Efficiency and beauty–mutually exclusive? (NOT…)

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I really like birds.

Ornithology is a branch of zoology that concerns the study of birds. Etymologically, the word “ornithology” derives from the ancient Greek ὄρνις ornis (“bird”) and λόγος logos (“rationale” or “explanation”).

Thank you, Wikipedia, but not quite like that.

Then there’s the Audubon Society, “…named in honor of John Continue reading “Efficiency and beauty–mutually exclusive? (NOT…)”

Transforming more than the language

 

tran(t)sˈfôrmər/ noun

noun: transformer; plural noun: transformers

  1. an apparatus for reducing or increasing the voltage of an alternating current.
  2. a person or thing that transforms something

 Thank you, Google.  There is now, however, another somewhat more colloquial definition that most everyone under the age of 30 knows, that highly marketed and financially successful Continue reading “Transforming more than the language”

Ken DeCroo’s new book is out!!

Calling all lovers of sci-fi and adventure! Also, calling all writers of sci-fi and adventure! Ken DeCroo’s first book is out! Here is a reblog from his site: http://bajamotoquest.com/
Check it out. And COMING SOON!! A blogosphere interview with Ken about writing, publishing, and all things bloggish! –dawnlizjones

Kenneth L. Decroo

What happens when the line between ape and man is blurred? The full cover of the book.

I was in Baja last week and met a reader who told me he was writing a book. He paused and continued by lamenting that he had been writing it for many years and it was not anywhere near completion. I’ve met many writers who are in this same predicament. They’re writing or “gathering” but not any closer to finishing their book–their dream. Believe me I sympathize, I was in the same situation from many years.

Here’s a few strategies I’ve learned from writing Almost Human. First, and foremost, write the ending. I had been writing this book for years and my novel just kept growing. My editor and teacher, Kathryn Lynn Davis, after reading several chapters asked me, “How does the novel end?” When I couldn’t tell her, she gave me the single most important piece of advice that helped me finish my book! “Don’t send…

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Shields at full

A few more thoughts on the story of our hero, Shammah, lest we leave him fighting in a field of lentils.

Back in the day, names usually signified something—an important characteristic of the person, or an event when the child was born, something like that.  Names were important, not just something to throw around casually.

Many are familiar with the name “Shammah” as one of the covenant names of God, meaning “There” or “Present”.  (1) The name “Shammah”, used in this context and for this soldier of Israel, actually means “desolation, horror.” (2) Gag!  Whatever happened for this poor baby to get such a moniker?  Who knows, but the name stuck, as names generally do, particularly when we don’t want them to…

It gives me pause to consider why God would allow one of the mighty men of battle to have a name so closely sounding like His own,  yet with entirely opposite meaning.  Just a few thoughts:

  1. Many times it is in the very place of utter abandonment and horror that God chooses to show Himself the most astonishingly present. (Consider the cross, for example…)(3)
  2. Even when circumstances seems the most desolate, the fight continues, must continue, will continue. (The Philistines weren’t just going to call it a day and go home.) (4)
  3. God is not intimidated by numbers, for OR against. His name of Shammah, His presence and power, are ready to work through us and for us as we stand our ground. (5)

Thanks for readin’!!

  • Strong’s Concordance #8033
  • Strong’s Concordance #8047
  • Romans 8:28
  • Hebrews 12: 1-2
  • Philippians 4:13