Monday, July 28, 2014

BUCKET LIST!!

If you don’t know what a bucket list is, then you probably are not very old, as it is a list of things that you want to do before you kick the bucket (die)!  This last Friday (July 25th) I was able to cross off an item on my list which read “View Milky Way galaxy as I had as a youngster growing up in west Texas”!

IMG_1006 My very good friend James Pickering and his 4 year old daughter Lilly and I drove to Fort Griffin State Park which is 15 miles north of Albany.  Don’t know where Albany, Texas and Fort Griffin are – well, there out in the middle of nowhere which is why we chose this location.  If you go to “dark-sky sites:Texas” you’ll see that where we went is listed as one of the sixth darkest sites in the state.  I have lived in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex since 1968 and like most of you, have grown used to the light pollution that severely limits our ability to view the wonders of out night sky.

Before sundown, we set up James’ new 8-inch Celestron telescope, and although we viewed several items with it (Saturn with its rings and moons, Mars, etc.), as the night got darker we spent most of our time racked back in lawn chairs just looking up!  WOW!  DOUBLE WOW!  The sky was magnificent – a black bowl with millions of bright pinpoints of light!  Part of the Milky Way is composed of stellar dust and light from stars beyond this dust and it was there too!  We were also privileged to see a shooting star and several satellites as  they raced across the sky.

Lilly asked her dad and I why we were looking up and making so many comments about what we were seeing.  I told Lilly that we looking at something that God, in his love for us, created just for us!

I want to add that another benefit of this location was the QUIETNESS – something that we seldom get to experience in our lives today.

I got in bed about 3:00 A. M. Saturday morning, but even though I was very tired, I couldn’t go to sleep for quite a while.  I believe that it was Abraham Lincoln who said, “You can look down and not believe in God, but you can’t look up and not believe in Him”!  FIND A DARK PLACE AND LOOK UP!!

Ron

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Dallas Water Conservation Offers Classes on How to Repair Your Irrigation System

sprinkler headIf you’re hands-on with things around the house or like learning how to fix things, then this class is for you. Richland college will offer up two classes on May 3rd and teach you how to perform simple repairs and conserve water in your yard. Patty Sipe and Caryn Walz with Heads Up Sprinkler Company will lead you in the proper maintenance, care and setting of your irrigation system. It is free to join, but you do have to register because space is limited. You can get more info and register here.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

THE SAGA OF THE CHRISTMAS TREE!

IMG_0007I went to Central Market on Saturday (12/7) on slippery, icy streets and bought a big, beautiful Fraser fir Christmas tree.  The grandkids helped us decorate it the next day and it looked great!  However, two days later, all the lights suddenly went out.  I got lucky, as it was the bottom string (1 of 5), but still had to carefully remove it from all the ornaments that hung in front of it; then put a new string on behind the ornaments.  Two days later, it began to smell and the ends of branches were curling.  Friday(12/13), I called the manager at Central Market and explained my situation.  I went back that afternoon and he gave me a new tree (pickings were slim, but wound up with another big tree.  He even gave me the nice base that was on the tree and a $25 gift card.

Friday night I had to take all of the lights and decorations off (what a job!)  Saturday morning, a neighbor helped me carry the “old” tree out to the curb, and I commented that I bet nobody had ever put their tree out nearly two weeks before Christmas – must be a Guinness world record!  Then he also helped me carry in and set up the new tree – did I mention that it was big?  Then I had to put all the lights and decorations on the new tree!  Now would you believe that two days later, all the lights went out on the new tree!  Again, it turned out to be the bottom string, but I had to go through the same process as I did with the first tree – remove and replace the string!  What are the odds?????

Well anyway, I have tried to determine what all this means and the only thing that I can think of, is that Santa is mad at me!!

Ron

Thursday, December 5, 2013

What's Bugging Me

It’s a long story, but I have been trying to get the city of Carrollton to fix my front sidewalk since 1998, with them telling me three different times that they would do it.  Guess what?  They have never done anything but patch it with asphalt in 2000; stating that it was a temporary fix, and that they would do a permanent repair within two years.  I’ve written lots of letters, made phone calls, etc. over the years, but they have never made good on their promises.  So, I met today with Saul Garza who does the “What’s Bugging You” segment on channel 4.  The interview is supposed to air next Tuesday (12/10) on the 9:00 P.M. news.
 
