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First off, Happy Thanksgiving!

Hope everyone out there has a wonderful day with family or friends. Or both. Be sure to catch the latest in the Hobbit Read-Along, titled “Happy Hobbit Thanksgiving,” over at jubilare. It’ll put a smile on your face!


Speaking of read-a-longs, there’s another one developing over at “Read the Fathers.” This one is a seven-year project to read seven pages a day of the early church fathers. It’s a great opportunity to read some of the foundational writings of the Christian faith. It starts on the first Sunday in Advent (December 2, 2012.)

Check out the link. I plan on participating and hopefully I’ll be disciplined enough to read my daily seven pages. Evidently there will be a forum where readers can discuss the material covered each day. Learning and fellowship. Sounds good, no?


Oh God our Father, we would thank thee for all the bright things of life. Help us to see them, and to count them, and to remember them, that our lives may flow in ceaseless praise; for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord.

J.H. Jowett, 1846 – 1923

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Posted by on November 22, 2012 in Notices, Prayer, Quotations


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Opportunity Knocks and Other Things


appleseed (Photo credit: mike r baker)

Hello, Folks! Sorry I’ve been remiss on posting the last few days, but something has come up. Something good.    Remember the book review I did on “Better Known as Johnny Appleseed?” Well, as a result of that review I’ve been recruited to do a bit of writing on another Johnny Appleseed book. It’s not a long piece, but I am under a deadline. So, for the next week postings will be sparse. I apologize, but this is a great opportunity and I want to do the best job I can. I’ll tell you all more when I can.


In other news, I’m still turning pages on that novel “The Darwin Conspiracy.” I’m now on page 135 and I still am no closer to figuring out what the conspiracy is all about. Heck, I’m having trouble figuring out what this book is about.

There are three story-lines running along here. First, the adventure of Charles on the Beagle as he prepares to make history. Second, the investigation of Darwin’s family life by Hugh and Beth, researchers from our own time. Third, excerpts from a diary kept by one of Darwin’s daughters in the back of a financial ledger, which for some unknown reason no one has ever seen before. Yeah, right.

I don’t know what is worse, the dialog between Hugh and Beth, postmodern caricatures or the incessant whining of dear old Charles. Talk about your dysfunctional family head. The only interesting and intelligent voice in this book is Darwin’s daughter, Lizzie. Unfortunately, she doesn’t get as much time as the others.

I don’t know how much longer I can keep turning pages on this thing. If someone were to drop me a comment with the ending and spare me the labor of reading “The Darwin Conspiracy” to the conclusion, I would not be at all upset. So . . .

. . . please?


Posted by on June 24, 2012 in Book Review, Notices, What I'm Reading


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I’ll Be Back . . .

So, my wife and I are leaving for California in about 2 hours. We’re going to see my mom for Mother’s Day and also visit some dear friends. Then, on the way back to Arizona, we’ll be taking a detour through Laughlin, Nevada for a little R & R. Love the buffets there!

Was wondering what I was going to read while relaxing by the pool in Laughlin, but while returning a book to the local library, I found a practically new paperback copy of Dean Koontz’ “What the Night Knows” for a buck. Yes! One of my favorite authors and this is one of the best reviewed of his current works. God does provide.

In summary, for the next 5 days I won’t be posting much. I may steal some time on our friends’ computer but I can’t promise. You can count on one thing, though. I WILL be reading.

I’ll be back.


Posted by on May 11, 2012 in Notices


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