"Let the words of my mouth, and the meditations of my heart be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my Strength, and my Redeemer." Psalm 19:14

Whale Evolution 1

Whale Evolution 2

Saturday, January 27, 2007

Aslan is on the prowl.

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Okay, not my best photo - had done nothing but
get up that morning but the babies were happy!
smiles, Pax

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Ever wonder what my bookroom looks like?
(Probably not but anyway..this is a small

Sunday, January 14, 2007

I teach high school homeschoolers in a co-op
type setting once a week (it's like getting paid
for having fun!). I teach Physical Science,
Chemistry and Advanced (AP) Chemistry.
I've done this for nearly 10 years now.
SO my now 11 year old granddaughter, who attends
a private school, comes in a few weeks back
and asks me for Science Project advice.
Since I was just about to start the annual
Bridge Building Contest in Physical Science
and had the balsa wood, rules, glue etc out
already I suggested a comparison of types of
bridges and how much load each would hold. She
seemed happy with that and turned the idea in to
her teacher. Said teacher then informs her that
Bridge building is NOT science. She tells him that
her grandmother (man, that makes me feel old typing
that) gave her the idea and that she teaches science.
He asked, "Where" and she told him to a group of
homeschoolers. He replied, "OHHHHHHH" (like that
explains that.) When she told me this my blood went
to a quick boil.
I sent her back loaded with material on the science
of forces and Bridge building. His only comment
then was, "This is too much information".
I did try to tell her we could come up with another
topic (I do LOVE Chemistry) but no, she is now
determined to build Bridges.

I wonder what is science in his 6th grade class.

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Monday, January 08, 2007

The universe gives up its deepest secret
It is the invisible material that makes up most of the cosmos. Now, scientists have created the first image of dark matter
By Steve Connor, Science Editor
Published: 08 January 2007
One of the greatest mysteries of the universe is about to be unravelled with the first detailed, three-dimensional map of dark matter - the invisible material that makes up most of the cosmos.
Astronomers announced yesterday that they have achieved the apparently impossible task of creating a picture of something that has defied every attempt to detect it since its existence was first postulated in 1933.

(Above from the UK Independent)
(For the non-scientists reading this - "dark matter" is what
most scientists believes holds the universe together.

Thursday, January 04, 2007

My dad reads Darcy a book - her favorite "The Little
Engine That Could". Only since Dad can't see he's
telling the story of "Goldilocks and the Three Bears".
Darcy seems to be thinking "That's not the way I
remember this story!".
smiles, Pax
Notes on a New Year's Eve party (I wasn't there
- report is from others who were). Young people
gathered and played a game - you draw a name from
a pot and give clues until someone guesses the person
you are hinting about.
Guest draws name and gives clue "Wrote 'Leaves of
Grass'". Amy says "Walt Whitman". No - turns out
to be Ernest Hemingway. Right..

Guest draws a name and gives clue "Wrote 'The Jungle
Book'". Amy replies, "Rudyard Kipling". No, name is
Ghengis Kahn. Well, perhaps Rudyard was his pen
name and in between blood bathes he wrote children's

Matthew draws "Sequoyah" and says, "OH, wrote the
Cherokee Alphabet!". NO ONE replies.
They toss game in the garbage I think..
smiles, Pax

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

This is a Hubble space telescope deep field photo - those are not simply stars -
they are galaxies. And God knows the name of every star in every galaxy.
"In the beginning God created the heavens
and the earth.." So begins the Bible.
John begins, "In the beginning was the Word,
and the Word was with God and the Word was
God. He was in the beginning with God. All
things were made through Him and without
Him nothing was made that was made. In Him
was life and the life was the light of man. And
the light shines in the darkness and the
darkness did not comprehend it.
vs. 14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt
among us and we beheld His glory, the glory of
the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and

A story is told of a little boy in early school who
was drawing a picture in class. The teacher asks
him who he is drawing and the little boy replies, "God".
The teacher says, "No one knows what God looks like."
To which the little boy replies, "They will when I
finish my picture."

The truth is Jesus is the picture of God.

John gives us the Christmas story in a different
manner than does Matthew, Mark and Luke.
It is far different than stories of a star, a journey,
Wise Men, Angels and Shepherds. It is a brief
simple statement "God came to live with us as a
human being." A powerful summary of the
birth of Jesus.

Christmas is a time for family, friends, wonderful
fun filled time and of course gifts. I'll bet all of you
remember favorite gifts - both given and received
from years past.
(At this point I picked a random person - someone
I did NOT know and gave her a wrapped gift.)

Well, today I have a gift for Vikki. While Vikki opens
the gift let me go over a few thoughts on gift giving.
1. I am the giver of the gift. There was a little
sacrifice in picking the gift, wrapping it and actually
giving it away instead of keeping it for myself! (It
was chocolate.)
2. And then there is the gift. It is free. Did anyone
see Vikki give me any money? (no) I don't even know
if Vikki deserves a gift! There are no conditions or
strings attached to this gift. I hope it will just be a
reminder of this wonderful Christmas gathering.
3. Vikki gets to keep the gift as she claimed it for her

The greatest gift ever given was the event we
celebrate at Christmas.

