N.W.BOYER…Christian Author

Posts tagged “Nature

Tribute to the SALT of the EARTH

This blog is a solemn tribute to the HARD WORKERS of our country, who produce the foods that are so readily available in our markets.  When all seems lost from weather or any action that hurts the bottom line…they keep the faith and instead of giving up…they continue to know that the fields they look upon are God’s field…and  HE CAN INTERVENE.

 

Everytime we go to buy groceries, think about those past and present who worked fields and NEVER GAVE UP…even in the hardest of times.  Shelton portrays the heartache of those who felt there was no hope.  Thank God for those who kept the faith and came through with God’s help.

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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 The ‘glitters’ version long ago superseded the original and is now almost universally used.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!


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.

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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

TOOTSIE WOOTSIE BOOGIE

 

 

 

 


Peaceful Music for Relaxing

man sitting by treeHere is a wonderful piece of relaxing music for you to enjoy.  Enough said.

Blessings to all my readers!


Where is your Path Leading You?

Was your path filled with a crowd today?  Sometimes it is good to find a quieter, better path to bring thoughts into a quiet place of the soul.  Try it!  Make a new path for yourself, wherever it is taking you.  Look around you.  The world is filled with beauty that so many do not take the time to soak into the spirit.  Distractions and worries cloud the heart, mind and life is less than it can be.  Find a new path to enjoy as the busy season approaches us.  You are in control.  Make it your time to reach out and really see…yes, really see…the glories of God.

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Video to help you in your thoughts today.   Click and then enlarge to full screen for best viewing.    (by Tim Janis)


Peace for the Soul

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Sometimes all we want or need is quiet…rest…and PEACE.     In today’s world, there is no real peace unless we actively look for it.   We have to make a peaceful place to be quiet, wherever that might be.   Therefore, I ask you to find that place and remember the promise given and the beauty of the world through the music that is shared with you now.      Rest…my friend….rest.

And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”   (Philippians 4:7)

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Rest for your Soul

The need for rest is a fact of life in all God’s creation.  After a long summer, the trees shed their leaves and rest throughout the winter until the Spring comes again.  Animals build a place to rest. In particular, the bear goes into hibernation as do many other animals.  These creations of nature seem to have been given a time-clock that makes them listen and do what God intended.

Why would a human not know that rest is all important for his/her well being?  Here are some of the health benefits of general rest:

1. Improved Memory – Lack of sleep can make it difficult for you to concentrate and retain information. When you sleep, your brain goes through all the activities and impressions of the day which is important for memory formation.
2. Maintain a Healthy Weight – Sleep and metabolism are controlled by the same area of the brain. Sleep releases hormones that control appetite. Researchers at the University of Chicago found that dieters who were well rested lost more fat.
3. Heart Health – A 2010 study found that C-reactive protein, which is associated with heart attack risk, was higher in people who got six or fewer hours of sleep a night.
4. Reduce Stress – Sleep and stress have similar effects on your cardiovascular stress. Being well rested can reduce stress levels and improve your overall health.  (from Florida Hospital site)

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Another scripture also tells us, “Be still and know that I am God…” Psalm 46:10 We cannot be still unless we actually stop what we are doing.  That takes a concerted effort:

  • Putting down the phone
  • Turning off the TV/ Computer
  • Moving to a quieter spot
  • Stop thinking about what you need to do next

One may ask, then what do I do?

  • Just listen…to a bird singing outside, to a quiet music selection
  • Talk quietly to God and then listen to what comes into your mind as His Spirit speaks to yours
  • Take a walk alone…even if it is just around your yard
  • Put your feet in the sand at the beach and listen to ocean slap upon the shore

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  • Look for a flower, a leaf, and small insect or butterfly
  • Concentrate on quieting your spirit and your inner-self
  • Watch a sunrise or sunset

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” The Lord replied, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” Exodus 33:14

So how does one rest when things are falling apart or life is too difficult to bear?  We remember, with the choir of Libera, how difficult are the memories of the Holocaust or 9-11 and so much more. Yet we are promised a restful soul through God’s grace.  It is following the courage that is put in the heart by God through every circumstance.

