Thursday, July 31, 2008

Friends on the road

I forgot to mention the people I know in Montana who I contacted while I was there. I have mentioned the people in Bozeman before, but just didn't mention that I contacted them again on this trip. It happens that they are involved in starting a business in Jackson Hole right now and have rented their house in Bozeman, so they weren't there during the time I was visiting.

They were excited about my trip and would have offered to let me stay in one of the cabins they own in Yellowstone again but those are being rented out too.

When I got to Miles City, I contacted a pastor who I met one Sunday morning prior to a service. He invited me to come to a church service, and I've kept in touch. I came into town on a Tuesday night and just missed a prayer meeting that I could have been a part of. When I called him, he barely remembered me, but I was so impressed by how he called me right back after I left a message, earnestly prepared to help out someone who may be in need. That's the heart of a shepherd.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Grace Is Gone


Once again, John Cusack shines in a movie where he plays a widower. This movie didn't do very well at the box office, but that shouldn't deter you.

He plays a man who was in the army but got disqualified because of his eyesight. He believes in fighting for his country and his wife continues to do so, until she is killed. Now he is left with the task of telling his two daughters the bad news.

Cusack delivers with his typical adorable personality and his way with children.

Burt Rosenberg-Messianic Jew


If I am not for myself, who will be for me?
And if I am only for myself, what am I?
And if not now, when?
-- Rabbi Hillel

Monday, July 28, 2008

The Dark Knight


The movie sounds intriguing except for the fact that Ledger lost his life due to the demands of the role he was playing, and Bale who plays Batman, is not the greatest role model in real life, as displayed in this article found on the Heath Ledger website. It states that Bale hurt his mother and sister because he was upset about Ledger's death. Man, young people need better role models than this! These are the only reasons I'm not so excited about the movie. But I'll probably see it soon.

Sunday, July 27, 2008

My dad's generation

New Yorker Cartoon - Obama


Liberals were trying to make fun of conservatives, and ended up with this. Amazing, they just ended up offending their own.

Obama can't please everyone


Here is a liberal site angry at Obama for being open to a Christian ex-gay, Donnie McClurkin, because McClurklin has the audacity to declare that there is hope for gays to go straight. That's right, "the audacity of hope!" They are angry at the idea of being healed of your homosexuality. And Obama wants to hang with this guy, so they are appealing to him to stop that.

But most likely, Obama was trying to appeal to conservatives in this move, and you just can't please everyone.

Friday, July 25, 2008

Democrats Legislating


OK all you Democrats - don't come here and get upset! I love this photo. My cousin found it somewhere.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Burt Rosenberg Humor


"Puritanism: the haunting fear that somebody,
somewhere might be having a good time."
-- H. L. Mencken

Water vs. Wine

To my friends who enjoy a glass of wine - and those who don't.

As Ben Franklin said, 'In wine there is wisdom, in beer there is freedom,
in water there is bacteria.'

In a number of carefully controlled trials, scientists have demonstrated
that if we drink 1 liter of water each day, at the end of the year we would
have absorbed more than 1 kilo of Escherichia coli, (E. Coli) - bacteria
found in feces. In other words, we are consuming 1 kilo of poop.

However, we do NOT run that risk when drinking wine & beer (or tequila,
rum, whiskey or other liquor) because alcohol has to go through a
purification process of boiling, filtering and/or fermenting.
Remember: Water = Poop, Wine = Health

Therefore, it's better to drink wine and talk stupid, than to drink water
and be full of shit.

There is no need to thank me for this valuable information: I'm doing it as
a public service

Vicky Beeching Teaches Song

Vicky Beeching Talks about getting into the bible

Yesterday, Today and Forever


We also did this song on Sunday and I got to be a worship leader.

Brenton Brown, writer of Everlasting God

Chris Tomlin & Matt Maher on Your Grace Is Enough

Your Grace Is Enough


by Chris Tomlin. We also did this song in church last Sunday, and I got to be one of the worship leaders!

Monday, July 21, 2008

God is good-on the road

Just a reflection on the ways that my trip caused me to remember God's goodness...

I was able to make the trip in the first place. I had the money. I was able to stay in a great hotel in North Dakota, in Valley City at AmericInn on the way out and in Jamestown at Comfort Inn on the way back - places where there aren't many great campgrounds and it's better just to stay in a hotel. Besides, I sort of wanted part of my trip to be spent doing a hotel stay. When AmericInn proved to be full on the way back, and I came through Jamestown, I was fortunate that it's a bigger town and there are more hotels available.

