St. Patrick’s Shield

I am not Catholic but find renewed inner strengths after reading this out loud.  Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

 

I arise today
Through a mighty strength, the invocation of the Trinity,
Through belief in the Threeness,
Through confession of the Oneness
of the Creator of creation.

I arise today
Through the strength of Christ’s birth with His baptism,
Through the strength of His crucifixion with His burial,
Through the strength of His resurrection with His ascension,
Through the strength of His descent for the judgment of doom.

I arise today
Through the strength of the love of cherubim,
In the obedience of angels,
In the service of archangels,
In the hope of resurrection to meet with reward,
In the prayers of patriarchs,
In the predictions of prophets,
In the preaching of apostles,
In the faith of confessors,
In the innocence of holy virgins,
In the deeds of righteous men.

I arise today, through
The strength of heaven,
The light of the sun,
The radiance of the moon,
The splendor of fire,
The speed of lightning,
The swiftness of wind,
The depth of the sea,
The stability of the earth,
The firmness of rock.

I arise today, through
God’s strength to pilot me,
God’s might to uphold me,
God’s wisdom to guide me,
God’s eye to look before me,
God’s ear to hear me,
God’s word to speak for me,
God’s hand to guard me,
God’s shield to protect me,
God’s host to save me
From snares of devils,
From temptation of vices,
From everyone who shall wish me ill,
afar and near.

I summon today
All these powers between me and those evils,
Against every cruel and merciless power
that may oppose my body and soul,
Against incantations of false prophets,
Against black laws of pagandom,
Against false laws of heretics,
Against craft of idolatry,
Against spells of witches and smiths and wizards,
Against every knowledge that corrupts man’s body and soul;
Christ to shield me today
Against poison, against burning,
Against drowning, against wounding,
So that there may come to me an abundance of reward.

Christ with me,
Christ before me,
Christ behind me,
Christ in me,
Christ beneath me,
Christ above me,
Christ on my right,
Christ on my left,
Christ when I lie down,
Christ when I sit down,
Christ when I arise,
Christ in the heart of every man who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me,
Christ in every eye that sees me,
Christ in every ear that hears me.

[Note that people sometimes pray a shorter version of this prayer just with these 15 lines about Christ above. The conclusion follows below.]

I arise today
Through a mighty strength, the invocation of the Trinity,
Through belief in the Threeness,
Through confession of the Oneness
of the Creator of creation.

*St. Patrick’s Breastplate is a popular prayer attributed to one of Ireland’s most beloved patron saints. According to tradition, St. Patrick wrote it in 433 A.D. for divine protection before successfully converting the Irish King Leoghaire and his subjects from paganism to Christianity. (The term breastplate refers to a piece of armor worn in battle.)

More recent scholarship suggests its author was anonymous. In any case, this prayer certainly reflects the spirit with which St. Patrick brought our faith to Ireland! St. Patrick’s Breastplate, also known as The Lorica of Saint Patrick was popular enough to inspire a hymn based on this text as well. (This prayer has also been called The Cry of the Deer.)

Eulogy for Ronald Bayliss

We are here to celebrate the life of Ronald Walter Bayliss, who was hardworking and steadfast in pursuit of his life’s ambitions. Yet he was kind, honest and trusting, and I am incredibly lucky, blessed even, and proud to say that Ronald Bayliss was my father.
The most memorable and happy times I remember of course were weekends at Penn State football games. Cool fresh air, the buzz from the crowds of people, the smell of steak sizzling on the grill, cold beer. And of course Penn State Football! Whenever someone got the ball I can still hear my father yelling “run you rascal!”

Weekends when the games were not at Beaver Stadium, my father would be hard at work on a home renovation project.

Over the course of his adult life he bought and sold homes, each one coming with bigger rehabs, and lucky for us better neighborhoods. [Apologies, cousin Janet, this was not a dig against Whitehouse Sta.!]

He was a whirlwind of action sometimes even working nights during the week. And true to fashion even after those late nights he was ready and left for work early the next morning.
Apparently he always had a new car for his commute to work. When we lived in Whitehouse Station, New Jersey. I remember the neighbor lady asking him “Ron, don’t you ever keep a car more than a year?” I guess it helped to have a brother in the business! At 8 years old I was just happy to get to ride in big boys toys, mine could only be pushed around the yard!

