August, 2005

The Lord will save you
God is love

Trust in the Lord

You are precious in his sight

Sing a new song

All you need is Jesus

(August 31, 2005 6:06 AM CDT)

What I wrote yesterday was what I call a
stream of consciousness
or maybe unconsciousness.

I don't remember any dreams from last night.
I did see someone at the Westroads last night that
looked like the Mom in the dream the night before last.
She was close.

Last night I printed 15 pictures of Crater Lake
in Oregon.
I did a Google search to find them and
save them to my hard drive.
You want to see them?
Here I will upload them.
Ok they are there.
Now I need to build links to them,
so you can see them.
These pictures are all copyrighted by other people,
as you can see on some of them.
Really truly beautiful what God has made.
It is the bluest water I have ever seen.
I was there in 1993 give or take a few years.
My favorite?
I think number 14...the phantom ship...
Number 11 is a close-up of the phantom ship.
Here I am going to flip number 15 upside down.
There...take a look at number 16...a mirror...


Jesus said,
"Father, forgive them;
they do not know what they are doing."
Luke 23:34

Is that you?
Can you forgive other people?
Yes, they were confused.
They did not know what they were doing
or maybe they did know exactly what they were doing.
You need to forgive them.
Jesus did, and so do you.
It makes life much less complicated.
And I believe in life simplification.

(August 30, 2005 5:51 AM CDT)

Two days in a row I beat the 6 AM barrier.
It was 2:19 AM this morning and this
police helicopter was circling my house.
Here are some things that I wrote down,
since I obviously could not sleep.
Yesterday Ann/Anne from American Fence
called me twice.
On call number two she instantly realized her mistake.
I told her don't worry it's just a typical Monday
joking around with her.
My chain link fence on the south side needs fixing
and I called and left a message on Friday August 26th
to see if they could help me.
It is a Sears fence, so I went to Sears on Saturday.
Sears does not carry parts for fences anymore
and sent me across the street to Lowes at 76th and Dodge.
Driving to work yesterday the red light on the dash board
came on that says "Brake".
So I dropped off the car at 20th and Harney.
I did not have to tell them my name.
They know me and my old car.
The bill came out to $497.90.
After I picked up my car around 5 PM
a woman asked me for money ($3) for a bus ticket to Lincoln.
I said no.
There is a chance she would use it to buy a drink,
so I thought I better not.
The air purifier is doing great.
It is.
It is a great invention.
Wow...we need to pray for the hurricane people.
I was thanking God for my house and that crazy
helicopter flying overhead.
I was safe and dry with a roof over my head.
And I broke my rule about never looking at the clock at night.
I don't keep my own rules.
And the stock market went up yesterday even with all
this bad news going on.
I just shake my head.
And I sold what I had.
The Monday Effect even during a hurricane.
I have been to New Orleans once but just at the airport
which is probably underwater today.
The place stopped there on the way to Fort Meyers, Florida
maybe 10 years ago.
I can remember my ears just killing me from the
compression and decompression.
I made a mistake and there were 3 or 4 stops
on the way to Florida.
I was hurting bad (mal).
I was.
And I killed one of my African violets on Saturday.
I bought a new one a Lowes with deep violet flowers,
since I just happen to be there.
I was pulling the dead leaves off the violets
and I pulled this one completely apart.
Not too smart.
I killed it.
Just a few minutes ago I grabbed the folded papers
from getting the car fixed and there was this
cricket hiding in the papers.
I jumped and then laughed about it.
I'm still laughing.
I caught the invader with a towel and
tossed it out in the garage.
I had to set it free.
You can't squish them all over my carpet...
that is gross.
I do squish spiders though with my bare hands.
My dreams were so cool too.
In one I had to take care of someone's baby.
And I don't even have a car seat.
They were going to go somewhere and come back.
I asked them if they wanted my phone number
and I gave them my home number and they did not write it down.
Who would run off and leave me to care for their baby?
What about the diapers?
The kid's Mom was really pretty.
I wonder if I have ever met her in real life.
I think I would remember her if I ever met her for real.
And I couldn't remember the kid's name...
was it Richard or what???
I was trying to call out to this kid and
I did not know his name.
It was a fun dream from what I remember.
And my last note says that the price of gas in my neighborhood
jumped 10 cents overnight yesterday.
Come on.
It can't jump that fast.
The end.
And they lived happily ever after.
See what happens when I don't get enough sleep.
God bless you.
Pray for the people in the hurricane.
I don't have time to proofread it.

(August 29, 2005 5:55 AM CDT)

(Update at 7:54 PM:

Here is the 360 degree picture of
120th and West Dodge Road in Omaha taken yesterday.
It goes west-north-east-south-west.
When you get back to west the cars are different.
They just don't stay still.


On Friday August 26th at about 5 PM
there was this guy driving backwards
going west across the South Omaha Bridge.
I mean...Wow.
He was in the westbound lane.
It is a two lane bridge.
This was during rush hour traffic.
We were going east to Iowa.
My theory is that his car would not go forward
and all that he could do was drive in reverse.

Yesterday and overnight I scanned
both my hard drives for viruses.
It just found a few suspect files which I deleted.
Adware.Aureate they call it from Aureate Media Corporation.

This morning at 4 AM I was backing up files
from one hard drive to the other.
I copied all the recent Spring To Life files
and iTunes music files for example.

"When Jesus saw their faith,
he said to the paralyzed man,
'My son, your sins are forgiven.'"
Mark 2:5

That is intercessory prayer.
You pray for someone else.
It is powerful.
A group of you agree to pray together
for an intention.
The Lord responds.
But it takes faith.
Do you believe that the Lord can do what you ask
and even more than you can imagine?

