Monday, December 19, 2011

Pre-Christmas update

Here's what we've been up to:

We bought a 2008 Prius! And we love it!

Son tried to hide at Old Navy because he didn't want to go home.

Made some sausage.

Eliza made some molasses crackle cookies!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Pliers, Cops and the Fire Brigade

Shoulda posted this last month, but it got buried underneath a bunch of life...

[From early Nov.] These nights keep getting more and more awesome. If it's not the earthquakes, then its early November tornado watches & torrential downpours of seemingly biblical proportions. (I build outdoor playsets, not floating zoos by the way).

My wife had gone to the gym, and the kids were in bed. I was working on homework when the doorbell rang. It was a policeman, soaking wet. he asked for a pair of pliers because his girlfriend, our neighbor, had a leaky something and he was trying to shut off the water. Irony? It's in the middle of a huge fall storm, we have several inches of standing water on our sidewalk, the cop needs pliers for his girlfriends leak.

Anyway, like the paranoid good citizen I am, I loaned him a pair of channel-lock pliers, good for plumbing issues. 10 minutes later I hear sirens approaching the house. With cell phone camera ready, I snap this shot of the fire truck as it drove past our house, and parked in front of the neighbor.

"She has a leak and a fire?" I thought to myself...

No, turned out that the cop couldn't fix the leak. So what does he do? He calls in the pro's, ie. Edmond's First Responders - to a house leak - in the middle of severe weather.

Do I mind that my tax dollars are fixing my neighbors leaky faucet? Not really. Because I know who I'm calling the next time I need the garbage disposal un-jammed, or the lint removed from the dryer, or the dog bathed.

Dude did bring the pliers back though.

Muppets Make Your Kids Commies!

In a recent segment on Fox Business News, the topic of the new Muppet movie came up. Here's the (lengthy) clip:

I had heard a little of this via Twitter, and hadn't really reflected on it until I got an email from my sister. Then things connected and I responded with:
"Fox is against anything that seems to be, but in fact probably isn't, inherently opposed to their ideology that supports corporate greed, blind patriotism and rampant individualism at the expense of community but in the name of "national interest".

If anything, what we've all learned from being raised on the Street is that a strong sense of community, compassion for persons and causes impacted by injustices, and care for the natural environment including responsible use of resources, enriches our lives in ways that neither consumerism nor complacent political unawareness provides.

If the Arab Spring, the Occupy movement, the 2008 presidential and 2011 off year elections are showing us anything, it is that this "Muppet/Sesame Street" generation is poised the be the most effective at major political, social, and economic change in decades- maybe a half century.

Its already being noticed, that one-time "hot-button" issues like abortion, gay rights, ethnic inequality (some say 21st century racism) are being resolved or at least minimized by a new generation of activists, business and civic leaders, and state/national politicians who are advancing new concerns that focus on the well being of the community rather than on restricting the individual. 

So I say, more Hooper's store, more Big Bird, more Oscar T. Grouch (he's actually the best at teaching non-aggressive conflict resolution), and more responsible awareness of diversity. 

Last point: go read a few lines of any of the fox pundits books, especially Glenn Beck's "children's" books... Then answer the question, "Now, who is it again that is trying to "brainwash" children?"

One more reason to admire Jim Henson & gang. 

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Final Garden Update: 2011

Here's a couple of shots of the last harvest of the garden for this year. A big cold front came through this afternoon knocking 20 degrees off the high of 67. And tomorrow there is expected to be a hard freeze, so whatever was out there is coming in.

The regular taters coulda stayed out longer I realize, but I'm done working the garden for this year. See ya in March with 2 more raised beds!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Play set #2

Early this fall a neighbor was admiring the swingset/playhouse that my dad and I built for my kids this Spring.

A few weeks later a big wind storm rolled through town. In its wake we're many roofs damaged and a few backyard playsets knocked over. My neighbors fence and playset were destroyed. She asked if I would build her daughter a new one and I agreed.

The following photo-essay describes the process.

That's it about 99.7% finished. It was fun building it, but it took a long time in my opinion. I'm not quite ready to go into business.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

More Sweet Potato

Here are a few more pics of the massive 20+ lb sweet potato I hauled out of the garden today.

Sweet potato pie, purée, fries, pancakes...

A few months ago I stuck a sweet potato in our recently vacated garden. It had started to grow shoots, so I figured what the heck.

