Thursday, December 02, 2010

Mary is adjusting well

My wife has made a great many adjustments in her expectations and attitudes over the years. I suppose I have too. She used to not like the taste of venison. Now, well, I think she likes it fine. But there's one part of the whole "back to basics" or "hunting"--she says it's because it's a deer and not a cow (whatever).

She still gets a little put off when I have something like this on her kitchen table...even though it yielded 2 tender backstraps  28 inches long each. I have the tenderloins out of this, as you can see. They're softening up for a meal tomorrow. The back straps will go into the freezer, this deer was dry hung for 19 days.

Even if she don't like it on the table in this way, she'll like it on the plate.

Anyway, also put about 12 to 18 lbs of venison in cold brine to cure. Maybe it will turn out "ham"-like? The recipe says 3 days per pound for a medium cure. So, a month or a bit more, and we'll open it and see if it's all spoiled.

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This is about 3 deer, boned, sliced, packaged. Steaks and chops in white freezer paper. Jerky in the bags on the left. Sausage in the plastic bags in center front. Seasoned roasts in the plastic bags on the right.

I color code each deer so that it's easy to know which possession tag belongs to the meat. I still have about 1/2 a deer to cut up and probably 10-20 lbs of chunks to either grind for sausage or make seasoned roasts I have another 4 lbs in the drier for Jerky.

We're getting there. I think we now have enough food in the house to last until March, if necessary.
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Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Deer hunting, rifle season

Deer season for firearms opened last Saturday for our area. I took elsie out in the mid afternoon. We were there less than an hour when a doe walked out of the woods into our area.

She used 1 shot from my Winchester Model 94, .30-30. The range was about 150 yards and the gun has open sights.

Well done, Elsie!

Well, the field was very muddy. Elsie had to get her shoe out of the mud once or twice. And we had to cross a drainage area to get to the deer. Dragging it out was a chore. But Elsie helped with gutting and dragging. She helped to get it in the trunk, hang it in the garage, and she helped to skin the deer.

So we cut out the tenderloins for supper. Mary had an excellent soup ready to go with the tenderloins. Add to that some apples, oranges, and queso fresco, yum.

Good job, Elsie.

On Sunday afternoon I got my first deer of the firearms season. Sharrol J helped us to get it home and hang it. Thanks, Sharrol. Now we have 7 more tags to fill. We got skunked yesterday afternoon, and I can't hunt for two days now. Mary is going to Echo for Jeremy's concert tonight. Then, tomorrow, Mary will go to Minneapolis to pick up Louisa from the airport.

Alas, all good things come to an end, and so, Louisa starts her trip home to us from Hawaii this evening.

Monday, November 01, 2010

Very nice day

Earlier today Stella (5) and Donna (3) helped me repair the sheep pen fence and put up a smaller fenced in area. Mary and Inge (1) came out and helped clear the sheepyard and garden area. Nice day, lots of work done.

Matthew and I went out bow-hunting white-tail deer this evening. Nice time. We were at the edge of a woods looking west toward the sunset. Sitting quiet. Watching all the wildlife. Hearing the whistle off the wings of geese and swans. 15 or more deer out tonight, not a single one in range.

Tried doing a call (the fawn bleat) scared them off. Duane, I need your help to learn to do it right, no grizzlies here so not as much risk as you--just black bear and timber wolves (and the occasional Mountain Lion).

Beautiful evening, warm, hundreds of swans and geese flying across the sunset. Heard a buck (I think) grunting in the woods behind us, the "social grunt." Mice and squirrels everywhere. I should change my pants. I smell like red fox urine.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

An Update

I've been under the weather for three weeks, our family has the same virus/flu whatever. But we're getting better.

My parents visited us last weekend and brought Jeremy, and his girl-friend. She slept with the girls--as if that needed to be stated.

We wanted Cassy to visit us so we could talk with her and Jeremy.

I'm so glad that my folks can stay with us. Mom and Dad, I love you. Happy Anniversary. Married in 1965. Thank you for everything you have done for us. But especially for your steadfast love for each other.

So, less important things, the Sippers gave us three roosters. They are in the pen with the lambs. Hopefully we can butcher them in the next few days. We've got a storm coming, and all. And if the Sippers need help with butchering their chickens, we'll help out.

One of my parish members was involved in a very bad car accident near Eau Claire, WI. He is bruised and a bit torn, but OK. He's on his way home with his wife right now. We thank God for keeping Brian safe.

Mary, the kids, and I cleaned up the garages and yard for the storm that's supposed to greet us tonight. "Welcome to winter in Minnesota! Here is your fuel bill, Ha, ha, ha, Ha!"

I flushed the radiator on the Van. The last time I flushed a radiator was on our 1979 Plymouth Volare just after Mary and I were married. Thankfully, it has been raining so the cats won't drink up any anti-freeze spills.

Matt and I have been out bowhunting for deer. But so far we have only scared the deer. Matt got off a shot at one, but because arrows are so delicate, some brush deflected his aim. I won't credit him with bad aim.

Sharise, if you are reading this, bring your family next fall. We'll give you rooms and meals, you can deer hunt (rifle or bow--your choice), or if you want, we can arrange a hunt for black bear with a guide. We can't pay for the trip or licenses, but staying here is on us: If you all can put up with the chaos of a large family and Gluten Free meals.

Louisa is enjoying her stay with our friends in Hawaii. She asked if she could stay one more week. Who wouldn't want to? I look outside at the rain that will probably turn to ice tonight and think of white sand, turqoise water, fresh pineapple, grilled pork, and sunshine..... aahh... (by the way, Louisa, that's not a "yes"-yet)

So, working on the calendar, the Christmas program, and other planning for the parish, this is a brief update.

