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July 19, 2004

Can You See The Dust?

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Dust to dust. What does it take to shape a stone made of granite? Lots of dust. Using diamond blades and protective gear to minimize the ill effects, here is Pastor Adrian (me) working on the initial stages of a piece called “Pirouette”.

The photo, taken by a guest to our home, gives just a little idea of the challenge of working in stone. Even with all of the protective equipment, it takes about a week to recover from the ill effects of the airborne particles that still get through the dust mask.

If any reader has contact with an Occupational Safety Professional, an Industrial Hygienist or an Occupational Physician who has knowledge on how to avoid the hazards of granite dust, please let me know. My throat and upper lungs become very irritated using the respirators I have tried here in Northern Wisconsin. Nothing seems to filter it out completely.

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July 17, 2004

Guardian

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Look what popped up! Working on my backyard landscape project yesterday, (such projects always involve stones), low & behold one stone rose up to keep a watchful eye upon all the others. Interesting!

Could it be a stone age security camera? a fossilized flower? petrified ancient technology? Who knows? It seems harmless enough.

As Adam gave names to all of the animals, I'll call it "Guardian" unless YOU can come up with something better.

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July 12, 2004

What Do You See?

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Imagine being a pastor every Sunday morning looking out at the crowd. (Just try to imagine for one minute!) What do you see?

Should (he or she) YOU expect to see some indication of life … some change? Is it too much to hope for?

If one were speaking to a pile of rocks (as in the picture above from my back yard) it would be rather ridiculous to expect any sort of response. Unchanged & unaffected by verbal stimulation, sound waves at the frequency of the human voice have no effect upon stone.

Is the human heart really that hard? It very well may be the hardest substance on the face of this earth. Imagine that! Maybe if rocks “bumped against each other” a little more, change could happen. Wouldn’t that be something?

There is and ancient proverb that says, “As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.” (Proverbs 27:17) What do you imagine could constructively cause such close contact (of people "bumping" against one another) if you were a pastor, looking out at the crowd? Let me hear from you. I'm working to see this happen on Sunday mornings.

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July 6, 2004

A Column of Smoke & A Traveling Flame!

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After dinner with a friend and his wife last night, I learned a new trick! Something I never would have thought possible about smoke and fire.

Now this won’t revolutionize your life but it is kind of fun – and safe! (Who could ask for anything more?)

Notice on the picture above, the column of smoke! My friend Dan asked me after a dinner I had prepared of smoked beef brisket, if I had ever seen someone light a candle from 4” away? A perfectly natural question! (Maybe he was being polite because I had smoked my brisket just a little too much in the final 5 minutes of preparation.) He then proceeded to hold a lit match in the column of smoke and the flame then followed the smoke in mid-air till it reached the wick and relit the candle. Cool.

Being two grown boys we then set off to see who could out do the other. So far the record seems to be about 6 inches. With a perfectly still (which is hard to accomplish) column of smoke and our wives as witnesses, we were able to light a candle from 6” away. Try it! Amaze your friends, and see if you can beat our record! Let me know and I will pass on to Dan that YOU now hold the world’s record! Right now it is (unofficially) me!

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