Thursday, July 29, 2010

Grand Opening of POOL public market

Tomorrow is the Grand Opening of POOL public market (northeast corner of Stapley Road and Main St). Bring the family for food, fun & entertainment from 10am-8pm!!

Check it out at www.pooltogether.com

Monday, July 12, 2010

Sorry


Sorry for the dearth in postings, I have been very busy getting my daughter and her family to Missouri. Postings will resume soon.

Sunday, July 4, 2010

A Nation of Miracles


We are a nation of miracles, our very existence is proof that God lives and that our founding fathers were divinely led. I love the Battle Cry of Captured Miracles

"...My brothers and sisters in freedom, it is time that WE come together as ONE and unite our numbers. It’s time to focus on our commonalities and work for miracles achieved through the grace and will of God in order to win the battle. Leaving a heritage of freedom that will go on for generations and generations as our founding fathers have done for us..."

You do not have to look deep into our history to see the hand of God. You can read about several Heavenly interventions at the National Center for Constitutional Studies. A very moving and great example is the destruction of the French Armada off of our shores in 1746. Brian Trotter did a great job of retelling this miracle and I quote here from his letter to Captured Miracles

"It was 1746, during what came to be known as the French and Indian War, the famous Old South Church, or the Old South Meeting House, at that time considered the main meeting house for the patriots of Massachusetts. The Church, once the tallest building in Boston. Now sits nestled in the midst of the towering office buildings of modern urban life. Now, unassuming, this building holds a secret, an amazing story of Faith and intervention.

During October of 1746, France sent a fleet of nearly 100 ships — the largest armada to ever approach the shores of this great land – They were here to recapture Louisburg and burn every American harbor from Boston to Charleston sparing no life along the way. We alone held no hope in matching the massive Canon, Gun and manpower of this great fleet. We needed a miracle! The Governor assembled what men and resources he could and called for a universal day of fasting and prayer. Thronging to the churches, people everywhere pleaded with the almighty asking for that miracle.

Time was short as the fleet was quickly approaching our shores The Reverend Thomas Prince from the high pulpit of the Old South Church, prayed before hundreds. He offered up these words:

“Deliver us from our enemy!” He implored. “Send Thy tempest, Lord, upon the waters to the eastward! Raise Thy right hand. Scatter the ships of our tormentors and drive them hence. Sink their proud frigates beneath the power of Thy winds!”

He had scarcely pronounced the words when the sun was consumed by darkness and there arose a great tempest in the sea. All the Church in a shadow the great wind shrieking around its walls., sudden, violent hammering, the shutters slamming at the windows, as if the very hand of God shook the earth. The bell tower atop the old church ringing so fiercely they feared it would break lose pummeling anyone in its path

“We hear Thy voice, O Lord!” he thundered triumphantly. “We hear it! Thy breath is upon the waters to the eastward, even upon the deep. Thy bell tolls for the death of our enemies!” He bowed his head in reverence; then looked up, tears streaming down his face. “Thine be the glory, Lord. Amen and amen!”

It was a miracle, the miracle they prayed for. The whole fleet, nearly lost, The remaining men some sick with scurvy, some pestilential fever was observed a week later limping off to the southwest. 

God was called upon and God answered. Or country was saved; Boston wasn’t burned! Charleston wasn’t burned! New York wasn’t burned! God had once again preserved the colonists from utter destruction.

-Brian Trotter"



Friday, July 2, 2010

Summer Storm Driving Tips

With the monsoon rains coming soon (hopefully), the City of Mesa has sent this reminder out:

With the monsoon starting last month it is important to remember that blowing dust and sudden rain storms can occur while you are on the road. These storms can strike quickly and fast thinking can help keep you and other drivers safe during a storm.

If you find yourself driving during a dust or monsoon storm, keep these safety tips in mind:

First and foremost SLOW DOWN. The posted speed limit may not be a safe speed to travel in bad weather. On wet roads your vehicle will have less traction than on a dry road. Slower travel speeds allow for safer braking and stopping distances.

Remember that the beginning of a rain storm is the most dangerous time because oils and other automotive fluids are being washed off the roads causing unusually slick conditions.

Leave plenty of room between you and the vehicle in front of you and be aware of the vehicles around you in other travel lanes. Braking and stopping distances will be affected by wet roads and slippery roadway surfaces.

Watch carefully for water pooling on the roadway surface as this could cause your vehicle to slide or hydroplane.

Pay attention to hazard signs and roadblocks. If you see a sign that says "Do Not Cross When Flooded," take it seriously and find another way.

Do not enter an area where the roadway has been closed by barricades due to flooding. You don’t know how deep the water is or how fast it is running. Besides, it is against the law and very dangerous to drive into a flooded area.

Drive with your headlights on. This increases your visibility to other vehicles.

At night, slow down and pay close attention to changing road and weather conditions.

Strong winds can be associated with a monsoon storm. Watch for blowing dust and if possible avoid driving into a dust storm.

If you cannot avoid the dust storm drive with your headlights on and slow down.

If you choose to stop in a dust storm, do not stop on the roadway or on the emergency shoulder area. Pull completely off the roadway surface, stop, and turn off all vehicle lights.

Make sure your vehicle is in good condition. Replace worn out tires for better traction and maintain proper tire air pressure, replace worn out windshield wiper blades, and make sure the brakes are in good condition.

Be prepared for unforeseen delays, such as flooded roads, construction or other traffic delays.

If you suffer a mechanical breakdown or tire failure, remain calm, slow down, keep the steering straight and drive the vehicle to a safe area as far from traffic as possible.

ALWAYS wear your seat belt.

Be patient and courteous. Remember other motorists are facing the same weather conditions as you. 

If you need sandbags to protect your home or business from rising water, the City of Mesa provides free sand and bags at locations throughout the City. For a list of sandbag sites and maps go to http://www.mesaaz.gov/emergency/sandbags.aspx.
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Thursday, July 1, 2010

Star-Spangled Banner

Did you know that there is actually four verses? 

I had a history professor in college that on the first night of class offered an automatic “A” for anyone who could write down all the verses to the Star Spangled Banner. Unfortunately I could not do it. (Although I did end up with an “A” the hard way!)

Here is a video of a Lewis Shaeffer, a former Marine singing the last verse:



More about Lewis here.

All four verses:

O! say can you see by the dawn's early light,
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming,
Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight,
O'er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming?
And the rockets' red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there;
O! say does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?
On the shore, dimly seen through the mists of the deep,
Where the foe's haughty host in dread silence reposes,
What is that which the breeze, o'er the towering steep,
As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses?
Now it catches the gleam of the morning's first beam,
In full glory reflected now shines in the stream:
'Tis the star-spangled banner, O! long may it wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave.
And where is that band who so vauntingly swore
That the havoc of war and the battle's confusion,
A home and a country should leave us no more!
Their blood has washed out their foul footsteps' pollution.
No refuge could save the hireling and slave
From the terror of flight, or the gloom of the grave:
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave.
Oh! thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand
Between their loved home and the war's desolation
Blest with victory and peace, may the heav'n rescued land
Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just
And this be our motto: 'In God is our trust.
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!