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Monday, December 10, 2012

Have fun during Finals!

It's finals week and boy, oh boy
Aren't we all excited, we just jump for joy.
Computer, Biology, Math and Astronomy
English, Art, and also Psychology!
We  have lots of fun during our finals week,
We wish you would, too, It's this year's peak!

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Sugar Cookies for Christmas

Baking Christmas cookies is one of the most fun pastimes of the season. The older kids mix the cookies up, cut out the shapes, and bake them. We use 6 different cookie cutters, consisting of a gingerbread man, snowflake, star, tree, bell, and a candy cane. After the cookies are baked and cooled, we all decorate them with frosting and sprinkles. It really is so much fun. 

1 and 1/2 cups white sugar
1 cup butter, softened
3 eggs
1 cup sour cream
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 teaspoon almond extract
3 and 3/4 cup flour
  • Refrigerate for 1 hour
  • Spread flour on flat surface. this will coat the dough so it won't be so sticky.
  • take small amount of dough at a time and roll in out on surface. roll out to about 1/4 inch thickness, maybe a little thicker.
  • cut out shapes, and place them on cookie sheet.
  • bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 10 minutes. 
2 tablespoons butter, melted
3 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 pinch (tiny amount) salt
  • add milk until right consistency
  • It's OK to add milk and powdered sugar until you get the right consistency.
  • add food coloring to make different colors.
  • frosting will harden after a while. Just microwave it to soften it up again.
Have fun! This is one of the best ways to spend the holidays.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Thank you, God, #2

Thanks to God for friends
Thank you, God, for crazy friends
Who give the day an awesome end.
Thanks for people who I can trust
Who do not make a lot of fuss.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Thanks to God for food

Food Thanks
Thank You, God, for healthy food.
Thanks for food that just tastes good.
But most of all I wish to include
A thanks for healthy, good tasting food.

Friday, November 2, 2012

CMA Awards

In Honor of the 2012 Country Music Association Awards, I drew a picture (OK I was just bored during commercials). Brad Paisley will continue to be one of my favorite singers.

 Here are the winners this year:
Entertainer of the year: Blake Shelton
Female vocalist of the year: Miranda Lambert
Male vocalist of the year: Blake Shelton
New artist of the year: Hunter Hayes
Vocal group of the year: Little Big Town
Vocal duo of the year: Thompson Square 
Single of the year: "Pontoon" - Little Big Town 
Album of the year: "Chief" - Eric Church
Song of the year: Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton - "Over You"
Musical event of the year: Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw - "Feel Like a Rock Star"
Music video of the year: Toby Keith - "Red Solo Cup" 
Musician of the year: Mac McAnally
 And my personal favorite CMA show, Brad and Carrie with their "Country Gangnam Style," Or "Sexy Paisley."

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Color Blindness

Being Color Blind
In an episode of The X-Files, special agents Scully and Mulder investigate a device that seems to alter television signals. The people, including agent Scully, who are exposed to these signals, seem to be exhibiting dangerous behavior. However, it seems that agent Mulder, who was also exposed to the signals, is not in the least bit affected. The agents later find out that the device is sending subliminal messages that appear and disappear so quickly that no one detects them. These messages are what make the exposed parties act the way they do. The reason agent Mulder is not affected is that the messages are in green and red, and Mulder is red-green color blind.
Color blindness is when a person cannot see certain colors the way they are supposed to be seen. People have special color-sensing nerves in their retina called cones. There are three types of cones: red-green, yellow-blue, and black-white. If a type of cone is defective, say the red-green cone, a person will either not be able to tell red from green, or will not see the two colors the way they should be seen.
About 7 percent of the United States’ male population is red-green color blind. This is the most common type of color blindness. However, it only affects .4 percent of the United States’ female population. This is because color blindness is carried on the X-chromosome. Females have two X-chromosomes, and usually a normal gene in one X-chromosome can make up for a defective gene in the other chromosome. Males only have one X-chromosome, so they have no such protection.  
Here is an example. the c stands for color blindness. On the top is the mother, XX, and on the side is the father, XY. The squares indicate the offspring.
 The most severe case of color blindness is achromatopsia. This is complete color blindness; when a person can only see things in shades of gray. When people think of color blindness, they generally think of achromatopsia. However, this case is very rare.
Although I am not color blind, I am nearsighted. I know how inconvenient that can be. I can only imagine how much worse it is for those who cannot even distinguish one color from the next. I don’t know how some people cope with it. I know an elderly lady who has achromatopsia. I can only wonder how she can stay happy with no bright colors to surround her. She loves to talk about flowers, and I catch myself wondering how she can love flowers if she can’e even tell what colors they are. I asked her once and she replied that she like the feel of them and she loves how they are shaped. She also mentioned that she had no idea what colors looked like, and if she didn’t know, how could she be sad without them? I guess sometimes what you don’t know can’t hurt you.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Morning Hymns

