a livable and permanent homeland for future generations. A third phase, which will be set for 2020 or later, will focus on the ranch lands south of the Hopi Reservation.

“Water sustains Hopi life,” a press release from the Hopi Tribe said. “There are many competing demands for water. The judicial proceeding will determine water rights for our children and grandchildren.”

The Hopi Tribe said during the trial, the long history and unique culture of the Hopi Tribe in Arizona will be presented by both witnesses and documents.

“Over a millennium, the Hopi Tribe has endured enormous hardships to sustain its way of life and developed a unique agriculture to sustain itself in a harsh and dry environment,” the Hopi Tribe said. “There is still a long road and many trials ahead before resolution of all claims. At each step of the way, the Hopi Tribe will continue to seek a just resolution of claims with its neighbors in the Little Colorado River basin.”

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My thoughts are that environmental problems should be looked at with great concern for all of us. History tells a real story of what we have done to our lakes, rivers, streams and even our oceans.  Our air didn’t become unpure overnight. All have been in the making for decades. What we have considered being an advancement to society, the industrial revolution may have become the world’s downfall. Factories belch black smoke and people around the world wear masks.  It can’t come soon enough to clean up after ourselves of man-made pollution. We must find and initiate the answers before it is too late.

The Hopi Native American in the video below also believes that we have lost our understanding of the spirit within us and the spirit of all living things made by the great Creator of us all.  He may well have a point.

Video on thoughts from a Native American (Turn up your sound)


Relaxing Music for Your Pleasure

If you are working, sleeping, reading a book, or doing something special, I highly suggest you turn off your phones, TVs with all the bad news, and relax with the video below. Less stress may even lengthen your life.

This morning, I went out and looked at my sunflowers with tiny bees (or insects..hard to say) enjoying their breakfast. God’s world of nature is totally relaxing.  I thought you might like to see a picture…enlarged for viewing details.

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Many of the pictures shown in the video below, with the beautiful music, are of Fall leaves.  For all of us here in Florida and elsewhere in the country…and the world that have sweltered through the summer, a breath of Fall air would be a wonderful relief.

God’s blessings to all of you.  from Boyer Writes

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Life is not always fair….FIGHT BACK with God’s Help

The troubles we encounter sometimes bring us to wonder if there is any way out. Life, in many cases, is not fair.   Standing our ground; never giving up hope, and sometimes just plain fighting back is the only way.thinking it through

I recently saw the video below and it reminded me of this fact.  In this case, a baby elephant had been separated from its mother and was attacked by a large number of lions.   It is breath-taking to watch.   He is a tough little guy and the odds certainly are against him.  Nature is harsh and relentless.  Survival is not always possible in nature, but within the animal and in man there is the God-given spirit to fight off the offender and not only survive, but to live…truly live another day.

Isn’t that the case with difficult situations?   We just have to “tough” them out.  Solutions are not always easy.   To find a solution may be through our own searching or through the help of others…but there usually is an answer to the heart-ache or trial that besets us.  Whatever yours may be, don’t give up. Remember, there is usually someone wanting to help you by lending a hand.

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In our video, the 14 lions attack an elephant from behind…climbing on the elephants back…trying to bring him down. You may notice that the elephant had a strategy.  He led the lions into the water…chasing them back…dropping back into a safer area…and continuing this fight time and time again. Toward the end of the film, the elephant’s strategy has worked, but he returns to the same place of danger. We are left fearful that he will be attacked again. Perhaps one thing we know is that if we are moving away from the dangerous things in our lives and then return again to the same place, it may not be the smartest move.  I’ll have to tell you that it was reported that in the end he was reunited with his elephant family.

The lions attack from behind and hang on, hoping to wear the elephant down. Isn’t it the case when life’s troubles attack?  They often come from behind when we are not expecting them.  As they hang on, we are made weary or even in some cases become sick from the anxiety.   Troubles may be something of our own makings, such as a wrong decision or even drug or alcohol abuse. Then again, it may be family or work difficulties.

