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Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Wednesday Bible Study- A Deep Dig into Proverbs XIII



When I opened up Proverbs 5 this morning, it was a topic-so I thought- that I was dreading- the fallen woman.  I almost turned back, saying, "I'll need even more prayer to do this one right"; not noticing the fallen women has not been a strong suit for me, I'll admit.  But as I prepared to walk away, it struck me- there is a deeper meaning to this.  And as the Spirit explained to me, while the passage is true about adultery, lust, and its effects, the deeper meaning is, the 'fallen woman' is SIN.  And we can draw three lessons about sin itself from this chapter.  Where we apply them is up to God and ourselves.


Verses 1-6 give us the Nature of sin.  First off, it is described TEMPORARILY as "dripping honey", and "smooth as oil".  Maybe, in today's terms, we could call this, 'the advertising of sin'.  Second comes the aftereffects: bitter as wormwood, sharp as a sword.  The sword, you get; wormwood, though is a bit more fascinating.  It translates roughly to the plant we call hemlock, and the poison in hemlock has several fascinating effects that are eerily similar to sin.

-It effects breathing by paralyzing the muscular system that controls the lungs.  You do realize that the translation of 'Spirit' is breath; sin chokes off our ability to work with the Holy Spirit.

-It can damage the fetus in cows that eat even small amounts; sin warps, any fruits we might bear.

-Hemlock effects the receptors that addict us to nicotine- in other words, it becomes a powerful, if very short term, addiction.

-It can cause hypothermia; in other words, you grow cold...

- It can increase your heart rate to a fatal extent; like this, sin is exciting, drawing you ever farther for that same 'buzz'.

- It will eventually cause kidney failure; consider that the Hebrews considered the kidneys as we consider the heart, the core of the person.  Sin will SHUT YOU DOWN.

- From the website of Healthline:  To date, there is no antidote for hemlock poisoning. We can only treat the symptoms.

Let us call this part, 'the product of sin.'

Finally, comes a verse that is very similar to another we just heard:

Pro 5:6  she does not ponder the path of life; her ways wander, and she does not know it. 

We can call this, "Your results will NOT vary."


Then in verses 7-14, we look at it from another angle:  Where you end up.  Solomon begs Rehoboam to listen here, as he gives not only a list of things that WILL happen, but how he will feel about it in the end.  The list:

- You lose honor
-You waste the years of your life
-All your strength is dissipated to others (think: your drug dealer, your extortioner, your somewhat shady lawyer)
- All your work is wasted


And how he will feel:

Pro 5:11  and at the end of your life you groan, when your flesh and body are consumed, 
Pro 5:12  and you say, "How I hated discipline, and my heart despised reproof! 
Pro 5:13  I did not listen to the voice of my teachers or incline my ear to my instructors. 
Pro 5:14  I am at the brink of utter ruin in the assembled congregation." 

In other words, this is the SAME LESSON Solomon has been teaching all along- gaining wisdom and knowledge, and the results of doing or not doing it.

The rest of the chapter contrasts the two paths:  You have a choice of the right path (described here as 'being intoxicated by the wife of your youth'; think Jesus's admonition to the Church of Ephesus in Revelation 2: "But I have this against you; you have lost your first love."), and the wrong path (first described as the 'forbidden woman', the adulteress').  But is that bad path REALLY just about the fallen woman?  Look here, right after that description:

Pro 5:20  Why should you be intoxicated, my son, with a forbidden woman and embrace the bosom of an adulteress? 
Pro 5:21  For a man's ways are before the eyes of the LORD, and he ponders all his paths. 
Pro 5:22  The iniquities of the wicked ensnare him, and he is held fast in the cords of his sin. 
Pro 5:23  He dies for lack of discipline, and because of his great folly he is led astray. 


Wicked.  Lack of discipline.  Folly.  The whole thing isn't JUST about sexual sin.  It's about EVERY sin, and this is just one more angle that Solomon used to try and get across the folly of rejecting the search for True Wisdom.



