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November 10, 2016

    Went for a walk yesterday. It was cool, foggy, and bit damp. Visibility wasn't terrible, but it wasn't allowing any bright and clear vistas to be enjoyed. The fog closed off any possibility of panoramic pictures of the Big Valley. I did enjoy the small dreary circle of sight around me. It encompassed a radius of about 50 yards. 

    Yesterday's fog reminded me of a news article from about a week ago. The Pittsburgh Post Gazette had o...

November 9, 2016

    Some days are more difficult than others. The ones I dislike the most are those that sap my strength and hope. There aren't many of those days, but when they arrive I groan. My best guess is found in a short-sightedness on my part. I take my eyes off Jesus.  Guess that would put me in familiar company. Peter had those sinking kinds of days. Remember this account?

        "During the fourth watch of the night Jesus...

November 8, 2016

    "Why I oughta!" "You imbecile!" "You knucklehead!" "Oh, a wise guy, eh?" "What's the big idea here?"

Many of us can read the preceding sentences and immediately identify the source. From the late 1920s to the early 1970s, The Three Stooges provided their brand of vaudeville slapstick comedy. Physical violence was the centerpiece of their act but it was the quotes that made the show. Moe, Curly, and Larry slapped, bonked, and ker-powed the...

November 7, 2016

    I vote. I accept this right of my citizenship in the USA and count it a privilege. Can I say that all my candidates have won their elections over the years? Nope.  Have I quit voting because all my candidates didn't win? Nope. There is one thing that does get to me though. I feel like I am running a gauntlet when I approach the polling entrance. I intentionally avoid personal contact with the multitude of volunteers who stand outside the poll...

November 6, 2016

When sticks become swords and black walnuts become golf balls, then all is right with the world.  I watched with fascination as our grandson amused himself yesterday at a wedding. The hours leading up to the ceremony can be tedious for adults. For little 4 or 5 year olds, it can be a time of fun and exploration. Ryan found sticks and began to wield them like swords. In the course of waiting, the little fellow transformed his stick (sword) into a...

November 4, 2016

Hi, my name is Randy and I am an introvert. Phew, I said it. We introverts know the incredible energy needed to live and converse with others. It is a test of faith and can feel like we're climbing Mt. Everest without O2. It isn't likely you'll ever see me enter a room dancing and being expressive. It isn't how I'm wired and it isn't who I am. 

    God has made me in the holy image and has gifted me in other ways that lend themselves to service an...

November 3, 2016

    I can vaguely remember the two largest purchases of my early years were bought on the 'lay away' plan.  One was a bed when I was about 21 and the other was the diamond ring for my honey when I was about 24. I would go into the two stores when I had saved up some money and make another payment on the items. There was always a creative tension when I would leave the store. I always felt like I had taken another step toward ownership. There was...

November 2, 2016

        "Listen, my son, accept what I say, and the years of your life will be many. I guide you in the way of

        wisdom and lead you along straight paths. When you walk, your steps will not be hampered; when you

        run, you will not stumble." (Proverbs 4:10-12, NIV)

Have you ever face-planted? I did a couple times as a child. Still have the faint scar on my forehead from an old cind...

November 1, 2016

Recipes? We don't need no stinking recipes!

The other day, I needed to make something and apple butter was my choice. Scouring my computer, I finally found the saved recipe for yummy apple butter. Do we have cinnamon? Check! Nutmeg? Check! Salt? Check! Ground Clove? Check! Sugar? Wow three cups of sugar? Yes, check!  Crockpot? Check! Apples? Whoops, nope. So, I went to the store, bought two bags of apples, and came home to start the project.