Happy Pi Day 2015 – Celebrating 3.1415926

Pi day is celebrated each year on March 14th

This year I asked the question online who discovered pi and found there was no easy answer.  It has been an unfolding revelation through the ages as people have taken it to more and more places usually when they had nothing better to do and later letting computers do it for them.  If you want to read more about all that here is a wikipedia link to get started, but Archimedes is mentioned early on and Sir Isaac Newton also.  However, no one person seems to get the credit for the ‘discovery’.

The first recorded algorithm for rigorously calculating the value of π was a geometrical approach using polygons, devised around 250 BC by the Greek mathematician Archimedes.[30]

Isaac Newton used infinite series to compute π to 15 digits, later writing “I am ashamed to tell you to how many figures I carried these computations”.[52]

On Facebook, my friend Joseph Hebert pointed out that this is a very special year for pi day as you look at the opening digits you will see that we have a special instant.  Wonder if that is AM or PM?

“…But this time there will be a pi instant.

3.14.15 9:26:53.5897…

There will be an instant between 09:26:53 and 09:26:54 that will be the perfect pi moment.”

Mathematical Pi Song here >>>

My First Pi day post from 2011 here >>>

Have a pi moment today.  Have a piece of pie to celebrate.  

Happy Pi Day!

Favorite Pies for Pi Day

 

  

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Snowing Seriously

I thank Susan White for singing this song for me through the years.

As I was watching the snowflakes fall recently, I heard her singing it in my spirit.  I always tear up when I hear this song or even just think about it.  I take that as a good thing, a soft spirit turned toward the Lord in the moment.  I share it with you in the hopes that it ministers to you as well!  Turn your eyes to Him and watch the snowflakes fall in your heart~

 

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I once read in a poem, when snow covers the earth

That it hides the world’s scars and gives nature new birth

And they say when a man turns from sin to the Lord,

That forgiveness like snow covers him evermore.

 

CHORUS

And somewhere it’s snowing, see the soft drifting downsnowflake1

As the snowflakes surrender to the hardening ground.

Like the good grace of Jesus that now covers our sins.

In the kingdom of heaven, it’s snowing again.

 

smowflake2And it’s told that the angels lift their hearts and rejoice

When one traveler turns homeward from his way to the Lord’s.

If somewhere someone’s turning, he’s given his all

Then God’s grace, like snow, is beginning to fall.

 

CHORUS   And somewhere it’s snowing, see the soft drifting downsnowflake3

As the snowflakes surrender to the hardening ground.

Like the good grace of Jesus that now covers our sins.

In the kingdom of heaven, it’s snowing again.

 

Author: Katrina Rae via The Lyric Archive

http://www.thelyricarchive.com/song/3172586-507541/Somewhere-It’s-Snowing#

You can listen and download here >>>

 

Recommended Reading: A Government of Wolves by John W. Whitehead

Forced Blood Draws, DNA Collection and Biometric Scans: What Country Is This?

By John W. Whitehead 
February 24, 2015

The Fourth Amendment was designed to stand between us and arbitrary governmental authority. For all practical purposes, that shield has been shattered, leaving our liberty and personal integrity subject to the whim of every cop on the beat, trooper on the highway and jail official. The framers would be appalled.”—Herman Schwartz, The Nation

Our freedoms—especially the Fourth Amendment—are being choked out by a prevailing view among government bureaucrats that they have the right to search, seize, strip, scan, spy on, probe, pat down, taser, and arrest any individual at any time and for the slightest provocation.

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Forced cavity searches, forced colonoscopies, forced blood draws, forced breath-alcohol tests, forced DNA extractions, forced eye scans, forced inclusion in biometric databases—these are just a few ways in which Americans are being forced to accept that we have no control over what happens to our bodies during an encounter with government officials.

You may obtain the book online via Amazon.com (click on the pic).

See the rest of the commentary online here >>>

Washington County Republican Delegates – Does this letter answer your questions?

OK_GOP_seal2-150x150You’re receiving this email because you are among those designated to serve as delegates to the 2015 Washington County County convention. Attached is a letter addressing a few questions which have arisen regarding the precinct meeting and delegate nomination process.

