Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Haggai 1:6

"Ye have sown much, and bring in little; ye eat, but ye have not enough; ye drink, but ye are not filled with drink; ye clothe you, but there is none warm; and he that earneth wages earneth wages to put it into a bag with holes."

The next verses give even more meaning to what has been described in verse 5. God says "consider your ways". I am used to that meaning in this context, that I'm not eating right, saving enough money, paying too much interest on debt, or unwilling to be satisfied with what I have. But in the book of Haggai, God explains to the people that he has put a curse upon them. In verse 9 he says

"Ye looked for much, and lo it came to little; and when ye brought it home, I did blow upon it. Why? saith the Lord of hosts. Because of mine house that is waste, and ye run every man unto his own house."

It does seem true, that men run to their own houses nowadays, or first. God's house lies waste. Sure there are exceptions or places where this is not true. Maybe in your home. But it is surely true for me. I don't go to church, not finding churches that quite match up with me. That is not what the book of Haggai is about. It states it in just two chapters, but very plainly. God says it as a question in verse 4:

Is it time for you, O ye, to dwell in your cieled houses, and this house lie waste?

In verse 2 he suggests that "the people" are just making an excuse, by saying

"The time is not come, the time that the Lord's house should be built."

By verse 14 all is resolved and the people are working in the house of the Lord. Chapter 2 makes promises to the people, for building the Lord's house, that peace will be given there and the glory of the house will be greater than the one which came before it.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

1909 Dayton, Ohio Directory

1909 Dayton, Ohio Directory

Aletta- came across this in an old directory. Aletta Van Wie was a teacher in Dayton, Ohio.

Celina - a spelling of Selena found in a 1909 directory for Dayton, Ohio. Wife of Matthew Van Ostrand (hmm, a relative of Frank Van Ostrand?)

Isora - lady in a 1909 Dayton, Ohio directory, wife of William H. Van Riper. 
Linnie - name of a saleslady in a 1909 Dayton, Ohio directory. Linnie H. Van Skaik.

Phillice- an unusual spelling of Phyllis I came across in a 1909 directory for Dayton, Ohio. She was the wife of Frank Van Ostrand, painter.



Pretty Font

Love this font that I found in an old directory for Dayton, Ohio.

The fellow did motorcycle and bicycle repairing.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Joseph Corrodon Kingsbury


I'm not sure how Joseph Corrodon Kingsbury is related to Nancy Kingsbury (who married Caleb Baldwin). But I'm sure they are related. Her husband Caleb recorded another famous revelation in Mormon Scripture, received by Joseph Smith in Liberty Jail. Her father was Judge James Kingsbury and she was likewise from the same part of Ohio.  

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Names That are Food for Thought this Thursday

 Perhaps you have heard of Scheherezade, the beautiful princess who tells a tale to the sultan that lasts 1,001
 Nights (the story, or stories, really, are often just called the Arabian Nights). She tells the story in such a way in order to preserve her life, as this sultan has the habit of killing his wife after his first night with her. Scheherezade, though, has better luck than most due to her clever storytelling that preserves her life. Well, here is a little feast of Babylonian names, and perhaps they will help give insight into the rather long and complicated name of Scheherezade.


A ha zu nu - Babylonian, meaning "their sister".

Aja ku zu ub ma tim - Babylonian, meaning "Aja is the splendor of the country".

E li e ri za - Babylonian, meaning "exalted is her planter".


A mur be li -  Babylonian, meaning "I saw my lord".

Di nam ili  - Babylonian, meaning "Judge, my God".

E a ra bi - Babylonian, meaning "Ea is great" (Ea is a Babylonian god).

Ha li lum- Babylonian, meaning "friend".

Ib ni shu ilu shu- Babylonian, meaning "His god has created him".