 


Beautiful Music for the Week to Come

butterflyThe JOY OF LISTENING to calm the soul

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


Moving Through…with Art and Nature

Recently a friend of mine lost her Mother and I remember when my own Mother died.  There have been other parts of my life that have held pain…as with most people.  All sadness in this life moves along with us, but I  believe there are things that help us “live through”  those times.

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My Mom and me

As an author, artist and photographer, I decided to set up my own art room where I could lose myself in a world of quiet and creativity.  I also saw a person who visited Japan and experienced the Asian way of “Nature therapy”.   The person was encouraged to actually reach down to a bed of moss…touch it and sniff the smell of it.  They continued a walk through the woods, noticing all the different plants, leaves and trees.   I live in Florida and we have amazing skies here.  The sun rises over the lakes; clouds gather in the deep blue summer afternoon bringing the streaks of lightning and in the evening the setting sun streams through the hanging moss. Nature is truly beautiful here.

Wherever we live, we see life around us…but do we see it…really?   I think our souls need that interaction with God’s world if we are truly to have peace and joy with what is around us.  It takes only the time we are willing to give to it.

Below is a picture of my art and writing room.  I’m fortunate to have a space dedicated to these activities.

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My husband has turned the garage into his wood-working space. Often he will call me out there to see the beautiful grain on a piece of wood that he is making.  Nature…even after the tree is long gone…lives on in his beautiful wooden trays.

My Uncle Archie loved nature and carved the beautiful bird that you see below.  Our dear friend, Tom, passed away recently, but he was gifted beyond measure in the turning of bowls shown below on my husband’s tray.  These are treasures to be kept always and reminders of those who have gone through hard times, but through their faith in Jesus Christ have “passed through” with great courage and honor. Bill's tray and Uncle Archie BirdTom's bowls

The young woman featured below is Zaria Forman. She is a true artist and shares her feelings about nature and loss. It is worth listening to and a reminder that there is much beauty in the world.  We must seize the day that has been given to us.

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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.


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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The Miracle of Birth…Welcome Moke

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Moke is born at Smithsonian Zoo

Perhaps you missed the arrival of  Moke at the Smithsonian Zoo in Washington, D.C.     Who is Moke, you may ask, and why is this birth important?

Western lowland gorillas are critically endangered with only an estimated 100,000 left.  Calaya, a western lowland gorilla, who has just given birth to her first offspring, a male named Moke, at the Smithsonian National Zoo in Washington, DC. The arrival of Moke, which means “junior” or “little one” in the Lingala language of Africa, is the zoo’s first such gorilla birth in nine years. (Credit BBC news…Smithsonian)

This is what we learned from two videos posted below.  Be sure to watch both.   In fact, I would recommend to gather around your young children and let them see the miracle of birth…for it should not be a mystery.

Video 1: History of Calaya and the silverback gorilla who is the father of Moke

 

Video 2:  The actual birth of Moke 

  As I watched this birth video, it was impressive to see her so gently clean her newborn and tenderly lay it in the hay.  It appears that she will be a good mother.

We wish the new mother, Calaya, and her new baby, Moke, the best of health and long life.

 

 

 

 


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”

 


Photographing God’s Creation

 

 

Ever think to photograph some neat, formation of the simplest of things?   Ask someone to guess what it is…and then share with them that it is only the foam in the bottom of your blueberry shake.  To their surprise, an abstract is born…and it was fun creating it as I did with my morning drink.   Our imagination can create many things, but only God and His wonderful nature can create the beauty shown below. It’s summer and the flowers are showing what they have waited all winter to display…their beauty and elegance. 

Today I share with you my photographs taken of flowers from the deck of my home and one of God’s creatures that strolled through my yard. She looked very surprised to see me, but quickly went on her way. Morning deer sm2.jpg

As I looked out over the flowers, the Blue Ridge mountains of North Carolina and Virginia stay true their name… for they are a true -blue ridge.  Blue Ridge

 Look around you today.  See all the wonderful things God has made and rejoice.

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The Eagles are back in D.C.

