i A Time and a Place...: July 2006

Thursday, July 27, 2006

The Day the Sun Stood Still...-"And it came to pass"...

Here is an interesting bit of information I'm sure many of you, particularly you who believe in God, will find interesting. Keep in mind the dates in history this article involves.

The Missing Day

From: ...
Subject: Bible Accounts for Missing Day!!

This concerns a missing day in time discovered and related by Harold Hill, President of Curtis Engine Company in Baltimore Maryland, and a consultant in sthe space program.
Mr. H. Hill stated that he thought one of the most amazing things God has for us today happened to our astronauts and space scientists at Green Belt, Maryland. They were trying to determine the position of the sun, moon, and planets 100 and 1000 years from now.

In order to do this they had to plot the orbits through past centuries. They ran the computer measurements back and forth over the centuries and suddenly it came to a halt. The computer signaled that there was
something wrong either in the information fed into it or with the results compared with the standards.
They called in the computer service department to check it out and found nothing technically wrong. The computer still came up with the same discrepancy.... a day was missing in space and elapsed time. The scientists were dumbfounded. There was no answer.

One of the team remembered a reference to the sun standing still in the Bible. Upon checking, they found in the book of Joshua a pretty "ridiculous" statement for anybody who has "common sense." According
to Scripture, Joshua was concerned because he was surrounded by the enemy and if darkness fell, they would overpower him; so Joshua asked the Lord to make the sun stand still: "So the sun stood still in the midst of heaven, and hasted not to go down about a whole day." (Joshua 10:13) There was the missing day!!!

They checked the computer going back to the time it was written and found it was close, but not
close enough. The elapsed time that was missing in Joshua's day was 23 hours and 20 minutes.... not a whole day. They again read the passage and there it said, "about (approximately) a whole day." This did not account for the other missing 40 minutes. The 40 minutes had to be found because in projecting space orbits, the error would
be multiplied over and over.

Again, the man remembered somewhere in the Bible that it said the sun went backwards. In II Kings, chapter 20, Hezekiah, on his death bed was visited by the prophet Isaiah who told him that he was not going to die. Hezekiah did not believe him and asked for a sign as proof.

Isaiah said, "...shall the shadow go forward ten degrees or go back ten degrees?" Hezekiah replied, "It is a light thing for the shadow to go down ten degrees; nay, but let the shadow return backward ten degrees." (II Kings 20:9-10) Ten degrees is exactly 20 minutes.

So, to bring the shadow back ten degrees then return the shadow back to it's original position through it's natural motion is 40 minutes!!

Twenty-three hours and twenty minutes for Joshua, plus forty minutes in II Kings makes the missing twenty four hours the scientists had to log in their log book as being the missing day in the universe!!

Spooky, ain't it? But beautiful! Ain't God wonderful!!


Monday, July 24, 2006


A Texas State trooper stopped a redneck in a pickup truck for weaving on the roadway. He asked the driver, "Got any ID?" The redneck said, "Bout what?"


Saturday, July 22, 2006

More Pictures Too Graphic For the Media to Show...

A Pause That Refreshes...

Give Us This Day...

Treasure From Home...Remembering how she smells...

Give Me Five!...

God Bless our Soldierboys and Girls and keep them safe!


Thursday, July 20, 2006


For the last many years I have been writing my life story, my journal, for my kids to read after I am gone to join my family in the big internet in the sky.

Once in a while I read portions of it. Today is one of those days.

The following is an excerpt I read today and think you might enjoy.

It begins after the house my family lived in in Merced burned down and my family was in the process of moving to Modesto.

Moving to Modesto

...Not long after that Mother was canning some fruit on a kerosene heater in the kitchen (I think this is what happened- maybe the heater was just on for heat) and the heater caught on fire and blew up and the house was burned down. We lost almost everything. Uncle Nick lost everything.

I don’t remember much about what happened immediately after that. I know we started for Modesto. Dad was there with us. We had a two-wheeled trailer that was pulled behind our car.

The trailer had a frame for the top that could support a canvas top to make it like a covered wagon. Mom and Dad slept in the trailer and us kids slept on pallets on the ground.

When we were travelling, Dad would dig a hole in the ground where he wanted to build a fire. He carried a piece of tin with him to make an oven to cook biscuits. He would mix the biscuit dough and grease a pan and put the biscuits in the pan. Then he would put the piece of tin over the hole and build a fire on top of the tin. The hole under the tin would get hot and Dad would put the pan of biscuits in the hole and use the hole as an oven to bake the biscuits. It worked very well and Dad’s biscuits were always perfectly browned and extremely tasty.

We never had a whole lot to eat but we always managed. Sometimes Mother would boil water and put in sugar to make ‘sugar syrup’ for breakfast. We almost always managed to have chicken (chicken was very cheap in those days) at least once a week.

Sometimes we would have bacon and once in a while we’d have spare ribs. But mostly it was biscuits and potatoes and gravy for dinner and biscuits and cream (or water) gravy or biscuits and sugar syrup for breakfast.
Mother and Dad used a lot of canned cream instead of milk for gravy or other milk dishes. Canned cream went a lot farther than milk because it could be diluted to whatever strength was needed and, when there was milk left over in the can, they could put a tiny piece of bread in the hole to effectively plug the can and preserve the remaining milk. It’s amazing how long canned milk kept without spoiling.

I remember spreading my pallet under an apricot tree to go to sleep one night. I was, of course, sleeping with someone else, probably Joan. During the night it started to rain. Joan went to the trailer and told mom it was raining and mom said to pull the quilt up, so we did.

