Redbirds in the Snow – Queen of Ordinary – February 19, 2015

IMG_4228  Redbirds in the snow are amazing.

Like a drop of blood on a snowy background they boast of life and survival under harsh conditions.  Bold.  Beautiful. The turn of the head, the flash of wings and they are gone.  God’s winged creation.

I’ve spent years trying to get photos of  redbirds that I could be proud of.   During the most recent snow, I got several amazing photos out of about 500.  It was worth the effort.

Patience paid off.


I’ve heard a lot of discussion about this book and am horrified at the open door in our society to normalize pornography and sexual cruelty in relationships of married and unmarried people. The gift that God gave is being grossly perverted by the enemy of all that is good and decent. You don’t have to touch fire to know that it has destructive power if you’ve ever watched a fire consume an object. Surely it is not necessary to dive into sexually exploitive behavior to know that it is harmful. I haven’t seen or read this and am not even enticed to want to hear more than I’ve already heard on TV, radio, and internet.


“And he said, “What comes out of a person is what defiles him.  For from within, out of the heart of man, comes evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, coveting, wickedness, deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride, foolishness.  All these evil things come from within, and they defile a person.”  Mark 7:20

50ShadesofGreyCoverArtI appeal to you brothers and sisters in Christ, do not watch the movie Fifty Shades of Grey. If you do not know anything about the book and movie, Fifty Shades of Grey, you may count yourself blessed.  The book, has sold more than 100 million copies and the movie adaptation will be released on Valentine’s Day.  I have not read the book and I have no plans to watch the movie.  My appeal to stay away from this latest Hollywood offering is based on the same rationale as staying away from pornography. There are many good…

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The Wooly Worms Lied. Will Groundhog Do Better? – Queen of Ordinary Feb. 2, 2015

FotoSketcher - IMG_1541  Will the groundhog tell the truth on Groundhog Day?

Every year in the part of the country I live in (Appalachia), people check the colors of the woolly worm to see what kind of winter we will have.  A solid orange woolly worm is thought to mean a mild winter. Solid black woolly worms mean a horrible winter is ahead.  Sometimes woolly worms are black on one end and orange on the other, or maybe black on both ends with orange in the middle or vice versa.  This means having a winter with some bad weather and some mild.  At this point the woolly worms have lied to us this winter.  They were totally black in the fall, but this has been a very mild winter.  Although it is snowing today, it doesn’t appear that it will be a serious snow fall.

Today being Groundhog Day, I was curious about whether or not he saw his shadow.  He definitely did not.  The Weather Channel said it was the worst weather on a Groundhog Day in 18 years.  The good news is that if he did not see his shadow, spring will come early.  With the weary dreary days of winter, I will be especially glad to see the arrival of spring this year!

Let us hope Mr. Groundhog’s predictions are correct!