The “fight back” is not revenge or plans to get even, but one that will get the “monkey off the back”…(or the lion in the elephant’s case)  and to find peace and rest. Some things you can’t change for they are out of your hands. If this is your situation, stop beating yourself up about the matter.   God knows far better than you how to change something that you can’t.  Therefore, seek Him out in your thoughts and prayers.  Put your life in His hands.

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Turn of the Century Tunes…on a HOT day!

Just for fun, it might be good to get a cool lemonade, sit back and sing along:

IN THE GOOD OLD SUMMER TIME

You’ll notice that the words are supposed to be romantic even if it is 99 degrees outside.  I don’t know where you are, but in Florida…holding someone’s hand in hot weather means a sweaty palm and hot between the fingers! So, if you want to be romantic with Tootsie Wootsie, head for the air conditioning.

Most people will also not know that  “Tootsie Wootsie”, who is the loved one in “Good Old Summer Time”…or a term of endearment to many…is really a demeaning Australian term for a woman. Of course, we know that we would never mean anything demeaning to the women we know, or especially to this cute little girl in our video below.   We’ll not let that term in this summer time song get under our already hot skin. We’ll just go with the flow!

So here goes, sip your lemonade and sing to the top of your lungs.  Your dog will probably howl, your kids will run to their rooms and your wife or husband will look at you like you are nuts…and maybe even the neighbors if you have your laptop out by the already too warm water in the pool.  Keep smiling and keep going on for summer is here whether we like it or not…and August is a long time from now.   It is what it is!

Turn up your sound and click here.   2 videos:

GOOD OLD SUMMER TIME

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Eternity…What is it?

Eternity is a word without a real meaning.  If we look it up, the closest definition would be something like this:  “…a state to which time has no application; timelessness.”   The simple words would be “forever and forever” which is definitely difficult to understand.

Almost all religions have a belief in an eternity.  Some think that they have to work for it.  Others believe that it is a gift of God, through His Son Jesus Christ.   Another faith thinks that life just begins again and they hope that they will return as a more elevated human and not one of the lowly animals or insects.  The whole concept is so broad and “endless” that the mind cannot comprehend.   The question then is whether we should even be concerned about something in which we do not have a real answer?    I think so. We plan ahead for many things: Our wedding day, our place of residence, our finances, our grave-site…but why not think about the eternal? Somehow I think it should be thoughts of joy instead of foreboding…especially when we have had loved ones who have gone before us.

We know we were born.  We also know that we will all die eventually.  Our love for each other draws a great well of desire to want to see each other again in eternity. Do we have the perfect answer to eternity…no…not in ourselves, but yes, in the Holy Scriptures we have promises.  We are told, “...to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord.” (2nd Corinthians 5:8)    That verse alone should give us great hope. We are promised a resurrection of the body, just as Christ was resurrected.  When I decided on cremation after death, my thought was to wonder how all of those dust pieces were going to be put back together.  How juvenile a thought was that!  If He can sling the stars into orbit and match up molecules, He will have no trouble with the resurrection!

 

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The Pieta… Mary holds her dead son, Jesus, Who she will see risen from the dead 3 days later.

 

 

As a Christian, I believe in eternity.  It may be hard for an atheist who thinks when one dies it is the end of everything, but I have always felt that if there could possibly be any truth in this belief, I would have lived a happier life because of my own joy in believing in God and the comfort it has given me.  How sad and morbid to believe that there is no one who will enjoy eternity with the Maker of our most glorious universe.  Those who have had a near-death experience recall a wonderful feeling of love.  They speak of seeing someone that appears to be God waiting for them in a bright light.  According to some records, surprisingly, 75% of those thinking they were dying as atheists have told of this same experience.

