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Your Questions About For Those In Peril On The Sea

February 14, 2014

John asks…

How does global warming affect wildlife?

admin answers:

These are only a few examples of what global warming can do to wildlife:

How Does Global Warming Affect Wildlife?

The National Wildlife Federation considers global warming to be “the most dangerous threat to the future of wildlife.” Here are just some of the species being dramatically impacted by global warming.

Adelie Penguins-
When many of us think of Antarctica, it is with visions of waddling, tuxedoed penguins. Today, however, these iconic creatures may be in peril as a result of changes to their climate. Rising temperatures are causing the amount of sea ice to diminish, which in turn causes the amount of algae in the water to decrease. Many tiny organisms, including the krill shrimp which forms the foundation of the Adelie penguin’s diet, cannot survive without this important food source.

Almost everyone knows how annoying mosquitoes can be, but if you happen to be a caribou, these common summertime pests can have an even bigger impact. This is because warming Arctic temperatures have caused an explosion in these insects’ populations. As caribou expend more energy shooing the pests away, they decrease the amount of food that they eat and energy that they conserve in preparation for the coming winter months. Female caribou are particularly at risk as the effort of birthing and raising the new generation takes enormous energy.

Monarch Butterflies-
Brilliant orange and black monarchs are among the most easily-recognizable of the butterfly species which call the Americas home. Their migration takes them as far north as Canada and, during the winter months, as far south as Mexico City. It is here that changing conditions could cause their demise if current climatic trends continue into the future. In Mexico, the butterflies amass themselves in fir trees which provide shelter from rain and temperatures which often dip below freezing. As rainfall worldwide continues to increase, the protection that these trees provide may not be enough to shield the butterflies from these hazards. One mass die-off occurred in 2002; scientists fear that this is the first of many similar incidents.

Migratory Songbirds-
The songs of many migratory birds, such as this Western tanager, are welcomed symbols of springtime. Warmer seasons worldwide may mean that you won’t be hearing some of those old familiar songs in years to come, however, as songbirds are particularly sensitive to changes to both temperatures and their habitats.

Polar Bears-
Polar bears, like their favored springtime prey the ringed seal, depend heavily on sea ice for their survival. Polar bears move from ice flow to ice flow in search of the young seals. With rising temperatures, the thinning ice leaves fewer places for both the polar bears to hunt and the seals to raise their young.

Coldwater fish, such as trout, depend on a frigid mixture of spring and glacier water to thrive. As North American temperatures continue to rise, trout stand to lose three-quarters of their current habitat. Before long, an enitre generation of Anglers will have lost the the ability to bond with friends and family while communing with nature.

Coral Reefs-
Coral reefs are colorful underwater forests which teem with life and act as a natural protective barrier for coastal regions. The fishes and plants which call them home belong to some of the most diverse – and fragile – ecosystems on the planet. In one year alone, sixteen percent of the world’s coral reefs were wiped out. A sea temperature change of a mere one degree Celsius would yield similar losses. Increasing levels of carbon dioxide in the water cause additional damage to corals, leaving them defenseless against storm damage and erosion.

Arctic Foxes-
The arctic fox is a marvel or environmental adaptation. Its paws are covered with thick fur to protect its feet in winter, and it is an excellent burrower which allows it to dig dens and warm itself against the arctic chill. In recent years, warmer temperatures have driven the arctic fox farther and farther north in search of more suitable, cooler habitat.

Sandra asks…

What are some good books to read for a 10 year old who is in a higher reading level?

I love Mysterys and Fablehaven

admin answers:


Have you read all of the Nancy Drew, Hardy Boys, Trixie Belden, and Boxcar Children Mysteries? Have you read all of the Encyclopedia Brown Mystery Stories?

Edith Nesbit:
The Railway Children
The Story of the Treasure Seekers

Kate DiCamillo:
Because of Winn-Dixie – A young girl discovers that a stray dog she takes in enables her to meet lots of interesting people in the small town she and her father now call home.
The Tale of Desperaux
The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane

N. D. Wilson:
Leepike Ridge – His father is dead and his mother is now dating a teacher he doesn’t like. He didn’t mean to run away from home, but things just happened. He has quite an adventure and discovers along the way some answers to questions he had not even asked.

E. L. Konigsburg:
From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler

Marguerite D’Angeli: The Door in the Wall
Mark Twain:
The Prince and the Pauper
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer – This classic story is based upon the author’s life and the lives of close friends in Hannibal, Missouri. Everyone should know about the cave and the infamous picket fence.

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn – Some people have attempted to ban this book because it uses a certain word we no longer consider acceptable. Rather than ignoring or re-writing history, perhaps it would be better to explain how attitudes have changed.

Albert Payson Terhune: Lad: A Dog
Anna Sewell:
Black Beauty – This story is told from the perspective of the horse! Caution: It will make you cry, but I highly recommend this book!

Enid Bagnold:
National Velvet – Velvet acquires a spirited horse and sets out to train it for the National Steeple Chase Race. However, her horse needs a jockey and females are not permitted to ride in the National.

