Merry Christmas!

We had a great visit with Tricia and Nate in Durham last night and this morning. We got to go out to eat together (my hobby) and then opened our gifts (we did the draw one name thing). I scored big time! I got a Spider Man radio controlled helicopter from Gail. It is some kind of sweet! It was good to see Tricia and spend some time with her and Nate and the crew. Currently I’m sitting in my…

1
Read More

Two totally random thoughts

When the hit counter reaches 1,000 we will have a blog party right here on this very blog site.  Who will bring the Chex Mix? In the spirit of Hanukkah I had Matzo ball soup for lunch today.  Now first of all I love Matzo ball soup.  It is great on a cold day or when you are feeling puny.  When I was in the store the other day I picked up two cups of instant Matzo ball soup.  I…

3
Read More

It’s a most wonderful time of the year

Ty is such a blessing and adds a certain level of excitement to the Christmas season in our home.  He loves to see the Christmas lights and sing Christmas songs, he is not much interested in his gifts under the tree, he hasn’t even messed with them.  But the boy is thrilled about Christmas. Five years ago I would have never guessed or even could imagine having a son to celebrate Christmas with.  As Ty and I “watch the snow”…

1
Read More

Communication shift in discipline

I’ll never forget an event I watched unfold at Bush Gardens amusement park in Williamsburg, Va.  Now Bush Gardens, like most amusement parks, is supposed to be a place of fun and enjoyment, not stress and strife.  I was standing waiting for some students to check in with me and a family walked by, mom, dad, son and daughter, the perfect picture of the American family with one exception, mom and dad were yelling (I’m not exaggerating) at their two…

0
Read More

Get your sushi rollin’

Today is Ashton’s birthday.  Ty was invited to the party.  One of the bonuses of being Ty’s father is that the parents were invited as well.  While the kids played I learned to roll sushi with Wayne, and Larry B. also joined in on the fun.  Rolling sushi is much fun and then eating the sushi with chopsticks was much fun also. So to Ashton I say, “Happy Birthday!” To Wayne and Larry I say, “keep the sushi rolling!” I…

2
Read More

Life Lessons from the Necco

Why do I love these little wafers of happiness? I don’t eat much candy but I love the Necco.  Rick brought me a roll this morning, it’s almost gone.  Sugar Rush! Did you know that the New England Confectionery Company is the oldest multi-line candy company in America?  Necco had its beginning in 1847, that is 161 years of wonderful sugary waferness! Did you know that the Necco wafer is made from a dough?  Don’t like the Necco?  You don’t…

2
Read More

A Fed Bear is a Dead Bear (Part Two)

(See Previous Post) How do we fix years of unhealthy feeding?  In the 60s and early 70’s some bright person in the government figured out that bears and humans don’t mix so well.  Too many people were hopping out of their Plymouth for that perfect photo opportunity with a bear only to become a tasty snack for Mrs. Grizzly.  So those that studied the bears and their interaction with human encroachment came up with steps to work towards less human and bear interaction,…

2
Read More

A Fed Bear is a Dead Bear

When bears are fed, they quickly learn unbear-like behaviors.  Sadly, this often leads to the death of the bear.  Once a bear comes in contact with human food they return again and again. Game rangers try to deal with problem bears.  They use things like pepper spray, rubber bullets and even specially trained dogs.  If these tactics don’t work the bear is trapped and then relocated.  Black bears are given three chances.  If the bear returns to the problem area…

0
Read More

Parents Involved

Here at the beach there is this idea that parents aren’t involved in their children’s lives.  Now of course we know this is a generality but go to any ball game and there will be many students competing and their parents won’t be in the stand. Several times as a youth pastor I’ve attempted parent events only to have a handful out of the potential of 60 show up.   Last night NHC hosted an abstinence rally that was sponsored…

2
Read More

Newsletter Signup