Sunday Filler: Thinking about our path as Christians

Posted By on March 7, 2021

plumblineimageAs someone who enjoys using tools and building things, the reference to pendulums and plumb lines in a Stand to Reason post speaks to me. It is also a good reminder to stick to the “plumb line of Scripture” rather than the prevailing … and often skewed … Christian and non-Christian worldviews.

"Align your views to the plumb line of Scripture." 

Alan Shlemon

Scripture uses a plumb line as a metaphor for spiritual truth by which we can align our lives. For example, God tells Isaiah, “I will make justice the measuring line and righteousness the plumb line” (Isaiah 28:17). God also sends the prophet Amos to warn Israel of impending judgment because of their disobedience:

The Lord was standing by a vertical wall with a plumb line in His hand. The Lord said to me, “What do you see, Amos?” And I said, “A plumb line.” Then the Lord said, “Behold I am about to put a plumb line in the midst of My people Israel. I will spare them no longer.” (Amos 7:7–8)

The plumb line makes it clear to God’s people how far they’ve strayed from his perfect will.

The mistake is to follow the swing of a pendulum rather than adjust your position according to a plumb line. The problem with swinging the pendulum the other way is that it mistakenly presumes that the opposite position of an incorrect view is always correct. It can be, but that isn’t always the case. When you realize you’re in error, the biblical approach is to look at Scripture like a plumb line and realign your view according to that unchanging standard.


How are we doing in vaccinating our population? #COVID19

Posted By on March 6, 2021


Immunization is picking up speed, but we are still struggling to get enough of the produced vaccinations in arms … especially in some states. This past week an article in Fortune posted a “tracker map” illustrating FortuneCovid19Tracker210305where it is going well and where we’re are struggling to get shots in the arms of every American adult.

My RPh wife Brenda has been vaccinating every day and mentioned that they are already received their first shipment of the Johnson and Johnson “one-dose” vaccine. Beside being one-shot, the storage requirements aren’t as challenging, so this should improve efficiency in getting the US population closer to herd immunity. 

Georgia, according to the Fortune Vaccine Tracker map, is having the most difficulty in rolling out the immunization for some reason, but after talking with my friend Mark outside of Savannah, he and Dar were getting their second shots already this past week. Brenda received her second this past week, as did Katelyn, Drew and Megan a week or so prior  (all health care workers).

In total nationwide, about 107 million vaccines have been distributed nationwide—80.5 million, or 75.2%, of which have been administered.

As for Ohio, all the numbers are going in the right direction, but we’re still not fully open (State of Ohio Cumulative and Daily Count below):


Tech Friday: S̶t̶r̶i̶k̶e̶t̶h̶r̶u̶ (

Posted By on March 5, 2021

A couple of weeks ago, someone asked me about using Strikethru coding for a WordPress blog (or for that matter, almost all webpages) .. and of course it is a simple html code solution and is fairly easy … just add:


The html coding started me thinking about a few other potential problems since we are now often working “in the cloud” and on real time apps Strikethrupostedlike the Google Calendar. In the case of the later, Google has yet to offer a solution that I have found to “cross-out” an appointment or note. For most people, the option is to either delete or just leave in on the calendar and ignore.

BUT .. for me there are times I want to keep a listed appointment, but “strike thru” the text on the calendar … so I put together a Strikethru script and just copy and paste onto the correct date on the Google Calendar. It’s a work-around, but at least accomplishes the task.

  1. Copy text to cross-out from your calendar
  2. Open my Strikethru script (
  3. Paste the text in the box and click StrikeThru
  4. Copy and paste the StrikeThru text to your calendar (replace previously copied words)

Of interest: Long awaited Google Calendar (2006), Magic Mouse users and Google Calendar (2015) and Google Calendar Scroll Disabler (2017)

Happy Birthday Annalyn. Thinking about my granddaughter.

Posted By on March 4, 2021

Annalyn putting on her Frozen (the Disney movie) Birthday dress last weekend

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Why do so many on the political left deride America?

Posted By on March 3, 2021

OWS Vaccine Timeline ALTERNATE Design v7If all we do is listen to those who spew negativity and show distain for America, we might miss the fact that the US through Operation Warp Speed in coordination with private companies, have given us a COVID19 vaccine to its citizens and to the world in record time. In keeping with countries which have embraced free enterprise, liberty and through capitalism reward entrepreneurs … democratic republics once again lead the world in innovation and finding cures.

Below is an end of February 2021 chart comparing the immunization progress … and although there is always room for improvement, socialist countries aren’t nearly as prosperous or efficient as those built on freedom.


Don’t let those who continue to deride the United States and the steady improvements in our quest for a “more perfect union.” Our founders deserve respect and our history should be both taught and learned. Don’t hate our country or fundamentallychange America (and there are days I feel like this UK guy on YouTube).

Celebrating Ellerie (1) and Annalyn’s (4) Birthdays in Toledo

Posted By on March 2, 2021


It has sort of become a tradition to celebrate birthdays in Toledo with the Oostra family. We certainly enjoy getting together with everyone and regularly reflex on just how blessed we are as a family. I mentioned to Brenda that one of the greatest blessing in my life was marrying into the Howard family … and I feel that same way for Katelyn and the Oostra family.



Music Monday: Dr. Hook & the Medicine Show video. Yikes!

Posted By on March 1, 2021

drhookaniThere are some 1970s songs that I’ve listened to and heard again and again over the years, but never really given much thought to what the band When_You're_in_Love_with_a_Beautiful_Woman_-_Dr._Hookmight have looked like performing on stage?

 Dr. Hook (& the Medicine Show) happens to be one of them … and I didn’t follow  the group or know much of their music. I do remember “When You’re in Love with a Beautiful Woman” and a couple other Easy Listening songs. Now that is not to say, many of us looking back at old 1970’s photos, let alone video, didn’t think “Yikes!” once in a while … but this 1978 music video does stand out a bit to me and so figured it would make for an interesting late Music Monday post. 

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