Mark Keesling
Washington County Republican Party State Committeeman
Received via email February 7th sent to Sandra Crosnoe
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January 29th, 2015

To all Washington County Republican Delegates,

This letter is being sent to clarify some questions regarding the 2015 Washington County precinct meeting.  As a result of information submitted via forms filled out at the Washington County precinct meeting held 1/20/2015, or for those unable to attend the precinct meeting, subsequently submitted by the midnight of 1/24/2015 deadline, you have been submitted as a delegate to the Washington County Convention, scheduled for 2/21/2015.  Registration will be from 12 noon to 1:30 pm at the Elks Lodge, 1060 Swan Dr. in Bartlesville. State party form B-6 states that such information is due

“by February 15, 2015 (or as determined by the County Chairman)”.

In this case, the county chairman determined the deadline to be 1/24/2015 to provide ample time for processing of the resulting delegate and platform information before the county convention.

Given the following passage from state form A-2:

“Some (counties) meet as one county-wide event and others meet in zones or by State House District.  OKGOP State Party Rule (SPR) 16(a) gives authority to the County Executive Committee to set the location of the Precinct Meetings where they think best for their county.”,

and given,Washington County’s decision for the precincts to meet “as one county-wide event”, the packets were distributed at that meeting and the advertising for this meeting was done by the County Executive Committee.

The Washington County Republican Executive Committee

Grace Farmer                        Dan Wimberly                        Todd Mathes

John Kahre                        Joe Beffer                        Mike Dunlap

Nolan Jones                        Alex Schuettenberg            John Ford

Peggy Dau                        Dorothy Nunley            Earl Sears

Debbie Cook                        Rick Silver                        Travis Dunlap

Mark Keesling                       Jill Sptitzer                        Mitch Antle

Denny Garrison            Marjorie Parrish            Gale Kane

Julie Daniels                       Brad Johnson                        Kevin Buchanan

References:

2015 Official Call for Oklahoma Republican State Convention April 11

Oklahoma Republican Party Rules 2013 – link from OKGOP website (pdf format)

 

The Results are in for Washington County Precinct Chairs — on to the County Convention

Meeting held at Elks Lodge in Bartlesville January 20th.  Several people tried to attend but were unable to find the building.  There are also some issues with how the meeting was called and if enough advance notice was given.  I have made a formal verbal (but witnessed) request to the chair for a copy of the executive committee members.  Another precinct chair has made a written request for the minutes of the executive committee meetings.  We’ll see what is produced and if it is done so timely.  It appears that Mike Dunlap plans to run for chair at the county convention.  That seems like a bit of a conflict of interest to me because he already holds an elective office.  It remains to be seen if the grassroots will permit such a thing to occur.

Anyway you may be able to add your name to the county convention list by contacting your precinct chair and letting them know of your interest so that they can turn your name in.  There is some discussion over the appropriate cutoff for that to occur, but suffice it to say if you don’t ask it sure won’t happen!

Apparently all the committees were set without input from the county committee once again, because we haven’t met in ages.  If I find out who is chairing the committees and when they are meeting I will let you know.  Right now it appears a precinct chair doesn’t need to know that information in this county.

Here are the results of the precinct officer selections from our meetings this week.

Washington County GOP Precinct Officers 2015

Washington County Republican Convention:

The Washington County Republican Party Convention will also be held at the Elks Lodge on February 21st with registration starting at 12 noon.

(Elks Lodge Address: 1060 Swan Drive, Bartlesville, OK 74006)  Be sure you do a practice run on finding this if you don’t know because the name isn’t on the building and the street isn’t labeled, but a longtime resident will have no problem.  I sure hope we get better at welcoming newcomers and making things easier and following the rules and keeping things grassroots not top-down.  Ah well, I can dream can’t I?!

 

Information below from previous post about precinct meetings.  

Additional links and references that may be of interest.

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Washington County Precinct Map in Oklahoma:

Washington County PCT Map

 

Here is another way to find your precinct information:  Voter registration info – polling place and more

I got an email from one of the party officers the other day that our meetings in Washington County have been scheduled.  Here are the meeting details; and remember you must be registered Republican to participate in the Republican party meetings:

The Washington County Republican Party will be holding their Biennial Precinct Meetings on Tuesday January 20th at 7 pm at the Elks Lodge in Bartlesville,  OK.  (Elks Lodge Address: 1060 Swan Drive, Bartlesville, OK 74006)

The Washington County Republican Party Convention will also be held at the Elks Lodge on February 21st with registration starting at 12 noon.

The party rules are here>>>

The party platform is here>>>

If you plan to bring resolutions to submit for consideration, please bring at least 3 copies!

