Monthly Archives: April 2012

Extraterrestrial Meteorites in Oman?!

(Image from Mr. Meteorite)

One my latest trip to Al Hoota Cave, I found myself fascinated with the information regarding extraterrestrial meteorites which have been found in Oman.  (Sounds like it would make for a great sci-fi movie, no?! 😉 )  The museum at Al Hoota is worth paying a visit if you make it out that way.

If you are interested in reading more about meteorites found in Oman, click here to read this article from  I found out here and on several other websites that people are selling meteorites which they’ve found in Oman.  Wow! $395 for a 564 gram chunk of rock.  Maybe I’ll start up a new hobby of “meteorite hunting” on the weekends here.

Meteorite Men – Oman version – starring “Andy in Oman”…what do you think? 😉

The Unique Voice, Lyrical Depth and Artistic Genius of Leonard Cohen











Leonard Cohen has always been an artist I’ve appreciated over the years.  His voice is like no other.  Here’s “I’m Your Man” to give you an idea of what he sounds like if you’ve never heard this man sing before:

I remember studying quite a bit of his poetry and other writings when studying literature in high school and also at university in College Militaire Royale de Sainte Jean just outside of Montreal, Quebec.  Leonard Cohen is a well-respected Canadian artist, songwriter, poet, singer and novelist.  Click here to read more about this fascinating Jewish Canadian from Montreal, Canada, at Wikipedia.  One of his best known pieces, Halleluja, has been covered by many artists. (“Hallelujah” is Greek (the Latin form being “Alleluia”) and comes from the Hebrew express “הללו יה” meaning “Praise God” or “Praise Jah”, with “Jah/Yah” being a shortened form of the name of God, Yahweh, or YHWH as revealed in the Jewish and Christian scriptures).  It seems that at least one person sings it each season on American Idol.  Here is one version that someone shared with me on facebook today which is rather good, performed by Jodi Irvine, Alana Lincoln and Morgan Keesler:

I prefer hearing the original artist myself and feel that his version still outdoes them all.  Here he is on his VEVO youtube page singing “Hallelujah” like only he can:

I love those lyrics…”And even though it all went wrong, I’ll stand right here before the LORD of Song with nothing, nothing on my tongue but “Hallelujah”.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this segment of “Andy’s Musical Appreciation Post”.  You can probably get a good sense of how old I’m getting from my musical tastes, huh?! 😉  Any other Leonard Cohen fans out there?!

“Beyond the Orphanage” -Support Orphans of Ethiopia this Weekend

Great cause and event tomorrow (Thursday, April 26th) at Dolphin Village if you’re able to support/attend.  Joh Weekley has informed me that people are still more than welcome to attend and that you can buy your tickets at the door for 15 rials/person.

All proceeds go to Beyond the Orphanage“There are 4.6 million orphans in Ethiopia.  BTO focuses on a smaller number: one child at a time.”

Weekly Photo Challenge: Sun

“The LORD giveth the sun for a light by day, and the ordinances of the moon and of the stars for a light by night, which disturbs the sea, when the waves thereof roar; the LORD of hosts is His Name.” (Jeremiah 31:35)

“There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars: for one star differeth from another star in glory.” (1 Corinthians 15:41)

The Rock that is Higher Than I

While I enjoy living in Oman, every now and then I get a cold and sharp reminder that there are individuals who seek nothing less than my complete destruction.  I must remind myself that they can have no power over me if the Lord is on my side.  If He has not granted their attacks to succeed, then what have I to fear?

Psalm 61

 1 Hear my cry, O God;
   listen to my prayer.

 2 From the ends of the earth I call to You,
   I call as my heart grows faint;
   lead me to the Rock that is higher than I.
3 For You have been My Refuge,
   a Strong Tower against the foe.

 4 I long to dwell in Your tent forever
   and take refuge in the shelter of Your Wings.
5 For you, God, have heard my vows;
   You have given me the heritage of those who fear Your Name.

 6 Increase the days of the king’s life,
   his years for many generations.
7 May he be enthroned in God’s presence forever;
   appoint Your love and faithfulness to protect him.

 8 Then I will ever sing in praise of Your Name
   and fulfill my vows day after day.”