The vines and leaves started turning yellow, which is the sign that it's harvest time. Here's what I pulled out of the ground today:
Little girl shown for scale. Speaking of scales:
That's just the meat part of the tater (yes, singular "tater"). The bowl of scraps & peelings weighed in at 11.5lb.
There's much more to come from our garden this year- including more Yukon gold potatoes and probably dozens of bell peppers!

Monday, October 10, 2011

Garden Update

Bell pepper plants finally starting to produce! Ya know, because it's mid-October. Anyway, I've spotted at least 3 fruits, hopefully some more will come on before it gets too cold this fall.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Friday, September 23, 2011

Problem with Attribution

The east coast has endured as much natural disaster in recent weeks as it has ridiculous religious claims about those natural disasters. As cities and states were preparing for the arrival of Hurricane Irene, a 5.8 magnitude earthquake shook the northeast from North Carolina through New York. Thankfully not much serious damage was due to the earthquake. That isn't so much the case for Irene, which killed at least 40 people in 12 states, and estimated damage reports into the tens of billions of dollars.

Enter presidential hopeful Michelle Bachmann, who recently suggested that the natural disasters were signs from God that the US government should cut spending:

So wait, should politicians listen to God or the American public? Bachmann seems to suggest that God is saying "listen to me, listen to the American people". Are the American people God? I never knew I had such power.

Gaffes aside, what is a more important issue is her use of pseudo-religious rhetoric to amplify her base. But even then, politicians for decades have been leaning on religious themed catch-phrases and slogans as they pursue higher office. In fact, some of the best political speech in the last 15 years (since I've been among the electorate) was then Senator Barack Obama's 2004 Democratic National Convention Keynote Address, which he concludes by saying:

"In the end, that is God's greatest gift to us, the bedrock of this nation; the belief in things not seen; the belief that there are better days ahead. I believe we can give our middle class relief and provide working families with a road to opportunity. I believe we can provide jobs to the jobless, homes to the homeless, and reclaim young people in cities across America from violence and despair. I believe that as we stand on the crossroads of history, we can make the right choices, and meet the challenges that face us, America!"
Campaign misstatements or off the cuff comments that get a soft chuckle are one thing. But to put the responsibility for the deaths of at least 40 human beings on God is both unfortunate and irresponsible. For one, the responsibility really isn't on God. Instead, Bachmann is suggesting that it is on the humans who have acted in a way that in her view is unpleasing to God. For her, God is bound to a limited set of abilities that include smiting those who have acted disobediently, but does not include a grace, patience or understanding.  She is suggesting that because of the inaction of congress to cut spending in an effort to reign in the national debt, God is punishing us as a nation with earthquakes and hurricanes. It's as if her god is more concerned about DC finances that the homeless family living in the shadow of the Capitol.

Her assumption that God is retributive against innocents is simply a theology that all too easily (and readily) places blame on a cosmic deity, without recognizing human responsibility or uncontrollable acts of nature. But even more unfortunate is hers or any politicians use of God as a scapegoat for the purpose of furthering a political cause, ideology or policy.

It's not just bad politics, it's bad religion.

Morality versus Morality: Beyond Left and Right

The Religious Right makes serious claims about morality. From my understanding, that morality is mostly based in sex-issues. Reproductive rights like abortion and contraceptives have lingered in the minds of socially and religious conservative folks for decades. Concerns with same-sex marriage and LGBT unions have risen to prominence at political and religious rallies, and again take center stage as "Don't ask - Don't Tell" has ended.

Still other issues come up from time such as the recent HPV vaccine accusations linking the vaccine to intellectual disabilities. While on the surface this issue looks like a health issue, and it is of course, but in the minds of right-wing evangelicals it is also about sex. Moreover, it's about sexual control. 

Here's how this works: A 12 year-old gets an HPV vaccine which is proven to be 100% effective in protecting against cervical cancer. HPV is spread through sexual contact, just like many other STI's, except this one is a biggie. So if a young person gets a shot that protects them from cancer, then (in the mind of social conservatives) the kids will think it's a free pass to have all the sex, since they're protected from cancer. 

This argument has been around for as long as condoms have been widely available.If teens get condoms, they'll have sex. If they don't get condoms, then they wont have sex. At least that is the thinking...

Here's where this line of thinking breaks down though. Teens are going to have sex anyway, using protection or not, vaccinated or not. To think otherwise is naive and irresponsible. To suggest that a vaccine that can lead to the eradication of one of the most lethal cancers for women is a government over-reach is wildly selfish and narrow-minded. Such a view only prolongs problems, kicking the can down the road, waiting until another day to face the challenge.

