Something to Think About
Romans 1:16 (NKJV) – For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek.
Legends endure for a reason. Sometimes they survive to impel our cultural hubris. Occasionally they endure because they instill a sense of focus on what was and perhaps a vision of what will be. They are always a reminder. When they come back to haunt us, things start to get interesting.
A couple in Iceland, very much in love, visit a historic site and suddenly he throws himself into a volcano, burning to a crisp in front of her eyes, and thereafter, it is always raining.
The dwindling North Sea Oil supply is suddenly rejuvenated with a new discovery, a huge oil field of light, sweet, crude worth billions. Exploration, drilling, and pumping begin to breathe life into a faltering industry and just as things seem to be going well, the oil is polluted with radioactive thorium.
US Army Special Forces operators in Iceland on an exercise are drawn into a crisis and as NASA withdraws, they boldly face the challenge. All but one are rendered insane and the memory of Red Mist turns into a quest for answers – that the CIA already has.
In Texas, a political fixer is called on to deal with a situation and finds himself completely out of his depth.
In England, a psychologist’s life is turned upside down as a skald makes a disturbing prophecy.
In China, aggressive experiments into neutrino research create a completely unforeseen disaster and portend a global cataclysm of Biblical proportions.
Just when you’re sure that you have all the answers and are confident that the science is settled, it isn’t.
In other news, Broken Toys – my next book, but not a sequel to Red Mist, is coming along. I still think that Christmas is a realistic time frame for completion.
Thoughts on the Home Canning Season
The season of home (jar) canning is soon upon us – peaches, pears, apple butter, plum jam, and apricot jam. I about swallowed my tongue when I saw the price of mason jars, but the increases are par for the course while living under the Brandon regime. Fruit is expensive, but the quality that comes from home canning is far superior to that which can be purchased from commercial canneries and if done correctly, it will last at least until the next season (when I will only need lids – but lids are also ruinously expensive). I missed the Southern Utah cherry season but I’ve been occupied elsewhere. I have to drive to St. George for work and will check out the fruit stands – peaches are just coming on.
There is a canning class being held at the Church of the Nazarene (about an hour’s drive away in Payson) later in the month that I want to attend, but we may need to get the peaches in before the class.
The barrage of China’s conventional ballistic missiles around Taiwan on August 04. Temper tantrum.
Countries that will double their population by 2050
I heard a rumor that Brandon and cronies were moved into Site R while Pelosi was frolicking in Taiwan. I have no way to verify that.