Monday, December 2, 2019

A Matter of Question, revisited

If you remember a few weeks ago, I brought up some questions raised by a Twitter post by a pastor (I guess, never saw any credentials) which had a statement that COULD be taken as "Biblically, we have no right to protest the government".  I responded just to that, and the pastor came back with a verbose three-or-four comment reply.  I had no problem with that, except at the end when I got sideways accused of twisting his words (never mind that I POSTED his words).  However, in the course of his responses, he came up with something else I disagreed with.  I wish he would have replied to my questioning him on the point, but apparently he only wanted his 'open discussion' in the hit and run realm of Twitter, and not here where we might debate.  Since he didn't, I let the one thing bug me for lo these eight days, until after a prayer session, I asked God to lead me to guidance on it.  So here is what he said that I disagree with, in surrounding context, with the point du jure highlighted for my emphasis:

The problem we have been taught wrongly what repentance actually is. It is not a work that a person performs to become saved it is the WORK OF THE HOLY SPIRIT the Holy Spirit pricks the soul of the person inspiring repentance and a change of mind and heart towards those called by Christ. We as Christians should not quench the Spirit. The Holy Spirit is shy and when our actions produce wrath ("Table Flipping Ministry") we limit the Holy Spirit in his work. We are becoming the stumbling block because we think we know best and in our pride we prevent the Holy Spirit from convicting of sin.


Now, if you are intrigued by my response to him at the time, here is the post in question, and you can observe what fun the comments were.   All I want to confront is those four bold case words:

The Holy Spirit is shy


Let me just say that I don't disagree with 95% of what he said around it, depending on how you want to take "table flipping ministry".  And in my original response, I told him, "perhaps shy wasn't the word you were looking for, I don't know."  But let's be fair and look up the word, shy:

Definition of shy (Entry 1 of 5)
1: easily frightened : TIMID
2: disposed to avoid a person or thing
publicity shy
3: hesitant in committing oneself : CIRCUMSPECT
4: sensitively diffident or retiring : RESERVED
also : expressive of such a state or nature
a shy smile
5: SECLUDED, HIDDEN

(Merriam-Webster)

Now, let me show you the passage God led me to:  Micah chapter three.

Mic 3:1  And I said: Hear, you heads of Jacob and rulers of the house of Israel! Is it not for you to know justice?-- 
Mic 3:2  you who hate the good and love the evil, who tear the skin from off my people and their flesh from off their bones, 
Mic 3:3  who eat the flesh of my people, and flay their skin from off them, and break their bones in pieces and chop them up like meat in a pot, like flesh in a cauldron. 
Mic 3:4  Then they will cry to the LORD, but he will not answer them; he will hide his face from them at that time, because they have made their deeds evil. 
Mic 3:5  Thus says the LORD concerning the prophets who lead my people astray, who cry "Peace" when they have something to eat, but declare war against him who puts nothing into their mouths. 
Mic 3:6  Therefore it shall be night to you, without vision, and darkness to you, without divination. The sun shall go down on the prophets, and the day shall be black over them; 
Mic 3:7  the seers shall be disgraced, and the diviners put to shame; they shall all cover their lips, for there is no answer from God. 
Mic 3:8  But as for me, I am filled with power, with the Spirit of the LORD, and with justice and might, to declare to Jacob his transgression and to Israel his sin. 
Mic 3:9  Hear this, you heads of the house of Jacob and rulers of the house of Israel, who detest justice and make crooked all that is straight, 
Mic 3:10  who build Zion with blood and Jerusalem with iniquity. 
Mic 3:11  Its heads give judgment for a bribe; its priests teach for a price; its prophets practice divination for money; yet they lean on the LORD and say, "Is not the LORD in the midst of us? No disaster shall come upon us." 
Mic 3:12  Therefore because of you Zion shall be plowed as a field; Jerusalem shall become a heap of ruins, and the mountain of the house a wooded height. 


Did you happen to catch those definitions anywhere in that speech?  I didn't think so.


I think what the good pastor was angling for was, we have to be careful in confrontational situations to not let our anger drift from 'righteous' to 'wrathful'.  The Spirit can lead us in righteous anger, as He led Jesus in His 'table flipping ministry'.  But, as humans, we can 'snatch the steering wheel away' in stressful moments.  At that point, He may well 'prick the soul', if we are well practiced in His warnings, or He might just step back and let you crash the car if you won't.

But shy?  This was the second time the good pastor gave a wrong impression.  In the original article, I made it clear that not having talked to him, it was only the impression that I got from the way it was worded that he held a position against protesting.  However, his responses did nothing but increase that perception.  So maybe he does have a "shy Holy Spirit", and that is why he questions whether a person can act in Spirit-fueled righteous anger or not.  But God showed me last night that a "shy" Holy Spirit is not a reality.

