Hope, Perfect, Everlasting

This week is unlike any other in my memory. It seems the world is falling apart. Appalling human behavior produces fear in our hearts, the world as we know it, appears in shambles. Though difficult to acknowledge, evil activities are daily occurrences in our world. We search for something to give us hope. In times [...]

Strength and Confidence

  Has your day been hectic? Did you try multi-tasking? How did that go? Does hurtling through your day work well? Our culture promotes a go all the time lifestyle. Does it really work? In 1938 Fredric Wisloff, a pastor, wrote these words, “quietness is strength, hustle and bustle are weakness.” Opposite of what the [...]

Evening and Morning

And there was evening, and there was morning—the first day. Genesis 1:5 Evening... And there was evening and there was morning as God created 5 more days. (See Genesis 1:31)  Evening and morning…humans have received them each day since those first 6 days. We received them again today: evening and morning.   Morning...

Yellow Jacket…Mini-sized Power

This is about power. This is about persistence. Tenacity describes our topic. Doggedness works too. This is about power in an insect. A persistent, tenacious, single-minded insect. It is an insect with a bite you will not forget. We fear spiders. This insect can bite repeatedly. The life goal of this insect is to reproduce [...]

Spiders…fear or not? It’s up to you!

Arachnophobia, it is real. Fear of spiders is widespread. Are you afraid of spiders? Perhaps it is a good idea. People say they bite humans. In an interview of 118 undergraduate students in London, 75% of them feared spiders. A long-standing spider perception is they are creepy. Their multiple long legs and their unusual appearance [...]

No Tears, No Sickness or Pain, No Death

I spent 30 minutes in another world today. The world was in my backyard. Since it was in my backyard, this world contained earth residents. Once in this world, my feet never moved. Here my eyes found the Cup Plant ( Silphium perfoliatum) Most were over 10 feet tall with deep green leaves and brilliant [...]

Painted Lady Irruption

Suddenly there were thousands of them. It was, in biologists’ terms, an irruption, a sudden sharp increase in the relative numbers of a population. My grandpa’s eyes had never witnessed such a dramatic increase. Unusual things like these a naturalist remembers and records. My experience has recorded nothing of this magnitude before. It may be [...]