Blogging Children Christianity/Religion Medical/Technical My Home Photography Social Travel Weather/Nature Writing

The Face of This Blog

I surely can’t locate it for you, but somewhere during my extensive reading yesterday, I came across a gentleman’s writing in which he addressed his disappointment at the lack of personal blogs. “Used to be more,” he said, “but now there are few. I like personal blogs,” he continued as he went on to describe his enjoyment of sharing in the day of a blogosphere resident.

When I began writing here at WordPress, I was asked to describe the weblog and tell of its intent and purpose. It was hard for me to find a category that was a perfect fit. Would it be music, travel, social, family, religious, photography, political, bookish, medical, technical? (the technical question was easy: NO 🙂 ) Finally, at least in my mind, I decided I was writing a personal blog. And, now, as a seasoned blogger (I wonder, though, can just over three months of blogging earn the title seasoned blogger?), I am satisfied to call my blog a personal one.

However, I’m not sure yesterday’s writer would agree that my blog is personal, for a fair amount of these pages contains material about God, politics, family, photography, travel, medicine, current events, the sciences and the weather. I plead not guilty, though, of addressing the technical, and think I have spoken little of music and books, except for the Bible.

Since I am unaware of a tight definition of such, I persist, however, that this is a personal blog. I feel safe enough, for I have never heard that Matt of WordPress roves this nebulous sphere, and, in a wily mode, snatches away the page of such writer as would dare hold forth on ideas that reside outside his or her self-designated bailiwick.

Oh, yes, this is a personal blog. It is a blog of me, my ideas, my family, my fellow bloggers who both agree and disagree with me, my politics, my faith, my God, my beautiful grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and Jerry, my husband of 50 years, my 4 accomplished children, my home, my charming town of Crestline, my friends, my joys, my sorrows, my fears and concerns, my insight, my ethics, the lessons I’ve learned, the course corrections I’ve made, my warnings, my teachers, my speaking and traveling and Bible reading, my church, the preachers in my life, my garden, my defense of the Gospel, and my pride in my country, even as I acknowledge its imperfections.

Oh yes, this is a personal blog. For a person is not an empty form, nor a vacant entity. Rather, a person is a being of life, of thoughts, ideals and of mission.

Tags: blog, blogging, personal+blog, WordPress, blogosphere,

Blogging Travel Weather/Nature

Amazing photographs of rainbow

I thought I'd seen my share of amazing rainbow photographs until I saw this one.

Majestic and unspeakably grand, the rainbow is at once a source of beauty and of mystery. Merely by His Word, or perhaps with a wave of Spirit Hand, God set them.


"This is the token of the covenant which I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for perpetual generations:

I do set my bow in the cloud…and it shall come to pass…that the bow shall be seen in the cloud:

And I will remember my covenant…and the waters shall no more become a flood to destroy all flesh."

The Genesis

(Please click on this link to see these spectacular pictures. They load very fast.)

read more | digg story

Blogging Blogroll Christianity/Religion Uncategorized

Hit Number 3000

Yes, it happened a few minutes ago–the 3000th hit on my two month old blog. I'm astounded.

Thanks to all of you who have visited my blog, linked mine to your site, helped me when I had problems, agreed with me, disagreed with me, and especially to you who have made kind remarks about the quality of my writing, my standards, and my views on life. Here's to all of us as we cast about our words: As ready seeds, may they spring into a bountiful harvest of truth and beauty.

Blogging Internet Writing

Ten Reasons to Blog

It's been interesting during my short stint at blogging to consider my friends' responses at this news. "Blogging?"–with the question mark emphasized–was sometimes the wary response. Being the sweet creature I am, and not wanting to embarrass anyone, least of all my friends, I gently led them through a brief catechism of this unique way of Internet communication. I had emailed one of my friends–a savvy, intelligent friend, I must add–and had inserted a link to my new site. The link was broken, so she emailed in return to ask the web address, letting me know she didn't have a clue what I was talking about. She had gone to a dictionary to find the definition of blogging; not finding it there, she had resorted to a Google search.

Although I can't remember when I first heard the word blog, I know it must have been several years ago. I have maintained a simple website for a couple of years, but only in recent weeks, have I claimed a blog for myself. Actually, I find websites and blogs much alike, although of course, there are differences.

Why blog? Why do we? I've thought a fair amount about that in recent days, and want to share my list and a few comments.

1. It's fun. Although my thinking about it has changed drastically in my few days of blogging, I originally began blogging as a lark. An opportunity pounced on my screen, I snapped to it, and there…there was my blog.

2. It's a tremendous opportunity to share a message.
My casual, having-fun-self has delved into the deeper me, rooted around in my heart, and demanded that such opportunity to share faith must not be ignored. The world is crammed with every conceivable philosophy–from the most vile, to that of absolute, unmitigated truth and of ethereal beauty. My own experience is one of joy and fulfillment in knowing Jesus Christ. I want to share the good life I've been given. I plan to do this in an appealing, non-preachy, uplifting manner. It is my hope that one or two persons, somewhere on this globe, may say, "That's a rather neat way to live. Think I'll check it out." This is why I blog.

3. It's an outlet for creative writing.

4. It serves as therapy for some who need a place to "vent."

5. It's a way of forming friendships around the world.

6. It's a way to procure a job.

7. It's a way to earn money. The April 16 Boston Globe says, "Blogging is good for careers."

8. Several people can work on a joint venture.

9. Blogging is educational. On a blog called, Silence is Foo, an interesting remark was cited: "The comments (I read on a blog) were a semester's worth of education on this subject."

10. It curtails loneliness.

That's my list, although I could go on. What say you?

Key words: blogging, loneliness, Christianity, earn money, Boston Globe, educational, friendships, creative writing

Blogging Christianity/Religion Internet Writing

Diluting the Evil of the Internet by Christian Blogging

Within my circle of friends, family and colleagues, it is well accepted that the Internet is fraught with evil influence and with an excessive amount of vile content. Books have been written to this point and countless sermons have been preached. Seminar presentations have been spoken and position papers have been written. It seems clear to those of moral integrity that the Internet is a media which calls for cautious and intense scrutiny.

Having said that, and more to the point of this post, is the understanding that the Internet is an incredibly powerful tool–both for evil, but also for good. Indeed, the Internet has virtually changed our world. Consider that only a few years ago, the word Google was unknown. "Let's Google that," said to someone of recent generations would have produced a quizzical look, with not a modicum of understanding. A foreign language would have been spoken.
(It is interesting to note that even the spell checker here, questions the word Google.)

I try not to run on about it, but I have yet to get past my awe at such a tool as the Internet. That I can sit at my desk and access the libraries of the world, astounds me. That with a few keystrokes, I can post words that reach around the globe, gain information and cultivate new friendships is simply amazing.

Although, I am certainly not an experienced blogger, having only written posts for two months, today I am making a definite call for good people to flood the Internet. Let us make a statement of morality, impeccable speech, beauty, integrity and godliness. I hope I am not "preaching to the choir", for I know there are excellent Christian sites already here, and you may be the only ones reading this. Let us hope, though, for a flood of well-written uplifting material that will dilute and finally swallow up the ugliness and ungodliness on the Internet.

Tags: internet, blogging, godliness, Christianity, evil, morality, Google