There were pools at both hotels so I got some exercise.

There was also an Assembly of God church two blocks away from the Comfort Inn in Jamestown, since I was leaving on a Sunday morning, and I enjoyed the service.

When I got to Miles City, I didn't want to bother with my tent as it was late, and fortunately, the lady was offering one of their KOA Kamping cabins at a discount that night, so I got one.

I always got enough sleep so the next day wasn't ruined, even when I had to sleep in my car.

I was craving a Dairy Queen ice cream cone at one point and immediately I found one. This means a lot when you are traveling a long distance. I was craving Cracker Barrel's food and atmosphere when I got to Billings and I immediately found one.

People were friendly, and I got a chance to share my faith. At Camp Three Forks in Three Forks, MT, I met a man who was probably in his fifties who was traveling alone as he was just entering retirement. He seemed interested in me, talking about how he had been married for only four years and is now divorced. Then he mentioned that some guy he met while camping started talking to him about the Lord! He thought he was going to be talking to someone who would think this was as ridiculous as he did, until he realized that I was actually taking interest in the idea of sharing the Lord with him - that I liked the idea. He was no longer interested in me. I got to share my faith and he listened, but after we talked he said goodbye and obviously wasn't interested in pursuing anything more. God is definitely trying to speak to him, since people keep being put in his path.

I got to share my faith with the family that I floated down the river with. I told them about my purity ring that I lost in the river and what it represented. Luke, the young artist, was the one who seemed most open to this.

The beauty of nature along the way, and the spontaneity of life on the road refreshed me, and made me so aware of God's goodness - I was on such a high!

I already told about the experience of almost running out of gas and how that worked out.

It was good to get away from blogging, from the inter net, from my computer for a week. I didn't need it and I would have put my computer in jeopardy, as I left my car in the heat many times. I was traveling most of the time during my week, except for the little bit of time I had to get out and see places along the way, and try to meet people and get pictures or eat, or set up my accommodations for the night.

I really had no time or opportunity for the web. It was the first break I had in a long time.

Hey everyone reading this! I am praying for more physical activity in my life and to get off my arse! How about you?

Above All Else


We just sang this in church Sunday. I got to be on the worship team!

Former Bush Spokesman Tony Snow Died At 53


A little late on this(Tony Snow's death), but I was thinking yesterday about health in America. It's not very good. We have serious health problems alongside a high standard of living. I was thinking about this sitting next to a skinny lady in a coffee shop who had skinny legs in braces, and whose skin was all sun baked. She said she had been like this since she was a baby, referring to her legs.

I also was looking at the obituaries in the Minneapolis Star Tribune recently and noticed how many people around the same age as me, as was Tony Snow, have died. What is this?

Tim Russert also died at a fairly early age. I was thinking about Snow's cancer. I wonder if stress contributes to cancer. For some reason stress seems to be a huge factor in the diseases in our culture.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Tim Russert moderates Democratic Presidential Debate


In memory of Tim Russert, it's good to get this footage. In watching this I just have to barf listening to words I don't believe, coming from Obama. He's just not real!

Erik Rush Questions Obama's Christian Faith


Interesting.....

Oprah Winfrey: New Age False Prophet


She "sells" her brand of religion to the masses, and she endorses a candidate! This is a good example of someone using as a gauge her "spirit" as she refers to it, when hearing about God as a jealous God, and it doesn't set right with her spirit. her spirit is her guide and because it doesn't feel right in her spirit, she decides that it isn't right! But her spirit obviously isn't being guided by the Holy Spirit but by her flesh, which desires to live a life being her own god, instead of yielding to the Lordship of Almighty God. So, she decides that this passage in the bible about God being jealous is not the truth. And this is where she begins to live a lie.

Obama and abortion


One of the reasons I don't support Obama.

The Truth About Abortion


This is a jolt! Brings it home!

Livingston, Montana






Before you reach Bozeman along I-90, which comes before Three Forks in Montana, you come to this wonderful old small town which is not far from the entrance to Yellowstone. It is known that Dennis Quaid lives in the area and lived here for some time with Meg Ryan until they split up. It is a beautiful area. The downtown is reminiscent of small town America of the past.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Camping and swimming in Montana


This is the headwaters of the Missouri, where I went to jump into the river the first night in the Three Forks area. Ahhhh, the fresh water! The current is strong! Lots of fly fishing in the area.






