Share Your World With Cee Cee 2013 Week 5

Some fun questions from Cee this week.

Are you a morning or night person?

I tend to be more of a midday person myself. The dogs get me up at 5:30 A.M. but I am seldom happy about it. Conversely,  when  I try to stay up until midnight my head usually goes numb by 10 P.M. and my speech is slurring once I get past 11.

What is your preferred hot drink: coffee, tea, water or other?

Oh, coffee is my drink of choice no doubt. The stronger the better. My sister sent me some yummy Dutch coffee. Can’t wait to get back to drinking that.

my personal office Keurig

my personal office Keurig

What was your favorite toy as a child  . . .  and now?

I loved those little plastic dinosaurs. I had a whole set that I would play pretend prehistory with. Other than that I didn’t play too much with toys. My sister had a lot of toys. I got mad at her once and went around the neighborhood selling them to the neighbors for candy money. It was a great plan until I got caught.

If you had a choice which would be your preference salt water beaches, fresh water lakes, hot tub, ski resort or desert?

I personally love the idea of a hot tub at the beach. It goes along well with my bucket list item of riding a horse in the surf.


Share Your World With Cee Cee 2013 Week 4

This week Cee asks:

Almost everyone has heard of a bucket list which is a list of things you want to do before you die.  List 4 things off your bucket list that you would like to share with us.  Assume that money is no object.  Have a lot of fun with it.  Would you like to fly to the moon, dive to the bottom of the ocean, live a month in India or learn how to tap dance?  What is on your list?

Oooode lawly (sound it out)…this is a good one!

Here are my four things: on beachI want to be this guy! I would love to ride a horse in the warm surf on a tropical island. It seems like this would make for some great thinking time. First, though, I guess I should learn how to ride a horse. I imagine adding waves and shifting sand to horseback riding doesn’t make the task easier…hmmm.

2. I would like to take a month and seal myself away hereOld Cabin in the woods, Los Arrayanes National Park, Peninsula de Quetrihue, Neuquen, Argentina, South Americaor herecabin-on-the-lake-2or hereMt Cabinto write a novel. Just me plenty of food and drink and a type writer. Sounds heavenly!

3. Before I go on to glory I hope to visit each of my children at their respective mission stations around the globe. Of course before that happens they have to graduate from college, pay off loans and obtain  missions stations. Soon and very soon! Two of them graduate this spring.

4. Finally on today’s bucket list of four things, I would like to have dinner with the Kennedys. My grandfather had dinner with both Robert and John F ( that was when they were all in state politics here in MA). My father had his picture taken with JFK before he was President. I would like to keep the tradition alive.

Share Your World Withh Cee Cee 2013: Week 3

I am going to have some fun with these questions because my straight on answers would be much too short and boring. Hope ya don’t mind.

Is your hair short (total neck and ear showing), medium (covering ears and neck), long (below shoulders) or extra long (at least halfway down your back)?

I keep my hair short because long hair makes me look goofy. It use to be, before I started going bald, that my hair would get big and poofy when it got long. Now that I’m losing my hair, it looks like I’m trying to create a comb over. So when my hair gets too long I have to cover it up like this.

I'm the one in blue.

I’m the one in blue.

or this:

I've had to borrow this one before when my hair got too big.

I’ve had to borrow this one from my daughter before when my hair got too big.

Yeah…not goofy at all.

What is your favorite color of hair?  You can name your hair color or a color that you just like.

I love auburn hair, But not on me, because I’m balding now. Auburn hair on my head just makes me look like I’ve got a stringy sunburn.

Which bad habits, if any, drive you crazy?

Ummm…all bad habits drive me crazy because they are by definition bad and I am sworn to dislike bad things. It’s in the Pastor contract. You can look it up. 😉

What are some of your favorite type of proteins to eat? (meat, eggs, soy, cheese, nuts).

I just discovered Quinoa! Have you ever had it? It’s so yummy!

That is the wrong way to say it.

This is the right way to say it.

Just in case you were wondering.

Thanks Cee for these really fun questions!

Share Your World 2013 Week 2

Here are Cee Cee’s four questions for the second week of 2013. I am writing from the overstuffed chair in my hotel room while my daughter’s nap after a long day of sightseeing. I have some great pictures coming your way soon from the wonderful state of PA!

What is your favorite color? I would like to say my favorite color is blue. That seems like it should be the right answer. But when I really think about my go-to colors for clothing I have to accept the fact that my favorite colors are black or brown…no not even truly brown more of a rust or burnt sienna. 🙂

Favorite thing to photograph? Write? Or Cook? My favorite person to write about is Jesus and my favorite thing to cook is kielbasa casserole. Those two things are pretty much mutually exclusive (although I suppose if I had Jesus over for dinner I would serve him kielbasa casserole). So except for here you will probably never see the two things mentioned together again in a blog.

