Opening Paragraphs

Opening Paragraphs.

On-the-EdgeJACKET-308x480In The Beginning.  I retrieved my luggage from the carousel and rolled the bag with its small squeaking plastic wheels into the arrivals hall of Ottawa International Airport. Jetlagged, but relieved to have passed immigration, I saw my host, the artist and novelist Michael O’Brien – a rather tall, lean man in his sixties with silvery curling hair—standing at the exit. In his right hand, he held a little red wooden horse from Dalarna, Sweeden; it was a tribute to my home country, but also the agreed sign of recognition. After introduction and greetings, he smilingly beckoned me with a deep voice to follow him to his car, or not quite his car, but a vehicle belonging to one of his children.

From On the Edge of Infinity, A Biography of Michael D. O’Brien, by Clemens Cavallin. This was a Father’s Day gift to me from our oldest daughter, Kelliann. (I may have mentioned that this book would make a great gift for her dad).

O’Brien has been my favorite novelist (male) for over twenty years and his works have always held a prominent place on my bookshelves.  I plan on making short order of this long, awaited biography and learning more about this humble giant in the world of Christian culture. I have also come to realize that there are a few titles I am mssing, so an order is forthcoming.

Any other O’Brien fans out there?

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This is an old photo and a few titles have been added since.


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Just a Thought…

“The first steps are the hardest”. . . and apply to any solution to any challenge.
Just remember, you are not a tree.

Peace from Panic


I saw this on Pinterest today and it made me smile. Straight and to the point. If you want something different in your life, take the initiative to make it happen.

Easier said than done. The first steps are the hardest.

Since I had surgery on my foot early March, I’ve had a hard time getting back into exercising on a regular basis. I eat pretty healthy, but I’ve let that slide too. Sometimes it’s so difficult to get motivated. It’s easy to fall into the trap of being lazy.

Last week I finally took control. I weighed myself one morning and promised myself to get back to a consistent healthy lifestyle. I’d like to lose a few pounds, but it really isn’t about that for me. I just want to feel healthier. Stronger, inside and out.

I don’t follow a strict plan, I basically go by this motto: Eat…

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A week ago today, Martha and I had some time to kill in Augusta and ended up at the Savannah River near the Augusta Rowing Club boathouse. Back in the mid-2000’s,  Elissa, Megan and I rowed with the club.  Hard work and good times.

Martha, five months old and with the webbed feet of a Labrador, is still not so sure about deep water swimming.  She was content to sit in the water and watch a man paddle away after talking with us for awhile.  I couldn’t help but marvel how simple and enjoyable  life is for this dog. Everything she does is her “favorite thing.”

I’m going to try to find someone with a 2-seat kayak that I can borrow to take her out on the river before she joins up with Megan in Houston next month.

This photo has become the wallpaper on all my devices…  remembering our afternoon has become my digital “happy place.”

I’ts difficult to imagine my life without the dogs and it took our daughter’s  puppy to remind me.


Martha, looking accross the Savannah River to South Carolina as a kayacker makes his way back up-river 

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On Soggy Dogs

“Nothing in the world is friendlier than a wet dog”!

With all the rain we have had this last week, I can verify that this is true.

It might be smelly, dirty love, but love nonetheless.


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Circa 1969

The thunder roared

The lightning crashedimages.png

Down came a tree

And a frog got smashed

A poem from 4th grade.  Some things are meant never to be forgotten.

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Thinking Fast

Got a few fun stories to work through and then I’ll get serious again…

The minister was preoccupied with thoughts of how he was going to ask the congregation to come up with more money than they were expecting for repairs to the church building. Therefore, he was annoyed to find that the regular organist was sick and a substitute had been brought in at the last minute. The substitute wanted to know what to
“Here’s a copy of the service,” he said impatiently. “But, you’ll have to think of something to play after I make the announcement about the finances.”
During the service, the minister paused and said, “Brothers and Sisters, we are in great difficulty; the roof repairs cost twice as much as we expected and we need $4,000 more. Any of you who can pledge $100 or more, please stand up.” At that moment, the substitute organist played “The Star Spangled Banner.”
And that is how the substitute became the regular organist!

Thanks, Carla

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Confucius Says

Unknown“Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated”

. . .  Confucius

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