(August 28, 2005 6:38 AM CDT)

(Update at 8:36 PM:

Here is a 180 degree picture of 120th and West Dodge Road
at 11:30 AM today looking west-north-east.
This is made from 6 photos stitched together
with the Panorama Factory.
The white car on the right is
half there and half not there.
That comes from merging pictures together
and the car is in one and not the other.
The old bridge and hill in the center
of the picture will be removed.
The intersection will be below the newer bridges.

Then I tried to make a 360 degree picture
from 13 pictures, but it was just too large.
I made two 180 degree pictures from the center
of the median at the same location.
(Sorry...I deleted these two pictures.
See the 360 degree picture above.)
Here is west-north-east and east-south-west .
The cars just would not hold still for me.
The rounding at the top and bottom is
caused by the merging of pictures.
I tried to edit the pictures and square them up,
but I could not do it.


Well, I tried the Google Desktop yesterday and
it just ate up too much of the resources on my PC.
It slowed everything way down.
Then it crashed my computer so bad
it was trying to write all of memory to disk.
I uninstalled it.
What I saw did look cool,
if they get the bugs out of it.
It needs more work.
You can type in "Daniel" and it has an index of everywhere
that the text "Daniel" appears on my hard drive.
I don't think it ever finished building the index
after many hours.
I saw 70 percent right before the big crash.

Yesterday I upgraded my PC from Windows XP Home to
Windows XP Professional.
I need it for a VPN to connect to work.
Maybe that is why it crashed.
I hope not.

This morning at 4 AM I installed Windows XP Service Pack 2.
It took over an hour.
I'm giving it a chance.
Over the years SP2 has had a bad reputation.
We'll see how it does.

Then I got paged this morning for work.
They changed something on the network and
they needed it tested.
I called them back and helped them test it.
All is well.
I could not get in while the SP2 update was happening.
I had to use my old Windows 98 computer.
Wow, is it unstable and very slow.
How did we ever take it?
Somehow we survived.

I did try to buy tickets to that concert
yesterday morning online at 10:10 AM.
It said all the tickets were gone by then.
I would have traded them in for the October 30th concert.
Here let me go get the newspaper outside
and see what it says.
Sorry it took so long.
I had to take a look at my 3 pink
and two red roses out front.
Very beautiful.
Our local newspaper says that it sold out in 26 minutes.
Therefore I should have got tickets at 10 minutes after.
It told me there was none available.
Just weird.

From page 1207 of my Bible and it mentions
another favorite name of mine.

"The angel said to him:
'Do not be frightened, Zechariah;
your prayer has been heard.
Your wife Elizabeth shall bear a son
whom you shall name John.
Joy and gladness will be yours,
and many will rejoice at his birth;
for he will be great
in the eyes of the Lord.'"
Luke 1:13-14

The Lord hears your prayer.
He is very concerned.
Much good can come from our struggles.
We can help others in the future
to go through the same thing.
One day there will be joy and gladness.
Don't be frightened.

(August 27, 2005 6:30 AM CDT)

Last evening I installed the Google Desktop .
I am checking it out this morning.
It is indexing my whole hard drive.
It has a sidebar that is showing
some of my pictures one at a time
every 15 seconds or so.
I just checked and I have about 3,593 pictures
on my hard drive of 2.2 GB.
Have I taken that many pictures
since August 18th, 2003?

The big deal in Omaha this morning
is people trying to buy tickets for the
Rolling Stones concert January 29th, 2006 at the Qwest Center.
The tickets go on sale at 10 AM CDT.
Our local newspaper has had many stories on this.
There should be quite a few people in line in person
and online trying to get the few tickets that remain.
They sell them ahead of time
at this link that I gave you above.
I would not go to a Rolling Stones concert.
I would like to go see Paul McCartney instead.
He is at the Qwest Center on October 30th, 2005.
The cheapest ticket I see in a quick look online is $316.00,
so I probably won't see Paul when he is in town.
I will just have to buy his DVD at Wal-Mart or Sam's Club
and go watch it at my brother's place,
since he has a huge plasma TV and surround sound theater.

"Let him who has ears
heed the Spirit's word to the churches!
To the victor I will give the hidden manna;
I will also give him a white stone
upon which is a new name,
to be known only by him who receives it."
Revelation 2:17

Listening is so important.
We love to talk.
We need to stop for a second
and let the other person speak.
We have a lot to learn from each other.
We have a lot to learn from the Lord.
Part of prayer is listening.
Listen to the Lord.
He can teach you amazing things.

(August 26, 2005 6:13 AM CDT)

What am I listening to this morning?
A Gospel song...
"Oh Happy Day" sung by
The B.C. & M. Mass Choir.
The link above has 29 seconds of it.
I found it on iTunes a few minutes ago.
It is a happy day!
Go ahead and clap your hands.

"See, I write to you
in my own large handwriting!"
Galatians 6:11

Apparently Paul had problems with his eyesight.
He could not see very well.
Did it stop him from writing?
We all have our burdens to bear.
Don't let them stop you.
Keep doing the work of the Lord.

(August 25, 2005 6:15 AM CDT)

(Update at 8:59 PM:

Snoopy is back
thanks to modern technology.

