Pat’s Chat (June 29, 2022)

We went to Scott’s today because it is the birthday of his son, Chuckie, the youngest of my five grandchildren. My other grandchildren live too far away to visit often.  

Earlier today, I had talked with friends from our Forest Service days in California. Jo and Dick Lund live in a very hot climate in California. Jo was telling me about their “swamp cooler.” When she described it, I had memories of such a fan in the windows of one of the homes we have lived in during our years of moving so often. We moved from state to state, town to town, house to house, maybe some other ways I cannot remember, in our many-splendored history of moving. He was a Forest Service employee most of those years. I wish I had kept a record of places and times of our moves. We were good at it, though. I couldn’t remember where it was that we had a Swamp Cooler fan. I asked Scott if he remembered, and, of course, he did. It was in the grape-field home in Biola, California, and he remembered that his brother, Chuck, had a tower room and he told us about the swamp cooler fan in a window there. I am sure it was not the greatest sleek version of that type of fan, but it did the job. Water was dripped over a gunny sack type of filter and the fan took the cooled air that happened when the fabric’s water-soaked filter evaporated water, making cooler air to be fanned into the rooms. The heat to evaporate the water took the heat from the outside air and then the fan sent the cooled air into the house. My California friend, Jo Lund, said that using the swamp cooler in their home uses much less electricity than air conditioner units. Until I looked this site over, I had no idea the extent to which this type of cooler is used with much success. Maybe someone out there will want to go to this site and glance through or study more deeply into these coolers. It is not a new idea but has been used for thousands of years. Who knew?

It was really neat to see how in some really arid, dry climates this type of cooler can also be used to put the right amount of moisture back into the climate of a home, like a humidifier without the danger of mold or other problems. 

I was wondering to myself why I am writing such a chat and decided that it is because I was fascinated with the idea of it. I love the thought that one of these fans might help some people manage to have a cool summer home without the expense of electricity, which like all our expenses, seem to be climbing up, up, up. Here is where I looked them up: swamp coolers for homes - Search (

Speaking of unusual definitions such as Swamp Cooler, our new Quarterly for Sabbath Starting this week is entitled “In the Crucible with Christ.” I had to look up the meaning of “crucible”!! I thought it had to do with crucifixion somehow. The definition I got from Googling it is: “a ceramic or metal container in which metals or other substances may be melted or subjected to very high temperatures.” (Crucible English Definition and Meaning |

The introduction to our lessons tells us, among other things, that although Jesus made all things (John 1:3), he wept.. He was “despised and rejected of men, a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief (Isa. 53.3). He once cried out, “My God, why have you forsaken me?” (Matt. 27:46). We must remember that no matter what any of us faces, Jesus Christ, our Creator and Redeemer, went through worse. Pain, suffering, loss don’t mean that God has abandoned us; they mean only that, even as believers, we now share in the common lot of a fallen race. God is love---we can trust the promise that “all things work together for good to those who love God” (Rom. 8:28, NKJV) ---the God who, though He made all things, suffered all things, too (and that’s why we love Him). Don’t you want to come and study with us every week? We would love to have you.



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