Thursday, April 28, 2011

American Golden Finches

Click here for Bird Web a great web-site for bird information.  
Check out Screaminghawk's a birding site for Western PA birders.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

A Drove of Bunnies

Mowing the lawn yesterday I was grateful not to have run over a nest of baby bunnies.  There are three of them. Yesterday two had run away when I had gotten near the nest, but all three were safe and sound in the nest this morning.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

He Is Risen

This White Trillium reminds me of God.  I see the trinity, the three in one, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  May the light and love of Christ burst through your mind, heart, and depth of soul  this Easter and stay with you.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Earth Day 2011:Bag It The Movie

I support Earth Day and have enthusiastically been apart of many worth while events to care for our Earth.  In recent years I have been discouraged by what I see and hear on a daily basis.  I had lost some of my enthusiasm.

The Bag It Movie reawakened in me the acute need to keep making personal changes to reuse, reduce and recycle.  Check out the link above and any PBS station in your area for more information.

I will be switching to cloth bags for grocery shopping.  It is one more thing I can personally do to make a difference.  And, if everyone takes small steps to reuse, reduce, and recycle we can collectively make a difference.

I have an idea for any of the major commercial fishing tanker ships up for a challenge.  Instead of  depleting our fish supplies, how about picking up trash in the large "dead areas."  Help clean up the oceans.  We do need to get the plastic out of the oceans.  If you can drag nests to catch fish.  You can drag nets on the surface to collect garbage.  It is just a thought.  I hope someone out there is listening and takes me up on the idea.  We can celebrate next Earth Day aboard ship.

We can make a difference.  I hope you are celebrating Earth Day 2011 by making a personal change to better care for the Earth.

Bag It Intro from Suzan Beraza on Vimeo.

Ponder: What He Has Done

Today would be a good day to ponder and meditate on what Christ has done.  What does the empty tomb mean to you, personally?  Think on this a bit.  I hope your Easter celebration tomorrow will be special.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

A Cautionary Word

I have been thinking about this for a while and I am not quite sure how to broach the subject, except to be plain speaking about it, especially since it is the Lenten Season and those who want to repent may have the opportunity to do so.  You can repent anytime.  The sooner the better.

Practicing magic arts, sexually immorality, murder, idolatry and everyone who loves and practices falsehood (lying) will be put outside the city gate.  If you are involved with witchcraft, magic arts, fortune telling, and other abominations against which the Lord speaks, repent so that you maybe saved.  Repent!  It is not of God to practice such things.  You are inviting the demonic into your life and you are being used by evil.  Repent!

Why do we celebrate Lent?  The following is quoted from

"The season of Lent, beginning with Ash Wednesday, is devoted to an intensive study of the Passion of Christ, this feature becoming unusually pronounced in Holy Week, with the culmination in the great happening of Good Friday, in the death and burial of Christ. The length today of the Lenten season is for forty days. While such a period is indicated as early as the third century, Apostolic Tradition, its length is indefinite prior to Nicaea. Thereafter it is spoken of as the fast of forty days and spans a period of six weeks with prior to Easter (as in Rome and fourth-century Alexandria) or prior to Holy Week (as in Syria, Constantinople, and eventually all the Eastern churches). In the early church the Lenten season was a time for the catechumens to make preparations for baptism, but by the end of the fourth century in the West it was also a period for the ritual of humiliation of the penitent. This led to the Christian liturgical traditions that observe the Lenten fast experience as a time of "dying to self," so as to participate fully in the renewal of life in the celebration of Christ's resurrection. The custom of fasting during Lent started at a very early date, but the length of the fast varied, eight days being customary at first, but the time was extended to forty days, after the analogy of the period included in the Lord's temptation, Matt. 4:2. Gregory II, is said to have fixed the Wednesday now known as Ash Wednesday (from the custom of daubing the foreheads of the worshipers on that day with the ashes of last year's palms, in token of mourning) as the first day of Lent in order to secure uniformity of observance throughout the Church."

Lent is a good time to repent of sins, read the Bible, pray, fast and grow closer to Christ.  

Christ tells us once again in the book of Revelation 22:16a  "Behold I am coming soon!"
The words of Christ are in Red.  It is one of the last times he spoke to us through the Apostle John the beloved apostle.

Epilogue: Invitation and Warning
Revelation 22:12-16    
12 “Look, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to each person according to what they have done. 13 I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.  14 “Blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may have the right to the tree of life and may go through the gates into the city. 15 Outside are the dogs, those who practice magic arts, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolaters and everyone who loves and practices falsehood.
 16 “I, Jesus, have sent my angel to give you[a] this testimony for the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, and the bright Morning Star.”