He had quite a trip starting in Ontario, California
then to Lenexa, Kansas then Omaha, Nebraska.
Lenexa is near Kansas City.
He must be very tired.
You can see my Bible and printer
and the Norton firewall error message
I see every day when my PC starts.
And yellow highlighter that I have only used once
on October 17th, 2004 in my Bible.
I have 5 post-it notes.
The one on the bottom left says:
"What can I do for someone else today?"

Here is the picture of the Walgreens at 30th and Dodge Street
I was telling you about this morning.

You can see my 8 year old car to the right of the sign
that tells you when I took the picture.
A self time stamped picture.
Good thing I got my car washed the other day.
I used Rain-X on the windshield.
Can you tell?
I purchased it at the Wal-Mart
that I took a picture of on August 21st.
When I was a freshman at Creighton Prep
I used to transfer from one bus to another bus
at this intersection out of the picture to the left.
The calendar on their web site says
they started school this year on August 22nd.

Did I accomplish my goal?
I made it to church at 6:57 AM ahead of time.

The lawn?
It turned out fine in the daylight.

The sunrise?
It was nowhere to be seen at 6:43 AM.
So much for that local newspaper of ours.
Well, it was cloudy...

One of my goals this morning is to get to church on time,
I can't show you the picture I took yesterday of
the Walgreens at 30th and Dodge Street at 7:21 AM.
I can't tell you about mowing the lawn part of the
time last night in the dark and wondering
what it will look like this morning when the sun comes up.
Sunrise is at 6:43 AM this morning says our local newspaper.
I was going to find a Bible verse about
light and dark and tie it all together,
but not this morning.
I'm not even going to spell check this.

(August 24, 2005 6:12 AM CDT)

The furnace has been inspected.
It took all of 5 minutes... if that.
This guy had a flashlight and checked it out.
The thing has an electronic ignition
(sounds like a car).
I set the thermostat to 90 F degrees.
There are 3 flames when it kicks out the heat.
I watched it in action.
It was cool... I mean hot.
Since there is no pilot light
that alone should make my heating bill go down.

I misspoke/mistyped the other day.
What can I say?
I'm not too awake at 6 AM.
The paper towels I have are called Bounty not Bounce .
I'm trying to devise a fair test between
these two brands of paper towels.
I'm thinking about it.
How much water can they absorb?
Maybe that is it.
How many paper towels does it take
to absorb a cup of water?
It would waste a lot of paper to conduct the test.
I guess that is why they crash cars with dummies in them.

"Happy are they whose way is blameless,
who walk in the law of the Lord.
Happy are they who observe his decrees,
who seek him with all their heart.
And do no wrong,
but walk in his ways."
Psalm 119:1-3

I wonder what the Lord would say to me,
if I had an inspection.
I wonder if I would pass the test.
It would be interesting to get his feedback directly.
Daniel, you are doing this right,
but you need to change this and this and this.
And I want you to look into doing this.
And I want you to do this in 5 years.
You need to study this.
You need to be prepared for this event.
I want you to talk to this person.
It would be fascinating to find out.
I guess that is what prayer is about.

(August 23, 2005 6:10 AM CDT)

Yesterday I called up the place that installed my furnace and AC.
The receptionist answered the phone with this:
"It's a wonderful day at Standard Heating and Air Conditioning."
I told her it was a wonderful day where I was also.
It was a confirmation of what I wrote about yesterday.
I'm going to have a fantastic day today also.
I am.
And it is going to be fun.

MUD is coming to inspect my furnace today
sometime between 8 AM and Noon.
They just give you a window.

After work yesterday I stopped at the Walgreens
at 30th and Dodge.
(My whole life is centered on Dodge Street.)
I had a coupon for some paper towels
from the Sunday newspaper.
I got two of them for $1.07.
I will test them out and see if they
are better than Bounce (I should have said Bounty).
This is like Consumer Reports.

I usually gain weight on trips to CA.
Well, not this year.
I checked myself when I got back and it was about the same.
since getting back I have gained at least 5 pounds.
I guess I better quit buying the Blue Bunny ice cream.
And no more cakes from The Cake Gallery.

"...let us draw near
in utter sincerity and absolute confidence,
our hearts sprinkled clean
from the evil which lay on our conscience
and our bodies washed in pure water."
Hebrews 10:22

The Lord once again invites you to draw near.
He does this over and over.
He invites you to be washed and made clean.
Push the evil aside.
If you do good, you have no time to do evil.
Be sincere.
Be confident.
Have a clean heart.

(August 22, 2005 6:13 AM CDT)

This morning I am telling myself
I am going to have a wonderful/fun/exciting/blessed day
because I have Jesus in my heart.
I tell people "expect great things."
Joel in his big church (more like convention center)
says the same thing.
Two for two.
Two weeks in a row this Bible verse was presented to me.
Joel quoted it on his TV program yesterday.

"For God did not give us a spirit of timidity,
but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline."
2 Timothy 1:7

There should be power in your life.
You should be on the same frequency as the Lord.
You should be joyful and glad that you are alive.
If he can create this beautiful rose in my front yard,
he can easily create a beautiful day for you.
Just study how beautiful it is.
I even printed an 8 by 10 of this to study it at work today.
It is a reminder.
It is an indicator.
Praise the Lord.
Praise the Lord for his greatness.

(August 21, 2005 6:31 AM CDT)

(Update at 8:03 PM:

Here is a picture of the roof of
that Wal-Mart in northwest Omaha at 1 PM today.
I-680 is to the left.

Here is a picture at 5 PM today of the
two Union Pacific locomotives north of I-80
west of the Missouri River.
I-80 is in the background.
Our local newspaper said this would be done on October 15th.


