Friday, April 18, 2014

"Heavy Cloud, No Rain"

Texas has long periods of drought. In this clip, one Texas hill-country man discusses how he has improved the situation on his land.

Drought Relief Link 

And here is a link to the Montgomery Farm green home right here in Allen, Texas. Our friend and an elder at our church, Lee Hall, was the builder. The home is beautiful, as well as innovative.

Allen, Texas Green Home Link

Texans are used to living in a harsh environment and have some innovative solutions for preserving precious resources.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Global Views of Morality

Interesting, country-by-country breakdown of what people see as moral vs. non-moral issues. (A family member found this article and I am re-posting.)


Sunday, April 13, 2014

Forensic description of a man from Jesus' time and place

Forensic scientists put together a description of what a typical rural Jewish male carpenter in Jesus' time may have looked like.

Of course, in God's providence, we do not know what Christ himself looked like, so excuse the attention-grabbing title of the article ("The Real Face of Jesus"). And I think it's just an assumption that he was a carpenter like his adoptive father, Joseph. One would expect an oldest son to follow in the footsteps of his father, but I don't think that would be a definite, especially in this case. Given his history, his innate skills -- impressing temple rabbis at a tender age, and the way people address him, might his parents have had him trained as a rabbi? This  is an unconventional view, perhaps, but doesn't seem out of the realm of possibility.

This is a picture of a vigorous, outdoor person, one who could travel widely on foot, preach for long periods to crowds while balancing in a boat, dandle children on his knee, turn over tables in the temple. He might not have looked like the slender, soft-skinned, fair man we see in children's Bibles.

God. With. Us

God Is Not Fate

As the Sparks Fly Upward

City Journal book review by Steven Malanga on questioning the noble savage: "Welcome to the Jungle" LINK

Monday, April 7, 2014

The Art of Saying Thank You

The New York Times' Guy Trebay discusses Jimmy Fallon, emoticons, and thank-you notes.

It's hip to write on a little paper square.

"'What they to draw a distinction between the tossed-off, compressed nature of electronic messages and a form of ritualized communication that gives material evidence 'that the person really did appreciate something.'”

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Spring Poems: Emily Dickinson, "A Narrow Fellow in the Grass"

A narrow fellow in the grass 

A narrow fellow in the grass
Occasionally rides;
You may have met him—did you not
His notice sudden is,
The grass divides as with a comb,
A spotted shaft is seen,
And then it closes at your feet,
And opens further on.

He likes a boggy acre,  
A floor too cool for corn,
But when a boy and barefoot,
I more than once at noon
Have passed, I thought, a whip lash,
Unbraiding in the sun,
When stooping to secure it,
It wrinkled and was gone.

Several of nature’s people
I know, and they know me;
I feel for them a transport
Of cordiality.
But never met this fellow,
Attended or alone,
Without a tighter breathing,
And zero at the bone.