1. Alaska is about the size of Missouri, and is located off the west coast of Mexico, in fact partly touching Mexico.
2. Hawaii is about the size of the Gulf Coast from the Texas/Louisiana border across to Pensacola, and is located in the Caribbean near the US Gulf shore
3. Puerto Rico is about the size of Jacksonville to Miami and is located very close to the east Florida coast.
Didn't know this before. Learned something new.
A man says, ‘I remember a little girl thinking a cow and a cat were the same size because it looked that way in the book at school.’ When I was a very little boy, I thought all horses were male and all cattle were female, all dogs were male and all cats were female, all goats were male and all sheep were female. Then the thought crossed my mind: what happens when they have children? Ah, but of course!, the horse-cattle male children are horses, and the female children are cattle, and so on. I was unaware of bulls, mares, rams, female goats, male cats, female dogs. (Note to sports fans: this is not a disparagement of the Chicago Bulls or the Rams--wherever they make their home now.) You can tell I didn't grow up on a farm.
A lady says the mapmakers ‘just don’t want to admit Canada is there.’ A large reality to ignore. Maybe Dudley Do-Right, Louis Riel, and the cast of Canadian Bacon need to DO something--promote hockey, maple syrup, Mounties, Banff, Anne of Green Gables, western Ontario, Vancouver Island, Breton Island, Newfie jokes, polar bear migrations at Churchill, Nanook of the North....
In this particular map, Hawaii is show in the Caribbean between Texas and Florida, and Alaska is not so much floating off the west coast of Mexico as it is actually touching it. I bet this is news to people in Alaska AND Mexico.
I had a tremendously enjoyable time with a church and pastor's family, good interaction both during the church service and while eating together. I found myself encouraging high school and middle school students in their education endeavors and ambitions as well as the whole congregation in their Spiritual aptitude and achievement.
And I had a wonderful Mother's Day service with the congregation pastored by Ryan Holley. First, he has an uncanny resemblance to Telly Savalas, as I showed him on my phone by googling Telly Savalas images. I showed his daughter the same photo without comment and she laughed and looked from the photo to her dad.
This daughter's name is Judah—a man's name used for a woman. Reminds me of Daniel Koren's and Leanne Howe Koren's daughter, Israel. I told her dad that if later she turns rebellious and defiant and starts telling lies, they can call these 'The Lyin' of Judah'. He said, 'I hope not!', so I later sang for her the song 'The Lion of Judah' that I learned as a high school student in the Philippines—perhaps my Filipino friends will remember it.
I spoke for Mother's Day:
a. referring to the sometimes impossible expectations people set for women—expecting them to 'look like a girl, act like a lady, think like a man, work like a dog';
b. psychologically, one of the most important things in a person's life to provide stability and a foundation for success is to experience unconditional love, and most people get that from their mom. For instance, in 'Peanuts' comic strip, when all the kids are insulting Charlie Brown and Lucy typically bullies him by saying something like, 'I can't think of him having one redeeming characteristic', he responds by saying, 'My mother likes me!' People need unconditional love in their lives, and this comes from three sources:
1. nature. Even crocodiles--not your average warm and fuzzy creature—protect their eggs. And in nature, as Rudyard Kipling said, 'the female of the species is more deadly than the male' because mothers will fight tooth and claw to defend their young. Example: the wild female buffalo is considered a very dangerous creature. Another example: I posted on Stanley Scism public page a meme for Canadian travel that says something like, 'If you're going to be stupid, at least be fast'—the photo has a camper holding up a bear cub as if to say, 'Isn't it cute?', and behind him is the mother bear coming at him.
2. civilization. society is based on the family, and the mother is the center of the family. If we want a strong nation and civilization, we'll protect motherhood.
3. Scripture. We honor motherhood because God tells us to, and God is infinitely wise and knows best.
c. Scripture supplies many excellent examples of motherhood. Some are familiar, e.g. Hannah's dedication of Samuel is the basis for our baby dedication ceremonies today, and Hannah's prayer is an example of womanly prayer; Mary's motherhood of Jesus Christ makes her the woman blessed above all others. I referred to a less familiar example: in Judges, the Angel of the LORD appears to Manoah's wife and tells her she'll have a child. She tells her husband, and he prays for the 'man' to return. When he appears again to Manoah's wife, she runs and gets her husband, and Manoah asks the 'man' the instructions for raising the child who will be born, and the angel of the LORD repeats the instructions given earlier to the wife. Manoah asks the 'man''s name, and he responds, 'Why do you ask my name? It's too wonderful for you to understand' (this experience happens also to Jacob, both incidents indicating that they're talking to God in a temporary human form, since ordinary angels do tell their names, e.g, 'I am Gabriel', 'I am Michael'). Then Manoah offers a meal, still not realizing that this 'man' is a supernatural being. The 'man' replies that he won't eat, but a sacrifice to God can be made. When the sacrifice is provided, the angel disappears up into the smoke, and then Manoah is afraid: 'we're gonna die! We've seen God!', but his sensible wife says, 'If God were going to kill us, he wouldn't say I'm going to have a child and give us all these instructions for how to raise him.' So thanks for all women and moms who talk good sense like this.
