But how can it be Oct. 31st/Halloween already?
At least it gives me a reason to use my favorite colors today. 🙂
Today’s header photo is Spooky/Scary birds, ton’s of ’em in fact. The sun was setting and the lake was already in shadow. The whole flock flew over us and landed in the sunlit tree to catch the last of its rays for the day. The tree looked orange in the fading light. Beautiful, and quite a sight to see. They’re cormorants I believe.
How many did you count in the header photo?
Here’s another Spooky/Scary bird, or at least he thought so. 🙂
On this day in 1517 Martin Luther posted the 95 Theses on the door of the Wittenberg Palace Church.
In 1860 Juliette Low, the founder off the Girl Scouts, was born.
In 1868 Postmaster General Alexander Williams Randall approved a standard uniform for postal carriers.
In 1941 the U.S. Navy destroyer Reuben James was torpedoed by a German submarine near Iceland
And in 1968 President Lyndon B. Johnson ordered a halt to all U.S. bombing of North Vietnam.
Quote of the Day
“Friendship is the golden thread that ties the heart of all the world.”
It’s this guy’s birthday. What’s scary is that this was ever popular. 😯
Yeah it’s the short version because I can only take so much. 🙂
And it’s Dex Alexander’s too.
What‘s your favorite color?
It’s Friday, so please remember to pray for Mumsee, Mike, and the young folks at the Nest.
Anyone else have something to share?
18 Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law.
19 I am a stranger in the earth: hide not thy commandments from me.
20 My soul breaketh for the longing that it hath unto thy judgments at all times.
21 Thou hast rebuked the proud that are cursed, which do err from thy commandments.
22 Remove from me reproach and contempt; for I have kept thy testimonies.
23 Princes also did sit and speak against me: but thy servant did meditate in thy statutes.
24 Thy testimonies also are my delight and my counselors.
25 My soul cleaveth unto the dust: quicken thou me according to thy word.
26 I have declared my ways, and thou heardest me: teach me thy statutes.
27 Make me to understand the way of thy precepts: so shall I talk of thy wondrous works.
28 My soul melteth for heaviness: strengthen thou me according unto thy word.
29 Remove from me the way of lying: and grant me thy law graciously.
30 I have chosen the way of truth: thy judgments have I laid before me.
31 I have stuck unto thy testimonies: O Lord, put me not to shame.
32 I will run the way of thy commandments, when thou shalt enlarge my heart.
33 Teach me, O Lord, the way of thy statutes; and I shall keep it unto the end.
34 Give me understanding, and I shall keep thy law; yea, I shall observe it with my whole heart.
35 Make me to go in the path of thy commandments; for therein do I delight.
36 Incline my heart unto thy testimonies, and not to covetousness.
37 Turn away mine eyes from beholding vanity; and quicken thou me in thy way.
38 Stablish thy word unto thy servant, who is devoted to thy fear.
39 Turn away my reproach which I fear: for thy judgments are good.
40 Behold, I have longed after thy precepts: quicken me in thy righteousness.
41 Let thy mercies come also unto me, O Lord, even thy salvation, according to thy word.
Today’s header photo is quite possibly the coolest bird I’ve ever seen. I looked over the side of a bridge and there he was, hunting at the edge of the lake about 10 feet away. I took a bunch of pics and he never moved. Here are a few more.
Click the pics for a larger view.
On this day in 1831 escaped slave Nat Turner was apprehended in Southampton County, VA, several weeks after leading the bloodiest slave uprising in American history.
In 1938 Orson Welles’ “The War of the Worlds” aired on CBS radio.
In 1943 a declaration was signed by the Governments of the Soviet Union, the United Kingdom, the United States and China called for an early establishment of an international organization to maintain peace and security.
And in 1993 Martin Fettman, America’s first veterinarian in space, performed the world’s first animal dissections in space, while aboard the space shuttle Columbia.
Quote of the Day
“Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.”
Today is Bryan Goggin’s birthday.
And it’s Grace Slick’s too. I can’t help it. It’s the first thing that comes to mind whenever I hear her name.
Now good luck trying to get it out of your head. 😯
Anyone have a QoD?
Today is Thursday, so please remember Jo and the folks in PNG.
Anyone else have something to share?
¹Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the Lord.