Sandra Crosnoe

Washington County Republican Precinct Chair – Precinct 28

 

References:  The Official Call for the 2015 Oklahoma Republican Party State Convention

Sample OKGrassroots Resolutions from previous years here — and more!

Publishing Books with Jesse C. Jones – The Path to Holiness

Many years ago, I met Jesse C. Jones and his lovely young family in Pasadena Texas.  I grew up there and went to school there…..

Years later we reconnected and I discovered that he was writing books.  His first was self published and is available in print via Amazon.com here>>>.

Jones Jesse - The Path to Holiness 51WTu1l88BL._SL500_AA300_My review of this his first book is online there and below here:

When I was growing up in Pasadena Texas, my parents met the Lord in a life changing way and were friends with the author of this book. They established a bible study for the children of the adults getting to know the Lord and studying the Word together. We met in the ‘upper room’ at Jesse’s house and we studied so we could grow in the knowledge of Jesus and His Word. I have a lot of love and a depth of gratitude to this author for helping guide me to the Lord at an early age.

I am so glad he has written this book. It is like none other that you have read — probably because Jesse is an engineer rather than a story teller. It is not a long book, but it is dense with scripture; some printed out for you and more references to take you as deep as you want to go with each chapter. I have suggested to Jesse that it would be perfect to provide online for small groups to use as guidance for bible studies. It is both foundational and for the believer who wants to go deeper. Isn’t the Word like that though?

I marvel that eternity may not be long enough to get to know our Creator! It is like an expanding understanding whether you go outward or inward. Time and dimensions seem to expand and contract as needed as we move in Him. I marvel at both the complexity and the simplicity of the Gospel.

One other thing that is very special about this book is the way Jesse had it published and what he does with the proceeds. He self published and any profits go to help a food bank in his community. So read the book and bless your life and a local community as well. What a roll model for us all! Thank you Jesse for oh so many things. May the Lord bless this effort in ways beyond your comprehension~

This author has more books available online via my Scribd account there (scrosnoe). They are free and downloadable and sharable too! One of she latest ones is discussed here […] and it talks about one of the bible teachers sent to this author in the early days of his spiritual development. My family was on that journey with him so it is a very precious story to me.

 

Jesse Jones Books Available Master 2015

Since then and in the past couple of years, Jesse has written a series of books available online and free to download.  We have been honored to have Rex Morache, a gifted graphic artist, provide many of the covers — each one special and timely.

I hope to be doing a series of articles on these books but for now if you want to explore on your own, here is the link to all of them available on scribd >>>.

You can read them online and/or download and print.  I believe they would make good study guides for home bible study groups because they are so dense with scripture references.  You decide what works best for you and share freely as we have here.

It has been an honor to help make this work available to all!

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What Does a Precinct Look Like and Do You Know Your Chair?

Full disclosure for those of you reading this who do not know me:  I am a Republican, so this is from a Republican perspective, but having said that, some things apply to both parties. Find out more if you are interested and get involved in your local community.

So here is what the Washington County Precinct Map in Oklahoma looks like:

Washington County PCT Map

 

Once you figure out your precinct, then you can find out who your precinct chair is — well you could if the party in Washington County had a website and shared that kind of information…. or if the state GOP published party officers at the precinct level.  But sadly not there either.  Here is the best I know based on the biennial meeting in 2013 and some special efforts that I went through to publish the names at the time:  Washington County Republican Precinct Leaders (2013).

Here is another way to find your precinct information:  Voter registration info – polling place and more

I got an email from one of the party officers the other day that our meetings in Washington County have been scheduled.  Here are the meeting details; and remember you must be registered Republican to participate in the Republican party meetings:

The Washington County Republican Party will be holding their Biennial Precinct Meetings on Tuesday January 20th at 7 pm at the Elks Lodge in Bartlesville,  OK.  (Elks Lodge Address: 1060 Swan Drive, Bartlesville, OK 74006)

The Washington County Republican Party Convention will also be held at the Elks Lodge on February 21st with registration starting at 12 noon.

The party rules are here>>>

The party platform is here>>>

If you plan to bring resolutions to submit for consideration, please bring at least 3 copies!

Sandra Crosnoe

Washington County Republican Precinct Chair – Precinct 28

 

References:  The Official Call for the 2015 Oklahoma Republican Party State Convention

Sample OKGrassroots Resolutions from previous years here — and more!

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