But, I also want to point you in the direction of a very helpful article by Cassy Fiano on the direction popular society and promiscuity. It's a very direct article on what Cassy calls "pseudo-Feminism" and how it hypocritically embraces what she calls "Slut Culture".  I want to thank you, Cassy, for your candid exposition and good research. Her article is somewhat explicit, so use your discretion as parents, but it is very helpful for talking with our daughters and sons --so that they can know the lies that face them about human sexuality.

"6 Brazen Advocates of Slut Culture on the Pseudo-Feminist Left" by Cassy Fiano.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Response to Dave's Post on Hipster Christianity

My great friend Dave wrote a post reacting to the statement by Pastor David Fitch of Life On The Vine Church in Chicago, where Fitch said:

"Youth groups destroy children's lives."

Fitch and others are part of what they call the "Emerging Church" or the "Emergent Church." The Emerging Churches are the descendants of the Zwickau Prophets, Thomas Muntzer and other Anabaptist movements.

Reading through their theological statements I don't find Fitch's claim surprising. I'm going to list their claims and teaching to show that they actually do not offer the youth or their elders any actual grace from God. Rather, they are focused on self-righteous social action and mutual self-approval. Fitch's church is part of the Christian and Missionary Alliance.

While they confess salvation through faith alone in Christ they deny the Means of Grace and turn faith into a work done by man:

The Emergent Church On the Means of Grace:

From the "Statement of Faith" which Fitch subscribes to at Northern Seminary:

"The ordinances are two in number. Baptism is the immersion of the believer in water in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, following his confession of faith in Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior; baptism symbolizes the death of the old life and the rising of the new. The Lord’s Supper is a memorial instituted by Christ to be kept by believers as a symbol of his atoning death, and of himself as the Bread of Life, the one through whom we have spiritual life and vitality."

So, according to Fitch and his associates: Baptism and the Lord's Supper are outward acts commanded by God where a Christian shows his or her sincerity and dedication to God and the Church. These "ordinances" are merely symbols, and do not convey God's grace, the Holy Spirit, and the forgiveness of sins. This is the standard Anabaptist position as it was taught by Thomas Muntzer during the Reformation.

The Emergent Church On Faith:
Also, from Northern Seminary's Statement of Faith:
"Humans are reconciled unto God only as they by faith appropriate for themselves the salvation provided in Christ."
This statement implies that faith is a work done by the human as he or she uses "faith" to "appropriate" salvation. This kind of statement embraces decision theology and the notion of free will in spiritual matters. It is, however, vaguely enough stated that there will be members of this group on both sides of the issue. That is: those who believe God gave them faith by grace, and those who believe that they had to choose for themselves by their own reason before God would forgive them. This latter expression is Arminianism and (no matter how much Arminians might object--free will is still) Semipelagiansim.

The Emergent Church On Where God's Word Is Found:

Several statements of faith among the Emergent/ing Churches say similarly to this (from Life on the Vine):
4. The Old and New Testaments, inerrant as originally given, were verbally inspired by God and are a complete revelation of His will for the salvation of men. They constitute the divine and only rule of Christian faith and practice.
....2 Peter 1:20–21, 2 Tim 3:15–16 

However, in addition to this, the Emerging/ent Churches have no problem with following Thomas Muntzer's views on finding God's word outside of Scripture. David Finch wrote at his blog:

ONE SIMPLE ORIENTING QUESTION “What is God saying? How will I respond?”: Missional Discipleship

"As we have learned over and over again, this kind of “listening for God’ is often prone to sin and deception, and therefore requires the dynamic of the body of Christ for the truth to be discerned. The question itself “what is God saying?” is always addressed to the individual and the community at the same time. Never one without the other. It is necessary therefore to have in place the communal practices of worship, teaching, leadership, and discipleship as the context from within which we can discern some of life’s most confusing times. The communal processes of Matt 18 must be firmly ensconced in such a culture for this single orienting question not to into an individualistic “orgy” of ecstatic experiences.  We must have a missional enScripturated culture to breed discernment. Together we have/learn the mind of Christ! (1 Cor 2.16)."
 So, for Finch, God's Word and the "Mind of Christ" are the Bible And......

Yes, this is inconsistent with the statement he made on the Scripture as "the divine and only rule of Christian faith and practice."
(Well, actually, readers might have had a hard time following what Finch said. The Emergent Church and its teachers are so full of postmodernist philosophical expressions and arguments, vocabulary and neologisms that very often one cannot tell what they are really trying to say. Consider Romans 16:17-18: "17Now I urge you, brethren, keep your eye on those who cause dissensions and hindrances contrary to the teaching which you learned, and turn away from them. 18For such men are slaves, not of our Lord Christ but of their own appetites; and by their smooth and flattering speech they deceive the hearts of the unsuspecting.")
So, not only are the youth and their elders taught that faith is what they do, that the Means of Grace are what they do to demonstrate their faith and sincerity (as shown above), they are also directed to other sources than Scripture for God's truth.

The Purpose of Church in the Emerging Church:

Youthgroups are a sub-group and extension of the congregation. Why does the congregation get together?

