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Friday, January 20, 2017

Russell Westbrook: Why not?

Westbrook on the Move   (Photo by Erik Drost)
A la Bobby Kennedy, Russell Westbrook has no time for idle talk.  Rather than “look at things the way they are and ask why,” both “dream of things that never were, and ask why not?”

Westbrook's penchant for beating the odds is in full force this season.  Well on his way to MVP status, his triple-double stats already eclipse those of “any player in a single
season” since Wilt Chamberlain’s 1968 record.

As the lone Thunder superstar since Kevin Durant left, Westbrook has also kept his team in the running for playoffs.  What is it that motivates him game after game?  Some say competition, others claim revenge.

Westbrook states otherwise:  I’m inspired every time I wake up in the morning.  I’m blessed to have the job I have and grateful for the things I have, and that’s what inspires me.


Copyright January 20, 2017 by Linda Van Slyke   All Rights Reserved

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Highway to hell? More like Candy Land

Harrowing of Hell   (Public Domain)
In the children’s game Candy Land, one false move and you’re back to square one.

On the expressway to hell, you’re already doomed, so why not relax and enjoy the Skittles?  At least that’s how one observer seems to view it.  Journalist Amanda Kooser of CNET described a Skittles-covered road in Wisconsin as “giving the appearance of a crimson highway to hell.

How is it that a Wisconsin highway ends up paved with Skittles?  It goes like this:  A truckload of the little red devils were being shipped as cattle feed because “they didn’t pass inspection at the factory.”

Lucky for the cattle (and for some burger fans), a rain storm came along and soaked the shipping container until it “gave way.”


Copyright January 19, 2017 by Linda Van Slyke   All Rights Reserved

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Menopause: A whale of a boon

Female Orcas    (Public Domain)
While studying killer whales, scientists have noted the essential role that menopause plays.

To date, researchers have only found three species that undergo menopause:  killer whales, pilot whales and humans.  If older females within these species were to continue reproducing, they and their late-life offspring might then be competing with daughters and grandchildren.

Talk about a potential soap opera! Menopause effectively lessens such familial threats, thus strengthening leadership options for female elders.  A University of Exeter study found that older female whales serve as “leaders and caretakers, sharing their food and how to survive.” 


Copyright January 18, 2017 by Linda Van Slyke   All Rights Reserved