Here are some musings from W. Clement Stone to contemplate on.
“Every great man, every successful man, no
matter what the field of endeavor, has known the
magic that lies in these words: every adversity
has the seed of an equivalent or greater benefit.”
“Definiteness of purpose is the starting point of
“Regardless of who you are or what you have
been, you can be what you want to be.”
“To be happy, make other people happy.”
“So many fail because they don’t get started –
they don’t go. They don’t overcome inertia. They
“I think there is something, more important than
believing: Action! The world is full of dreamers,
there aren’t enough who will move ahead and
begin to take concrete steps to actualize their
“If there is something to gain and nothing to lose
by asking, by all means ask!”
“Aim for the moon. If you miss, you may hit a
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I’ve saved the letters I wrote to my life mate/soul mate after he died, thinking that one day I would write a sequel to Grief: The Great Yearning, the story of my first year of grief. I’d planned to call the sequel Grief: The Great Learning, and detail the lessons gleaned from the second and third years of my grief. Because I no longer want to keep revisiting such angst, there will be no sequel, so I’m publishing the letters here on this blog as a way of safeguarding (and sharing) them.
Although this letter was written three and a half years ago, it reflects so much of what I am feeling now. My father recently died, and I am packing in preparation for . . . I know not what. I wish I could talk to Jeff, see how he is doing, feel his hug, bask in his smile. I…
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It is awe-inspiring to learn that a significant number of scholars and inventors who founded different scientific fields of knowledge actually believed in God as the Designer of the universe and the Author of the laws that govern nature (Geisler, 2001). A list of these scientists includes Blaise Pascal who founded the field of Hydrostatics; Isaac Newton founded Calculus and Dynamics; James Young Simpson established the field of Gynecology; Gregor Mendel founded Genetics; Joseph Lister established Antiseptic Surgery; William Ramsay founded Isotopic Chemistry…the list goes on and on…These scholars’ “belief in the Creator actually motivated them to probe more deeply [into]…the study of the natural world as a logical outworking of its Designer.” Judging from their achievements, believing in God was not an anti-intellectual position for them. Instead of truncating their intellectual prowess their faith was the motor that drove it! Francis Bacon who established inductive and experimental method of science believed in a Creator who operates through secondary causes. This belief did not harm his scientific exploits which are still being applied today. Personally, I find this extremely fascinating.
Recently, scientists reported having discovered an invisible “plasma field” about 7,200 miles above the earth, which is a protective barrier for our planet against what they term as “killer electrons.” Invisible, in this case, means it cannot be detected with the naked eye. The barrier is composed of two ring-like belts that travel almost at the same speed as light. This is a structure that has a two-zone appearance. The inner zone is the more stable of the two while the outer zone is highly variable, and is highly influenced by very low frequency plasma waves (Baker et. al, 2014). As such, it forms and disappears randomly depending on various space conditions known as wave-particle interactions that can last for almost an entire day. The barrier stops the electrons that have high relativistic energies of approximately 5 megaelectronvolts or more from causing damage to the surface of planet earth. Although the structure is invisible, when the killer electrons hit it, they bounce off it as if they have hit a glass wall, says Baker, Director of CU-Boulder’s Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics. If these electrons were to penetrate and hit the earth, they could drastically alter the climatic conditions of our planet and even increase cancer rates.
The Bible tells us that the universe declares the glory of the Lord ( ) and these wonders continue to unfold before our very eyes….
Geisler, N. (2001). Unshakable Foundations: Contemporary Answers to Crucial Questions about the Christian Faith. Bethany House Publishers. Grand Rapids. MI. pp. 82
Baker, D.N. et. al (2014). An Impenetrable Barrier to Ultrarelativistic Electrons In the Van Allen Radiation Belts. Nature, 515, 531-539
Last year, the very rare presence of a pulsar (named SGR J1745-2900) was also detected in the proximity of a supermassive black hole (Sgr A**, made up of millions of solar masses), but there is a combination that is still yet to be discovered: that of a pulsar orbiting a ‘normal’ black hole; that is, one with a similar mass to that of stars.
The intermittent light emitted by pulsars, the most precise timekeepers in the universe, allows scientists to verify Einstein’s theory of relativity, especially when these objects are paired up with another neutron star or white dwarf that interferes with their gravity. However, this theory could be analysed much more effectively if a pulsar with a black hole were found, except in two particular cases, according to researchers from Spain and India.
Pulsars are very dense neutron stars that are the size of a city (their radius approaches…
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It is impossible to freeze a single moment of music — what you get is a chord that means little by itself. It only gains meaning by what went before it and what comes after, by existing as part of a whole.
Ever since the death of my life mate, I’ve been haunted by images of him at various stages of his life — when I first met him, when we were in the fullness of our relationship, and then at the end, when there was nothing left but a body depleted of life. Which of these moments was him? Were any of them him? Or, like music, were each a single meaningless chord in the symphony of his life?
This might seem a foolish reflection, but it is one that echoes now that his life has been silenced. When a person is alive, the person you know is the…
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The book is about disease prevention. Most diseases mankind contends with, whether communicable or non-communicable, are preventable, which makes disease prevention a significant aspect of any health care system, particularly in face of the rising cost of health care in general. Preventive strategies such as smoking cessation programs or cancer screening programs and vaccinations are cost effective strategies that can significantly reduce morbidity and mortality rates. Disease prevention dates back to Bible times when there were no hospitals as we know them. People mainly relied on preventive measures to stave off diseases and to enhance individual and community health. The book, The Perfect Prescription: Godly Wisdom on Public Health, highlights the amazing similarities between disease preventive measures articulated in the Bible and those espoused by modern public health professionals. The book is written from a health perspective. It does not call anyone to any…
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