Life on the Vine's website states the church's mission in gathering :
"Our goal is not to be a mega-body but an authentic body of Christ, through which God can work his wonders in the world. We hope that, by our living as the Spirit-filled Body of Christ, those who don’t know Jesus will find him in our midst."
From another page at Life on the Vine:
, our liturgy honors the last 2,000 years of Christianity while adapting to the language and arts of our culture. As participants in the living story of God, we try not to be passive observers during worship but provide ample room to speak aloud and move our bodies as a response to the message. More than emotional arousal or intellectual critique, we seek spiritual formation, a life of submission to the Lordship of Christ.
 These statements describe the gathering and worship as the work of God's people for God and community. There is a strong emphasis on mission and social justice.

Consider also the statement of Dr. Ryan Bolge:
"What we've seen is that these Christ Followers who really want to make their faith real are doing it in a way that makes sense to the culture as well. And so, for those in the culture who have a favorable impression of Jesus, then this is a viable way for them to express their faith. Without necessarily the adoption of church practices that have accumulated over the past 2,000 years, that may or may not express faith in meaningful ways today. So these are faith communities that are very organic, very simple-- looking for ways to follow Jesus' example in this culture now."

Now, listen carefully in his video to the description of the Karaoke church following what I transcribed above. According to him, in the Emergent Church the "church" is what the people want it to be. There is no consideration for what Christ has said.

Christ gave us the Lord's Supper, Baptism, the Absolution, the Preaching and Reading of the Scriptures. These He told us to continue in until He returns. Note how this contrasts with the Emergent Churches' model of social contextualization and personal relevance.

So, the ultimate reason for a person to gather in the Emergent Churches is that the individual gets to shape what worship and faith ought to be.

What is there to offer the youth? All that the Emergent Churches are teaching them is to be selfish.

The Emergent Church on Prayer:

Scripture teaches that prayer is commanded by God and that He promises to hear our prayers. He hears our prayers because we have been brought to faith in Jesus Christ. But prayer does not motivate or make God do anything.

The Emergent Churches use prayer as a replacement for the Means of Grace.

From Life on the Vine's website:
"God works his wonders through prayer. Basic as it is, prayer is often a hard habit to form. That’s why the Vine provides ample room for making our requests known to God."
 And so the youth (and their elders) are directed away from the Means of Grace and toward their own struggles with God in prayer to find a way, that they might hear some answer from somewhere outside of Scripture that will satisfy them.

Finch's Church on Youth:

The LIfe on the Vine's website states:
YOUTH DISCIPLESHIP is a community of youth and adults imitating Jesus and being the Church. The goal is not to keep our youth merely safe, nice, and happy, but to be alive in Christ--to walk with Christ, to listen to Christ, and to look for and share Christ in the world. 
But they have thrown out grace, the means of grace, and the real reason for gathering as church.  What is left to teach the youth? 
  • Worship must suit your tastes or it is not "genuine" or "real."
  • Your faith must be active and doing things in the community and you have to feel it to make your faith "real."
  • You can't believe God's written Word when He says that the Lord's Supper is "given for you for the forgiveness of sins." You can't even believe Jesus when He says: "This is my body...This is my blood."
  • You have to find your own way to God by the time you reach maturity before you can be Baptized. And God didn't really mean it when His apostle Peter wrote "Baptism does also now save us."
  • Sermons should have some relevance to your own personal life and to society if they are to be of any value. Whether or not they are expositions of Scripture is not so important.
There are more rules that can be derived from their teachings. They also believe in the pre-millenial return of Christ. And unless their version of pre-millenialism is significantly different from others, that means they believe there is a second chance for people base on works righteousness. 
11. The second coming of the Lord Jesus Christ is imminent and will be personal, visible, and premillennial. This is the believer's blessed hope and is a vital truth which is an incentive to holy living and faithful service. 
So, honestly, without the Means of Grace, what do they have to offer the youth? How can they " be alive in Christ--to walk with Christ, to listen to Christ, and to look for and share Christ in the world" when the very things Christ has given to his church in the Word through which He comes to us and grants us the Holy Spirit are stripped from their youth? Indeed, even their congregations are stripped of these gifts. In this they are "lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5 having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away! 6 For of this sort are those who creep into households and make captives of gullible women loaded down with sins, led away by various lusts, 7 always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth." (2 Tim 3)

They fit the shape of the Church of Sardis:
"These things says He who has the seven Spirits of God and the seven stars: “I know your works, that you have a name that you are alive, but you are dead. 2 Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die, for I have not found your works perfect before God. 3 Remember therefore how you have received and heard; hold fast and repent. Therefore if you will not watch, I will come upon you as a thief, and you will not know what hour I will come upon you." (Rev 3)
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No congregation or denomination will be perfect. Humanity is corrupted by its inheretance of original sin. But any individual or group that looks outside Scripture for life, salvation, justification, sanctification, or the will of God is doing exactly what Eve and Adam did with Satan's temptation: They wanted to please God by going outside His Word and command, outside His promise--which are found only in the Scriptures.

There is a similar problem in the ELS, WELS, LCMS and other small groups of conservative Lutherans. The temptation to become hip. Our congregations are bleeding youth mainly because the youth cannot tell the difference between the denomination they grew up in and any modern E-Free or non-denominational church. Becoming hip means removing instructional and useful distinctions in liturgy, presentation, and teaching itself.

I want my kids to feel strange when they have to go into one of these hip services. I want them to feel that it is wrong. This is so that they can automatically be on guard to listen to the teaching that takes place.

I don't know why Fitch made his claim about youthgroups. But his theology and religious philosopy could end nowhere else than the destruction of the faith of the youth and the other members of his congregation and their associations.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Celiac disease, oh, well....

