Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Going, going but not gone

I will be taking a very short break from blogging. I have some business to attend to. I will return on Monday and tell you all about it. I should have some great pictures (hopefully) for you too. I hope everyone has a great week. I look forward to catching up on all your blogs on Monday.

Take care,
Greg

PS don't forget about me. :)

Monday, April 28, 2008

Weekend Report and Pictures

I had a really good weekend. I started a little early on Friday by taking off an hour early. That always makes for a nice weekend. I was able to get everything ready for the Farmers Market so there was no rushing around at the last minute to get things going.

The weather was just about perfect on Saturday and the Market was packed. I can’t seem to get a picture once the people get there though because when they do, we get busy. Mid morning, my daughter and her family dripped in from out of town. We were able to visit briefly in the morning and then had a longer visit in the afternoon after we left the Market. This is how the Market looked and also how our display was set up.





We managed to talk my daughter into staying the night which was great because we got a chance to talk some more. Even though we talk via email and on the phone, it is always nicer to talk in person. My grand kids wore me out though so I woke up a little tired this morning. I think they get their energy by taking it from us old folks. Sunday when I got up, I noticed something interesting about my garden frog. It seems that one of my grandsons decided that the frog needed some water in his bucket. From the side though, it appeared that the frog had too much water and was relieving himself. I laughed my head off when I saw this.




For some reason, the blue birds aren’t using the feeder or bird bath we put out for them. I can’t figure it out, can you?





Have a Blessed day,
Greg

Friday, April 25, 2008

Project Green, Garden helpers

I wish I could have zoomed in closer on this bottle brush because up close it really looked spectacular. I am so happy to report that from about 6 feet away, I could hear the buzzing of bees. I expected to see bumble bees since honey bees are very scarce these days but it wasn't. Yes we have honey bees again. Yea. There must have been several hundred on just this one bush. Welcome back bees.




Here is a little closer shot but I don't think you can see the bees.



I love frogs. This green frog watches over our ivy vine and keeps other critters out of the garden.





Have a wonderful green day,
Greg

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Project Green, Cutting back




I cut this hydrangea way back, in the fall of last year. Now it is full again and looks better than ever. Last year it was wild and gangly looking with some long and some short branches. Since I cut it back, it has gotten full and has a new greener color to it. Sometimes you have to cut back to go forward.

I am also cutting back a number of other things in my life. I already mentioned that I cut way back on any medications I was taking. I still take a low dose aspirin a day but that is about all. I do take supplements like fish oil, flax seed oil, pomegranate and my goji berries. I am feeling better every day and something amazing has happened. My night vision has gotten better. I now drive most of the way to work without my glasses which is something I just couldn’t imagine doing a month ago.

And speaking of driving to work, I am cutting back on my speed. I have dropped my driving speed 5 MPH. I do pick the pace back up if traffic starts to back up but in general, I have slowed down. This has improved my gas mileage and I am back up to around 42 MPG. My family is also trying to combine trips to town so that we cut back on our actual driving. I don’t see many other people slowing down so they must be happy with the new gas prices. For me it makes sense because I save money and also do something for old mother earth.

So what are you doing to help make this planet greener?

Have a wonderful day,
Greg

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

I lost it!

I am a patient man. I try not to let little things upset me but sometimes they get the best of me. Take yesterday for example. I am interested in getting my son’s phone added to my family plan. He wants to keep the same phone number because he uses it in his plant business and has business cards and signs made with that number on it.

So I called my cell phone company with only one question. The conversation went like this:

Me: Hi, my name is Greg. I want to add my son to our family plan……(she cut me off)
Her: What is the primary phone number on the account?

I gave her the number and waited while she looked up the account.

Her: Yes you can add a phone on that account.
Me: I knew that. My question is can he keep the same number. He already has a phone with another company.
Her: You will have to speak with “new accounts”. They can look up the number and see if it is transferable.
Me: That sounds great, can you connect me?
Her: Yes sir. Is there anything else I can do for you today?

I said no but I am thinking; She hasn’t done ANYTHING for me yet.
She connects me with “new accounts”. Enter new customer service rep.