And if the argument against the HPV vaccine is that it's being forced on young girls as a government over-reach (as Michelle Bachmann suggested), then where is the outcry over other mandated vaccines? Where's the outcry for mandated automobile insurance? (Supporters of mandated auto insurance say it's a public safety issue. Isn't controlling a STD that leads to cervical cancer also a public safety issue?) 

A more progressive-minded morality is centered on how we care for one another, in more real-life terms. I might even suggest that a more progressive morality is actually more Jesus-like than we progressives even realize - in that it deals with real life issues in real life space, much like Jesus did. Feeding the hungry right now, healing those with injuries right now, protecting children with affordable and effective healthcare right now, working against systems of injustice right now. No prolonging healing to another day, no kicking the can down the road. 

But even then, the argument can be made that a liberal minded morality doesn't take seriously some issues that have long been  regarded as pillars of western society: purity, liberty, free-market economics. And in many ways this argument has a strong position.

However one looks at such issues, a responsible and ethical morality begins with addressing real life struggles with immediate and effective solutions. Left or Right, Liberal or Conservative - such distinctions don't matter to someone who is starving, freezing or suffering from cancer.

Church Wuss Part 7

I'm never surprised anymore about how great a job churches do with mixing in violence with ministry. Specifically "outreach" type events intended to draw in a crowd and hopefully some of those crowd folks will start attending the church.

Tulsa, OK is home to Guts Church, a hip and macho congregation that showcases the toughness needed to be a Christian today. And as a part of their outreach, Guts has held six "Fight Night" events over the past few years. It's a boxing match and people come out to watch men pound each other in the face with their fists... in the name of Jesus of course.

Unfortunately at the most recent Fight Night, former University of Tulsa linebacker and amateur boxer George Clinkscale suffered serious injuries from the fight. He was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Here's the Tulsa World article describing the event and subsequent DA investigation.

What I don't get, and I've mentioned it before; why do churches think violence is something that is particularly Christian in nature? Where in scripture does Jesus say that his followers should bludgeon each other with fists?

These fights that Guts Church has promoted have done serious harm to the message of the Gospel of Jesus. It is heartbreaking that a church would promote something so dangerous and life-threatening just to boost their street cred as the "hip, underground, masculine" church. There's nothing tough about dying on a cross, and nothing tough about dying in a ring - tragedies on both counts.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

This is what's wrong with our society

Here is a t-shirt for kids. I want my son and daughter to be anything but famous. Unless it's fame for a scientific breakthrough or something for the common good.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Confusion of Christian Capitalism

If anything, being 2/3 the way through the Master of Divinity degree at a mainline protestant theological seminary has given me many opportunities to rethink what I believe. In all honesty, few things have changed drastically for me albeit for one: economics.

Strange to think that a religious program at a christian seminary would alter my view of economics, but I believe economics is an ethical and moral issue anyway - so it's not that much of a stretch for me.

What I have realized is a certain disconnect between the anti-wealth messages from Jesus of the gospels and certain prescribed beliefs or assumptions with modern, western Christianity: that it's actually okay (more to the point, predestined) to be super wealthy and a hardcore believer. The Jesus I read doesn't agree.

Atheist and social scientist Gregory Paul lays it out fairly clearly, as to how the social-minded Jesus got altered to the pro-capitalism religion of conservative America:
Many conservative Christians, mostly Protestant but also a number of Catholics, have come to believe and proudly proclaim that the creator of the universe favors free wheeling, deregulated, union busting, minimal taxes especially for wealthy investors, plutocrat-boosting capitalism as the ideal earthly scheme for his human creations. And many of these Christian capitalists are ardent followers of Ayn Rand, who was one of - and many of whose followers are -- the most hard-line anti-Christian atheist/s you can get. Meanwhile many Christians who support the capitalist policies associated with social Darwinistic strenuously denounce Darwin’s evolutionary science because it supposedly leads to, well, social Darwinism!

My view, and that of many outspoken celebrities is that if I have enough to provide for myself, then I also have enough to help provide for another person. Actor Zach Braff (of Scrubs TV) recently tweeted about being blessed with enough money and being willing to share it with others who are in need. And we've all read or heard about investor Warren Buffett's proclamation for the federal government to stop coddling the super rich with tax breaks and loopholes (pointing a finger to "trickle-down" economics not really working).