I think we'll have to get going on a GF version of this:

Texas Chef Successfully Deep-Fries...Beer! | Field & Stream
Texas Chef Successfully Deep-Fries...Beer!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010


Surgery for my member who went to Bemidji went very well, even if the wait was long before surgery. He's home now and doing well recovering. Thanks for the prayers and still keep him in them.

Today I went to Fargo for Allie E. Allie is Ryan B's sister, see this post, this post, and this post. Allie (33yo mother of 2 young children) had a stroke at work yesterday at about 12:30 noon. Fortunately her co-worker saw there was something wrong and got help. Allie got the tPA shot in time to help her. tPA carries with it a not insignificant danger of hemmorage for the first 24 hours after the shot, so she was tested several times every hour until early this afternoon.

And she is tired, but talkative.

The stroke affected her right side and her speech. Yesterday afternoon she didn't have the use of her right side and couldn't talk, but soon after the tPA shot she started to get some movement back. This morning she was very weak, but she was able to move her right arm, fingers, leg, and toes. And she was speaking very clearly.

The stroke doesn't seem to have affected her vision, hearing, memory or clarity of thought. She remembers the bumpy ride on the helicopter to Fargo very clearly. And she remembers when the ER docter shouted out for the tPA shot.

When I was talking with her she seemed most concerned about her Mom and Dad and the affect this is having on them. So, Rod and Cheryl: when I left she was sleeping a bit before the MRI, but she wants you to know she's doing fine.

The doctors and nurses were all very happy with how much and how quicly Allie is recovering. Of course a lot has to be learned yet about her condition and she'll have some more tests and more work to do for recovery. Tomorrow they'll also do an echo cardiogram of the back of her heart and some more tests.

For all of her family and friends, the doctor said she has to stop smoking! Help her do that. Those of you who smoke, don't enable her. Quit for Allie.

She should be moving from ICU this evening to a regular room where the neurology staff can check her and give her therapy. One NP said that the next three weeks are where they have to work with her very intensely and quickly to help her get as much early recovery as possible. The longer the wait, the harder recovery is.

We thank God for His gracious providential care through medicine and the staff at the hospitals, for His gift of good positive and quick recovery for Allie, and pray that He may grant her a good and full recovery.

Please keep her and her family in your prayers.

Monday, September 13, 2010

When it rains...

If you are coming back to this post and notice it is different, well, I decided to be less specific about some information. There were only three readers in that time from the original post, and I know who they were. Please just go with this version without any specifics for now.


Today I spent in Bemidji at the hospital with a member and his family. The gentleman had to have delicate surgery on his carotid artery to remove a severe blockage. It was supposed to start before noon. But there were so many emergency victims during the day that he didn't go in until around 5pm.

I haven't heard yet how the surgery went. I needed to get home. And they wanted me not to worry. It's Stella's birthday.

We had a small celebration with gift opening, but Mary's day went askew with all plans shattered. So we hope to have Stella's birthday dinner tomorrow.

After coming to the office this evening I got a call that another member had a stroke. I'll go  to be them in the morning.

And there are some other members and a neighbor who have this week found out about or are dealing with serious medical issues.

Sorry I can't be more specific. And perhaps I won't be able to be more forthcoming in the future.

But all of these families have been through some really tough times in the past few years. Please keep us all in your prayers.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Skunk smell

Skunk noseImage by fieldsbh via Flickr
The electric fence deterred a skunk from going after the chickens last night.
Some branches took down part of the fence, but the skunk apparently stayed out. Right at the NE corner of the fence there was spray all over the ground outside and just inside the fence.
But all the chickens and the two lambs look fine.

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

Recollecting our Trip Part 2 with more errors

A Hotlink to the LSMMA Webcam, hope it works
OK, I left off when we went back to the campground at Gooseberry Falls. While we were at Indian Lake Campground, Mary took a couple of the kids to go Geocaching.

And if Mary wants to tell you how it went, she can do it on her blog. Me? No way can I say anything about it without getting a sore shoulder.

(But she didn't find the geocache)

Sunday morning we had a bit of a worship service, the girls invited the camper next to us over for devotion. We spent the day in the campground swimming and fishing and drinking the great water from the well there.

Monday, 8/16, we went into Duluth. We ate noon meal at Little Angie's Cantina and Grill, pretty good. It's part of the Grandma's franchise in Duluth. They had a gluten free menu.

 After eating we went to the Great Lakes Aquarium. They had some fish in tanks there that the kids liked to look at. I liked it too. But the kids loved the model of the great lakes with running water, toy boats and locks. We should have brought the swimming diapers.

It was a warm day out, we dried up pretty fast on the walk back, across the drawbridge. Matt and I went down to the Harley Davidson Store.

We all kind of split up to go to the stores we liked. We met back at the fountains across from Little Angie's.

Then off for desert at the Cold Stone Creamery. (Not anywhere as good as The Chocolate Shoppe)

But, then, I can't eat at either place anymore.

Oh, I forgot to mention in the last post on the vacation, our van's cooling system sprang a leak just before vacation. We overheated when we were looking for a campground when we just left Duluth, near Lester Park. So we had to keep putting in water every time we stopped on the trip.

There isn't any water available in Lester Park, no tap water or pumps. We just used the creek water.

We left Duluth for Indian Lake Campground.

Tuesday morning we packed up and left for Gunflint. Well, actually, when we finally got everything packed it was mor like late-late morning, kinda, early, mid, late mid afternoon.

More later, maybe.


 hope to get the rest of vacation posted sometime soon.

