Share Your World Aug. 14, 2017

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Many of you have seen the mess my world has been over the last several weeks. Our new pastor is soon to arrive. PRAISE GOD! That has meant a lot of clean up around the church and several office shifts. We loaded a 640 cubic yard dumpster full of old church junk. It’s amazing how much you can store in a building this size. Anyway. things are beginning to go back to normal (whatever that is) and this week I find myself able to SHARE MY WORLD.

For those of you unfamiliar with this blog challenge, you can click the link above and go to Cee’s site where the explanation lies about how you can join the Share Your World World.


Here are this week’s questions and my answers.

When you leave a room, do you turn the lights off behind you or keep the lights on throughout your house most of the time?

It depends what time of day it is and what I am doing. If I am getting up at 4 A.M. to walk the dogs, lights stay on. If I am leaving the kitchen after getting a midnight snack, lights go off. If I am doing anything in between…

What do you feel is the most enjoyable way to spend $500? 

I think breaking the money into increments and spending it on several posh dining experiences is at least one good way to spend $500.00. Maybe a musical or concert throne in for good measure is an added bonus.

Complete this sentence: My favorite thing to do on my cell phone is…

Read books or blogs. I use my phone as my Kindle.

What inspired you this past week?  Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination. 

This photo of my son vacationing in the Philippines really inspired me to get more active.

Doesn’t he look like a man on a serious adventure?


Share Your World June 26, 2017


Well this week Cee has asked some really great questions about goals. If you want to see how others have answered Cee’s SHARING QUESTIONS  please click this link and it will take you directly to the challenge site.

Here are the questions and my answers:

What goal are you working on now? Your goal can be something fun or extremely serious.  Have fun with this question.

Right now I have two goals I am working on.

Goal 1 is to help our interim pastor, Tim Moen, facilitate the church and make it ready for the next lead pastor.

Goal 2 is to finish my book.

What is one thing you’re glad you tried but would never do again?

There are some things that I have tried and really enjoyed, but would never do again simply because I do not believe I will ever be in a position to do them again. Being a father to teen-agers is an example of one of those things. I loved the teen years with my kids.  There’s at least a hundred other things but I won’t bore you with them here.

Did you choose your profession or did it choose you?

This is a very insightful question. Ministry is a calling from God. I remember the day I stood at an altar and heard His voice telling me He wanted me to minister for Him.

Have you ever gotten lost?

I have gotten lost many times. I find if you just keep following a road eventually it takes you someplace from which you can get home. All roads really do eventually lead home. We just have to choose to travel them to their ends.

Optional Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

We were privileged to baptize five new people into the church last Sunday. I am really looking forward to the July 4th Holiday coming up.

Share Your World June 19, 2017


I missed participating in SHARE YOUR WORLD last week. This challenge has become part of a routine and when I miss it…I really miss it. Anyway this is the challenge where our hostess, Cee, asks us five questions. As we answer them we SHARE OUR WORLDS. You can click the underlined links to see all the world sharing going on over at Cee’s blog.

Here are this week’s questions and my answers:

What is something that people are obsessed with but you just don’t get the point of?

Oh gosh over the year there have been so many things. Pet rocks…Chia pets ( now apparently it’s a health food)…Hula hoops. Currently it is this thing called the Fidget Spinner?

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What quirky things do people do where you are from?

We drink Moxie. And we say things like “Wicked Awesome!”


What are some things you wish you could unlearn? 

Unlearn? …Hmm sometimes I wish I had not learned to look at the negative side of things first and had learned to step out of the gates with a positive attitude. I am working on that.

Who is someone that you miss having in your life?

I miss lots of people. Some have left this life and some have just left mine. I cannot say which is the more painful missing.

Optional Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

I am grateful to be almost fully healed from my pulled stomach muscles. My singing is still not quite up to par. The diaphragm is still a little weak but it will come. I am looking forward to getting a boat load of writing done this week.

Share Your World June 6, 2017


It’s time for SHARE YOUR WORLD. This is the challenge where bloggers from all over the world answer five questions and share the worlds with the rest of the blogosphere. My answers are below. You can click the link above to see how many other bloggers answered Cee’s questions.

What’s your strongest sense?

I think it is hearing. It is my go to sense at any rate. I always talk about listening for answers and listening for God…

Which of Snow White’s 7 dwarfs describes you best? (Doc, Happy, Bashful, Sleepy, Sneezy, Grumpy, Dopey)

This week it is Dopey.

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I forgot I was fifty and not fifteen this weekend and tried to carry a bunch of tables and chairs. By Sunday afternoon I could barely move!