Some call it socialism, but that term wasn't in Jesus' vocabulary, and neither was the economic structure of socialism in the minds of anyone of the first century. Application of the term "socialism" backward onto the ideals of Jesus' Way is is problematic in that we are ignoring a very basic understanding of 1st century Palestine - that Jesus wasn't a socialist, that's out term. He was driven by the imperial reign of God to teach a way of living that uplifted the poor, outcast and marginalized in society. He wasn't egalitarian either, because he had no love for the wealthy or powerful.

The "socialist" view of Jesus really comes (at least as far as Gregory Paul is concerned) from the book of Acts. That's not Jesus, that's Luke - writing decades after the time of Jesus when groups of believers were solidly formed into religious sects.

The other view, that is greatly espoused by conservative believers and politicians is that God awards those who work hard with riches upon riches. And by work hard I mean trample on the lives of low and middle-class Americans while building a corporate empire that is heralded as another "American Dream" come true. That view is actually counter to the reality of Jesus' teachings and the tradition of the early church in Acts. Capitalism is in no way egalitarian either, even with the advent of trickle-down. It's a system that is proving more and more to be flawed - in favor of the rich at the expense of the poor.

The more we as a country do away with Keynesian economics, the more we also move away from the ideas of Jesus and the early church, where it is the responsibility of those with means to care for and nurture those without.

But what does all this mean? Either we have confused religious and government leaders who do not understand the meaning of "It's easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than a rich person to enter the kingdom of God", or, well there is no or. That's just it - we have a mainstream religious system that takes cues from a capitalistic republic that claims to be based on Christian principles and morality, all for the purpose of the maintenance of said capitalist republic.

If anything, the church should be celebrating and remembering a Jesus who stripped the wealthy of their changing tables, mocked the treasury scribes and basically told the powerful rich elites to go to hell.

That's a Jesus I'd like to meet.

Charity and Justice: Part 1

This summer I led a group of youth and adults to inner-city St. Louis for a week of service projects. From a church perspective, we call it "missions". Anybody else calls it "service projects" or simply "volunteering".

"Mission Trip" just rolls off the tongue easier than "Service Project Trip" - though I could go for "Work Trip".

Most of the work we did during the week was related in one way or another to urban community outreach. Think painting & cleaning projects, food and clothing distribution etc. When a group comes and does a good work for the benefit of someone else, there is immediate positive results. Like giving someone a bag of groceries. Both the giver and the receiver know that some good has been done, and that its effect is nearly immediate. That is charity.

Churches love doing charity work because it is often easily organized and is often short-lived, meaning, the planning and execution of the work is defined in hours or days. Also, charity is something that hats can easily be hung on. "Our church did this or that" you might have said or heard being said. Churches can easily point to annual service and charity projects and pat themselves on the back while saying, "See? We're doing God's work!"

Charity is good and needs to be done. Food, clothing, medicine, school supplies, housing all are near immediate needs that more individuals than ever are in need of in this country. Churches ought to be involved heavily in charity work, especially for those members of society who are most vulnerable - children, elderly and those with different abilities. Churches have the means to do for others what they cannot do for themselves. That is the job, in part, of the church.

Riding in tandem with charity is the work of justice. I am not speaking about justice in a judicial or law enforcement sense, or even a "he got what was coming to him" karma kind of way. But rather, justice in an equality or "doing what's right" kind of way. Some might call this way "fairness", but we know that the world isn't fair - but the work of what we do can and probably should lean toward a fairness created by society. This way occupies the realms of social justice, and is heavily involved in public policy and governing. Perhaps this is one reason why social justice as an issue has become somewhat of a taboo subject among political circles. The anxiety that people will discover social justice and get involved in public policy could be worrisome for the elected.

One aspect of public justice that the church can engage is equal access to resources for all people. Resources such as adequate and appropriate healthcare, transportation, housing and education are all works that churches can take on for a long-term ministries.

Even bolder ways of seeking justice would be to work for equal rights and protections for the LGBTQ community. But on more than the theological level; in the public policy sphere through legislation and rights amendments.

Justice seeks to provide an equal playing field for everyone, from access to quality education and job training to basic human rights and protections. The door to working for justice is charity, providing for those in need for the hope of justice making in their lives. A child cannot easily rise up out of poverty without access to proper educational materials and supplies. A gay couple cannot see to one another's health concerns without the basic rights to care for loved ones.

The church is called to reconciliation, justice-seeking and hope-giving, all rooted in the love of God. In our work to be charitable, might we also discover inroads to working for justice.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Historical Jesus Action Figure

Earlier tonight I posted that I'd be hopefully writing some about my summer class. Well I decided to not wait but unload right now!