And no, it has nothing to do with coffee. Lately, every time I wake up a 6 AM, I have this hymn going through my head. So, since it's a nice hymn, one of my favorites, and since I have absolutely nothing else to blog about today, I will post it.

In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple.
Above it stood the seraphims: each one had six wings; with twain he covered his face, and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did fly.
And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory.
And the posts of the door moved at the voice of him that cried, and the house was filled with smoke.
Isaiah 6:1-4

Holy, Holy, Holy
By Reginald Heber, 1826
Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty!
Early in the morning our song shall rise to Thee;
Holy, holy, holy, merciful and mighty!
God in three Persons, blessèd Trinity!

Holy, holy, holy! All the saints adore Thee,
Casting down their golden crowns around the glassy sea;
Cherubim and seraphim falling down before Thee,
Who was, and is, and evermore shall be.

Holy, holy, holy! though the darkness hide Thee,
Though the eye of sinful man Thy glory may not see;
Only Thou art holy; there is none beside Thee,
Perfect in power, in love, and purity.

Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty!
All Thy works shall praise Thy Name, in earth, and sky, and sea;
Holy, holy, holy; merciful and mighty!
God in three Persons, blessèd Trinity!

Thursday, October 4, 2012

The first snow of the fall... in this part of the country.

It's come upon us,
so soft and quiet.
feel it, hold it,
Go on, try it.
See what it's like
To hold some snow.
Feel the chill
as it falls slow.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Too busy

The City park
Is right over there.
I'll go visit
Someday I swear.
There's a small restaurant
At the end of Main.
but I'm so busy
 I've gone insane.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

A poem by Horatius Bonar

It Is Finished
From the book "Hymns Of 
Faith and Hope"
 By Horatius Bonar

Christ has done the mighty work!
Nothing left for us to do,
But to enter on his toil,
Enter on His triumph too.

He has sowed the precious seed
Nothing left for us unsown;
Ours it is to reap the fields,
Make the harvest-joy our own.

His the pardon, ours the sin,-
Great the sin, the pardon great;
His the good, and ours the ill,
His the love, and ours the hate.

Ours the darkness and the gloom,
His the shade-dispelling light;
Ours the cloud, and His the sun,
His the day-spring, ours the night.

His the labour, ours the rest
His the death, and ours the life;
Ours the fruits of victory
His the agony of strife.
page 130

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Reserch on Water Scarcity

It is estimated that over one billion people, or about one-sixth of the world's population, does not have access to fresh water. Although water is one of the most common resources on the planet, only 2.5% of it can actually be consumed, and the rest is salt water. Of that 2.5%, two-thirds is confined to glaciers and permanent snow cover. Only a fraction of the world's water is liquid freshwater, and it is increasingly the subject of conflict and strife as it becomes less available.
With increasing world population, there is an increasing thirst, and increasing water scarcity.  Africa is at the greatest risk of suffering from “Water Stress.” In Mexico City, most of the water problems are caused by man. Sydney suffers from drought also, which they call “the Big Dry.” Palestine is being occupied, and Israel controls most of the water. There is an increased risk of water caused war throughout the world.
            Nomads go further west, trying to push farmers off their land, all because of water.  There is no alternative fuel for water. Rich places on the coast can desalinate salt water, but this is not possible everywhere. There are low cost solutions: Rain water harvesting is one of them, but it is just not enough. The places already in conflict or at the edge of conflict cannot be viewed as places where the military can help. There must be water. The military cannot solve water problems.  In each part of the world, we need a much more scientific approach to solving the water problem.
            Economic water scarcity is caused by a lack of investment in water or insufficient human capacity to satisfy the demand for water. Symptoms of economic water scarcity include a lack of infrastructure, with people often having to fetch water from rivers for domestic and agricultural uses. Large parts of Africa suffer from economic water scarcity; developing water infrastructure there could therefore help to reduce poverty. Critical conditions often arise for economically poor and politically weak communities living in already dry environments. Some 2.8 billion people currently live in water-scarce areas.
            People used to think that the earth had an infinite source of water, but that was back when the world’s population was half what it is today. People were not as wealthy then as they are today, they didn’t drink as much, and ate less meat, so less water was needed to produce their food. They needed a third of the volume of water modern day people take from rivers. Today, the competition for water resources is much more intense. This is because there are now somewhere around seven billion people on the planet; their consumption of water-thirsty meat and vegetables is rising, and there is increasing competition for water from industry, urbanization and biofuel crops. Saving of water and improving of water management is possible, whatever the use (agriculture, industry, domestic use). Almost everywhere, water is wasted, and as long as people are not facing water scarcity (such as most of the US), they believe access to water is an obvious and natural thing. With urbanization and changes in lifestyle, water consumption is bound to increase. However, changes in food habits, for example, may reduce the problem.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Thoughts for today

