Happy New Year! 2020 started off with a whimper, not a bang, for me. Woke up, had breakfast, trimmed the fig tree growing in the backyard of my parents’ house, and went back to my house. The same thing I did in 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016… you get the idea. There are issues from 2019 […]Read more "Reset, Reboot, Restore"
On Christmas Day, I visited the SS Queen Mary in Long Beach. The Queen Mary is now a hotel and convention that is not going anywhere. But in her heyday, she was the queen of the seas. Walt Disney, Charlton Heston, and Audrey Hepburn, were frequent passengers. The stern section and the engine room became […]Read more "Visiting the Queen"
A few years ago, someone read a list called Jesus versus Santa during a Christmas service in which Jesus and Santa are placed side by side. There were about 10-12 things of which I remember only one: Santa comes only on Christmas Eve.Jesus comes any time, any place, in any season. Here is my list:1. […]Read more "Jesus versus Santa"
D DAY Through German Eyes – The Hidden Story of June 6th 1944 by Holger Eckhertz My rating: 4 of 5 stars Eckhertz and his father had interviewed five different men, officers and enlisted, who had been posted to the five landing zones. The Allied designations from west to east – Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno, […]Read more "Review: D-Day Through German Eyes"
This is my last Advent post for 2019 and I decided to borrow the title from a song by a Christian group called Point of Grace. For their Christmas album, the group had written a song called When Love Came Down. Point of Grace was big in the 1990s and until the mid 2000s. It […]Read more "When Love Came Down at Christmastime"
Think back with me about the most memorable Christmas toy you ever received. It could be from anyone – mom, dad, grandparents, store mall Santa, a “secret Santa” from work or church group, or the gift from “Santa” who really is your dad or grandparents. By the way, I found my dad was “Santa” when […]Read more "Make Room for Joy"
This past week was the second week of Advent. Most churches will have lit the second candle in the Advent wreath. However, depending on which church you attended, the second candle could mean multiple things. For me, I’m following Max Lucado’s book Because of Bethlehem; Week 2 of Advent is peace. Peace. In Greek, it […]Read more "Real Peace"