Her: Elloow, cun eai hav eur full nam an phon number?
Me: Excuse me.
Her: eur nam?
Me: Greg C.
Her: an eur number?
Me: Wait, I just have a simple question. I want to know if my son’s phone number can be used if I add him to my plan?
Her: I will ned eur phon number.

I gave her the number, knowing full well I was headed for a dead end.

Her: Can I have eur secret code?
Me: Maam I don’t know my secret code.
Her: I can have a new code sent to you.
Me: (getting angry now) Please I just want to ask about this new phone number
Her: Sir I will need your code.
Me: (raising my voice) Look I just want to ask about this new number. I don’t want to add it now, I just want to know if it is possible. Do you understand?
Her: Sir I will need your code.
Me: You mean to tell me that you can’t look up this other phone number and tell me if it is compatible?
Her: Not without your code.
Me: I really don’t think you understand what I am asking for.

There is silence then she says:

Her: Would you like me to have a new code sent to you?
Me: ( this is where I lost it) No, what I want is to speak with someone that can understand English. Do you understand what I am saying? (no answer) DO YOU SPEAKA ANY ENGLISH! (no answer) Are you English? (no answer) Where are you? Where do you live? Very quietly she said “Argentina.”

At this point I am steaming. So I just said. I am sorry you can’t help me and I hung up.
I don’t know why these American companies have to use foreign people as customer service representatives. Does it really save that much money? Everyone I have talked with doesn’t like it. I know I don’t. Not that I have anything at all against foreigners in fact I usually like most of them I meet. It is just that speaking English and understanding it are two different things.

I felt bad after getting angry with her but I wasted all that time and left without getting my question answered. I am over it now though.

Have a great day,
Greg

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Answers to yesterdays questions/Project Green

In the first picture, there are the following shells: Oyster, coquina, Anger wing, Razor, clam, cockle and scallop. There are also three crab shells. One is from a Sargasso crab and the other two are from spider crabs.

The second picture is of a Horseshoe crab. Horseshoe crabs have 10 eyes. They have one main pair on the front of their head like we do but have 4 other pairs on their body. They are used a lot for vision research because of this.

This is the body of a sea urchin. After they die and dry out, this is all that is left. They are a cousin to the starfish and there is a small star on the bottom of the shell.

The last “creature” is my son. He thinks he is a sand crab so he buries himself in the sand.

Thanks for visiting. Maybe next time I can make it a contest and give away a prize.

I am going to start participating in Project Green. I will be posting a green picture every day if possible. With all my gardening going on, this should be easy but I bet it is harder than I think. I tried to upload a picture a moment ago but it wouldn't let me. Must be more blogger problems. I will try again later. I forget the name of this plant but it is very pretty. It keeps coming back every year.







Have a wonderful day,

Greg

Monday, April 21, 2008

Beach findings

Sunday at the last moment, we decided to take a ride out to our favorite beach. It is on a small island just south of Seabrook Island. It consists of 250 acres of sand with some vegitation. It is a place where many shore birds nest as well as Loggerhead turtles. Because of this, you have to stay near the water and walking in the dunes is prohibited.

My wife and oldest son picked up trash, while my youngest son played in the sand. I spent some time rinsing out the boat since it was dirty from not being used all winter. We always spend part of our trip to this island picking up trash. It is amazing how much stuff washes up on a beach like this. Later on, I did some beach combing and found some intereting items. Can you tell what kind of shells these are?



The waters around this island are home to many animals including this horseshoe crab. This one got stranded on the beach and died which is very common. You would think they could tell the water was leaving them since they have so many eyes. Do you know how many they have?



This was another good find on the beach. It is the remains of another animal. Who knows that this is called and shich animal it is from?



This is another common site on the beach. Kids just love to bury themselves in the sand.






I will have the answers to all these questions tomorrow.
Have a wonderful day,
Greg

Friday, April 18, 2008

Faith

Angie reminded me with a picture she posted of a visit I made to Antigua. I visited there when I was in the Navy. I only had one day off on the island after being at sea for over two months. My day turned out to be Sunday and if you have ever been to the Islands, you know that many of them almost shutdown on Sundays. That morning, following breakfast, we had a Sunday Service onboard the Submarine and then I headed out to explore the island. Antigua is pretty small but there is a lot to see and do. As I said though it was Sunday and most of the shops and markets were closed.