I woke up today
And wanted to stay
Right there where I lay
I thought, "It's OK!"

People, whoever comes across this blog, Let me inform you that sleep may be wonderful, but if you sleep too long, it can't be good for you. I, for one, always have a monstrous headache when I sleep for more than eight hours. Also, just think of all the stuff you could do if you were awake for longer in the morning.
Consider Proverbs 6:6-11.
Go to the ant, O sluggard;
consider her ways, and be wise.
Without having any chief,
officer, or ruler,
she prepares her bread in summer
and gathers her food in harvest.
How long will you lie there, O sluggard?
When will you arise from your sleep?
A little sleep, a little slumber,
a little folding of the hands to rest,
and poverty will come upon you like a robber,
and want like an armed man.

The Lord says that "poverty will come upon you like a robber, and want like an armed man." If you get in the habit of waking up earlier than normal, you will have more time to do the things you want to do.Please at least consider these thoughts. If you would like to know about health issues related to too much sleep, here is a link: http://www.sleepwarrior.com/is-too-much-sleep-bad-for-you

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Sunday's scripture

I memorized this psalm probably about five years ago. My father used to give us scripture that we were required to memorize. Looking back, I am so very thankful that I did memorize that scripture. It is so wonderful to recall it to memory. I strongly encourage scripture memorization. The Lord said: "His delight is in the law of the Lord, and on this law doth he meditate day and night." (Psalm 1:2) Memorizing scripture is one of the best things to do.

Psalm 24

King James Version (KJV)
 The earth is the Lord's, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein.
For he hath founded it upon the seas, and established it upon the floods.
Who shall ascend into the hill of the Lord? or who shall stand in his holy place?
He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully.
He shall receive the blessing from the Lord, and righteousness from the God of his salvation.
This is the generation of them that seek him, that seek thy face, O Jacob. Selah.
Lift up your heads, O ye gates; and be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in.
Who is this King of glory? The Lord strong and mighty, the Lord mighty in battle.
Lift up your heads, O ye gates; even lift them up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in.
10 Who is this King of glory? The Lord of hosts, he is the King of glory. Selah.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Magic Eye

Stare closely at this picture until your eyes go out of focus. Your face should be about eight inches away from the screen. Once your eyes are out of focus, slowly pull your face away.  You should see a 3-D image pop out. This also works if you print the picture out.


Thursday, September 13, 2012

The Importance Of Staying Hydrated

“The Physiological Importance of H2O”

It is important to drink water. Water can act as a lubricant in the muscles to ensure frictionless movement. A person can go for days without food but three days without water is enough to kill. Dehydration can damage the immune system, causing a person to become sick. Dehydrated people can become clumsy, sluggish, and they can faint. Some common signs of dehydration are:
·         Thirst. It is important to drink water before becoming thirsty, because if a person is thirsty, they are in the first stages of dehydration.
·         Dizziness. Exercising for a long time without water can result in dizziness. It is important not to push yourself too hard.
·         Confusion and/or fainting. These are the first signs of heat stroke. Heat stroke is cause by a high elevation of body temperature. This is why it is important to keep hydrated. Drinking water can keep the body at a normal temperature.
            The human body is over 60% water. That’s over 2/3. But the water in our bodies is not just water. It contains electrolytes, which are salts, particularly ions. There are several different electrolytes in the body:
·         sodium (Na+)
·         potassium (K+)
·         chloride (Cl-)
·         calcium (Ca2+)
·         magnesium (Mg2+)
·         bicarbonate (HCO3-)
·         phosphate (PO42-)
·         sulfate (SO42-)
While exercising, the body loses water and electrolytes through sweat. It is important to replenish not just the water, but also the electrolytes. This is why athletes drink a lot of sports drinks. Sports drinks contain electrolytes. Drinking just pure water may not be enough. Electrolytes are important because they are what cells (especially nerve, heart, muscle) use to maintain voltages across their cell membranes and to carry electrical impulses (nerve impulses, muscle contractions) across themselves and to other cells. The kidneys work to keep the electrolyte concentrations in the blood constant despite changes in the body. For example, when a person exercises heavily, they lose electrolytes through sweating, particularly sodium and potassium. These electrolytes must be replaced to keep the electrolyte concentrations of the body fluids constant. So, many sports drinks have sodium chloride or potassium chloride added to them. They also have sugar and flavorings to provide the body with extra energy and to make the drink taste better.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Going Home

