Thursday, April 17, 2014

O is for Old Yeller

“She never cried when old Yeller died

She wasn't washed in the blood of the lamb
She never stood up for the star spangled banner
And she wasn't a John Wayne fan

Her baby blue eyes had the warning signs
That woman was bad to the bone
She never cried when old Yeller died
So do you think I'll cry when she's gone?"


Old Yeller is a children’s book from 1956 written by Fred Gipson. It was illustrated by Carl Burger. The title is taken from the name of the main character in the story which is a dog. Old Yeller was named after his yellowish tinted fur.

A Young boy name Travis Coates was left to take care of his family’s ranch with his mother and younger brother when his dad left on a cattle drive. The story takes place in the 1860’s in Texas. Travis takes in the dog when it unexpectantly shows up one day.

At first Travis does not like the dog and tried to run it off. Naturally the dog earns its keep by saving the family on several occasions. So Travis ends up loving the dog.

However Old Yeller is infected with rabies when it saved the family from a rabid wolf. Travis is forced to kill Old Yeller since the dog has been bitten by the wolf.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

N is for Nagini

Harry Potter: 

"You know Voldemort's snake, Neville? He's got a huge snake... Calls it Nagini... It's got to be killed. Ron and Hermione know that, but just in case they — Just in case they're — busy — and you get the chance —"

Neville Longbottom: "Kill the snake?"

Harry Potter: "Kill the snake."

— Harry arranges for Neville Longbottom to kill Nagini, 

“Nagini (d. 2 May, 1998) was a long, green female snake belonging to Lord Voldemort, with whom she had a special bond. She also became a Horcrux, after her master killed Bertha Jorkins in 1994. After Voldemort's initial downfall, he used Nagini's venom as one of the ingredients for a potion in order to regain strength, which eventually led to his rebirth. In 1995, she attacked Arthur Weasley, but he managed to survive. During the Second Wizarding War, she had to be destroyed in order for Voldemort to be finally defeated. Nagini was killed by Neville Longbottom with Godric Gryffindor's Sword in 1998, and was the last Horcrux to be destroyed.”

From Harry Potter WiKi

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

M is for Mufasa

Mufasa is a very big and powerful male lion. He is the father of Simba. Mufasa has a yellowish fur coat that he apparently inherited from his father. He is known as the “Lion King.”

Mufasa is very strong and has large powerful body. He has a very thick mane. He is very skilled in fighting.

Mufasa appears to be very brave. He is a natural leader. He seems to be very “at home” in his own skin. He portrays a very courageous yet cool and calm demeanor. Mufasa has a temper when riled. He can become very angry.

Mufasa seems to be somewhat philosophical. He once quipped to his son Simba when speaking of bravery:

“I’m only brave when I have to be. Simba, being brave doesn’t mean you go looking for trouble.”

Mufasa died while saving Simba during a stampede caused by hyenas under Mufasa’s brother Scar’s orders. Mufasa is forced off a cliff and was violently trampled.

After Mufasa’s death, Scar is made King over Pride Rock and exiles Simba from home. After suffering from intense guilt while exiled Mufasa reappears to Simba. He commands Simba to return home where Simba confronts his uncle Scar. 

Monday, April 14, 2014

L is for Little Sorrel


Tolland County
Connecticut, USA


Little Sorrel was the war horse of General Stonewall Jackson. Little Sorrel was a horse that was captured by Confederate troops at a battle at Harper's Ferry. The horse was given to Mrs. Jackson as a gift who named the horse Fancy.

Stonewall Jackson had been given a horse he named Big Sorrel. That horse was unreliable in battle.  It was terrified of gunfire. So General Jackson “commandeered” Fancy from Mrs. Jackson and renamed him Little Sorrel. The horse was actually smaller and more agile than his previous horse, Big Sorrel.

Jackson was sitting on Little Sorrel at the battle at First Manassas and Bull Run. He actually sat so rigidly that it was said he was like “a stone wall.” Hence he nickname Stonewall Jackson.

Unfortunately for Robert E Lee and the South, Jackson was riding in the dark near Chancellorsville when Confederate troops mistook him for a Yankee and shot him out of the saddle. Doctors amputated his left arm but he died a few days later. 

Little Sorrel was famous and was revered long after the war ended. He was put to pasture at Mrs. Jackson’s home in North Carolina. Later on he was installed as the mascot of the Virginia Military Institute. Many Southerners wanted to see this famous horse and he appeared at hundreds of fairs.