Last evening I went to Wal-Mart way out north on I-680.
It has " 207,502 square feet of retail space and
employing approximately 510 associates
I have to get a picture of their roof today
and show you (see above).
It was cool.
I saw it from the bridge (Military Road)
that goes over I-680 just south of the building.
The road is up in the air a little bit.
How many times have you ever seen the roof of a Wal-Mart?
I don't know if I ever have.
I bought this ice cream there made by Blue Bunny called
Bunny Tracks .
Someone I volunteer with at SFH recommended it.
It is not too bad,
but they should have left out the peanut butter.
I bought it early and was going all over the huge store
finding other things.
It was a little mushy when I finally got back home.
I was surprised to find Blue Bunny in CA.
I thought it was just in a few states (Nebraska, Iowa, etc.).
It originates in LeMars, Iowa.
Their web site says they are in all 50 states and Mexico
and Puerto Rico (when I was in CA I met someone from PR,
I wonder if I have ever seen a coqui , maybe at the zoo).

This is funny...
At the Westroads Mall lately the Waldenbooks store has a table
that says they are now hiring people.
Also on the same table is a book...
Job Interviews For Dummies .
Every time I see it I just have to laugh.

And my printer is working again.
They (Island Ink-Jet) gave me a different ink cartridge
where I had it refilled at the WM.
I printed 7 8 by 10 pictures of Long Beach, CA yesterday.

" Christ Jesus
you who were once far off
have been brought near
through the blood of Christ."
Ephesians 2:13

The door is open.
Come close.
Come and see.
The invitation to learn all about Jesus is there.
You open your mind and your heart.
I tell you really truly...he is wonderful.
Come near.

(August 20, 2005 8:45 AM CDT)

(Update at 9:45 PM:

Here are some pictures of Long Beach, California on July 31st.

Picture 1 is the intersection of
Pine Ave and Ocean Blvd looking north
or is it Long Beach Blvd and Ocean Blvd?
I should have done this weeks ago...sorry.
I just looked at the map.
It is Pine Ave.
I did not realize until I got home that the ocean
is due south of Long Beach.
Picture 2 is looking the opposite direction (south) with the
countdown on the seconds left for the crosswalk.
6 seconds and going fast.
And it says Ocean Blvd on the street sign.
Picture 3 is the Pine Ave Pier.
Picture 4 is the Aquarium of the Pacific
that I told you about on August 1st below.
Picture 5 is the skyline of downtown.
Picture 6 is inside the Aquarium obviously.
Picture 7 is a playground at the Aquarium.
Picture 8 and 10 is the lighthouse which was built in 1949.
Picture 9 is the Queen Mary and some cruise ship.
Here are some scenic pictures of Long Beach that I just found.

1: 2: 3:
4: 5: 6:
7: 8: 9:


Last night at 5 PM I bought a cake from
The Cake Gallery .
I got a 6-inch diameter Oreo Cookie Cake with fudge filling.
Please, buy your next cake (if you buy cakes) from them,
because they donate cakes all the time to SFH.
They are very generous.
Wednesday night I saw a few cakes from them at SFH.
Their Oreo Cookie cake was good, but my cake is better
and it does not cost as much ($3 / $13).
Here is what you need to make my favorite cake .
I have two in the freezer.
There is also a frozen Lemon/Lemon cake.

Something is happening with my color printer.
It does not print color pictures correctly.
Last night at the Westroads
I had the color ink cartridge refilled
and that did not fix the problem.
It printed one good picture and
the others were not right after that.
The color blue is missing in places.
Maybe the cartridge is bad (mal in Spanish).

This morning I'm testing out my new air purifier
in my new furnace.
It uses ultraviolet light at wavelength 253.7 nm (nanometers)
to zap the bad stuff in the air.
My nose says the ragweed pollen count in the air
is very high this morning.

The word is that they cloned Snoopy
in Ontario, California (or near there) yesterday.
He is taking a trip and I'm watching him
on UPS this morning.
I'd give you the tracking number, but UPS' web site says,
"Without limitation, you are not authorized to make the
Information available on any web site..."
I'm not sure why they capitalized Information.
It must be a legal/lawyer type thing.
I looked at the map and I've never even been near Ontario, CA
in the times I have been to LA.
One thing I like about Snoopy (cloned or not) is
you don't have to feed him because he is already stuffed.
And he is house-trained.

This happened at 2:15 to 2:19 PM on Thursday.
I went down the stairs where I work
and out the front door and
clockwise around the building
and back in the front door
and back up the stairs.
Most of the time it is "uneventful",
but not this time.
Just after I went out the front door
someone was carrying two boxes coming up
to the building and I held open one door for her
and even the second interior door for her to get in.
I thought to myself ---
God sent me down to help her.
God put me to work.
When I circled the block and came back
there she was again with two more boxes
and I had to run and open the doors again for her.
Here I come.
I asked her how many boxes did she have to bring in
and she said just four.
That was it.
I can go back upstairs to work.
I was dismissed.

Also on Thursday I went to Kinkos on 72nd and Dodge.
I had them print this picture for $1.99.
It comes out to a 5 by 17 picture.
I had the picture on a 32 MB thumb drive
that I got out of the clear blue sky one day recently.
It comes in very handy.
Much better than a floppy disk.
This picture would not have even fit on a floppy disk.

