stemless lady slipper
small white lady slipper
it's been a long time...
Can you read this?
Can you read this?
Olny srmat poelpe can.
I cdnuolt blveiee taht I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd
waht I was rdanieg. The phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid,
aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn't
mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny
iprmoatnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be in the
rghit pclae. The rset can be a taotl mses and you can sitll
raed it wouthit a porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid
deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe.
Amzanig huh? yaeh and I awlyas tghuhot slpeling was ipmorantt!
don't waste... your cancer
John Piper had surgery a couple of weeks ago on his prostate cancer. His website posted about the situation, and have some very good words on the subject from pastor Piper:
"Cancer is not wasted when it is healed by God. He gets the glory and that is why cancer exists."
a very touching story
Read the whole article and watch a video HERE.
It took four minutes. Four measly minutes for high school senior Jason McElwain to morph from a relatively unknown student manager of the Greece Athena basketball team into a nationwide inspiration.In those 240 seconds, the 5-foot-6 kid with autism, in his first-ever appearance in a high school game, scored 20 points and tied a school record with six 3-pointers.
A lot about J-Mac reminds me of my little sister (in-law) Amy, who has Down Syndrome. She really is just like all the other kids, and she has an athletic streak about her too. I would not be surprised if some day she is a special olympics swimming champion -- or homecoming queen -- because all of her classmates really care for her, just like they would any other friend as cool as Amy.
a minnesota predator
I love pitcher plants. They are really bizzare looking, and are not easy to find. They grow along with lots of other cool plants like orchids. I really want to get a few of them growing in my bog garden.
dreaming of spring
Last fall I got a used kiddie swimming pool which I buried to that the top of it is level with the ground. Once our ground thaws, I am going to fill it with a mix of clean sand and dried peat moss. I am going to connect my rain gutter down spout to the pool, so that it stays wet most of the time. This will create the perfect environment to grow some of my favorite plants - if it works as planned! The photo above is a pitcher plant (Sarracenia purpurea). I also hope to grow some orchids, sphagnum moss, sedges, and other rare plants.
marfa marfa marfa
Grandma Rose was the best of travel companions. We were like the 3 amigos. I don't think any one of us would have gone on the trip if one of the other 3 hadn't. Kate is a sculptor and recently rennovated an old gas station into her studio and living space, and it was very fun to see.
One of the highlights for me was a personal encounter with the Marfa Lights. The three of us, Kate, my aunt, and Kate's brother drove out on the lonely highway east of Marfa at about 11:00 one night at the chance that we might see them. TxDOT build a really nice "observatory station" at the side of the road. We walked out to the viewing platform, and almost immediately detected the strange lights on the horizon. They were like little radio tower lights that danced around, changed colors, moved rapidly, appeared and disappered - all from out in the middle of nowhere in the Chihuahuan Desert. The phenomenon is unexplained and has been observerd for at least a hundred years. It was very, very cool.
Lord, thank you for all of the gifts you have graciously given to me. Thank you for my health, for my job, and for the ability you have given me to work and provide for my family. Please give me patience and help me to finish today diligently. Thank you for your word, and for reminding me that I am your servant even when I am at my job. Help me to glorify you in what I do and to honor your Name in front of my co-workers.