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Representation of a Near-Death Experience   (from Piotr Żabicki/ iStock.com)

 

Recently, I saw a special on the amazing new parts of the universe that have only been identified by the most powerful telescope sent into space.  The most familiar and powerful so far has been the Hubble Space Telescope.  Nevertheless, there is “a new kid” in the making.

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“The Eye of God” is the planetary nebulae nearest to Earth, extending 2.5 light-years across, making it larger than our entire solar system. ( Hubble Space Telescope)

 

The newest and most powerful telescope is the James Webb Space Telescope.  It is to be the successor to the Hubble telescope and will be launched in 2021.  Here are a few facts concerning the future launching:

 The James Webb Space Telescope will be launched on an Ariane 5 rocket. The launch vehicle is part of the European contribution to the mission. The Ariane 5 is one of the world’s most reliable launch vehicles capable of delivering Webb to its destination in space. The European Space Agency (ESA) has agreed to provide an Ariane 5 launcher and associated launch services to NASA for Webb.  (Nasa)

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The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) is a space telescope that will be the successor to the Hubble Space Telescope. The JWST will provide greatly improved resolution and sensitivity and will enable a broad range of investigations across the fields of astronomy and cosmology. One of its major goals is observing some of the most distant events and objects in the universe, such as the formation of the first galaxies. These types of targets are beyond the reach of current ground- and space-based instruments. Other goals include understanding the formation of stars and planets, and direct imaging of exoplanets and novas. (Wikipedia)

Why do I digress from writing about eternity to telescopes?  It is with delight that I think those who are experiencing their eternity are having a perfect understanding of the formation of the universe and all there is on other planets. If there is life on other worlds, our loved ones would have the joy of knowing this. (Forget about the Hollywood version of the “little green man with a pointed head.”)

Thinking of the possibilities makes “eternity” seen a little shorter than “forever”…mainly because it would take forever to know all there is to know, which is impossible without the mind of God. Could it be that He will provide His mind for us to know and understand all these glories, that we have only slightly seen through the telescope, and be able to experience the glories for eternity?

(A side-thought:  I can’t imagine that we will be going from planet to planet as on some fast-moving whirlwind because the Scriptures also says that there will be a place of peace.  He promises that the lion will lay down with the lamb. Could that mean that at the Savior’s return to earth that He will also bring those with Him who have died and bring absolute peace onto a new earth? )

And the wolf will dwell with the lamb, and the leopard will lie down with the kid, and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little boy will lead them. Isaiah 11:6 (NASB)

Jesus also prayed a prayer to his Father in Heaven, who made the universe that He wanted us to know the glories of the universe:  “Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world.”  (John 17:24)

Regardless of what eternity may mean, we will draw our last breath and then we will know it all.  TO GOD BE THE GLORY

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Beautiful Music for the Week to Come

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In memory of those lost in Hurricane Florence and those in Distress

 

Beautiful nature photographs by N.W. B. (See right side /”Visit Site”)


God’s Glory…for your Pleasure

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Photo by Caras Lonut

Music and Nature are a perfect combination for your listening pleasure.  May you make time to contemplate on both.   The road of life may seem long, but actually it is quite short…so enjoy it and be glad.

 “Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad; let the sea resound, and all that is in it. 
 Let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them; let all the trees of the forest sing for joy.”   (Psalm 96: 11&12)

 

VIDEO  (turn up sound)  by Mark Knopfler


Finding that NEW PATH

Today I want to introduce my readers to a man who has found his direction in a most unusual way. I write about him because in my previous blog, I talked about “New Directions.”  This man has followed his passion after leaving a profession as a sailor and it has led him to more than he could have ever imagined.   His name is Caras Ionut (or  Ionuţ Caraş in the Romanian language )    His specialty is manipulating photography in a surreal style.  Ionut Caras photographer from Romania