At the time he worked for Bowen Engineering and I remember the annual company picnics. Tons of other kids my own age and lots of activities just for us kids. It was a lot of fun. I could tell the boss man really liked my father, he paid him a lot of attention. Unbeknownst to me they were already making money from my father’s spray dryer designs.
Some years passed and we moved to East Whitehouse, NJ. where he started right away, again with the home renovations. He certainly had an eye for what could be done. This house gained a 2nd floor master bedroom with a walk in closet and bathroom. What I remember of the commuter cars at that time is there was just one. A 1961 Mercedes-Benz 190SL. He drove it to the train station on his commute to New York City after joining Koch Engineering. This sadly is when he started to go on long business trips, but he always brought us great gifts from Germany or China or from whatever far away place he would disappear to and return from.

Not the RWB’s

Even after we moved to Reaville, he commuted with that “hot rod”  for anumber of years. He finally took it off the road (that’s when I would take it for a spin around the block when no one was home to stop me)! Eventually it sold to a collector from Germany who wanted it restored.

It was the mid ‘70’s and Reaville would be the last home we all lived in together and it would be my father’s largest undertaking eventually working on every room, adding an addition and mastering some structural challenges. All the while his career was taking off. Companies took notice when his spray dryer designs actually made better products. In spite of the traveling, the weeknight renovations, the weekend football games, motor-homes, a wife and two teenage kids.

Ron Bayliss quit his job to start his own business. And even while launching a new business the renovations would continue including a complete gut of the old home’s kitchen.

I see a cousin or two here who instrumentally helped my father raise and set in place giant hand-hewed beams to create an exposed beam ceiling in the kitchen. It turned out beautiful.

His company, Bayliss Industries was profitable and we all enjoyed, we were lucky, to enjoy my father’s successes. Especially me, when he helped start my career by giving me a job. The skills and notably the work ethic I gleaned from working with him those ten years continue to support me today long after the company was sold.

But wait, there’s more. He was hired as Director of Engineering for the Davison  Chemical Div. of WR Grace. Eventually they awarded a German company, Trema Verfahrenstechnik, a big contract for an environmental control system under the condition they open an office in the United States to manage the project.

My father got me an interview with the Germans, and upon my hire Trema North America was born. For the following 2 years my father was now my customer! The project went well and Trema Germany made a lot of money. They decided to keep the office open and go after more business in the US. My contract position was now a full time job. To get started we needed a chemical engineer. The owner asked me if I thought my dad would be a good engineer. Are you kidding? Who else do you know actually uses a slide rule? If you gave him a marker and a white-board he’d turn into a mad-scientist scribbling equations. And these spray dryers? He’s the world’s expert. They hired him!

A match made in heaven. My father could design and sell spray dryers along with the needed environmental systems as a packaged set. The company grew and was profitable. After a few years though we were at odds with our parent company. Of course my dad did what any good American businessman would do. He bought them out, and Bayliss Technologies was born. I then had the pleasure to continue working with my dad for nearly another 10 prosperous years.

The final year, however was tumultuous. We had just landed the biggest job of all time. A huge spray dryer and all the needed environmental equipment as part of a 100 million dollar contaminated waste disposal facility, in Texas. This one job could carry the company for over a year and it was going well, until a little problem arose which became insurmountable.

You see, the project was funded by the Superfund, a US federal government program to fund the cleanup of toxic waste. In our day, it was managed by then vice president Al Gore, you know the guy who invented the internet?
When Mr Gore got into hot water over alleged misuse of Superfund money,  funding to many projects was cut, including the project in Texas which it crippled and then halted progress completely. Many small to medium sized businesses lost their business because of this. And it would also mark the sad end of Bayliss Technologies, when a rouge vendor used the courts to force an “involuntary bankruptcy. ”

But there were silver linings. My brother who had only joined the company maybe a year earlier, reorganized the business under a new name with essentially a clean slate. My father retired and eventually met Pat. For my father a lifetime of hard work had finally paid off. Oh there was plenty of fun along the way, but at this point in life he needed, and deserved a well-earned rest.

I know these past years years with Pat were some of my father’s best years. Of course he had a good life with many more ups than downs but he looked different to me somehow, like he was content. And in the arms of Pat and her extended family how could he not be.

