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August 13, 2019

    Wind and water are two amazing elements in creation that are both intriguing and amazingly powerful. 

 Gurgling streams and gentle breezes sooth the soul and bring peace, while accounts of floods and

 tornadoes make one stand in awe at the shear force of both. 

    The other day, we had a nice float down the Juniata river and drank in the scenery. The river was lower and

 in some places, the rapids brought the heart rate up a...

June 11, 2019

       Most who know me well, know that I will be out on a hiking trail on my day off (sometimes I run). The other day our family went hiking and headed north on Peter's Mountain in Dauphin county. What a great day to be outdoors enjoying God's creation. Many others were out doing likewise. We encountered more than half a dozen North Bound (NOBO) through hikers who were destined to kiss the sign on Mt. Katahdin Maine in the next few months.  Most...

November 28, 2018

I am not the best hunter in the world. I try to think like the animal I'm seeking to harvest though.  It usually means I overthink the plan and end up being duped by the animal.  Or, I'll get complacent about the animal and reduce it to a dumb creature that I can outsmart.  Case in point, my antlered deer hunting failures have accumulated to an astronomical number that we won't discuss in any detail here.  Here is what I know about these forest c...

November 22, 2018

     It used to be all the rage to only buy products that had the Good Housekeeping Seal (GHS) of approval label attached.  The media promoted the idea and many consumers bought into the notion that something with the 'seal' on it was trustworthy, worth the investment, and good!

     Perhaps I don't listen as intently as I used to or the promotion of Good Housekeeping seals has diminished over the years.  Not sure which is the case....

November 16, 2018

     I pray it doesn't snow.  I pray I can get out of bed. I pray for a better year than last year. I pray for my car to start. I pray for __________.  Do you pray?  Well, it is an honest question.  If we are created by God with God's image tucked within us then it stands to reason that we would have a penchant to want to converse with the Almighty. Is there anything to big or too small to lift in prayer to the one who placed the stars in place a...

November 13, 2018

    I have never (NEVER) owned a brand new vehicle.  It isn't that I haven't wanted to but rather I (we) have never been able to afford the type of vehicle I prefer that is brand new.  The default for vehicle buying for us then is predicated upon latest model with the lowest mileage, the best condition, and at the right price.  Recently, we were told by the inspection mechanic that the 2003 pick-up, while passing inspection, was beginning to show...

November 10, 2018

"At the end of your life you will groan, when your flesh and body are spent. You will say, “How I hated    discipline! How my heart spurned correction! I would not obey my teachers or listen to my instructors."

                                                                                                                                           (Proverbs 5:11-13, NIV)...

October 26, 2018

    I enjoy reading. I don't always have time to do so.  I know what you might be thinking.  I can hear you firmly saying to me, "Randy, make time to read. It is good for your development across a multitude of disciplines."  Yes, I know.  Well, I have been trying to align the reading discipline into a more current stream of action lately.  

    The other day at a breakfast sponsored by our local bookstore, I was...

October 22, 2018

     Ah, the timeless game of 'bobbing for apples' conjures up memories of water sucked back into my sinuses.  Fun times!.... Not really.  It took a lot of bobbing, lurching, and cajoling those delicious apples before I finally realized a tried and true method to get one.  The other evening, I watched with fascination as kids of all ages (not me) tried their hand at this Halloween party staple.

    Have you ever...