Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Hamper hiding

Guess who was sleeping on top of the dirty clothes in my hamper?  The closet door was open (as usual), and I noticed a tiny spot of yellow pivot to LOOK at me as I reached for a shirt hanging above the hamper.  Would you have spotted my black cat on top of the navy blue?  I almost didn't, until she looked up at me.  She is totally hidden . in . plain . sight!  She seemed to think she was in trouble, so I said, "Good girl!"  I hope she was comfy.  When I left to go to my exercise class, Clawdia was still there.  Now I wonder if that's where she's been "hidden" when I've searched for her unsuccessfully on occasion.  Hmm.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Two more books ~ on TWOsday

Genesis and the Big Bang: The Discovery of Harmony Between Modern Science and the Bible ~ by Gerald L. Schroeder, 1990, religion/science
In this groundbreaking book, physicist Gerald Schroeder takes on skeptics from both sides of the cosmological debate, arguing that science and the Bible are not at odds concerning the origin of the universe.
The Hidden Face of God: How Science Reveals the Ultimate Truth ~ by Gerald L. Schroeder, 2001, religion/science
In a timely fusion of science and faith, the scientist and popular writer Gerald L. Schroeder explains why cutting-edge scientific theories point to a great plan underlying the universe.
A couple of weeks ago, I told you about getting this book from the library:
The Science of God: The Convergence of Scientific and Biblical Wisdom ~ by Gerald L. Schroeder, 1997, religion/science
The top two books were already on my own bookshelves.  I bought and read Genesis and the Big Bang in the first week of February 1992.  I bought The Hidden Face of God in December 2001, but haven't read it yet.  I'm finally reading The Science of God (yes, the one from the library), and yes, they are all by the same author.

As I was writing this blog post, I skimmed some of the passages I had underlined in Genesis and the Big Bang and noticed that (1) each underlined part still interests me and (2) I didn't specifically remember having underlined it.  I usually remember whole passages for a long time, usually years.  That's when I looked back to see when I'd read the book.  What?!?  It's been 25 years?!?  (From 1992 to 2017.)  No wonder I didn't remember each quote!

Isn't time interesting?  I had underlined a couple of places about "the great supernova of February 1987" (pp. 79 and 83), which had occurred five years before I read that book.  What was I doing at THAT time?  It was my last semester of seminary, and I was appointed as pastor of my first church a few months later.

Chapter 2 is about "Stretching Time," so I looked there to find a suitable quote for this post.  I chose this one from page 45 about the fact that "gravity ... causes time dilation":
"A clock on the Moon runs more rapidly than the same clock when on the Earth because the Moon has less gravity than the Earth."

Friday, July 28, 2017

Beginning ~ at the end of innocence

The Physician ~ by Noah Gordon, 1986, historical fiction (Persia)
"These were Rob J.'s last safe and secure moments of blessed innocence, but in his ignorance he considered it hardship to be forced to remain near his father's house with his brothers and his sister."
I'm ready to start reading this novel, having decided the one I'm slogging through now is so annoyingly awful that I'm rating it DNF (Did Not Finish) and tossing it aside.  This one sounds more interesting.
An orphan leaves Dark Ages London, taking a dangerous journey and posing as a Jew to study medicine in Persia.  A child holds the hand of his dying mother and is terrified, aware something is taking her.  Orphaned and given to an itinerant barber-surgeon, Rob Cole becomes a fast-talking swindler, peddling a worthless medicine.  But as he matures, his strange gift — an acute sensitivity to impending death — never leaves him, and he yearns to become a healer.  Arab madrassas are the only authentic medical schools, and he makes his perilous way to Persia.  Christians are barred from Muslim schools, but claiming he is a Jew, he studies under the world’s most renowned physician, Avicenna.  The Physician is the first book in Noah Gordon’s Dr. Robert Cole trilogy, which continues with Shaman and concludes with Matters of Choice.

Gilion at Rose City Reader hosts Book Beginnings on Fridays.  Click here for today's Mister Linky.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Wednesday Words ~ see Spot run

Can you believe a three-letter word has at least 645 meanings?  It's the word "run."  I remember learning to read that word in the first grade in my Dick and Jane reader.  "See Spot run" has become a catch phrase.

And then there's "Run, Forrest, run!"  (Click to watch the video of Forrest Gump's long, long run, which lasted 3 years, 2 months, 14 days, and 16 hours, he says.)