My hope is we all will remember how my father Ronald Walter Bayliss lived his life by example and showed us that through hard work and dedication, truly anything can be achieved. I believe in my heart he would want us all to carry that lesson with us where ever we go and whatever our endeavors may be.

Would You Clone Your Pet?

The Truth About Cloning
Part 1 in a 3 Part Series
by Doug Bayliss

My love for dogs started early, as my grandparents and my parents bred Collies. Collie puppies were so much fun to play with!

Later on, in high school, we had a large female Great Dane named Sabrina. She was my friend and protected me from my brother when we fought, which was fairly often, and she would take the wooden spoon from my mother if she tried any of her old school discipline on us!

Here is a picture of Sabrina I took my senior year in high school. It won a 2nd place prize in a Kodak sponsored photo contest!

Great Dane "Sabrina"

1976 photo captures Sabrina’s essence.

She was the best dog ever. But would I clone her? Would you clone a favorite pet? To answer these questions, and make an informed decision, let’s embark on a journey through the land of cloning and discover what cloning is all about.

Of course, it all started with Dolly. We’ve all probably heard of “Dolly,” the first mammal successfully cloned.

First cloned mammal.

1996 “Dolly”

Not long after, in 2004, a woman from Texas purchased the first commercial clone of a cat.

First commercial clone of a cat.

2004 “Little Nicky” is the first commercially cloned cat.

Little Nicky (born October 17, 2004). He was produced from the DNA of a 19-year-old Maine Coon cat named Nicky who died a year earlier. Little Nicky’s owner paid $50,000 to have Nicky cloned, which was performed by a California-based company that closed in 2006, Genetic Savings & Clone.

“Genetic Savings & Clone!” Are you kidding me?

Then, in 2005, this American woman received a cloned puppy created from her beloved late pitbull, becoming the inaugural customer of a South Korean company. She paid $50,000.00 which was half-price, being she was their first customer.

First cloned dog, Booger.

The company in South Korea claims to now clone 300 dogs/year. They also clone camels for customers in the Middle East. Hey, if you have a camel with larger than normal water reservoirs you might as well make copies! 🙁

$100k for clone of dog

2005 – South Korean scientists at Seoul National University performed the cloning procedure that produced Snuppy, the first successfully cloned dog

1st commercially Cloned Dogs

3-month-old Snuppy (right), is shown with the three-year-old Afghan hound whose skin cells were used to clone him.

Remember, however, all clones are not the same!

Cloned Dogs

A clone is not the same dog. In fact, thanks to a cloned dog having different mitochondrial DNA from its genetic donor, they’re slightly less related than naturally born identical twins.

Fast forward to December 2015. A British couple travels to South Korea to pick up two puppies born over Christmas, after having had their dead pet cloned.

UK Family Clones Aging Boxer

Laura Jacques and Richard Remde are first British customers of Sooam Biotech Research Foundation.

Old Boxer Dog

It’s as if he knew.

What are some other reasons for cloning?
Follow this link for Part II – Cloning for Fun & Profit.

Part 1: Would You Clone Your Pet?
Part 2: Cloning for Fun & Profit
Part 3: Is There a Downside to Cloning?

Cloning For Fun & Profit

The Truth About Cloning
Part 2 in a 3 part series
by Doug Bayliss

We’ve seen that people are cloning their pets to try and keep the memory alive of their loss, but is there a commercial side to cloning?  As it turns out, there is a lot of cloning going on out there for commercial purposes.

SECURITY

In 2012, several cloned, Drug-Sniffing dogs, celebrated remarkable success in a South Korean Airport. Toppy is the name given to these cloned Labrador Retriever dogs, born in late 2007 to three surrogate mothers. They were the world’s first cloned working dogs and were used by the Korea Customs Service. Each Toppy is a clone of a renowned sniffer dog from Canada.slide8slide9Cloned Labrador Retriever

Prevent Extinction?

Only a few hundred Ethiopian wolves remain, in populations scattered across the country’s highlands. Should they be cloned to prevent extinction? A beautiful creature, but how do we choose which animals to help and which animals to let die out?
Ethiopian Wolf

Farming

Yes, it is quite true. Livestock of all shapes and sizes are being cloned and genetically altered to grow faster, leaner and to produce more milk.

