August 28, 2006 Fall Kickoff and the State Fair...

We took Ma Smith to her first Kentucky State Fair. At age 95 it was high time, we thought. Thank heavens for wheelchairs though...

We went to the Seminary Fall Kickoff and there was a humongous crowd there. It was nice to be a part of something like this...and the watermelon was pretty good too, says Earnie...

This is a prizewinning wooden pot from the State Fair, with a crucifixion/crown of thorns motif...

We even had a hot air balloon...

and a little clown who was AMAZINGLY facile in creating baloon animals...I was jealous...

And of course, Elvis was at the State Fair on Saturday.

Jugglers too...

And Freddie Farm Bureau welcomed the crowds...

The lumberjacks never did say what part of Kentucky they were from...

The prizewinning SPAM recipe- Spicy Spam Cake...yummm...

And the winner of the Ugly Lamp Contest- some were built and some were born that way- this one was purportedly of the latter ilk, and was rumored to have come from the Old Galt House.. No redeeming aesthetic value whatsoever...

And then there were corn dogs and funnel cakes of course...

Bluegrass bands, and dancing kids, and fountains, and the smelly livestock..And a pleasant time was had by all...

Read about The Zone...

I was revisiting old territory and ran across this- I never blogged it.

Don't Waste your Cancer: That's the title of John Piper's article, written on the eve of his surgery.

Here are his ten points:

  1. You will waste your cancer if you do not believe it is designed for you by God.
  2. You will waste your cancer if you believe it is a curse and not a gift.
  3. You will waste your cancer if you seek comfort from your odds rather than from God.
  4. You will waste your cancer if you refuse to think about death.
  5. You will waste your cancer if you think that ýbeatingţ cancer means staying alive rather than cherishing Christ.
  6. You will waste your cancer if you spend too much time reading about cancer and not enough time reading about God.
  7. You will waste your cancer if you let it drive you into solitude instead of deepen your relationships with manifest affection.
  8. You will waste your cancer if you grieve as those who have no hope.
  9. You will waste your cancer if you treat sin as casually as before.
  10. You will waste your cancer if you fail to use it as a means of witness to the truth and glory of Christ.

I just love this man.

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