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For all you bird lovers…the elegant, bald eagles that we watched hatch and raise their two young eagles last year, now have another two eggs.   My cousin, Kay, who lives in the VA-Washington area, informed me this morning about this new event.  Below is the link to a live view of the eagles.  Enjoy!

“Mr. President and The First Lady (Eagles) now have two eggs!!!   Incubation to be around 32 days!    Live cam up and running:”     CLICK HERE     http://www.dceaglecam.org/    You can choose A or B when watching and for best viewing, enlarge screen.


Pumpkins and Fall

It is a bright, sunny day in Virginia and the tractors are moving slowly by our home loaded with pumpkins for the market.   Yes, it is almost Fall…and one can feel it in the air.  Soon the leaves will begin to radiate their yellow, orange and gold.  The little yellow finches have long flown away where their tiny bodies will not feel the cold to come.  The mountain people have canned their fresh fruits and vegetables for those long winter months.   The sky is blue…blue…blue…for the rain has driven away the mist and fog.  It is soon going to be Fall.  The little bears that we saw walking down the road are finding their place to hibernate and the coats on the deer that cross the Blue Ridge Parkway are changing from a gold to a spotted grey…winter coats provided by Mother Nature. As I was writing this, a tractor drove by with people loaded on it… going to the pumpkin patch.  Yes, everyone is enjoying a new season. getting-a-ride-2sm

A few years ago, Bill and I flew to Japan in the Fall.  The red of the Japanese maples was beyond belief as they glimmered against Mt. Fuji.  It was  a time we will always remember.  This is why I’d like to share these beautiful scenes of Japan.   Wherever one is in the world, if Fall is part of your seasons….enjoy, enjoy, enjoy!  You are blessed of God to witness the cycle of life.


And God said, “Let there be…”

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God’s plan for creation is more than the mind can handle. That is because we do not have the mind of God.  Only the Holy Scriptures explains it for us…at least to some degree.  We were wonderfully made…every tiny part….as is the universe in its vastness.

Notice that the words below says that after the creation of man and woman, “He blessed them.”  We really have no idea how much we are blessed and how grateful we should be. As we leave this life and depart to the great beyond there will more than enough to be shown to us for eternity.

If you have had someone you love pass away, as I have, it is comforting to think of them being shown by God the Father and the Son the secrets of the universe. How wonderful and exciting that must be.  ( See video at the end for the full meaning of this blog.)

 The Holy Scriptures    Genesis 1:3 -31

  • Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light.
  • God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness.
  • God called the light day, and the darkness He called night. And there was evening and there was morning, one day.
  • Then God said, “Let there be an expanse in the midst of the waters, and let it separate the waters from the waters.”
  • God made the expanse, and separated the waters which were below the expanse from the waters which were above the expanse; and it was so.
  • God called the expanse heaven. And there was evening and there was morning, a second day.
  • Then God said, “Let the waters below the heavens be gathered into one place, and let the dry land appear”; and it was so.
  • God called the dry land earth, and the gathering of the waters He called seas; and God saw that it was good.
  • Then God said, “Let the earth sprout vegetation, plants yielding seed, and fruit trees on the earth bearing fruit after their kind with seed in them”; and it was so.
  • The earth brought forth vegetation, plants yielding seed after their kind, and trees bearing fruit with seed in them, after their kind; and God saw that it was good.
  • There was evening and there was morning, a third day.
  • Then God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night, and let them be for signs and for seasons and for days and years;
  • and let them be for lights in the expanse of the heavens to give light on the earth”; and it was so.
  • God made the two great lights, the greater light to govern the day, and the lesser light to govern the night; He made the stars also.
  • God placed them in the expanse of the heavens to give light on the earth,
  • and to govern the day and the night, and to separate the light from the darkness; and God saw that it was good.
  • There was evening and there was morning, a fourth day.
  • Then God said, “Let the waters teem with swarms of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth in the open expanse of the heavens.”
  • God created the great sea monsters and every living creature that moves, with which the waters swarmed after their kind, and every winged bird after its kind; and God saw that it was good.
  • God blessed them, saying, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth.”
  • There was evening and there was morning, a fifth day.
  • Then God said, “Let the earth bring forth living creatures after their kind: cattle and creeping things and beasts of the earth after their kind”; and it was so.
  • God made the beasts of the earth after their kind, and the cattle after their kind, and everything that creeps on the ground after its kind; and God saw that it was good.
  • Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”
  • God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.
  • God blessed them; and God said to them, “ Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it; and rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”
  • Then God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the surface of all the earth, and every tree which has fruit yielding seed; it shall be food for you;
  • and to every beast of the earth and to every bird of the sky and to every thing that moves on the earth which has life, I have given every green plant for food”; and it was so.
  • God saw all that He had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.”

