creation


"The Lion from the tribe of Judah has won the victory."
We visited the zoo on Saturday. My brain kept going back to a Simon and Garfunkel song from college days, “At the Zoo.” “It’s all happening at the zoo,” the lyrics say. “The monkeys stand for honesty. Giraffes are insincere. And the elephants are kindly but they’re dumb.” The numbers […]

Lions and Tigers and Bears, oh my!


Isaiah 55:12
Iowa’s not flat, after all. And it’s not all cornfields. Most people who don’t live in the Midwest probably know little more about the state of Iowa than what they saw in the movie Field of Dreams, with its classic exchange: A baseball player asks, “Is this heaven?” The Kevin […]

Iowa’s Got More Than Corn



Collecting shells at the beach is almost mandatory, especially if you live inland and don’t get to visit the ocean very often. We have jars of shells collected from beaches in Maine, Massachusetts, Virginia, North and South Carolina, and Florida. We even have a book to help identify them–not that […]

Shells Hide Amazing Secrets


Double rainbow
Who doesn’t love to see a rainbow in the sky? Rainbows are caused, according to Wikipedia, ” by reflection, refraction and dispersion of light in water droplets resulting in a spectrum of light appearing in the sky. It takes the form of a multicoloured circular arc. Rainbows caused by sunlight always appear in the section of sky directly […]

What Makes a Rainbow?



Simple pleasures
Fulfilled expectations can be delightful, but sometimes the unexpected surprises bring simple pleasure. I wrote recently about expectations, such as hanging a hummingbird feeder and expecting visitors to come to it. A few days later, a female actually showed up, and we were delighted. She’s been back several times since. […]

Simple Pleasures


"Even winds and water...obey Him.
I spent an hour last week in the one room in our mobile home with no window (the bathroom) while winds raged and buckets of water poured down. Tornadoes in Florida in January. December floods in Missouri. Record cold temperatures. An unusually warm fall. Devastating drought in parts of Africa. We begin […]

Storms and Droughts