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Thursday, October 29, 2009

My Experiences With Ghost

In continuation of our Halloween and All Saints Day theme, today I am going to share my true ghost experiences with you. I do not believe ghost are trapped souls. I believe they are trapped energy or demons. This belief comes from my understanding of the Bible and other research plus the experiences that I have had in my life with ghosts.

Raccoon Mountain Caverns Ghost

I took one of the wild tours in the Raccoon Mountain Caverns near Chattanooga, Tennessee. As part of the tour you get to sleep inside the cavern. During the night I woke up and heard someone running barefoot through the sleeping area. I saw no light and I have done enough cave exploring before this trip to know the different sounds in a cave.

As the story goes that it is the ghost of a boy who was killed by his uncle who pushed him into a hole that went into the caverns. A couple months later the uncle was hunting with some friends and can by the hole. When they looked down in the hole they saw the boy with a candle looking back back at them. The uncle confessed to his deed. Some people have reported the smell of candles burning in the area of cavern near the hole. Staff have found candy rappers stacked on the counter of the snack stations in the morning, when there was no one in the cave overnight the night before.

Ghosts at Holmes Educational State Forest

I have had a couple storage things happen to me when I gone camping at the group camping area at Holmes Educational State Forest between Hendersonville and Brevard, North Carolina. In fact, I can not remember a time that I have come camping there that something strange the not happen.

One night, I was sitting up talking with a friend and everyone else had gone on to bed and we was some lights coming out of the woods. These lights looked as if a group of people where carrying lanterns. One of the stories for this area involves the CCC Crews were working in the areas. In fact the road leading to the camp site entrance in called Old CCC Road. The story tells about a CCC crew that got lost and froze to death during a snow storm. These men allegedly walk through the area that is the camp site now. My friend and I, headed for our tent when we saw the lights. I have not checked through the newspaper of the time. I have only talked to a couple people who lived in the area.

Another thing, that happens there is when I wake in the middle of the night, I can see through the side of the tent as if it was not there. I have not have this happen to me anywhere else. The only explanation I can think of, is how the moon shines on the tent.

I hope you enjoyed these stories.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown

Tonight before I left my Mom's house I watched It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, on the television. Watching the cartoon specials were one of my favorite part of the Holidays as I was growing up. I am so glad to see that they still air the Charlie Brown and Garfield specials. This is one thing I look forward to sharing with my kids. Here are is the show that I found on YouTube.

Please check back for more Halloween and All Saints Day special post.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Colors Everywhere!

I have been enjoying the fall colors over the last couple days. The peak of the fall colors is here finally. The fall colors make my drive to school and work more pleasant. I am amazed at the mix of red, orange, yellow and green especially on the same tree. I look forward to sharing the changing of the leaves with my Love, Jo Anne. Since she lives in the Philippines, she has not experienced the changing colors of the leaves. We hope that she will see them in person next year. Here are some pictures I have taking over the past few days.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Medical Outreach

The staff of Scandinavian Children’s Mission in coordination with Humedica International (group of German doctors), is going out to reach the people affected by Typhoon Ondoy in doing the Medical Mission. The area where the group visited is Marikina, Pasig and Taytay Rizal. Last October 15, 2009, I had a chance to join the group and it’s a great blessing for me to help the other people. We went to Abnay, Taytay Rizal, and there are still some areas submerged in water so we needed to ride an army truck. On our way there, I saw more people who built there temporary house along the road. Some kids played on the dirty water without knowing the bad effect on their health. Most of the people we have seen there are suffering from respiratory problem like cough and colds, fever, fungal infection/athlete’s foot, and diarrhea. The kids are mostly affected by those diseases and I really felt their needs.

Here are some of the pictures I took during our outreach:

"Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men" ~ Colossians 3:23

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Making Sure Mom Is Warm This Winter

This evening, I replace the filter for the furnace at my mom's house. I have been trying to get everything setup for mom for winter before it gets cold out. Mom brought the fuel back in August. Since the temperatures have get down in the 40s and 30s in the past couple weeks, we have been trying to adjust the setting on the furnace to a comfortable temperature for my mom. I am hoping the furnace will run more effectively. So far things seem to be working great for my mom.

I have baseboard heat at my house and have just have the one for the kitchen turned on. This has been enough so far to keep to house comfortable for me and my roommate. We have the one in the kitchen on just is case it gets cold enough to freeze the pipes which I am sure we will not have to really worry about until January when the really cold weather starts.

We all are starting now to prepare for winter so we can get everything setup before we really need them. I am sure that all of us here will have a nice warm and comfortable winter.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Dinner With Mom

Tonight, Mom and I enjoyed our dinner at the Cypress Cellar on Main Street in Hendersonville, North Carolina. The food and service was amazing. We received wonderful service from Daniel, our waiter, who was recommended by one of the tellers at the Credit Union. For the appetizer, we had the Blue Crab Dip with French Rounds. Mom had Shrimp Creole and I had the Ratatouille Pasta for our main course. I know that, I will differently be back for another meal. That is not because I still have $11 left on the gift certificate.

Mom and I enjoyed our time of relaxing and talking while eating our dinner. It is moments like these that I treasure. I see my mom everyday but most of the time we are so busy with everyday activities we do not just sit and enjoy our time together. Mom and I talked about all the things that are going on in our lives right now. We also planned a little for Thanksgiving. We also talked about how we wished that Jo Anne was with us tonight. My mom is looking forward to meeting Jo Anne. I would like to thank the staff at the Cypress Cellar for the great evening.