And what am I listening to as I write this?
"Sunday Morning" by Maroon5 .
You can hear the whole song (4:06) by clicking on
the "Music Player" on this link.
At the top pick "05: SUNDAY MORNING".
One of my nieces/nephews (sister/brother)
went to see them in concert
in Lincoln, Nebraska back on April 25th.
James Valentine is from Lincoln.
The day Sunday seems to be really popular with songwriters.
"01: SHE WILL BE LOVED" (4:17) is a nice song also.
It is number 7 on the "Adult Contemporary" chart this week.

"Praise be God, the Father of mercies,
and the God of all consolation!
He comforts us in all our afflictions and
thus enables us to comfort those who are in trouble,
with the same consolation we have received from him.
As we have shared much in the suffering of Christ,
so through Christ do we share abundantly in his consolation."
2 Corinthians 1:3-5

Help others.
You have been through the same thing.
You have experienced the pain and the loss.
Be a blessing to them.
Listen to them.
Give them a hug.
Share his consolation that you have received.
Pass it along.

(August 19, 2005 6:08 AM CDT)

This morning I'm wondering if
Snoopy will ever come home .
It is sad around the house without him.
I just stare at the empty spot
over my computer monitor now.
I went to visit him yesterday at his new digs.
He did not even look at me.
He has his backside turned to me at first.
He has a "penthouse" on top of this structure
with a commanding view of his environment
which is huge compared to this bedroom.
He has a new doggy friend to play with.
His new owner is spoiling him
and even gave him a new name.
He gets lots of attention all day long.
I was never at home for him.
Since he probably won't come back home,
I'm been talking to some people to clone him.
It is 2005.
We have the technology.
We'll see what they can do,
but it just won't be the same.

Jesus told this story,
"A man had two sons.
The younger of them said to his father,
'Father, give me the share of the estate
that is coming to me.'
So the father divided up the property.
Some days later this younger son
collected all his belongings
and went off to a distant land,
where he squandered his money on dissolute living."
Luke 15:11-13

That is God.
He is watching for you.
He is wondering if you will ever come home.
He is there waiting and watching.
Could he clone you?
Sure, but he would not do such a thing.
You are unique.
You are very special to him.
There is no one like you.
You are very precious to him.
He calls you by your name
and asks you to come home.

(August 18, 2005 6:05 AM CDT)

(Update at 8:35 PM:

Here is something I found out there in cyberspace...
Paul McCartney in Russia in 2003 .
It shows someone holding a "Happy Birthday, Paul" banner
at 2:43 near the end.
His birthday is June 18, 1942.
From what I read it was NOT his birthday that day
which was May 24, 2003 in Moscow.
The song is "Got To Get You Into My Life" which
is on the Beatles' Revolver album Side 2 Track 4.
I still have a turntable to play it
thanks to one of my brothers
that found it at a Goodwill.

Last night I helped serve dinner at SFH.
We had picnic plates since the dishwasher
has been moved to the new building.
Tim Sully's family was there --- even his Mom.
He was not there.
Remember he had his picture in the newspaper on Sunday.
Three of his nieces/nephews were helping serve the dinner
maybe 6 years old.
Two of his sisters were trying to talk to this
guy from Mexico in Spanish.
They were trying to say "Mother-in-law."
I just did a Spanish/English dictionary search
and came up with "suegra."
I don't think they ever got the idea across to him.

I had this dream last night about a little bird.
It was in a bedroom in a house.
It was not my house.
It was trying to fly around and
kept falling to the floor or bed.
I went to the next room and knocked on the door
and told the person to come see this sight.
They were on the phone and did not come.
I usually don't remember my dreams.

I just did a Google search for the word "suegra"
and the third response was this Bible verse.

"Jesus entered Peter's house and
found Peter's mother-in-law in bed with a fever.
He took her by the hand and the fever left her.
She got up at once and began to wait on him."
Matthew 8:14-15 (Mateo 8:14-17)

Prayer is very important.
Pray for the sick.
Pray with the sick.
Jesus will come to visit them.
He is the great healer.
Take his hand.

(August 17, 2005 6:16 AM CDT)

(Update at 8:02 PM:

Picture number 1 is that rose from August 14th at 7:40 AM and
picture number 2 is the same rose a few minutes ago.
The color has changed.
Is it a red rose or is it a pink rose?
It can't make up its mind.

1) 2)


I sent Snoopy on a mission yesterday.
He is not on top of my computer monitor this morning.
He has been there since January, 2000.
This picture was taken in February, 2000.
It is different without him.
The red heart is still there.
It is dusty.

"Reform your lives!
Turn to God,
that your sins may be wiped away!
Thus, may a season of refreshment be granted you
by the Lord when he sends you Jesus..."
Acts 3:19-20

The Father sent his son Jesus to us.
He came to save us from our sins.
No one is perfect.
You have to admit that.
You need forgiveness.
Ask Jesus to forgive your sins.
You need a season of refreshment.
Turn to the Lord.
He was sent to you.
Receive him into your heart.

(August 16, 2005 6:10 AM CDT)

I've had to start taking Allegra
for the last few days.
It is that time of the year to sneeze.

Pray for someone that I work with
her Mother-in-law passed away.
God be with them at this difficult time.

My car hit 93,000 yesterday
probably on Dodge Street somewhere.
I wrote this number on my calendar
in the south bedroom on the north wall.
It is something I have always done.
I don't know why.
On July 11 92,000.
On June 12 91,000.
On May 13 90,000.
On April 8 89,000.
On March 4 88,000.
On January 30 87,000.
I just like numbers I guess.

Jesus said,
"Fear is useless;
what is needed is trust
and her life will be spared."
Luke 8:50

Do not fear.
Trust in the Lord.
He will save your life.