Cloning for food

Personal Enjoyment?

When little Johnny wants to care for, raise and show a cow, he doesn’t have to work hard anymore. Give him a clone!

Cloning for enjoyment

Look how easy. Just click “Start Genetic Preservation!” And get out your checkbook.

For-Profit?

It took you years of breeding to finally have a champion horse. How proud you must be, now just make copies to sell!

Clones for profit

Horse Cloning

War

A good soldier is hard to find. So is a dog. Like with the “sniffer dogs” above, if you have a great fighting dog don’t send him out for stud: clone him

Cloning for War

Two Belgian Malinois puppies cloned from the DNA of a dog that’s currently deployed with a unit of the U.S. Army Special Forces.

Photograph by Thomas Prior for Bloomberg Businessweek.

Cloning for War

Brannon holds Special Ops clones Ghost and Echo between bite-training sessions in Sharpsville, Pa.

There sure is a lot of cloning going on. I have to wonder, is cloning safe?
Click for Part 3:  “Is There a Downside to Cloning?”

Part 1: Would You Clone Your Pet?
Part 2: Cloning for Fun & Profit
Part 3: Is There a Downside to Cloning?

Is There a Downside to Cloning?

 

The Truth About Cloning
Part 3 of a 3 part series
by Doug Bayliss

In our journey so far, we’ve learned that it will cost over $100,000 dollars if we want to clone our beloved pet. We also now know that an entire industry revolves around cloning farm animals for greater “yield” and it seems that there are plenty of folks out there cloning their prize cattle and horses for no other reason but save their children the “chore” of breeding.

What about the downside? Is there one? Let’s continue our journey to find out. The Humane Society of the United States seems like a good place to start.


The Humane SocietyAccording to a study done by The Humane Society, cloning definitely has a downside. Here is a summary of their findings:

  • Because 99 percent of cloning attempts fail to produce a healthy cloned animal, thousands of embryos and hundreds of egg ‘donors’ and surrogate mothers are used in cloning ventures.
  • The egg ‘donors’ and/or surrogate mothers are subjected to painful hormone treatments to manipulate their reproductive cycles. These animals are also subjected to invasive surgery to harvest eggs or implant embryos, and the surrogate mothers endure an additional surgery to deliver the baby.
  • Few cloned animals are born healthy. One pet cloning company CEO has stated that 15-45 percent of cloned cats who are born alive will die within 30 days.
  • No cloned cat or dog has lived a full lifespan, so the health problems and veterinary needs they may experience later in life are completely unknown.
  • The “donor” and surrogate mother cats and dogs used in attempts to clone a pet are typically kept in small, sterile cages.
  • In the US, the pet cloning industry is not regulated like other research facilities that conduct experiments on animals.
  • Animal life is devalued.  Egg ‘donors’ and surrogate mothers are ‘production units,’ and it is unclear what happens to cloned animals who fail to meet expectations.

How long do you think this kitten lived?

It's not just the Humane Society who frowns upon cloning.

It’s not just the Humane Society who frowns upon cloning.

Compassion in World Farming was founded in 1967 in England by a British farmer who became horrified by the development of intensive factory farming.

Factory farming is the single biggest cause of animal cruelty. Compassion supporters have already improved the lives of millions of farm animals. But there is still so much more to do.

How many piglets were thrown away to produce this sounder of swine?

How many piglets were thrown away to produce this sounder of swine?

The name for a group of pigs depends on the animals’ ages. A group of young pigs is called a drift, drove or litter. Groups of older pigs are called a sounder of swine, a team or passel of hogs or a singular of boars.

These fellas don't look too happy. Do you think they might know they are clones?

These fellas don’t look too happy. Do you think they might know they are clones?

Many cloned farm animals are born with deformed organs and live short and miserable lives.

Cloned goat dies next to it's mother shortly after being born.

Cloned embryos tend to be large and can result in painful births that are often carried out by Caesarean section.z

Getting ready for the Cesarean that will deliver another cloned puppy into the world.

Getting ready for the Cesarean that will deliver another cloned puppy into the world.

Sooam Biotech was reported to have cloned 700 dogs by 2015 and to be producing 500 cloned embryos of various species a day in 2016!

