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Life off the grid in the SW Texas desert. An experiment in sustainable living. NUMBERS AT THE END OF EACH BLOG POST: temp at 8PM,high temp,low temp,rainfall,wind conditions(CalmBreezyWindyGusty). YouTube Channel Daily live streams at John Wells
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Thu, 2018/01/18 - 6:35pm

Now that it is finally warming up again, I am getting ready for the next organizational assault.  This time it is the contents of two shipping containers filled with stuff that has been "put aside".  Just so happens True Value up in Alpine has a sale going on this month so I stocked up on 11 plastic bins to sort stuff into that isn't going to the landfill.  Depending on my culling abilities, I may need more.  When I was checking out I asked the cashier if these were guaranteed to change my life.  She said,"That's pretty much up to you."  42,56,28,0,C
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one more cold night...

Wed, 2018/01/17 - 5:07pm
When you get used to over 300 sunny days per year, a few cold cloudy ones in a row is a real drag (but still nothing like months of freezing in upstate NY).  Looks like things are about to change...Chupa saw his shadow this afternoon.  38,42,28,0,B
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cold snap

Tue, 2018/01/16 - 1:42pm
Another little bit of winter is here... 28,34,29,0,W
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a monday matinee...

Mon, 2018/01/15 - 11:01am
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Sun, 2018/01/14 - 4:42pm
A common argument that atheists use against Christian is that they are all hypocrites...that they don't themselves live the lives they proclaim should be lived by all.  Unfortunately due to sin, no man can live up to the idea of a perfect Christian life on earth.  Bottom line?  While accepting Christ and experiencing the Holy Spirit is a start - sin is still around every corner and always an influence.  But to deny the Holy Spirit in the name of hypocrisy gives you absolutely no hope against Satan.  God is real and far more than just some part of a magical belief system.  To think otherwise or use hypocrisy as an excuse is a losing game.

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Out of Trump's pie hole and into the fire...

Sat, 2018/01/13 - 3:40pm
So the internet is on fire over Trumps latest alleged "behind closed doors" remarks about immigration - and this post I did on Facebook today certainly drew the fire of the bleeding heart left.  Following is my post combined with some of my replies to comments.   Disclaimer:  Trump is an idiot, but this nonsense is really not worthy of the amount of discussion it is getting and here is why:
1. Why is anyone surprised about what comes out of Trump's pie hole? 2. You can bet that over the years, all kinds of "cruel remarks" have come out of every president's mouth (behind closed doors). 3. While it may be difficult to hear about who we should welcome into this country...Trump does make a somewhat valid point. 4. The bitter truth is that immigrants from counties like Haiti do not necessarily add as much value to our population as those who come from countries where the people experience a higher level of education and economic stability. 5. In reality, when it comes to countries in the world that could be considered "shit holes" - Haiti ranks pretty high on the list.
According to a 2006 report by the Corruption Perceptions Index, the nation ranked first of all countries surveyed for levels of domestic corruption. Haiti ranked last among North American countries in the World Economic Forum's Network Readiness Index (NRI) – an indicator for determining the development level of a country's information and communication technologies. Due to the racial caste system instituted in colonial Haiti, Haitian mulattoes (comprising 5% of the nation's population) became the nation's social elite and racially privileged and remain so to this day. Seven out of ten Haitians live on less than US$2 a day. Haiti is among the poorest — and the most unequal —countries in Latin America with 6.3 million out of 10 million Haitians unable to meet their basic food needs. Roughly 75% of Haitian households lack running water. Unsafe water, along with inadequate housing and unsanitary living conditions, contributes to the high incidence of infectious diseases. There is a chronic shortage of health care personnel and hospital resources. The infant mortality rate in Haiti is approximately 60 deaths per 1,000 live births, compared to a rate of 6 per 1,000 in other countries.  Nearly half the population is illiterate. Over 80% of those who manage to graduate with a degree from a university in Haiti choose to live elsewhere because they know what a "shit hole" Haiti is. The simple fact is that immigrants were far more welcome in the 1800's only because we needed a cheap labor force to build this country. They didn't have to be smart...they just had to work hard and they were able to earn a far better wage here than they could from the shit hole countries they escaped. The problem is that if you look back at history you find that the rather large percentage of people who came to this country with little money and/or education HAD to work hard over time to build businesses, get an education for themselves and their children and become contributing members of society because there were no huge government handouts for them. With the amount of social programs we have now, there is far less incentive to do the work necessary or even learn the language for that matter, and we no longer have to fill nearly as many brute force labor jobs that don't require any education.  Those who flock here now with no money or education simply (and willingly) become a burden on society and our national debt.  FYI - Our country's motto in regard to immigrants was never "Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free".  This quote comes from Emma Lazarus’ sonnet, New Colossus, which she wrote for a fundraiser auction to raise money for the pedestal upon which the Statue of Liberty now sits. The poem did not receive much recognition and was quite forgotten after the auction.  In the early 1900's and after Lazarus’ death, one of her friends began a campaign to memorialize Lazarus and her New Colossus sonnet. The effort was a success, and a plaque with the poem’s text was mounted inside the pedestal of the statue.
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a friday night film

