Saturday, January 31, 2009
Prior to this war and on a visit to New Orleans in 1846, General Scott was defeated at chess by eight-year old Paul Morphy. Scott was not amused. Though Scott was a Virginian, he maintained his loyalty to the United States when the Civil War wracked the nation. He is credited with the "Anaconda" plan by which the South was eventually strangled into submission.
Meantime, when the War Between the States started, Grandpa Lawson said, as did his general during the previous war, "I will not take up arms against the flag I fought under." It is said that he joined the Union forces; but while home on leave, he was betrayed by a relative, captured by the South and imprisoned at Andersonville. I visited Andersonville twelve years ago and sought to verify this. While I found Lawsons from Hawkins County, there was no record of Spencer Lawson having been there. It is a known fact, however, that wherever he was held he was paroled due to illness and records of which I have obtained copies show that he died in military hospital in Annapolis in 1864. His widow was eventually able to draw a pension for his service in the Mexican War amounting to twenty dollars a month.
Scott was the Whig Party nominee for President in 1852. He was defeated by Democrat Franklin Pierce. He died in 1866.
[Sources: Morrell-Palmer Family Records, National Archives,Wikipedia]
Friday, January 30, 2009
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Monday, January 19, 2009
1) Go to your picture collection.
2) Go to sixth folder.
3) Select and post sixth picture with its story.
5) Tag 5 other bloggers.
In July 2006 we drove to Colorado Springs from Indiana. While there, we got to visit this great granddaughter, Mikayla, whom we hadn't seen since she was a babe in arms. We took her, with her Mom and Dad to ta-da! Wendy's where ggp snapped this picture of a rather messy little girl. Thankfully, we have visited with her more recently.
Consider yourself 'tagged' if you wish to participate.
Sunday, January 18, 2009
One of you entomologists clue me in. Dr. Murt? Anyone?
The responsive reading was from Romans, chapter 8. Nothing can separate us from God's love.
Park Pastor Jose spoke about Jesus as a model for our prayer.
The prayer life of Christ:
1. Jesus prayed for empowerment. Matthew 4. If Jesus asked the Father for empowerment, how much more should we pray in this manner?
2. Jesus prayed at beginning of each day. Mark 1:35 Should we not start our day even as Christ started His?
3. Jesus prayed before making decisions. Luke 6:13 Do you pray before making important decisions? Do we pray when we are in crisis?
4. Jesus prayed for others (intercessory prayer). John 17. Christ prayed for himself, for his disciples and for all believers. Should we not do the same?
To live a Christian life is to model our lives after Christ. He was a model for our prayer life.
Friday, January 16, 2009
It has been suggested that I minimize the emphasis on the weather here, lest it seem like gloating; but we don't make the weather, we just go where we like it.
Edinburg is a thriving town of about 50,000 souls and is a center of agricultural enterprise, as the entire Rio Grande Valley is given to cropping, from truck produce to cotton to cane, melons to peaches, to whatever the farmer chooses to grow, more or less. Perhaps more cleverly, aragula to zucchini. Moreover, the entire Valley increases dramatically in population during the winter months, as the "Winter Texans" take up their temporary residence here. We are included.
The village was originally called Chapin after a Dennis Chapin. He, however, was involved in a homicide in a barroom in San Antonio in the early part of the twentieth century, and the residents of the town decided they needed a new name. It was named for the birthplace of one of the leading citizens, which was Edinburgh, Scotland. Don't know what happened to the aitch.
Edinburg is the seat of Hidalgo County and lies about 18 miles north of the river and probably forty miles west of Harlingen. (Based on memory of driving a couple of years ago. You check the map.)
Our park does not have cable TV, and we do not have a satellite dish, so it's "over the air." We receive nicely 27 channels. Fourteen of them are Spanish language.
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Sunday, January 11, 2009
Saturday, January 10, 2009
There is no snow, no freezing rain; but not much warmth, either. Temp about 34F. Goodnight.
Friday, January 9, 2009
Thursday, January 8, 2009
The birth date of Elvis Aron Presley, of course. There is nothing I can say in tribute to his contribution that his fans don't already know better than I; and there is nothing I can say to persuade the naysayers of the error of their ways. So we would wish the King a happy 74th birthday had he not departed this life so prematurely.
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
Entertained ourselves much of this day by watching the fal-di-rol played out in the halls of the government's legislative branch. The only thing approaching the pomposity of the principals in the drama is the self-importance & self-aggandizement of the talking heads commenting upon the show. @3ll, I'M not so smart, either. But BBBH did comment that either of us would be a better congressperson than 99.4% of the clowns in the hall. Yet we'd doubtless come up 225 votes short, or shy one sec'y of state signature. And our names can't be found amongst the eastern elite.
Arithmetic: Suppose there are 300 million of us. What percentage of that number is 535? Oh, yeah. Representation.
Monday, January 5, 2009
So this is a post about the night before Old Christmas. My mother's people were from the mountains of Appalachia and my parents lived there for several months when I was an infant. The Scotch/Irish settlers in these hills bore with them the traditions of their earlier lives; and they kept many of those traditions alive. Mama told me these tidbits about what I later came to know as Epiphany, a term not frequently used in the church milieu in which I was raised. She said that on the eve of Old Christmas, if one were able to sneak quietly to the barn or to the field in which the animals were, he would hear, precisely at the midnight hour, the beasts "praying," which is to say there would be a cacophony of animal voices, mooing, braying and baaing, and that the animals would in fact kneel in recognition of Christ's birth. Mama also told me that no matter how hard the ground might be frozen, the elder bushes would put forth new shoots on this night! Or so, she said, the people said.
Sunday, January 4, 2009
Clearly, the sermon speaks to the question How Old is God, but also it really is about eternity and where we will be during that part of it that occurs after our physical death. Life is the :"dressing room" for eternity. Our decisions we make here determine our eternal destination. Life is fragile. There is no guarantee of the time we have on earth. There is more to life than the here and now. When we close our eyes in death, we will open them either in heaven or in hell.
II. The human soul is eternal; a created beginning but with no end.
III. God's judgment is eternal.
They who live in Christ will hear "Well done, good and faithful servant." Those who put not their trust in Christ will hear "Depart from Me."
Christ has already suffered our death by taking our sins upon Himself.
Belief is a matter of the heart. With your mouth confess Jesus Christ as your savior and you shall have eternal life!
The Old Testament reading is from the prophet Jeremiah 31:7-14.
The Psalm is 147:12-20.
Today's Epistle is Ephesians 1:3-14 and
The Gospel is John 1:10-18.
Hear the word of the LORD, O ye nations, and declare it in the isles afar off, and say, He that scattered Israel will gather him, and keep him, as a shepherd doth his flock. Jer 31:10
And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. John 1:14
In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace; Eph. 1:7
Worship Him in spirit and in truth.