Update….September 22, 2015

It has been a long couple of years here. My blog has been on the back burner due to taking care of a very dear family member who was dealing with progressive dementia.

I’m not sure if I’m truly ready to jump back into writing posts as yet since my grief related to his passing is still strong.

For now I’m testing the waters. Looking to see who is still reading my posts. If you have gotten this far and are willing to interact, please leave a comment below and/or take a moment to vote your choice in my poll.

Thank you.


‘The Harbinger Decoded’ by Messianic Rabbi Jonathan Cahn

‘The Harbinger Decoded’ gives a brief highlight of each of the Harbingers recorded in ‘The Harbinger’ book. It gives a brief explanation of how ancient Israel and the United States have taken parallel courses in history and how the judgements given to ancient Israel are now being given to the United States as well.

Jonathan Cahn is a messianic rabbi who was given a message for the United States. A warning that Christians need to hear and heed. Obviously, when God goes to the minute detail to get a warning out as He did in this case, it is very important that we get that warning out to as many as possible.

This video is good as a stand alone for those who get their information audibly rather than reading. My one concern is the background music is a bit too loud for anyone with hearing problems. It tends to mask the message a bit. Since the message is so important, I’d love to see the publisher come out with a version that tames the music some so even those with hearing issues could get God’s warning in full too.

My only other thought on the video is that since it is a warning to God’s people, it should be put into the public arena in a way that cost isn’t a limiting factor in getting the message out.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I was given access to a private, temporary link to the video free from The Booketeria, as part of Charisma House’s Book Review Blogger Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

What do you see?

How many times have we heard one group of people claim that another group of people all look-alike to them?

When I viewed the following photographs, I got to wondering if at some level it is because humans tend to focus on certain attributes in the other group and subconsciously don’t ‘see’ the other features that makes up the full portrait of who that person is and what they ‘look like’?

I know that I don’t ‘see’ anyone in any group of people without any facial features as the altered photographs appear in the collection below, but do we take in all the identifying parts of each person when looking at a multitude of unfamiliar faces? Are we practicing a subconscious ‘identity shorthand’ when looking at strangers?

Unless you consciously study other people, their countenance, their mannerisms, what they say or don’t say, how they speak, their style, and how they carry themselves, what do you see when you look at a stranger? How is it different from what you see when you look at someone you know? Would you recognize the photo of a loved one or friend with blurred away facial features?

Featureless Studio Shots Of Models Are Quite Creepy | DIYPhotography.net.

Wrong Button….

Ever intended to click on one button and clicked another one instead? Sometimes it is no big deal and other times it is a bit more embarrassing or worse.

As you might have guessed, that is what happened to me a few minutes ago when I went to click ‘Save Draft’ and instead clicked ‘Publish’.  The post was simply the link to an article and I hadn’t put any text with it yet.

Guess it could happen to anyone, but even as I tried to stop the process in mid action, it was too late. I was whispering ‘No, no, no!’ but as you know my ‘nos’ had no effect on the outcome.

So even though I’m embarrassed by the mistake, the article is worth reading but it wasn’t by me and I really wasn’t trying to claim that it was.  My apologies to you for any confusion I might have caused and to the author of the article for hitting the wrong button.

Courageous by Randy Alcorn

‘Courageous’ is a collaborative work between Randy Alcorn and the creators of ‘Fireproof’. Randy took the screenplay written by Alex Kendrick and Stephen Kendrick and adapted it to make it into a novel. I have not seen the movie ‘Courageous’, but having read the book it is one that I hope to one day get to see.

This is a story that focuses on the lives of four police officers, their families, and an immigrant and his family. It touches on topics like gangs, drugs, divorce, and suicide. It also highlights gang and police cultures. Points out some of the perceived strengths of each and sheds light upon the weaknesses too. I feel that the characters are believable and well-developed. The story moves along and has some surprises along the way.

The heart of the story is the changes that happen when first one and then another, and others choose to step up and purposely live their lives as the men God has called them to be in their families.

Guys, want to be a Godly father? Reading this book will not give you all the answers, only one book can do that, but the ideas expressed are rooted in the Bible. Furthermore, it is an entertaining way to absorb some sound Biblical principles.

For the rest of us, it is an enjoyable way to take in some Biblical truths that are too easily ignored in our current society.

Courageous Cover Image

Keep Your Fork by Unknown Author (received via email)

This is a story that has gone around via email many times in many formats.  I don’t know who the original author is, but if you are the author and want me to take it down please let me know.

It is the kind of story that many people have found inspirational and that is why I’m posting it on my blog.  It is worth sharing as many times as possible.  I hope if you haven’t read it before that you too will find it inspirational.

Author unknown

There was a young woman diagnosed with illness who’d had been given three months to live. Getting things ‘in order,’ she contacted her Pastor and had him come to discuss her final wishes. She told him which songs she wanted sung at the service, what scriptures she’d like read, and what outfit she wanted to wear. Everything was in order and the Pastor was preparing to leave when she suddenly remembered something important to her. ‘There’s one more thing,’ she said excitedly..‘What’s that?’ came the Pastor’s reply.

‘This is very important,’ the young woman continued.   ‘I want to be buried with a fork in my right hand.’

The Pastor stood looking at the young woman, not knowing quite what to say.