I did some sightseeing but then returned to the submarine for lunch. This was actually my second visit to this island though so I pretty much had seen most of it. As afternoon approached, we began asking around if there were any night spots where we might see some entertainment. All of the taxi drivers told us the same thing: “You must go to Shirley Heights on Sunday.” So that is what we decided to do.


About 10 of us packed into a compact car/taxi and headed out. The road was curvy and dangerous and we kept going higher and higher up a mountain. When we got to the top the taxi stopped at a little shack. There were only two cars there and we thought: “We have been suckered.” But with nothing better to do, we decided to stay. We tipped the taxi driver and told him to be back in a few hours. We went inside only to find out that the place was deserted. There was a bar with a bartender and someone else cleaning. We looked back to see our taxi heading back down the mountain.


Oh well I thought, now what do we do? We each got a tropical drink and sat down to enjoy the view. There we were high on a mountain top overlooking the ocean. In back of the shack was a large picnic area that went right up to the edge of a steep cliff. The ocean was deep blue as far as the eye could see. Way in the distance though was a little white sailboat. I knew it was a large sailboat even though it looked tiny. I sat there enjoying my rum punch, the warm breeze and the spectacular view. If nothing else, it was relaxing.


After about an hour, several more locals came in. One of them lit a huge BBQ pit and then tossed on enough food for an army. There was steak, shrimp, lobster and jerk chicken not to mention tons of veggies. A few more minutes passed and some musicians entered and began setting up steel drums. Then just like someone opened the flood gates, people started arriving. By the time it got dark, there were about 300 people there. My sailboat was now just a tiny light in the ocean. The band began to play island music and everyone had a wonderful time.


When I think of that moment and how small that big sailboat looked in the ocean, I can only imagine just how small each of us is in this big world. It took a lot of faith just to venture that far out into the ocean in a sailboat. I got shivers just thinking about it. I know they had charts and navigation equipment but you really have to believe that all that equipment is correct and working properly. You have to have faith.



When I look at pictures of the earth taken from the space shuttle, I wonder just where I was in those picture. I can pick out the USA. I know where South Carolina is. I can barely tell the general area where I live. I know I am there even though I can’t see myself. And even though I can’t see me in the picture, I am not insignificant. To some people I do make a difference. To some I am more than a spec in the ocean of life. Even though you can’t see me, I am still here and even though I can’t see God, I know He is here too.

Have a Blessed Weekend,

Greg

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Stop the madness

Is anyone else fed up?

What is wrong with people these days? Parents killing their children, Children killing parents, Children killing children, why all the killing? Has it always been like this or is it getting worse? I sometimes think that we may just hear about it more now because of the media but then I think back to my childhood and realize that it wasn’t this bad back then. Perhaps it is that there are just more people, or maybe it is the media itself causing all this killing. I just don’t know.

Why do people think that killing is the answer? I just watched a news clip and this child was showing no remorse at all when talking about how he stabbed someone to death. He looked normal. The other morning I caught a short piece of a hunting show. This guy was hunting deer and got so excited when he killed a big one. I used to hunt just for food and really never liked the idea of killing anything. This person was shouting and carrying on like he won a prize or something. Then he ran off and picked up the bloody head and was so proud of what he had done. Way to go guy, you killed a living creature.

The other night I saw on the news where a mother tossed one of her kids in a raging river and then jumped in carrying her other child and all three of them died. I have no problem with someone killing themselves. Don’t get me wrong, I think it is sad but what I really hate is when they want to take others with them. This leads me to believe that the media is responsible for all this killing. It seems like these people are not just trying to kill themselves, they are trying to make a statement. They want to go out being famous. Would they still kill others if there was no TV or radio our would they just kill themselves?

It must have something to do with a lack of self esteem. Or maybe it’s the need for attention. But why does everyone feel that they need attention. Have they ever done anything that deserved attention? Maybe that is the root of the problem. People somehow feel that they are deserving of something without having to work for it. My brother is one of those people. He thinks that he deserves what other people have just because. He always wants to be the big man on campus but doesn’t do anything to deserve it.