Christ is indeed coming again.  He said that he would..."he is not a man that he should lie."  

This Lent, I hope that you repent, fast, read the Bible, give offerings, and do something for another.  Salvation comes through confessing Christ, repenting and being baptized.  He desires to have a personal relationship with each of us individually and as a body of believers.  

I hope this Lenten season you are drawing close to the Lord Jesus Christ.

““Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?” The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” - 1 Corinthians 15:55-57

Have a Happy Easter!   

Monday, April 18, 2011

John Muir

Thank you Catherine Tatge, PBS, and The American Master Sponsors for the excellent documentary film on John Muir's life vocation; his dedication to preserving nature, our National Parks.  Please support PBS stations wherever you live.  Click here for ways to make a difference by contributing to PBS.  The following is from an article in the Hartford Courant by Roger Catlin about the filmmaker Catherine Tatge.

Connecticut Filmmaker Profiles Wilderness Through Eyes Of John Muir

April 15, 2011
The Hartford Courant

While working out of her home in rural Cornwall Bridge, filmmaker Catherine Tatge didn't always appreciate the lush surroundings of Northwest Connecticut.

"I would be like a complete New Yorker," she says. "I couldn't wait to get out of the green."
Things changed after spending four years on a biographical film on the father of the American environmental movement and founder of the Sierra Club.

"John Muir in the New World," premiering Monday on the PBS series "American Masters," put Tatge on the very paths into the wilderness that the naturalist had trod a century earlier, so she could literally see the same breathtaking corners of this country that he did.

An Emmy winner for "Joseph Campbell and the Power of Myth With Bill Moyers" in 1988, Tatge was first approached by friends in Seattle about doing a feature film on Muir's travels in Alaska.

"They showed me some of the locations where he was, and it turned out that, out of this process, it would make a great documentary," she says.  There had been some earlier films on Muir.

"I looked at all of them," Tatge says. "But I wanted to show how his world view developed, and explore his thousand-mile walk, which had not been done in any film, and show the influence of some of the women in his life."

Budgetary limitations kept her from starting the film in Scotland, where Muir was born in 1838, but she picked it up in Wisconsin, where he grew up as a young inventor, not far from where Tatge later went to college.  While employed at a factory in Indianapolis, an industrial accident in 1867 caused a change in Muir's career, and he took a long trek to the Gulf of Mexico that became known as "The Thousand-Mile Walk."

"We did take that historic route from Indiana to Cedar Keys, Florida," Tatge says. Surprisingly, little of the scenery had changed in the intervening 135 years.

"It's interesting," Tatge says. "When we were on 'The Thousand Mile Walk,' we didn't see anybody on it."

It was a little more crowded in some of the other areas Muir helped make famous, particularly what became Yosemite National Park after the National Parks system was created in 1899, due in part to his work. But, Tatge says, when her crews got there, "we had a fantastic ranger, who is a devoted fan of Muir, who took us to many of the locations Muir had described in his works, way off the beaten path."
In the end, they ended up subbing one Alaskan location, Mendenhall Glacier in Juneau, for Glacier Bay, where Muir visited.

John Muir was one of the founding members of the Sierra Club and served as president until his death.  For more information about the Sierra Club click here.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Friday, April 15, 2011

Trout Season Opens Saturday April 16th

Trout season opens the 16th.  The weather is predicted to be stormy so I will not be out there fishing.  I did manage to catch these wild Yellow Trout Flowers opening.  I wander who named them?  I will have to do a little research.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Tuesday, April 12, 2011


Love is powerful, mighty, and yet gentle.
Praise God for how he reveals himself to us.
What joy have those who believe in Christ.
Deep abiding, eternal peace.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Safety Announcement: Watch for Motorcycles

                                                  Royalty free photograph.

I went out for coffee this morning and saw a group of cyclists out and about and it reminded me to be mindful of them now and to remind others to watch for them as well so that all can ride safely.

Who are these to stars from early Hollywood days?


Friday, April 1, 2011


I am a birder.  I enjoy watching and listening for birds.  Photographing them is a challenge.  These pelican seemed to pose for the pictures.  I captured these shots in Fernandina Beach, Florida
near Brett's, an excellent cafe'.  Check out the links for more information.

The following two web-sites have good information about Pelicans:

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