That surprises you, doesn’t it?’ the young woman asked.
‘Well, to be honest, I’m puzzled by that request,’ said the Pastor.The young woman explained. ‘My grandmother once told me this story, and from that time on I have always tried to pass along its message to those I love and those who are in need of encouragement. In all my years of attending socials and dinners, I always remember that when the dishes of the main course were being cleared, someone would inevitably lean over and say, ‘Keep your fork.’ It was my favorite part because I knew that something better was coming …. like

velvety chocolate cake or deep-dish apple pie. Something wonderful, and with substance!’So, I just want people to see me there in that casket with a fork in my hand and I want them to wonder ‘What’s with the fork?’ Then I want you to tell them: ‘Keep your fork … the best is yet to come.’

The Pastor’s eyes welled up with tears of joy as he hugged the young woman. He knew this would be one of the last times he’d see her. But he also knew that the young woman had a better grasp of heaven than he did. She had a better grasp of what heaven would be like than many people twice her age, with twice as much experience and knowledge. She KNEW that something better was coming.

At the funeral people were walking by the young woman’s casket and they saw the cloak she was wearing and the fork placed in her right hand. Over and over, the Pastor heard the question, ‘What’s with the fork?’ And over and over he smiled.

During his message, the Pastor told the people of the conversation he had with the young woman. He told them about the fork and about what it symbolized to her. He told people he couldn’t stop thinking about the fork and that they probably would not be able to stop thinking about it either.

He was right. So the next time you reach for your fork let it remind you, ever so gently, that the best is yet to come.

Friends are a very rare jewel, indeed. They make you smile and encourage you to succeed. Cherish the time you have, and the memories you share. Being friends with someone is not an opportunity, but a sweet responsibility.

… and, remember … keep your fork!
The BEST is yet to come!

God Bless You!

Christopher Kimball’s Fall 2011 Book Tour

If you are a Cook’s Illustrated magazine and/or America’s Test Kitchen fan, here is your opportunity to meet Christopher Kimball in person!  This fall he and Jack Bishop are going across the country in a book tour to celebrate 20 years of Cook’s Illustrated magazine and promote Mr. Kimball’s new book, ‘Cook’s Illustrated Cookbook’.

Check the schedule below and don’t miss this opportunity to meet Mr. Kimball and/or Mr. Bishop in person!

Christopher Kimball


Christopher Kimball and Jack Bishop will be touring the country for America’s Test Kitchen’s latest book, Cook’s Illustrated Cookbook. They will be doing media and events (listed below) in each city.

The Cook's Illustrated Cookbook


October 19, 7:00PM

Powell’s Cedar Hills Crossing

3415 SW Cedar Hills Crossing Boulevard, Beaverton, OR (503.228.4651)

October 20, 7:00PM

Book’s inc./Mountain View

301 Castro Street, Mountain View, CA (630.428.1234)

October 21, 6:00PM

Book Passage, Ferry Terminal Building

1 Ferry Building, San Francisco, CA (415.835.1020)

October 22, 3:00-4:30PM

Omnivore Books, Noe Valley

3885 Cesar Chavez Street, San Francisco, CA (415.282.4712)

November 17, 7:00PM

Unity Temple at Oak Park with The Book Table

875 Lake Street, Oak Park, IL (708.386.9800)

November 29, 6:00PM

Christopher Kimball interviewed by Christopher Lydon

Athenaeum 10 1/2 Beacon Street, Boston, MA (617.227.0270)

December 1, 8:15PM

Christopher Kimball with Jacques Pepin, moderated by Adam Gopnik from The New Yorker

92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY (212.415.5500)


October 24, 6:00PM

Books to Cooks

1740 West 2nd Avenue, Vancouver, BC (604.688.6755)

October 26, 7:00PM

Third Place Books

17171 Bothell Way NE, Lake Forest Park, WA (206.366.3333)

October 27, 7:30PM

Tattered Cover Book Store

2526 East Colfax Avenue, Denver, CO (303.322.7727)

November 9

(Media Only)

Dallas, TX

November 10, 7:00PM

Blue Willow Bookshop

14532 Memorial Drive, Houston, TX (281.497.8675)

November 30, 4:30PM

Politics & Prose

5015 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington, DC (202.364.1919)


December 7, 6:00PM

Brattle Theatre with Harvard Book Store

40 Brattle Street, Cambridge, MA (617.661.1515)  Tickets: $5

Touched by a Vampire by Beth Felker Jones

Touched by a Vampire, Discovering the Hidden Messages in the Twilight Saga is a very interesting book and brings out points that are thought provoking and interesting.

I haven’t read Meyer’s Twilight series, but have a number of friends who have and when I saw this book in the library and read the description decided to read it.  I’m glad I did.  Not only does Ms. Jones bring out the various messages, obvious or maybe hidden in Meyer’s books about Bella and Edward, but Beth also contrasts the assumptions, suggestions, messages with a Christian perspective on each topic.  Plus, at the end of each topic she lists a number of questions for the reader to think about to examine their own thoughts on the topic.

There are ten chapters covering romance, love, sex, gender roles, family, marriage, children, life, purpose, and desire.  I think Ms. Jones does a fabulous job on those topics in a book that is only 180 pages long.  Plus, within those 180 pages she has an introduction, an epilogue on Jesus being the Light, and a book-by-book discussion guide.

Ms. Jones hopes the book will be used as a resource to start discussions about the subjects covered in youth groups, Bible studies, Sunday school classes, or just groups of friends.  The publisher has also made an online teacher’s guide available at http://www.waterbrookmultnomah.com.  Above all else she hopes the book will help others grow closer to God.

I recommend this book to anyone who has read Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse, and/or Breaking Dawn.  I also recommend it to people such as myself who haven’t but know people who have read them.