Granny’s Grand Goodbye

Hundreds Of Students Give Final Wave Goodbye To Grandmother Who Waved To Them Every Morning

Sunny Skyz – h/t FenelonSpoke on A♠

students wave final goodbye to grandma

Tinney Davidson, 88, has been waving to students on their way to Highland Secondary School for the past 12 years.… But soon, Davidson won’t be in her window when students go to school. She’s moving to an assisted living center.

So, more than 400 kids walked to Davidson’s house together to give one more wave goodbye.

Christ Changes the World

An overview of the positive effects of Christianity, to ponder as the war to eradicate Western culture seems to be heating up.

How Jesus of Nazareth Transformed the World:
Science, Capitalism, and Slavery

Jack KerwickJack Kerwick
Town Hall
Posted: Apr 21, 2019

Christians and non-Christians alike would be well-served to realize the myriad of fundamental ways in which much of the world that we today take for granted—and from which we reap incalculable benefits—is the legacy of Christianity.


“The success of the West, including the rise of science, rested entirely on religious foundations, and the people who brought it about were devout Christians.”


The uniquely Christian affirmation of the individual, as well as the technological innovations that Christians made possible, facilitated the development of capitalism, but it is the individual that is the moral-ontological presupposition of this system.


It was within Christian culture that the moral character of slavery first came into question.  Remarkably, centuries before the modern world treated as an axiom the wrongness of slavery, this perennial practice was banned throughout Christendom.

…As should now be clear, the world that we take for granted today would be unthinkable if not for Jesus of Nazareth and the religion to which His Life gave rise.

Smallpox is dead:
Feeding the world:

Thelma Todd

I first encountered Thelma Todd in her Hal Roach comedy two-reelers with Zazu Pitts and Patsy Kelly. Only later did I find out about her glamorous side. Great talent. Too soon gone.

A one-time teacher and beauty queen, Thelma went to Hollywood in the late 1920s and soon became one of the premier comediennes of her day, with many appearances in comedy shorts (with Zasu Pitts, Patsy Kelly, Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy, and others) and also feature-length movies. In the 1930s, she began to turn more attention to running a restaurant, “Thelma Todd’s Sidewalk Cafe.” Many thought her 1935 death to be murder and there was no shortage of suspects, but subsequent investigations by the DA’s office and a grand jury failed to find an answer that satisfied.
IMDb Mini Biography By: Ken Yousten <>

Continue reading “Thelma Todd”

Living Large

Tim Schrandt

Tim Schrandt

June 11, 1955 – March 29, 2019

U.S. Veteran

Tim Schrandt, age 63, of Spillville, IA died on Friday, March 29, 2019 at Gundersen Health System in LaCrosse, WI after a short battle with cancer. …

Tim Schrandt (Lynyrd) made his last inappropriate comment on March 29, 2019. If you are wondering if you may have ever met him, you didn’t -because you WOULD remember. For those of you that did meet him, we apologize, as we’re sure he probably offended you. He was world renowned for not holding back and telling it like it is.

Tim was born to William (Bill) Schrandt and Mary (Schrandt) Manning on June 11,1955 – 100 years too late. Given Tim’s demeanor he would have been the perfect weathered cowboy in the old west or rough and tough pioneer, or maybe he just should have been Amish.

Tim was the 4th of 8 kids, the bottom rung of the top tier (the big kids). Instead of taking his place on that rung, listening to the older kids and doing as he was told by his older siblings, he decided to anoint himself “king” of the 4 little kids. Tim spent his childhood and early adulthood ordering them around and in general, tormenting them. He was a great orator, (not like Shakespear, but more like Yogi Berra), as he always had something to say, and always had to get in the last word. …

Read the whole grand obituary here.

h/t to someone on A♠, sorry, lost track of where.


Michael Greshko, National Geographic

In interviews, observations, and ceremonies dating back more than a century, the indigenous peoples of Australia’s Northern Territory maintain that a collective group of birds they call “firehawks” can control fire by carrying burning sticks to new locations in their beaks or talons.

The idea is that these birds of prey use fires to help find food—making easy meals out of insects and other small animals trying to flee the blaze.

“Black kites and brown falcons come to these fronts because it is just literally a killing frenzy…It’s a feeding frenzy, because out of these grasslands come small birds, lizards, insects, everything fleeing the front of the fire…”

h/t t-bird on A♠ Continue reading “Firehawks”

Eleven-Foot Beard

Amazing Portraits of Louis Coulon and His 11-Foot Beard As a Nest for His Cats

Born on February 26, 1826 in Vandenesse (Niève), Louis Coulon was a “cast iron moulder” at the Forey factory in Montluçon. Apparently, he was already shaving by age 12 but could not maintain the sharpness of his razor blade from its frequent use. In fact, his beard was growing so fast that by age 14, Coulon already had a 50 centimeter (19.6 inch) beard. From then on, it was just a matter of letting it grow to monstrous length.…

…But the fact remains, as amazing as Coulon’s hirsute look is, it just wouldn’t be complete without his fuzzy little companion!

I guess scissors weren’t heard of in those days?