Fri, 2018/01/12 - 4:14pm
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Blast from the past...

Thu, 2018/01/11 - 5:43pm
Had a great visit on Sunday from one of my old grade school friends...Pat McGee.  I haven't seen him in 43 years!  I grew up with him from 3rd grade through freshman year of high school in Tell City, Indiana. My family moved to North Carolina in 1975.  I have since caught up with a bunch of my old Hoosier friends on Facebook.  On his way west, he visited another one of our mutual friends (Kevin Kast) who lives in Louisiana now.  Kevin sent along 5 lbs of shrimp for me, fresh from the Gulf of Mexico!  Both these guys are avid fishermen of many things I missed out on once we moved.  46,62,51,0,W 
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i think it's time...

Wed, 2018/01/10 - 2:36pm empty the greehouse (junkyard)...the next friday night film.62,81,41,0,W
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short and stout...

Tue, 2018/01/09 - 3:23pm
After 6 years it was time for a little something new for my morning coffee water... 64,74,34,0,B
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a monday matinee...

Mon, 2018/01/08 - 11:01am
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it's not magic...

Sun, 2018/01/07 - 4:28pm
While do a little research about experiencing the Holy Spirit...I came across far too many testimonials of an overwhelming meeting.  Guess is most often far subtler than that.  Don't expect bells and whistles.  God probably wont put on a Vegas show in your mind...and you most likely will not envision something that resembles an inspirational poster picture like the one above.  After asking Jesus into your life, keep an eye on what interests you and what no longer does.  That is the key to the Holy Spirit in you. 
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Sat, 2018/01/06 - 12:30pm
From Bernadette Devine, Terlingua School                             For our geography project this year, our Second and Third Grade students are hoping that YOU will send us a postcard - from your own town AND from any place(s) you visit.

Please write one or two legible sentences about the location, appropriate to 8-9 year old students. Interesting facts or observations are encouraged.

Whether you're in a state capitol, your backyard, a foreign country, a national park, visiting relatives or friends, fueling up at a truck stop, enjoying a museum or rodeo or carnival, or on your way to see the Home of the World's Largest Ball of Twine, we want to hear from you!

Feel free to share/invite others to this event.

Mail your postcard to:
2nd & 3rd grade Paisanos
Terlingua School
PO Box 256
Terlingua, TX 79852
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a friday night film

Fri, 2018/01/05 - 3:50pm
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private flight...

Thu, 2018/01/04 - 3:41pm
Drone video for some friends in Cedar Springs today.54,62,31,0,C
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frosty night...

Wed, 2018/01/03 - 4:44pm
Was a bit worried about Chupa when I woke up this morning to a low of 15 degrees.  But he made it through the night and got to come in and warm up 2 hours before sunrise.  45,52,15,0,C
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a little more cold...

Tue, 2018/01/02 - 3:33pm

Chupa has been spending a lot of quality time in the house during our freezing days.  31,40,22,0,W
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a monday matinee...

Mon, 2018/01/01 - 11:06am
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For the new year ahead...

Sun, 2017/12/31 - 1:11pm
Philippians 3:10 That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;  11 If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead.  12 Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus.  13 Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,  14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
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mind your pipes...

Sat, 2017/12/30 - 3:46pm
We got a little winter coming up again.  33 consecutive hours of below freezing in the forecast.  65,78,38,0,B
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