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The View From Here

By idaflo | December 10th, 2016 | No Comments » 

My Dear Sons,

It’s early, but that’s nothing new, I always wake up at three or four a.m. these days with early morning heat flashes. It isn’t a glamorous reason to greet the morning, but it works.

It sets me to thinking.  I have no control over it (spare me the hormone pills, they don’t set well) so I just keep something to read on my bedside table, since reading helps me go back to sleep…until the next heat flash.  Sometimes I get up and do things, taking advantage of the internal alarm clock, but when I do, mid-morning I hit the wall of exhaustion…   So we work with it. One day at a time, some days better than others.

So as I get older I realize there is a profound difference emerging.  I control less and less of how my body reacts and bounces back.  Like last night,  the full moon was such that I could only stare in wonder at the sky.  But I noticed that the moon isn’t quite as perfect as it used to be…. things have gotten just so ever slightly more fuzzy around the edges.  I have no control over that, it is evidence of my age.  I’m not complaining, but it’s hard not to notice and grieve just a little. Most of the time it’s no problem, and I accept and embrace God’s gift of ongoing life and good health, but there are those moments when I have a hint of panic, not because of the symptoms of age, but because of the realization about how little control we have over so much.

In this media saturated culture we constantly note the toll age takes on our appearance.  The wrong stuff is important.  You can’t go through a grocery check out line without seeing actresses that were once breathtakingly beautiful, rendered almost unrecognizable by all the plastic surgery they get to keep them in the end, not looking like a younger version of themselves, but like somebody else.  In spite of their technological and medically aided denial, age changes them too, no matter how much money they have.  Who on earth was more stunning than say, Elizabeth Taylor in her youth.  But in the end….her personal habits caught up with her and she wore them on her face.  But even if she’d been a marathon runner, by the time she hit 50, she’d still look like a 50 year old runner.   But she is me.  No,  I’ve never looked like THAT, and we don’t share any semblance of a lifestyle but what happened to her is happening to me.  Having such a unique level of beauty, she had further to fall.

But appearance isn’t what concerns me.  It’s the sense of loss of control and independence.  It’s being more frail and so more vulnerable.  Yesterday I saw in the news where an 82 year old woman in San Francisco was in the wrong place at the wrong time and was physically assaulted and nearly killed.  Age teaches me that as it increases, I must rely more and more on the best or worst urges of any person present to be safe.  If they decide to be an aggressor, I am not as strong to defend myself as I once was.  That is frightening.  But that is inevitable.

So today I am asking for your mercy.  Growing old gracefully is not automatic, it takes work.  I am here and now going to make a commitment, a contract of sorts with you. I want to set an example, because boys, you are aging too.  I want never to lose that sense of urgency.  To wake up each morning giving thanks to God for the morning.  To proceed into the day determined to see what causes wonder.  To tell people thank you.  To address issues, even when it is difficult, maybe because it is difficult. You aren’t here, so you won’t be seeing it, but your Dad will, and he will benefit from it.  I want you  to know we won’t sit back on our laurels and get lazy on purpose.  We do this because we are Christians, we do this because we are forgiven in Christ, we do this because we want to be the kind of people you can respect, even when you are not looking.

Having you boys was life-changing.  I never want to lose the wonder; not only in being part of bringing new life into the world, but in seeing life as a precious investment of time God has entrusted us with, regardless of the more  faltering countenance it may bring with it.

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“The ‘Contemporary’ Choir: The Future is Now” or “For the Love of All That is Sacred, Make It Stop!”

By idaflo | January 14th, 2011 | No Comments » 

It ends. So grateful.

“The ‘Contemporary’ Choir: The Future is Now” or “For the Love of All That is Sacred, Make It Stop!”.

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The Screaming Burqa

By idaflo | September 7th, 2010 | No Comments » 

burka veiled-women-of-afghanistanI have discovered that in a congregational setting, for those congregations who have a “bully network”, this network has two parts. Part one is of course those who engage in the bullying.  Part two is the rest of the congregation, that overwhelmingly sits by, mute, as whoever is being bullied, gets “the treatment”.  I believe both sides are equally culpable. Yet I feel the greatest disgust for the “part-two” folks who know better, but refuse to act because they fear being bullied themselves. And so they watch, always behind the cloak of “not wanting to cause trouble”.  Dysfunctional cowardice.

One of the most popular pieces of advice they gave to seminarians’ wives while we were at the seminary?

“Just be yourself”.

These pictures are dedicated to all those women out there, who have discovered that that piece of advice can get you into a whole HEAP of trouble… Read More »

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Who Knew?! Do your civic duty: Eat this fish!

By idaflo | August 14th, 2010 | No Comments » 

This article inspires me to make a public service announcement:

lionfishHumans armed with knives and forks enlisted to control lionfish invasion

By Kari Huus

The federal government has thrown its weight behind plans to field a novel weapon – the American appetite – in a bid to halt the spread of the voracious and invasive lionfish. Read More »

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Who Knew?! EPA to Crack Down on Farm Dust

By idaflo | August 3rd, 2010 | No Comments » 

Once again, the Obama administration and federal government are waging war on the WRONG PEOPLE.

By Jacqueline Sit, NEWS 9

Farmer Curtis Roberts stands near one of his fields
Curtis Roberts stands at his farm in Arcadia.

OKLAHOMA CITY — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is considering a crackdown on farm dust, so senators have signed a letter addressing their concerns on the possible regulations.

The letter dated July 23 to the EPA states, “If approved, would establish the most stringent and unparalleled regulation of dust in our nation’s history.” It further states, “We respect efforts for a clean and healthy environment, but not at the expense of common sense. Read More »

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Who Knew? (Whale Defender speaks up.)

By idaflo | July 24th, 2010 | No Comments » 

Eagle head graphic superimposed on American flag


Published by Lee S. Gliddon, Jr. on Jul 23rd, 2010 at We’re Right – DesertConservative.com

Target: Prime Minister J�annes Eidesgaard Sponsored by: John Koehler

Whales are sensitive, social animals with highly developed nervous systems. They have a profound capacity to suffer distress, terror and pain. Each year, the Faroese kill pilot whales and other small cetaceans. Read More »

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Who Knew?!

By idaflo | June 22nd, 2010 | No Comments » 


TITLEOFMAGAZINE: Bigfoot Has Blond Hair, Six Fingers, Likes Eating Dog,  And Doesn’t Care for Rough TalkingVIDEO Linked

And from the original Television report:

NC man claims to have come face-to-face with Bigfoot VIDEO HERE

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Who Knew?!

By idaflo | June 16th, 2010 | No Comments » 

Seed Vault in frozen landscape

The entrance to the underground Svalbard Global Seed Vault juts from a hillside in the Norwegian Arctic. (Credit: John McConnico/Associated Press)

Buried Seed Vault Opens in Arctic

By ANDREW C. REVKIN at The New York Times

[UPDATED, 8:30 a.m.] After several years of planning and digging, the world has its first secure, deep-frozen repository for backup supplies of seeds from hundreds of thousands of plant varieties that underpin agriculture. Read More »

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Who Knew?!

By idaflo | June 11th, 2010 | No Comments » 

If Louder = Truer, than this young man has something to say…or, perhaps not.

And he has his own video news show.

Truly, WHO KNEW?

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Who Knew?

By idaflo | June 7th, 2010 | No Comments » 

picture of vultures

Some vultures: not looking forward to the World Cup

World Cup gamblers ‘smoking vulture brains’ (Linked from Metro.co.UK)

Gamblers seeking to beatthe bookies are smoking dried vulture brains, believing it will give them the power to predict match results, it has been claimed. Read More »

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