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Stop Whining..It could be worse.

You may decide that you have heard enough…horrors of war with decapitations; politics with vulgarities; fleeing people from disasters; secession of countries from the all-world scene and the fact that nothing seems right with the world.

It’s time to take a check of all that has gone before, for history is perhaps the best teacher of attitudes.  Many generations are now alive because someone in a concentration camp was determined to live.  The Civil War in the U.S.A. was one of the bloodiest with  brothers fighting against brothers.Our women today are not working in sweat shops to keep a war effort going, as did my Mother’s generation during World War II.

“Roughly 1,264,000 American soldiers have died in the nation’s wars–620,000 in the Civil War and 644,000 in all other conflicts. It was only as recently as the Vietnam War that the amount of American deaths in foreign wars eclipsed the number who died in the Civil War.”  (Civil War Trust)

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Many college students today cannot give simple facts about history…including the suffering or life style of those going through the Great Depression or during the Great Dust Bowl.  Here are a few pictures that can tell them a story or two.  Perhaps they may stop whining about college tuition or having the latest cars or cell phones if they take this part of history seriously. Even older people can review our history and what our forefathers and mothers endured.

Even some of the sayings that we take for granted have a historical meaning.  A friend of ours sent us a few worth noting.  I’m certain that we or the “millennials”of today would not want to live this way.

“Dirt Poor” …when dust and dirt covered everything during the Dust Bowl. Old house in dirt

 

“Piss Poor” because there were no bathrooms and used a pot instead if they could afford a pot.  Some will remember these days of using a pot. Living in a hut

 

No deodorant. Baths once a week, if then,  in a common tub. The babies were last and may be the start of the saying ‘Don’t throw the baby out with the bath water!’

Why do you think a bride carried a flower bouquet in the favorite month of June when flowers were blooming?   The smell of the flowers might hide the body odor.Depression Family

 

 

“Upper Crust”  Bread was so hard to get that families had to divide whatever they had. Workers got the burnt bottom part; the rest of the family got the middle and only the guests got the top “upper crust” which was the best.  Try making any child or young person today wait without whining for what is left over…especially because guests are to be treated with total respect.

women in old shelter

Living where one can…the Great Depression

Taking care of our world and each other, while appreciating what we have been so richly blessed with, is a top priority for this generation and the next.  The next time you look at a beautiful green tree, think of the Dust Bowl.  The next time you want to lash out from some injustice, think of this command.  “… Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.”  Philippians 4:8

It may be a difficult thing to do, for we are used to getting what we want when we want it. Try disciplining yourself to not allowing a whine to come out of your mouth for just a week.  This challenge is for me also. After the week, see if it has made a difference in your life.   Let me know if you can do it.   (Boyer Writes  at boyerwrites@yahoo.com)

Click for  VIDEO explaining the Dust Bowl of 1930’s.

Credits: Video History in the Headlines

 

 

 


We were Meant to Soar

Many of my readers have been watching the hatching of baby eagles in Washington, D.C.  They were little fuzz balls.  Now they are teenagers.  Oh, such an awkward age!  Not so cute anymore as they were when they peeked out from under the parent eagle’s feathers.

eagles growing

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We know that if the parent eagles do not teach the little ones the lesson of soaring, they will forever act like a chicken, groveling in the dirt…never becoming what God intended for them to be.  This is the lesson of life that all of us must learn…that we were meant to soar and so were our off-spring.

