What's In This Blog

I created this blog for my journal. I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In this blog I keep many of the things I come across as a member of the church. I also share my experiences on the ACE Train and getting to work, my experiences in Manteca where we have lived for three years, and other things I think are noticeable.

Friday, March 31, 2017

A Different Way to Work

I have been toying with a different commute.  Currently I take the ACE to Diridon Station, from there catch the light rail to the Fruitdale Station where I catch the 25, or walk depending on if the bus stops.  I have been toying with getting off at Santa Clara Station and taking the 22 or 522 express to taylor.  At Taylor I get off and take the 61 or 62 to valley Medical where I work.  I tried this a few times last week, and it was OK but the wait is a bit long for the 61/62.  However I did get some pictures of the Santa Clara Station to share.
  

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Jesse and I Walk to the Train Station

From Jesse's house to the train station is about a half mile walk.  Last week on Friday I picked him up and walked him to the station so he could spend the weekend.  Along the route, among other things, we saw a fireman school and a telephone pole climbing school.  The school as a bit distant; you can see it better from the light rail.
Climbing tower
Training School
You can see the telephone poles for climbing.  This is across the street from the fireman school.

Manteca Mural I Hadn't Noticed

I noticed this mural while I was downtown on Yosemite.  It is only about a block west of Main Street.  It is above ground level and maybe that is why I hadn't noticed it.




Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Charity and Sheri Attend Women's Session and Tony Has His First Zit

This Saturday it fell to me to watch the kids while Sheri and charity went to conference.  I had Jesse, tony's friend from San Jose, and Camberly and Hayley Dawn.  It was hard keeping track of Hayley Dawn as she wanted to play outside.  We went out for a while and she chased a ball around the court, and Tony and Jesse kicked a ball, and Camberly helped Hayley Dawn.
We got a notice on our basketball hoop that they don't like it on the road, so I moved it to the driveway.  Later, Jesse and the girls were out back, and Jesse turned on the hose.  Camberly fell and got her bum wet.  She wanted a change of clothes, but I din't have any.  She sat with me on a towel and I tried to dry her.  She fell asleep, and I was stuck underneath her the rest of the night.  (Half hour until the women came home.  I tried to watch the session, but just got the songs.


Then last night Sheri and Tony were complaining about marks they have.  I felt they both looked like spider bites.  However Sheri Popped Tony's first zit ever tonight.  Tony is worried this means he is getting old.  Maybe it does.  I am still not sure what Sheri's is.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Love Manteca April 8.

Love manteca is happening in Manteca April 8 8:30 to noon.  This is a day of service.  There are lots of projects and you can sign up for one ahead of time.  Among other things spreading bark at parks, working at the cemetery, spreading love to local service providers, yard work at local shelters etc.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Jesus Teaches about the Widow's Mites



What should we give.  Jesus teaches that it is the attitude with which we give, rather the amount of what we give, the determines the sacrifice.

Health As I See It: Documentary Review: Mayo Clinic: Diabetes: What is Integrative Medicine?

These are the notes I took from the first chapter on integrative medicine.
 It concludes that many people are frustrated with having diabetes
because they fear it may change their quality of life.  The truth is,
quality of life could actually improve as you take charge of your health.
 It is a daily battle, but one which you can win.  These are the ideas I
wrote down from the video

Monitor you blood glucose
Be Active,
Have a healthy diet
Keep your weight under control.
take medication appropriately
Exercise will help you keep your blood sugar under control.
It takes sugar form your blood stream and gets it into your muscles.
annual physical, take care of feet, don't smoke, avoid alcohol,
aspirin daily, monitor blood pressure, monitor cholesterol,
eye exam yearly,

Integrated view of health, Four parts:
Physical Health: medical issues
Mental Health:
Emotional Health: stress
Spiritual Health: reason to take care of the other areas
Each part interacts with the other areas.  

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Crystal Apple Awards 2017

This has been a presentation ever since we moved here six years ago.  This is an evening to honor local educators.  The award recipients are nominated by the students.  Usually all the local schools are represented.  Those who nominate someone actually present the award with a short statement about why that teacher has influenced them.  It is held at the Mormon Church 6060 Northland in Manteca.