I’ll give you my autograph if you want it!
Ron

Monday, September 16, 2013

Voyager 1 Heads out into Interstellar Space

Credit: NASA/JPL-CaltechI just saw a program about Voyager 1 on the Science Channel earlier this week.  Considering the technology of the day (1977) it was amazing that NASA scientists were able to build a probe that has done what Voyager has accomplished!  It had 68KB of memory aboard – far less than one of today’s smartphones!  It made fly-bys of all the large outer planets, using each to provide a slingshot effect to speed it on to the next planet, and it is estimated that it will be another 145 years before the alignment of the planets would again allow a similar trip to occur!  Just think;  today Voyager 1 is nearly 12 billion miles from earth and traveling at a speed of 38,000 miles per hour!  If it can hold together for another 40,000 years, it will fly by a star.  Remember, Voyager 1 was the subject of a Star Trek film because it was found by a alien race – this could happen, for the probe has pictures, languages, mathematics and other things that would/could inform another civilization of our existence.

Live long and prosper!

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Reflections Upon Light

IMG_20120520_185213I recently read a quote from author, Jodi Picoult.  It said, “Light trumps darkness every time.  You can stick a candle into the dark, but you can’t stick the dark into the light”!

Most of you have read or heard about the effects of depriving humans of sufficient light; especially sunlight.  This deprivation is known to negatively affect the personality and behavior of people.  They become moody and withdrawn.

Well, the Norway town of Rjukan is doing something about it!  Described as a “dark city” (they receive no sunlight for about 7 months), Rjukan is going to pierce that darkness with reflected sunlight.  Three computer controlled mirrors situated on the tops of surrounding mountains will light up a central part of the town.  The area to receive the reflected sunlight will only be around 2,150 square feet, but I bet it will be a very popular area!  Can you get a suntan from reflected sunlight?

The Bible states that “Jesus is the light, and in Him is no darkness.”  And, we are to reflect that light into the dark world!

Monday, July 22, 2013

The Plusses of Science Fiction

IMG_1786You might never realize it, but there are some surprising things you can learn by reading science fiction; say maybe the book entitled THE WISDOM OF SOLOMON.

 

 

 

What can you learn?  Well, consider this:

  1. We become like those we associate with.  Our personalities, habits and activities are shaped by those who we spend a lot of time with.
  2. Love for others has no boundaries; not color, race, age, sex or any other criteria that we use to judge or pigeon-hole (stereotype) others.  If we came upon an alien from another world, we could even love them!
  3. It’s easy to change for the worse, but hard to change for the better.  But regardless of which route we take, we WILL change!
  4. A vast majority of man’s ills and problems are self-inflicted, and we are the only ones that can change the outcome!  There’s that word CHANGE again!
  5. Time is weird!   Will man every really understand it?  Read THE WISDOM OF SOLOMON and maybe you can find out!

Monday, June 17, 2013

Like Sands of the Hour Glass

I’ve been thinking about time again!  Of course, whether we think about it or not, our whole lives revolve around time.  Our mother’s pregnancy is timed (months), and then after we are born the process begins of celebrating our birthday every 365 days.  Nearly everything that we do is tied to our wristwatch, phone, clock or however we track time.

Within the last week, there have been two statements about time that really caught my attention.  The first was at a funeral where the minister said, “The shortest part of our existence (time) is the one here on earth”!  I don’t know what this means to you, but it certainly has spiritual implications to me.  If we are made in God’s image, then we have a soul and it is the eternal part of us that will live on....hopefully in heaven with Him who created us.  The second statement came from the television program, “Through The Wormhole” that is emceed by Morgan Freeman.  I certainly do not agree with his spiritual ideas (he says that we are god), but he presents many interesting and fascinating ideas about our universe.  This particular program was about time, and a scientist made the statement that “Time is the thing that keeps everything from happening all at once”!  Now that’s pretty profound, and if you think about it, there are also spiritual connotations expressed in this statement.  The Bible tells us that God is the Alpha and the Omega (the beginning and the end), and that He is omnipresent...not restricted by time.....so he experiences EVERYTHING NOW!  So He created time for us, because we are not (cannot be) like Him----thank Goodness!

If you don’t know by now, my book THE WISDOM OF SOLOMON has several storylines, but the most exciting one involves time travel!!  Check it out.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

First Two Chapters On Amazon & A New Book Review

Ronald Dunn The Wisdom of Solomon 09202011When browsing books on Amazon, have you ever noticed that you can read samples of the books? It’s a great way to see if the book might be something that your really interested in putting your money on. For THE WISDOM OF SOLOMON, you can go to The Wisdom of Solomon (affiliate link) product page and “Click to LOOK INSIDE!”

We’ve also got a new book review from J. Kettinger! Five stars and he is eagerly awaiting the sequel! I’m diligently working on that sequel and will post next week about my progress. In the meantime, you can read Mr. Kettinger’s review along with others on THE WISDOM OF SOLOMON customer reviews.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Reliving Memories of Our Childhood

I think you probably had one of these: well, the smaller version. Nothing like a Radio Flyer Little Red Wagon to bring back memories even if this is the larger version. Built upon a Toyota pick-up chassis, it is very detailed. Would love to go for a ride in it.