Happy Sunday: Back to Basics Edition

Our Father, who art in heaven,

hallowed be thy name.

Thy Kingdom come,

thy will be done,

on earth as it is in heaven

Give us this day our daily bread.

And forgive us our trespasses,

as we forgive those who trespass against us.

And lead us not into temptation,

but deliver us from evil.

For thine is the kingdom,

the power and the glory.

for ever and ever.


The winter will lose its cold,

as the snow will be without whiteness,

The night without darkness,

the heavens without stars,

the day without light,

The flower will lose its beauty,

all fountains their water,

the sea its fish,

the tree its birds,

the forest its beasts,

the earth its harvest –

All these things will pass before

anyone breaks the bonds of our love,

And before I cease caring for you in my heart.

May your days be happy in number as flakes of snow,

May your nights be peaceful,

and may you be without troubles.

france – matthew of rievaulx – 13th century


Happy Sunday: Love Edition

The Lord bless you and keep you;
The Lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you;
The Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.
 blessing – bible – numbers 6:24-26

If I speak in the tongues of men and angels, but have not love,
I have become sounding brass or a tinkling cymbal.And if I have prophecy and know all mysteries and
all knowledge, and if I have all faith so as to remove mountains,
but have not love, I am nothing.
And if I dole out all my goods, and
if I deliver my body that I may boast
but have not love, nothing I am profited.

Love is long suffering,
love is kind,
it is not jealous,
love does not boast,
it is not inflated.

It is not discourteous,
it is not selfish,
it is not irritable,
it does not enumerate the evil.

It does not rejoice over the wrong,
but rejoices in the truth

It covers all things, it has faith for all things,
it hopes in all things, it endures in all things.

Love never falls in ruins;
but whether prophecies, they will be abolished; or
tongues, they will cease; or
knowledge, it will be superseded.

For we know in part and we prophecy in part.

But when the perfect comes, the imperfect will be superseded.

When I was an infant,
I spoke as an infant, I reckoned as an infant;
when I became [an adult],
I abolished the things of the infant.

For now we see through a mirror in an enigma, but then face to face.
Now I know in part, but then I shall know
as also I was fully known.

But now remains faith, hope, love, these three;
but the greatest of these is love.

 1 corinthians 13:1-13


Happy Sunday: Watch Out and Check Your Computer Edition




A virus protection system was set up to firewall hundreds of thousands of computers that were infected with a “Doomsday virus”.

The U.S. government rounded up the hackers and stopped the virus last year. The virus rerouted infected computers through illegal servers, leading users to fake websites. In the end, hackers stole about $14 million.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) wanted to allow plenty of time for consumers and service providers to locate and fix the virus, so they switched infected computers to virus free servers late last year.

This article  will give  a detailed description of the process.

Infected computers were rerouted through clean government servers. Non infected computers were not routed through the clean servers.

The clean servers were a temporary measure. The servers will  shut down on July 9, ending all protections. This is what is being wrongly called the “Doomsday” virus.

On July 9, infected computers will be routed through an older access system that is as slow as a “rotary dial version of the Internet”.

Many people still do not know that they have infected computers, so spread this word.






Check your computers at:

The FBI DNS Changer Virus Check Up page.

The page will immediately display a red symbol if your  computer is infected. Take action before the clean servers shut down on July 9.

If  green notice comes up, your computer is not infected.

Comcast customers can check their computers here.

Get good antivirus and keep it updated. Scan every week at least.

For low income Microsoft computer users, Microsoft Security Essentials has gotten a good review and can be downloaded for free!




According to Discovery News and GeekSquad UK, the malware is called “DNS Changer Trojan” or “Alureon” and was launched in 2007.

The malware infected windows and MAC computers.  4 million computers that were affected  worldwide,  with 500,000  in the United States alone.

The Trojan diverted victims to scam websites where hackers stole $14 million. The hackers, based in Estonia,  operated for about 4 years before they were caught.

Immediately shutting down the bad servers would have caused serious problems, so the U.S. government decided to set up clean servers and route the infected computers through them.

The clean servers have been protecting infected computers since then.

Many victims never knew that their computers were infected or that they were running through any kind of special Internet servers.

There will be more of these viruses, so make sure that you install and update the best anti virus.

Happy Sunday, The Great Storm Edition

This is a very interesting discussion at Hub Pages.

Someone asked “After the Great Flood, How was the world populated?”

Here is information about “Atmospheric Rivers”. They are the explanation for the “Great Storm”

Here is more from Daily Kos

The rest seems to be about the people who did not die in any flood. There were plenty of people outside of Noah’s part of the world so there were plenty of people who were alive and waiting for him and his family.

Happy Sunday: Father’s Day Edition

Fathers who do the right thing or who do the best that they can for their children deserve a day of recognition. They deserve breakfast in bed;  a day of no do-it-yourself projects; and a day free of their loved ones nagging and whining for more.

Fathers are loved more than they ever  know. Fathers stay with us and are with us more than we ever know.

Happy fathers day

Here is what the bible says about the good father.


Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.

–Ephesians 6:4

Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.

–Proverbs 22:6


Here are some excellent father’s day stories, remembrances and tributes that are worth reading.

Jmac talks about doing the best he can with what he knows.

Myriad writes about her very unique situation growing up with her adoptive father.

Linnnn has a story about a father’s joke gone slightly the wrong way.


Here is some great Spyro Gyra YouTube music for Dads Day!

This is fantastic!


I love plastic animals and I enjoy setting up faux dramas on unlikely surfaces. The color is a bit off, so I’ll scan the study later and replace this image. I believe I’ll head toward this general offbeat theme with occasional scenarios that involve my garden. This was done with oil based printing ink as a monoprint. I later worked back into it with a mechanical pencil for a measure of control. (…and I am still two drawings behind! arghh!) The script narrates the action and my thoughts about it. At some point I was reflecting on the work of Mu Chi, especially his piece including persimmons…but this is nothing like that. 🙂  Here are some close-ups! I prefer them to the entire piece.



Here’s the entire drawing:

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