Summer Fades Fast

aarts_copyright_2015_tiger_lillies_01Okay, so the summer solstice has officially arrived, but we Pennsylvanians know that the season is technically half over for us. Summer kicks off June 21st with Fall not officially beginning until September 23rd. However, by September, the vacations are wrapping up, kids are getting ready to start a new school year, lawn furniture gets put away and leaf rakes are readied to assist in the grand harvest of brilliant deciduous tree foliage. Continue reading “Summer Fades Fast”

Life and Death

copyright_aarts_2015_king_of_the_rockSpring is such a joyous time for me. The sunshine, the warmth, the freedom to be outdoors without bulky winter gear . . . Oh, and did I say sunshine? I crave the long hours of daylight that spring and summer bring.

Activity at the bird feeder changes from an occasional visit by an overwintering feathered friend to a busy local diner visited by sparrows, brown-headed cowbirds, European starlings, cardinals, rock doves (pigeons), a pileated and red-bellied woodpecker (maybe there is more than one of each), ducks and even rabbits. I have only seen one squirrel in our decade of living here, and he was not able to get up to the prize that awaited him at the bird feeder. Although when I did see him the first time, he was standing upright with his right fore paw having a firm grip on the feeder pole like he was an explorer who staked a claim to the mother lode. Continue reading “Life and Death”

Your Thoughts and How They Lead to Action or Inaction

I remember studying information about the human nervous system. I found it interesting to learn about the withdrawal reflex. It is a protective mechanism that engages when we do things such as touch a hot surface. When I touched my forearm against the side of a hot oven while retrieving a pizza, I did not have to think about pulling my arm away. The withdrawal reflex designed into my body took care of it. What is really interesting is that my brain did not really participate in pulling my arm away. It was my spine. Continue reading “Your Thoughts and How They Lead to Action or Inaction”

If You Are a Worrier, Read This!

I have no idea if anyone else has noticed or used this in teaching biblical principles before, but my wife pointed out something to me that was quite interesting. It was some time ago she did this, but I wrote it down on a piece of paper to not forget it. I discovered it again today when going through a stack of papers on my desk. It is really simple yet quite profound. Continue reading “If You Are a Worrier, Read This!”

Sally is Still With Us

Our dog Sally has kidney disease. It progressed from being mild to end-stage in about a month. She is still with us, but she is not eating like she used to. We give her subcutaneous fluids since she no longer drinks enough water. She is still acting normal except for the reduced food and water intake. Her weight is slowly going down. Right now we are spending extra time with her, and it is difficult to work as much as we need to when our minds are on her. That is part of the reason the regular posts to our website have slowed.

We are asking all those who believe in Jesus as their Savior to pray for us and Sally.

Thank you.

Sally’s Battle With Three Cancers and Kidney Disease

One of Sally's SubQ IV solution bags. We gave her fluids under her skin at home when her kidney disease worsened.
One of Sally’s SubQ IV solution bags. We gave her fluids under her skin at home when her kidney disease worsened.

Toward the end of October 2014 our dog Sally was diagnosed with mild kidney disease. Sally has battled three cancers too. In fact, it was at the time of diagnosis of her third cancer that the kidney disease was discovered.

Sally’s first cancer led to an amputated toe. She recovered from that like a trooper. She never really missed a beat being her silly self while her foot healed up. We have always referred to her as our endless source of entertainment. Continue reading “Sally’s Battle With Three Cancers and Kidney Disease”