Monday, September 26, 2005


The title: Wonder Full. I got it, of all places, from a billboard. For the record, I hate billboards: distracting advertizing that endangers as it sells and half the time ruins the beauty of a gorgeous landscape. But I digress... It was a billboard for a Garden, a not-for-profit, and it was clever.

The screen name: pcrucifer - it is scientific-speak. Every species has a two word scientific name in Latin. The first half of the scientific name is often shortened to the initial, as H. sapiens is short for Homo sapiens, as in you and I (apologies to my non-human fans, if any). One of my favorite creatures is the spring peeper, a small frog with an X or "cross" on its back. The spring peeper is a harbinger of spring, a sign of life returning to what had recently been a frozen land. The spring peeper is very loud, for his size. Anyway, the scientific name for spring peeper is Pseudacris crucfier, or P. crucifer.

Good quote from Devotional Classics (edited by Richard Foster and James Bryan Smith):
"Eternity is at our hearts, pressing upon our time-torn lives, warming us with intimations of an astounding destiny, calling us home unto Itself." --Thomas Kelly in A Testament of Devotion

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