Around the world by human power alone

The extraordinary story of Jason Lewis’ circumnavigation of the earth by human power alone is now available in a version for “young adults”.

Read more on his blog.

The adventure spans three books: Dark Waters, The Seed Buried Deep and To the Brink. I read each one as they became available for e-book and I couldn’t believe it was over when I finished the last page. 

Cosmological Model

I came across this blog post I wrote in 2010.

It reminded me of how stupid I am.  Cosmology, fine-tuning, the definition of intelligent life are beyond my understanding. But it reminded me of a very simple principle that science teachers teach: there’s no such thing as a perpetual motion machine. If the universe is merely a huge, complex assembly of parts behaving according to the laws of physics, then it will eventually stop spinning, so to speak. It has not been spinning forever and it will not continue to spin forever. 

Now, maybe the scientists are wrong.  Maybe there are perpetual motion machines.  It’s fascinating to pursue this idea, but ultimately we must face the reality of the universe in which we live. 

Moberly, Missouri
Latitude, Longitude
39°27? N 92°25? W

Words are wind

I used to believe I was going to Heaven. I used to believe “once saved always saved”. Did I really believe those things? Did I believe a lie? I cannot trust my own mind to “believe” what is true. Is doubt the opposite of belief? Must it be continual to be doubt? When I hear people say they believe something I don’t know if I can trust them. I don’t want anyone to take my word for it when I say I believe something. Examine my actions if you want to know what I believe. Words are wind. 

Cadillac, Michigan
Latitude, Longitude
44.202362, -85.406372

Last year

Me, Shoelace, Cookie, Captain Jack

Last year at this time I was doing some hiking on the Appalachian Trail. I quit after 200 miles. I felt like I failed. I just heard from Captain Jack. He went back out and did a section in New York. It makes me want to get back out there and give it another go. Maybe next year. 

Some posts from the trail: