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In the Pittsburgh area, starting tonight at Providence PCA...

If you live in the Pittsburgh area, come on out to Providence Presbyterian Church (PCA) for their annual conference (scroll down to see the schedule) starting tonight at 6:30 PM and running through the weekend. At the kind invitation of Providence Presbyterian Church (PCA), I will join Dr. Jack Kinneer of Reformed Presbyterian Seminary speaking on the subject "Imago Dei: Male and Female He Created Them." Because of family business, I've been in Pittsburgh several times the past couple of years...

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A week writing...

This past week, Juergen von Hagen and I have shared our second annual writing retreat up here in Sawyer, Michigan. Kindness of Dad and Mom Taylor, we have a place to stay as we work. We start writing around 9 each morning and break for nothing until dinner around 7:30. Juergen is working on a textbook on economics for seminarians and I'm trying to finish up the book on fatherhood. We've had tons of snow and today got six more inches. We took a walk that lasted a couple hours. It was snowing hard and our faces were snowmen when we got back. Before going into the house, Juergen had a hack at a little shovelling. Check out the icicles!

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The energy revolution...

Fascinating blog. Leads me to think something as radical as the green revolution is going to happen to cars and energy in the next decade or so. Fasten your seat belts, and maybe buy some shares of Tesla.

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Christmas shopping: one way to help us...

If you don't go to Amazon through a friend's link, we'd be pleased if you entered Amazon by clicking the link "Amazon" at the top of the page, between "Joe Bayly's books" and "Contact us." Anything you buy after clicking that link provides us a small percentage of your purchase price and it's a sweet way to support the work of Baylyblog. In the interest of full disclosure, so far this year Amazon has credited us $170 from those who have entered Amazon through Baylyblog.

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Bayly family history on the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address...

Today is the 150th anniversary of President Lincoln's Gettysburg Address.

Permit me the personal privilege of telling readers the site of Lincoln's address is special to Baylys since Lincoln spoke in Evergreen Cemetery (entrance pictured above). Lincoln's address was given less than a stone's throw from the Bayly family plot where our fathers Joseph Tate Bayly III, II, and I and their wives, as well as JTB I's father, John Bayly, and his wife Jean McQueen Bayly are buried.

My father was Joseph Tate Bayly IV, my eldest brother JTB V, my son is JTB VI, and my grandson JTB VII. So where did the name Joseph Tate Bayly come from?

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Choosing a body mechanic...

Back in December of 2004, I realized if my brother, Nathan, had been treated by the Minnesota Cystic Fibrosis Center in Minneapolis, he'd still be living. This realization came after reading an article (link requires subscription) in the New Yorker by a physician named Atul Gawande titled "The Bell Curve: What happens when patients find out how good their doctors really are?"

Nathan had been born with the genetic disease cystic fibrosis. Operated on at birth by the world's foremost pediatric surgeon, the late C. Everett (Chick) Koop, Nathan's survival into his late thirties without being on a maintenance antibiotic for his lungs was unusual and we all were thankful to God that he'd lived this long. These were new times for CF patients and we considered Nathan a groundbreaker.

Then Nathan was diagnosed with cancer and, a year or so later, died at forty years of age.

Reading Gawande's piece a couple years after Nathan's death...

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If you're tired of trying to start your lawnmower...

If you have any small engines in your garage (mower, rototiller, snow blower, chain saw, trimmer, pressure washer, etc.), whether they're two or four cycle, you will save yourself much aggravation and not a little cash by never pumping any gas into a gas can without adding STA-BIL or some other fuel stabilizer. Let me say it again: never pump any gas into a gas can without adding a fuel stabilizer! (I use Marine Formula STA-BIL.)

Today's gas is about 10% ethanol and ethanol is death to small engines, particularly their carburetors. If you can't start your small engine; if you're tired of pulling the cord seventy-five times before you hear anything encouraging; go ahead and rebuild your carb (or have your small engine pro do it for you). Then, after you pay him $50 or so, stop on the way home and fill your gas can with fresh gas, first pouring an additive into the can. If you always use a fuel stabilizer, you don't need to worry about overwintering your engines with fuel in their tanks. They'll start right up next spring.

Here's an article on a new additive Briggs-Stratton has developed to deal with this problem. The article is OK, but the comments are excellent.

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For the prigs among us...

From Brandon by way of Michal, here's a lovely site combining unknown words with illustrative drawings. My fave this time is 'scripturient.' Joseph, Jake, and I are up in Michigan this week working. One of us is scripturient, leaving the other two dealing with his mess. Here's hoping by the end of a week and a half, we'll have accumulated a bunch of detritus.