Vintage Everyday
h/t davidt on A♠

Time of the Tomb

The longest, darkest Saturday in history

Matthew 27:57 When the even was come, there came a rich man of Arimathaea, named Joseph, who also himself was Jesus’ disciple:
58 He went to Pilate, and begged the body of Jesus. Then Pilate commanded the body to be delivered.
59 And when Joseph had taken the body, he wrapped it in a clean linen cloth,
60 And laid it in his own new tomb, which he had hewn out in the rock: and he rolled a great stone to the door of the sepulchre, and departed.
61 And there was Mary Magdalene, and the other Mary, sitting over against the sepulchre.
62 Now the next day, that followed the day of the preparation, the chief priests and Pharisees came together unto Pilate,
63 Saying, Sir, we remember that that deceiver said, while he was yet alive, After three days I will rise again.
64 Command therefore that the sepulchre be made sure until the third day, lest his disciples come by night, and steal him away, and say unto the people, He is risen from the dead: so the last error shall be worse than the first.
65 Pilate said unto them, Ye have a watch: go your way, make it as sure as ye can.

66 So they went, and made the sepulchre sure, sealing the stone, and setting a watch.

How Was Jesus’ Tomb Sealed? — Examining the tomb of Jesus in light of Second Temple-period Jerusalem tombs

What kind of stone sealed the tomb of Jesus? Was it a round (disk-shaped) stone or a square (cork-shaped) stone? While both kinds of blocking stones are attested in Jerusalem tombs from the time of Jesus, square (cork-shaped) stones are much, much more common than round (disk-shaped) ones.

The Garden Tomb Discovered near Jerusalem

One  prominent Christian explorer, British General Charles Gordon, believed that an alternative wite should be sought. As a keen student of the Bible, he was insstumental in finding the place which fits the biblcal description found in John 19 & 20.

Mindful Webworks:
The Romans Were Good at Dead
Everybody knew no man could possibly survive.

Jerusalem Report
Reporting on miraculous events one week in Jerusalem

Even If It Kills You
Good Friday ruminations on belief and faith


Crown of Thorns


… The Crown of Thorns… will be part of the procession as the faithful gather on the bridge that links Notre Dame with Paris to mark Good Friday…

The Crown of Thorns was among relics saved by a “human chain” of firefighters, emergency workers and antique experts who passed the holy items from the cathedral to safety as the fire burned…

The Crown of Thorns and the tabernacle that contained the Eucharist were both locked inside a safe that only a few had the codes to open. Eventually firefighters were able to get the combination and opened the safe as debris and embers fell from above…

Natalie Dreier, WSB-TV


I wouldn’t usually link to a Yahoo page, as they tend to vanish, but here’s this:

Notre Dame: how Christ’s Crown of Thorns has survived crusades, political upheaval and a fire (but only just)

Dr Emily Guerry, Senior Lecturer in Medieval History, University of Kent

crown-of-thorns-service-june-2017Holy Crown of Thorns worn by Jesus Christ is presented for in a special service at Notre Dame Cathedral, June 2017. Damann via Shutterstock

Preserved in a gilded, crystalline reliquary and exposed to the faithful every year for a special service on Good Friday, the crown relic looks like a wreath comprised of brittle but elegantly woven marine rushes. This delicate relic has a long and complicated history….

The Crown of Thorns is named in three of the gospels as one of many tortuous instruments used while Christ is being mocked during his trial and punishment (Matthew 27:27–30Mark 15:16–19, and John 19:1–3). In John’s gospel, the Passion narrative is extended: Christ is brought before the Roman governor of Judea, Pontius Pilate, to face the crowd while still wearing the Crown of Thorns. …

Christ does not wear the Crown of Thorns in early depictions of the Crucifixion. Christ is shown dying on the cross without the crown (with only a handful of exceptions) throughout the first millennium of Christian art. And the existence of a relic cult is unknown until the fifth century.…

In 591 AD, Gregory of Tours offered the earliest known description of the crown relic:

They say that the Crown of Thorns appears as if it is alive. Everyday its leaves seem to wither and every day, they become green again because of divine power.

Throughout innumerable wars, disasters, other threats from the vicissitudes of time, this small, sacred object – a little cluster of ancient branches that signify Christian salvation – still remains. Loved by thousands, the Crown of Thorns relic continues to serve its purpose – to inspire hope, to remind us that what is lost can one day flourish again and that the things we love, no matter how small, have great power.

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article.

Blood nanoparticles on Shroud of Turin reveal victim suffered torture

Mark Ellis, GodReports, July 26, 2017
“The Blood serum tells us that before dying the person was suffering…”

Before the scourgers laid their knotted whips upon Jesus as he was bound to the whipping post, they again put upon him the purple robe, and plaiting a crown of thorns, they placed it upon his brow. And when they had put a reed in his hand as a mock scepter, they knelt before him and mocked him, saying, “Hail, king of the Jews!” And they spit upon him and struck him in the face with their hands. And one of them, before they returned him to Pilate, took the reed from his hand and struck him upon the head.

Then Pilate led forth this bleeding and lacerated prisoner and, presenting him before the mixed multitude, said: “Behold the man! Again I declare to you that I find no crime in him, and having scourged him, I would release him.”

There stood Jesus of Nazareth, clothed in an old purple royal robe with a crown of thorns piercing his kindly brow. His face was bloodstained and his form bowed down with suffering and grief. But nothing can appeal to the unfeeling hearts of those who are victims of intense emotional hatred and slaves to religious prejudice.

Urantia Paper 185