Marguerite Henry:
Misty of Chincoteague – This is based upon a true story.
Stormy, Misty’s Foal
Justin Morgan Had a Horse

Wilson Rawls: Where the Red Fern Grows
Jack London:
The Call of the Wild
White Fang
The Sea Wolf

Rudyard Kipling:
Just So Stories
The Jungle Book

Fred Gipson: Old Yeller
Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings:
The Yearling – A young boy raises an orphaned fawn, but as the animal matures it becomes more and more of a problem for his family.

George Selden:
The Cricket in Times Square
Chester Cricket’s New Home

P. L. Travers (a.k.a. Pamela Lyndon Travers):
Mary Poppins
Mary Poppins Comes Back
Mary Poppins Opens the Door
Mary Poppins in the Park

James M. Barrie:
Peter Pan
Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson:
Peter and the Starcatchers
Peter and the Shadow Thieves
Peter and the Secret of Rundoon

L. Frank Baum:
The Wonderful Wizard of OZ
Lemony Snicket:
The Bad Beginning
The Reptile Room
The Wide Window
The Miserable Mill
The Austere Academy
The Ersatz Elevator
The Vile Village
The Hostile Hospital
The Carnivorous Carnival
The Slippery Slope
The Grim Grotto
The Penultimate Peril
The End

Tony Di Terlizzi and Holly Black:
The Spiderwick Chronicles: The Field Guide
The Spiderwick Chronicles: The Seeing Stone
The Spiderwick Chronicles: Lucinda’s Secret
The Spiderwick Chronicles: The Ironwood Tree
The Spiderwick Chronicles: The Wrath of Mulgarath

Norton Juster: The Phantom Tollbooth
Lewis Carroll:
Alice in Wonderland
Through the Looking Glass

Hugh Lofting:
The Story of Dr. Doolittle
The Voyages of Dr. Doolittle

Pene du Bois: Twenty-One Balloons
Kathryn Lindskoog and Ranelda Mack Hunsicker, eds.:
Faerie Gold: Treasures from the Lands of Enchantment

Roald Dahl:
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
James and the Giant Peach
The BFG (Big Friendly Giant)
The Twits
Esio Trot
George’s Marvelous Medicine
The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me
Fantastic Mr. Fox

Cornelia Funke:
Ingraine the Brave
Dragon Rider
The Thief Lord

Brandon Mull:
Rise of the Evening Star
Grip of the Shadow Plague

Katherine Paterson: Bridge to Terabithia
Carol Kendall:
The Gammage Cup (This was one of my favorites when I was young.)
The Whisper of Glocken

Eoin Colfer:
Artemis Fowl
The Arctic Incident
The Opal Deception
The Lost Colony

Andre Norton:
The Witch World
The Web of the Witch World
Three against the Witch World
Year of the Unicorn
Warlock of the Witch World
Dragon Scale Silver
Dream Smith
The Toads of Grimmerale
Spider Silk
Sword of Unbelief
Sarsthor’s Bane

Ursula K. LeGuin:
A Wizard of Earthsea
The Tombs of Atuan
The Farthest Shore
Tales from Earthsea
The Other Wind

Madeleine L’Engle:
A Wrinkle in Time
A Wind in the Door
A Swiftly Tilting Planet
Many Waters
An Acceptable Time

Howard Pyle:
Story of King Arthur and His Knights – There are several collections of stories about King Arthur.
The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood

Roger Lancelyn Green:
The Adventures of Robin Hood
King Arthur and His Knights of the Round Table

John Bunyan:
Dangerous Journey ( A beautifully illustrated edition of A Pilgrim’s Progress)

C. S. Lewis:
The 7 volume Chronicles of Narnia
The Magician’s Nephew
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
The Horse and His Boy
Prince Caspian
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
The Silver Chair
The Last Battle

J. R. R. Tolkien: The Hobbit
Jonathan Swift: Gulliver’s Travels
Daniel Defoe: Robinson Crusoe
Johann Wyss: Swiss Family Robinson

Robert Louis Stevenson:
Treasure Island

Jules Verne:
Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
Around the World in Eighty Days

Maud Hart Lovelace:
Betsy-Tacy Series – Website has a separate page with this list.

Laura Ingalls Wilder: Did you know that in addition to the books about Laura’s life there are books about her mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and daughter, Rose? Website below has a separate page which lists all of these.
Little House in the Big Woods
Little House in the Prairie
Farmer Boy – This is the story Laura wrote about her husband, Almanzo’s childhood in Malone, New York.

Johanna Spyri: Heidi
Frances Hodgson Burnett: The Secret Garden
Lucy Maud Montgomery: Anne of Green Gables
Louisa May Alcott: Little Women

Esther Forbes:
Johnny Tremain (From the Days just prior to the American Revolution)

Elizabeth George Speare:
The Witch of Blackbird Pond (From the time of the Salem Witch Trials)

James asks…

The American Economy – a ship at sea with a busted rudder and with a Captain who has no idea how to fix it?

