Ang Parol ni TATAY

17 July 2007

Sunset view from my western window (Starburst effect by Corel PhotoPaint).

Pasensya na po uli at ingles ito. Hayaan nyo muna, tutal maiksi lang ito. Hindi kayo magsisisi, pramis.

Ito ay isang artikulo hango sa 2003 Christmas Edition ng Our Daily Bread na pinamagatang “The Gift of Christmas” ng Radio Bible Class Ministries, Grand Rapids, MI 49555-0001

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The Star in the Window

by Martin R. De Haan

During World War II it was the custom in the United States for a family who had a son serving in the military to place a star in the front window of their home. A gold star indicated that the son had died in support of his country’s cause.

Years ago, Sir Harry Lauder told a touching story about this custom. He said that one night a man was walking down a New York City street accompanied by his 5-year-old son. The little fellow was interested in the brightly lighted windows of the houses and wanted to know why some houses had a star in the window. The father explained that those families had a son fighting in the war. The child would clap his hands as he saw another star in the window and would cry out, “Look, Daddy, there’s another family who gave a son for his country.”

At last they came to an empty lot, and a break in the row of houses. Through the gap a star could be seen shining brightly in the sky. The little lad caught his breath, “Oh, Daddy,” he cried, “Look at the star in the window of heaven! God must have given His Son too.”

Yes indeed! There is a star in God’s window. Do you realize what He did for you? Because of God’s love for us, He gave His Son, Jesus Christ (Ephesians 2:4). Have you thanked Him?

For God so loved the world, He gave His only Son

To die on Calvary’s tree, from sin to set me free;

Someday He’s coming back, what glory that will be!

Wonderful HIS love to me. — Smith

(Copyright Renewal 1966 Singspiration, Inc.)

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O, ano na kaibigan? … ‘Dumugo ba ang ilong’ mo sa english nito? 😆 Hayaan mo na… Siya nga ibinuhos ang LAHAT NG DUGO alang-alang sa IYO.

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Many give their lives for their country,

But Jesus gave his life for the world.

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“ For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son,

that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

(John 3:16)

“ For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith —

and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God — not by works,

so that no one can boast.”

(Ephesians 2:8-9)

Baog na daga

NOTE: Gusto kong ipaalala yung unang post ko kaninang umaga — Si Lolo at si Lola baka lang hindi nyo pa nababasa. May pikyur duon ng “taong-bundok” 😀

Ispidbol (♂)

One may consider Ispidbol (Speedball) as a sterile hamster. But this is far from the truth.

Technically speaking, neither Ispidbol nor Teepee (his wife) is infertile or sterile. They just failed to sire offspring on their first and second matings — and that I decided to stop aiming further for a third. The reasons may be as simple as to control my hamsters’ birth rate, to as much complex a reason unknown to non-hammie-lovers. That is what I am going to talk about.

I read from my internet surfing that in-breeding, or mating closely related individuals (maski pala sa hayop) is not advisable. Babies are more likely to die young immediately after birth resulting to less number per litter. Resulting breeds tend to be less smart (daw), smaller, have ‘undesirable’ physical appearance, sickly and have a shorter lifespan. This I learned just recently — after breeding up to almost the 7th generation!

Well… Less number per litter may be an advantage considering their fast population growth. But the poor babies who die… never mind the ‘advantage’; I have to stay away from ‘impractical breeding’.

One hamster expert in flickr commented that it is even possible for unborn babies “being absorbed back into their mother whilst they are still in the womb” (this is her exact words). Meron palang ganun?

Yes, I think this is true. Because I remember Teepee’s tummy has grown big on her second mating with Ispidbol. Obviously she was pregnant. Sixteen days had passed but no sign of babies nor blood. Her tummy just went back to its normal size after a few days. Ibang klase! But I am happy she didn’t die like the elder Beria and the younger Beria-girdel.

Considering their skills and talents, I can say that my hammies are all smart, tamable, and trainable. Not one is a moron or retarded. It’s just that I see the “pay-offs” of in-breeding in the smaller body-built and the not-so-good fur coats of most of my long-haired males. But whatever, I love all my hamsters, of course.

Incidence of illness, I think, is a matter of how you foresee the possibility of it and how you respond quickly to it just in case it strikes. Lifespan? It’s just the same — two years on the average — just the same as when I had started caring for this family since 2003. But anyway, I learned a lot. This time I have to breed very carefully.

So what is my declaration? Ispidbol is not sterile! No, not even his wife. 😀 Walang baog sa daga ko, ‘no!

Okey. Watch Ispidbol’s video. Yun malimit na “ahehe” ko wag kayo mapikon. Hintayin nyo sa huling part nitong video kung ano sound ng “ahehe” na yun. Ahehe!

Ispidbol in “Bulwagang Bitoy” (Bitoy Hall, 31 Oct 2007)

Ispidbol is a fourth generation hamster. He is the current occupant and steward of the Bulwagang Bitoy. 😆 He is so far the only tenant who does not chew the woodwork of the Hall.

Ispidbol’s the most “nosey” of all my hammies. When I hold him close to my face, he stretches his body to smell my nose. Kung minsan nga didilaan pa.

In his ‘golden days’, Ispidbol is still enjoying an active retirement.

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