Oh the hilarity! I went all this way, just to camp out in the place that I love. I set up my tent in the first campground - Camp Three Forks, and it's along highway 287 - truck noise all night. I had to move into my car. But thank God for my car! My car provided just the right muting of the noise and I slept. The next night (I only had two nights there,) I was in the campground shown. There, the wind blew too hard and my tent was too fragile to handle it. First, it flapped the fly too hard. If I took the fly off I knew it would blow up the tent like a balloon and threaten to blow it away.

I had to take it up during the night and get into my car. I had put an army cot inside it, and when I got out of the tent, the wind blew that tent with the cot in it like a tumbleweed. It rolled over and over, in the night. Fun! But once again, my car provided the perfect protection against the wind, and I slept.

The objective with a tent is to sleep outside, under the stars in the beauty of nature, listening to nature's sounds. I still have that objective to fulfill! But I don't regret going all the way to Three Forks. It was a great trip.

After the trip, I am swimming again, now in the reality of God's goodness. Nature screams out God's goodness. Summer, and Montana's wonderful paradise of good weather, and the wonderful way that Americans are kind and it is safe along the road - all spell out God's goodness.

There were evidences of God's hand on my life throughout my trip. He was good to me. Everything worked out. My car being there when the tent didn't work out was one. When I craved Dairy Queen there was a Dairy Queen. When I was craving Cracker Barrel there was a Cracker Barrel. I was hoping to stay in a KOA camping cabin and that worked out in Miles City, at a discount. Once when I forgot to fill up with gas, I came to the next major city just in time. My car got a whopping 38 to 39 miles per gallon. Thank God for Toyota!

Here's the story of running out of gas. I forgot to refill my car with gas in Bismarck North Dakota, when I was down to very little gas but still had a large number of miles to my destination for the day. I wanted to go to Valley City, which is over 400 miles, but found out there was no hotel room available there. So, I was heading for Jamestown, a bigger town that you come to on I94 on the way. At one point I had seen it say 29 miles to Jamestown. My gas gauge was now telling me I was up to 360 miles. I was nearing the end of my tank. I knew that at the rate I was getting, i should get to Jamestown on what I had left, but I couldn't be absolutely sure. I was nearing Jamestown but there were no signs saying Jamestown. Every exit sign said "no services" for that exit.

The tank was reaching 370, and then finally...380. At last, it hit 380, and then the signal for empty came on, and just at that moment, I arrived in Jamestown. Perfect timing! It was so miraculous! That way I didn't have to sweat over driving on that last gallon of gas. After 380 miles, my car has used up ten gallons, and I know thaat I have one more gallon. But it is scary driving on that last gallon of gas while the car is flashing that it's on empty. So I didn't have to drive with it that way, because I reached my destination.

That's just an example of one of the things that worked out perfectly on my trip.

First Stop - Miles City


This is the 600 Cafe where I had breakfast. They specialize in the thick meaty bacon that I like.




Part of the "life" of the old downtown is small casinos and bars which date back to the 19th century like this one.

The Badlands - on the way....








Medora - the town built in the Badlands next to the Theodore Roosevelt National Park. A "Cowboy" sits on his porch.


The Badlands! Doesn't it sound cool? You pass through them in North Dakota on the way to Montana and they are bee-yay-yootiful! They are a little like the Grand Canyon. When i got there I thought maybe I should just stay there and camp. Would have been good except my tent couldn't handle the wind that was there.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Three Forks 2008


Janna

Three Forks Cafe

Sacajawea hotel

This is the town in Montana that I discovered in 2005. It's named after the three rivers that create the mouth of the Missouri river, and the location where Lewis and Clark landed in 1805 after boating upstream all the way from Ohio. The three rivers here are the Gallatin, the Madison and the Jefferson.

This is the cafe where I had breakfast every morning during my two month camp-out in Montana in 2005, and where I had breakfast during my two morning visit. It's called the Three Forks Cafe. The lady pictured is Janna, who waited on me pretty much every morning. The hotel is named after Sacajawea.

