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Sunday, April 08, 2018

THE LEGEND OF THE HOOF-A-DOO

There's a little barbershop in Mountain Home, Idaho, called The Family Barber Shop, located around the block from its original location, which was originally located next to the alley that ran between it and First Security Bank, just across Jackson Street from The Merc.  The Salvation Army Thrift Store was on the other side of it. Later, they moved to the corner of the block, then around it and down to its present location on North 3rd Street. Each time, they took the floor tiles and paneling with them to the new location and put the place back together exactly the same way it was originally. First Security Bank became Well's Fargo, the Merc became PAUL'S, which is now gone, and the Salvation Army Store moved over across from Albertsons, before eventually disappearing as well, making way for Great American Video, which was put out of business by the internet (like all video stores), replaced by COLORTYME.
Back in the day (1970's), a haircut was $2.50, the same price as a movie ticket at the old CANYON theater, which is gone now, but once sat across the street from PAUL's next to LeBeau's which is now The Stockyard. Today, a haircut runs you $9.00 (cheaper than anywhere else) which is what the price of a movie ticket at TAKE ONE Cinema  ran you before it closed.
Dean, who used to own and run it, along with another older gentleman, would always entertain the kids with his Donald Duck imitation to distract them from the fact that they were getting a haircut. The place was, and still is, filled with hunting trophies, obtained over the years, adorning the walls. There's a bear rug on one wall, and a mountain lion on the back wall, a racoon above the front window and door, heads and antlers and heads of deer, elk, rams and antelope; stuffed ducks, pheasants and wild turkeys, a Canadian goose, and even fish.  A couple of paintings and a small quilt are also included.
On one narrow strip of wall between the bathroom and the breakroom/closet, near the top doorframe, is a strange little creature on a plaque labeled as an ALASKAN HOOF-A-DOO. It looks very much like an animal's hoof, except for the two eyes.  If you asked him about it, Dean would regale you with the story.
Dean has long since retired, and now a man name George runs the place by himself. The three barber chairs are till there, two of which were used when Dean was there, and now only one is used. George has added his granddaughter's seashell collection, which includes some starfish, coral, and a horseshoe crab shell, to several shelves on the wall opposite of the barber chairs. There's a TV in the corner, with the turkeys, to watch, which is usually turned on to the History Channel, amongst several chairs you can wait in, read a magazine, or just admire the decor till your turn comes - first come, first served. My favorite part as a kid, and still is to some extent, is the vacuuming of your head at the end to suck up the loose hair. The haircut includes a neck shave as well. He's open from 9 to 5, Tuesday through Friday, unless he's got an appointment, is hunting, or on vacation. It's the last barbershop in town with a barber pole outside.  You could always tell if it was open when you were walking up to it, even before you could see the OPEN sign, because the old red and while striped barber pole was spinning.
If you're ever in the area, maybe you can get George to explain the Hoof-a-Doo to you, although his version of the story differs somewhat from Dean's.

Friday, January 05, 2018

TAKE ONE Cinema

Mountain Home, ID 83647
(208) 587-5338
https://takeonecinema.weebly.com/
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Customers/community: The owner of our local theater has closed the doors for remodel effective 8/29/17. We apologize and will keep updates posted on Facebook.  Thank you for understanding! 
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(After 4 months with no updates and all posts since June 2017 deleted on Facebook, it's closed down...guess the needed remodeling cost too much.)
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CLOSED 
ADULT: $9.00
MILITARY (Must Show ID): $8.00
SENIOR (60 & Over): $7.00
CHILD/MATINEE: $6.00
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NOTE: Showtimes taken directly from the theater itself, off Facebook, or off the phone.
Now at Facebook and MOVIE CLOCK.--
See also BoxOfficeMojo.com, MOVIE GUIDE, and IMDB.com for more movie info.
To find people with similar interests, check out Fandata.com.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

ACORN BREAD

2 cups milk
2 tablespoons oil or butter
2 teaspoons salt
2 tablespoons dry yeast
4 2/3 cups acorn flour*
1/3 cup honey
1/3 cup lukewarm water

Scald the milk. Stir in the oil or butter, honey and salt.
Pour into large bowl and set aside to cool to lukewarm.
Dissolve yeast in lukewarm water.
When milk mixture is lukewarm, add yeast. Gradually
stir in the acorn flour. Cover the bowl with a towel and
let rise for 2 hours in a warm place.
Knead for 10 minutes, then roll out like thick pastry.
Roll up like a jelly roll and shape into 2 loaves. Place in
greased bread pans; cover, and let rise for another 2 hours.
Preheat oven to 375°.
Bake 40 minutes. Remove from oven and brush the tops
of the loaves with oil or melted butter.

