Thursday, August 25th, 2016

May at the lake

Except there ain’t no lake anymore in our lives. Dreaming about life at the lake always made springtime a very special time for us part-time lake dwellers, especially those whose hands were itching to put a line in the water. While I miss the fishy part of May at the lake, the May-show here in Quincy is in many ways more spectacular than at the lake with all our flowering trees and shrubs. The... [Read more]


Orlop welcomes April 2016

The Orlop has been in the doldrums, due to the changing internet and human sloth. The answer seemed to be a merciful death for my blog, but I finally decided to temporize by writing a first of every month post for a while. Time will tell whether this is simply “April fool” or a new life for the Orlop. Oh, yes. The celestial portrait above. It is the Whirlpool Galaxy, designated M51. In... [Read more]


I Am the True Vine

[15:1] “I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. [2] Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit. [3] Already you are clean because of the word that I have spoken to you. [4] Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you,... [Read more]


Astro photos moving to Astrobin.com

Please take a look at the revised last paragraph of the sidebar to the right. To see what I’ve been up to lately with Stella the telescope (and with several of her big sisters around the world), click the Astrobin link there. Astrobin makes it easier for me to share not only my “finished” images in a more consistent format but work in process for critique by others in several technical... [Read more]


Seasonal changes

There are a lot of changes going on this fall time of year. As for baseball, the post-season is upon us. As for morning walks, they are starting to get cooler, and the trees are starting to show a little color. At home, the process of getting warmer clothes closer to hand has begun. And since the season of Lent and my last post has long since passed, it also may be time to prove that the Orlop still... [Read more]


Lent Day 40 — The King of the Jews

[17] and he went out, bearing his own cross, to the place called The Place of a Skull, which in Aramaic is called Golgotha. [18] There they crucified him, and with him two others, one on either side, and Jesus between them. [19] Pilate also wrote an inscription and put it on the cross. It read, “Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews.” [20] Many of the Jews read this inscription, for the place... [Read more]


Lent Day 39 — The great commandment

[12] “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. [13] Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. [14] You are my friends if you do what I command you. [15] No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made... [Read more]


Lent Day 38 — The Holy Spirit

[25] “These things I have spoken to you while I am still with you. [26] But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you. [27] Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. [28] You... [Read more]


Lent Day 37 — A lifeline for the faithful

[31] When he had gone out, Jesus said, “Now is the Son of Man glorified, and God is glorified in him. [32] If God is glorified in him, God will also glorify him in himself, and glorify him at once. [33] Little children, yet a little while I am with you. You will seek me, and just as I said to the Jews, so now I also say to you, ‘Where I am going you cannot come.’ [34] A new commandment I... [Read more]


Lent Day 36 — Humble leaders

[12] When he had washed their feet and put on his outer garments and resumed his place, he said to them, “Do you understand what I have done to you? [13] You call me Teacher and Lord, and you are right, for so I am. [14] If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. [15] For I have given you an example, that you also should do just... [Read more]