John 3:16 says, "For God so loved the world that
He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him
would not perish but have eternal life."

When I was nine years old my brothers and sister
and I had a teenage babysitter who told us one day
all about hell. Now, we attended church sporadically
but not enough to really understand much of anything.
So her description had quite an impact. I remember
asking her how to avoid going to such an awful place.
She replied (and I feel like she meant well), "You must
join the church and get baptized." Imagine my mother's
surprise when Sunday came and we children all insisted
on going to church. Once there I proudly went up and

Later I was to learn I could have joined every church
in Tampa, FL and still not have been "saved".

We moved to Birmingham (we moved a lot - I went to
4 different elementary schools and 3 high schools).
In our new neighborhood I was the only 13 year old
girl until new neighbors moved in 2 doors down from us.
They were missionaries on home on furlough from Bolivia,
South America. They had 3 children and their oldest was
a 13 year old girl! Kathy and I became friends.
Her parents started a back yard Bible club of sorts and
once a week and old lady (I thought then she was old - now
I realize she was probably all of 30!) would come and
teach flannel graph stories from the Bible. Now the only
reason I went was because Kathy did. We were definitely
the oldest kids there! Sometime during the year the lady
told us that if you were to memorize 500 Bible verses
you could go to summer camp for free. Since I knew this
was the only way I'd get to go I started to work. Now
these people knew what they were doing and the verses
weren't just random thoughts.

I learned Romans 3: 23 "All have sinned and fall short
of the glory of God." This means that we've all done
wrong things in life. We may never have murdered
anyone but we have lied, been angry, been selfish and
so on. Since I've become a grandmother I saw this
in action not long ago. At my granddaughter's 2nd
birthday party as she opened her presents another
little boy there collected them. Soon he loudly
proclaimed that they were HIS gifts and he would
not share. (As one might imagine that did not go
over well with Darcy!).
And I've seen Darcy grab toys from her baby
brothers now several times and loudly proclaim,
"MINE". But isn't that exactly how we feel some
days too!

I also learned Romans 6: 23 "For the wages of sin
is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through
Christ Jesus our Lord." The gift is free for us but
cost Jesus everything.

I John 5: 11-13 says, "The testimony is this: God
has given us eternal life and this life has its source
in his Son. Whoever has the Son has this life;
whoever does not have the Son of God does not
have life. I am writing this to you so that you may
know that you have eternal life - you that believe
in the Son of God."

So as we celebrate Christmas let's not just
remember the birth of Jesus but the reason
for His coming. He was born to die - it was
God's plan to make us Holy as we cannot
do it for ourselves.

I teach science now and I see God all the time
in His creation. But even though He is a mighty,
awesome God, he is not a far away God. He
created each of us. He knows us - what you love,
your sorrows, your joys and your trials. He longs
to have fellowship with you.

How do we respond? Often we try to find happiness
in things or other people, our jobs or you fill in the

Blaise Pascal said (paraphrasing) that there is
a God shaped hole in all of us that only God can
fill. So even if we try to fill it with other things
we fail. We NEED God.

So Jesus came, grew up, said and did many
amazing things (written about in the Bible
and even history books of that day). Then He
willingly chose to die - for my sins, in my place.
He rose again on the third day conquering death
and sin. And one day He promised He would come

After I learned my 500 verses I also learned that
Jesus was the way to salvation and I accepted
Him. Now I no longer fear death. When I stand
before God He will see Jesus who is my righteousness.
(He has made me right with Him.).

Galations 2:20 says, "I have been crucified with
Christ and I no longer live but Christ lives in me.
The life I live in the body I live by faith in the Son
of God who loved me and gave Himself for me."

Revelations has a word picture where Jesus says,
"I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears
my voice and opens the door I will come in."

He won't force His way in but He loves you so much
that He will keep on knocking.

When I opened the door I understood what I
really had missed. Now I didn't understand
everything about God - no one can! But Jesus
is daily with me in my life now.

You can pray a simple prayer and ask Jesus to
come into the door of your heart.
"Thank you for sending your son Jesus because
you love me. I realize Jesus died for my sins
that separate me from you. I want to open the
door of my heart and life and let Jesus come in.
Thank you for taking control of my life."

Jesus says, "I will never leave you or forsake you."

I hope you have true joy this Christmas.
(then I encouraged all to get involved in a
neighborhood Bible study).

And this is my hope for all of you who read

Monday, January 01, 2007

A great read! I've learned more about genetics
now than I thought I wanted to know. But I'm
glad I do know now! Crichton starts with the note
"This is a work of fiction. Except those parts that
are fact." And the facts are woven throughout the
story. I didn't realize Universities and companies
were getting patents on specific genes. This is going
to lead to a nightmare of events (and indeed probably
already is for some!).
I love the talking parrot (Gerald) and hope for this
character alone that they film this novel.