The class I took was called "The Historical Jesus" and was a survey of the methods and findings from decades of scholarly research that attempts to identify who Jesus was historically. It was really interesting because from the very start, all assumptions of faith were put aside. There was no need for personal beliefs, just the willingness to explore what can be discovered from exploring the bible with a historians cap, rather than a theologians.

So the essence of the quest for the historical Jesus (sounds like the title of a lame Jesus-y 'Indiana Jones' knock off) is in determining what sayings and deeds attributed to Jesus in the gospels can be identified with high probability were actually his.

Needless to say I found this pretty intriguing. The point being not to discredit the texts, or to reshape ones ideas of biblical actuality, meaning that history happened exactly as it is recorded in the bible. Instead the quest is about drawing conclusions based on certain criteria, and using biblical texts as the basis for research - all to identify a snapshot of what Jesus was all about.

Some say Jesus was an apocalyptic preacher. Apocalyptic in the sense that he discussed the end of an age (not necessarily the "end times" as we understand it. That "belief" didn't come about until the mid 1800's and was born in America, not 1st century Palestine.)

Others say Jesus was a wisdom teacher and healer of sorts. Think tribal medicine man/soothsayer. This image is difficult for western Christians to imagine because it conjures up pictures of African dudes with weird bones sticking through noses and lips and whatnot. But remember that Jesus was Jewish and grew up in a highly roman-ized area of Judea. He probably worked building scaffolding or cutting stone for Roman construction projects (reference his knowledge of corner and cap stones).

Still others suggest that Jesus was a prophet of judgement, in the line of say - Jonah. This position is much more difficult to defend, due to the overwhelming evidence for the other 2 positions. But it is interesting nonetheless.

Given all of that, plus 40 hours with a professor who has literally given 40 years of his life to this study, I say Jesus was a soccer champion. 

What say you? What scriptures need to be in your basket to piece together the Jesus you believe in (if you swing that way)?

Weather Update

Because no one has cable news, the weather channel, access to the internet or smartphones with weather apps, I bring you:

Screenshots of Local Weather Radar! 

You see, just like when I run out of things to talk to my dad about I turn to weather, I've run out of things to talk about on the blog. There are several reasons for this:
1) I'm trying to dial back the political posts, so that I can rant without hindrance come primary adn general election time next year
2) our garden is toast - almost literally, actually. Nearly 6 weeks of 100+ temps absolutely roasted our remaining pepper plants and watermelon vines.
3) I'm gearing up for another semester of seminary and will hopefully be posting some thoughts from my summer class soon.

So there ya have it. And here's your weather update:
It was really hot for a long time, then it started raining every day for a week. Here's proof!
We're the blue dot in the middle. Green band is the "gust front", probably 50-60 MPH. 
Big rain getting closer!

Zoomed in of previous image, rain almost at our house. 

Here's how this conversation goes. We've had some good periods of rain lately. The city has dropped odd/even days outdoor watering schedule, the burn ban has been lifted and the ponds and lakes aren't as dry as they were. They're still super low, just not as bad. Like gas prices at $4. When it goes down to $3.85 you think HOORAY! But then you remember that gas is $3.85!! 

If I can think of anything non-Michelle Bachmann or Rick Perry related I'll write about that. 

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Wicked nasty hot!

That's pm, folks.


Yes we have some melons, and yea they are delicious!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Church Wuss: Part 6

NEW RULE: If you're going to be a "Christian" bookstore, you don't get to sell violent kids toys. All those Zondervan bibles you sell? Yeah, go read about that guy Jesus who wasn't big on killing others or militant empires.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Bloggin' Break

It's been almost a month since I posted - my apologies for the break. I could blame it on the Twitter feed I have on the blog, and hoping that my tweets will have given enough new content. Or I could blame it on a pretty busy month of July. But I'll just be honest and say I've been rather lazy and uninspired to write.

Not that there hasn't been anything worth while going on to write about, mind you. We have watermelons, We've had 32 days of 100+ degree weather so far this summer. I took 22 people on a mission trip to STL.

Plus my least favorite Senator (Jim Inhofe) made some rather insensitive comments relating to the heat wave and the deaths of at least 12 Oklahomans.

So never fear, intrepid reader - I'm churning out some blog posts this week, so you can continue wasting time at work from your cube farm.


Thursday, June 30, 2011

What, no Tears for Daddy Rupert?