They say that all these killers displayed a pattern. Looking back, they say that their actions should have been and indicator of things to come. The truth is that it is easy to pick out these indicators after the fact. If we lock up everyone that is displaying strange behavior, there wouldn’t be many people left. We just don’t know which ones are going to crack and which ones will cope. The real truth is no one cares until they do snap. I have told bosses that I thought someone’s actions were suspicious but they just laughed and said I was crazy. So what can you do? The only thing we can do is live our life the best way we can and hope and pray that we are not one of the ones caught up in one of these horrible incidents. I keep praying for the killing to stop but that is all I can do.

So today, take a moment to remember those who lost their lives at Virginia Tech, and pray for the ones that were left behind. It is hard to believe it has been a year already.


Have a Blessed day,
Greg

Monday, April 14, 2008

Wonderful Weekend

The weather in Charleston this weekend was just about perfect. My son and I spent saturday at the Charleston Farmers Market. There were lots of people there and more food than you could eat in a lifetime. We were right next to a lady selling Raw milk. She was giving out free samples to anyone that wanted to try it. You should have seen the looks on some of the faces. I have had Whole Raw Milk before so I didn't try it but I may the next time we are there. She sold out of all she had.

There were fruits and veggies galore there but I didn't have a chance to go and buy any. What drove me crazy all day was the smell of the Greek food that was drifting our way. I can eat some Greek food now. The pickle lady was there too and she makes the best pickles I have ever had. I got some free samples and plan on buying her out next time. I was a little dissapointed that we couldn't hear the band from our booth but I guess that may have been a blessing in disguise. I am sure it would have been hard to talk if the music had been louder.

I met some really nice people. There were people from all across America as well as France, Italy and Germany. I enjoy meeting people so it was a blast for me. I did talk so much that I now have a sore throat.

Sunday I played in the yard and got our plants in order. We put the day lilies out in rows and pulled some weeds. We almost have it all under control. I am making some artsy things too now for decorations. I will get some pictures taken soon. I was so busy I didn't have time to take any Saturday and Sunday the light just wasn't right. I think I figured out how to set my camera on "low light" now so hopefully that won't be a problem in the future.

Have a great day,

Greg

Friday, April 11, 2008

Short story Challenge

I got this from a dear friend named Cora. Her blog is called Maydens Voyage. She is the reason that I know that all of you out there are real. We actually met when she came to town and we spent some time together with our families.



Here is the deal. it is a challenge to write a short story using only 6 words. I am not that good at moving around and copying and all that so let me just give you the basics. Legend has it that it was a challenge originally given to one of my farorite authors; Ernest Hemingway. For his challenge he wrote: "Baby shoes for sale, never worn" Those 6 words tell a story. I wish I could write like that. But even though I am no match for him, I am going to give it a try. Oh you can include a picture too if you like so I am going to do that. If you want to know more about the challenge, check out her blog by clicking here. So here goes:





Where am I....................







Welcome home child.


That's it. You will have to figure it out for yourselves. Oh and I am sure my family was thinking that Dr. Seuss was my favorite author. Yuck yuck yuck.

Have a wonderful day,

Greg

Thursday, April 10, 2008

I'm Soooooooooo tired this morning

I tried to sleep on my back last night (as the doctor suggested) but that didn’t work with all this sinus drainage I have going on. I am ok when I am sitting up or propped up but laying flat on my back is defiantly the wrong thing to do. This will just have to wait until after allergy season. I woke up at 11 pm last night after only an hour and a half sleep, and needed to sit up so I went to the couch to try and sleep. I was drifting off when our cat; “Mr. T” decided to hop on the couch and much to his surprise there was a body there. He kept making noises until finally at 1:30 I decided to go back to bed and try sleeping again but this time on my side.

All was well and I drifted back off to sleep but then at 3 am, Mr. T decided it was too quiet in the house so he made his usual sign signifying that he wanted to go out. What he does is go over to the mini blinds and rattle them with his paw until someone gets up and lets him out. My wife did the honors but it woke me again and it took me another half hour to get back to sleep. I was finally sleeping well at 415 when my alarm went off.