Once we have been liberated from a life of dependency, it is up to us how we spend the next years.  The lesson that the parent eagles give to their young is one of “tough love”.  The lesson is for the young eagles to learn what it feels like to be lacking in order to become independent.  The parent eagles may  soar around a nest with  food  that they, themselves had hard-earned through their own efforts. As cruel as it seems, they often do not offer any of it to their young, who are calling from the nest.

No, there are no cellphone connections to the lake where they were catching fish. “Mom (or Dad), can you loan me a few dollars? I’m really hungry up here.” No, the adult eagles don’t respond to such cries for they know that their little eaglets were meant to eventually fly on their own and find their own food…to glide and soar in the beautiful blue skies…to dive for their own fish or prey.  They had to be taught and it seems that God has put into their existence the need to pass this lesson on to their growing eagles. (It appears that our Washington Eagles may be at this stage for there is no food in the nest as there used to be.)

We in the human world find these lessons hard to teach.   Withholding is very difficult for us as parents. If withholding was never in the “academy of life’s lessons”, dependency would always be the way of life, as it would be for the eagles.   It may be hard, but teaching young ones to soar will have its own rewards.  That is because “We were Meant to Soar.”

The lives of eagles can teach us some important principles.

Explanation: The video below has some information that may be more of a myth than the truth.  Below video is a link explaining the actual life or rebirth of an eagle.  However, the video is a good comparison to life.  (If the reading is too quick, put it on pause for a few seconds until continuing.)

Click to   Watch the Washington Eagles

Explanation about rebirth of the eagle      2nd explanation

 

 


Quotation Challenge Nominations

I have a blogging friend in the UK.  We enjoy reading each other’s blogs and find friendly ways to agree and disagree.  Stephen has nominated me as for a quotation challenge and I, in turn, have nominated bloggers who are worthy of note.     (Thanks, Stephen)

Here are some of my favorite quotes:

  • Hans Urs von Balthasar of Switzerland What you are is God’s gift to you. What you become is your gift to God.  Hans Urs Balthasar   (Priest from Switzerland 1905-1988)

 

  • sir winston churchillCourage is what it takes to stand up and speak. Courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.  Sir Winston Churchill   (Prime Minister of the UK. born 1874- died 1965)

 

 

 

president john f kennedy

  • As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is  not to utter words, but to live by them.  John F. Kennedy (1917-1963  35th President of the United States who was assassinated at the age of 46.)

 

I always like quotations that are uplifting, challenging and inspirational.  If they are politicians, I may not be on the same thought wave…but appreciate any words that have meaning to me personally or to this troubled world in general.

Here are the rules for the Quotation Challenge and my nominees, who have blog sites worth notation.  If you have not seen these sites, please take a look.  You’ll be glad you did.

The Rules:

1.) Either once a day for three days, post a quotation, or post all three quotations at one time. It is your choice.

2.) Nominate and notify three other bloggers of the challenge.

3.) Thank the blogger who nominated you.

The nominees are under no obligation to complete this challenge, but it would be fun if they do. Plus, this will introduce them to a whole list of new readers.

My NOMINEES for the Quotation Challenge are:

Mimo Khair Photography 

Dimitrii Travel Photography

Ramona Crisstea

 


The fuzzy Eagles are Growing Strong

 

Eaglet-hatched-eagle-cam2 Early 2016

Some time ago I blogged about the eagles nest at the National Arboretum in Washington, D.C.   At that time they were little fuzzy balls hiding under their parent’s wings.   If you saw them then, but not since, you will be surprised at their growth.  It may still be a while before they fly, but it has been an adventure watching them…in the sun and rain.  You can enlarge the screen for great viewing and get it started by clicking on either Cam A or Cam B on the link below.

(After thought:  Today is Mother’s Day here in the U.S.A and it was interesting to see the Mother…or Father Eagle sit on the eggs day and night without concern for storms coming their way.  Isn’t that often the case with our own little ones that we care for from their very first day.  Happy Mother’s Day to all Mothers everywhere.)

No more fuzz!  Eagles are growing up!  For your live viewing pleasure, click this link:

THE EAGLES GROW

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