Backyard Circus

While we’re on the subject of the State Fair, I have to mention our good friends Bill and Johnnie. Every year they come to the Fair to put on the best show at the whole place — the Backyard Circus. It’s free with your admission and it is so good for kids from 4 to, well, 22. I don’t think any of our kids has gotten over being best friends with Bill and Johnnie for so many years. It’s a privilege to know them and to be their “customers” every year. I won’t try to describe the Backyard Circus except to say that it is very participatory. They and their co-workers travel the country every year, so if you ever see a Backyard Circus at your fair, be sure to go see the show!

Thanks Bill and Johnnie for another great Fair season! And it’s not over yet! (And, a great big thank you to Dallas’s Schepps Dairy for sponsoring their show this year.)

When life gives you lemons, you make apple cobbler

Don’t miss Kim’s appearance in the Dallas Morning News article today, where she pops up briefly. (She didn’t win yesterday.)

You can also still catch the feature article on Kim from last year.

The Rockford Files: Season One

OK boys and girls, as this blog continues its devolution from “thinking great thoughts a la George Herbert” to “lame Christian riffs on politics and now pop culture,” we must all pause in reverence at the fact that the greatest detective TV show of all time, the Rockford Files, is soon to be released on DVD. It doesn’t get any better than this, folks. (But to really own it? Not sure I’d go that far. Far better to have it in a very convenient rental format, or even better, online! Hey Verizon! You know that fiber that you strung to my house?)

Out with the Fake Republicans

Well, I haven’t blogged anything for a while, so how about a reference to this article at :: Metro Pulse Online ::. It’s about time to stop voting for Republicans if they want to destroy the country financially.

Baton Rouge - 2

I can’t believe I have to leave today. The time has gone by so fast, and has been such a blessing. I have now learned what NDMS is: the National Disaster Medical System. All of the teams here have been part of this system, which is part of FEMA. I really admire these people, who drop everything and become responders in our country’s worst situations for two week shifts and sometimes more.

This is a part of the USA that we can be really proud of. Nuff said. And I’m really not going to be able to say bad things about FEMA after this experience. Whenever I hear “FEMA,” I will always think of these great men and women.

Here are Ed and Tim, two members of the AR-1 DMAT team:

Ed is a pastor in the ARP (Associate Reformed Presbyterian) church.

Here are some photos of the wonderful Veterinary team, VMAT-1:

Baton Rouge

Hey, here I am in Baton Rouge. My friend and hero Peter is down here representing our Scout troop and representing Jesus Christ, and he is set up as the cook at one of the FEMA areas in Baton Rouge. His job is to give them hot food while they are not out in the field eating MRE’s. There are doctors, nurses, veterinarians, and other support staff, from all over the country. These teams, who all have day jobs, train all the time to work together and travel to disaster sites, and now they are deployed to the New Orleans area.

Several people have gone down to support him for shorter periods of time, but Peter’s stay is likely to be two weeks.

Here is a picture of Peter’s kitchen.

And here’s Peter.

Here are some pictures, brought back by some of the teams, of the devastation in the heart of New Orleans.

More on the tomb

In keeping with yesterday’s “Steady aiming at a tomb” posting, why don’t you check out an article in the current World magazine on the cemetery in Princeton, NJ. I like the Matthew Henry comments which are quoted in the article:

“Death to a godly man is like a fair gale of wind to convey him to the heavenly country; but to a wicked man it is an east wind, a storm, a tempest, that hurries him away in confusion and amazement, to destruction.”

“Dying saints may be justly envied, while living sinners are justly pitied.”

More Herbert

Affliction (1) and Repentance now posted.

Again here comes one of my favorite Herbert poems, “Repentance.” This one contains the immortal (to me!) line that our life consists of “a steady aiming at a tomb.”

New Herbert poems

Nature and Sin (1) now posted.

Once again, in “Nature,” Herbert uses the metaphor of a stone. He loves stones. Just look at how many ways he uses them in his poems. Here, a stone means at least two things: the stony heart that Herbert wishes were smoothed and engraved with the law, and the stony grave which might “hide my dust.”

Full of rebellion, I would die,
Or fight, or travel, or deny
That thou hast aught to do with me.
O tame my heart;
It is thy highest art
To captivate strong holds to thee.

If thou shalt let this venom lurk,
And in suggestions fume and work,
My soul will turn to bubbles straight,
And thence by kind
Vanish into a wind,
Making thy workmanship deceit.

O smooth my rugged heart, and there
Engrave thy reverend law and fear;
Or make a new one, since the old
Is sapless grown,
And a much fitter stone
To hide my dust, than thee to hold.

Bush - At fault?

FreeWillBlog has an interesting post recounting what went on before the hurricane.

Uh, check out this story from August 28th.

In the face of a catastrophic Hurricane Katrina, a mandatory evacuation was ordered Sunday for New Orleans by Mayor Ray Nagin.

The mayor called the order unprecedented and said anyone who could leave the city should. He exempted hotels from the evacuation order because airlines had already cancelled all flights.

Gov. Kathleen Blanco, standing beside the mayor at a news conference, said President Bush called and personally appealed for a mandatory evacuation for the low-lying city, which is prone to flooding.

Wait a minute. Are you kidding me? These ostensible chief executives couldn’t seriously have been so clueless that the only reason they finally bothered to evacuate was because the President called them up on the telephone and told them how to do their jobs? I’d like to find an exact quote.