2017 04 1000 invite to watch april 2017 general conference 1080p eng



The church has published methods you can watch conference.  Even though the Women's session was tonight, it is still not too late to watch it.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

The Greatest Commandment



This is very wise teaching, and even the Jewish Sanhedrin agree.

Manteca Flooding 2017



This is where the train goes over the San Joaquin River.  First you see the river and the bridge.  then you see a farmer's field where the river has over run the usual dike.  The train track is now serving as the dike.  Then there is a bit more farm land flooded.

The After-basketball Party at the Bouncy Place

Tony was pretty proud he made it to the top

Sheri took him on the Monday after basketball.  The other kids were part of his team.

Tony's Last Basketball Weekend

Tony's last weekend ended in one victory and one defeat.  Tony placed against a team made of of many of his friends from church.  I don't think either team played well, and it wasn't Tony's best game.  However he did play good defense.  ton's team won by three points, but both teams missed a lot of shots.  Tony said he got his hand on the last shot, and deflected it enough it missed, of the other team which would have tied the game.

Tony played much better the second game, and was a big man on both offense and defense.  He had half a dozen points and helped control the ball.  However they played a better team and were defeated.  This was an end of the season tourney, so they made the semi-finals.  Had they won they would have had another game on Sunday.
We took Tony to Waffle House after the first game, where he had a chocolate milkshake.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Health As I See It: Hands Only CPR

Hands Only CPR, AED and CPR

I was introduced to a three important things at a training I am doing
 for employment for the Emergency Response Team at work.  First
is the importance of getting someone to Automated External
 Defibrillator as quickly as possible.  If someone who has gone into
 cardiac arrest receives this shock within five minutes, their chance
 of survival is over 80 percent.  That is pretty good odds.  The odds
 go down over time, but are still pretty high even after five minutes.
The second thing I learned is Hands only CPR.  There are only two
 steps in this CPR, first call 911 and start chest compressions.
 The beat of "Staying Alive" is the perfect rhythm.
The third thing learned is that even in regular CPR, the first step is
 now chest compressions rather than airway and breathing.  You
 ask someone to call 9-11 or do so yourself, then the order is now
 chest compressions, airway and then breath.  For an adult it is 30
 chest compressions, then open the airway, quick check for breathing,
 then two breaths, followed by 30 chest compressions.  This change
 was made in 2010.  After doing this five times, then you check for
signs of life, and then continue until relieved by trained medical
personnel, or you can't anymore due to exhaustion.  You
 should not do breathing if you do not have a shield between yourself
and the person who has passed out.  In this case, Hands only CPR
 is preferred.
http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/CPRAndECC/HandsOnlyCPR/Hands
-Only-CPR_UCM_440559_SubHomePage.jsp

Sunday, March 19, 2017

ACE Train: WIFI

Some good news form the train, the WIFI is general instead of limited to one car.  And it works for the most part, except through the tunnel in Niles Canyon, the internet coverage is much better.

Look Who had Another Turn in the Hospital


Asher came down with another cold, that went to his lungs, and gives him such a hard time to breath.  This is the day before he came home so he is a bit more chipper.  He seems to be doing better now.  He is Jeremy and Kayla's baby as is now almost five months old.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

I'm Trying to Be Like Jesus – Emily Brown – Music Video



Here is another song from Mormon Channel.  I'm Trying to Be Like Jesus was a theme of a talk I gave in sacrament meeting a couple years ago.  This presentation puts a new light on what it means to love as jesus loves.  It is also a song I have song in Primary as a teacher and is one of my favorites.  It is written by Janice Kapp Perry.

Friday, March 17, 2017

What a Wonderful World - Bryn Terfel and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir



This will give you tingles.  Bryn Terfel is an Welsh opera and concert singer.  