Even old age catches up to a famous war horse. Eventually Little Sorrel could barely walk and he was put to pasture once again at the Confederate Soldier’s Home. A hoist that was used to help little Sorrel to his feet broke breaking the back of the dear horse. He was put out of his misery. His skin was placed on a wooden frame and he stood “at his post” while the rest of his remains were buried at the Virginia Military Institute.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

The Presentation of Jesus as King

SERMON            GMT14-013

SETTING:          North Kelso Baptist Church

SERVICE:          Sunday AM

SUBTITLE:        The Presentation of Jesus as King

SCRIPTURE:     Matthew 21: 1-11

SUBJ:                  The Presentation of Jesus

SUMMARY:       Jesus is the King of Israel

SCHEME:           That the members of NKBC worship Jesus as the King
1A     Jesus is the Source of Providence    (VSS. 1-3)

          1B     Providence is seen in the purpose for this event
          2B     Providence is seen in the preparation for this event

2A     Jesus is the Subject of Prophecy      (VSS. 4-5)

          1B     Prophecy is known by its source
          2B     Prophecy is knotted by a snag       

3A     Jesus is the Substance of Praise       (VSS. 6-9)

          1B     Praise is seen by the spreading of Coats and Branches
          2B     Praise seen by the shouting of Choruses and Blessings

4A     Jesus is the Stem of Perplexity         (VSS. 10-11)

          1B     Perplexity is seen in the crowd’s inquiry
          2B     Perplexity is seen in the crowd’s ignorance

Saturday, April 12, 2014

K is for King Kong

This legendary gorilla has been capturing the public’s imagination since the original black and white film, King Kong, starring Fay Wray, was released in 1933. Since then, his capture from Skull Island and subsequent tragic romance with his human lady friend have been immortalized in remakes such as 2005’s King Kong, directed by Lord of The Ring’s filmmaker, Peter Jackson.  There have been seven films made about King Kong over the years, and King Kong Vs. Godzilla (1962), the third in a series of Japanese films about Godzilla, remains a cult classic today.

The King Kong character was conceived and created by U.S. filmmaker Merian C. Cooper. In the original film, the character's name is Kong, a name given to him by the inhabitants of "Skull Island" in the Pacific Ocean, where Kong lives along with other over-sized animals such as a plesiosaur, pterosaurs, and dinosaurs. An American film crew, led by Carl Denham, captures Kong and takes him to New York City to be exhibited as the "Eighth Wonder of the World".

Kong escapes and climbs the Empire State Building (the original World Trade Center in the 1976 remake) as Denham comments, "It was beauty that killed the beast," for he climbs the building in the first place only in an attempt to protect Ann Darrow, an actress originally offered up to Kong as a sacrifice (in the 1976 remake, the character is named Dwan).

Friday, April 11, 2014

J is for Jim the Wonder Dog

In 1925, Jim was born in Louisiana and purchased by Sam Van Arsdale. He was a Llewellin Setter, which is a strain of English setter that was bred to hunt upland game birds. The dogs are not naturally aggressive and are very smart. 

At a young age, Jim quickly made his mark as a great hunt dog. He was so good that Outdoor Life Magazine termed him “The Hunting Dog of the Country.” However, Jim became world famous after it was determined that he could perform some amazing acts on command.

When told to do so, Jim could go out into the street and locate a car by make, color, and license number. Among a crowd of people, Jim was able to identify the “man who sells hardware,” the “man that takes care of sick people,” and the “visitor from Kansas City.” He could understand instructions in any foreign language, shorthand, or Morse code. Jim also displayed psychic ability. If asked, he could guess the sex of an unborn baby. He picked the winner of the Kentucky Derby seven years in a row and also predicted the Yankee victory in the 1936 World Series.

After Jim was featured in the newspapers, his psychic ability was studied by psychologists from different universities. Dr. A. J. Durant, director of the School of Veterinary Medicine, tested his ability in a public demonstration and concluded that Jim “possessed an occult power that might never come again to a dog in many generations.” Journalists from all over the world came to witness Jim’s show and were stunned. His fame spread across the United States and he was featured in Ripley’s Believe it or Not. Jim died on March 18, 1937 and is buried in Marshall’s Ridge Park Cemetery in Missouri.