That's only ONE kind of running.  Editors of the Oxford English Dictionary say "run" is the most complicated word in the English language.  Think of these other uses of the word:  run up a large debt, run a company, run to the store (in your car, not on foot), run out of mayonnaise, the long run of a Broadway musical, run your children to school, a trial run, and a run on banks in the 1930s.  Water can run over the brim of a cup, and waiting to be seated at a good restaurant may run half an hour or more.  And now I've run out of pithy examples, except maybe a running joke, which differs from a running total.

Let me leave you with a running pun.  I'm punny like that.  Do notice, however, the name has two Rs in it.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

TWOsday ~ tow truck

Today, TWOsday means roadside assistance TWICE.  First, Geico sent a guy to jump my car and get it started.  When the faltering power felt odd to me, I asked him to follow me to my auto repair shop, which he agreed to do.  I got out of the parking lot and halfway into the street, when my car gave up completely.  The young man re-attached his cables and box so I could back into our parking lot (out of the street) and wait ― again ― for rescue.  The second time, they sent this tow truck.

I had to pull myself up into the very high cab, using two handles inside the cab.  I did it!  Even though I'm 77 and the first step was a couple of feet off the ground and the second (and last) step another couple of feet up.  I managed to climb into that tow truck.  Now my car is at the shop, waiting "her" turn for the repairmen to get around to looking for her problem.  It wasn't simply the battery, but the fellow who jumped me off said it could be the alternator.  We shall see.  I just hope it doesn't cost me an arm and a leg.

What?  Of course, it's a "she."  My car's name is Emma Sue Baru.  Yes, try saying it out loud a time or "TWO."

Monday, July 24, 2017

Mailbox Monday ~ one book

The DASH Diet Younger You: Shed 20 Years ― and Pounds ― in Just 10 Weeks ~ by Marla Heller, 2014
The DASH diet ― the most trusted name in diets ― has helped millions of people lower blood pressure, lose weight, and improve their health.  Now it can help you look and feel 20 years younger.  Marla Heller has developed a program with five age-defying strategies that can halt and even reverse many of the effects of aging by improving blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood sugar.  In just 10 weeks, you can:
  • Reverse the diseases of aging.
  • Fortify and rejuvenate hair and skin.
  • Revitalize and strengthen bones, muscles, and joints.
  • Improve heart health and blood pressure.
  • Lose weight, especially in the tummy.
  • Look and feel younger, healthier, and slimmer.

This is the only book I've gotten in the mail in ages.  I've been adding books to my Kindle instead.

Visit the Mailbox Monday website to find links to posts by all the other participants.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Sunday Salon ~ Clawdia's gotcha day

Clawdia moved in with me exactly two years today.  She was scared and scrawny, as I mentioned last year.  This photo proves she has taken over.  Tonight, I was stretched out on my bed tapping away on my laptop, when she decided I wasn't paying attention to her and remedied that by stretching across me, positioning herself between me and the offending machine that took my attention away from her.  She wanted to go for another walk in the hallway, and I kept telling her we'd already been and I wasn't going again tonight.  Didn't matter; she wants what she wants!

Books completed since last week

64.  Burning Sky: A Novel of the American Frontier ~ by Lori Benton, 2013, fiction (New York), 9/10
"That was my place for hiding books."  "Why did you need to hide them?  Did your parents disapprove of your reading?"  "Oma did not like it.  My grandmother," she explained ... "She would hide my books if she found them lying about, so I hid them from her.  Oma thought reading another word for idleness.  I was going to the lake to read when the warriors found me" (loc. 778).
65.  The Jericho Iteration ~ by Allen Steele, 1994, 2013, fiction (Missouri), 10/10
"So ... what high school did you go to?"  It's an old St. Louis line, akin to asking a New Englander about the weather" (loc. 1373).
Newest books I've bought
  • A Shift in Time: How Historical
    Documents Reveal the Surprising Truth about Jesus
    ~ by Lena Einhorn, 2016, religion
  • The Physician ~ by Noah Gordon, 1986, fiction
  • Dawn: Book One of the Xenogenesis Trilogy ~ by Octavia E. Butler, 1987, fiction
  • Before Ever After ~ by Samantha Sotto, 2011, fiction
  • Escape ~ by Carolyn Jessop, 2007, memoir (Utah)
Library books
  • The Science of God: The Convergence of Scientific and Biblical Wisdom ~ by Gerald L. Schroeder, 1997, religion/science
  • The Genesis Enigma: Why the First Book of the Bible Is Scientifically Accurate ~ by Andrew Parker, 2009, religion/science
  • Angels and Ages: A Short Book about Darwin, Lincoln, and Modern Life ~ by Adam Gopnik, 2009, history
Bloggers gather in the Sunday Salon — at separate computers in different time zones — to talk about our lives and our reading.