Did You Miss Me?

If you did … it’s because I’ve been out-of-service for a couple of days. (If you didn’t, you don’t need to read any further.)

Long story short … I had some very sharp stomach pains that started early, early Monday morning. After about four (!) hours, they finally let up. I ended up sleeping the rest of the day (surprise!) and felt a bit better when I woke up. However, later that night I developed a fever, so I decided it might be a good idea to go to Emergency and see what was going on.

After an entire night of tests and more tests, I finally got a diagnosis late Tuesday morning. 

End result – they performed an ERCP (I’ll let you look it up) on Thursday. (The wheels of medicine often move slowly.)

I got back home yesterday (Friday) — a bit worse for the wear, but slowly returning to normal.

I checked posts and comments as I felt like it during my “adventure,” but I’m way behind. Do hope I’m forgiven.

P.S. Thoughts and prayers for my return to full health are neither needed nor requested. 😈

Other-Worldly? Or … ?

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No doubt many of you have read about the recent and “much-awaited” preliminary report on the government’s assessment of UFO phenomena.

According to this article, “The report finds that an overwhelming majority of more than 120 sightings in the past 20 years did not come from any U.S. military or other government technology.”

So the next question automatically becomes: Where did they come from?

Some have promoted the theory that they are super-advanced foreign military craft. Others have commented that the phenomena may be “alien” spacecraft — not necessarily “extraterrestrial” but rather “experimental technology” developed by other countries. 

Both of these scenarios are naturally a chief concern for the United States because if hostile countries are involved, that would threaten the world’s largest military power.

Of course there are untold numbers who insist the objects are most certainly and definitely “otherworldly.” 

From my personal perspective, I tend to agree with Michael Shermer, editor of Skeptic magazine. Michael is a science historian and a longtime analyst of UFO theories and other phenomena – and he points out the blurry and hazy element to the sightings. He notes that several billion people have smartphones that take crisp, clear images, not to mention satellites that can precisely render detail on the ground.

He then puts forth this challenge:  “Show me the body, show me the spacecraft, or show me the really high quality videos and photographs … and I’ll believe.”

I admit that when I was considerably younger, I fancied the idea of visitors from other parts of the universe. Looking back, I’m sure it had a lot to do with my love of sci-fi movies. In fact, one of my favorites was “The Day the Earth Stood Still” (the 1951 version), in which an alien lands and tells the people of Earth that they must live peacefully or be destroyed as a danger to other planets. (Actually, the warning in the movie is not so far-fetched even today.)

However, as I matured, I began to see things differently. Based on my current perspective, there are simply too many rational thinking hurdles to overcome for me to accept the idea of extraterrestrial visitors.

Yet … stranger things have happened.

What’s your take? Will these blurry images that move and shift and disappear in the blink of an eye be explained in the final governmental report? Or will they remain in the UFO file with a “to-be-determined-later” notation? 

P.S. Further reading on this topic can be found here.

Some Things Never Change

Things I Never Learned in Sunday SchoolRecently, in response to a nice compliment from someone who read my book (Things I Never Learned in Sunday School), I commented that although it was a bit “long in the tooth” (published in 2012), I felt the information I shared still had merit.

Later, as I thought about these words, I realized how much truth there was in them because, in actuality, not one part of my book needs changing. Why do I say this? Because there is not one part of the Christian story that has changed. It’s still the same-old, same-old tale related to “redemption from sin” through one man’s death on a cross — as well as all the other “stuff” (hell, satan, anti-christ, last days, etc.) that accompanies this venerable event.

In other words, the contents of my book mirror the familiar saying that’s found in the Christian bible:  “the same yesterday, today, and forever.”

(Although the language of the Bible has occasionally been “modernized” over the years … or explained when it tended to be controversial … the narrative within its pages has remained stagnant.)

What boggles the mind is that in a world where changes are taking place in mere seconds … often faster than we can keep up with … Christian believers continue to cling to a story that was written over two thousand years ago and which, for all intents and purposes, has no connection to modern existence.

Beyond this, they continue to peddle this ancient tale to anyone who will listen (or read) – and often exhibit indignation (and even anger!) when others point out the improbabilities of its credibility.

Of course all this is fine and dandy with me because as long as the human race remains susceptible to myths, legends, and fairy tales … the contents of my book will continue to remain relevant.

And that warms my heart. ❤