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Bible Study Notes: Genesis 10-25

Today we finished studying the account of Abraham in Genesis. I spent some time this afternoon drawing out some notes to help me understand the relationships between Abraham and his brother's family. I thought I'd post them, in case anyone else might find them interesting. The map is not to scale and the shapes of the lands/waters are not accurate, but hopefully it at least gives you an idea of the region :)

Labels in colors - Blue: families of Japheth, Red: families of Ham, Purple: families of Shem

Various observations:

It's interesting that Noah's family is described as coming from the east in Genesis 11:2 and there are the three sons of Noah (Shem, Ham, and Japheth). Later, Abraham's family travels farther westward, toward the Promised Land, and there are three men named in the beginning of the journey in Genesis 11:31 (Abram, Terah, and Lot) and later there are the three Patriarchs (Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob).

In Genesis 10, where the descendants of Noah and their associated regions are described, each son's listing seems to follow a general clock-wise pattern. For example, Japheth's first son is associated with Europe, then moving north-east, west, and again north. Maybe I'm oversimplifying it, but it was something that I noticed as I went through the lists and marked them on the map.

Using Blue Letter Bible's Chronological Map, it appears that when Abram was born, there were 10 generations of his ancestors living at the time! (Noah - Shem - Arphaxad - Salah - Eber - Peleg - Reu - Serug - Nahor - Terah - Abram) The interesting thing is that the first of these to die was Peleg ("in his days the earth was divided").

After dabbling with essential oils for a few years and attending several workshops and an online courses, I've committed to enrolling in a certified program to become a professional aromatherapist. I'm really excited to be taking this step!

The program I've enrolled in is offered by Essence of Thyme College of Holistic Studies in British Columbia, Canada. It's approved by the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy and the Alliance of International Aromatherapists. It's a 400+ hour online course of study that includes a comprehensive curriculum, exams, and case studies.

I'm interested in developing my own blends and sharing essential oils with others, but I want to be well-educated so I can do so safely and professionally. That's what encouraged me to take this step and pursue certification. I did some back-to-school shopping for notebooks and folders and just submitted my application. It's going to be challenging, but I am very excited about taking this step toward more professional work with essential oils. :)

Some of the books and supplies that I've been studying with the past few years. I've come quite far already since my first experimentation with oils back in 2016.

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Reptiland Zoo

I took a quick trip to Reptiland yesterday to visit the lizards and geckos. The critters were quite interactive yesterday! It was a hot, sunny day, but it was cool in the amphibian building. My favorites to watch were the Soft Shelled Turtles, Snake-necked Turtles, Emerald Tree Monitors, and Iguanas. I also got to attend talks about the Komodo Dragon and Alligators. Did you know that lizards like komodo dragons and snakes can "smell" with their tongue? :)

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Wildlife Rehabilitators

According to the Pennsylvania Association of Wildlife Rehabilitators, "Wildlife rehabilitation is a network of individuals and organizations caring for injured, sick and orphaned wild animals with the goal of releasing these animals back into their natural habitat." You can read more at their site: About Wildlife Rehabilitation

In Pennsylvania, wildlife rehabilitators must apply for and be granted a permit by the PA Game Commission. If they work with birds that fly across state lines, they also need to obtain a permit from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. In order to capture and transport animals in need of care to a rehabilitation center, one must hold a Capture & Transport permit. Copies of the official regulations for PA are posted at Red Creek Wildlife Center's intro page for wildlife rehabilitation.

This pamphlet from Red Creek Wildlife Center describes what Wildlife Rehabilitation is like - Wildlife Rehabilitation - Is it for you?

Capture and Transport Specialists

Like Wildlife Rehabilitators, Capture and Transport specialists apply and are granted permits by the PA Game Commission. According to the regulations, "A capture and transportation permittee may capture or receive injured or displaced wildlife for transportation to a wildlife rehabilitator." This blog post from Wildlife Rehabilitation Support of Pennsylvania describes what it's like to be a Capture & Transport Specialist in PA - The Weird World of Capture and Transport

Wildlife Couriers

This summer, I was interested in helping our wildlife rehabilitators. I contacted the nearest rehabilitation centers, but these are pretty far from where I live. It seemed impractical for me to volunteer at one of these locations and still maintain my full-time job. One of our local rehabilitators told me about another way that a way that I could help - as a Wildlife Courier.

In Pennsylvania, we have an organization called Wildlife In Need (WIN) Emergency Response Of Pennsylvania, Inc. They coordinate communication and transportation efforts for our state's wildlife rehabilitators. Their mission is to "have volunteers that are permitted in Capture and Transport (C&T) and trained transporters (wildlife couriers) in each county of the state to respond to wildlife that are in need of rescue and transported to a Pennsylvania wildlife rehabilitation center or veterinary service." https://winemergencyresponse.com/about-w-i-n

As a trained Wildlife Courier, I have the opportunity to transport animals in need of care to a Wildlife Rehabilitator. I don't handle the animals directly - caring for them is the job of the Wildlife Rehabilitator and determining their need and containing them is the job of the C&T Specialist. My job is to receive the contained animals and drive them safely to a rehabilitator or veterinarian for care.

I applied as a Wildlife Courier for WIN in May and was trained and accepted in June. So far, I've run two transports for five animals to two different rehabilitation centers. I love being able to help our local wildlife and community :) It's also fun to explore new parts of the state and meet other people who have a passion for nature. If you're interested in becoming a Wildlife Courier in PA, please see the Wildlife in Need webpage https://winemergencyresponse.com for more information. Upcoming training dates will also be posted on their website.

Wildlife and What To Do

What should I do if I see a wild animal that looks like it needs help?


Union County Wildflowers

Dad and I drove around in Union and Northumberland Counties yesterday to look for wildflowers. It was such a sunny, hot summer day. We found a nice variety at the Brown Avenue Park in Milton. I'm learning to identify them, but there are still a bunch that are unknown to me. There was such a variety of colors and shapes. I hope you enjoy the photos and that you can see some local wildflowers in your area, too :)



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