Lewis and Clark Caverns

Guide:with pony tail next to the stellagmite



My first event on my first day in Three Forks area was to visit the caverns just south of there discovered in the 19th century, named after Lewis and Clark. We took a vigorous hike up the mountain to get to the entrance, and spent the tour climbing down through the cave back to the level we started on. Caves are dark and dank and get at your claustrophopia. Sometimes we slid down narrow slides. It was interesting. So I don't forget, the formations that are caused by the dripping down from the ceiling of the cave are called stellactites (tite for "holding on tight") and the formations caused by building up from the bottom where the drippings gather as they drop are called stellagmites (mite for "might make it" says the guide.)

Monday, July 14, 2008

Montana 2008





I traveled 2000 miles in a week just to be in one of my favorite places for a day! A day! It took me three days to get there and three to get back. That was crazy, I know, but on the day i spent in Three Forks area, as you can see, I had a fun time with my bottle of Corona in hand, inner tube in the other. I was told where to go to find others who were getting onto the Madison river to float. There I found the group

They had the extra inner tube that I used and tied me on to their group. We floated down the river for two hours. About an hour in I found out they all like Obama. I laughed to myself, but told them I'm leaning to the right. Luke was so cool. We talked about how people shouldn't become enemies over their different political views. Luke and Rachel live in New York together. Rachel is teaching middle school social studies and Luke is living off his art and music. He must be pretty good. True to his artist nature, and his age (23) he went searching for my ring when I lost it in the river. It slipped off my hand. It was my purity ring. It gave me a chance to share the meaning of my ring. Luke and I talked about money, how you do need it, how the ring was bought with money and was used as a symbol of something spiritual. He said that New York makes him think about what having money means, seeing people who are anywhere from very poor to very rich. Luke is a seeker and a thinker.



After the two hour ride down the river, they drove me back to my car. I said goodbye and directed Luke to my blog. I then went to the hot springs of Norris, just up the river, on the way back to my campground. They had a bluegrass band playing, with lots of people soaking in the natural hot springs.

The river pictured is actually the Jefferson, not the Madison, but they run very close to each other.

Note: i only drank a half bottle of beer.

Monday, July 7, 2008

I'm heading for Montana!

Maybe at the last minute I'll take my computer. I mean, who can spend a week without blogging? Some people jog. I blog. But it is my intent to head for the Western half of Montana, just West of Bozeman. There are breathtaking views of mountains there, and several campgrounds. I'll be right next to Three Forks. I blogged about this before. Three Forks is where Lewis and Clark landed in 1805, exhausted and spent from boating upstream on the Missouri. It's the mouth of the Missouri, where three rivers feed into it. People float down those rivers on rafts and inner tubes, there's swimming, and there are natural hot springs. There are some ghost towns to visit nearby, and the Lewis and Clark caverns, with bats in them.

The camping is beautiful and restful. Montana is a paradise in summer - warm and dry, with no bugs. It's far better than Minnesota for camping. And the mountains - ahhhhhhh. Montana is wild - wide open spaces and a taste of the true wild west where the cowboys roamed. There are only about a million people in Montana. Wow! All that space! That appeals to me! Time with God and nature. And hopefully, divine appointments - more divine appointments like the one I posted about the time I was there before. Only this time I won't take it so personally if I have to say goodbye to new friends!

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Penny, Again.....



Her cat Luigi




Posing with Macaws




With her bird Sweet Pea

If she seems to be an "alive" person, you're seeing her correctly!

Thursday, July 3, 2008

David Benkof: The best president on AIDS? It's W.

This is an amazing article!

On an issue gays and lesbians used to care about most (and still should), Republicans are doing a much better job than Democrats.

By DAVID BENKOF

Last update: July 1, 2008 - 6:31 PM
Star Tribune


When I became a gay activist in 1990, HIV/AIDS was one of the key priorities of the movement I joined. Fighting AIDS was promoted as an important reason for gays and lesbians to help elect President Bill Clinton in 1992. Yet now that the gay white men in American cities who are the main funders of the LGBT movement are no longer dying quite so often from AIDS, the lesbian and gay community has moved on to other issues, such as marriage, while millions of people, many of them men of color who have sex with men, are still suffering from HIV-related illness.

It is unquestionable that George W. Bush has done more to fight HIV/AIDS than any president in American history, including Clinton. The people pushing Bush to fight the epidemic at home and abroad are overwhelmingly conservative Christians -- the same people we keep hearing gay leaders tar as narrow-minded and bigoted. Well, those narrow-minded bigots (who never had the president's ear during the Clinton administration) deserve far more credit for relieving suffering from HIV in this decade than gay men and lesbians did in the previous two decades combined.