2 Blessed are they that keep his testimonies, and that seek him with the whole heart.
3 They also do no iniquity: they walk in his ways.
4 Thou hast commanded us to keep thy precepts diligently.
5 O that my ways were directed to keep thy statutes!
6 Then shall I not be ashamed, when I have respect unto all thy commandments.
7 I will praise thee with uprightness of heart, when I shall have learned thy righteous judgments.
8 I will keep thy statutes: O forsake me not utterly.
9 Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word.
10 With my whole heart have I sought thee: O let me not wander from thy commandments.
11 Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.
12 Blessed art thou, O Lord: teach me thy statutes.
13 With my lips have I declared all the judgments of thy mouth.
14 I have rejoiced in the way of thy testimonies, as much as in all riches.
15 I will meditate in thy precepts, and have respect unto thy ways.
16 I will delight myself in thy statutes: I will not forget thy word.
17 Deal bountifully with thy servant, that I may live, and keep thy word.
Ten games. Ten weeks into the season. But so far, no one has gotten all ten games correct. Several times someone got 9 of ten. Gotta love college football when it is difficult to be 100% accurate in predicting the outcome of ten games. So, without further ado, here are our ten choices. (Boise State doesn’t play this week, so Idaho is represented by the not-as-good Vandals.)
Get your guesses in by Saturday, Nov. 1 @ 11:30AM EDT.
1. Air Force @ Army – The battle for the Commander-in-Chief Trophy comes to West Point. Air Force can clinch it with a win, having beaten Navy already.
2. Purdue @ #17 Nebraska – B1G game? Not really.
3. #4 Auburn @ #7 Ole Miss – Big game? Yes, indeed.
4. Kentucky @ Mizzou – I suppose you could call this a border battle, even though the border is short (I am not even sure if there is anyway to get from MO to KY without going through IL or TN.)
5. #24 Duke @ Pittsburgh – The
Demon Deacons are in the Top 25! (Yawn. They have a weak schedule.)
(EDITOR’S NOTE) (That’s Blue Devils Peter. The Demon Deacons are from Wake Forest. And don’t be hatin’)
6. Tennessee @ South Carolina – Chas might be pleased with the result of this one.
7. #14 Arizona @ #25 UCLA – Another test for the Wildcats. The PAC-12 South is on the line. 4 of 6 in the Top 25. 5 of 6 could claim the South title.
8. Arkansas State @ Idaho – How do these Sun Belt Conference teams pay their travel expenses?
9. Pillow Fight: Georgia State @ Appalachian State – The Sun Belt also has a lot of bad teams. These two are a combined 3-12. (And Idaho is 1-6.)
10. Tie Breaker (pick winner and score): #10 TCU @ #20 West Virginia – By Ricky’s request. A Big 12 showdown between #2 and #3 in the conference.
Disclaimer: There is no prize other than bragging rights and the opportunity to pick the next Tie Breaker game. Winner determined after all games are played.
On this day in 1682 William Penn landed at what is now Chester, PA.
In 1863 the International Committee of the Red Cross was founded.
In 1929 America’s Great Depression began with the crash of the Wall Street stock market.
And in 1966 the National Organization for Women was founded.
Quote of the Day
“Let the world know you as you are, not as you think you should be, because sooner or later, if you are posing, you will forget the pose, and then where are you?”
Today is Michael Passon’s birthday.
Anyone have a QoD?
It’s Wednesday, so please don’t forget the Gambia.
Anyone else have a request or a praise they’d like to share?
17 I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the Lord.
18 The Lord hath chastened me sore: but he hath not given me over unto death.
19 Open to me the gates of righteousness: I will go into them, and I will praise the Lord:
20 This gate of the Lord, into which the righteous shall enter.
21 I will praise thee: for thou hast heard me, and art become my salvation.
22 The stone which the builders refused is become the head stone of the corner.
23 This is the Lord‘s doing; it is marvellous in our eyes.
24 This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.
25 Save now, I beseech thee, O Lord: O Lord, I beseech thee, send now prosperity.
26 Blessed be he that cometh in the name of the Lord: we have blessed you out of the house of the Lord.
27 God is the Lord, which hath shewed us light: bind the sacrifice with cords, even unto the horns of the altar.
28 Thou art my God, and I will praise thee: thou art my God, I will exalt thee.
29 O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.
What’s interesting in the news today?