Iris comes from the Greek word for rainbow, perhaps because of the many colors of flowers in the species. (The Greek goddess of the rainbow is Iris)
It has been used in medicines and perfumes over the years and the fleur-de-lis, a stylized iris, which first occured in its modern use as the emblem of the House of Capet, is a featured emblem for many entities, including the New Orleans Saints. The Iris is the State flower of Tennessee and State Wild flower of Louisiana and Michigan.
Many famous artists, including my daughter, have featured them in paintings.

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CD6216C4-404D-4A48-B857-B65693580527“And behold, the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. And the earth shook, and the rocks were split. The tombs also were opened. And many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised, and coming out of the tombs after his resurrection they went into the holy city and appeared to many. When the centurion and those who were with him, keeping watch over Jesus, saw the earthquake and what took place, they were filled with awe and said, “Truly this was the Son of God!””
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭27:51-54‬ ‭ESV‬‬

“But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here, for he has risen, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay.”
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭28:5-6‬ ‭ESV‬‬

What a celebration we should have every day for the Hope that Easter brings. Our Faith is our choice to believe and I often wonder how witnesses to the events surrounding the crucifixion and resurrection could ever deny what they saw; but, even today, many of us see all manner of miracles around us and deny His existence. Still He lives!!

Good Friday

A7CF667C-0AF1-4FCB-9071-915AC5DC197AFor God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
‭‭John‬ ‭3:16‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Good Friday
My son (and daughters) means the world to me; so, I cannot imagine sacrificing him for others’ bad behavior. But God loves us so much that He was willing to give His flawless Son to save us from our sins. It is Amazing Grace beyond my comprehension, but the reason we celebrate Good Friday.

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Tractor Trailers

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Obviously our consumerism in the US has increased the use of large tractor trailers on our highways. I travel on I-81 the most and it has become a true danger. The number of trucks on this highway often creates major safety hazards, as many of them speed and change lanes frequently as they struggle up hills and accelerate downhill. Many times they have changed lanes when I am immediately beside them, forcing me to stop or run off the road. It seems obvious that small cars and these giant trucks should not have the same speed limits and laws of the road. How many more fatalities will it take to wake up our governing bodies??

Climate Change

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Recently there has been much discussion of climate change, global warming, etc. Glaciers are melting faster than ever before and sea levels are rising. Severe weather extremes occur more frequently and tornado alley is shifting southeasterly. Certainly we humans are contributing with our enormous production of carbon dioxide emissions and other pollutants. Despite the controversies, it seems reasonable to practice more environmentally safe principles. We should use a common sense approach as we are the stewards of our own environment.


What an amazing story of redemption—the Virginia Cavaliers Men’s Basketball Team goes from worst to first. My deepest respect goes out to Coach Bennett for his character and composure. Today, on Mr. Jefferson’s Birthday, I salute all the hard work and praise God for guiding this team to its first National Championship! Wahoowa🏀