{ Rhetorical Question, Anyone? }

My daughter and I were sitting in the kitchen, when I casually threw out the phrase: “rhetorical question” in conversation.

Suddenly, she reacted as if someone had scratched their fingernails down a chalkboard.

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With a smile, she admitted that misuse / overuse of the phrase is a current pet peeve of hers! Then, we enjoyed some friendly banter alternated with Google searches for the proper defining of “rhetorical question.”

Can you imagine having that as a pet peeve?*

[ Was that a rhetorical question*? see definition below. ]

I feel that my grievances are slightly more normal, but you may disagree:

  • Drips of dirty wet boot slush that stretch across a kitchen floor
  • Used dental floss and dental floss picks in places other than the garbage
  • Dryer lint left on top of the dryer
  • When people say “Aldi’s” instead of “Aldi” (Picky, I know)
  • Any song by Neil Diamond
  • An unnecessary apostrophe used in a word that happens to have an “S”. (Are you with me on that one, Sara?)

Speaking of literary terms, I experienced something rather ironic last night.

I was writing a health supplement article — late into the night. The article centered around melatonin, the hormone involved with the human sleep cycle. It’s fascinating how melatonin:

  • is produced when light decreases in one’s surroundings
  • is released by an amazing, intricate system in the body which includes the optic nerve sensing a lack of light and sending proper signals to the brain
  • is intertwined with our circadian rhythm of sleep and wakefulness

 

I will get to the irony, but I must interject here that reading and writing about melatonin and the intricate workings of the human body reminded me that:

My Creator is an unparalleled engineer, masterpiecing to the rhythms and designs He’s planted everywhere in His creation!

Now back to the irony:

I wrote far too late into the early morning hours — disrupting pools of melatonin, I’m sure.

And, after completing the article on sleep, I proceeded to have the worst night of sleep I’ve had in years. Cold toes, unsatisfying pillow placement, hearing mysterious noises — the whole works.

How ironic, eh?*

What’s your pet peeve? Perhaps your list includes: blog posts where people whine about a poor night’s sleep, don’t get to the point, or make lists of unsolicited facts about body chemicals? Or people who scatter dashes and ellipses like grass seed? Care to share?

*rhetorical question: a question asked in order to create a dramatic effect or to make a point rather than to get an answer.

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{Abstruse & Scurvy-Free: Saturday Rambles}

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I mentioned last time that I had finished writing another health article — long by my standards– at 1800 words. These long-winded articles are all about health supplements. These are not household words like protein or gluten. Their names are abstruse and often separated by hyphens. I am a blank slate when it comes to knowing anything about L-pyroglutamatic acid or L-phenylalanine.

By the end of my 1800 words, I did learn how to spell phenylalanine — I just remembered the “lala” in the middle.

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I start collecting article info by Googling: “L-pyroglutamatic acid for Dummies” then Googling “L-pyroglutamatic acid for kids.” This gives me usable, chewable information, allowing me to begin writing.

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When it comes to health supplements, I am very impressionable…every article completion has so far wrapped up with my purchase of some health supplement.
This time I was writing about L-proline, which is a key ingredient in collagen. Collagen is what gives our skin structure and elasticity. Several amino acids go into the production of collagen. Vitamin C also plays a huge part in the formation of collagen, so when we don’t get enough vitamin C, our body can’t make the collagen we need. Our skin suffers, our intestines are prone to aeration, and left without collagen, our blood vessels would collapse.

So fascinating how God designed our intelligent bodies — the organs, enzymes, and amino acids are so needful of what we eat but everything (temporarily) covers for us when we take in junk. These articles leave me in awe of God’s creation.

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At the same time, they leave me craving things like lean protein, cabbage, berries and vitamin C. I feel like I am finally grabbing hold of such important tidbits of knowledge, such as what scurvy did to all those unfortunate sailors we learned about back in school. (Was that in history class or health class?)


Today, I’m looking forward to the Amazon package that should be in the mailbox today, holding a few jars of encapsulated, raw Vitamin C.

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On a completely different note, it’s Minnesota Hockey Day and my son just left to play in a hockey tournament, in weather under 10 degrees.

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I feel safer here inside with my L-pyroglutamic acid, phenylalanine and big cup of hot coffee.

Son gave me a hug goodbye; I handed him a protein bar and said, “Bye…have fun…make them be nice to you.”
No, Mama,” he said with a smile.

I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. Psalm 139:14

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Photo Credits:

Dose JuiceThato Lehoko

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{ Ode to DNA }

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Rich in nucleotides and

beauteous in your twisting helix

Superior to a computer,

you can reproduce–

Ninja-like–

while holding micro-secrets

in your archways.

Recently unlocked

but still beyond total comprehension —

if only

Charles Darwin would have

postponed his book deadlines

until we discovered you.

 

I guess you can tell what we studied in history today.  We looked at the life of Charles Darwin. He was an incredible naturalist and a loving father and husband.  I think he was misguided in his assumptions, but he also didn’t have all the information we currently have. 

If he did, maybe he would have been a creationist.

 

Science is: observable, based on testable hypotheses; based on repeated observations that can be confirmed. It allows predictions to be made and tested.  Evolution is not science– according to our accepted definition of science. 

If you embrace evolution, I respectfully applaud you for your incredible faith.

This is my basis for faith:

“By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible.” — Hebrews 11:3

(c) Lisa M. Luciano

 

 

 

{ Parliamentary, Purposeful & Paid }

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U.S. Major Henry Martyn Roberts graduated near the top of his West Point class. He became an engineer and eventually a brigadier general.

Ironically, it was a difficult leadership experience that contributed to his most famous achievement.

He was chosen to preside over a church meeting, but it didn’t go well. This prompted Henry to write a “how to” book for leading an assembly.

Originally published in 1876, Roberts Rules of Order has become the standard manual for governing a wide range of gatherings in an orderly way.

Speaking of order, God’s created world also follows a predictable plan. From the tiniest cell to the orbits of the planets, the universe obeys His fixed and orderly rules.

Besides science and nature, there is an order to the spiritual things in life. If someone is seeking a rule book for how to get to heaven, God has written it. It says that heaven isn’t attained haphazardly, earned by a nebulous list of good deeds and the absence of bad ones. Soul salvation happens when God enables a spiritually dead person to respond to the gospel message. The person accepts by faith Christ’s payment for sin and becomes saved. (Romans 10:9,10)

Thankfully, this orderly and amazing message is within our grasp.  It is given in God’s manual for living – His holy, timeless and effective Word.

 “Let all things be done decently and in order.”—I Cor.14:40 

“Where there is no law, but every man does what is right in his own eyes, there is the least of liberty.”–Henry Martyn Robert

Photo credit: M. Ali

{ Creatures Shout! }

God has made Himself known

He’s sovereign and sits on the throne

Tiny atoms, bright flowers

Shout out all His powers

Even snowflakes, they haven’t a clone.

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Are you teenaged…or aged and gray?

Live in Tampa, Tegau, or Taipei?

If you look with your eyes,

And ignore Big Bang lies,

You’ll see God in creation today.

For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse.  For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the incorruptible God for an image in the form of corruptible man and of birds and four-footed animals and crawling creatures. Romans 1:20-23

Photo credits:

Tavin Dotson — flower

Rodion Kutsaev — leaf

Krzysztof Niewolny–moth

James Lee–sea creatures