Sunday, November 10, 2019

Em               C                   G                D

Brother do you really                    want to           be here?

Brother what do     You                              think you will     find here?

Brother don't be      lieve the                     lies they               sell you

Brother don't for      get the                        One Who            loves you

Em                          C                      G                         D

Brother don't you know that you really shouldn't aughta

Brother do ya                        know that                       she is God's                           daughter

Brother please                        look                              past the skin,                           past the hair

Brother please stay                 strong,  be                    cause she needs your              prayers

C             G                            D                          Em

Don't be     lieve she's                        only in it                        for fun

Don't be     lieve they leave               when they want and     when they're done

Don't be     lieve all the                       lies

Don't be     lieve...

Em                               C                    G                  D

Brother please re                             member                    she is still your         sister

And don't for                                   get she's                    counting on you        mister

Brother step                                     back                         from the j -pegs and the thumbnails

Turn back to                                    God , with               Him we will pre-          vail

Sunday, November 3, 2019

As I'm driving, I think of so many topics to write about, and so many songs come to my mind. But when I finally sit down to type, so often I forget what was so vivid, important, and relevant just so many hours (or moments) ago.

One topic that has been heavy on my heart is that our society seems it should be right and proper that a woman can choose to end the life of her baby before birth. All these democrap candidates for Commander in Chief want a woman to be able to kill her unborn baby. The loser left opine likewise.
Even many protesting followers of Christ hold the same point of view.

How is that? How is it that folks who call themselves 'Christian' can with good conscience proclaim that it's up to the mother whether her unborn child lives or dies?!? What part of Christ's teaching, specifically please, would lead one to that conclusion?!? Even taken out of context, as is typical protester wont, I cannot imagine which recorded command of Christ could possibly cause such a heinous conclusion.

The ELCA, in their Social Statement on Abortion, 1991, state: "This church recognizes that there can be sound reasons for ending a pregnancy through induced abortion."

and the Missouri Synod hold similarly : "The LCMS believes that abortion is contrary to God's Word and "is not a moral option, except as a tragically unavoidable byproduct of medical procedures necessary to prevent the death of another human being, viz., the mother" (1979 Res. 3-02A)."

The UMC sanctions 'legal abortion under proper medical procedures'.* The American Baptists do not condemn abortion outright, nor do the Episcopals, Buddists, and Mormons. The Presbyterians call abortion a 'personal decision'. Unitarians and the United Church of Christ support 'safe' abortions.


Safe?!? How safe is this practice for the child being murdered - whether legal or illegal?!?

The Catechism of the Catholic Church states: 'Since the first century the Church has affirmed the moral evil of every procured abortion. This teaching has not changed and remains unchangeable. Direct abortion, that is to say, abortion willed either as an end or a means, is gravely contrary to moral law.' **

I thank You, LORD, for the gift of my life, 
And for the lives all my brothers and sisters.
I know there is nothing that destroys more life than abortion
But I rejoice that You have conquered death
by the resurrection of Your Son.
To-day I commit myself
never to be silent, 
never to be passive,
never to be forgetful of the unborn.
I commit myself to never to stop defending life
until all my brothers and sisters are protected, 
and our Nation once again becomes 
a Nation with liberty and justice
not just for some, but for all.

Forgive us, LORD.

* Pew Research on the official teachings of some groups on abortion:

** CCC No. 2271

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

what i wish all my protesting family and friends knew

498. What are immoral means of birth control?
Every action - for example, direct sterilization or contraception - is intrinsically immoral which (either in anticipation of the conjugal act, in its accomplishment or in the development of its natural consequences) proposes, as an end or as a means, to hinder procreation.

Further reading: CCC 2370-2372

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

At work

give way to


Thank You, Jesus!

Saturday, October 26, 2019

Up early on this football Saturday before our trip to Howell to run some errands. 30 degrees on the deck, and thank God for the firewood stacked neat and ready! Perhaps Dearborn Dogs and burgers on the grill for our Spartan game, and a whole lot of fighting Irish rooting tonight against the school in Ann Arbor.

Thank You, Father, for the beauty of a new day. Thank You for the whole idea of rest and peace and contemplation, and then activity and work and interaction. Every new day is a blessing, after a good night sleep. Hallelujah! 

Friday, October 25, 2019

Loving Father, help me to notice the 
situations in my life that 
cry out for me to serve Your kingdom 
and make a difference in the world.


Wednesday, October 23, 2019

From to-day's reading, the sixth of Romans:

But thanks be to God that, although you were once slaves of sin,
you have become obedient from the heart
to the pattern of teaching to which you were entrusted.

Thank You, Father, for the teachings that come from Jesus, from His Church, from his prophets, from our parents and our teachers. Thank You for entrusting the work of carrying on Your mission to us! Thank You for loving us so much! Our help is in the name of the LORD, Who made heaven and earth! Hallelujah, hallelujah!!


Friday, October 18, 2019

Sitting on the deck, and the world is beautiful. Quiet
Cows afar
Roosters close
Children a ways off
Wind rustling the Autumn leaves
Dryer sheets and wood fire aroma
Tonight with a south wind warmer

Sunday, October 13, 2019

My sister's number two son Carlos Luis was wed to his bride Cheyenne on Saturday night in Southgate; a wonderful time was had by all.