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Spam blocking and comments...

Because of a growing problem with spam recently, we've had to change our spam filter's settings to a higher level of intensity. This may lead to some of you having trouble getting your comments published. If you have problems, would you please send Pastor Lucas Weeks an e-mail? Thanks.

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Good church in Gainesville, Florida?

Just received this e-mail from a reader and I wonder if other readers have any suggestions for her? Please make them in the comments and she'll keep a watch, there. Thanks.

I recently relocated to Gainesville, FL. There are more churches here than you can shake a stick at. :-) Do you happen to have any resources for finding a good church here?


Some pics for your enjoyment...

Lord willing, this Saturday our youngest son Taylor will wed Miss Réze (pronounced reesa) Schreuder, eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Niek (Therese) Schreuder, and last night the Schreuders invited us over to meet their family members just arrived from South Africa and Namibia.

It was a wonderful and interesting evening with good conversation outside around a fire. (Niek did coffee and Rooibos tea over the fire.) Later in the evening we listened to Afrikaans music while oldest to youngest danced. There were lots of pics, some of the original family farm in the Namakwaland area of northwestern SA where Niek grew up and his mother still lives. Known for the georgous wildflowers that spring up in the desert during winter rains, here's just one pic Niek took when he and his family were home for a visit last year. I'm color blind and I was thunderstruck by the beauty of picture after picture of these flowers:

Other pics were from the siblings' homes. There were pics of...


Why move to Bloomington?

Here's a boosterism video for Bloomington telling you all the good reasons to go to school or move here—all the reasons save one: they missed mentioning Clearnote Church, Bloomington where there is zeal in worship, careful doctrinal and Biblical preaching and instruction, loving fellowship with much joyful hospitality in our homes, humble and excellent musicians leading the praise of our Triune God, and good fruit on both sides of the fence Reformed congregations rarely cross—both new adult converts being baptized regularly and the propagation of a godly seed (God has blessed us with about a hundred children under six years of age). So why don't the boosters mention us?

Nevermind; they used our chilluns. The family show on the hike at the beginning and at 3:22 and 3:31 is the Ben Crums—Ben, his wife Michal (my daughter), and their two sons Daniel and Zion.

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Presentation...

Son, how many times do I have to tell you, don't play with your food!

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Changes I propose...

Vote for one, only:

  • Hope springs eternal in the human breast. - Alexander Pope
  • Hope springs eternal in the human pest. - Tim Bayly

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What northerners know about clearing snow...

When Mary Lee and I were first married, along with a couple other odd jobs I served as custodian of Covenant Presbyterian Church in Madison (no, we didn't attend). This meant clearing the snow from the walkways and sidewalks after every snowfall. Covenant sits on a corner lot and has very long sidewalks.

Those winters were some of the harshest on record in Wisconsin...

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Tesla Model S...

This is good news for these United States. Motor Trend's Car of the Year is the Tesla Model S, an all-electric four door sedan with more storage space than an SUV, touch-screen cabin controls with upgradeable system software, a range of between 140 and 265 miles (depending on your battery pack), safety stats at the top of the heap, batteries mounted under the floor giving the S a 17.5 inch center of gravity, and 0-60 in 4.0 seconds (if you buy the high-end model). Under Motor Trend's article, one commenter says the speed of the S rates somewhere between driving his Ferrari 430 and his 458.

Motor Trend's selection of the Model S as their COTY was unanimous and it's the first non-combustion engine car that's received the award...

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Ben and Michal's stinkey situation...

Want some fun. Check out this, then this on Ben and Michal's Crumble Abode.

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Ben sang Simon and Garfunkel songs to the skunk as he drove...

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For diehard Cubs fans...

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What's that I see...

GrizzlyStandingTaylor, Mary Lee, and I are up in Glacier National Park. Nine grizzlies so far. Taylor took this pic last night. This sow (at least ten feet tall) had a cub following her as she gorged, preparing for hibernation. Ten points for guessing how he took the pic.

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Housing help for a couple days in Gainesville area...

A request from a grad student member of Clearnote Church, Bloomington: "I'm going to a conference in Gainesville, Florida (University of Florida) in October (dates Thursday 10/24- Sunday 10/28) and I'm trying to keep travel costs as low as possible. If you know anyone in the Gainesville area who might be willing to house me for that duration of time (Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights), I would appreciate any connections very much (families or single men only, of course). I would only need a place to sleep.

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