I also saw a 'bird first' for me on Wednesday, when working with Bonnie, too - which I neglected to mention. It was colored grey and orange and had a very cool song. Bonnie and Roman told me it is a Say's Phoebe, and she's a returning bird. Used to be she had a mate and they would make their nest inside the garage. Later on, when they had babies, the babies would hang out in a building next door, spending most of their time perched atop some old stored windows. We did not see any mate along with her this year tho. You can learn more about the Say's Phoebe and hear her song by clicking HERE
CHOKE CHERRIES IN BLOSSOM
Our forth Picasa Photography class last night - and people are just soaking it up. It takes over a good hour just to set all the computers, projector and equiptment up, and print out class notes - but its worth every second. Our 'students' - every one is an adult, none younger than 35 - some seniors... every single one is benefitting from the course and its so rewarding to see their faces light up! Last night's lessons covered creating web albums, emailing pictures and printing. Google makes it so easy, for free!
SASSY STARLING! right in my window!
My heart is moved to speak of hope today. Seems to me that without hope, we simply exist. Simply existing is not living. We all need to believe there's more to life than just breathing and eating and getting through each day. Some days are TOUGH, so if we don't identify our HOPE... we are distracted by the little nigglers that rob us of our JOY.
My hope is in my Lord an Saviour. When the small icks in life overwhelm, I work hard to fix my eyes upon Him - and its' like the old song says:
So turn your eyes upon Jesus,
Look full in His wonderful face,
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim,
In the light of His glory and grace.
My good friend Becky has been periodically publishing some exerpts of Voice of the Martyrs on her blog - and they always bring focus to me. When I get caught up in the minutea of daily life, hearing what some people have to go through, merely to proclaim their faith in public - it humbles me - and gives me new hope that there's something much more profound than today's problems... that what others go through in the name of God, makes my troubles pale in comparison. Won't you pray for these brave, courageous and faithful people? I promise, while you're praying for others, our own problems seem to fade away! Who of us, in the Western Hemisphere can even imagine being BEATEN and TORTURED for merely proclaiming our faith?
Why restless, why cast down, my soul?
Hope still, and thou shalt sing
The praise of Him who is thy God
Thy health's eternal spring.
Trust the past to God's mercy,
the present to His Love,
and the future to His providence.
- St Augustine
IF WE LOVE GOD, OUR DEVOTION WILL NOT REMAIN A SECRET.
"Let your light shine before men in such a way
that they may see your good works,
and glorify your Father who is in heaven. "
Today in History:
0330 - Constantinople founded
1752 - 1st US fire insurance policy is issued - in Philadelphia
1792 - Columbia River discovered & named by American Capt Robert Gray
1850 - Work starts on 1st brick building in SF
1858 - Minnesota becomes 32nd state
1871 - John Herschel - cataloguer of southern hemisphere stars - dies at 79
1916 - Einstein's Theory of General Relativity presented
1929 - 1st regularly scheduled TV broadcasts (3 nights per week)
1947 - BF Goodrich manufactures 1st tubeless tire - Akron - Oh
1951 - Jay Forrester patents computer core memory
Birthdays in History:
1722 - Peter Camper, anatomist
1888 - Irving Berlin, dreaming of a white Christmas
1904 - Salvador Dal¡, surrealist
And here's a handy hint which Bonnie told me about when gardening the other day. If you are working in those heavy leather gloves which gap at the wrist - simply snip the tube off of an old pair of socks and slide them up your arms, elimenating the gap! This saves you getting itchy bits in your glove fingers.
BARB'S HANDY TIP #259
It's FREE! AccuJazz is the world's first multichannel jazz radio station, featuring nearly a dozen channels of great classic and mainstream jazz, from the earliest Dave Brubeck and John Coltrane to the latest from Joe Sample and Diana Krall.