Notes In Paradise Blog Posts

  • The House Was Quiet and the World Was Calm
    on Jul 17, 2011
    Image via WikipediaRecord cold of the past winter has become record heat this summer.  I think I'll read a book.THE HOUSE WAS QUIET AND THE WORLD WAS CALM"The house was quiet and the world was calm.The reader became the book; and summer nightWas...
  • The Value of a Dollar in Paradise
    on Jun 21, 2011
    James Verone, 59, thinks the value of a dollar is worth a whole lot, enough to rob a bank to get free healthcare. A Gastonia North Carolina bank was the setting for one of the smallest amounts demanded by a bank robber.  I can imagine the look o...
  • Daisy Buchanan's Mansion Goes Into the Past
    on Apr 20, 2011
    Image via WikipediaOne of my favorite books is F. Scott Fitzgerald's, The Great Gatsby.  He captured the quintessential period of the decadent 1920's.  Haunting images stand out in his landscape:  the green light at...
  • Eating Words
    on Mar 5, 2011
    Image by Getty Images via @daylifeI wrote in May 2010 that we might have to say goodbye to American Idol, because of lower ratings and lackluster contestants.  I guess I will have to eat my words.  This season has proven me wrong with much...
  • What Goes Around
    on Feb 22, 2011
    The saying "what goes around, comes back around," can apply to what is now happening to the retail giant, Walmart.  Its shares closed down 3.1 percent, reporting its seventh consecutive quarterly decline.  Seems like shoppers are going to F...
  • Golden Chocolate in Paradise
    on Jan 30, 2011
    Image via WikipediaWhenever I think of chocolate, the movie "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory" comes to mind.  Who could forget all those delectables in the old-fashioned candy store and the river of chocolate in Willy Wonka's factory? Now...
  • Dying Birds in Paradise
    on Jan 7, 2011
    OK, what is happening to all the birds and fish?  Thousands are dying all over the world, and theories are circulating like wildfire.  Some believe it is connected to Christ's return and the rise of the anti-christ, magnetic pole shifting,...
  • Cold Days in Paradise
    on Dec 26, 2010
    In October, I wrote about the possibility of a very cold winter.  Well, it seems like the prediction was accurate.  Atlanta has seen the first Christmas snow since 1882, and Columbia, South Carolina has its first Christmas snow since 1887.
  • Star Season
    on Dec 5, 2010
     It is the season for stars.  I have always known there were lots of stars in the universe.  I try to imagine the same number of stars as grains of sands on the seashore.  Pick up a grain of sand and think, "I am now holding a sta...
  • Over The River Into The Past
    on Nov 21, 2010
    Isn't this a neat old photo?  It was taken in 1911.  It reminds me of the poem, "Over the River," written by Lydia Maria Child in 1844.  Which in turn, reminds me of Thanksgiving, a long time ago.Over the river, and through the wood,To...
  • Consider the Silver Beetle
    on Oct 18, 2010
    Image by Zanastardust via FlickrFrom now on, whenever someone proclaims that God does not exist, I will ask them to consider a lowly insect.  A specific bug from Costa Rica has an amazingly gorgeous metallic silvery body which looks like it coul...
  • Something Cold This Way Comes
    on Oct 5, 2010
    Image via WikipediaI love winter.  Living in the scorching, humid South, the cooler days are a welcome relief.  The night temperature has started dropping into the 40's, and I think I sleep better.  I don't know if the frigid weather t...
  • Am I Thinking Too Much?
    on Sep 20, 2010
    According to the "experts," there is one more thing on my list to watch for:  Am I thinking too much?  Now scientists say that it is fine for people to think; however, too much thinking can be harmful causing depression or memory loss. &nbs...
  • Dusty People
    on Sep 9, 2010
    Image via WikipediaEven clean people appear to be acting as polluting agents, unknowingly endangering the Sistine Chapel's priceless art.  Throngs of tourists exude their sweat, dust, and dirt, and these contaminants are, according to...
  • Farm-Grown Emerald
    on Aug 31, 2010
    Image via WikipediaCredit: AP Photo/C.R. "Cap" Beesley Can you imagine finding a 2-inch square uncut emerald?  That is what happened about a year ago to 53-year-old Terry Ledford on a 200-acre North Carolina farm owned by his business...
  • Millions of Broken Eggs
    on Aug 20, 2010
    The simple basic egg.  Good anytime...for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.  There is a dozen in my refrigerator, but I do not know the brand, since I threw away the carton.  I guess I will throw them in the trash, probably a perfectly safe...
  • Dog Days of Summer
    on Aug 8, 2010
    Image via WikipediaThe summer night sky is especially beautiful. The dog days of summer in ancient Rome was July 24-August 24. Sirius, the Dog Star, the largest brightest star in Canis Major constellation was thought to be responsible for the hot sul...
  • John Adams: A Master of Letter Writing
    on Jul 29, 2010
    July is fading away, and I suppose this is an appropriate time to have finally finished David McCullough's, John Adams. The author captured the vitality and steadfastness of Adam's devotion to his country, family, and friends. His desire for an ind...
  • What is Happening to the Penguins?
    on Jul 22, 2010
    Ever since I watched the 2005 movie, March of the Penguins, these special birds have sparked my interest. They communicate with each other through body language and vocalization, have no fear of humans, can live 15-20 years, are loyal to their mates...
  • Blueberry Pie Suitable for Paradise
    on Jul 14, 2010
    I never get tired of blueberries. They are plentiful, plump, sweet, and reasonably priced in mid-summer. There are a host of recipes for this delightful fruit. Here is a delicious and easy one which is a variation on the classic pie recipe.Blueberry...
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