On the way into work, I struggled to stay awake. (I need my coffee) I stopped at a busy intersection for a red light and started to drift off as I waited. Out of the corner of my sleepy eyes, I saw something green and knew the light must have turned. I saw cars ahead of me moving so I started out. The cars coming at me then turned right in front of me like I wasn’t even there. I thought what a bunch of fools. Don’t they know who has the right of way here? Then I looked up and saw that the green I saw was the turn arrow. Oops, sorry people. By then I was right in the middle of the intersection so I just continued on. That was a close call.

The part that really bothered me was that those people were going to let me hit them just because they had the right of way. When I thought I had the right of way and saw them in front of me, I hit the brakes to avoid hitting them. They on the other hand were willing to hit me just because they were legally right. That really bothers me. People will do what is legally right when what they are doing is morally right. If I had to sum up what I think is wrong with the world today it is that legal and moral issues are diverging. People do things because the “law” allows it when deep down they know (or should know) that it is wrong. I better get off my soap box before I get too deep but you all know what I am talking about.

For those keeping track of my progress, I finished Job. No I’m not quit my job, I finished reading Job and am now reading Psalms. I like Psalms much better. Job was kind of depressing. It reminded me of my least favorite movie: “It’s a Wonderful Life.” I mean the ending was good but the rest was depressing. I think there may be some copyright infringement going on here. The stories are too similar.


Have a great day,
Greg ZZZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

"They tried to take away my Reuben I said No No No!"

It’s hard to believe isn’t it? I had to draw the line somewhere though so I said No. I mean a man has to have something to look forward to and what could be better than a nice hot Reuben sandwich. Think about it. Hot pastrami, cheese, sauerkraut, special sauce, all piled high between two slices of toasted rye bread and served with a generous pile of ruffled potato chips and a slice of a deli pickle. That is heaven on a plate if you ask me. But alas I am banned from having my prized Reuben for at least a little while,




I decided to put them into my diet as an incentive for reaching a goal. I will use them as prizes when I lose weight and get my blood pressure down. By the way, I did drop my blood pressure 30 points just by watching what I was eating and stopping the allergy medication. So here is how my plan works:

This will be kind of like those school sales that they send home with your kids. For those that don’t have kids, you are really missing out on a lot of “fun” so let me fill you in. The school sends home this little packet of junk (oops I mean valuable merchandise) for your kids to sell. This is to make money for the school and instill school spirit in your child. I think the school makes about 10 cents for every dollar of merchandise the “children” sell. So you get this packet home and the first thing you notice in the instructions is that your children aren’t allowed to sell door to door. This means that the parents have to sell the stuff to friends and relatives. (So much for instilling school spirit).

The next thing you notice is that most of the items are way overpriced. For example, they have wrapping paper for 20.00 a roll which you could get at Walmart for 2.00. But what the heck you say, it is for a good cause so you find some to buy and alienate all your friends and relatives getting them to buy some. Usually you can scrape up about 100 dollars worth of orders. Then you get the great idea: If I am going to sell only 100.00 worth of stuff, why not just give the school 20.00 and they will be way ahead. Guess what, the school doesn’t want you to give them money, (we tried) they want you to go through the pain of selling the stuff so just go with it. Oh I almost forgot the point I was trying to make.

The more stuff your child sells, the bigger prizes he/she/you can win. For instance, if he/she/you sell 1000.00 worth of stuff, you get some bubble gum. And it goes up. When you child sells 10,000 worth of stuff they get a plastic yo-yo. I believe if he/she/you sell a million dollars worth of stuff you get a neat slinky or something like that. Pretty good isn’t it!

So that is how my diet is going to go. When I lose, 15 lbs I will get a Reuben sandwich. When I lose 30, I will get to go to Kim’s Japanese Restaurant. When I lose 45, its Starbucks time. Talk about goal oriented. I am on my way.


Have a great diet day.
Greg

Monday, April 7, 2008

STRESS!!!!

Sorry this is a day late but I didn’t get on my computer all day yesterday. One other thing that I am supposed to be working on is my stress level. I have always had too much stress in my life but I am trying to correct this problem. I am not making too many changes in this area but I am not letting myself get stressed over things I have no control over.

I had a really good Sunday. I am happy to report that the medications or lack of medications are working. I was able to play in my gardens most of the day with only minimal allergy irritation. Some people view working with plants as work but for me it is total relaxation. It is a way for me to unwind, clear my mind and relieve stress. I also feel like I am doing something positive when I grow plants.