Under George W. Bush:

•The United States spends more than $3 billion a year, with more to come, on the president's initiative to treat, prevent and care for millions of suffering people worldwide. Bush's AIDS plan is the largest health initiative ever dedicated to a single disease. By contrast, Clinton's last budget contained less than a billion dollars total for both domestic prevention and global AIDS. And instead of trying to help people get the medicine they needed, Clinton's Justice Department actually sued people and governments worldwide for trying to produce generic antiretrovirals.

•The White House is trying to repeal the heinous restriction on foreign visitors and immigrants with HIV, a policy the supposedly progay Clinton administration actually signed into law. Because of Bush, we may finally have international AIDS conferences in our country again, something that never happened in the pervious administration.

•The president has not hesitated to appoint openly gay experts on the disease to top administration positions, including physician Mark R. Dybul to an ambassador-level HIV post and both National AIDS Policy Coordinator Scott Evertz and his successor, Joseph O'Neill. If bigoted Christians were pulling the strings at the Bush administration, why does Bush keep promoting openly gay men? By contrast, President Clinton had no openly gay AIDS czars. Bush's AIDS appointments aren't about winning gay votes any more than his appointment of two African-American secretaries of state was calculated to win black votes. He wants the most qualified people doing important jobs, whatever their identities.

These undeniable facts and others relating to the Bush administration's outstanding record on AIDS have done little to convince gays and lesbians that on at least one of their top issues, Republicans have performed better than Democrats. When challenged with this inconsistency, most lesbian and gay activists will point to Bush's championing of abstinence education, as if it were a bad idea.

It is undeniable that abstinence is a more effective way of preventing sexually transmitted diseases and pregnancy than condoms. I know a gay man who was sexually active for more than a decade. He used a condom every time, yet contracted several STDs. Subsequently, in seven years of abstaining from sex, he did not suffer from a single crab louse, herpes sore or genital wart.

I imagine an argument can be made for teaching proper condom use to high school juniors and seniors. But opponents of abstinence education advocate starting condom instruction to junior-high students or younger. Why? By definition, the overwhelming majority of sixth- through 10th-graders are beneath the age of consent. All sex without consent is rape. So Bush's opponents are promoting, essentially, "safe rape" education in public schools. Instead of focusing on making sure that girls aren't impregnated and that boys don't get HIV from their rapists, shouldn't we do our best to stop nonconsensual sex altogether?

In my eyes, "marriage equality" is a far less important gay and lesbian issue than the fight against HIV/AIDS. Virtually the entire gay community felt that way when I first became a gay activist. After all, what lesbian ever died a horrible, painful death because the government called her relationship a domestic partnership instead of a marriage?

For years I've been hearing, "How can you be a gay Republican?" I'm proud that in 2008 I can answer, "Because on one of the gay community's top priorities, one I care a lot about, Republicans outshine Democrats hands down."

David Benkof is the author (as David Bianco) of "Gay Essentials: Facts for Your Queer Brain." He blogs at GaysDefendMarriage.com.

I applaud Benkof, who is not 'far from the kingdom of God.'

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Let Freedom Ring!


Happy 4th of July!!!!!!!! This is a time to ask: can we preserve the freedoms we so cherish?

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Remembering Rock Hudson


It's impossible to know the heart of a person. He died of AIDS, but what do we know? I only know that all his sex appeal and fame and fortune didn't save him from a shameful and early death. Once again we are reminded of the saving work of Jesus Christ who alone gives us the power to overcome sin and death.

He's a Great God!


My blood sugar was 104. The normal range is up to 100. Between 100 and 125 is considered pre-diabetic. I have been taking a drug that can cause blood sugar to rise, but haven't been able to get off it yet.

I've been speaking to my body, according to Charles Capps' book God's Creative power For Healing, which is very scriptural. In it is a confession regarding diabetes, and I have been including, "my blood sugar is below 100." I just got my blood sugar tested again and it was 82! Praise God! KD, you have got to get a hold of this! It really works!

This book is a small, pocket book size and it should never cost more than $2.50. I'm telling you, it is revolutionary! You must believe in it for it to work,I mean, you must believe in the Lord's healing power, but it works!