…… and with absolutely no clue about navigation. Thoughts?

admin answers:

More like a Captain that throws the engineers that can fix it overboard and passes out margaritas to the passengers to make them unaware of the peril they are in.

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Your Questions About For Those In Peril On The Sea

March 30, 2013

Linda asks…

Why did God work miracles for Moses, Elijah, and Jesus? What is his purpose in miracles?

We know that as a rule, God does not intervene in human peril, whether to rescue those threatened by natural disasters like floods and tornadoes or those under attack by human killers. However, we have multiple attestations from reliable sources that God has intervened historically to part the sea, raise the dead, feed multitudes, walk on water, and heal the sick. Why did God intervene in these situations?

admin answers:

Usually God works miracles for a prophet in order to prove that this person really speaks for God.

Otherwise, anyone could just show up, give crazy commands, and be claiming to speak for God. How would you know who was telling the truth, and who was lying?


Deuteronomy 4:33-35
Has any other people heard the voice of God speaking out of fire, as you have, and lived? Has any god ever tried to take for himself one nation out of another nation, by testings, by miraculous signs and wonders, by war, by a mighty hand and an outstretched arm, or by great and awesome deeds, like all the things the LORD your God did for you in Egypt before your very eyes? You were shown these things so that you might know that the LORD is God; besides him there is no other.

John 3:1,2
There was a man named Nicodemus who was one of the Pharisees and an important Jewish leader. One night Nicodemus came to Jesus and said, “Teacher, we know you are a teacher sent from God, because no one can do the miracles you do unless God is with him.”

2 Corinthians 12:11-12
I ought to have been commended by you, for I am not in the least inferior to the “super-apostles,” even though I am nothing. The things that mark an apostle—signs, wonders and miracles—were done among you with great perseverance.

New International Version (NIV)
Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by Biblica

Lizzie asks…

Did Israel just start a ground offensive in the Gaza ?

Would you please join me in this prayer .

Prayer for the Welfare of Soldiers in the Israel Defense Forces

May He who blessed our fathers Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, bless the soldiers of the Israel Defense Forces who keep guard over our country and cities of our Lord from the border with Lebanon to the Egyptian desert and from the Mediterranean Sea to the approach to the Arava, be they on land, air or sea.

May the Almighty deliver us our enemies who arise against us, may the Holy One, blessed be He, preserve them and save them from all sorrow and peril, from danger and ill.

May He send blessing and success in all their endeavors, may He deliver to them those who hate us and crown them with salvation and victory, so that the saying may be fulfilled through them, “For the Lord, your God, who walks with you and to fight your enemies for you and to save you”, and let us say, Amen.

admin answers:

Amen Bro.

Donald asks…

Global Warming Is Planet Earth in Peril?

FOR the people of Tuvalu, a group of islands no more than 13 feet above sea level, global warming is, not abstract science, but “a daily reality,” says the Herald.* Thousands have already left the islands, and many more are preparing to go.

Meanwhile, Robert, who lives in Brisbane, Australia, can water his garden only on certain days, using a bucket—not a hose. And unless he goes to a car wash that recycles water, he can wash only parts of his car—mirrors, windows, and registration plates. Why such restrictions? Robert lives in a part of the country that is suffering from what has been called the worst drought in a century. Other areas are even worse off. Are the problems in Australia and Tuvalu evidence of global warming?

What Some Predict

Many believe that human activities are a major cause of global warming, which may have catastrophic consequences for the climate and the environment. For example, large-scale melting of land-based ice and the expansion of the oceans as water warms could cause sea levels to rise drastically. Low-lying islands such as Tuvalu could disappear, as could large parts of the Netherlands and Florida, to name just two other areas. Millions of people could be displaced from such places as Shanghai and Calcutta, as well as parts of Bangladesh.

At the same time, rising temperatures could intensify storms, floods, and droughts. In the Himalayas, disappearing glaciers—from areas that feed seven river systems—could cause shortages of freshwater for 40 percent of the world’s population. Also at risk are thousands of species of animals, including polar bears, whose hunting grounds are largely on the ice. Indeed, reports already indicate that many bears are losing weight and some are even starving.

Rising temperatures may also foster the spread of disease by enabling mosquitoes, ticks, and other disease-carrying organisms, including fungi, to spread farther afield. “The dangers posed by climate change are nearly as dire as those posed by nuclear weapons,” says the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. “The effects may be less dramatic in the short term . . . , but over the next three to four decades climate change could cause irremediable harm to the habitats upon which human societies depend for survival.” Adding an even more ominous note, some scientists believe that changes attributed to global warming are occurring faster than they had expected.

What are we to make of these predictions? Is life on earth really at a crossroads? Skeptics of global warming say that such dire predictions are groundless. Others are not sure. So, what is the truth? Is earth’s future—and ours—in peril

admin answers:

Is life on earth really at a crossroads?
Yes it is we have elected Obama a complete moron in a time where missiles could destroy life as we know it. We Americans are complete numb skulls for electing such a moron.
Do not forget to check the air in your tires.

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