For the people that wrote asking about my Teaparty speech, it's here

Also, for the interested, lactofermented salsa over at paleoplanet.

To the reader in Morinville, Albert; we didn't go sucker fishing this year. Pickling by fermenting didn't work out last year. I won't try it with fish again. But Evelyn Lundeen's recipe is great.

Make a brine of 1/2 cup salt (not iodized) to 1  quart water. Place fillet of fish in crock with brine. Cover and refrigerate for 24 hours. Then drain off and throw away the brine. Cut up into smaller pieces and cover with white vinegar 12 hours. Drain off and throw away vinegar. Pack jars with fish pieces and onions, alternating. Then boil: 3 cups white vinegar, 2 1/2 cups sugar, 1 cup Silver Satin wine, 1/4 cup pickling spice. Heat and cool and pour over fish. Cover and put in refrigerator for 1 week.
So, guess what I brought home last night?


So, now, I've got to finish butchering the chickens (7 left). And oh were they confused when I put the lambs in the fence with them.
We also collected acorns on Monday. About 4 pounds. I used a couple dozen and made some acorn muffins. They turned out really nice.

So, now I've got to pick up where I left off describing vacation.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

To Mold a New Reality

OK, long time for a response to Dave's classic rock post. Rock has been used to express rebellion against authority since the style was invented ("Yackedy Yack. Don't talk back!").

I'm interested in those songs/albums that protested totalitarian government-not the vapid songs like "Signs" sung by Five Man Electrical Band while they performed from a stage surrounded by security guards and signs that said "authorized personnel only."

For example,

Rush (2112, Permanent Waves, Moving Pictures);
Pink Floyd's The Wall;
Paul Kantner - Blows Against The Empire;
Rage Against the Machine
Sid Vicious
Black Flag,
Anti Flag,
Bad Religion,
Dead Kennedys,
Oi Polloi
Styx' Mr Roboto.

Rush, for example, puts the source of change and hope in the government:
And the men who hold high places
Must be the ones who start
to mold a new reality
Closer to the Heart
Closer to the Heart
The irony is that these groups tend to be pro statist and in favor of socialism. 

Rush's lyrics could be (and sing this to the tune of "Closer to the Heart")

"O Oysters, come and walk with us!"
The Walrus did beseech.
"A pleasant walk, a pleasant talk,
Along the briny beach:
We cannot do with more than four,
To give a hand to each."

"It seems a shame," the Walrus said,
"To play them such a trick,
After we've brought them out so far,
And made them trot so quick!"
The Carpenter said nothing but
"The butter's spread too thick!"

"O Oysters," said the Carpenter,
"You've had a pleasant run!
Shall we be trotting home again?'
But answer came there none--
And this was scarcely odd, because
They'd eaten every one.

Dave, your question was about "Classic Rock" and what makes it "Classic." I think the word "Classic" means "I'm more than 35 years old and this is the stuff that was popular when I was in high school. Now I can't get a real job, so I DJ at the radio station and this is my collection." 

"Wrong, Do it again!"
"If you don't eat yer meat, you can't have any pudding. How can you have any pudding if you don't eat yer meat?"

Monday, August 30, 2010

Church, State, Separation, Progressives

OK, Progressives ( all of whom are fascists, social Liberals and loose constructionists) and, in the end what this means is that these groups all believe that statism or strong state government should take care of all an individual's needs and problems, even your great O cannot prevent his appointees from showing their true colors.

Education secretary urged his employees to attend Sharpton's rally | Washington Examiner
President Obama's top education official urged government employees to attend a rally that the Rev. Al Sharpton organized to counter a larger conservative event on the Mall.

"ED staff are invited to join Secretary Arne Duncan, the Reverend Al Sharpton, and other leaders on Saturday, Aug. 28, for the 'Reclaim the Dream' rally and march," began an internal e-mail sent to more than 4,000 employees of the Department of Education on Wednesday.

So, did you hear about this on the regular news media? If the Sec. of Ed. had told those 4000 people to go to Glenn Beck's "Restoring Honor" Rally on the same day (which was announced a year before Al Sharpton's rally), do you think the news media you usually watch would let it go?

It is an unfortunate truth that facts will not persuade a liberal (in the modern American sense).

But I hope that you can be persuaded by facts.

I dont know what offends me more, the assumption that the Sec of Ed has the authority to demand all Dept. of Ed. members to follow his lead, or the notion that his policial position was his in stead of belonging to the citizens of the U.S.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Recollecting our Trip Part 1 with errors

The van all loaded for the trip.
Mary did all the planning for our trip to the North Shore of MN this year. We took off on the 5th of August for Grand Rapids, MN. The goal was to get a mom-and-pop motel (not too expensive, and willing to let 2 adults and 10 kids in as few rooms as possible).

Grand Rapids, MN is the home city of Judy Garland. There are lots of other special attractions, but Mary wanted us to get to a big musem. The Minnesota Discovery Museum: alas, it was not there, it was in Chisolm. There was another museum in GR with a similar name The Children's Discovery Museum next to the Judy Garland house. We didn't go there. Instead we went to a motel.

"OK eat, tell a bully, bully.
Hold your hanky, bully, bully."

The motel was managed by a man with a Pakistani or Indian accent with heavily trilled "r"s, who was kind of hard to understand. While Mary was negotiating with him he winked and said, "Aře you a membeř of AAŘP? I can give you the AAŘP discount. How aře you feeling--gřandpa?"

I cought the hint.