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Positive Thinking Book: Silver Boxes

Silver Boxes: The Gift of Encouragement by Florence Littauer, Word Publishing, Dallas, 1989.
This is a fascinating book about treating others with kindness.  What she says is that our "words should be like silver boxes with bows on top."  That is the basic philosophy.  She adds a personality assessment, to give some warning that we are not all the same, and sometimes, with our different natures, we may offend someone without realizing it.  She talks of four personality types:
Sanguine the popular person, Choleric the powerful person, Melancholy the perfect person and Phlegmatic the peaceful person.  We can have strengths and or weaknesses in these areas.  All personality types are important.  There are some who have a combination.  We are all unique.

Silver Boxes was put into a poem for this book.  The poem summarizes the theme.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Mormon Tabernacle Choir featuring Katherine Jenkins


Katherine Jenkins is a Welsh singer, who is very familiar to the theater scene in England.  However to the American population she is more known for her appearance on Dancing with the Stars.  Her partner was Mark Ballas, and she makes a special appears to do a Latin dance with her, which I felt was the high light of the performance.  This is the 2012 Pioneer Day Concert, and the Choir starts with two pioneer songs,; but after that the focus is on the theme of the concert: The Joy of Song.  They have several people talk about their joy of music, including the guest, Mack Wilberg the conductor and a group of children.
Among other songs the choir sings, "In the Morning of my Life" a person favorite and It's a Grand Night for Singing.  Katherine Jenkins sings "The Prayer" with the choir.  The song is introduced by commentary by the composer, David Foster.  Jenkins also sings a Welsh song with the choir, "Cymru Fach."  Another high light of the concert is the concluding number "You'll Never Walk Alone" with Jenkins and the choir.  There is lots to enjoy here.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Mormon Tabernacle Choir in concert with Rebecca Luker, Dallyn Bayles, an...


This is the President Monson 85th birthday concert.  It is hosted by Steve Young and Jane Clayson Johnson.  It features the Mormon tabernacle Choir.  Soloist were Dallyn Vail Bayles, Rebecca Luker and Stanford Olsen.  The each sang two songs.  Bayles does a beautiful rendition of "Bring Hime Home" as well as "There But for You Go I."  His voice is clear and piercing and his sound is incredible.  Olsen sings 'Golden Days" and "The Holy City."  It gets emotions singing "The Holy City" which is likely the high light of the concert.  Lastly Rebecca Luker sings "Memories and 'All I ask of You."  The choir sings "You raise Me UP," "Seventy-six Trombones" and another high spot, "Consider the Lillies."  The concert includes portrayals of President Monson's life, as well as tributes from other general authorities and also the Boy Scouts.  This concert is very enjoyable.

The Lord's Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem


No words, but we still see Jesus' majesty and His love for people.

Friday, March 10, 2017

**Watch Your Step

This short video from the Mormon Channel makes you stop and think about little decisions, and how they can have such long term effects.  A father is presented with two choices with regards to pornography, with two very different endings.  It is hard to measure the cost of pornography, but I am sure it is more than anyone could ever dream, in lost love, intimacy and families.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Spiritual Whirlwinds



This is a short video based on a talk geared for youth given by Neil L. Andersen.  He warns against spiritual whirlwinds.  He states the powerful force of repentance that will subdue the whirlwinds, and the Rock of Christ which is the sure foundation and our safety.

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Restoration of the Priesthood

This short video shows the effect the restoration of the priesthood has had on the life of others.  It is well worth a listen, as the priesthood helps us in so many ways.

Camberly Rose Bladder Infection


On our trip, Miss Camberly Rose developed a bladder infection.  Maybe too much travel has its consequences.  Caleb and I gave her a blessing Saturday before she went to the hospital in Rexburg.  The blessing seemed to help her relax.  I re-blessed her a couple days later with the same result.  The big consequence of the infection was that she felt like she needed to go potty, but couldn't go.  Sheri and Charity went with her to the hospital.  Tony and I took Hayley Dawn to church.  Grandpa Scoresby and Caleb were also there.  Sheri said Camberl was just a few minutes from a catheter when she finally went potty at the hospital.  She received an antibiotic and also took tylenol to help.
Outside Rexburg Hospital


Friday, March 3, 2017