“In his work, he uses his own photographs, which he inserts, composes and colorfully adjusts in a suitable way. In his dream works, physically impossible scenes arise, such as a little girl hanging on a swing hundreds of feet above the ground, an elephant riding a bicycle, a little girl riding on the back of a huge fish, and the like. Ionut often puts man in his paintings. Often they are small children, but also special people not fit into the standard society. Roamers, beggars, comedians, and so on. Their image is enhanced by a dark landscape with old trees, dark sky, mist, mountain scenery or rainy weather. Often, the element of umbrella, ships, water, rocks or birds (such as ravens) is repeated in his work. Ionut’s inspiration for his works draws from his dreams in the night, from the colors of autumn and winter. He works as a professional photographer and a retoucher, offers courses and tutorials for those who want to learn how to digitally manipulate photos… Many of his images have been used for book covers, audio cd, bank advertisements, website materials, local publications, prints, and many other uses. He now has many clients…such as Stephen King and others…”  (Wikipedia)

Below are three sets of slides for you to enjoy.  Take your time and study them for the creative side is excellent.  I’m not certain if the child he often incorporates in his photography is his own, but the combination of the “impossible” with the real is somewhat chilling, but very interesting.

  • THE IMPOSSIBLE

 

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  • DRAMATIC NATURE

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  • THE WARMTH OF ORDINARY PEOPLE

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Look around you for the beauty that is in YOUR path…

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Credit:  All photography by Caras Ionut

 


A Deer is a Dear!

Our home in Virginia, USA, is just off the Blue Ridge Parkway.  We have deer strolling throughout our yard at most any time of day.  They are beautiful and besides the fact that they eat our day lilies, we love them!    Here is a picture of the most recent one. We’re not certain why she has a split ear, but she seems healthy enough   Perhaps she got it caught on a barbed wire fence.

We’ve had rabbits, birds and a bear with three cubs during our time here.  It is the deer that are graceful that is truly lovely to watch.

I’m sure that should one of them have a fawn in our yard, as did this man, I would not have the patience to see it through to adulthood…but I thought this video might brighten your day.  It is somewhat lengthy, but it has a good ending…and worth the watch.


Virginia and Carolina in Fall…or Anytime

My growing up home place was in the Brushy Mountains outside Wilkesboro and N. Wilkesboro, N.C.  Keep this city name in mind for there is a treat at the end of this blog.

After high school,  I left with my parents to live in Florida.  I never expected that I would one day go back to the mountains.  Since Fall is my favorite season and unfortunately, in Florida, we only get a few brown leaves in mid-winter, we have to be in the mountains to enjoy that season.  Don’t misunderstand for  I’m not complaining about the beautiful green, citrus fruit, or warm weather in Florida. It’s still a great place even with the frequent hurricanes.

Riding just a little further up the mountain to the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia, my husband and I felt it was a wonderful place to enjoy at least for a few months of the year.  Winter is a little too cold for us “flat-landers”, as we are sometimes called.  The time we stayed on after the Fall to see the first snow, we bundled up like we were in Alaska to take our dog, Gracie, out for her final evening bathroom break.  She would stand and stare into the woods, sensing the deer were close by.  Their eyes would sometimes shine in the dark…and the wind biting at our noses sent us racing back inside the house.

Nevertheless, I think that the “country girl” was still in me.  Coming back to Virginia and North Carolina,  it was evident that I had a  great affinity for the way of life and the people of these mountains.

Why do I say this?  I only know that the people have a warm disposition and a sense of humor that I have not found to such a degree anywhere else around the world. I have been fortunate enough to visit or teach in places like Mongolia, Guatemala, Ukraine, Switzerland, France, and Japan.   Still, these hills and the valleys, where a person can look deep into a ravine, keep calling me back. Fourteen cousins and my Uncle John still call the VA-N.C. mountains and foothills their home…so it’s probably a genetic “family thing” as well.

The Blue Ridge has it all…steep mountain cliffs and valleys, rolling hills filled with vegetable crops and orchards of delicious fruit.