Name two of your best personality traits. Well let’s see… everyone except my children tells me that I am a pretty patient guy. I do believe strongly that good things come to those who wait. I also believe that we can solve a lot of our problems by sitting down and thinking things through patiently before acting; So I guess I would agree patience is one of my strong points. I think a second strong point is my ability to reason out problems. I am someone who likes to mull things over and think things through. I don’t like to react emotionally (for that reason I suppose some people think of me as cold). I think, though, that my ability to respond thoughtfully rather than react emotionally is another strength I possess.

What word or words are fun for you to say? And yes Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious counts as a fun word! The word “copious” is a huge favorite…but if truth be told I like the word “verisimilitude” more.

Share Your World With Cee Cee Pt. 36

Here are our first question from Cee for the New Year! Happy 2013 everyone.

Do you prefer shopping or going to a park?

It totally depends on the store and the park. If we are comparing clothes shopping with going to say Six Flags well then I choose Six Flags. But if we are talking about going to shop at Barnes& Nobles or going for a long walk in our local Cogshall Park, I’m heading for the book store with a Starbucks in it. 🙂

Music or silence while working?

I love listening to instrumental piano music while I am working. I usually keep my internet station turned to “Whisperings”.

If you could have three wishes granted for you alone, what would they be?

OK these are not in any particular order. 

I wish that my book would be miraculously published becoming and instant best seller.

I wish I was completely delivered from all my fears.

I wish I was perfect.


Are you a collector of anything?

I collect all kinds of things: books, Bibles, walking sticks, dishes, memorabilia from my trips.


Share Your World With Cee Cee Pt. 35

I am so grateful to be able to come away from the work for a bit and just answer some simple questions. It has been a rather heady week and my mind is still spinning. Thank you Cee for giving me these queries to kind of bring me back to a normal space. It means more than you know.

  • Do you make New Year’s resolutions, or not?  If so, what one have you made and kept from the past?  I don’t usually make New Year’s resolutions as such. But our church has 21 days of fasting and prayer starting at the beginning of every year and I feel like these are times to gather direction from God about what I am to do in the year to come. I suppose the result is the same except if I don’t do what is set out from the fast I kind of feel it’s not just me I’m letting down but God. MAybe that’s better incentive 🙂
  • Do you prefer Nuts or no Nuts?  Depends what it is in. I like nuts in my brownies and they are pretty good on Sundaes but I’m not a big fan of the nut sauce they make for spaghetti (pesto). But maybe you were referring to the emotional kind of nuts? Some days I feel a little nuts and I like that less than pesto. 😉
  • Do you like winter, or not, and why? I love winter. It’s going outside during winter that I abhor.
  • Do you prefer to receive gifts or give them? I like giving and receiving but I love gifts that have a purpose… things I can use and I like to give gifts that others find useful.



My Grace Notes

This post was inspired my good friend Lady Barefoot Baroness at If you have not read her blog check it out today. She has lots of inspiration for you!

The premise here is to describe your life in 4 or 5 musical choices. Here is my musical description:

My childhood was filled with encouragement to imagine and think. My father often said “I don’t care what you believe but I won’t let you just regurgitate someone else’s beliefs. If your going to believe something,J, know why you believe it!”

While Dad wasn’t completely truthful with his statement about caring (he wasn’t thrilled with my choice to become a practicing Christian) I will forever be thankful that he required me to be able to defend what I believed.

Charlie Brown was my first musical role if you don’t count playing Joseph in school pageants (that was back in the day when the birth of Christ was still allowed in public school).  I was in eighth grade. I didn’t realize how this one song would set my course for the remainder of my school days.

I was the “Wimpy Kid” through most of my high school career. I was labeled “Jesus Boy” and “the Band Fag” (that last one was a name all instrument players got from our good friends on the football team). For the most part I didn’t mind the labels.  I took the comments as persecution for doing and being something that few others had the guts to do or be. I determined to just keep running kite in hand until I graduated. Then I hit my stride.

I learned about “The Piano Guys” just a week ago from Deb, another blogger friend of mine. Check out her work at and Since I heard them I have been listening incessantly to their beautifully complicated arrangements.

The last twenty-five years have gone by in such a rush. I can’t point to one thing  that I would say is THE BLESSING of those years. So much has happened: marriage, children, four or five different career paths, ministry and miracles galore! God has done so many wonderful things for me and each blessing has played its part in making life a beautiful song for the world to hear Jesus through.

I have learned that the river of life cuts deep wounds into all of our lives. No one is exempt from the cutting. It has happened to you and it has happened to me.  While we have no choice about receiving the wounds, we can choose what fills them.The gorges of our pain can run with the waters of bitterness or blessing. God has helped me to keep my eyes fixed on Him in praise through it all.

I don’t know exactly where my life is going to take me. I don’t know what adventure lies beyond this morning’s sunrise.  But I’m secure in the knowledge that my ultimate end is Heaven. Between here and there and beyond even that this eternal life promises to be a great adventure!