*You can purchase acorn flour from acorno.com, or from
Sue's Acorn Cafe & Mill.
(I would love to try this sometime.)

Monday, November 20, 2017

PILGRIM PUMPKIN PIE

1 9-inch unbaked piecrust
1 16-ounce can pumpkin (2 cups)
1 13 ounce can evaporated milk
2 eggs
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon*
1/2 teaspoon ginger
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon allspice
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon salt
whipped cream for garnish

ABOUT 3 HOURS AHEAD OR EARLY IN DAY:
Prepare piecrust with Fluted Edge;
refrigerate. Preheat oven to 425⁰F.
    In large bowl, with mixer at medium speed,
beat pumpkin with next 10 ingredients until
well mixed.  Place pie plate on oven rack;
pour pumpkin mixture into piecrust; bake 15
minutes; turn oven control to 350⁰F, and bake
35 minutes more or until filling is set.  Cool.
Serve topped with whipped cream.
Makes 8 servings.
*Or, instead of cinnamon and the next 4 spices,
use 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice mix.

(This recipe also available at: http://www.cooks.com/recipe/187lc5kf/pilgrim-pumpkin-pie.html)

HONEY-NUT PUMPKIN PIE: Prepare as above.
Just before serving, spread 1/3 cup honey over top;
sprinkle with 1/3 cup sliced Brazil nuts, almonds,
filberts, peanuts, pecans or California walnuts.

SQUASH PIE: Prepare as above but substitute
2 cups mashed, cooked or thawed frozen 
butternut squash (about 1 1/3 12-ounce
packages) for pumpkin. 

(Dad's favorite Pumpkin Pie recipe from THE GOOD HOUSEKEEPING COOKBOOK, © 1973; pp 512-513)

CARROT PIE: Prepare as above but substitute
2 cups mashed, cooked carrots for pumpkin.
(My little creation for when you're out of pumpkin.
I figured, if they can use sweet potatoes, why not carrots?  They're orange.
What about using regular mashed potatoes instead of sweet?  Looks and
tastes like a custard pie; to me anyway. Add a little orange food coloring,
and it might work in a pinch.)

INDIAN PUMPKIN BREAD
1 cup cornmeal
1/2 cup pumpkin
water enough to moisten mixture

Combine all ingredients and mix until dough is easy to handle. Form into
flat cakes. Cakes may be baked in a greased pan (like biscuits), or fried
quickly over an open fire.

 