(August 15, 2005 6:17 AM CDT)

There is this smell of coconuts in the house this morning.
Very strange.
I like coconuts in German Chocolate cake,
but not otherwise.

I forgot to tell you about Brianne on Saturday.
She gave me her work gloves.
She said she could not lift heavy boxes.
I did not even ask her.
I came in late and all the gloves were gone by then.
We had to go get more since they ran out.

Yesterday I went to this church
that I had never been to before.
I was not comfortable.
They did not believe in Jesus.
I can't go there again.
We need to pray for them.
Jesus is God.
He was not just a great spiritual teacher.
He was way more than that.
It's like the words to this 3 Doors Down song "Let Me Go",
"You loved me but you don't know who I am"
which I am listening to this morning.
They know about Jesus,
but they don't know him.
They have part of the truth.
They need to keep searching for more.

This is one of the verses the pastor quoted at this church yesterday.

"The Spirit God has given us in no cowardly spirit,
but rather one that makes us strong, loving and wise."
2 Timothy 1:7

The Holy Spirit gives us wisdom to know the truth.
We need that.
We need to know what is real and what is not
(more words/ideas from that song above).
Jesus will lead you to the truth.
He is the Lord.
He is God.
He is your strength for this life.
It is your life.
He loves you very much and
wants you to know all about him.

(August 14, 2005 6:20 AM CDT)

Here is a picture from in front of my house
at 7:40 AM this morning.
My rose bush is blooming again.
It took awhile.
I just had to be patient.

From what I see there is no strike
this morning where I work.
That is great news.
Thank the Lord.

Yesterday I was at the Siena/Francis House.
They had a large group of volunteers
move frozen food from one freezer
across the street to the new building.
Our local newspaper today has a picture on page B-1
and story on page B-3.
Tim Sully is the person on the left in the picture
and is quoted in the story.
There are 2 pictures below
under August 10th of this new building.
I was the "glove man."
I went the length of the line asking
people if they wanted gloves for their hands.
Some of the guys refused them.
I guess it was a "macho" thing.
One girl had only one glove
because she shared the other glove with a friend.
Now there's a friend to have.
I gave her another glove.
It took about 2 hours to move 4 tons of food.
All our local TV stations were there filming.
I did not see the TV news lasting evening.
How did we look?
I told Michelle that she might be "discovered."
Who is that Michelle in Omaha?
They would come looking for her.
And some of the time during the two hours it was raining.
These people got wet.
They did not get soaked, but still.
I was inside the new building sorting
the boxes Turkey, Beef, Chicken, etc.
Many of the volunteers were from Creighton University .
God bless them.
Some people were from Sitel
that were with me inside the new building.
I met Andrew, Andre, Tumie, Dan, Jessica, Jane, Connie, and Nefertiti .
I told Andre he could be a comedian.
He could.
He was funny.
He was a character.
I think the radio was playing 96.1 FM or 99.9 FM maybe,
but I talked to some of the people I just mentioned
and they listen to 94.1 FM,
so I negotiated a radio station change with the powers to be.
I told them lately I listen to 98.5 FM.
That is the station my nephew likes.
So far I like about 5 songs of the 100 I have heard.
I call it building bridges.
Music is a bridge.
It helps in communications.

And I went to eharmony yesterday.
They ask you about 400 questions
for their personality profile.
I answered about 100.
It was work.
That was way too much thinking for me.
Am I shy?
Normally, but not yesterday.
It all depends on the tone of the group.
It was a fun group.
So how do you answer the question?
Everyday is different.

"Mary remained with Elizabeth about 3 months
and then returned home."
Luke 1:56

Luke loves the number 3.
You see it all over his writings.
Presence is important --- to be there in person.
It means a lot.
You can send emails, text messages or letters to people.
You can call them on the phone.
But when you are there in person that is a whole new level.
Go and visit people.
Meet them.
Listen to them.
Be with them.
Share your time.
Share your life.
Build a bridge.

(August 13, 2005 8:11 AM CDT)

Hey, this is cool...
It was 7:00 AM and I had just got out of my car
near the chapel at Girls and Boys Town this morning.
I mean this was perfect timing...
about 15 Canada geese did a flyover
in two "V" formations about 50 feet above me.
I just love to hear and see these formations.
They "announced" their arrival and I looked up to see them.
It lasted maybe 30 seconds and was over.
I tell people that God likes to show off.
If he was trying to get my attention this morning,
he sure did it.
I was impressed.
I get a tear in my eye just thinking about this.

This is from one of the scripture readings today at the chapel.

"The people promised Joshua,
'We will serve the Lord, our God,
and obey his voice.'"
Joshua 24:24

Yes, do that.
Serve the Lord.
Obey him.
Listen to his voice.
Please, promise you will do that.

(August 12, 2005 6:14 AM CDT)

Last night I received an email from someone and
I was writing back to them and
I sent it and it went into hyperspace.
It never made it
and I don't have a copy of it.
It is probably somewhere on my hard drive,
if I knew where to look for it.
I took too long to write the message and
it "timed out" on me.
I could not believe it.
All that work/effort and it went nowhere.
I guess it was just not meant to be.

This morning I'm trying to figure out
the words behind the letters "D M C."
So far I have come up with two possibilities:
"Dolly Madison Cakes" and
a friend of mine "Diane Marie C........"
Did you know that Dolley Madison was married
to James Madison President number 4 of the USA?

