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Slow Spring

A slow thaw from Monday, above, to Friday, below. Although it spring is coming very slowly, we know it’s on its way.  The red-winged black birds are back and so are many other early morning songsters.  We even saw a robin last week! As it snows again today, I remember God’s promise to Noah: While […]

Clouds

We have some amazing clouds at times. With air masses often colliding over our region, our skyscapes are can be much more intriguing than those of the prairies where I grew up. But sometimes even non-dramatic clouds lead to questions. A few days ago we had these silky, almost polished clouds on one side of […]

Review: The Invention of Clouds by Richard Hamblyn

Naming things is a powerful activity—it was man’s first task in Genesis—and this power is explored in Richard Hamblyn’s brilliant book The Invention of Clouds: How an Amateur Meteorologist Forged the Language of the Skies. I do not think I have ever read such a satisfying, lyrical, information-packed science history book before, although I have […]

A Chameleon, to the Glory of God

Sometimes looking at nature can make me think of all sorts of deep things. Other times I have only one response, “Wow! My God made that!” Recently we spent some time watching this chameleon. It looked us over with its ever-rotating cone-shaped eye. The other eye, on its other side, was looking at something else. […]

Jesus is Even Nearer than Spring

  The snow has slumped in on itself, like a tired mom at the end of an exhausting day.  Every drift is smaller than it used to be, every ridge rounder.   Near tree trunks I see how much the snow has settled and at the edges of the road I see wet smudges and tiny […]

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