Please! Please! Please! share your Grace notes in a post and link back to this site so I can read them!

Share Your World With Cee Cee Pt. 34

I am loving life this Christmas season. I have tried really hard to simplify and to keep my stress level low by concentrating my focus on the Christ in Christmas. I am picking and choosing my activities and making sure that while I do a smattering of Christmassy things I keep those activities under control so that I can still live normal life… like answering these weekly questions! 🙂

  • Your most favorite fiction book? I love so many books. I’m a big fantasy reader and I think one of my favorite series was the Chronicles of Thomas Covenant by Stephen Donaldson. Currently though I am loving John Jakes American Dreams. American Dreams
  • What one thing you miss about being a kid? When I was little my friends and I used to run through the woods behind my house pretending we were superheroes. My life doesn’t  give me much time to pretend these days. I miss that. thCAE2M4N5
  • If you were an ice cream cone how many scoops and flavors would you be and why?   I would be a large orange pineapple ice cream cone because right now I am wicked hungry!
  • What was one of your first moneymaking jobs (other than babysitting or newspaper delivery)? My dad owned a restaurant. I learned how to operate the dishwasher by the time I was ten. Aside from my paper route I worked as a dishwasher from the time I was fifteen. I started waiting tables when I was seventeen and by eighteen I was short ordering. I still love to cook.

Share Your World With Cee Cee Pt. 33

Wow Cee has reached her 50th Share Your World post! Congrats Cee! As you can all see I am 17 blogs behind.  I am so sad I missed 17 weeks of questions but there is no sense crying over spilt words…. So on to answer this week’s questions…which, by the by, turned out to be a lot harder to answer than I initially thought they would be.

  1. If you were to move and your home came fully furnished with everything you ever wanted, list at least three things from your old house you wish to retain? My first question here was “Does fully furnished imply that the house comes with a piano?”               My second question was “What about a coffee maker? Does fully furnished mean we’re all good in the coffee department?”       If not then two of my items are taken up by
    my Roalnd

    My Roland

    And by

    my Keurig

    my Keurig

    Now if those things are taken care of then my three items would be100_0981 100_0982 100_0983 Books! Though this seems to be three things it’s really only one you see. My number two would be

    Great Aunt Maud's antique dishes

    Great Aunt Maud’s antique dishes


    Uncle Tom's Steamer Trunks stuffed with everything else I couldn't fit! :)

    Uncle Tom’s Steamer Trunks stuffed with everything else I couldn’t fit! 🙂


  2. Are you mostly a clean or messy person? I am officially considered “clessy”.
  3. What is the most enjoyable team or club you have belonged to and what was it that made it so? I have been privileged to be part of so many wonderful teams but I have to say my favorite would have to be the acting casts I have been a part of. “Welcome Home Sgt. Patterson” and “Four Tickets To Christmas” stick out in my memory.
  4. What do you feel is the most enjoyable way to spend $50? Why? I enjoy taking people out to eat. Though 50$ doesn’t take you to far these days fellowship over a shared meal is worth the price of admission!

Share Your World With Cee Cee Pt. 32

I know this is actually week 49 for Cee but I have only been following for 32 sessions. Have to say though this has been fun!

I have heard from my readers that my Share Your World Posts are some of their fave reading 🙂


  • What is the most incredible natural venue that you’ve ever seen in person? I have been blessed to see so much of God’s beautiful world. While I haven’t seen the Pacific Northwest I have driven the southern route to the West Coast through the Great Plains, Arizona and New Mexico. The red desert in New Mexico and the Grand Canyon were absolutely stunning. I also love the white sand beaches in Pensacola. The rolling hills of Valley Forge Park have to be figured in here as well; But I think the one picture I have in my mind right now is the moonscape of Iceland. I can still see the volcanic dirt dotted with stands of purple lupine. The snow-capped mountains rising in the distance. I would love to see that again!
  • What as your favorite food as a child? Do you eat it now? I am with you Cee. Mac and cheese was a Sunday night favorite. But Mom made it with cheese Whizz and often would cook up hot dogs in it. I still like a good bowl of macaroni and cheese but once a few years ago I tried cheese whizz. EEEWWWWW.
  • Would you travel into outer space? I used to sing with a group called “Faithful Men” one of our songs was “Steppin on the Clouds” the lyrics went something like this.In the heaven blue dawn (in the heaven blue dawn)Sometimes I get in a hurry (Gonna pass the moon) The stars and the planets (the stars and the planets) I’m gonna walk (I’m gonna walk) On that milky white way (on the milky white way) Oh, and Gabriel (me and old Gabriel) He gives the signal (he gives the signal) I’m gonna leave (I’m gonna leave) For heaven to stay (for heaven to stay).   So I suppose someday I just might travel through outer space!
  • Tell how you are feeling today in the form of a weather report. (For example, partly cloudy, sunny with a chance for showers, etc.) Sunny with cloudless skies! Light and variable warm winds coming from the south! 🙂