Today marked a personal triumph of sorts. Not due to any specific action of my own or anything like that mind you - more that today I indeed triumph in that Glenn Beck will no longer be on the TV airwaves polluting the minds of millions of viewers with his wretched "conspiracy theories" about George Soros and "left-wing socialists".

Was it the ratings plunge? The exodus of influential sponsors? The pressure from network execs to dial it back?

Whatever his reasons, (he says it was because he had more to do) the departure of Glenn Beck from Fox News is nothing short of a sign of relief for moderate conservatives (who found him an embarrassment to their brand), and nothing short of a major victory for progressives who endured his rhetoric on TV for over two years. They also thought he was embarrassing, for humanity.

Not that Mr. Beck is going away, really. He will still have his radio show, and chances are (and he's already hinted at) that he'll land a TV talk show somewhere else, albeit a much more remote locale compared to Fox. He mentions a web-based program on GBTV. (Green Beans for TransVestites?, Great Big Tennis Volleys?, George Bush's Too-soon Victory?)

One of my biggest concerns with Beck is how easily he blends patriotism and nationalism with religious fervor. As if being Proud To Be An American is a virtue of Christendom. [Editor's note: I like how Chuck Norris-y Lee Greenwood looks at the beginning of that video] 

It's difficult for me to place U.S. patriotism and affinity to Jesus in the same basket. The Jesus I've learned to follow wasn't too big on empires or pride, and spent a lot of time blessing others instead of asking for blessings for himself.

So when Good Boy Glenn makes claims that Christians should leave churches that preach social justice, because he believes it is a scourge to our democracy, I have a really hard time taking the bait. I don't see the two in relationship that way. Rather, I see the moral issue of care and concern for the poor, elderly and other vulnerable groups of society as both a religious and societal imperative. One problem being tackled from multiple viewpoints. Not necessarily working together, but toward the same goal.

I see the social justice issue as religious in the sense that the Jesus I have come to understand made it very clear that we have a responsibility to look after the well being of all people. And I see this again as a responsibility for society in large part because of what history has shown us - that societies empires who do not care for the needs of all people ultimately disintegrate.

But additionally, countries that do not make important strides in caring and providing for their citizens in meaningful and important ways end up with massive debt, huge disparities between income groups, and a disjointed and toxic political climates. Oh wait, that's the United States of America.

One of my favorite comedians is John Fugelsang. You'll remember him as the funny man to Daisy Fuentes' funny girl on "America's Funniest Home Videos" from '98-'99, following Bob Saget's near decade reign.

Lately he's been lighting up twitter with commentary about Glenn Beck's last broadcast on Fox:

If Glenn Beck were any more unbalanced he'd be Cubist.
Beck says Christians should leave a church that wants Social Justice; Beck should leave a church before bursting into flames.

Anyway, peace out Glenn Beck; thanks for adding fuel to the fire that's burning the country to the ground. May you fade into oblivion and be forgotten.

Let there be carrots!!

Here's the last of the carrots we harvested. I was a little disappointed in both the size of carrot and quantity of the harvest, but it's given me a few ideas for the next season.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Road Burn

This kept me from exiting where I wanted. Look closely, the entire cab is engulfed in flames. No one was injured, thank goodness.

Vacation: Missouri part 2

Here's some new generation Barnes family kids, doin' the Barnes family kid thing: getting sticky from watermelon & sitting on the storm shelter.

Vacation: Missouri

Last week we traveled to Van Buren, MO for a week long family get away. And by family, I mean over 60 of my closest and most distant relatives from the Barnes side. So it was, as one might say - a hootenanny. Oh, what's that you say Wikipedia? I used the term wrong?

Well, as Supreme Chancellor of Linguistics of this blog, I'm going to decree that henceforth, the term "hootenanny" whence uttered amidst the hills and hollers, cricks and creeks of the Missouri Ozarks shall refer to what others call a "shin-dig", "reunion", "get-together" or "jamboree".

After the festivities of feasting and familial funitude, a great multitude of occasions for aquatic splashery commenced. There was:

Wading and floating:

And fishing:

And exploring:

And cute girls:

* appearing in this post is Jason from "The Moanstead" & "Two Thumbs Brewing", and Elizabeth from "The Multi-Tasking Momma"

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Vacation: Kansas (part 2)

Some pretty flowers and an old steamy in Lawrence, KS.

iPhone 3GS / lomob pix.

Farmer Life

Carrots and watermelons are Coming on well!