Here's the "sizzle reel" (preview):
And here's the best dance tonight, had people standing and shouting:
|When I started my walk, it was even darker than this.|
|On my way back, it was finally getting light.|
|Can you see them? Even the drake blends in low light.|
|I thought I was seeing double until I realized it was his reflection.|
|Illustration by Jason Holley, in Sept. 2015 "Conde Nast Traveler"|
|This was the eagle's second run, having missed the first try at a fish.|
|The eagle soared up to turn around and come in for another try.|
|This was the third try. Almost! But some crows had come along.|
|The eagle flew away, mobbed by the crows.|
|The eagle flew to the top of a Douglas fir and then farther away from the lake.|
|We didn't even walk to Haystack Rock this time, but walked along the beach to the south.|
|Then we walked on the trail from Ecola State Park toward Indian Beach.|
|We didn't walk all the way to Indian Beach, just about halfway.|
|We saw so many beautiful old trees along the trail.|
|And lots of mushrooms.|
|We did NOT try to pick any of these.|
|Even if you knew they were safe to eat (and touch)...|
|...You would want to leave them so other people could see them.|
|It's mushroom season at home, too. I'll put in some mushroom photos from our back yard and the neighborhood, soon.|
|And then there were the birds.|
|Yeah, this is about how well I saw that woodpecker with my eyes, too.|
|But the Steller's jay sat still and posed for a photo.|
|And then those beautiful mountains fading into the mist. It was a perfect day!|
I invite you to “ponderize” one verse of scripture each week. The word ponderize is not found in the dictionary, but it has found a place in my heart. So what does it mean to ponderize? I like to say it’s a combination of 80 percent extended pondering and 20 percent memorization. …
… Read or think of the verse several times each day and ponder the meaning of its words and key phrases throughout the week.
Imagine the uplifting results of doing this weekly for 6 months, a year, 10 years, or more.
As you make this effort, you will feel an increase in spirituality. You will also be able to teach and lift those you love in more meaningful ways.
The journey of discipleship is not an easy one. It has been called a “course of steady improvement.” As we travel along the strait and narrow path, the Spirit continually challenges us to be better and to climb higher. The Holy Ghost makes an ideal traveling companion. If we are humble and teachable, He will take us by the hand and lead us home.
However, we need to ask the Lord for directions along the way. We have to ask some difficult questions—questions like “What do I need to change?” “How can I improve?” “What weakness needs strengthening?” …
I would like to suggest that each of you participate in a spiritual exercise sometime soon, perhaps even tonight while saying your prayers. Humbly ask the Lord the following question: “What is keeping me from progressing?” In other words: “What lack I yet?” Then wait quietly for a response.
If you are sincere, the answer will soon become clear. It will be revelation intended just for you. ...
If spiritual growth is not a priority in our lives, if we are not on a course of steady improvement, we will miss out on the important experiences that God wants to give us.
And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain: and when he was set, his disciples came unto him: And he opened his mouth, and taught them, saying,
Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.
Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth:But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloke also.And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain.Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away.Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy.But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same?And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so?Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.