the rants of a grumpy, old man

"Write the vision; make it plain on tablets, so he may run who reads it." --Hab 2:2



I’ve been attending Grace Chapel now for almost 3 years and so far, it’s been transformational — all due to the people that are now part of my life who also attend there.

I absolutely love working for the Resource Center helping people with Bible and book choices in our book store. I’m also just starting to work on the Tech Team with audiovisual for the Men’s meetings. I’m also loving the time of sharing during the Veterans and 1st Responders Group. And now, being part of the Heartprint Writer’s Group is just icing on the cake. I’ve always wanted to get more into writing. Not sure where it will take me but wherever I land is fine!

Back in Maine

Well, I’m back in Maine enjoying a visit with Jo Ann’s parents. We’ll spend a week enjoying the familiar spots I always like to visit. We’ll visit Chamberlain’s grave (hint: Gettysburg), Bath, Black Bridge, Brunswick, and what used to be the Brunswick NAS.

Sunday Drive in the Country!

We took a wonderful Sunday drive and enjoyed the absolutely wonderful 70 degree weather. It was great especially the breeze and wonderful skies. I took quite a few pictures and geotagged them so you can even see exactly where I took them. Just go to the FLICKR site below, enjoy the photos, and check them out on the map.


Fall Creek Falls

It’s almost 10pm and we’re winding down from our trip to Fall Creek Falls. We’re settling into the inn for the night. I actually walked down to the bottom of the falls today! It was unbelievably rocky and steep. This old fart is sore and tired! I have wonderful pictures to upload to flickr for everyone to see but Jo Ann is busy using the laptop to do her “FarmVille” on facebook! Check them later tonight or tomorrow. The Internet available here at the state park is slow and only available in the lobby and conference rooms. Anyway, it’s our 29th wedding anniversary and we’re not here to surf the net if ya know what I mean!!

New Toy for Photography

One of the things I’ve been doing with photography at my site is adding the pictures I take to the map at flickr. This lets you know where the pictures were actually taken. However, it is a manual procedure and some pictures are taken on road trips and not a locations you can easily remember especially later that night or days later when you upload the pictures. So I’m going to try this device that you simply attach someone on your person and it constantly writes your GPS location to a log. You can then later (using software) take your pictures with their timestamps and match them to the GPS log and it’s timestamps and know exactly where the picture was taken. I’ll give it a try tomorrow and update here how it goes.

Star Wars in Concert – Nashville, 2009

Timothy and I had a wonderful time today. We stopped by Loveless Cafe and had lunch before heading out to Nashville and the Somet Center where we attended the “Star Wars in Concert”. It was incredible — great music by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra from London. They use a 3 story screen for the movie clips and lasers for effect. Here is the link to pictures on Flickr:

Loveless Cafe

Star Wars in Concert


USAFSS Dad Project

Well, it’s taken more than 6 months but I’ve got what has been a labor of love. I ordered the military records from the National Archives, and also got a lot of documents and pictures my Mom had during a vacation visit. I’ve put all this together in two places — first, in a binder over 4 inches thick and second, on the website USAFSS Dad. It was an absolutely neat and incredible journey to follow the documents and pictures. His story was my story because we followed Dad to every location. It stirred up memories I’d forgotten and showed me some I didn’t remember.

With all it’s negatives and downsides, I still wouldn’t trade being a military brat for anything in the world. I also will never forget my Dad’s selfless service in far away places defending our country in the USAF Security Service.

Texas Bound to Visit Family

texas-with-texas-flagI am so looking forward to going and visiting Mom, brother Andy, and Uncle Richard. It’s been quite awhile. We leave tomorrow very early and have a 13 hour drive to Mom’s house. Not sure how long we’re staying but it will be a much needed break. We have a few things scheduled — Timothy is so looking forward to flying in Uncle Richard’s plane. He’s going to take his camera up with him for some great shots from above! We might go see Shamu but I got a feeling Shamu is a lot more expensive than when we went over 20 years ago!

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