October 15, 2019

The Hermitage

October 12, 2019

The Hermitage

October 12, 2019

The  following story, the beginning of which happened a quarter of a century ago, is true...with one major disclaimer. These are my memories, which may or may not be factual. Over my long life I have discovered that —  for me at least — events which are very, very significant take on a life of their own. Any of my companions on this adventure might alter the narrative according to their pe...

October 10, 2019

The Hermitage

October 9, 2019

I’m going to try to wrap up the New Wineskins experience with this posting. I ask your forgiveness, because the only way to do that is to give a very superficial covering of the conference. But let’s start with 

Thursday September 26

SAMS Family Day

How honored I was when I got the note from Stewart Wicker, the President and MIssion Director, inviting me to be part of the day. In ways I can’t begin to express (perhaps fod...

October 7, 2019

The Hermitage

October 6, 2016

Well, here it is 2:00am on Sunday morning and the Lord awoke me “suggesting” I write a thank you letter to three of the finest people you’ll ever know in your life. John Linn and his parents, Dennis and Sheila Linn, have just written a new book, The Two Hands of Yes and No: One Family’s Encounter with the Surprising Power of Active Nonviolence. They had sent me an autographed copy. It is well worth the read. 

Since I wa...

September 25, 2019

Ridgecrest Conference Center

Black Mountain, NC

September 25, 2019

Yesterday was unbelievably exciting and enjoyable.

First, after the bear incident, we surveyed the John C. Campbell School of Folk Art. It’s phenomenal. The facility sprawls over dozens of acres with dorms, arts and crafts room dedicated to the specific crafts, and even a blacksmith shop. 

Take a look at their catalogue. Hundreds of courses on all manner of things. I’m visiting because...

September 25, 2019

Stonebrook Lodge

Murphy, NC

September 24, 2014

Day two on the road and still making great time. Had planned to stop in Chattanooga, but about two o’clock made a rest stop, looked at the map and decided to go the backroads.

It was a great decision. So much more interesting than counting 18-wheelers.

Rural America is a wonder. First, from the interstate everything beyond the industrial border looks devoid of life. But rural America thrives. And we found...

September 25, 2019

Home 2

Jackson, MS

Sunday, September 22, 2019

First day on the road and we really made good time and distance — Home to Jackson, MS -- roughly 600 miles. Traffic was light and the car was very comfortable. Chris is driving, of course, and ahhh...I remember those days 30 years ago when I could have made this same drive. Yes, and I remember walking 3 miles to school in the snow with no shoes or coat?

Uhh, wrong climate. Third grade in Eldorado I though...

September 21, 2019

The Hermitage

21 September 2019

Chris, Tito and I are off on new adventures.

Let’s start with Tito JāBear first since he left for his new adventure this morning. 

While Chris and I are gone to New Wineskins, Tito JāBear will be staying at Patriot Dog Training for obedience. Don’t laugh. Even 3 pounders need “come, sit, stay, heel, etc.”

This is a premier facility here in Bulverde. The owner and head trainer is an ex-Navy dog handler with Seal Team 6....

June 22, 2019

The Hermitage

June 18, 2019

To all of you wonderful friends who have asked about my health, I cannot thank you enough. And I apologize for this generic update, but it’s the best I can do right now. My strength and stamina are zip, and I’ve got blurry double vision which makes typing problematic even for my poor skills. The third problem is brain fog...but more about all that later.

Here’s the history---

When I got home from my aborted trip, I set up...

June 2, 2019

The Hermitage

May 25, 2019

For those that are interested,  this is “an organ recital.” That’s what a friend of mine said that’s what people of our age start all conversations with. If you’re not interested you have my permission to find something better to do with your time. <grin>

Things have been interesting medically for the last couple of weeks.

  • Keto flu in Van Horn

  • ER visit and hospitalization for a-fib

  • Major changes in thyroid med...

May 17, 2019

The Hermitage

May 17, 2019

As Pogo (a Walt Kelly cartoon strip for those of you who are not old enough to remember it) says,

"We have met the enemy and he is us."

Got back from my trip on Monday. Was planning on spending three days at Junction, but bad weather was forecast (and actually hit) so I came on home.

Really tired. And that’s part of the issue.

All this is leading up to:

I’m hanging up my spurs.

Had lots of time to think while on the trip (will...

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     ABOUT ME     

An 80 year old widower after 53 years of a wonderful marriage, I'm going to be off 'yonderin' " My adventures will be pretty much solo or with some friends who love to travel as much as I do. The original  plan was to revisit places Andrea and I loved, and to visit some places we just never got to see. But now circumstances have changed and I'm just waiting to experience the next exciting adventure the Lord takes me on.

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