sunrise sunset

Astronomically, sunrise occurs for only an instant: the moment at which the upper limb of the Sun appears tangent to the horizon.However, the term sunrise commonly refers to periods of time both before and after this point:

The timing of sunrise varies throughout the year and is also affected by the viewer’s longitude and latitude, altitude, and time zone. These changes are driven by the axial tilt of Earth, daily rotation of the Earth, the planet’s movement in its annual elliptical orbit around the Sun, and the Earth and Moon’s paired revolutions around each other. The analemma can be used to make approximate predictions of the time of sunrise.



“RealTalk is an amazing process that, once learned, will transform your conversations and grow you into a person who puts words into action! Eight simple questions properly asked change understanding, change relationships and change lives – all for the better. I know because I am experiencing the RealLife effect of having RealTalks with Rashmi Malhotra, one of the incredible women on the RealTalk team. If you want to be challenged to grow and think, change and move ahead, learn how to RealTalk like I did. You will be inspired to greater things.”


Withhold the answers from yourself. We’ve heard a lot lately about the benefits of experiencing and overcoming failure. One way to get these benefits is to set things up so that you’re sure to fail that people who try solving math problems in this way don’t come up with the right answer—but they do generate a lot of ideas about the nature of the problems and about what potential solutions would look like, leading them to perform better on such problems in the future. This “productive failure,” and you can implement it in your own learning by allowing yourself to struggle with a problem for a while before seeking help or information.

Expose yourself to confusing material. 


You can close your eyes the things you don’t want to see, but you can’t

close your heart to the things you don’t want to feel.”Maybe I’m weird, but over my many years I’ve spent some time looking at the designs I see when I close my eyes or rub them when they are closed. Lots of shapes geometric and different colors i can see.

Recently I put my hands over my eyes after being in the sun and I saw black with a bluish glow. I thought it would be cool to try and recreate it. The problem with this is that what you see is indestinct and really hard to describe. Maybe we really aren’t ‘seeing’ but rather sensing the cones and receptors in the eye. Don’t know but just for that reason it makes a neat challenge. Maybe you all ‘see’ better than I do. Am curious to see what you do see.


Matthew 5:43-48



Love YOUR Enemies

43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. 46 If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? 47 And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? 48 Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.


“Where you stand determines what you see, and how you live.”


Suppose I can imagine a world in which humans can flap their arms and fly.  Standing in that world, looking back at our reality, I see all kinds of “flaws” of our grounded world.  Think of all the resources wasted to help us combat gravity. “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the LORD will bring you today.

Friends and Friendship

                                                       Friends and Friendship


A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity. (Proverbs 17:17) You can always tell a real friend: when you’ve made a fool of yourself, he doesn’t feel you’ve done a permanent job. (Laurence J. Peter) A lot of people go through life with only a few friends. It seems that some have less than that. They have no one on whom they can call in good times or bad. There is no one with whom to bounce ideas around, or to talk about deep and troubling subjects. They have no one to call in times of need or difficulty. They are at the mercy of life, standing alone. Others seem to have a multitude of friends. Wherever they go, people know them, and like to be around them. Should trouble strike, their biggest hesitation might be over which friend to call. They know exactly the person with whom to discuss the topics of inquiry and debate. Life is full of entertaining and invigorating relationships because it is full of friends. There ought to be a course in school on friendship. Of course, some people are perfectly happy to operate with fewer friends. They might rather have a few deep and loyal friends, than many superficial ones. Others thrive best when friends are everywhere and numerous. It is not so much the number of friends that is important as is the possession of friends, period. Friendship is a blessing… Friendship is a blessing, and a friend is the channel through whom great emotional, spiritual, and sometimes even physical blessings flow. Friends can cheer us when we’re sorrowful or depressed. Friends can challenge us when we allow ourselves to get beyond our reasonable boundaries. Friends can motivate us when we’re ready to give in, and they can provide for us when life falls apart. They are there when all is well, and we want someone with whom to share life’s pleasant and memorable moments. We often just want them around to have a good time, to laugh, to act silly, to enjoy some mutually liked activity. In how many ways have friends enriched our lives and made us feel loved, accepted, respected and cared for? Probably, too many to list, and the list grows daily. It is safe to say that when God created the world and all the majestic things in it, when he streaked the heavens with radiant color and the earth with grand mountains and awe-inspiring canyons, when he painted the plains with waving grasses and erected noble forests of towering trees, he outdid it all by creating friends. Why not take a moment or two and thank someone today for being a friend to you? May God bless you with all the friends you need, and may he turn you into a blessing by using you as a friend to others.


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