Friday, November 29, 2019

M10 update



If any of you are out of your food comas (mine is yet to come), hope you had a great Thanksgiving!  Those who don't share this particular weekend to "be thankful as a nation", I am thankful for you as well!  This week I am restraining my usual blathering, giving Elvis and the gang a week off, and just running out here the new M10.  It opens with that promised 2nd hit for Criminal Hygiene in the countdown, and it comes in at #10...






Among our other songs this week...



...Saint Asonia slips from 5 to 9 in it's 6th week with Beast...






Jeff Lynne's ELO back up into that 8 slot with Time Of Our Life...



Criminal Hygiene's other tune, Incompletely, jumps 3 spots to #7...




John Schneider slips a pair to #6 with Stained Glass...



Emotional Oranges up 3 to #5 with West Coast Love...


...as are the Derevs to #4 with It's The Love...



Carroll holds at 3 with Fern....





Jeff Lynne's ELO for a second week at #2 with Down Came The Rain...



And at the top for a third week....





Brooke Annibale with the piano version of Collided!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


And as a special treat- and a possible look at the M10's second ever Christmas themed song- here's Brooke again...


Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Wednesday Bible Study- a deep dig into Proverbs XII



Today we enter Chapter 4, which you can easily see why I call this the "Get Wisdom, Get Understanding" chapter, as Solomon says it twice in the very early going.  The thing that struck me about the wording was "Get".  Solomon was offered many gifts by God, and chose this one.  But his sons- particularly his successor Rehoboam, who had the opportunity and threw it out- would have to 'get' it on their own.  They would have to work at it.  WE have to work at it.

I noticed as I went on that Solomon gave Rehoboam some very specific instructions on how to get it- and why.  One thing we can say about the problems of today-just like the problems Rehoboam brought on himself- is we look at these actions and say, "Why would they think that was a good idea?"  And like so much else anymore, I found that answer right here in this chapter:

Pro 4:18  But the path of the righteous is like the light of dawn, which shines brighter and brighter until full day. 
Pro 4:19  The way of the wicked is like deep darkness; they do not know over what they stumble. 

You ever wonder why evil people seem stupid, why it is that the logic of the wicked is so easily turned back on itself?  There you go.


But as I said, Solomon left some specific ways out for his not-listening son.

1- Pay attention, boy...


Pro 4:20  My son, be attentive to my words; incline your ear to my sayings. 
Pro 4:21  Let them not escape from your sight; keep them within your heart. 

Pro 4:22  For they are life to those who find them, and healing to all their flesh. 

Solomon knew he hadn't set his son a good example; he spent the book we call Ecclesiastes trying to explain that he shouldn't follow it.  Instead, he left him the entire book we call Proverbs to tell him what to do instead.  Unfortunately, "Do as I say, not as I do" has never been real effective.  However, we have the benefit of hindsight and foresight here.


2- Don't 'follow your nose...'

Pro 4:23  Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life. 

The word 'keep' here translates as, 'guard, protect, maintain- make it obey'.  I remember watching a video where an anti-Trump protester told a MAGA-hatted fellow, "Feelings are more important than facts, because they come from the heart, and bring you closer to the divine."  To this, I counter with the Prophet Jeremiah:

Jer 17:9  The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? 


3- "If you can't say anything nice, say nothing at all"

First, let me put up the verse:

Pro 4:24  Put away from you crooked speech, and put devious talk far from you. 

Then, allow me to demonstrate the 'why':

Pro 6:12  A worthless person, a wicked man, goes about with crooked speech, 
Pro 6:13  winks with his eyes, signals with his feet, points with his finger, 
Pro 6:14  with perverted heart devises evil, continually sowing discord; 
Pro 6:15  therefore calamity will come upon him suddenly; in a moment he will be broken beyond healing. 

