Without Christianity – A Wordy Wordless

In his newest book, Dominion: The Making of the Western Mind, atheist Tom Holland, who is not a follower of Jesus Christ, claims the morals of the western world would not exist without Christianity.  This is a really interesting read, especially coming from a historian of such repute, yet not a Christian.

2021-07-28 Tom Holland Quote

For more interesting reading, just enter Tom Holland Atheist Historian in your search engine and find gems like this: https://www.newstatesman.com/politics/religion/2016/09/tom-holland-why-i-was-wrong-about-christianity.

Turkey Vultures -Wordless Wednesday

A friend told me these were Turkey Vultures.  I passed them near the road, in the shade of a tree trying to get cool from the heat of the day.  I stopped my car a short distance away where I could get out and get a better look at them and as I approached, apparently it was not hot enough to keep them in the shade for long!  Just had my iPhone in hand so took what I could.  One of the buzzards returned to the power pole closest to the tree to see how long “this interloper” would disturb their afternoon siesta; kind of like he’s sitting up there, thinking, “Okay, bud, how long are you going to stick around?” 😎  Fortunately he did not have this final guy’s attitude or I might have been in trouble!

Patience

Painted Deck – Wordless Wednesday

After last winter’s ice storm that left three inch thick ice on it, a small deck I built for some friends several years ago needed some work.  I had stained the deck, but they had someone paint it before last winter, so now it always has to be painted.

So I got out my scrapers and brushes and fixed ‘er up nicely.  The room to which it is attached was a laundry room addition that was most of the original project.

The Tuul River in January 2021

Tuul River on a Morning in January

Memories of Mongolia; a friend’s picture of the Tuul River outside Ulaanbataar on a January morning. Yes, it is solid enough to walk across.  Of course, even in summer, much of the river is only a meter (3 feet) or less deep in many places, three meters (9 feet) at its deepest.  Here is about one-half meter (1.5 feet) deep.

I Shot The Super Moon – My Pictures

We were not in the path for the Blood Moon eclipse, but I happened to wake up in the middle of Kentucky’s night and shot these Super Moon pics with my Canon SX50 HS.  These are hand-held pics which says a LOT for the SX50’s stabilization, though I could not get anything good zoomed in to its limit (200X), but pretty close (170x).  One of these days I will set up my tripod for moments like these.

If you want to see some info and pics of the Blood Moon eclipse, which was very cool!  Check it out at here.

Pray For The Peace Of Jerusalem – Wordless Wednesday

2021-05-19 Israel and Hamas Peace Deal

Over 3000 rockets have been fired at Israeli cities and villages without discrimination of military or civilian targets.  Israel is the only nation that has ever warned its targets of impending bombs to save civilians, but Hamas uses its citizens as human shields.  Intelligence estimates that Hamas has a about 30,000 rockets stashed in Gaza.

2021-05-19 3000 of 30000 Rockets Fired at IsaelRockets launched from Gaza by Hamas toward Israel Tuesday night, May 18. 2021

Pray for both Jews and Palestinians that they will recognize that they all have dads and moms, sons and daughters, aunts and uncles, brothers and sisters, and the senseless violence will accomplish no lasting peace.  Only when the Prince of Peace rules in their hearts will they find that for which they are searching.