Sunday, November 12, 2017

THE BIBLE ON HAIR LENGTH

I recently stirred up a hornet's nest on Facebook when I pointed out in a comment on a post from CRTV (Conservative Review TeleVision), Mark Levin's online conservative news channel, that the DUCK DYNASTY guys (Phil, in this case) apparently never read I Corinthians 11:14; or, if they had read it, simply ignored it.  You would have thought I'd appointed myself judge, jury and executioner (maybe even God Himself), just by quoting a verse that's in His Word. I thought it prudent to write a more thorough and cohesive treatise on the subject since a bunch of disjointed comments on Facebook hardly did the topic justice. That, and God seemed to be after me to do it since He threw that ball my way via that exchange. (As with other articles here, this is subject to later revision as is so conducive to this online medium.)
I Corinthians 11:14 states: "Doth not even nature itself teach you, that, if a man have long hair, it is a shame unto him?" This verse, and the two that follow, are the culmination of a dissertation began back in verse 3. He starts by laying out a hierarchy. "But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God." He goes on in verse 4 to explain that "Every man praying or prophesying, having his head covered, dishonereth his head." This would seem to be saying that, if a man prays or preaches (prophesies) with any covering on his physical head, he dishonors his spiritual head, Christ (see verse 3). The fact that hair is considered a covering is indicated in verse 15 (the one right after the notorious verse 14), which  says: "But if a woman have long hair, it is a glory to her: for her hair is given her for a covering." (No need of a hijab or a burka ladies, your hair does the job quite nicely and appropriately.) 
The hierarchy is further elaborated on in verses 7-9: "For a man indeed ought not to cover his head, forasmuch as he is the image and glory of God: but the woman is the glory of the man. For the man is not of the woman; but the woman of the man. Neither was the man created for the woman; but the woman for the man." This goes back to the creation account given in Genesis. In Genesis 2:18, God noted that "...It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him." After bringing all the creatures He had created before Adam so he could name them (verses 19-20), He notes at the end of verse 20, "...but for Adam there was not found an help meet for him." The creation of Eve, and her union with Adam is described in the remaining verses of  the chapter (21-25). Verse 10 of I Corinthians states: "For this cause ought a woman to have power on her head because of the angels." This would seem to hearken again back to Genesis, chapter 3 where Eve is tricked by the Devil into disobeying God, and later in Genesis 6:2 where "...the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose." (This looks much like a biblical explanation of the Greek stories of the gods taking mortal wives and having children by them--demigods like Hercules, or later Nimrod, and Perseus.) Verse 10 offers a reason behind all of this as pertaining to women beyond just the hierarchy of God and men.
The question then arises: But didn't Jesus have long hair? Not according to this and other scriptures. This assertion most often arises due to the fact that all Renaissance paintings and Catholic icons portray Jesus with long hair.  This is probably due to the fact that the artists themselves had long hair (see DaVinci's self portrait; he's the painter of the famous Last Supper), and they were merely trying to contemporize Christ by creating God in their own image -- a reversal of the actual order of creation in Genesis 1:26-27, "And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness.... So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them."  
The question also arises due to Jesus being a Nazarene, which is a citizen of the city of Narareth.  They confuse a Nazarene with someone who has taken a Nazarite vow, described in Numbers 6, part of which was, "All the days of the vow of his separation there shall no razor come upon his head: until the days be fulfilled, in the which he separateth himself unto the LORD, he shall be holy, and shall let the locks of his head grow." --verse 5. At the end of the period of the vow though, "...the Nazarite shall shave the head of his separation at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, and shall take the hair of the head of his separation, and put it in the fire which is under the sacrifice of the peace offerings." --verse 18. Note this vow was for a set period of time, with a beginning and an end.  The only exception to this was Samson in Judges 13-16. He was "... a Nazarite unto God from the womb...." --Judges 13:5.  The only rule of a Nazarite vow that seemed to apply to him was the hair: "...and no razor shall come on his head...." (13:5). He also was the only one gifted with great strength because of it.  The Son of God would not need to take a vow as He was the Creator of all and had legions of angels at His beck and call as well.
Jesus lived during the end of of the Old Testament period.  It ended with His death on the cross and His subsequent resurrection.  As such, He abode by the standards of the law and customs of the Jews where they did not counter His Word.  One of these was given in Ezekiel 44:20, "Neither shall they shave their heads, nor suffer their locks to grow long; they shall only poll their heads."  Based on this, no, Jesus did not have long hair. You might ask if hair was that important to Christ; well, He did say that "...the very hairs of your head are all numbered." --Matthew 10:30, Luke 12:7. That would seem to indicate that it was important to Him. 
The only creatures in the Bible resembling the modern-day caricatures of Christ are found in Revelation 9:1-11. Here we see monstrosities called locusts, which some have labeled demon centaurs, described as having bodies shaped like battle-ready horses with golden crowns on their heads, "...and their faces were as the faces of men. And they had hair as the hair of women, and their teeth were as the teeth of lions." (verses 7-8).
One example of someone in the Bible who didn't seem to regard long hair as an issue, for himself anyway, was Absalom, King David's son.  In II Samuel 14:26 we read, "And when he polled his head, (for it was at every year's end that he polled it: because the hair was heavy on him, therefore he polled it:) he weighed the hair of his head at two hundred shekels after the king's weight."  That's a lot of hair! Absalom ended up rebelling against his father David and, with David's troops in hot pursuit, Absalom met his fate.  "And Absalom met the servants of David. And Absalom rode upon a mule, and the mule went under the thick boughs of a great oak, and his head caught hold of the oak, and he  was taken up between the heaven and the earth; and the mule that was under him went away. And a certain man saw it, and told Joab, and said, Behold, I saw Absalom hanged in an oak. And Joab said unto the man that told him, And, behold, thou sawest him, and why didst thou not smite him there to the ground?" II Samuel 18:9-11. "Then said Joab, I may not tarry thus with thee. And he took three darts in his hand, and thrust them through the heart of Absalom, while he was yet alive in the midst of the oak. And ten young men that bare Joab's armour compassed about and smote Absalom, and slew him." II Samuel 18:14-15.  One can imagine Absalom riding along with his hair billowing in the air behind him as he went under that oak, and his hair getting tangled up in the tree and yanking him off his ride, leaving him a sitting (or, in this case, hanging) duck. Then there's the scripture that reads: "...for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree." --Galatians 3:13; referring back to Deuteronomy 21:23: "...(for he that is hanged is accursed of God;)...."
Then the objection of judging one another comes up. "Judge not, and ye shall not be judged."  That phrase is so often used as if it were a free pass; "I'm not judging you, so don't you judge me." "Only God can judge." While that last is ultimately true, He gave us is Word to go by, with the admonition to "Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment."  --John 7:24.  But isn't hair length appearance? Yes, but the standard was set in God's Word, not by man. While we know that "... the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart." -- I Samuel 16:7, our testimony to other men will be based on what they see us do, how we dress and act (first impression, the outward appearance), then on what they hear; not only from us, but other's as well. 
Our salvation is not of works; like cutting your hair, charitable deeds, obeying the law, etc. "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast." --Ephesians 2:8-9. There is no boasting before God of your works like Jesus said many will try to do: "Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity." --Matthew 7:22-23. "That no flesh should glory in his presence." --I Corinthians 1:29. "Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us...." --Titus 3:5.
So we aren't doing this to impress God and obtain His favor, but we are doing this as a witness to others. James 2:20 tells us "...that faith without works is dead." Our works are an outward manifestation of the fruit of the Spirit (love, joy, peace longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness temperance...." --Galatians 5:22).  As James 2:15-17 illustrates: "If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit? Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone." Our outward appearance and actions should reflect the person within as a representative (ambassador) of Christ by keeping the standards He set for us. "Now then we are ambassadors for Christ...." --II Corinthians 5:20. As Paul concluded in I Corinthians 11:16 on this subject: "But if any man seem to be contentious, we have no such custom, neither the churches of God."
The question then arises: What is long?  Using common sense, shoulder length hair on men would be too long.  There is no hard a fast standard as to exact length, so we might gather that God left a little leeway for style, personal taste (free will), and how often one might be able to get a haircut. If you want a standard to go by, use the military's; you won't go wrong there.
NOTE: In the movie HEAVEN IS FOR REAL, based on the book of the same title, little Colton Burpo was in the hospital and had a near death experience during which he visited heaven.  There he saw his older sister, who had died due to a miscarriage, grandparents he had never met, and Jesus Himself.  After repeated grilling by his father as to what Jesus looked like, showing him various pictures and paintings of the usual long-haired Jesus (to which Colton always said, "No, that's not Him."), near the end of the movie, he walked by his dad on his way outside, and saw  a painting by Akiane Kramarik that his dad was looking at, and said, "That's Him."  Akiane was a child art prodigy who'd had a similar experience to Colton's, and painted the man she saw.  This is what she painted:



