Wednesday’s Gumbo: 5 Things You Need to Know

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And, it’s back!

That savory, eclectic collection of all things interesting…to me, at least.  It’s Wednesday’s Gumbo…and like that wonderful Cajun creation, this post has 5 things you need to know.

A Bad Case of Chiggers

I recently walked a piece of property to see if it would be a good place to hunt.  It was good to get outside and enjoy the beauty of God’s creation…the rolling hills, the variety of trees and plants, the deer, and even a few hawks.

Problem is, God also created chiggers.  For what reason, I know not.  But, I currently possess 1.72 million red, itching bumps on my body that are driving me absolutely insane.

When I was a kid, my mom put nail polish on each bump in an effort to smother the chigger that had burrowed into my skin.  From the intense burning that accompanied the application of the nail polish, it had to be working, right?

Seems that’s not the case.  Here’s why.

For decades, outdoorsmen have believed chiggers burrow under the skin to feed on blood, and the only way to kill them and treat the rash-like trail of bumps they leave behind is to smother them with nail-polish-type treatments. These axioms just aren’t true.

Like ticks, red bugs hitch a ride from their perch on grasses and bushes onto your clothing when you brush by them as you walk. Then they travel to places on your skin which are moist and warm. Areas around the waist band of pants or tops of socks are two favored resting sites. Once in position, the redbug inserts its mouth parts into the skin which lightly attaches the chigger to your body. The chigger then injects a digestive fluid into the skin which breaks down the cellular tissue. The skin around the bite hardens in reaction to the digestive fluids creating a tube through which the redbug feeds on the liquefied skin tissue.

As soon as you scratch the area where the chigger injected the fluid, the redbug is rubbed off the skin. It’s the presence of the feeding tube and continued itching and swelling left behind by the chigger that causes many people to believe the chigger is still burrowed under the skin.

So, next time I go on a walk-about outdoors, I’ll remember to use bug repellant.  And, a quick shower afterwards would help, too.  But, I’ll stay away from the nail polish!

Cheaters Never Win

arodIn July, we traveled to Ft. Myers, FL, to play in a baseball tournament with my son, Penn.  On the way, we stopped in Tampa for a great meal at the Columbia Restaurant in Ybor City, and then decided to go see the Yankees spring training facility.  It’s also the site where their high A team, the Tampa Yankees play.  We were able to watch the team workout as they prepared for their game that night against the Bradenton Bucs.

After their workout, the team left the field, and we heard rumors that Alex Rodriguez would be coming out for a brief workout.  He was there as part of his rehabilitation from injury.  His workout was quite impressive, especially the batting practice rounds.  Here’s a video I took:

Unless you live under a rock, you know that Rodriguez, or ARod, is currently appealing a suspension from Major League Baseball because of his involvement with Biogenesis, a Miami-based clinic that distributed performance-enhancing drugs to professional athletes.  ARod will lose his appeal and the millions of dollars he stands to get from his baseball contracts.  He’ll also lose any place in the baseball Hall of Fame that he might have been honored with in the years to come.

One thing I noticed about ARod as I watched him take batting practice…he was a “man among men.”  After watching the 20-somethings practice earlier, it was clearly evident that ARod was physically larger and stronger.  And, the baseballs he hit that sailed out over the fence gave proof that he was on a different level.  And this, from a 38 year-old athlete that should be in the physical twilight of his career.

The commentary from 17 year-old baseball players watching, whose aspirations are to play baseball in the years ahead, indicated that they clearly noticed the effects of steroids.  Hopefully, the shame that will accompany the use of PED’s in the months to come will be noticed more.

Want to Change Your Life?  Join a Choir

choirI heard this interesting commentary the other day on the radio.  In the interview “Imperfect Harmony: How Singing with Others Changes Your Life,” we hear proof that singing, and singing with others, is a benefit to your health and  life.

Grace Has Come: Songs from the Book of Romans

Sovereign Grace Music recently released a new album, Grace Has Come: Songs from the Book of Romans.  It’s gracehascomedescribed as an “attempt to reflect some of the the glorious eternal truths found in Paul’s letter to the Romans. In the midst of our rebellion, desperation, and longing, grace has come to us in Jesus Christ.”  Bob Kauflin, the director of Sovereign Grace Music, gives insight into the collection of songs, both as a whole and individually, in his blog post here.  I encourage you to listen to these songs and use them for edification and worship.


griffinMy son, Griffin, had the pleasure of playing for the West Virginia Miners in the Prospect League this summer.  It’s a wood-bat league comprised of players from all levels of college baseball and gives them the opportunity to hone their skills in a variety of settings.  They started in May andminers finished a couple of weeks ago, playing over 60 games.  The bus rides and the grind of playing the game every day can be tough.  Yet, his host family and the entire Miner organization made Griff’s experience a great one he’ll never forget.

Griff’s team did well.  They won the Prospect League Championship.  And, Griff had the game-winning RBI hit in the 11th inning.  It was a fitting finish to a great summer.

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