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A Note to Harried, Frustrated, Overworked Moms

A Note to Harried, Frustrated, Overworked Moms

My wife and I have been parents for a long, long time.  At least, it seems that way.  One thing I’ve learned is that being a parent is a tiring job.  Actually, it can be exhausting. I likes to observe people.  As we celebrate Mother’s Day this month, I can look around at the mothers of all ages in my circle of friends and at church and reflect on their countenances.  I see the mothers of … Read entire article »

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Never Trust a Rainbow on the Amazon River

Never Trust a Rainbow on the Amazon River

This article is a feeble attempt to put into words what happened on what I now call my last Sunday in Brazil, but at the time I was calling it my last Sunday.  After morning church, I had spent part of the day wandering jungle paths with my camera and my trusty native guide, Logan.  Then Phil took me and … Read entire article »

How to Take a Cold Shower: A Primer for Spoiled Americans

How to Take a Cold Shower:  A Primer for Spoiled Americans

Before the trip passes by, I felt compelled to write what I hope will be an instructive guide for American tourists traveling to Brazil.  First, you have to understand that Brazil is hot.  Yes, I know, Arizona is hot.  Florida is unbearable.  And the record for hottest temperature on earth was in Death Valley, CA.  Blah, blah, blah. Brazil is a … Read entire article »

Brazil Day Twelve: My New Vocabulary Word

Brazil Day Twelve: My New Vocabulary Word

We’ve been plugging away on the phones for two weeks now. But this evening, I was in for a real treat. The leader of the local organization, Almir, told me through an interpreter that we were going to have a “churrasco” to help celebrate my time in Brazil. Here is a big hint if you ever travel to Brazil. If someone … Read entire article »

The Ride of My Life: Or Why My Son is Now Taller Than I Am

The Ride of My Life: Or Why My Son is Now Taller Than I Am

Today I had what can only be called “The Ride of My Life.” It started out with us leaving Paraquequara to head into town to begin the work on the phone system. We took the boat to the MAF site and then walked through the hangar to Phil’s motorcycle. While not painted on the chassis itself, I was soon to learn … Read entire article »

Brazil Day One

Brazil Day One

We spent part of the morning recovering from traveling all day Saturday.  In the afternoon, we had a lunch at a nearby restaurant in Manaus.  The place was packed.  It turns out that Sunday was a holiday in Brazil for “Day of the Woman.” After lunch we traveled to Puraquequara (“Home of the Electric Eel”) where our host family lives.  PQ, … Read entire article »

Thoughts on Jezebel

Thoughts on Jezebel

These notes are originally from (I think) 1994-1995. Eunuch – a male who had been castrated (against his will or not) who would then be responsible to tend to the needs and/or bidding of the queen’s most intimate affairs without the threat of sexual intercourse. There are several items that we need to notice in this regard: 1.  Someone who had been mutilated for Jezebel’s … Read entire article »

The Little Electric Oven

The Little Electric Oven

One Christmas, at least I think it was Christmas and not a birthday, my parents bought sister a little oven. Now, this was in the days before lawyers had become fruitful, multiplied and replenished the earth. This wasn’t a piece of plastic with stickers to put on the oven to emulate fire. Nor did it come with a few round … Read entire article »

The Thanksgiving That (Almost) Wasn’t

A Short Story: It started off well enough. Jan got up early to get the turkey in the oven. She had time to make a steaming hot mug of cocoa before the rest of the family stirred. She had just sat down and opened her Bible to read this morning’s passage. Then it began. There was a loud pop in the kitchen followed by an acrid smell. Jan jumped up and ran into the kitchen to see what had happened. Her nose led her straight to the oven. When she opened it, the element wasn’t glowing bright orange, and the heat was rapidly dissipating. Her first thought was, “Oh, no! … Read entire article »

What You Need to Know About Traveling in Madagascar

What You Need to Know About Traveling in Madagascar

In September 2014, I traveled with a few other people to Madagascar. The group I was with wants to do some relief and development work there. My main job was to do photography and video to document what we learned. But they were having a difficult time finding solid information about the basic information travelers would require. … Read entire article »