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The bear, deer, rabbits, and other “critters” also make it their place of residence.  The humming- birds fly to the sweet-smelling sugar water put out in the gardens and the rabbits help themselves to whatever… wherever. Speaking of bear, one came up to our front porch to push over and have her fill at our feeder.  No longer do we provide such a delicacy.

 

 

 

 

From my window, I can hear the cows, donkeys and lambs in the fields. At night the stars are clear and brilliant.  When the moon is full, the coyotes roam about making their distinctive sound while looking for something to bring back to their little ones in the den.

The Spring along the Blue Ridge Parkway is filled with wild-flowers and the white and pink rhododendron bushes line the road.  Small barns, churches, and family graves stand as a testament to those who have lived here in generations past.   Some mountain people with roots back to the Civil War, still proudly fly their Confederate flags and dare anyone to tell them that they can’t.   They also just as strongly hold to their “guns and their religion.”    They are a proud people, that I have found, will come to one’s help at anytime or any hour.

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Someone may ask why I am writing about the Fall when it’s Spring and Summer is just around the corner?   Perhaps I’m giving an invitation to make your plans now to see this glorious place. Not so long from now, the leaves will flutter about and turn to a deep orange and red.  The pumpkins will lay over acres and acres of the hillsides turning the farms into a special hue of gold.  The tractors will slowly make their way from the fields to the barns.  Sometimes those same tractors take family or friends on flatbeds to enjoy the countryside.  Visitors from far and wide stop and take in the breath-taking views of the Blue Ridge Parkway.

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It’s also the Fall that brings the people to these mountains.

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Virginia’s Buffalo Mt and this blog’s author

Maybe my next book will be for all these visitors who come this way … to give them heads up and a little advice to what it’s like to visit or live in the mountains.  I’m thinking it will be titled, “What Everyone Needs to Know Before Visiting or Planning to Live in the Blue Ridge Mountains.” 

 This might be a part of this new book.

“Don’t come thinking that you’ll be treated like in New York City…or Paris…or somewhere.  You’ll have to slow down, enjoy English laced with a warm, Southern drawl, and be greeted just like you are family.   When you go to a small, family-run restaurant, walk right in, greet the people sitting there with  “Hey there. How’s everybody?  Got anything good to eat in here?”  (Not “Hi There”…for it’s N.Y City sounding to their ears..and remember this is “Rebel” territory.)

They’ll know you aren’t from the Blue Ridge, but they’ll be friendly- like and greet you with some jolly response. Don’t worry if someone comes over to your table and asks your name or finds out what brought you to these parts.  When you finish eating, look around, wave and tell everyone, “Goodbye…see you next time!”    They’ll appreciate it.

When you drive back to where you are staying and a truck rounds the corner giving you a “one finger wave,” (NOT the middle)… just wave back.  They aren’t flagging you down…but saying “Hello.” 

Want to know more?   Be looking for my book title sometime in the near future on the internet.  As I close this blog, I think I will let the Kruger Brothers sing what it’s like to be in “Carolina in the Fall”….and I would also add… Virginia.  Hope to see “Y’all” up this way someday.

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 Link to Books by N.W.Boyer with a Blue Ridge Mountain setting

 

 


It’s SPRING! The Eagles Know

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While much of the nation has been piled with snow, the eagles have weathered it all until their little ones could be hatched.  Here is the great event from the live cam above Washington, D.C.

God’s world is so amazing. We give thanks for all its glory.  Welcome to our world, little eagles…for you make it a better place!

Video Credit:  Turn up sound   Cheryl Loheit. © 2018 American Eagle Foundation

 

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Tour of the Space Station…Terrific!

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When we are in Virginia, we receive an email telling us when the Space Station will be flying over our home and the Blue Ridge Mountains.  Because we have no street lights, it is quite clear and the Station can be seen moving on the path above our heads.

The video I’m sharing with my readers today shows a working relationship between the U.S., Russia and Japanese astronauts.  It is a good thing that they are professionals and want to do their work and experiments without political interruption.  Hope you enjoy this as much as I did.