It was very warm under that quilt that night. I must have had a fever because I couldn’t get cool and the next morning I found I was covered with chicken pox bumps. Mom looked them over and said I had chicken pox and needed to keep warm and dry for a few days. No one else caught them from me. There were no ill effects from the disease.

As a child I don’t recall missing not having someone to play with. I spent a lot of time alone, playing cars with wooden blocks, arranging the dirt and rocks into roads and buildings and making streets through them. I spent hours sometimes just playing by myself, cars or cowboys and Indians or a wealth of other games I could imagine.

When I was too little to pick cotton, Mother would sit me at the end of a row while she picked the row of cotton and back. She’d tell me to ‘sit there and play until I get back,’ and I would.

Later, when I was bigger, Mother made a cotton sack for me out of a potato sack with a shoulder strap so I could go along behind her and get what she missed. Of course, after I was ten and older, I had my own sack, probably a six-footer.

I’ll tell more about cotton picking (and other things)later.


Texas Canyon...

Here are a few more pictures I took of Texas Canyon. Notice the reddish color of this rock formation.

This is a pic of part of the rest area in the Canyon.

The rock formations are ourstanding, like this one. Some appear to have been carved by a sculptor. It is a beautiful and mysterious Canyon.


Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Those Born 1930-1979!...

I just got back from Texas and thought I'd post this picture of a big rock in Texas Canyon, Arizona.

I think this is good enough to pass on!

1930's 40's, 50's, 60's and 70's !!

First, we survived being born to mothers who smoked and/or drank while they were pregnant.
They took aspirin, ate blue cheese dressing, tuna from a can, and didn't get tested for diabetes.

Then after that trauma, we were put to sleep on our tummies in baby cribs covered with bright colored lead-based paints.

We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, doors or cabinets and when we rode our bikes, we had no helmets, not to mention, the risks we took hitchhiking.
As infants & children, we would ride in cars with no car seats, booster seats, seat belts or air bags.

Riding in the back of a pick up on a warm day was always a special treat.

We drank water from the garden hose and NOT from a bottle.

We shared one soft drink with four friends, from one bottle and NO ONE actually died from this!

We ate cupcakes, white bread and real butter and drank koolade made with sugar, but we weren't overweight because WE WERE ALWAYS OUTSIDE PLAYING!

We would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as we were back when the streetlights came on.
No one was able to reach us all day...
And we were O.K.

We would spend hours building our go-carts out of scraps and then ride down
the hill, only to find out we forgot the brakes. After running into the bushes a few times, we learned to solve the problem.

We did not have Playstations, Nintendo's, X-boxes, no video games at all, no 150 channels on cable, no video movies or DVD's, no surround-sound or CD's, no ce! ll phon es, no personal computer! s, no Internet or chat rooms.....
WE HAD FRIENDS and we went outside and found them!

We fell out of trees, got cut, broke bones and teeth and there were no lawsuits from these accidents.

We ate worms and mud pies made from dirt, and the worms did not live in us forever.

We were given BB guns for our 10th birthdays,

We made up games with sticks and tennis balls and, although we were told it would happen, we did not put out very many eyes.

We rode bikes or walked to a friend's house and knocked on the door or rang the bell, or just walked in and talked to them!

Little League had tryouts and not everyone made the team. Those who didn't had to learn to deal with disappointment. Imagine that!!

The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke the law was unheard of. They actually sided with the law!

These generations have produced some of the best risk-takers, problem solvers and inventors ever!

The past 50 years have been an explosion of innovation and new ideas.

We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned HOW TO DEAL WITH IT ALL!

If YOU are one of them . . CONGRATULATIONS!

You might want to share this with others who have had the luck to grow up as kids, before the lawyers and the government regulated so much of our lives
for our own good

And while you are at it, forward it to your kids so they will know how brave (and lucky) their parents were.

Kind of makes you want to run through the house with scissors, doesn't it?!

The quote of the month is by Jay Leno:(For those of you who worry about it, I didn't check this out )

"With hurricanes, tornados, fires out of control, mud slides, flooding, severe thunderstorms tearing up the country from one end to another, and with the threat of bird flu and terrorist attacks,"Are we sure this is a good time to take God out of the Pledge of Allegiance?"

I want to add one more thing, how did we ever live without the expiration dates, and leftovers?


Thursday, July 06, 2006

Pure Undiluted Beauty...

I got this in an e-mail from my daughter and think it's worth passing on. Isn't it outstanding?


Tuesday, July 04, 2006

More of the Best of Persia...


Some for the Glories of This World; and some

Sigh for the Prophet's Paradise to come;

Ah, take the Cash, and let the Credit go,

Nor heed the rumble of a distant Drum!

XIII-b (FROM #3)

Were it not Folly, Spider-like to spin

The Thread of present Life away to win

What? for ourselves, who know not if we shall

Breathe out the very Breath we now breathe in!


Look to the blowing Rose about us--"Lo,

"Laughing," she says, "into the world I blow:

"At once the silken tassel of my Purse

"Tear, and its Treasure on the Garden throw."


And those who husbanded the Golden Grain,

And those who flung it to the Winds like Rain,

Alike to no such aureate Earth are turn'd

As, buried once, Men want dug up again.


Sunday, July 02, 2006

Large asteroid will miss Earth tomorrow...

I'm sure glad the news media told me this asteroid will miss the Earth tomorrow!