Sunday, November 05, 2017

BLACK HOLES AND THE BIG BANG

A black hole is supposed to be formed when a 3 solar mass star (a star that is 3x the size of our sun), or greater, collapses in on itself down to a point of infinite density, which is called a singularity.  The "surface" of a black hole is called an event horizon, and would roughly correspond to the surface of the former star. Nothing happening beyond the event horizon can be seen. This collapse creates a gravity well so intense, that not even light can escape; everything nearby gets pulled into it. All black holes consist of a singularity at the center, surrounded by an event horizon. A "Law of Cosmic Censorship" states basically that, "Thou shalt not have naked singularities;" that is, a singularity without an event horizon.
With that in mind, consider what we are suppose to believe about the creation of the universe. At one point in time, some 10 - 20 billion years ago, all the matter in our universe was compacted down to a single point of infinite density, which some have labeled a "cosmic singularity." This "cosmic singularity" apparently had no event horizon, it was a "naked cosmic singularity," violating the Law of Cosmic Censorship, and apparently without any gravity well to speak of, because all the matter in our universe came bursting forth from it....  How is that even possible, given the physics of a black hole described above?
Not only that, ribbons of superclusters of galaxies and nebulae stretching out over 150 billion light years, have been discovered. How does something 150,000,000,000 light years across have time to form in a universe that's only 10 - 20 billion years old?
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Universe, by William J. Kaufmann, Copyright, 1985 by W. H. Freeman and Company, 594pp.
The Big Bang Never Happened, by Eric J. Lerner, Copyright 1991, Vintage Books, 466pp.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