So your speech is a symptom of the condition of your heart.  Let's see what Rehoboam did with THAT:

1Ki 12:8  But he abandoned the counsel that the old men gave him and took counsel with the young men who had grown up with him and stood before him. 
1Ki 12:9  And he said to them, "What do you advise that we answer this people who have said to me, 'Lighten the yoke that your father put on us'?" 
1Ki 12:10  And the young men who had grown up with him said to him, "Thus shall you speak to this people who said to you, 'Your father made our yoke heavy, but you lighten it for us,' thus shall you say to them, 'My little finger is thicker than my father's thighs. 
1Ki 12:11  And now, whereas my father laid on you a heavy yoke, I will add to your yoke. My father disciplined you with whips, but I will discipline you with scorpions.'" 
1Ki 12:12  So Jeroboam and all the people came to Rehoboam the third day, as the king said, "Come to me again the third day." 
1Ki 12:13  And the king answered the people harshly, and forsaking the counsel that the old men had given him, 
1Ki 12:14  he spoke to them according to the counsel of the young men, saying, "My father made your yoke heavy, but I will add to your yoke. My father disciplined you with whips, but I will discipline you with scorpions." 


Thus, he not only did not put the perverted speech of his buddies away, he USED it word for word- and cast the kingdom into destruction.  Or, to put it another way, 'calamity came upon him suddenly'.

4- Watch where yer goin'...


Pro 4:25  Let your eyes look directly forward, and your gaze be straight before you. 


Of course, this presumes you KNOW where you're going (which you can't if you follow the way of the wicked), and that means....

5- You need to have a plan...

Pro 4:26  Ponder the path of your feet; then all your ways will be sure. 

Now 'ponder' meant then what it does now; THINK about it.  But it was more as well, for part of the definition is...

...properly to roll flat, that is, prepare (a road)....

...PREPARE A ROAD... and that, as we have seen in front of our complex this past year or so, involves knowing what needs to be set up beforehand as far as drainage and communications, digging down to solid foundation, taking into account the driveways that connect in, the yards that are affected, tree branches overhanging that must be removed, and other projects that require attention at the same time.  Rehoboam never considered that his wicked path would have him stumbling over Jereboam.

Just as Solomon set it all before Rehoboam, God has set it all before us.  Rehoboam ignored it... and what happened to him?  This passage shows it as good as any...

1Ki 14:25  In the fifth year of King Rehoboam, Shishak king of Egypt came up against Jerusalem. 
1Ki 14:26  He took away the treasures of the house of the LORD and the treasures of the king's house. He took away everything. He also took away all the shields of gold that Solomon had made, 
1Ki 14:27  and King Rehoboam made in their place shields of bronze, and committed them to the hands of the officers of the guard, who kept the door of the king's house. 
1Ki 14:28  And as often as the king went into the house of the LORD, the guard carried them and brought them back to the guardroom. 


Two lessons to learn here.  Both that he lost EVERYTHING, but he also thought and acted as if he hadn't!  He had his soldiers march around with their replacement shields of bronze.  Right now, gold is $1,533.25 an ounce- bronze is about 8.7 cents.

The difference between wisdom and folly.

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Stupidity and your humble blogger

So tonight, I saw something I thought was an indicator of how dumb we are becoming.  And I thought, "This sounds like a fun post!"  And I typed, "You know the world is dumb when..." into Google to see what I might find. 

First, I found an article citing studies that show that as of those born post 1975, our worldwide IQs have begun dropping- and fast.  Some places (the article noted Norway), it dropped as much as 7 points.  The article- and the base article it linked to suggested two reasons.  One was, sadly enough, migration into higher IQ nations by lower IQ immigrants.  Another was, as a blogger put it,  "In other words, we have started building a more stupidity-inducing environment."

And as proof, I submit the "IQ test" offered in an ad on that link.  I blew 15 minutes challenging myself, completed the test with only one question out of 20 that I threw my hands in the air and gave up, and when I clicked to see my results, I got, "For $8.99 you get..."


Next, I got, "5 habits of stupid people that smart people don't have," from The Independent.  They included:
- Blaming others for your mistakes
- Always having to be right
- Reacting with anger/aggression
-Ignoring needs/feelings of others
-Thinking you're better than everyone else.

I will admit I have improved a lot on the first one; the second, I would have to change the definition from "a habit of stupid people" to "a genetic trait in Martins".  I'm working on 3 and 4, but I have to say that that last one... well, it looks that way from the outside, but on the inside that same person might be seeing, "Trying to be better than at least SOMEone else."