Coincidently our sermon this week was about relieving stress. Our lives have gotten so hectic that we are under stress all week. Living for the weekend has gotten to mean working all week so that we can do home projects on the weekend. Years ago people worked all week so that they could spend time with their family and relax on the weekend. Now we work all week so we can work all weekend. No wonder so many people are stressing out and snapping.

I remember when I was a child we would take it easy on the weekends. We devoted one whole day to relaxing. It was the Sabbath and a time to slow down and give thanks. We usually slept late then headed out to Church. We started out with small group Bible study which was broken up into age groups. After bible study, everyone went into the main Church for the service. There was always “children’s time” during the service and the preacher would tell a short Bible story just for the kids. If it took a little longer than planned, that was ok. There was no time limit.

Following church we either stayed for a pot luck dinner or went to my grandmother’s house for dinner. After dinner we would just sit around and visit. While the adults were talking, the kids would go outside and play. My favorite thing to do was to go down to the ditch near my grandmother’s house and look for turtles. There were plenty of them there but they were too fast to catch. There was never any hurry to get back home. This was where we wanted to be. It was usually late when we did get back home and we would get cleaned up and then watch Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom.

These days, no one seems to be content with where they are. We are always trying to get someplace else. There never seems to be any end to the madness. We are always thinking about what is next or what tomorrow has to offer instead of enjoying what this moment has to offer. It’s like being at an amusement park and thinking about the next ride before you even had a chance to enjoy the one you are on. Sadly we have already missed many things by rushing through life but I am beginning to realize that I am where I want to be and it is time to slow down and enjoy life.

I am at work now and you know what? It is quiet and peaceful and it really is nice. I have nothing to complain about and I am very content with my life and where I am right now. I hope you are too.

Have a great day,
Greg

Friday, April 4, 2008

Too much of a good thing

My checkup didn’t go well last night. My blood pressure is out the roof. I was forced to take some drastic measures. I have too much blood pressure, too much weight and too many medications. There really are only three steps that I have to take.

1. Diet
2. Exercise
3. Quit taking everything.

The first two are bad enough but the third is what is killing me right now. When he said everything, he meant everything. That included my allergy medication and my coffee. I have to give my body several days to clean out and then I can slowly add things back in if they are something that I can’t live without. I know I can expect a caffeine-withdrawal headache in a few hours but so far so good. The doctor told me to take fish oil tablets. According to him, they may help with the allergies. I have been taking allergy medication for over thirty years now so I was expecting to wake up stuffed and congested.

I hate to say it but I actually feel pretty good right now. If I only had my coffee I could wake up but I know I can’t. I didn’t put much stock in the fish oil thing but like I said, I do feel pretty good right now. In fact, I feel better than I have all week. I will keep you posted on my progress in the next few days and let you know how my blood pressure reacts to these new changes. I only have until next week to start showing some improvment. If not, then I am on the BP meds which I really don't want to start taking.


My daughter had to spend another night in the hospital but is supposed to come home today. I think that was best anyway with three young kids at home. She wouldn’t have gotten any rest at all. Thanks again for all the well wishes and prayers.

It’s Friday, yea!!! And I don’t have to work this weekend. I plan on resting and doing some work in my gardens. I have a few chores to get done but not too many. I really just need to relax. I may just sleep all weekend since I can't have any coffee. Maybe I will get some fishing in as well. So many possibilities, so little time. I will have to get some exercise in so "look out road." Time to start jogging again. I will be taking some pictures too so get ready for that.

And speaking of Freaky Friday.....

Did everyone see where the "guy" is pregnant? He/she/it is actually a transvestite so technically it is just a freaky woman having a baby. Great idea guys, Bring up a child in an already confusing world and throw that at her. It is going to be a baby girl by the way. The proud father said she will be his little princess. Maybe she will say the same about her father once/if she grows up. I swear if they start talking breasts feeding I am going to vomit. What is this world coming to?

Have a great weekend
Greg

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Progress report

Good morning everyone. Thank you so much for your thoughts, well wishes and prayers for my daughter. She made it through the surgery nicely and was attempting to rest last night. She was in a lot of pain but on a lot of meds too and they seemed to be working. I had to cut our conversation short because she was falling asleep. Again thank you all for your thinking of us.