We went to a Mexican restaurant. The food was so so to poor for the rest of the family. I really liked my Chipotle Shrimp. (A Shakira CD was playing as background music)

Me leading Mary and the Kids
On the Lake Superior Shore.
Back to the motel. Girls watched "Wizards of Waverly Place", the boys watched "Destination Truth." I guess we could have done something educational, like the Blandin Paper Mill Tour, or the Forest History Center. But they didn't sound very exciting-esides, Selena Gomez' special guest star on "Wizards" was Shakira--the best possible role model for young girls to ever appear on Disney channel--well, mayby second after Raquel Welch. As far as I know Adrienne Barbeau and Caroline Munro haven't been on Disney Channel yet.

Friday the 6th we went to Duluth. The construction is bad there. We tried to get to the Thompson overlook, ended up on the Alpine Coaster road where we were welcomed. We weren't from Fondulac so we left for the lift bridge.

We started at the Rose Gardens in Duluth, looking for a nice place to make a picnic lunch. No joy. Too far to walk and carry stuff. Nice park otherwise.

We spent the better part of a day down at the Marritime Museum and the lakefront and pier.

After the museum we walked the pier to the lighthouse, drove across the lift bridge and decided we needed to find a place to camp.

I had taken quite a few photos with my camera, but the memory card died on me. I scrounged together what I could get with Mary, Louisa, and Elsie's cameras. So if anyone out there would let me use an eprom reader for the sd card, I'd be very grateful.

We made our way toward Two Harbors searching for an open campsite. None were to be had. We kept leapfrogging a silver family van from one site to the next, racing for the last open site. We got to Two Harbors and decided to go inland to the Cloquet State Forest campground named Indian Lake Campground. It's by Brimson, but don't expect to see any town when you get to Brimson. It's more of like a bend in the road with an abandoned house. It probably was something at one time, just like Roland.

The camping area was great, spacious and fairly private, even with so many in the campground on a Friday night. The drinking water from the hand pump was some of the best drinking water we've ever tasted.

I woke up early on Sat. morning, as one often does when one is out camping. I sat in one of our chairs by the fire pit and started some coffee brewing on a sterno.  While I was sitting there a fox came into the tenting area eating up all the animal crackers the kids had dropped the night before. The animal was 2 feet away from me and hadn't noticed me yet.

I cleared my throat and he just looked at me in a kind-of disinterested way, like, "Oh, a human. Again. Where's another one of those crackers?"

He went of to visit the lady in the next tent site and hunt mice. He wasn't mangy, he was nice and clean with a good coat and bright eyes.

We decided to get down to Gooseberry Falls. So we packed up. We went down to the lower part of the park and parked near the lakeshore.

Now, all this time, from the AARP discount to the shore of Lake Superior, I am still wearing the air cast for my left ankle. And I am still using a cane.

So Mary suggests we go to the other side of the rock wall to the cobble beach at the mouth of the river.

Then she suggests we walk a way on the path along the river.

And then we set the kids at liberty at the lower falls.

I think they enjoyed it.

This one above is where Louisa got a leech between her toes. I think everyone at GB Falls knew something was going on.

There were all kinds of scary and dangerous cliffs, handrails without nets, sheer drops. But we made it to the top safely to see the following sign.

Those who know the falls know that this is on the North side of the river and what that path is like.  The kids were great. And I did it all on an aircast, sprained ankle, and a cane.

As we got to the interpretative center we saw this sign on the door. It was meant for Louisa.

We got back to the campground. We hadn't brought along the geocache papers for GBF State Park, though we saw quite a few geocachers there.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Pajamas Media » NOAA: Warmest June Ever! Caveat: We Made It Up (Corrected)

A must read article on the recent Global, um, oops, "Climate Change" claim that this past June was the warmest ever. It wasn't.

NOAA gets its data from Goddard Institute for Space Studies. The GISS only measures physical temps here on earth, and they have no thermometers in the Arctic.

So where'd they get their "warmest ever" Arctic temps?

follow the link, thanks PJ media.

Pajamas Media » NOAA: Warmest June Ever! Caveat: We Made It Up (Corrected)

Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Northern Lights tonight

By the way, because of that huge solar flair on Sunday morning, we may have a spectacular show of Northern lights this evening. Keep your eyes on the skies through the night. Check the space weather at the bottom of this blog.

Monday, Monday

Sunday morning the radio was winking out on the AM, even the FM seemed a bit funny. Found out later that there was a huge, as in HUGE solar flair going on Sunday morning. So, Monday,

I got all the burning stuff ready, the brush hay and stuff. The fire wouldn't start right away so I got lighter fluid. Then it took off.

"meeew!, meew! meew!"

Drat! One of the cats had put her kittens under the pile.

So, singed hair and beard, pulled off branches and got the 4 kittens out.

2 of them had singed hair, the other 2 were just warm.

I put them next to their mother, but they kept walking toward the burn pile.

They are cute. Stupid, but cute.

Several hours later, working in the garage I noticed fresh cat poop.

A lot of it.

Grr, stupid cats.

Cats are only grateful at the time you pet them.

Jeremy, Matt, and Louisa got home sometime around or after midnight. I don't know. I was asleep. I'm glad they're back.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Some Vacation Bible School Audio

This is the audio of our program from July 9th at Nazareth.

The first song is one that the kids made up during a hymn-sing.
Sorry the audio of the second track is so uneven. I tweaked it as much as I could with Audacity

Program at the Internet Archive.

Friday, July 02, 2010

Fatherhood .......

Mary's off to get the camp kids. Jeremy and I are home with the two smallest.

