• Biblical Studies,  Books


    Thought I’d share this from my preparation for tonight’s small group: Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name! Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy, who satisfies you with good so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s. Psalm 103:1-5 If you are going through a hard time at present, and this feels forced or isn’t connecting, I pray God will bring you through till this is your prayer.

  • News

    Chicken, Leeks, Mushrooms and Cream

    The recipe here was very tasty. Nice to have had all I needed in the refrigerator! Well, half as much chicken, but that was perfect for the number of eaters. For the white wine I used dry vermouth, which worked perfectly well. The picture may not do it justice…

  • Food,  Language,  News


    So, this June will be 20 years. My father-in-law offered us a week through his timeshare. After a laborious search on a timeshare site in need of some serious development hours, we narrowed it down to two, and then eventually one. It was quite the toss up between a TradeWinds excursion (half spent on a catamaran trek and half lounging at a beach resort) and a rustic Italian village/resort (or their more English-friendly site) to be used as both peaceful retreat and base camp for exploring the green center of Italy. The catamaran sounded interesting, even exciting, but the all-inclusive fee of $200/person/day, for a 7-day jaunt by two people…

  • Food,  News

    Busy Morning

    The girls both have a military ball to attend this evening, Jenna got up super-early for a guard competition, and Kim left to go see it. I took some time to do bills and make some changes on my laptop. OneDrive does not impress me, by the way. And, plates swirling in the air, it was requested that I drive Julianne to a friend’s distant house so that they could get ready for the dance early, before taking photos at the local botanical garden. I told Sean to drop the device he had been on all morning, decide on a place for lunch, and jump in the car with me.…

  • Books,  News

    A Little In The Way

    I bought a used desk a month ago and it has been sitting in my garage. I have traded my office to my wife, and the room that will become my office/study is getting new flooring. All good, except it is taking quite a bit of time. A big box store who shall remain unnamed is supplying the materials, and has so far been pretty unprofessional. Pushing delivery dates, failing to communicate, both with me and the installer, that sort of thing. Things happen, but it is getting fairly silly at this point. Hopefully, early next week the materials will be delivered, and then the install can begin. So, in…

  • Food,  News

    Blue Ridge Wonderland

    I made a much needed break from home for the weekend, and took wife and kids to Banner Elk, North Carolina. It’s cold, and the leaves are off, of course. But it still has its own sort of beauty this time of the year. Along the Blue Ridge Parkway, almost to Blowing Rock, we took Boone Fork Trail beside a partially frozen creek. Lovely. Not a very long hike, but that was fine for today. It was enough for Kim to break in her new boots, at the very least. And then, we followed it up with a visit to Blowing Rock Brewing Company, where we had a fairly peaceful…