Remember Booger? He was actually 1 of 5 cloned puppies.

Five little "Boogers" with one of their three surrogate mothers wait at the Korea National Airport to fly home to the USA.

Five little “Boogers” with one of their three surrogate mothers wait at the Korea National Airport to fly home to the USA.

It makes me sick thinking about the donor dogs and the surrogate mother dogs and what they have to endure. Not to mention the 100’s, 1,000’s of puppies that live horrible lives and die shortly after birth, to say nothing of the same for horses, cattle, and by now, an unheard of multitude of other animals.

Why is the cloning industry not regulated?

Dear friends, thank you for coming along on this journey with me. We have learned a lot, but most importantly we have an answer to our question:
Would clone your pet? No!

Great Dane
Cherish the memories of your lost pet. You do NOT need an expensive ill-begotten copy.

Part 1: Would You Clone Your Pet?
Part 2: Cloning for Fun & Profit
Part 3: Is There a Downside to Cloning?

The Waterfall

How I Love to Sit Beneath the Falls

by Doug Bayliss

Thunderous sounds of water cascades,
daily tensions begin to fade.

Cold wet spray swirling through the air,
glistening drops trace face and hair.

Lush green foliage in full abound,
bouquet of nature all around.

Eyes closed in heavenly trance,
mind flows free through infinite expanse.

Nature’s power and grand design,
with body and soul are now entwined.

The barrage of water erodes all stress,
beating rhythms, thoughts transgress.

A state of relaxation so sublime
the essence of self now in its prime.

Eyes now open heartbeat quickens
from every drop, sunlight glistens

Unbridled nature dearly enthralls
how I love to sit beneath the falls.

A 3D Illusion

3D Illusion

Simple but effective 3D illusion make things pop out of the screen.

White lines define the plane where the screen is, creating a mental division between background, midplane, and foreground.

Evaluate To Motivate

A constructive evaluation can be a motivational process for both receiver and giver, whether at work or play. The steps below are tailored to a speaker giving a speech but can be adapted to most circumstances.

Provide an encouraging and constructive speech evaluation with these guidelines.

Before the speech:
1. Ask the speaker if there is anything specific you should listen for, or watch for, that the speaker wishes to improve upon.
2. Review the speech objectives as presented in the manual.

During the speech:
1. Listen, listen, listen.
2. Are the objectives being met?

After the speech:
1. Applause to let the speaker know the job was well done!
2. “Standing Ovation” for the Icebreaker or 10th speech is a great idea.

Evaluation:
Try to present the evaluation as a mini-speech with a beginning, middle and an end. Hint: Tell the audience what you’re going to say, say it, tell them what you said.

Evaluation Guidelines:

  • Be supportive and encouraging.
  • Use 1st person to describe the speech elements.

I saw…
I heard…
I felt…

  • Give 2-3 positive examples of what went well.

I thought…

  • Give 1-2 examples of what could be improved upon or done differently.
  • Big conclusion – summarize and end on a positive note.
  • Remember: Don’t “kill them with kindness.” Constructive feedback makes us better when provided in a supportive and encouraging way.

I am a member of the Gettysburg Addressers Toastmasters Club

Meetings: 1st & 3rd Wednesday  –  6:30pm
Location: Adams County Public Library
More information http://gettysburg.toastmastersclubs.org/

The Voyage Of William White

A Fictional Ocean Crossing
Based on historical facts concerning my Paternal Grandmother’s lineage.
by Douglas Bayliss

After an unsettling dark and stormy night, in South Hampton, England, William White gathered up his wife Sarah and son Resolved, and along with their 2 servants, hurried to the pier where a boat was waiting for them.

It was August in the year 1620 and they were at long last, after many delays and negotiations, about to board a ship known as the “Mayflower.” It would take them to the new world. America.

She was a beautiful sailing ship. Small only 100’ long but she had 4 masts and three levels, and they were so happy, after months of setbacks, to finally be setting sail.

Cargo ship known as the Mayflower
Cargo ship known as the Mayflower

They were happy for another reason too; Sarah was 6 months pregnant with their 2nd child. How exciting this must have been! What strong conviction and faith they must have possessed, to set out on such a journey!

