Tuesday, March 25, 2008

How do you communicate?

Are you a blogger or a member of a yahoo or google group? Is your "face" on facebook or my space? Of course you e-mail and use a cell phone. No doubt you have viewed a few "youtubes". I'm sure you have looked on Flickr, talked on Skype, and listened to a podcast or two, but have you ever been a part of crowdsourcing, videobridging, webinars, mashups, or RSS feeds? Are you as baffled as I was as I read these varying types of communication? What has happened to the simple handshake,

or the snailmail letter?

I guess they still exist but don't carry the impact or value they once held. Most of us have dove off the high dive into the "internet pool" and found ourselves either sinking, barely treading water, or actually speedily swimming laps. Little did I ever imagine I would be a happy blogger or an "image" on facebook!

But as a Christian my most valued communication occurs around 7:00 a.m. when I meet with the Lord through the "Holy Spirit line". There still exists no more powerful form of communication than prayer. " I love the Lord, because He hears my voice and my supplications. Because He has inclined His ear to me, therefore I shall call upon HIm as long as I live." Psalms 116:1-2

Well, there is one more form of communication that needs no introductions. Don't you just love a baby's "words"?


Thursday, March 13, 2008


"Our mouths were filled with laughter, our tongues with songs of joy. Then it was said among the nations, "The Lord has done great things for them." The Lord has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy." Psalm 126:2-3

The Lord has indeed done GREAT things for me as He allows me to share in the belly laughs of my grandson, Christian. Praise the name of the Lord!

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Cenotes of Mexico

Hunter and I just returned from a week scuba diving with good friends in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. We went on 8 dives during the week including Tortuga Bay with giant turtles and the underwater "walls" along Cozamel Island. The ocean was calm and warm with 60-80 foot visibility-quite ideal for diving. But my favorite 2 dives were not even in the ocean. They were in fresh, cool water under the ground, in what the Mexicans call cenotes. Cenotes are fresh water pools connecting to submerged caverns and other cenotes. The standard formation is a round hole in the ground where you begin your dive. From there you switch on your underwater light and follow a guide into caverns filled with stalactites and stalagmites. It was a "stretching" diving experience for me since each diver was on his own-no buddy system-simply maintaining your own buoyancy control and carefully following a line and the guide. At times we were in total darkness, except for our lights. Other moments sunlight filtered down through various openings creating a shimmering effect on the rock formations. It was indeed exhilarating! The following video will give you a taste of the experience. It was filmed as we exited the "batcave" cenote. ( Yes, it contained real bats hanging from the ceiling. Ha!)