When i decided
To go home
My smile did widen
I miss my home.

It has been one month since I went to college. I am very excited to finally go home to see everyone. It gives me something to look forward to. Yesterday I suddenly decided to go home next weekend, and promptly came up with the above poem on the spot.

This makes me think of the teenagers who "can't wait to get out of here!" Who want to graduate so they can move out. Many of them don't feel like coming home for a while, but I have a feeling that most of them, after about a month or so, can hardly wait to make the trip to see the family.

You who miss your hometown, I know what it's like. Let's all go see our families. 

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Eleven years

Eleven years ago, The World Trade Centers fell. Everyone is remembering today, but the only ones who can truly mourn are those who lost a loved one. They alone know how it feels to lose someone they love to a terrorist attack. I dedicate today to the survivors who have lost a part of them eleven years ago.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Psalm 24

Psalm 24

King James Version (KJV)
The earth is the Lord's, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein.
For he hath founded it upon the seas, and established it upon the floods.
Who shall ascend into the hill of the Lord? or who shall stand in his holy place?
He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully.
He shall receive the blessing from the Lord, and righteousness from the God of his salvation.
This is the generation of them that seek him, that seek thy face, O Jacob. Selah.
Lift up your heads, O ye gates; and be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in.
Who is this King of glory? The Lord strong and mighty, the Lord mighty in battle.
Lift up your heads, O ye gates; even lift them up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in.
10 Who is this King of glory? The Lord of hosts, he is the King of glory. Selah.

Friday, September 7, 2012

Basilard From the Emperor's Edge

This is Basilard from the Emperor's Edge world.
The Emperor's edge is a free e-book  on Amazon, or in paperback for $10.79, or you can buy it  at Barnes and Noble and other places.

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Mighty God, While Angels Bless Thee

This is a hymn I'd never heard until I was in Church today. I like it. Enjoy!

Mighty God, while angels bless Thee,
May a mortal sing Thy Name?
Lord of men as well as angels,
Thou art every creature’s theme.
Lord of every land and nation,
Ancient of eternal days.
Sounded through the wide creation
Be Thy just and endless praise.
For the grandeur of Thy nature,
Grand beyond a seraph’s thought;
For the wonders of creation,
Works with skill and kindness wrought.
For Thy providence, that governs,
Through Thine empire’s wide domain,
Wings an angel, guides a sparrow,
Blessèd be Thy gentle reign.
For Thy rich, Thy free redemption,
Bright, though veiled in darkness long,
Thought is poor, and poor expression;
Who can sing that wondrous song?
Brightness of the Father’s glory,
Shall Thy praise unuttered lie?
Break, my tongue, such guilty silence!
Sing the Lord Who came to die.
From the highest throne of glory
To the cross of deepest woe,
All to ransom guilty captives;
Flow my praise, forever flow!
Reascend, immortal Savior;
Leave Thy footstool, take Thy throne;
Thence return, and reign forever,
Be the kingdom all Thine own!

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Romans 8:1-11

Deliverance from Bondage

Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death. For what the Law could not do,  weak as it was through the flesh, God did: sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and as an offering for sin, He condemned sin in the flesh, so that the requirement of the Law might be fulfilled in us, who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. For those who are according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who are according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace, because the mind set on the flesh is hostile toward God; for it does not subject itself to the law of God, for it is not even able to do so, and those who are in the flesh cannot please God.
However, you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. But if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Him. 10  If Christ is in you, though the body is dead because of sin, yet the spirit is alive because of righteousness. 11 But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.

Source : Bible Gateway