They played Stacie Orrico on KGBI 100.7 FM
this morning right before 6 AM.
That is a first!
She's sings about "(There's Gotta Be) More To Life."
You can see/hear the whole song (3:28)
on this link by clicking on "music"
and then "More To Life" and then the song.

Time for work.
I will write more later if I get a chance.

(August 11, 2005 6:26 AM CDT)

From page 1441 of my Bible.
It has a misspelled word.
Misspelled words drive me crazy.

"Be humbled in the sight of the Lord
and he will riase you on high."
James 4:10

Your greatness comes from knowing God.
He is the awesome one.
Give him honor and praise.
Take after him.
Keep in his sight.
Don't wander away.

(August 10, 2005 6:07 AM CDT)

(Update at 8:12 PM:

Hey, there is a big thunderstorm going through town right now.
I'm watching the radar.
It is right over Omaha.
Meanwhile here is a picture of the sunrise this morning.

I pulled my car over just to take a picture of it.
This is on West Dodge Road looking east by Old Mill.
You can see the new bridges under construction.
As I was driving by there tonight I was wondering
where is all the rain on those bridges going to go
during a thunderstorm like we are having.
The sunrise was cool and kept changing.
I saw it all the way to downtown.

Here is the new building at Siena/Francis House
from a few hours ago.
This is north of downtown on 17th street.
I had a tour of it on July 27th.
You can see the building where I work in the background
of both pictures.
They need help paying for this too --- hint, hint.


This morning I'm listening to
"Sara" by Fleetwood Mac .
You can hear 29 seconds on track 13 of this link.
Sara/Sarah is one of my favorite names.
Michael is another.
I work with a lot of Michaels.

"I have learned how to cope with every circumstance ---
how to eat well or go hungry,
to be well provided for or do without.
In him who is the source of my strength
I have strength for everything."
Philippians 4:12-13

The Lord will provide for you.
Do you believe it?
Do you trust him?
He will help you cope.
He is your source of strength to get through today.
He is your everything.

(August 9, 2005 6:22 AM CDT)

(Update at 7:54 PM:

Here is a merged picture of
Corona Del Mar, California on July 30th.
It was made from 4 pictures.
I wonder if someone can print this wide picture.

I'm listening to "Breathe (2 AM)" by
Anna Nalick .
You can hear 30 seconds of it on this link.

I'm also listening to "The Remedy (I won't worry)" by
Jason Mraz (Mr. A-Z).
You can see/hear the whole song (4:10) on this link
under "Multimedia" then "Official Record Company Clips"
then the song name.

Last night I made 3 cakes.
It was 95 F degrees outside.
Not too smart.

I sold that BIDU yesterday for a 31% profit.
Not bad for one day.
It was a free gift that came out of the clear blue sky.
I will give it to Siena/Francis House .
They need it for their new building.

Pray for someone in the hospital.
God bless them and their family today.

"For he shall rescue the poor man when he cries out,
and the afflicted when he has no one to help him.
He shall have pity for the lowly and the poor;
the lives of the poor he shall save."
Psalm 72:12-13

Remember the poor.
You are God's hands and feet in this life.
Help them.
Pray for them.
Be a friend to them.

(August 8, 2005 6:12 AM CDT)

This was in the church bulletin yesterday
at Girls and Boys Town.

"You are a very special creation of God's!
You are His handiwork
created in Christ Jesus to do good works."
Ephesians 2:10

You are special.
You are very special to Jesus.
He loves you very much.
He wants the best for you.
He created you.
You are his child.
Do what he asks of you.

(August 7, 2005 6:42 AM CDT)

This morning I'm reading about Baidu .
I figure I better learn about the company
I invested in on Friday and see what they are.
They are a search engine for Chinese web sites. is their web site.
I searched for "spring to life" and it did not find it,
so I'm not too impressed.

Who first wrote the line
"It was a dark and stormy night..." ?
The answer is on this link from Australia.

"At this they tried to seize Jesus,
but no one laid a finger on him
because his hour had not yet come.
Many in the crowd came to believe in him.
They kept saying,
'When the Messiah comes,
can he be expected to perform
more signs than this man?'"
John 7:30-31

God is in control.
There is a time when things are right.
He is in charge.
He is giving you time to believe in him.
Many people have done this.
Trust in Jesus.
Believe in him.
Believe in his miracles.
There is no one like him.

(August 6, 2005 6:29 AM CDT)

Yesterday everything was happening at once
in my neighborhood.
They were replacing the driveway next door
and I was replacing my furnace and AC.
It was very noisy.
I went to work to hide.
God bless these workers.
Both tasks were completed from what I see this morning.
I need to call MUD to get the furnace inspected.

This morning I'm reading about
Yosemite National Park .
I did not go there, but it looks very beautiful.
This web site says there are bears in the park.
Yes, don't feed the bears.
It also says that
"Camping on the summit of Half Dome is prohibited."
Here is a panoramic picture of Half Dome and Nevada Fall .
You can move the picture left/right/zoom_in/zoom_out.
Here is a regular picture of Nevada Fall .
I even printed an 8 by 10 of this.
I will have to put this on my list of places to see.

I'm watering the front yard this morning
and doing the laundry.
I'm wondering where the sand in my clothes came from.

I just discovered the owner's manual
for the furnace downstairs.
I better read it soon.

Last night at 8:01 PM I saw this funny license plate
on West Dodge Road.
It said, "NOOOOOO".
The exclamation point was missing.

You have to see this license plate I saw in California.
Here let me get it.
I just love CA license plates.
I was trying to figure out how to get one for my car.
I could steal one --- can't do that.
I could buy a car in CA and license it there maybe.
I could move to CA --- that would really do it.

