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Never Out Of Print…

I am sure long after I’m gone, no one will read or remember Redneck Latte Ravings.

But as a would be writer, just as all do, I’d hope that I had some influence for good that would last.

Not so of Oswald Chambers.

He was a Scottish Baptist evangelist and teacher at the beginning of the 20th Century.  He was born on this day in 1874.

A devoutly religious man, he once said, “The dearest friend on earth is a mere shadow compared to Jesus Christ.”

Around the age of 21, he left for Dunoon College and was influenced by Richard Reader Harris, a lawyer and the founder of the Pentecostal League of Prayer.  Through Harris and other evangelists, Chambers became burdened for World Evangelism and sailed for Japan.  Back in the US by 1907, he spent some time in Cincinnati teaching at a Bible School.

After a short trip back to Japan and a return to the US via England, he met and married Gertrude Hobbs, their only child, Kathleen was born in 1913.

As Chambers preached, his wife, Gertrude, who could take shorthand at a speed of 250 words per minute, would translate his sermons and lessons to the written page.

At the outbreak of the Great War, Chambers accepted a post of the YMCA in Cairo, Egypt.  He ministered to the soldiers, his sermons were attended by hundreds of soldiers.  His approach was unusual, his manner of speaking enthralling, and his concern for the soldiers genuine.  When confronted by a soldier who said, “I can’t stand religious people,” Chambers replied, “Neither can I.”

In 1917, while in Cairo, Chambers had an attack of appendicitis on October 17, but refused to go to the hospital stating the soldiers from an upcoming battle would need the beds.  Twelve days later, an emergency appendectomy was performed.  Sadly, it was not soon enough, and he died on November 15, and was buried in Cairo with full military honors.

Gertrude transcribed his sermons, and most importantly his devotional book, My Utmost for His Highest.

Published 18 years after his death, the daily devotional is a compilation of Christian preaching to students and soldiers.  First published in 1935, it has been printed, re-printed, updated, and re-circulated repeatedly over the years.

The title comes from one of his sermons.  He said, “Shut out every consideration and keep yourself before God for this one thing only – my utmost for His Highest. “  One of the most popular religious books ever written, it has inspired men and women worldwide.

Translated into 39 languages over time, My Utmost for His Highest has never been out of print.

Oh, Nicky!

Today is Nikola Tesla Day!

It is also his birthday.

Hey, it’s a reason to party.

He was an inventor and genius with an eidetic memory.

He was instrumental in the invention, development, or enhancement of, among other things; alternating current (actually that’s a discovery) robotics, the electric motor, lasers, wireless communications, X-rays, and radio.

Some say he changed the world.

Maybe, maybe not, but he obtained nearly 300 patents for the things he did create.

He was an odd ball, a misfit, an eccentric,

And a workaholic.

He worked daily from 9 AM  until 6 PM, ate dinner at exactly 8:10 each day and for years at Delmonico’s restaurant.  He telephoned his dinner order to the headwaiter, who was also the only one Tesla would allow to serve him. He dined alone.

After dinner, he’d head back to work and stay there until around 3 AM.

He claimed to sleep no more than two hours per night.

He walked 8-10 miles DAILY!

He curled his toes exactly 100 times on each foot every night claiming that it stimulated his brain cells.

I may try this.

Later in life, he became a vegetarian living on milk, bread, honey, and vegetable juices.

He was 6’ 2”, weighed 142 pounds with little or no variation from 1888 to 1926, and was described by those who interviewed him as “…certainly the most serious man…”

His grooming habits were meticulous, his clothes stylish, and his customs unchanging.

He was said to have light eyes and “very big hands.”

He never married, claiming that his chastity was helpful to his scientific abilities, and felt he could “…never be worthy of a woman…” as he considered “…them superior in every way…”

Later in life he changed his tune and claimed “…women were trying to outdo men and make themselves more dominant.”

He became indignant and felt that women were losing their femininity by demanding the vote and attempting to gain power.

In August of 1924, in an interview with The Galveston Daily News, he said, “…In place of the soft voiced, gentle woman of my reverent worship, has come the woman who thinks that her chief success in life lies in making herself as much as possible like man – in dress, voice, and actions, in sports and achievements of every kind…The tendency of women to push aside man, supplanting the old spirit of cooperation with him in all the affairs of life, is very disappointing to me.”

It’s probably a good thing he’s dead now.

And may explain why he never had a girlfriend, or the fact that no pink knitted chapeaus were found in his effects.

Hey, like I said, it’s a reason to party – happy Tesla Day.

Dog Days…

The Farmer’s Almanac tells us the Dog Days of Summer begin today.

I always thought they were in August, and of course, opinions differ on the subject.  With Memorial Day being the “official” first day of Summer and falling nearly a month prior to the Vernal Equinox, I suppose it’s just fine to start the Dog Days whenever you darn well please.

The Dog Days do historically start after the rising of the star Sirius.  The Greeks and Romans blamed the star for heat, drought, thunderstorms, that lazy summer malaise we often feel.  They even blamed mad dogs and bad luck on the bright star!

The Dog Days are the brightest, hottest, and most humid days of the year in the Northern Hemisphere.

The Egyptians of old saw the rising of the star as the onset of the flooding of the Nile and associated it with and the goddess Sopdet.

The consort of Sah, Sopdet was the personification of Orion a star near Sirius, and her child with Sah, the star we call Venus, was the god Sopdu, or Lord of the East.

She was the deliverer of the New Year and the flood.

Busy gal!  She also brought the Dog Days.

The term Dog Days is borrowed from the Latin “puppy days” and the Greeks’ word, Canis Majoris, which roughly translates Big Dawg.

But anyway, it’s Dog Days time.

And Dog Days, depending upon which scientist you’re conversing with last from 30 to 61 days and begin somewhere between July 3 and August 15.

Translation, it’s Summer so it’s gonna be hot!

Here in the Steamy South, it gets hot early and stays that way for a long time, so break out the fans, the coolers, and the ice-cream freezers!

Stay cool!

Why Cats Win…

I’m a dog person, but you gotta hand it to Garfield!

The comic strip of the same name debuted on this date in 1978.

Garfield holds the Guinness World Book of Records record as the most widely syndicated comic strip in the world!

Have a great Monday anyway!