“Virtue is what happens when someone has made a thousand small choices requiring effort and concentration to do something which is good and right, but which doesn’t come naturally. And then, on the thousand and first time, when it really matters, they find that they do what’s required automatically. Virtue is what happens when wise and courageous choices become second nature.” – N.T. Wright

I got the quote from an article in Christianity Today Magazine titled “Can You Control Yourself“. It was worth the read, and you might find it interesting, although it may take a subscription to read it.

An Apologist Hears about Diospi Suyana Hospital

From the Diospi Suyana Hospital website.

Valuable Hours with Prof. John Lennox

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A stimulating experience and a great honor

For many, he is currently the most important apologist for the Christian faith. His two public debates with the voice of the “new atheists” Richard Dawkins have made history.  But even with Christopher Hitchens, Victor Stenger, and Michael Shermer – all leading thinkers of the atheistic worldview- he was already in the open game.

His book, “God’s Undertaker” could be described as perhaps the best response to books like “The God Delusion.”  The mathematics professor from Oxford discovered in the micro-and macrocosm much evidence for the existence of God.  We see in the history of Diospi Suyana equally clear references to the God of the Bible, who answers prayers and strengthens our confidence in Him.

Yesterday, in a private laptop presentation, Prof. Lennox heard for the first time about the “Hospital of Faith” in Peru.  The German accent of Dr. John did not seem to bother him.  In any case, the Northern Irishman is fluent in German, English, French, Russian, and Spanish.  The hearty lunch at Green Templeton College, Oxford University, to which the professor had generously invited him, gave the missionary doctor the necessary energy for his presentation.

Diospi Suyana wishes John Lennox many more productive years, ingenious ideas when writing his books, and God’s abundant blessings.

Our Last Post Reminded Me of “The Knack”

I was reminded after writing the last post regarding our need for someone who has the knack for taking care of things or fixing things about this video.  I have a brother who is an engineer, and he exhibited some of these characteristics as a kid.  Also, our son Peter is a bit like this.  Enjoy this Dilbert clip.

Lunar Eclipse

I got the kids up to watch this last night at around 2 AM.  I have been really sleepy today in the consultorio.  It never looked very red from our viewpoint.  Did anyone get up back home?

Learning How to be a Birder – or the first step on our way to a Big Year

On Father’s day I went with Peter and Annie on a bird watching walk.  Peter is especially interested in birds.  There was a period of time while we were living in Dallas when he would go repeatedly to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology All About Birds webpage and look at all the birds and listen to their calls.  He was especially interested in owls, and we would play games where I would play a recording of an owl call (or some other birds), and he would recognize the bird based on the call.  I am not good at identifying birds.  I would like to learn more, but when I see a bird, and then I look for it in a birding book, I will usually find three or four that look almost the same.  It takes great skill, in my opinion, to be able to spot and identify some of the subtle differences between the species of birds.  In an attempt to improve our skills, we went on this short birding tour (it was only 1 1/2 hours) in hopes that my skills would improve, and also to try and nurture Peter’s interest.  Annie came because she is always up for doing something fun – especially if it involves walking (I love that about her).  I have posted some pics I took off of Wikipedia and put the links to the Wikipedia descriptions of the birds under the pictures.  These photos are the definitively identified birds we saw during our walk.  It was fun, but I think 1 1/2 hours is just about right for looking at birds.  I have to say the Scarlet Macaws are some of the most awesome birds to see in the wild, and they are really noisy.  In fact all parrot, parakeet, macaw type birds are noisy.  The Gray-Colored Thrush is the national bird of Costa Rica.  It is a plain in appearance, but it has an amazing song.  Throughout the dry season this bird sings all day long.  Unfortunately it begins singing at 4:30 in the morning.  Since we sleep with our windows open, that is a very early morning wake up call.  (By the way, A Big Year for a birder is a year in which they spot an abundance of species of birds – it is explained well in the movie A Big Year which is pleasantly enjoyable and clean as I recall)

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Don’t we all know this is true, deep in our hearts . . . Our Very Normal Solar System Isn’t Normal Anymore.

A couple links regarding dialects.  This is super interesting, and I did not realize there was so much variation in the United States.  Of course I knew there was some, but this information will bring your knowledge of dialects to a much higher level.  Read about the map of dialects at this Dialect Map of the U.S. shows how American Speak by Regions.  Then take a close look at the map with more detail here.

The astronaut in this video is a lot of fun.  He has several videos on the internet.  A Wet Towel in Space is not Like a Wet Towel on Earth.  However check out the one below to be entertained even more.

More on Science!

As a new language student, I found the following article from NPR interesting.  Imagine a Flying Pig:  How Words Take Shape in our Brain.  No wonder my head feels like a brick is sitting on it after a couple hours of speaking Spanish.  As a person with limited athletic ability, I find professional athletes very interesting.  The control they have over their bodies and the physical strength they have within them is quite astounding.  I read an interesting article about Yu Darvish who is the Texas Ranger’s ace pitcher.  It is interesting how with just a little twist of his fingers, the cock of his wrist, and the way he lets go of the ball he can change dramatically how the pitch travels.  See interesting motion photography of this in the following article.  Nobody Throws Balls Like Yu.  Finally, I like the idea of trees on Skyscrapers.  I don’t know if it will work, but read the following article about how architects are envisioning a new type of skyscraper.  Trees on Top of SkyscrapersImage