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September 27, 2018

    Staying attentive to things is essential to arriving at a predetermined destination with any hope of making a statement or being in one piece.  Case in point. Today was a travel day for me and the trip back and forth to State College had its usual traffic, road construction, and the occasional "Did I just see what I thought I saw" moments.

    On my return we descended the Seven Mountains area, there was the usual string of tractor t...

September 22, 2018

    For many reading this, we can remember the scene in Indiana Jones, "Raiders of the Lost Ark" when he tossed the date into the air ready to catch it, chew it up, and swallow it.  Instinctively, his friend Sallah, reached out and snatched the date our of the air as he watched the monkey die from poisoned dates. With a startled look on his face, Jones looked at his friend and heard him say, "Bad dates."

    Our lives are alway...

September 20, 2018

    Enduring pain isn't about how many times one has been knocked down but how many times one chooses to get back up. If this is remotely true, then some of us should be Phi Betta Kappas on struggle and perseverance. What does it mean then to reduce our errs? You may be thinking, "Is errs even a real word?" For this blog, let's pretend it is. 

   The other day, I bumped into the oft quoted Alexander Pope who said, "To err is hu...

September 18, 2018

Mix flour, water, salt, ham, potatoes, other unknown ingredients and a slow cooker and what do you get.  A pot of YUMMYNESS! (or is it yummmieness?)  No matter, ham pot pie is good no matter how you spell yumminess.

    Last night at the men's Bible study, we were treated with Lisa's home made ham pot pie and in a word it was 'Delicious'! There was some irony in this meal for me personally and after sharing that caveat with Lisa, she also sha...

September 16, 2018

Quick, what is the best advice you've ever received?  Your answer should not include words like 'yellow' and 'snow'!  No really, have you had sage advice given you from wise people?  I sure hope so.  If you haven't then I'll have to assume you weren't open to advice or you weren't listening.  Horrors!  Please say it's not so!

     A year ago, Tracie and I took part in solid leadership training from the Orange Tour hel...

September 14, 2018

    If I, a solitary man, stand and look up to the sky, I am not able to see the end of the known universe.  Even if I had access to the Hubble Telescope and had it amped a 100 times more powerful than it is, I still couldn't.  Scientists and astronomers continue to plumb the depths and heights of our created order and are learning new things about all that we don't know about....

    It is so easy to be caught up in how important w...

September 10, 2018

     Ahhh, Saturdays!!  For many it is a day to sleep in.  No work!  No school!  For teenagers, who spent all night online playing video games, they never see Saturday. (**insert smiley face here)  Still others prep for the big game and get ready to tailgate and enjoy a day away from responsibilities.  Overall, I like Saturdays.  I was born on a Saturday.  So, what do you do on Saturdays?  Reading? Cooking? Cleaning? Traveling? Shopping? Little a...

September 7, 2018

      In order for most spiders to survive and gather (catch) food, they must spin webs and locate in areas of insect travel.  Have you ever wondered how the first spider knew to do this amazing feat of architecture?  What led them to believe the substance coming out of their spinnerets could (would) suffice for food catching capabilities?  Have you ever taken time to watch a spider construct their web?  Words like 'amazing' and 'stunning' don't...

September 5, 2018

The unmistakable sounds of certain things always leave us with a connection that cannot be broken.  For instance, I could sit and listen to Katy Dids call their ratcheting sounds forever.  The white noise hum of a sweeper used to knock me out when I was a child.  So many sounds, bring back so many memories.  Just the other day, I stepped into a time machine that whisked me back 30-40 years ago.

As I stepped inside the barn on the fa...

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