Saturday, September 17, 2011

Register Your Product

Okay - I purchase a new product & am advised to register said product in case the manufacturer needs to notify me of updates and other important info. But, once I register & give them my email, the company begins to SPAM me - usually daily. So, I mark them as a SPAMMER & thenceforth all of their emails go into my SPAM folder & if they ever do send me anything important - Like your electronic devise is defective & is about to burst into flames - I never see the email. So why bother registering?

The Chronicles of Narnia

Inn at Perry Cabin by Edna Barney
Inn at Perry Cabin, a photo by Edna Barney on Flickr.
I have just finished all seven of the books in “The Chronicles of Narnia” by C. S. Lewis. I learned that there are many ways to enter that mystical land of our dreams. A lowly coat closet could be an entry point, or a train station. Be especially cautious when gazing at a portrait of a sailing ship hanging upon a wall. When the sea waters begin flooding about your feet, you will be swept to Narnia for an adventure of a lifetime … and beyond.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

The Miracle of the Sycamore at Ground Zero

There are Miracles!
On September 11, 2001, an ancient Sycamore tree stood between the small Saint Paul's Chapel of 1766, and the World Trade Center. The brunt of the force released by the collapsing Twin Towers caused the 100-year-old tree to fall. The tree fell in such a way that its spreading branches created a shield which absorbed shockwaves from the seeming nuclear impact and preserved the historic 18th century Saint Paul's Chapel of Trinity Church and its ancient tombstones from falling debris, including a direct hit from an I-beam, and what should have been certain destruction.
"This stump is all that remains of a 100 -year-old Sycamore that once stood in the northwest corner of St. Paul's churchyard. The tree was toppled on September 11th, 2001, when the collapse of the World Trade Center sent tons of debris hurtling towards the church, including a large steel beam from the North Tower. Miraculously, the Chapel's trees shielded from dam and not a single pane of glass was broken through the church." 
"In 2005, renowned sculptor Steve Tobin worked with tree experts to preserve the original Sycamore stump that you see here at St. Paul's." (From the Plaque Below the Stump)
Isaiah 9:10 "The bricks are fallen down, but we will build with hewn stones: the sycomores are cut down, but we will change them into cedars."

Friday, September 09, 2011

Threescore Years and Ten

Birthday Cake from Cliff by Edna Barney
Birthday Cake from Cliff, a photo by Edna Barney on Flickr.
"The days of our years are threescore years and ten." --The Bible

"I'll never make the mistake of being 70 again." -- Casey Stengel

"With the ancient is wisdom; and in length of days understanding." --Job 12:12 (KJV)