On a Symbolic Bike


This is my friend – the one who someone fatally shot from the outside while sitting in his favorite chair inside his house. I post this as a tribute to a wonderful person missed by many.

This picture is from his ride across the country for his 60th birthday. After all, the bicycle is a symbol for him and his life

Bicycle is a symbol for outdoor activity

  • Biking
  • Hiking
  • Working outside

Bicycle is a symbol for working with his hands

  • Working on his own bike
  • Daring to fix anything
  • Baking bread
  • Willingness to help those who ask or are in need
  • Work at church on the property maintenance
  • Cooking for Men’s Breakfast group
  • Volunteering on a local bike trail

Bicycle is a symbol of freedom

  • Freedom of outdoor activities
  • Freedom to bicycle across the country
  • Freedom to try something new
  • Fought for freedom as a Marine in Vietnam

Bicycle is a symbol of his personality

  • Smiling as he rode
  • Free spirit of adventure
  • Daredevil to try
  • Outgoing friendliness
  • Ease of talking with strangers

Bicycle is a symbol for what he loved

  • Outdoors
  • Meeting people
  • Country
  • Chocolate
  • Wine
  • Cake
  • Helping people
  • Friends
  • Wife
  • God

Cheers to my friend! After all, he would smile at this.

On Senses for Monday

Not only did the first day of summer bring a full moon, it also delivered some heat and humidity … YUK! To combat the yukky weather, we stayed cool during the day, but that didn’t stop as evenings included time on the ballroom floor and a lawn seat at the Cincinnati Pops concert featuring Broadway songs. Sunday afternoon we sat in a cool theater for Now You See Me, which is an entertaining movie.

How was your weekend? Come on now, give us the scoop.

Just so you know, the approaching week is Fish are Friends Not Food Week. Plus, here are some celebrations for the week.

  • Monday: Celebration of the Senses Day
  • Tuesday: Global Beatles Day
  • Wednesday: National Canoe Day
  • Thursday: National Handshake Day
  • Friday: The second day of Watermelon Seed Spitting Days (through Sunday)

So let’s start the week with something that smells good to most people. Have a good week!

On a Terrific Tom

Alright everyone For those who don’t know the words, look below the video because it’s sing-a-long time.

Terrytoons presents

The real, great adventures of me, Tom Terrific! I’m Tom Terrific,
with Mighty Manfred, the Wonder Dog!
I’m Tom Terrific, greatest hero ever!
Terrific is the name for me, ’cause I’m so clever.
I can be what I want to be, and if you’d like to see,
Follow, and follow me! If you see a plane up-high,
A diesel train go roaring by.
A bumble bee, or a tree, it’s me! When there is trouble,
I’m there on the double.
From the Atlantic to the Pacific,
They know Tom Terrific! Aaand, I’m Mighty Manfred, the Wonder dog,
Aaand Tom’s ever faithful companion.


  • Tom Terrific, a kid hero living in a treehouse
  • Funnel-shaped hat (called the Transformation Trinket) made him smarter and could transform him into what he wanted in order to solve the problem
  • Accompanied by Mighty Manfred the Wonder Dog
  • Terrific was ranked # 32 by TV Guide magazine among its “50 Greatest TV Cartoon Characters


  • Created by Gene Deitch under the Terrytoons studio
  • Deitch adapted Tom from his earlier newspaper comic strip, “Terr’ble Thompson!”
  • Created specifically for the Captain Kangaroo show from 1957-1959. After 1962, Tom Terrific would be broadcast every other week, alternating with Lariat Sam
  • All the voices were performed by Lionel Wilson
  • black and white drawings + simple animation = low budget
  • Terrytones produced 26 stories produced with each story split into five parts for broadcast each weekday morning, therefore 130 five-minute shorts produced
  • Later on Captain Kangaroo, episodes were edited for two episodes

Mighty Manfred the Wonder Dog was a lazy dog with a big appetite

Manfred inspired this music group (Mighty Manfred and the Wonderdogs)

Arch-foe named Crabby Appleton, whose motto was, “I’m rotten to the core!”