First of all it is a Camry which is the next car I will buy
after my Lexus wears out
(if it ever does, 92K miles going very strong).
This was on the PCH going north near Manhattan Beach.
It has my initials on it.
What are the odds of that?
I'm thinking about getting the "5DTB075"
on a personal license plate for Nebraska.
I could, but it is just not the same thing.

I'm praying that there is no strike a week from today.
I would have to work 12 hours per day and 7 days a week
7 AM to 7 PM.
Absolutely no fun! (with an exclamation point for sure)
How would I get to church?

I bought a stock yesterday for fun.
The symbol is BIDU .
It went up 353% in one day.
It was the IPO.
We'll see how it does on Monday.
At the moment I have made a profit.

"At dawn, as Jesus was returning to the city,
he felt hungry.
Seeing a fig tree by the roadside
he went over to it,
but found nothing there but leaves.
He said to it,
'Never again shall you produce fruit!';
and it withered up instantly.
The disciples were dumbfounded
when they saw this."
Matthew 21:18-20

Do something.
Do anything.
The Lord has blessed you with all these talents.
What are you doing with them?
Are you helping anyone?
You don't want Jesus talking to you
with exclamation points!

(August 5, 2005 6:29 AM CDT)

I was just outside.
I parked my car on the street and
put out the newspapers to recycle in a bin.
It is a little cool 57 F degrees.

And the answer is "No."
87.7 FM in Los Angeles is not TV Channel 6.
It is some radio station.
Well, they don't have a Channel 6 from what I see.

While we were out there we listened to
KZLA 93.9 FM from time to time
as you can see in this picture.
It plays country music.
It was 71 F degrees at 6:08 PM PDT July 31
on the PCH maybe in Manhattan Beach.
Scanning FM radio will do you no good in LA.
Just about every possible FM setting is taken.

"Tell those who are rich in this world's goods
not to be proud, and not to rely on
so uncertain a thing as wealth.
Let them trust in the God
who provides us richly
with all things for our use.
Charge them to do good,
to be rich in good works and generous,
sharing what they have.
Thus will they build a secure foundation for the future
for receiving that life which is life indeed."
1 Timothy 6:17-19

Here today and gone tomorrow.
You may be well off today,
but tomorrow you could lose it all.
Don't base your life on money.
Don't base your worth on all the things you have.
You need to look at the big picture.
Money is not that important.
Doing the will of God is important.
There is your security for the future.

(August 4, 2005 6:21 AM CDT)

(Update at 7:44 PM CDT:

This is 4 pictures of the beach
in Laguna Beach, California on July 30th.
I should learn how to splice them together, shouldn't I?


"The hand of the Lord was with them
and a great number of them believed
and were converted to the Lord."
Acts 11:21

I pray today that many people will
come to believe in Jesus.
That they find hope.
That they find peace.
Come and see.

(August 3, 2005 6:22 AM CDT)

Jesus said,
"Whoever welcomes this little child
on my account welcomes me,
and whoever welcomes me
welcomes him who sent me;
for the least one among you is the greatest."
Luke 9:48

Jesus was like that ---
he liked to flip things.
The smallest is the greatest.
Care for the children.
Welcome them into your busy life.
Give them your full attention.

(August 2, 2005 6:05 AM CDT)

Pray for my nephew today.
He is having surgery.
God bless all the doctors and nurses.

This was one of the Bible readings at
St. Barbara's Church in Santa Ana on Sunday at 11 AM .
They had all the doors and windows open
and fans going.

"The Lord is near to all who call upon him,
to all who call upon him in truth."
Psalm 145:18

Call out to the Lord.
He hears your prayer.
He sees your need.
He is there for you.
The Lord is near.

(August 1, 2005 7:38 PM CDT)

Here are some pictures of my trip to California.

Picture 1 is downtown Omaha on July 28th from the airplane.
The lake is Heartland of America Park.
Picture 2 is downtown Denver on July 28th from the airplane.
Notice the streets are at a 45 degree angle
to the other streets around them.
Picture 3 is the chapel on the campus of LMU
taken on July 29th.
Howard Hughes would fly his planes over the school,
north and south.
The school built this steeple and
Howard was forced to change to east and west.
LAX is also east and west for takeoffs and landings.
This morning we took off going west over the ocean.
Howard donated some land to the school.
Picture 4 is one of the houses that Howard
crashed the XF-11 into on July 7, 1946.
808 Whittier Drive in Beverly Hills.
Picture 5 is the Kodak Theater on Hollywood Blvd.
This is where the Oscars are presented.
Picture 6 was taken at Universal Studios.
This is a crash scene from the movie
War of the Worlds .
I have not seen it yet.
They destroyed a real 747 to create this image.
Picture 7 was taken on July 30 in a cove
near Laguna Beach.
We spent most of the afternoon there.
The water was very cold to swim in.
It was low tide, so you could walk on the rocks
from cove to cove.
It was interesting to watch the tide come in
and attack the beach.
Picture 8 was taken July 31 at Long Beach.
This is Rainbow Harbor and Marina.
It is a very nice area of town.
Picture 9 is at the Aquarium of the Pacific
also in this same location.
They let the kids touch the stingrays in this pool,
but they could only use two fingers on the back.
Picture 10 was taken on Highway 1 (Pacific Coast Highway, PCH)
at Manhattan Beach July 31.
Get out your surfboard for the
for the International Surf Festival .

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