If you could be one age for the rest of your life, what age would that be?

This week I would choose fifteen.

List of Jobs You Think You Might Enjoy: Even if you aren’t thinking about a career change, it can be fun to think of other jobs you might enjoy.  [Remember:  This is SYW where even your dreams can become reality.]

Teacher. Waiter. Monk. Not necessarily in that order.

Optional Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

I am grateful I did not have to go to the hospital this weekend (it was a little dicey there for a few hours). I am looking forward to being totally healed up…though that may not be by next week. 😦


Share Your World May 1, 2017


Good afternoon friends! Before I head out to do the grocery shopping for the week, I am going to take a few moments to SHARE MY WORLD. This is the challenge where I answer five questions posted by my friend Cee.  A bunch of us across the blogoshpere do the same and in so doing we share our worlds.

You can see a wider view of the world by clicking on the underlined link above. Here are the weekly questions and my answers:

Would you rather live where it is always hot or always cold?

If I had to choose, I would rather live where it is always hot. Cold makes my bones ache. That said I really do appreciate the seasons here in New England.

Do you prefer long hair or short hair for yourself? 

Short hair. It is getting shorter and sparser every year. Maybe that’s not a preference…just an acceptance of reality.

What is your favorite month of the year?

I love June. The black flies have mostly baked away and it just feels like a time of beginnings.


What is the easiest way for your to learn something new?  By reading, by seeing and doing, in a classroom?

I like to learn by reading and by listening to lecture and conversing in a group.

Optional Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? 

I am grateful to God for the interim Pastor He has chosen to shepherd our little flock. Rev. Tim Moen is an old friend of mine. It will be nice working with him again even if only for the briefest of seasons. I am looking forward to the refreshing conference I am heading to tomorrow.

Share Your World April 24, 2017


I have been a regular contributor to SHARE YOUR WORLD for several years now. It is a great weekly challenge to build community and to get the brain juices flowing for creative writing.

You can see how the world has shared itself in five questions by clicking the underlined link above. The five weekly questions posed by our hostess, Cee, and my answers are below

Wanting something to quench your thirst, what would you drink?

My go to drink during the day is coffee. But that is more of an energy boost admittedly and not a thirst quencher. When I am really thirsty lately I have been drinking cold cold cold water.


Complete this sentence:  Never In My Life Have I…. 

There are so many nevers….I have never jumped out of an airplane. I have never bungi jumped. I have never ridden a donkey into the Grand Canyon. I have never been to Portland Oregon. See lots of nevers. Most of those are probably really unimportant if I never do them my life will probably go on without to much regret.

I bet though that Cee is not after all the little nevers. What are the big nevers? I guess my biggest never is that I have never doubted there was a God. Even when I didn’t know who he really was…even when I thought He was someone else (and yes I did worship other gods before I became a Christian), I never doubted that He was.

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photo: kevin carden, Creative Commons

If you could be given any gift what would it be?

The gift of greater knowledge of God.

What do you do if you can’t sleep at night? Do you count sheep, toss and turn, or get up and try to do something productive?

I actually make up stories. One of my favorite is that I am laying on my bed and it is suddenly in the middle of space. I am a watcher looking in on another world and all its goings on. Weird huh?

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photo by Andrew Caldwell

Optional Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? 

I am grateful that God has given me an answer as to whether I am to pursue the lead pastorate at Cornerstone Church now that our current lead, Pastor Risto, has answered a call back in his native Canada. I am grateful that I was able to share that answer with the congregation at Cornerstone on Sunday morning. I am not to pursue that position in case you were wondering.

I am looking forward to the search which is about to take place for our new lead pastor. I am looking forward to meeting our new interim pastor.

I feel a little like Galadriel having defeated her inner battle to take the One Ring Of Power.

Ok maybe it is not quite that grand or scary but…


Share Your World April 17th, 2017


Share your World is a weekly blog challenge hosted by Cee Neuner from Portland Oregon. Every week she asks five questions and in answering them our worlds are shared. If you would like to participate in Share Your World or read about the world’s of others click


Now here are this week’s questions and my answers.

When writing by hand do you prefer to use a pencil or pen?

I prefer a pen though about two years ago I pinched a nerve in my neck. I was actually unable to do much of anything with my hand for about six months after that. I had to stop playing the piano and writing by hand. Today I am restored but if I write to long by hand I find my fingers still go numb.

Would you rather be an amazing dancer or an amazing singer?

I love singing and could not imagine giving it up for the dance. I am a terrible dancer and for the most part I don’t mind that.