Other foes included Mr. Instant, the Instant Thing King, Captain Kidney Bean, Sweet Tooth Sam, the Candy Bandit, the Silly Sandman, and Isotope Feeney, and The Meany

Crabby Appleton inspired this music group

Enjoy The Next Part about Isotope Feeney’s Foolish Fog (embedding is disabled)

Opinions in the Shorts: Vol. 186

On Politics
The recent gathering of the Faith and Freedom Coalition Conference demonstrates what this group does not understand. After all, their speakers included Donald Trump, Herman Cain, and Sarah Palin.

It is interesting to watch Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) dance between trying to be an immigration reform leader and a potential presidential candidate.

Although it will not happen, I would support amending the Constitution to change the terms of our elected officials: Representatives 3-year terms limited to 3 terms; Senators: 5-year terms limited to 2 terms; President 6-year terms limited to 1 term.

On This Week’s Headlines from The Onion

  • Dad can’t believe lawn didn’t get him anything for Father’s Day
  • Friends don’t understand how man gets depressed
  • Advanced (alien) civilization discovers inhabitable planet
  • Nation currently more sympathetic to demise of Planet Krypton than plight in Syria
  • Michele Obama seen walking family rhinoceros (the evidence)

Interesting Reads
Hospital CEO Bonuses and Obamacare
Sequester and spending on research
So Long, Herschel (the telescope)
A book review about statesman John Hay
The ethics of egg freezing
History of perpetual motion
The Death of Bill Nye

On Potpourri
Is anyone dismayed by the latest news that Capt Crunch is not a captain, but a commander? For those who did not know, US Navy captains have four stripes, but Commander Crunch only has three.

While on the topic of crunch, cheers to Nestle for their limited edition Crunch bars with Girl Scout cookies. Gotta love those Thin Mints.

Given the any flap involving celebrity chef Paula Dean, I never liked her show.

Here is some handbell music for those wondering if handbells can do pop music.

A reminder that Friday is National Flip-Flop Day, Saturday is Stupid Guy Thing Day (or is it Stupid Guy-Thing Day), and Sunday is Pink Flamingo Lawn Ornament Day.

There will be a Saturday Morning Cartoon post this weekend.

Are you go to a wedding this weekend? After all, June is a popular month for weddings. I will send you into the weekend with this one from The Piano Guys. Have a good weekend. In the words of Garrison Keillor, Be well, do good work, and keep in touch.

On Requested References

Given my interest in the interchange between science and religion, Debra @ Breathelighter asked me to post a few books for those wanting to know more. Besides, her request made me feel good, plus I know she enjoys when I post about this topic.

In order to provide a range of sources, I organized the books into thematic groups. Some of the books I reviewed here, so I also linked them as Past post.

FYI: I found many of these books through local libraries and inter-library loan systems.

The organizations list provide bountiful resources, including essays.

Saving Darwin (Karl Giberson)
The Evolution-Creation Struggle (Michael Ruse) Past post

Theologically Centered
Can You Believe in God and Evolution (Ted Peters and Martinez Hewlett)
Responses to 101 Questions about God and Evolution (John Haught)
God after Darwin: A Theology of Evolution (John Haught)
Questions of Truth: Fifty-One Responses to Questions about God, Science, and Belief  (John Polkinghorne)

Science Centered
Finding Darwin’s God (Ken Miller)

The Lost World of Genesis One (John Walton) Past post

The Language of God (Francis Collins) Past post 

Origins (Deborah Haarsma and Loren Haarsma) (Review TBA)
When Science Meets Religion: Enemies, Strangers, or Partners? (Ian Barbour) Past post

By any of the above authors; plus, Denis Alexander, Peter Enns, George Murphy, Ron Numbers

Organizations (listed alphabetically)
American Scientific Affiliation
BioLogos Foundation
Center for Process Studies
Center for Theological Inquiry
Center for Theology and Natural Sciences
John Templeton Foundation
The Clergy Project
The European Society for the Study of Science and Theology
The Faraday Institute for Science and Religion
The International Society for Science and Religion
Vatican Observatory