After lunch I put them both to quiet time.

A few minutes ago I found them both in my bed with the sparklers we were going to use this weekend-half of them were broken and shredded all over my bed.

I hope they enjoyed their fireworks.

Gotta go get the vaccume.



Monday, June 28, 2010

Camping/Wedding and Tornados

This past weekend our family went camping in Ramsey Park, Redwood Falls, MN. Mary and I talked about a variety of different ways we could enjoy the weekend as a family get-away.

[While I'm writing this I have Rush "Closer to the Heart" running through my head, thanks to Dave S. and his question on his "The Gospel according to Carl Perkins" blog. I'll get back to you, Dave.]

My cousin, Amber, had asked me to perform the ceremony of Marriage for her and her fiancé, Adam. I had gone down to Belview previously to meet with Adam and Amber for pre-marriage counselling. Adam is a good man.

So (and, I'm sorry, I forgot my camera, so any pictures will come from others, later) we left late last Thursday morning. Matthew and Holly V. were willing to tend to our chickens and cats while we were gone.

Thursday morning we packed up, I moved the chickens, set up the electric fence, fed and watered them.

Then we were off to Ramsey Park. Redwood Falls is full of exciting history, including the Sioux Uprising of 1862. (Which is, in my opinion, one of the greatest early examples of the failure of Government to live up to its Statist promises.) But we were there just to have family fun while I attended to the wedding of my cousin and her betrothed.

Amazingly, the kids didn't have to go pee every 30 miles.

But on the way down to Redwood Falls we went through Wadena. As we came in on Highway 71 there didn't appear to be a lot of damage, though the old Pamida building had Sheriff cars and deputies around it. But when we turned onto 29 to go to Alexandria we started to see lots of horrible damage. I'm sure some of you have seen the images on the news. We saw steel quonsets from several blocks away sitting twisted upon houses across from the school; trees torn up everywhere, and houses torn apart. One house had it's side torn off, and we could see the spices and dishes stacked neatly on the shelf in the kitchen.

The devastation was visible further south as we went toward Deer Creek. I was told by family that one of my cousins had extensive damage on his farm south and east of Deer Creek. We saw a clean-up crew next to 29 in that area.

I'm glad that there are so many neighbors willing to help clean up after this tragedy. Please keep them all in your prayers. The mayor of Wadena is a nephew of one of my members at Nazareth.

We got to Ramsey about 5pm.

Some background info. Louisa had been in contact with her friend from Hawaii. It happens that her friend's family spends a couple of months of the year in New Ulm, MN and that they could meet us at the park. So we met Christina, Elise, Dot, and their mom, Ann, at Ramsey. They camped with us that Thursday evening.

It turns out that Ann was one of my students when I was a professor at Bethany Lutheran College. Her husband, Corey, was not able to be there, he is in the Navy and had to go back to Hawaii to attend duties. I'm sorry that we weren't able to meet him also. And I want to thank him for his service to me, my family, and our country. I know two other "Nukes" to whom we owe our lives and freedom, and whom I respect deeply.

Thursday eve' we set up camp and had a good time catching-up and meeting each other. [and, forgive me boys, I thought if my sons had any sense, they'd surely keep these wonderful Confessional-Lutheran young ladies in mind in the future!--Is that too much to say as a father?]

So, after supper and a SMOARs Friday came. We wandered about the park until it was time to say good-bye. But Louisa, Elsie, Clara, Christina, Elise, and Dot had other things in mind. Louisa and Elsie would go with Ann, Christina, and Elise. Dot would stay with us.

Friday afternoon, we showered and such. Thunder!

Well, it was a bit early, so we went for a drive before the wedding rehearsal. The rain was sporadic, the clouds frightening. I drove past the farm where the wedding would take place. To kill time I took us to Goldmine Bridge north of Delhi, MN.

The clouds did look ominous. After turning around north of the bridge over the MN river and going up the south slope I saw a vortex come up off a tree just to our left.

"Did you see that!!!?" I said.

Matt, looking in a different direction said, "I just saw a funnel cloud." (Or something like that)

Mary said something like, "Shut up, you'll scare the little ones."

So I drove to the farm where the wedding rehearsal would take place. And we waited over an hour under a Tornado Warning for the storm to abate.

The rehearsal went well, Adam's family is wonderful, they also fed us well.

We went back to camp and found all our tents full of water.

So we shopped around for a motel in Redwood Falls that would house two adults and nine children for a "reasonable" price--or whatever.

It was all a great adventure for the kids. And they got to swim in the pool on Sat. Morning.

Mary took Matt and Jeremy to help get the bedding to the laundry so we could camp after the wedding.

I stayed with the rest of the kids.

We got back to camp at about half-past-noon on Saturday.

Every ounce of effort was made to get the campsite ship-shape for the coming evening. Ann came and we traded kids back to their proper parents.

And I made a suprisingly good chicken dish on the campfire. I'll have to try to remember to post what I did. Wow, even the left overs are great.

Then, when the time came we dressed for the wedding and went off to the farm.

The wedding was nice. I preached on Ephesians 5; similar to, but a different sermon than I had for Tina and Thor's wedding at Solway two weeks before.

It was a nice reunion with family, and a good meeting of new family.

But the storms came.

There were tornadoes to the east of us. My aunt and uncle, Roger and Nyla, volunteered to help us break camp. Mom and Dad took our youngest children with them to their house. We were to go there after we broke camp.

At least the rain was warm.