Have a Blessed day,
Greg

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Prayer Request

My daughter, Jessica is having gall bladder surgery this morning. Please keep her in your prayers.

Bless you,
Greg

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

"Enquiring minds want to know"

WARNING..THIS POST MAY BE OFFENISVE TO SOME PEOPLE. READ AT YOUR OWN RISK!!!!!

I have always been a Math and Science person. The reason is simple. In math and science everything is black and white. There is no grey areas like there are in English. Ok I did that on purpose. I know it should have been there aint no grey areas. (just kidding) I believe that everything is either: right or wrong, correct or incorrect. Not that I am a judge or anything like that but I believe in following the rules.

In the areas of math and science there are rules for anything and everything in the world must follow these rules to exist. One rule builds on another and that one supports the first one and everyone is happy. If A=B and B=C, then A=C; So simple and yet so true. E=MC² Now who can argue with that. If you have ever tried to give a cat a bath, you know that “all cats hate water.” Well except for those Turkish Van cats. Now wait just a minute. What happened to black and white? Ok so maybe science is not quite as concrete as I originally suggested but who can argue with “facts?”

The fact is that many times, science is able to “prove” theories by selecting and/or omitting information. If you select the right group of information, you can prove or disprove anything. Did you know that oxygen kills people? It’s a fact. Anyone that has ever breathed in oxygen has eventually died. Based on the facts I selected, this theory is proven, therefore it must be true. Oxygen must be really bad for us. Even though I am faced with these overwhelming facts, I will continue to breathe it. Hmmm, maybe I don’t believe it even though I know it is a “fact.”

As scientific technology gets better, there is more discussion about the origin of man. You can read it in the headlines almost daily. “Evidence found that supports evolution.” Scientists are convinced, based on overwhelming evidence that evolution is correct and we were not “created.” The evidence is 100% too. There isn’t any data that falls outside the norm…or is there? The truth is that lots of evidence is uncovered that doesn’t fit the evolution mold. When something like that is discovered, it is dismissed as bad or incorrect data and discarded. Now why would scientists do that you may ask? Why would a person not come forward when they find out that something they are trying to prove may not be accurate? The answer to that should be obvious.

With all the arguments going on, let me toss out a few facts to think about. I won’t get into the data dispute issue. Let’s just look at facts:

With all this great evidence available you would think that scientists would all agree on one theory but that isn’t the case. Just the other day, I saw a TV show talking about Mars. According to this “expert”, there is some evidence that life may have started on Mars. The theory is that tiny micro-organisms may have existed on Mars millions of years ago. Then something happened like a great explosion that caused a chunk of rock to get tossed into space. Then this chunk made it this way through space and finally hit earth. This micro-organism (attached to the rock) somehow managed to live through the explosion, no air in space, the intense heat when it entered the atmosphere and the blast of the impact as it hit earth. It then started reproducing and mutating and that is how I got here today to post this on my blog. That is so much easier to believe than “God created.” Not hardly.

If these people are so sure that evolution is correct then they must think that the Bible is wrong. If that is so then why do some of these people continue going to Church? The only way this is possible is for them to pick which parts of the Bible to believe and which parts to discard. This is the same method that got them the “solid” evidence to support evolution. Either you believe in God or you don’t. Either the Bible is fact or it is fiction. I know I wouldn’t be going to Church if I truly didn’t believe.

And speaking of believing; did you know that a long time ago, people were afraid to say the word “God?” That is why there are so many names for God. People who didn't even "believe" in God were afraid to say His name. Even today, if you bring up the subject of religion and God, people will leave. People are afraid of God. Why would you be afraid if you didn’t truly believe? Perhaps even with all the overwhelming evidence, there is still some doubt.

I am not disputing that fossils have been found. And I am not saying that I have all the answers. I am just saying that all this evidence just doesn’t add up and I, like many, have an Enquiring mind. I am able to think, reason and show compassion and that is something that could never evolve. And just where did all these thoughts come from? Hmmmm, I wonder? In my Book there is only one answer.


Have a Blessed day and keep Enquiring.
Greg