HUMAN LIFESPAN: TIME & FAMILY IN THE BIBLE

In Genesis 5, a list of the antediluvian (preflood) patriarchs gives their names and ages at death, with Noah's coming later at the end of chapter 9:
Adam - 930 (v. 5)
Seth - 912 (v. 8)
Enos - 905 (v. 11)
Cainan - 910 (v. 14)
Mahalaleel - 895 (v. 17)
Jared - 962 (v. 20)
Enoch - 365 (v. 23)*
Methuselah - 969 (v. 27)
Lamech - 777 (v. 31)
Noah - 950 (9:29)                                                                          
*"And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him." --Gen. 5:24.
"By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God." --Hebrews 11:5.
Here we see human lifespans approaching 1,000 years. After the flood though, they drop precipitously, God having said in Genesis 6:3: "...My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years." In chapter 11, another list chronicles the decline in life expectancy post flood:
Shem - 600 (vs. 10-11)
Arphaxad - 438 (vs. 12-13)
Salah - 433 (vs. 14-15)
Eber - 464 (vs. 16-17)
Peleg - 239 (vs. 18-19)
Reu - 239 (vs. 20-21)
Serug - 230 (vs. 22-23)
Nahor - 148 (vs. 24-25)
Terah (Abram's father, whose name is later changed to Abraham; Gen. 17: 5) - 205 (v. 32)
In chapter 25:7 Abraham dies at 175 (his wife Sarah having died earlier in chapter 23:1 at the age of 127).  Isaac dies at 180 in Gen. 35:28-29). Jacob is 147 in Gen. 47:28, and his son Joseph dies at 110 in chapter 50:26. Moses lives to be 120 when he dies (Deuteronomy 34: 7). 
In Psalm 90:10, the Bible says: "The days of our years are threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years, yet is their strength labor and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away." Here we see that life expectancy is now 70-80 years old, with some living longer due to "strength" (genetics, diet, overall health, etc.) Life expectancy is now about a tenth of what it originally was, which might beg the question: Is this where the tithe came from (10% of your income) being given to God; the fruits of your life's work, which is a tenth of what it once was?
In Isaiah 65:20, it says: "There shall no more thence be an infant of days, nor an old man that hath not filled his days: for the child shall die an hundred years old...."  Here we see life expectancy once again reaching the lengths it was back in Genesis, for a "child" is 100 years old.  Given that we live a 10th of what humans once did, this is the equivalent of a 10 year-old; decades are the equivalent of years. What one notices right away is the lifespan, but you might  be missing something.  A 100 year-old is considered a child.  Why?  Most likely because of maturity level.  You see, in a perfect world, or even near perfect, one need not race through childhood; there's no rush, you can take your time to enjoy it, and have time to figure out what you want to do and who you are.  Today, in modern America, we've made up a lot of ground against the curse on the earth with modern medicine, better dietary options, transportation, labor-saving devices, easier access to information, etc.  Lifespans are increasing with centenarians being a lot more common than they were back in the 1970's when they were extremely rare, and ages of 120 years being occasionally seen now.  There's even articles on one day seeing lifespans of 1,000 years. (See here, here, and here.) With this ease of life, some are even said to "act more like children" than adults in their 20's, 30's, and beyond because of a more sheltered life and/or ease of life. For most though, the lifespan has not increased enough for the luxury of an extended childhood.  Life is still relatively short, but in light of what has just been discussed, it can be seen why some are taking a bit longer to mature. 
Given the economy, young people of today are living at home with their parents well into their 20's or beyond. Because the legal age of a voting adult in this country is 18, most are expected to be out on their own at 18, ready or not. (In Numbers Chapter 1, the age was 20.) That wasn't always the case.  Extended families used to be more the norm, with multi-generational households much more common.  The old Walton's TV show illustrated this, with the grand parents, their children, and grand children, all under one roof. Think of the benefits of that for a moment.  Parent's need not farm their kids out to daycare, or leave them to a babysitter, when the grandparents are there to take care of and help raise them.  Older siblings also help raise the younger ones, and also help take care of their aging grandparents, who now can stay at home and not be sent off to some retirement or nursing home.  The family also benefits from multiple incomes, those of the working parent(s), older children with jobs, and the retirement checks/savings of the grandparents even. To be sure, this is not for everyone though, but it is an option.
In Genesis 2:24 it says, "Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh." Jesus, obviously referring back to this passage, said in Matthew 19:5 and Mark 10:7-8: "...For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh...." It might even be inferred from this that, until you're ready to get married and start a family of your own, stay home.  "And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone...." (Genesis 2:18).  If it wasn't good to be alone in a perfect world, before sin and the curse, it certainly isn't now. We're all individuals; not everyone is ready to be on his or her own at a set date on a calendar. Circumstances may dictate otherwise, but that must be judged at that time. Isaac was at home till the day his father died, after he got married...at age 40 (Gen. 25:20).