One great-grandmother writes, ‘You are indeed a wise man, Bro Scism! Love this post. I am the mother of 7 adults, all fast becoming grand parents themselves--
parenting is a noble calling.
The Holleys write, ‘Judah very much enjoyed meeting you! You made quite an impression on her! She said, mom, they need to have Bro. Stanley Scism preach Kids Camps. She said all the kids would love it.’ That’s gratifying.
A long-term, long-time friend says, ‘You made me laugh. I so appreciate a man who can recognize and appreciate women/moms who talk good sense!’
I asked my Filipina friends if they remember the chorus, 'Lion of Judah', which I learned in the Philippines and refer to in this post. And now I teach it to others! See the influence you folks have on me?
I had an amazingly delicious sushi dinner with pastor Rusty Hathcock, so my dear friends John and Wanell Marrs-Jones and Keith and Yvette Schellhardt will know that their cultural training has taken hold.
But the sign in the restaurant says that Mahi-Mahi-Mahi-Mahi (I know how to pronounce it, I just don't know when to stop) is ALSO called 'Dolphin fish', which brings up these questions:
1. Is there another species called 'dolphin fish' distinct from 'dolphin' or are they the same thing?
2. If they're the same thing, and there are advertisements for tuna that is 'dolphin safe', meaning that no dolphins were killed in making the tuna, how do the tuna feel about that? Are they any more happy about dying because no tuna are dying—do they like dying more than dolphin do?
3. Would this be similar to on the Chinese mainland an advertisement saying that 'no chimpanzees were killed' in the cooking of monkey brains? Or in SE Asia saying no elephants were killed in the preparation of water buffalo meat? Or in the USA saying no bison were killed in the preparation of steaks?
Anyway, the conversation was amazing. I very much enjoying and being with him.
And I told the waitress about:
1. The Chipmunks (Alvin, Simon, Theodore)' 'All Around the World' album, which I heard and memorized as a kid, including a song about being in Japan, where 'they have everything’, so of course Alvin asks for a banana, a tropical fruit that (David Seville says) doesn't grow in the Japan home islands. So they the Chipmunks sing 'Wish We Had a Japanese Banana', and a person should sing this with these pronunciation changes:
a. reverse the 'v's and the 'w's
b. reverse the 'r's and the 'l's
c. change the 'sh's to 's's.
d. change the 'j's to 'dz's.
e. change the short 'a's to short 'o's.
f. change the soft 'th's to 't's
g. change the hard 'th's to 'd's.
(I'd LOVE to hear from Japanese friends about how Japanese people alter pronunciation to speak their language with an American accent)
2. The 'Tumbleweeds' comic strip had a character, Hildegaard Hamhocker, who is the perpetual spinster chasing the title character. She reads in a book that some men are attracted to exotic women, so the next time Tumbleweeds sees her, she's wearing a kimono and says, 'Herro derre'. He runs away from her, saying 'No, Hildegaard, you can't get me' and she hollers after him, trying to threaten suicide: 'I'll commit sukiyaki!'
My dad told me he once rode on a bullet train in Japan when a man trying to go home from work and get off the crowded train at his stop couldn't get near the door, so began pushing and shoving and climbing OVER the people to get out. He made it, turned around, faced the crowd on the train, and bowed deeply. Some people think this kind of thing is hypocrisy—a person pretending to be polite who is actually very rude, but no. It's instead a man who simply has to get off the train at THIS stop and not let the bullet train carry him miles away, so does the only thing he can do to get off the very crowded train, so when he's done, he bows in apology for leaving roughly. The train might no longer be like this now—the story is decades old.
Anyway, I'm fascinated with Japanese people and culture. Now I want to watch 'The Last Samurai' and 'Memoirs of a Geisha', read Tale of Genji and Diary of Lady whatever-her-name-is, reread Silence (by Endo) and Miss One Thousand Spring Blossoms, and talk with my professors of a course I took at Wash U on Japanese history, religion and literature. All of this inspired by a Japanese dinner!
Bro Hathcock says, ‘I'm glad we didn't eat at a multi-cultural buffet (on purpose) You would be brain dead! That's a lot of thinking over some lunch. Had a good lunch and conversation.’ Next time, a multicultural buffet! Yes!