There were a lot of other interesting articles as I rolled along, but they lacked in entertainment value.  Then I hit one on Business Insider, "Signs you're smart-even if it doesn't feel like it."  And the first one restored hope in myself:



You drink alcohol regularly


All right, things are looking up for me at last!  And actually, three of the four remaining hit me between the eyes, as well:

-You learned to read early
-You're curious
-You're MESSY.

Now if I just worried more, I could be Einstein...


Another article proved disappointing- "Are You Dumb Enough To Be Successful?"  The author's sarcastic version of being dumb was more like, "Are you willing to pull your head out of your butt when everyone else is inserting?"  And it would have been funnier had he put it my way.


Somehow in the midst of this, I get an ad, "50 crazy sexy photos Ivanka Trump never wanted" (I assume we were supposed to believe that there is an implied "published" there, that they left off for lawsuit defense.  Fighting the tide of this post, I did not click on it.


The Atlantic did an interesting (abbreviated by me for time) article that pointed out that, between employers increasingly seeking smarter employees, social media mavens honing their insultative chops on the wit-challenged, and the well to do checking dating profiles for SAT scores, that "The 2010s, in contrast (to the 50's), are a terrible time to not be brainy."  

Doesn't seem to fit with the falling IQ scores, does it?

American Express had an article on "5 reasons stupid people make more money than you".  Although they coupled each one with a "what you can do about it,"  I've decided to couple them with an example thereof instead.

1- Inherited money.  (Ex. Hunter Biden)

2- Good genes.  (I thought about using Kim Kardashian here, but you have to debate how much is genetic there.)

3- "A study suggests that men who are “below average on agreeableness earn roughly 18 percent more than men who are considered nice.” For women, the advantage is 5 percent. It seems that men who are rude are more successful negotiators and therefore earn more financial rewards."  AE calls this "No more Mr Nice Guy".  (Eventually, I'd have to have a Donald Trump reference...)

4- Brown nosing.  (Gee, which example?  'How many of the world's 7.7 billion population know one of the world's 1.7 million CEOs?', or just, 'Name your nearest co-worker?')

****THAT WAS A JOKE.  Set the pitchfork down and put the lighters away.*******


5- Plain ol' dumb luck.  If that's true, there are an awful lot of blind hogs finding acorns out there. 


My favorite so far I found on Quartz- "The five universal laws of human stupidity".  Let them speak for themselves...

Law 1: Always and inevitably everyone underestimates the number of stupid individuals in circulation.  (I think this is a bedrock principle.)

Law 2: The probability that a certain person be stupid is independent of any other characteristic of that person.  (IOW, there can be one lurking under every pretty face, every three-piece suit, every name plate on a desk.)

Law 3. A stupid person is a person who causes losses to another person or to a group of persons while himself deriving no gain and even possibly incurring losses. (Corollary- all the while figuring the whole world is basking in the glow.)

Law 4: Non-stupid people always underestimate the damaging power of stupid individuals. In particular non-stupid people constantly forget that at all times and places and under any circumstances to deal and/or associate with stupid people always turns out to be a costly mistake.

(And yet, you all keep coming back...)

And finally: 

Law 5: A stupid person is the most dangerous type of person.

And its corollary:


A stupid person is more dangerous than a bandit.

This whole thing was formulated by Cal-Berkeley Prof Carlo Cipolla, and it is he who was quoted at the end of the article:

Declining societies have the same percentage of stupid people as successful ones. But they also have high percentages of helpless people and, Cipolla writes, “an alarming proliferation of the bandits with overtones of stupidity.”

“Such change in the composition of the non-stupid population inevitably strengthens the destructive power of the [stupid] fraction and makes decline a certainty,” Cipolla concludes. “And the country goes to Hell.”


So, what was it that set me on this quest?  Well, I was in the bathroom and noticed the tag on my underwear.  It had instructions in English, Spanish, and French- including the initials to indicate their "medium" size:


M/M/M


Thank God they translated THAT...

Sunday, November 24, 2019

A matter of question...

So today I have something I wanted to look at.  A Twitter friend is a strong anti-abortionist.  She was more or less scolded by a gentleman (whose handle claimed the title of pastor, one of many things that will be neither here nor there as I set up the story), who made some good points, insofar as we as Christians aren't going to change minds with protest signs in front of clinics.  I believe that to be true; if you do too, there are places like Pre-Born who fund ultrasound machines and local pregnancy counselling establishments you can donate to.  And I don't know the extent of what this electronic acquaintance of mine goes to; perhaps this other gentleman does.  But here, let me show you where I actually question his reasoning.


