Clouds and Weather Predictions

Cumulonibus Have you ever wondered how to predict the weather by watching the clouds? Yesterday I wrote on how recognize the basic cloud types, and today I want to share what each type of cloud has to say about the weather. Obviously, we all know that the rolling, towering “thunderheads” like those above foretell heavyweather, … Continue reading Clouds and Weather Predictions

Failing to Expect the Obvious…and Getting Prepared for Next Time!

                  In Puntarenas, Costa Rica, you can walk right off the ship,  and there are excellent beaches close by, so it was a little hard to resist just spending the day swimming.  However, we wanted some adventure we couldn’t experience in America,  so we opted for a skywalk through the jungle  canopy of the Villa … Continue reading Failing to Expect the Obvious…and Getting Prepared for Next Time!

The Armstrong Archives (91): The Highs and Lows of Residency Grind

Saturday, August 23, 1980 We made it down to Daytona in a record twenty-four hours! I had twenty-eight hours of tapes to keep the fans content, and Jonny Brown Bear played on our laps or sat in his car seat. [This was in the days before mandatory seat belt laws.] You’ve just got to come … Continue reading The Armstrong Archives (91): The Highs and Lows of Residency Grind

Misty Mackinac Island Memories

Alan’s birthday is June 5, so I usually take him to Mackinac Island in time for the June lilac festival, which lasts 10 days (for 2013 about June 6-16).  However, this year I saw an incredible promo in “Travel Zoo” for the Island House, a grand old hotel (opened in 1852) right on the island. … Continue reading Misty Mackinac Island Memories

My Head in the Clouds: Learning to Recognize Cloud Types

Perhaps my earliest childhood fantasy was wishing to build a castle in the clouds, and to this day I am fascinated by the ever-changing cloudscapes when I fly.I finally decided to do a little cloudology, and I hope you enjoy the fruits of my labor today (and if I don’t get distracted, tomorrow too).(Stratus nebulosus, … Continue reading My Head in the Clouds: Learning to Recognize Cloud Types

Hubble Space Telescope: Best Pictures

Below are my favorites from the “Top Ten” most amazing photographs taken by the Hubble Telescope over the last sixteen years. Quote: “They illustrate that our universe is not only deeply strange, but also almost impossibly beautiful.” “The  Sombrero  Galaxy – 28 million light years from Earth – was voted best picture taken by the … Continue reading Hubble Space Telescope: Best Pictures

The Birthday Club Goes Ludington

When we planned our trip to Ludington State Park for Susan’s birthday outing (months ago), I had visions of bright blue skies and balmy weather, but the weather—like all of life—is totally unpredictable, isn’t it?! Instead of sunshine, there was a misty rain. Instead of being 80° (which it had been one day last week), … Continue reading The Birthday Club Goes Ludington

Waimea Canyon: Don’t Stop ‘Til You Can’t Go Any Further

Did you know there’s such a place as “The Grand Canyon of the Pacific?” It was so named by Mark Twain over a hundred years ago, but it sprang into glowing reality for me personally just recently while visiting Hawaii’s “Garden Island,” Kauai. Waimea Canyon (its official name) is about ten miles long and over … Continue reading Waimea Canyon: Don’t Stop ‘Til You Can’t Go Any Further

Rise Up, My Love (205): Clear as the Sun

Song of Solomon 6:10 “Clear as the sun.” What a challenge! As I study this magnificent book, I am acutely aware of two things: first, Solomon is writing about a real person; and second, in a deeper sense, the Lord is picturing his bride. For my part, I am striving to become like this treasure … Continue reading Rise Up, My Love (205): Clear as the Sun

Best Remedy for Sunburn

With July coming this week and the weatherman promising soaring temperatures, I thought it might be a good time to share a story about a friend of mine (not one living here in GR) who was out working in the sun for a few hours last week and burned his back very badly. His arms … Continue reading Best Remedy for Sunburn