Tuesday, September 19, 2006

A Pirate's Short Day

Arrr, today is a 'ery fine day, if you're a pirate. With the wind in our sails, the sea before us, we will ride the wa'es and scuttle us some ships for their treasures. My first mate is takin' the helm for the first time since comin' aboard last year. He's a young man and does a good job keepin' the other ingrates in line. Wait, I see a ship t' the starboard. Tis flyin' a British flag. Oh no! Mo'e o'er mate, let me take the wheel. We must outrun that lady, or she'll send us t' Davy Jones locker. Today we run for our lives, tomorrow will be a new day for pillagin' the ships on the high sea. Aye, me parrot concurs.

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Squat by Taylor Fields

Taylor Fields book "Squat" is a slow-paced novel where the reader follows the lead character by the name of Squat, a homeless kid on the streets of New York. The story revolves around a conflict between Squat and the person he stole one hundred dollars from named Saw. The end is the most exciting part—I won’t divulge it to be fair. This book may be of interest for those involved in street ministry.

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Summer? What Summer?

Boy, did this summer ever come and go. August turned out to be quite a busy month for me starting with the wonderful Oregon Christian Writer's Conference in Canby Oregon. It was packed with great workshops, including one taught by Karen Ball (which I attented). Karen's insight as an editor and author added so much depth to her class. I also met one of my favorite authors Randy Ingermanson, who just moved to the Portland area. His classes were awesome.
Besides the seminars and workshop at the conference, I thoroughly enjoyed meeting new friends, as well as deepening the relationships I have with those I already know.

The most wonderful thing also happened to me and my wife Barbara in the month of August: our two daughters are both engaged. Our oldest daughter Allison and her fiance will be married this December, yes I know, in three months. Ashley, our youngest, is at least taking it easy on her old man and mother by waiting to tie the knot next March. I was honored to have my future son-in-laws (both their names are Daniel) ask my permission first. They are such Godly men and treat our daughters like gold--what more could I say than yes.

Needless to say, we've been tearing the house apart, looking for anything to sell on Ebay, Craigslist, or at our upcoming garage sale this Saturday. It's been awhile since I've been part of a wedding (mine and Barbara's of course), and I sure didn't realize how much these things cost. Wow!! Yet, for my two daughters, there's nothing in this world that could stop me from doing everything possible to help make one of the most memorable events in their life unforgettable. Besides saying I have two of the best daughters ever, walking them down the aisle will be a moment of great pride for me (I sure hope I can get down the aisle without crying).