Our focus should be on what we were commanded to do.  The great commission tells us to spread the Gospel.  Paul is the best example of how we should act and respond as Christians tell me when did Paul EVER PROTEST ROME.

Whether he intended it or not, he has turned the debate into in what way and to what extent, if any, as Christians we are to stand up against the government when it has flawed policies.  I have an answer to his un-question-marked question, but let me get there by degrees.

What are we commanded to do about government policy or figures in that government?  I have to call the pastor on a technicality:  JESUS is the best example.  So what did He do?

Well, what about when he was told that John the Baptist had been imprisoned for calling out the immorality of Herod marrying his brother's wife?  First of all, consider that right after hearing this news was when he declared His cousin "The greatest man born of woman".  As such, John took an active stand against sin in high government; Jesus confirmed him in his judgment, even if He Himself didn't confront Herod.  Or did he?  In Luke 13, the following conversation took place:

31 At that time some Pharisees came to Jesus and said to him, “Leave this place and go somewhere else. Herod wants to kill you.”

32 He replied, “Go tell that fox, ‘I will keep on driving out demons and healing people today and tomorrow, and on the third day I will reach my goal.’ 

Hardly a compliment, is it?  Was it likely to get to Herod's ear?  Um, well, if you could've found a Pharisee who could stand the sight of Herod.  The Pharisees were the de facto religious rulers; this was their words, not Herod's, and by His wording Jesus defied them both.

What about the TWO times he chased salesmen from the Temple grounds?  How was it that these men had been allowed to set up shop on holy ground?  Because that same religious government was allowing it- because they were getting a juicy cut FROM it.  Did He rely on a protest sign?  No, He relied on a WHIP.

Tradition tells us Timothy died protesting a government sponsored parade of immorality.  In fact, which Apostle or Disciple was martyred for something that WASN'T at some level a protest against a government?

"When did Paul ever protest Rome?"  He was protesting Rome from the moment he said, "I appeal to Caesar!" By his coming there, he was relying on a law higher than Rome;  while in prison he preached a Gospel that would rip out everything that WAS Rome; He never once stopped proclaiming a King higher than Caesar.

"Pastor", now it is your turn to do as you have been commanded.  You lead a flock, presumably; you have to lead in general terms, unless you have a specific specialty (like worship, healing, visiting, etc).  Those who aren't called to the ministry have ministries all their own; and many of them, since they are not leading a flock, are far more specific than yours.  And it's just possible my Twitter buddy has a "turning over of tables" ministry.  It may be that you thought you were telling James and John, "You do not know what type of spirit you are supposed to be."  And you may be right... or you might be telling Elijah, "Instead of challenging these priests of Baal, why don't you just pray for them?"  If you feel this strongly about it, get to know the person, and find out a bit more.  One of you may NEED to know what you learn.

Saturday, November 23, 2019

Pictures

Well, this week I was pretty quiet... so let me make up for it in the pictures I had sitting in my camera.  First, from the 10th...

This was the day I tried walking the disc golf course to see how big it was.  Had a perfect shot of this deer in the middle of it, but my cheap camera batteries didn't like how cold it was and gave the camera sudden epilepsy.  I did catch him in the brush, though.


Afterwards, the boys came over for a belated birthday party for Peanut that we missed in the hospital.  No, Wiggles wasn't being a brat; Gammaw Laurie was not trying to strangle him.

Peanut became the proud owner of a trampoline, and we all had ice cream cake.

"Well, except for me..."


We skip ahead to a walk on the 18th wherein I saw something I hadn't seen in a few years, and never in broad daylight...

No, not the squirrel...



A skunk!



Then we come all the way up to this morning...


Frosty this morning- but no wind, so it was pretty pleasant...

Heron looking for a water spot that wasn't frozen

...and it ain't the Swamp

How about the river?



Yep, the river works!

Just to remind you you're in Ft Wayne... ducks sail past a shopping cart

In the woods, two squirrels playing.  I did see a deer in the ravine, but he saw me first.


I got up to about 6 feet from this guy before he decided to move...