It was a rough start. Their companionship, the Speedwell, kept taking on water and both ships would turn to dock. 1st at Dartmouth, where it took another 2 days for repairs and after setting sail, they had stopped again, this time in Plymouth England. The Speedwell was sold at auction and its passengers, the Separatists, later to be known as Purists, joined the London merchants aboard the Mayflower.

Mind you the Mayflower was a cargo ship not made to transport people. Holed up in the middle level. They crammed into space about 90’ long just 5 ½’ high. The space was made to hold crates and boxes. It must have been very uncomfortable.

Soon their voyage over the North Atlantic Ocean became fraught with danger and fear. Storm after storm-tossed the ship about and they lost their bearings.

A stormy night a sea.One night in particular. Strong gale-force winds ripped across the decks of the Mayflower, causing its timbers to be badly shaken, the protective grout between the wooden planks crumbling away, thus allowing wave after crashing wave to spray the passengers with cold north Atlantic water. They lay wet and cold even their bunks. A crew member and one of the White’s servants were to perish.

How strong a woman Sarah White must have been to endure such seemingly insurmountable hardships -and with a baby due just weeks away!Tried as they might regaining their course for Hudson Bay proved impossible as the North Atlantic, especially at this time of year, was unforgiving.

They took refuge in Cape Cod Bay. it was November 1620.
They lived on the ship during the harsh New England winter while building their homes on the land. Taking row boats or wading through the shallow water 1.5 miles back and forth from ship to shore caused them to become very sick. Nearly half of passengers and crew died.

It was during this time William’s wife Sarah gave birth to another son, they named Peregrine White. Peregrine is from the Latin ‘peregrinus’ which means pilgrim. Peregrine’s father, William died in February 1621.

Sarah White with her new-born son Peregrine and her 5 yr old son Resolved, became the only surviving widow out of the many families that perished that 1st winter.

She married widower Edward Winslow, a Plymouth colony NOTABLE and had 5 more children. Peregrine also went on to become a person of note in the Plymouth colony active in both military and government affairs. He lived well into his 83rd year after building houses for his many children.

The ‘Boston Newsletter’ of Monday, July 31, 1704, gives the following obituary: “Marshfield, July, 22 Capt. Peregrine White of this town, Aged Eighty-three years, and Eight Months; died the 20th instant. He was vigorous and of a comely aspect to the last; Was the Son of Mr. William White and Susanna his Wife;’ born on board the Mayflower, Capt. Jones Commander, in Cape Cod Harbour. Altho’ he was in the former part of his Life extravagant, yet was much Reform’d in his last years; and died hopefully.”

Obituary of Captain Peregrine White, 7/31//1704
Obituary of Captain Peregrine White, 7/31//1704

Today, 35 million people are direct descendants of Mayflower passengers. I am one too; 5 generations ago my great, great, great grand mother’s maiden name was Aseneth Jane White, born 1826 in Pennsylvania.

Honored that I am a direct descendant of Peregrine White, the first child born to the pilgrims in the year 1620.

Pilgrims giving thanks to God in spite of their hardships.
Pilgrims giving thanks to God in spite of their hardships.

The Tumultuous 1990’s

My Tumultuous 90’s
by Doug Bayliss

For me, the 1990′s were very tumultuous, but in the end, because of my fortitude, it was a successful decade. I ultimately navigated through several life-changing events.

First, we were blessed with the care of an angel from heaven, our daughter, who desperately needed our love and care especially in light of her medically fragile condition.

The most painful thing is losing yourself in the process of loving someone too much, and forgetting that you are special too. ― Ernest Hemingway, Men Without Women

Secondly, during this time I also worked through the hard breakup of a very successful family business. As a result, I managed my very own mid-life career change!

Thirdly, through all of this, I succeeded in staying married to a mean, rotten old witch who constantly tormented me! Strike that! To the kindest, most caring, beautiful loving woman that ever graced the earth!

Okay, so this was just a quick snapshot of what the 90’s were like for me.  I’d like to revisit someday and expand, I’m thinking there are some good stories here many being motivational.

Sharing your life story can be an astonishing affirmation. Have you thought about the things in your life, that re-affirm that you are capable to do anything thing that you want to do?

Word of the day: Tumultuous adj. characterized by unrest, disorder or insubordination