I was blessed to share a table with my parents

Representing the longest-married-couple present, Dad got to offer words of advise to his grandson and his new bride.

With my brother Gary and his son Joshua

The three of us Baldners
With sister Nancy - Mother of the Groom

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

We had a super fun evening out last night after work. Sweetie called before quitting time and asked if we could go out to Dexter A&W for 99c coney dogs. I was like yeah boy lets!
So, we get out to Dexter, and she's like it's five o'clock somewhere and I'm like yes let's go to the Pub. Now we have never been there but have broken fast three doors down from there at the diner several times. Dexter's Pub did not disappoint.

We both shared our chicken tender and quesa dilla dinners. Yummee!

Nice and quiet when we got to Dexter's Pub at 5:30

The diet coke's were quite tasty

Steak fries and chicken tenders were cooked perfectly and hearty!

Hot cheesey chicken quesadilla with perfunctory applications

The side of the Dexter Riverview Cafe, there are great breakfasts.

The world-famous Teal Bike

A colourful tree

Toward the Farmers Market from Main Street

Sunday, October 6, 2019

2019 October 6

Happy 57th Anniversary, Mom and Dad!

In the absence of a good recent photo of them, I am including one from two summers ago.

Along with a recent one of Grandsons (our nephews) Ray #1, Alexander #3, and Benjamin #4. Carlos #2 is getting married this week and Ric # 5 was in the bathroom.

Along with a recent one of three retards we found in the attic.

Along with a not so recent one of a non-migratory European swallow.

Along with a quite less recent than the swallow one of the Knights who say 'Ni!'.

The same.

Saturday, October 5, 2019

2019 October 5

Saturday morning and we are up early working hard on our fall chores. I have already cleaned the bathroom drain trap and did our taxes!

Some glad morning when this life is o'er, I'll fly away.

Oh, how I love Jesus; because He first loved me.

MSU at Ohio State tonight, but Michigan hosts Illinois at noon. We are not having anyone over to-day, so I am just doing burgers and dogs on the grill, perhaps with some potato salad. Yes, potato salad. Sounds good. To the kitchen!

UPdate 13:10: I went with the nachos in the oven with good guac instead of potato salad. We had another roof guy out for an estimate, and Michigan is beating Iowa 10-3 at home.
The nachos were OK, but I only had muenster and mozzarella cheese. I am now a firm believer that you need yellow (cheddar, sharp cheddar, etc) cheese with this type of dish. The muenster that is so delectable on pizza is just lacking on corn chips. I shredded one red chili pepper and made the apetizer kind of spicy... but again: cheese matters.
More later

Monday, September 30, 2019

On football and such

The funnest part of the weekend was the Lions losing in the end of the game at home to the Chiefs :-) (evil nasty smile).

Down to five B1G teams in the top 25: OSU up to #4, Wisconsin (#8), Penn State (#12), Iowa (#14), and Michigan up one spot to #19 (after a convincing win over perennial threat Rutgers).

Wisconsin has the best rush defense in the nation at 1.7 yards per carry;  MSU is second with 1.9 yards per carry. Indiana picked apart our secondary this past weekend though. OSU likes to run, but they've got a pretty durn good quarterback. MSU plays them at 7:30 this Saturday.

Sunday, September 22, 2019


Still very little color change in the foliage here in southeast Lower Michigan. Our sedums are stunning maroon (?) and the crab apple's leaves are yellowing a bit (as are the bamboo's) but still looking in any one direction you see less than one percent color. Beautiful mind you, and I'm certainly not complaining at all.
We made our first batch of chili yestreday (use the search queue for chili above for my variations over past eight years;) this season. With a dollop of sour cream on top, so good and flavorful. I wonder if it might do any good in one of the many chili cook-offs we have around these parts (and everywhere else, I imagine).

My mother asked if we had seen any hummers lately, and I began thinking that I surely hadn't - not for a couple days anyway. The water was cloudy so I brewed up a fresh small batch yestreday, but still I have seen none. I was hoping the warm weekend (mid-eighty highs and mid-sixty lows) would encourage a straggler or two to stop and indulge. Either way, we have seen more birds this year than ever before, with just our one feeder. More birds, and more groups of birds - we have both seen up to five at a time dancing and singing and scolding each other. The precision with which they rocket around my head and then off south around the plum tree and over the neighbors house is daunting. Imagine a helicopter shrunk down a million times, and all decorated in green, white, black and red feathers, and then it flying two or three inches from  your noggin whilest you try to watch with your jaw dropped.
I did not do too well this year photographing the dancing but I have several good stills of them feeding.

I was just looking back out our photos over the past six months. April and our Spartans lost to Texas Tech in the Final Four. In May Joslin took her First Communion and we got our annuals and herbs in the ground, and a new faucet in the kitchen, Moni got her new Jeep :-).

Praise and honor and glory to the One and Only God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and Earth. All praise to You: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; alleluia, alleluia!!