This past week museum personnel dismantled our Apollo 11 exhibit. Really, there were not a lot of items. We displayed a souvenir edition of Life Magazine, the premier photo journal of the day. Additionally, several local citizens donated newspapers covering the mission. We also received several collectables made by the Bradford Exchange that they had marketed heavily at the time. We also looked on the internet to see if there were any items available that a local collector might be interested in purchasing for loan/gift to the museum. It turns out, most of the historical items a museum might be interested in were left at Tranquility Base.

Ecclesiastes has a great deal to say to every generation including mine. The author of Ecclesiastes does not name himself, but the description he gives of himself leaves us with only one logical conclusion: Solomon. The book opens by declaring itself to be the words of a particular person with a particular title. This Hebrew title is used of this one person only and it is only found in Ecclesiastes. It is used seven times in Ecclesiastes. The various versions of the Bible have translated it only two ways: The Teacher or The Preacher. Various dictionaries have agreed that it refers to the person who calls the religious assembly together and then addresses the assembly. In fact, this word is the title of the book. Ecclesiastes is the Greek translation of this Hebrew word.

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On display in your Vanishing Texana Museum is a gift from Pat and Jim Harris of Jacksonville. It’s a very unusual (and valuable) ice cream scoop manufactured by the ICYPI Company. The device measures about 11” in length and the scoop portion measures almost 3 ½” long by 2 ½” wide and ½” thick. But before we can tell you its story, we need to bring everyone up to date with a short history of ice cream itself.

God asks an interesting question in verse 10, “An excellent wife, who can find?” NASU Verse 10 begins a poem that ends with verse 31. This poem lists in great detail many wonderful qualities which if practiced would result in producing an excellent wife, whose worth would be far above jewels.

One can’t miss all the excitement surrounding the 50th anniversary of man’s first steps on the moon. Unless you were there, one might think that was all that was going on. I was in college in Southern California in 1969 and, although the moon voyage was an incredible event to witness, the summer of 1969 was full of other memorable events.

Oh, the questions God asks. I am thoroughly enjoying our trip through the Bible examining our Maker’s questions. Proverbs 27:4 says, “Wrath is cruel and anger a torrent, But who is able to stand before jealousy?” (NKJV) The two phrases describe two different individuals. Neither is right. Each is guilty of wrong attitudes and almost certainly guilty of wrong actions. By the way, each one of us could be an example of either of them at any given time in our lives. The person who is full of wrath will be intense, fierce, and cruel. That is bad for everyone around. That person presents a very real danger to the object of his anger and others unlucky enough to be in the vicinity. However, the one full of wrath, with anger flooding out in an overwhelming torrent, is likely to make his intentions known. Thus, the object of his anger will see him coming, which gives him a chance to make himself scarce or protect himself. It also gives others a chance to talk some sense into him. Often, this cruel, intense, fierce, torrential anger will play itself out relatively quickly. This type of emotion simply cannot be maintained for an extended time.

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Carolyn Reilly Livingston was born June 13, 1952 to Philip and Faye Kersh in Jackson, Mississippi. She was raised in Memphis, Tennessee and attended Memphis State University. She married Larry Livingston on February 24, 1997 in Rockwall, Texas. They owned and operated Air Max Heating and Air…

Carolyn Reilly Livingston was born June 13, 1952 to Philip and Faye Kersh in Jackson, Mississippi. She was raised in Memphis, Tennessee and attended Memphis State University. She married Larry Livingston on February 24, 1997 in Rockwall, Texas. They owned and operated Air Max Heating and Air…