The tour of the Space Station is given by Sunita Pandya Williams, an American astronaut and U.S. Navy officer of Indo-Slovenian descent. She formerly held the records for total spacewalks by a woman (seven) and most spacewalk time for a woman (50 hours, 40 minutes). Sunita was assigned to the International Space Station as a member of Expeditions 14 and 15.  In 2012, she served as a flight engineer on Expedition 32 and then commander of Expedition 33. (Wikipedia)

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Thank you, Sunita Williams, for your great tour. As we watch from the ground, we know better what the crews in the Space Station are experiencing amid the stars. Long live international cooperation!

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Visualizing Music

 

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Is sound able to be visualized?  Technology has made it possible.

Some have said that even our voices and the speech that goes out of our lips and into the air…moves further and further out from us… until it goes into infinity.  We can stretch our minds and wonder…Does it go into a black hole or up to the throne of God?

It is certainly a scary thought if every word or sound I utter should continue to travel and someday be gathered from outer space and brought back to let me hear my every word.

Please, God, help me to be more careful in anything I say…should you want to restore it…and ask me when I meet You Face to Face, “Are these your words?” 

Want to visualize this music produced in our technical world? 

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( Technical acknowledgment:  andy fillebrown, Oct 2012, This video was made using Blender (http://blender.org). The MIDI file used to make the Blender model is by Bernd Krueger (http://www.piano-midi.de/midi_files.htm).


A LIFE PHILOSOPHY THAT MAKES SENSE

Often we hear a philosophy or belief in a specific culture that makes a great deal of sense.  For instance, the Japanese believe that when a person turns 60 years old, they are able to start a new cycle of life.   They call this special age, kanreki.

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  It is a time for people to arrange things in a proper place.   Some Americans may call it “getting things in order…or even downsizing.”  The Japanese think it is a time of celebration and the beginning of a new life cycle, so they celebrate the 60th birthday by giving gifts that are red and having a party.   The gift could be a red shirt, scarf, or even red underwear.

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Celebrating Kanreki

Now the color red is a vivid color that has energy and stands out from other colors.  Perhaps this infers that this new phase of life should be taken on with a new enthusiasm and with new prospects for the future.

According to Japanese Society, “achievements are celebrated and a lifetime’s troubles are forgotten as the celebrated individual enters a new stage of life with all the joy and possibilities of a newborn.” 

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Funny Gift Cat at kanreki

 

Perhaps we Americans should think more along this line and have more fun. We often hear people say things  like “Getting old..or older…is not for the faint-hearted.”   This seems pretty pessimistic to me.  Life is not over…it is just a new chance at a new beginning.

The Japanese also refer to this year as a Year of Reflection.

60-year olds are expected to use this year as a year of reflection. They are to look at their lives and achievements and use this time as a good opportunity to plan the direction in which they would like to move as they begin their second sixty-year cycle of life.  Beyond the Kanreki, they celebrate the Koki (70 years old), Kiju (77 years old), Beiju.(88 years old), Sotsuju (90 years old), Kajimaya.(97 years old), Hakuju (99 years old), and Hyakusai No Ga (100 years old).  (from online Japanese culture)

As a Christian, we would say to be “Thankful” for a long life and give God honor for all He has blessed us with in life.   The Japanese think it is a time to forget the past and move on…leaving it behind.    This seems like a very good philosophy of life.  If you are passed the age of 60, you can still celebrate…for you have lived longer.  If you are not age 60 years old, dedicate your life to the beauty of living…for the years that you may have before you.

Another thing I read about recently was the way the Japanese look at a snowflake.  It is a perfect example of symmetry and each one is different.   The pictures below were made by Wilson Bentley.

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As you can see, each snowflake has a different shape.  We could compare them to the fact that every human is made differently and wonderful. The snowflake is beautiful as it floats from the sky to the ground.   The time of its forming until it melts on the ground is a short time.  So is life.   The days of men and women are numbered and short, but much of life is beautiful…especially if we try to see that beauty.  Your life was specifically formed to be only you.  Each one of us will live and each one will die…as the snowflake sheds beauty on the world until it is no more.