If you were on a debate team, what subject would you relish debating?

Debate team? The very idea mortifies me. I am not much of a debater. I am a drop the idea out there and leave it for people to pick up or not. I hate debating over ideas particularly in today’s heated climate. It seldom produces anything good.

What are you a “natural” at doing?

I am a natural musician and I like to think a natural writer.

Optional Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? 

I am grateful for  wonderful Good Friday and Easter services. Good Friday was one of the most powerful services I have been to on Easter weekend.

I am looking forward to playing two concerts this week.

Share Your World 4-10-17


Spring is springing and so from my little corner of the world I am rejoicing at the opportunity to SHARE MY WORLD THIS WEEK!  

Share Your World, is a weekly writing challenge in which our hostess Cee asks five questions. In answering them we, her contributors, share our worlds.

This week’s questions and my answers are below. To find a wider sharing audience click the underlined link above and you will be whisked to the main page of SHARE YOU WORLD.

Have you ever participated in a distance walking, swimming, running, or biking event? Tell your story.

I have participated in several walk-a-thons to benefit mission projects. All of them were during my youth pastoring days. Our project was generally Speed-The-Light which is a missions organization which provides the tools missionaries need to get to the field and to do their jobs. Speed- The -Light buys vehicles, boats, planes, sound systems, puppet stages…whatever a missionary needs to accomplish their God given tasks

Name one thing not many people know about you.

I am a flautist.

What is your favorite flower?

I really like the smell of Joe Pye Weed.

Joe Pye Weed Seeds

Things I want to have in my home (paintings, hot tubs, book cases, big screen tv etc)

More books and book cases.

Optional Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

Spring has finally arrived! It was 80 yesterday!!!!  I am looking forward to Easter and seeing the daffodils pop! 

Share Your World April 3, 2017


It’s Spring time and sharing time! What could be better. While it is raining outside my window it is warmer than it has been and the snow is all but gone! Hallelujah and that makes me feel like SHARING MY WORLD.

Here are this week’s challenge questions from our hostess Cee. After you have read my answers click the underlined link and see how others from across the world  have answered the same questions.

What’s something you like to do the old-fashioned way?

I like to cut wood by hand. It’s slower but somehow more satisfying. I also like to bake without the help of electronics: no mixers or food processors, just good old fashioned elbow grease, knives and a whisk.

What’s your favorite genre of book or movie?

I love fantasy. Here is the series I am currently reading

Song of the Sea Spirit by K.C. May  Call of the Colossus by K.C. MayVerse of the Vanguard by K.C. May  Requiem of Reprisal by K.C. May  Dirge of the Dormant (The Mindstream Chronicles Book 5)


How often do you people watch?

Whenever I go to the mall. Which means at Christmas.

What have you only recently formed an opinion about?

My future. I think I’m still in process on this one but I have some definite leanings.

Optional Bonus question: What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

I am grateful for the rhythm of life I was able to establish last week. I am looking forward to remaining constant at it this week.

Share Your World March 27, 2017



Share Your World is the weekly blog challenge where our hostess Cee asks five questions. IN answering them we, her contributors, share our world.

You can join in the fun by clicking the underlined link above.

Here are her questions and my answers.

Does your first or middle name have any significance (or were you named after another family member)?

My middle name is Elon. It is a family name stretching back to at least the revolution and apparently was a middle name even further back because there are lots of _____________ Elon Lillies throughout the world.

Music or silence while working?

I like to have soft instrumental music playing in the background while I am writing.

Lately Dappytkeys has been my goto.

If you had a special place for your three most special possessions (not including photos, electronics, people or animals), what would they be?

my electronic piano (which is currently in my office)

My Great Great Aunt’s tea set (which is also currently at my office)

My llama (which I currently don’t own but who doesn’t want a llama…or a pushmepullyou)

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Okay yes these are animals but I couldn’t resist. I suppose if I had to choose an innanimate object that goes along with the llama I would say my spinning wheel which I also don’t own or know how to use, but if I had a llama I might learn.


The Never List: What are things you know you never will do?

I will never truly die. This body may fade and pass away but I have a new one waiting for me in Heaven.

I will never run out of love for Jesus. He has done so much for me. How can I but praise Him?

Pretty much that is all I can think of. There are a lot of things I would not think of doing but at this point in my life I have learned to never say never because I have gone through a lot of things and done a lot of things I said I would never do.

Optional Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking

forward to in the week coming up? 

I am grateful that I got to see Beauty and the Beast. What a great movie! And this week I am just having a lot of fun working on the book.