Sunrise/Sunset


Science attributes a sunset’s red and pink hues to 2 factors:

  1. The distance sunlight has to travel.
  2. The amount of atmospheric particles the sun’s light must travel through.

During sunrise and sunset the sun’s rays must pass through up to 40 percent more atmospheric area with a greater number of gas, water droplet, dust, and air pollutant particles than at any other time of the day before reaching our eyes. The more atmosphere particles, the more the light scattering known as the Rayleigh Effect, and the more vivid the sky’s colors appear.

Longer red wavelengths of light do not scatter light as much as shorter violet and blue wavelengths causing alpenglow, a blended red and white wavelength phenomenon also known as the pinking hour.

Witnessing another Great Smoky Mountain day gradually relinquish to night’s shadows, my soul was enveloped in peace. An old mariner adage came to mind . . .  red and pink sunsets portend good weather ahead.

One day closer to life’s final sunset, my omnipotent Artisan of the heavens has already numbered and planned and each of my future sunrises and sunsets for Eternity, where nothing but ‘good weather’ awaits. Hope to see you there.

“A person’s days are determined; You have decreed the number of his months and have set limits he cannot exceed”.

Job 14:5

Keep Looking Up . . . His Best Is Yet to Come!

Pinking Hour

Great Smoky Mountain Sunset

Fur and Fowl


Lotsa’ activity early this morning in our Great Smoky Mountains backyard. Here’s a few vid clips of our backyard buddies 😊

Mama Bear & Junior
Papa Bear
Great Blue Heron

Keep Looking Up . . . His best is Yet to Come!

Making a Difference


Who are the people who have made a positive difference in your life? Take a moment to answer these two sets of questions:

  • Name the last 3 recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom Award
  • Name the last 3 Nobel Peace prize winners
  • Name the last 3 Pulitzer Prize winners

I scored zero . . . how did you do? These individuals represent the finest in their fields, but few of us remember yesterday’s ‘headliners’.  When the applause dies and the awards begin to tarnish, save for the journals of history, they’re forgotten.

Here’s another set of questions:

  • Name 3 teachers who taught you something that made a positive difference
  • Name 3 people who have made you feel accepted, appreciated, and loved
  • Name 3 friends who have helped you through a difficult and lonely time

I scored 100%, and I suspect you did as well.

With all due respect to the accomplishments and contributions of this world’s ‘headliners’, those who have truly make a positive difference in our lives are most likely not those honored in award ceremonies . . . they’re the ones off-stage who cared and loved us in spite of our faults, failures, and disappointments. They:

  • Stood by me throughout my entire life
  • Taught me things that made a positive difference
  • Made me feel appreciated, special, and loved
  • Helped me through life’s most difficult, lonely, and deepest valleys
  •  Cared, forgiven, and loved me unconditionally

Included among those teachers, people, and friends who have made a lasting positive difference in my life are two that are most special . . .

Thank you Mom . . . Thank you Jesus . . . who Mom introduced me to and went to be with at 94 years young.

My Mom signifying . . . Keep Looking Up, His best is yet to come!

Happy Mother’s Day!

Great Smoky Mountains Sunrise


Three rugged timbers on a hillside at sunrise, reminiscent of a Sonrise 2,000 years ago that forever vanquished death and sealed my salvation.

“Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death. is your sting?”

I Corinthians 15:55

Keep Looking Up . . . His best is yet to come!