Even the Japanese cherry blossoms come only for a short time in all their glory. Sometimes they even look like snow drifting …drifting…gently drifting.  Shortly they will reach the ground, sharing their beauty one more time.

 

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Try to share your special beauty with someone around you today.  Celebrate Life!

 

Enjoy Kyoto in the Snow video.  Turn on sound.

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HEROS…above and beyond

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Who are those who come to the rescue when a tragedy hits your life?   It may be the fireman, policeman or a good friend.   Regardless of who it may be, we have seen the work to rescue, help and literally save lives when credit has not been given.

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It is easy to criticize police and those who battle crime on a daily basis, but you want them when you need them.    Carrying you out of a burning house could be your next hero.  Let’s give them all the respect that they deserve.  It’s a hard job that most would not be willing to do.  Yet, they choose to be there for you and for me.  Even if these firefighters get out safely, their health may be effected in the future…just as our 9-11 workers who breathed in elements that caused cancer and killed many.

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All we can say is THANK YOU!   THANK YOU for being there and making it possible for people to live another day.

As thousands of acres and homes are destroyed in California, as well as many lives lost… with more missing and unaccounted for, the following video shows the heroic effort to save a disabled woman and her husband. The body cam of Sherriff’s Office ( Sonoma County deputy)  shows that they are rescued at the last second.  You will hear the rescuer coughing.  His life and health are also in danger.  (BBC News)

VIDEO OF RESCUE OF DISABLED WOMAN and HUSBAND  (Turn on sound)

 


Total Eclipse…Ready or not..It CAME!

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UPDATE:   THE ECLIPSE CAME AND WENT.  BELOW IS HOW WE IN THE USA PREPARED FOR IT.  THE VIDEO HERE IS HOW ONE TOWN IN NORTH CAROLINA HAD FUN WITH IT.  ENJOY!

 

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Eclipse Preparation:

You may be saying to yourself, “Yes, the total eclipse is an exciting event…but what’s all the commotion about it?”

Well, I thought the same thing until I read an article by space.com.   The practical side of the event was something I had not thought of…so here goes to all my readers who may be faithfully waiting or those who may be caught unawares at the exact moment on August 21st.   If you live in the US and miss this event, you’ll have to wait 7 more years, until April 8, 2024, to see a total solar eclipse from a location in the contiguous United States.

If you are lucky to live between Oregon and South Carolina this year, you will be viewing the eclipse in the most narrow path of the totality.  Others in the U.S and outside the U.S will still have a view, but only a partial eclipse.

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Here are some things that I learned from the article mentioned:

  • There will be big traffic jams heading toward the most direct path in the U.S.A…perhaps millions of visitors from all over the world.   We know what a minor accident on an interstate can do to your wait time.  Should you be out in traffic (not advised… if possible stay put) at the moment of the eclipse, you may need the following because of traffic:  FULL tank of gas, snacks, something to entertain children (and don’t forget they need eye protection when watching) etc. etc. 

 

  • You need SPECIAL, APPROVED GLASSES to view the eclipse. ..or you may cause great damage or blindness to your eyes.   Not all glasses will help you…certainly not regular sun glasses.  They must meet the ISO 12312-2 international safety standard. 

 

  •  If you are looking for the approved standard and not a fake,  “Purchase a pair from one of the manufacturers or vendors that have been approved by the American Astronomical Society.” They must be rated 14 or higher.  This includes any sales online.  (Click here to see the vendors)     (We plan to buy ours from Lowe’s Hardware since Lowes is practically my husband’s second home.)

Link:    Here is how you can tell if your glasses are safe. 

