March 16, 2018

l don’t believe I know a person who is not fascinated with flight.  From jet planes to paper airplanes, flying things bring the kid out in most of us.


I love this picture of grandson Jedidiah because it reminds me of my thoughts on flying things. 

This is one cool little boy by the way, he has a Will Rogers attitude about people, places, and things.  In a conversation about people who are hard to like, he said that he didn’t know anybody that he didn’t like.  Made me proud.




March 4, 2018

Lots of birds today…







Beautiful day today, spent most of it on the deck.



March 1, 2018

It’s been a few days since I’ve posted anything, the last was pictures from vacation in Florida.  I need to get back to writing.  I thought when I retired I would have all of this time to write as well as do some things I want/need to do but each day comes quickly to an end.

In fact I don’t spend much time on social media because it seems to be an avenue for too many folks to express the anger/hatred in their heart and it bothers me. 

I enjoy retirement so far, it’s been nice to get up in the morning and spend some time looking out the windows…before long I can spend that time on the deck.

I’ve been reading through a different translation of the Bible (New Living Translation).  I have enjoyed reading through books and passages that I haven’t read for a while.  I just finished Daniel and especially liked the story of Daniel in the lion’s den as well as Sandarac, Meshach, and Abednego being thrown into the fiery furnace.  A rekindled reminder of the need to trust more fully in God.

And when I think of God, Jesus comes into my mind giving God that personal touch.  If we want to know what God is like…look to Jesus who is the exact representation of Gods mind.

Anyway, I’m hoping to get back to daily (or something close to that) writing.  I’ll keep it short.



February 8, 2018

Vacation trip to Florida…







Wild Boar


Fun times at lake Okeechobee…



February 4, 2018

“If the warmth of the heart cannot penetrate our outside layer then we need to peel back some layers.”

In our world there is so much anger, especially when it comes to society in general and politics in particular.  Voices come from all directions spewing knee jerk reactions that inflame, excite and draw responses that counter the point and further infuriate.  On and on it goes…

Many people, it seems – myself included – fall prey to the anger of others and lose sight of the beauty around us.  The result – my opinion here – is that the heart grows cold, or at least is calloused to the point that the warmth of our heart cannot make it to the top layer of our skin.  And if the warmth of the heart cannot penetrate our ruffed up façade we fail at the second greatest commandment of loving other people… (Matthew 22:37-40)

Be careful not to become angered from the anger of others.  As Jesus followers we are called to demonstrate love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness, and self-control.  (Galatians 5:22-23)  I have to remind myself of that on occasion.  From what I read on social media, a lot of other people are the same way

Just some thoughts this morning.

Peace and joy


January 28, 2018

“Holy interruptions are those times and places where our effort in one direction is turned to another direction…Sometimes the interruption is preparation for something bigger and sometimes the interruption is the something bigger.”

This is often difficult to remember especially when we’re those people whose focus is on finishing (guilty here). 

Pay attention to interruptions, they may be our mission.




Sugi Ban

My first attempt at Sugi Ban.  (Japanese method of preserving wood.)


Char the wood, cool it, and clean it.  I’m planning on making some flower boxes to put in the courtyard at home.  I think I need to practice some more since I’m not really sure about how much to char the wood and how much to clean it.