Tuesday, August 25, 2009

A Smattering of Summer

Resident ducks
off-roading exploration
The local Egyptians
Home-sweet Lean=to

My lovely co-counsolor Meggan riding Yankee after conquering her fear of the equine species!
3 miles later...
The blessing of having a camper in my cabin two summers in a row!
Fearless Pharoah
Boat-driver Christy

Steven and Abby
Alex demonstrating log-riding
The Red Sea

My George

Why do my door handles work again?

It all started with two sneaky elves...

Thanks Teddy and Jennie!

Monday, August 24, 2009

Desired Haven

"When every other voice is hushed, and in quietness we wait before Him, the silence of the soul makes more distinct the voice of God."
Desire of Ages p. 363

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Mistaken Belief

This card was handed to me by a hospital chaplain at the hospital in Manchester Kentucky.

Advanced Bird Language

On the return trip from Camp, Jen and I listened to a series of lectures on Advanced Bird Language by Jon Young - naturalist and expert tracker. It was a fascinating and insightful journey into understanding the natural world around us and how human awareness can be developed to finely tuned levels.

There is a bit of Native American lore and religion mixed in, but if you pay attention there are deep spiritual insights into our own relationship to God, each other, and our world.

Thanks Teddy for letting us borrow the tapes!

Here is the review from the website (Wilderness Awareness School)

"The Advanced Bird Language CDs are a mind-opening and expanding tool, helping us consider the world from the perspective of the bird, and showing us how we can tune into that world. That can be useful if you are a birdwatcher, and want to better understand the birds, or even a birder, and just want to find more birds. By learning to watch how birds respond to other birds, animals, and humans in their environment, it can help you be a better birder…"

Rob Fergus, Senior Scientist | Urban Bird Conservation, National Audubon Society

How is it that the cougar, the bear, and the coyote can live so close to us, yet never be seen?

Similarly, how is it that the native scout or hunter can move silently through the forest without being detected?

It is no coincidence that they all have one thing in common: they understand the language of the birds. Through the exciting stories and examples contained in Advanced Bird Language: Reading the Concentric Rings of Nature, naturalist and tracker Jon Young explains the hidden worlds of nature that await your discovery and unlocks the secrets to learning the language of the forest.

• Hear of ancient Natives who were able to tell of the far-off movements of animals and people without seeing or hearing them.

• See how cultivating your senses by listening to the birds can reduce the stresses caused by our modern lifestyles.

• Learn about how the human mind is designed to understand the language of the birds and of all nature.

• Learn how the birds and animals communicate through easy-to-interpret songs, calls, and body language.

• Discover how to move invisibly through the forest around the alarm triggers of the birds.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

3 Mile Swim

Visit to Chapel Island by canoe with day off buddies.
Enticed by the water and a long dormant desire for a long distance swim I decided to see how far I could swim...

Jen's leather work in progress...
Past the para- sail...
Racing the speed boat - jk!

Camp is in sight!
Finish Line - Camp Cherokee dock - and Christy!
Thanks Christy for cheering me on through life!

Credits t0 Jen for pictures and heart courage;
Shaila and Steven for willingness to paddle slow and all their patient encouragement!