Winning At Chamber Of Commence Events

Last Thursday, I went to a Chamber of Commence Expo at my school. I enjoy at events that are put on by the Henderson County Chamber of Commence. At the Expo, I learned more about the business here in Henderson County. But the best thing I like about these events is that I have won a prizes at them. This time I won a shirt from one of the local banks and a gift certificate for the Cypress Cellar on Main Street. The Cypress Cellar serves Cajun cuisine. I have only eaten there twice before but I do love their food. I have decided to take my mom out to dinner tonight. My mom has been helping me a lot in the last couple months. This dinner is just one more way of thanking her.

I still have not had the time to go through all the information that I got at the Expo. Their our business, I like to done business with and I even talked with another college about a program the would fit better with my work schedule. I will be following up on that. Some, I guess you can say that my winning from this Expo is still to come. I encourage you to check out the your local Chamber of Commence and its events. You can learn a lot about services your local businesses offer and you could win great prizes, too.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Photo Of The Week: Flock of Wild Turkeys

I just had to stop and take a picture of this flock of wild turkeys that cross the road in front of me. I have seen a lot of wild turkeys this year. These seven turkeys look pretty healthy to me. The one in front is the largest wild turkey I have ever seen. I hope they do not end up on someones table in six weeks. I cannot believe Thanksgiving is only six weeks away.

Friday, October 16, 2009

SCM Spiritual Retreat

Last October 13-14, 2009 all the staff of Scandinavian Children’s Mission went out for a Spiritual Retreat that was held at Bukal ng Tipan, Maryhill, Antipolo City. These two days of activity had a theme: The Cup of Compassion. Each one of us was required to bring our favorite mug. The cup which is related to our spiritual life with its emptiness, fullness, brokenness, flaws, and blessings. It also reminds us of our spiritual thirst as we’ve held it, filled it, drunk from it, emptied it and washed it. We’ve also learned that it is through our ordinary human experiences that our thirst for God is quenched. The cup that also symbolized our wholeness and connectedness, with no beginning or end.

The retreat was divided into two sessions, first is, Learning Compassion and the second is, Pouring from the Cup. Most of the time we had groupings where we do sharing. We had time also to do our personal reflection and time to talk to God alone. I miss going on the camps at church and I thank God that He set time for all the staff at the mission to have this Spiritual retreat.

God set a good example of compassion for us. Now, it is the time to fill our cup with compassion. According to Mary Jo Meadows, compassion is the quality of being able to “get inside the skin of another” in order to respond with loving concern and care. As we look around, more people are in need of help. Let’s just pause a moment and think how blessed we are because we are not in the position of those people who are suffering, who are hungry, who does not have a house to stay and just sleeping around the streets. God bless us and we must be a blessing to other people. The more we give, the more blessings will come our way.

“And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones because he is my disciple, I tell you the truth, he will certainly not lose his rewards.” Matthew 10:42

“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.”
Colossians 3:23

Here are some of our pictures on the retreat:

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

The Flu Comes Near

When I arrived at school this afternoon for my math class, I was not long before a heard the news that class was canceled due to my professor having the flu. I am not sure if she has the Swine Flu and the Seasonal Flu. This is the first case of the Flu this year that someone I know has. By what I have heard about the Swine Flu is that it is mild. One of the local hospitals has restricted visitors to the hospital.

I have no plans to get the vaccine for the flu. If I did, I would only get the vaccine for the Seasonal Flu. The Swine Flu vaccine has not been tested enough for me. I am in no way discouraging people from getting the vaccine. I feel that I am health enough to fight off the flu and I do my best to hand my hands and other sanitary practices. I do encourage you to consult with your doctor for what care is best for you. I do disagree with the state like New York forcing people to get the Swine Flu Vaccine. It is up to each person in how they want to take care of their health. The only people the government has the right to force to take a vaccines is the the brave men and women in the Armed Forces. That is part of signing up for the Armed Forces.

I hope that everyone stays healthy and does not get either influenza viruses that are going around. Please remember to wash to your hands, cough and sneeze in forearm or elbow, and keep surfaces clean at your home, school, and / or work. If you do get sick, please stay at home.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Photo Of The Week: St. John in the Wilderness

St. John in the Wilderness Episcopal Church was built in 1833 as a private chapel. In 1936, it was given to the Episcopal Diocese of Western North Carolina.

Friday, October 02, 2009

Change Of Seasons

The leaves are starting to change color. Some of already falling off the trees. Soon the tourist will be coming to enjoy God's artwork of the different colored trees. I hope to get a day off from both school and work one day to be able to enjoy and take pictures of the show. I would love to take a drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway and see the color from the many overlooks.

Besides the changing color of the tree, it is getting cooler outside. I have already pulled my jacket out of my closet. Waking in the morning to the cool temperatures in the forties (5°C to 10°C). Then still enjoying the warm temperatures in the seventies(21°C to 27°C) in the afternoon. The lower temperatures fill me with excitement because they mean my favorite season of Winter is on its way. Many weather experts are saying that this winter is going to be a hard winter due to the cool summer. This summer was the coolest I remember in my lifetime. I hope we get a couple good snow storms this winter in Western North Carolina.

I am looking forward to sharing the seasons of Fall and Winter with my Love, Jo Anne, when she gets here. We hope that we will be together long before next years color show. I hope to share with Jo Anne, her first experience with snow. Of course, we will have a lot of fun playing in the snow. Many of the post and pictures I post on this Blog are to share the fun and beauty with Jo Anne, of the area I live.