The sirens were screaming in Redwood Falls, Campers were running to the WPA buildings for shelter from the storm. I was on top of the van, strapping on luggage carriers. The van was full of water, I was full of water, the kids were full of water, my aunt and uncle were full of water. And we drove through the Tornado Warning to my folks' house.

The rain started to let up when we got near Delhi [by the way, that's pronounced "Dell---High" not like in India "Dell-EEE"]

After unpacking, stripping, laundry, drying, etc. all went to bed in a warm cozy house.

Thank you, Mom and Dad. Thank you, Roger and Nyla.

Sunday morning came, Church at Rock Dell with Pastor Faugstad. We sent Louisa, and Elsie off with a friend at Rock Dell to camp: Thank you Jeanne. We sent Matt off to camp with Pr. Faugstad, Thank you.

Clara, Sophie, Stella, and Johnie stayed with Grandpa and Grandma. They'll come home this coming weekend. Mom and Dad want to be at the Oklee Centennial.

The Camp kids will come home with the youth group kids at camp.

We got home about 10pm Sunday.

Matt and Holly kept the chickens alive, and my, how they have grown. They even managed to move the chicken tractor to keep the chicks healthy.

Thank you, Matt and Holly.

Water, feed the chicks, read and go to bed. Donna and Inge slept most of the trip, so they were awake till late.

Jeremy had no problem sleeping.

Neither did we.

Hope you have a nice vacation.

Oh, remind me to put up my bratwurst recipe. It tasted great.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Chick Video

I almost cut off the tip of my left hand middle finger tonight. Stupid. Cutting an onion. I didn't sharpen the knife. If I had there would have been no problem. But I was in a hurry. Don't be stupid. Always sharpen your knives. If you have to use too much force with the knives you might lose finger.

Now, the video of the kids and chicks when we got them home two weeks ago.

Bierdna; The Bear and Chicks

Over the past few weeks this has become a more common sight. This particular bear was just north of the tracks and pipeline on Polk Co. Rd. 6. West side, North and across from Pedersen's.

The photo is from two weeks ago when we went to Bemidji to pick up some baby chickens to raise for food.

At first we had them in a kiddie pool in the basement.
That lasted just a couple of days. I had already built a chicken tractor. We put the chicks in the garage inside the chicken cage to protect them from the cats-and Inge.

Inge is an amazingly enterprizing one-year-old. She wants to feed the chicks. She'll grab one of her toy teacups, sneak into the garage and scoop out of the feed bag that is as tall as she is. One scoop at a time. But a lot of feed can be spilled on the floor in five minutes.

The chicks are bigger now. They are the Cornish Cross breed. They grow really fast. We have them outside during the daytime now. And soon they will be outside day and night.

I bought 12 expecting that we were incompetent enough to have most of them die on us. No such luck so far. Still all 12 are alive and starting to try to fly. The Cornish Cross are supposed to reach maturity in 6 to 8 weeks.

We got these chicks kind of as an experiment to see if we could keep chickens alive in a limited space and while keeping the property neat.

I hope to post a video from the first evening we had them home.

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Deepwater Horizon, some perspective

Here's a useful article on helping frame the disaster in the Gulf.

Sick Slicks: Counting Down The 13 Worst Oil Spills : WebEcoist
Sick Slicks: Counting Down The 13 Worst Oil Spills

Here's a summary list from the article:

Exxon Valdez: March 23, 1989; Prince William Sound, Alaska ; 35,000 tons

Torrey Canyon: March 18, 1967; Scilly Islands, Cornwall, England; 123,000 tons

The Odyssey: November 1988, 700 miles off Nova Scotia; 132,000 tons

M/T Haven: April 11, 1991, Mediterranean Sea, off Genoa, Italy 145,000 tons.

Amoco Cadiz: March 16, 1978, Portsall Rocks, Brittany, France, 223,000 tons

Castillo de Bellver: August 1983, Cape Town, South Africa, 252,000 tons

Ekofisk Oil Field: April 22, 1977, North Sea, 263,000 tons

ABT Summer: May 1991, Kharg Island, Iran; 260,000 tons

Nowruz Oil Field: February 10, 1983, Iran.260,000 tons

Fergana Valley
: March 2, 1992, Uzbekistan, 285,000 tons.

Atlantic Empress/Aegean Captain: July 19, 1979, near Tobago in the Caribbean, 287,000 tons

Ixtoc I Oil Well: June 3, 1979, Bay of Campeche near Cuidad del Carmen, Mexico, 454,000 tons

Gulf War Oil Spill: Jan 23, 1991, southern Kuwait, 1,360,000-1,500,000 tons

Deepwater Horizon; April 20, 2010, Gulf of Mexico,  10,000 tons per day; let's say 51 days to date, about 510,000 tons.

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Gaining my Morels

Some friends dropped these off for us. MMmmmmmm. I think it was 3 to 4 pounds fresh. That's less than 1  pound dried. But awesome.

Thank you.

Whole Chicken on the Grill

I used the low and slow method suggested by the BBQ Pit Boys.
The process was based on this beef brisket recipe of theirs.

Beef Brisket Barbecue Cooking Recipe by the BBQ Pit Boys

The chicken turned out wonderfully.

Some catching up images.

Easter/Passover/Pesach Full moon with a spring burning of a field.

Inge with Easter candy

The table with paintings at our cabin.


I've been dabbling back into watercolor since January. I never was good at it, but I enjoy it.

The kids like it too.

My amaturish stuff is at

Field, Farm, and Poplar

Building, Wheel, and Poplars

Stella, pencil

Sophie, pencil