This is a list of times that you can see the total eclipse in its duration on August 21…that is if you live in these cities in the U.S.A.   (for 100 cities across the USA) 

Location Partial Eclipse Begins Sun Completely Obscured
Salem, OR 09:05 am PDT 10:18 am PDT
Idaho Falls, ID 10:15 am MDT 11:33 am MDT
Casper, WY 10:22 am MDT 11:43 am MDT
Lincoln, NE 11:37 am CDT 1:03 pm CDT
Sabetha, KS 11:38 am CDT 1:05 pm CDT
Jefferson City, MO 11:46 am CDT 1:14 pm CDT
Carbondale, IL 11:52 am CDT 1:21 pm CDT
Hopkinsville, KY 11:56 am CDT 1:25 pm CDT
Nashville, TN 11:58 am CDT 1:28 pm CDT
Talulah Falls, GA 1:07 pm EDT 2:37 pm EDT
Columbia, SC 1:13 pm EDT 2:43 pm EDT
Charleston, SC 1:16 pm EDT 2:47 pm EDT

Please note that this list includes only a small selection of locations where the total eclipse will be visible. You can look up more locations in our Eclipse Database or via the Eclipse Map.

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You may want to gather your children or grandchildren around your computer and explain exactly what is happening when a total eclipse occurs.  Throughout the centuries the ignorance and lack of understanding science caused many fears and tales of dome and hysteria.   A blogger acquaintance of mine in England has written an interesting blog on this subject. ( See Stephen Liddell’s blog )

HAPPY VIEWING to ALL  from Boyer Writes

Video showing pattern world wide..click the lower arrow if doesn’t start.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


For the Beauty of the Earth

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Our Gracie, as a puppy, who lived  14 years…God’s beauty 

Take this day and look for beauty wherever you can see it.  Determine yourself that you will not be distracted by those things that would shadow your life.   It is our choice to decide on the things that enter into our minds.

As you walk from here to there, take a moment to see the tiniest thing that God has made…the flower that has perfect symmetry…the bee that buzzes around it…or the butterfly that hovers around it.   Each, in its own way, is a perfect example of the beauty of creation.  Enjoy today…this minute...for it is yours.  

VIDEO   “For the Beauty of the Earth”

 


The Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia

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The Blue Ridge Mountains, steeped in history and hard working people, is a special place.  It is our privilege to live here part of the year and in doing so, we have seen the beauties of the land and its people.   My recent book, Old Timers of the Blue Ridge and More, is a collection of stories behind generations of families who have worked the land and farmed the fields.  The fog rolls in over the mountains from North Carolina into Virginia.  It is a silent mist that cools the summers and brings the breeze that is felt daily.

Below is a video that I have produced with many of the photographs that I have taken of these wonderful mountains in the years that we have been here.  I hope the sights and peaceful sounds will fill your day with God’s love and joy.

Even now, in early August,  the fields are ready for a summer harvest and the corn is growing high.  The peach juice drips down the chin with every bite.  The aroma of peach pie baking in the oven is in the air.peaches 2017.JPG

The migrant workers, along with the farm owners, work late into the night to harvest and package the produce, moving it on to our groceries far down the mountain.   The rumble of the tractors and the rhythm of the trucks pass our house as they move on to the Painter warehouse, just off the Blue Ridge Parkway,  to be processed.

Take the winding road down the mountain until you find acres and acres of apples, peaches and more at the Harold Orchards in Ararat, Virginia.   They have been farming this orchard for generations.  H.C. told me that without the workers who come in from Mexico, his business would go under.  Many of these workers come year after year to bring in the harvest.

It is our privilege to honor these hard-working farmers who produce the crops of corn, cabbage, broccoli, apples, peaches and much more.  Without them or the workers they hire, our grocery stores would be dependent on foreign providers.

Thank you, Gentlemen.    You are the best!

VIDEO:   BLUE RIDGE:   Photographed and produced by N.W. Boyer  (All rights reserved).

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credits: music “On Golden Pond”

 

 


World’s Must Beautiful Music

For your weekend listening pleasure….from Boyer Writes.