TIME DILATION IN SCRIPTURE
If you enter that phrase, Time Dilation in Scripture, into a search engine, you'll find several references to how time dilation helps  biblical creation; explaining such things as how light from stars millions or billions of light years from us is visible here on earth. Another perspective would explain the passage of time in heaven (if there can be said to be such a thing), versus elapsed time on earth.
 The story told in school relates that if you were to travel to a star and back, depending on variables of speed and distance, only a short amount of time would have passed for you, but years would have gone by on earth.
Take this in the context of Psalm 90:4, "For a thousand years in thy sight are but as yesterday when it is past...." and II Peter 3:8, "But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day." Let's do the math: 1,000 years equals one day, then 1,000 divided by 24 (hours in a day) means that an hour in heaven (with the Lord) is 41.66 years (41 years and 4 months) rounded up: 42, and a minute is .69 of a year, (roughly two-thirds of a year, which is 4 months), and a second roughly 2 to 3 days.
As noted above, in Genesis 6:3 the LORD said, "...his days shall be 120 years." Then in Psalm 90:10, we read that, "The days of our years are threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years...." The average life expectancy is 70 - 80 years, with the rare few reaching 100 - 120.
This equates to 1-3 hours in heaven.  That puts James 4:14, "...For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away." in a whole new context! And, while we may miss our dearly-departed friends and relatives in heaven, from their perspective, they barely arrived when we show up as well, so they have no time to miss us. 
This also makes ludicrous the Catholic notion that departed saints could intercede for us with God.  You would show up there before they ever got a chance to ask God for anything on your behalf!
Conversely, Elmer Cole's hymn: "10,000 years, and we've just begun," and Amazing Grace: "When we've been there 10,000 years, bright shining as the sun; we've no less days to sing God's praise, than when we first begun," is also cast in a new light, for 10,000 years is just 10 days. Just imagine a year consisting of 365 millennia....


CHILDREN IN HEAVEN
This brings up the question of children who have died and gone to heaven. What happens to them? Do they remain forever young enjoying an eternal childhood?  While scripture is somewhat sparse in this area, we can speculate.  Popular movies may help to visualize some concepts here. In the film HEAVEN IS FOR REAL, a little boy has a near-death experience in which he claims to have gone to heaven.  After returning, he is grilled by his father, a local pastor, about what he saw there. The father shows him a picture of his grandparents, 2 elderly people in a photograph, and asks if he saw them there.  He replies, "There are no old people in heaven." Later, he shows him a picture of them as a young couple. The son confirms then, that he met them there. (In an interview on the Sean Hannity Show on the Fox News Channel, the son, a young adult now, answers Sean's question about older folks in heaven, by saying that everyone is about 30 years of age; or in their early thirties.)
In the film, he tells his mother that he met his sister in heaven who had died in her womb.  The parents were shocked to hear this as they had never told him about her.  She appeared to him about the age she would have been, had she survived, given the elapsed time on earth. This would seem to indicate that children are allowed to grow up in heaven at the rate they would have had they remained on earth. Given the time differential between heaven and earth that we just described above, there would appear to be some discrepancy.  It appears that children age as they would have on earth, but in heaven, this might appear to occur much more rapidly. Think of Bella and Edward's daughter, Renesmee, in BREAKING DAWN. As the child of a mortal (Bella) and an immortal (Edward), she aged much more rapidly than a normal child, while also growing intellectually as well, stopping when she reached adulthood.
In the movie STAR TREK: INSURRECTION, the crew of the USS Enterprise E encounters inhabitants of a planet who are apparently immortal, due to the regenerating effects of  metaphasic radiation present in the planet's rings. After confirming that he and his crew have noticed the effects on them personally, he turns to Artim, a child of one of the natives, and states: "I suppose you're 75," to which he replies, "No. I'm 12." His father then explains: "The metaphasic radiation won't begin to affect him until he reaches maturity." In other words, children are allowed to grow to adulthood, then stop aging. This was apparently the intent of God in Eden before the Fall, and will be in the Millenium; barring any fatal accidents, or outright murder, you will never die.