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.

Share Your World March 20, 2017


It is time once again to share in one of my favorite challenges on the blogosphere. Every week our hostess at SYW asks us five questions and as we share our answers we also share our worlds.

To see how everyone answered the questions GO HERE.

Here are the questions and my answers:

How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you are? 

I am not sure of an exact age in years but today I would say old enough to know better. Tomorrow I will probably go back to feeling like an old soul but today i just feel dumb and inexperienced.

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So, you’re on your way out and it’s raining. Do you know where your umbrella is or do you frantically search for it all over your apartment/house?

Nope. I don’t search for it at all because I know it’s in my car where it is doing me absolutely no good.

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Do you recharge your energy by going out with friends for a good time or by spending with quiet time alone?

In order to recharge my batteries I need to stay in my room and either sleep or read a book. I use to think watching TV was reenergizing. I am learning otherwise.

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Name three things you and your spouse, partner or best friend  to have in common.

We both like music. We are both worship leaders. We are both going to be 50 this year.

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

I had a great time at our monthly outreach concerts last week. We brought worship communion and the word to almost seventy people. Praise God. This week I am looking forward to getting new drum heads for our churches Alesis DM10 drum kit.

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Share Your World March 13th, 2017


I am here to share my world with all of you once again! Share Your World is a weekly challenge hosted by Cee of Cee’s photography. In the challenge she asks five weekly questions and as we answer those questions we share our worlds.



Do you push the elevator button more than once?  Do you really believe it makes the elevator faster?

I do push that button more than once and then I push the door closed button for good measure. I have never thought of myself as an impatient person. This question has me reevaluating that .

Do you plan out things usually or do you do them more spontaneous (for example if you are visiting a big city you don’t know?)

My whole life is scheduled but when I go away I slow down the scheduling significantly. I am a boring vacationer preferring to rest and maybe do one special thing a day planned around scheduled naps.

Describe yourself in at least four uplifting words.

Solid, Contented, Listener, Focused.

If you had a choice which would be your preference salt water beaches, fresh water lakes, ocean cruise, hot tub, ski resort or desert? 

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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 had my daughter’s help shoveling the snow yesterday.

I have such good kids!

This next week I am looking forward to the start of Spring…by faith.



Share Your World Feb. 27, 2017

It’s that time of the week which I set aside to SHARE MY WORLD.


Share your world is a challenge hosted by Cee Neuner. In the challenge she asks five questions and in sharing our answers we, her contributors, share our worlds. Check out the underlined link above to see how Cee’s other contributors answered. The weekly questions and my answers are below:

Ever ran out of gas in your vehicle?

Never. I think I am way to paranoid to run out of gas. I am constantly checking the gauge. I don’t usually fill up until the low fuel light goes on, though, unless I am on a long trip and then I never let it get below a half tank.

Which are better: black or green olives?

I like black olives best.

If you were a great explorer, what would you explore?

OK. I am going to take a flight of fancy here. I am going to be an explorer of the dimensions beyond ours.


Quotes List: At least three of your favorite quotes?

Here are three from a book I am currently reading entitled, THE WAR OF ART, by Steven Pressfield

“…fear doesn’t go away. The warrior and the artist live by the same code of necessity, which dictates that the battle must be fought anew every day.”

“The working artist will not tolerate trouble in her life because she knows trouble prevents her from doing her work. The working artist banishes from her world all sources of trouble. She harnesses the urge for trouble and transforms it in her work.”

and while this last quote is not really my favorite I thought it was pretty insightful concerning the difficulty of being an artist.

“You know Hitler wanted to be an artist. At eighteen he took his inheritance, seven hundred kronen and moved to Vienna to live and study. He applied to the Academy of Fine Arts and later to the school of architecture. Ever see one of his paintings? Neither have I. Resistance beat him. Call it overstatement but I’ll say it  anyway; It was easier for Hitler to start World War II than it was for him to face a blank square of canvas.”
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 this week I have been ploughing through some of the writing assignments my publisher has given me. I am grateful to have a plan that prioritizes my writing time in place. This next week I am looking forward to working that plan again.


Share Your World Feb. 20, 2017


It has been a busy week. We have four people in hospital or rehab this week and one of our dear ladies went on hospice two weeks ago. A family in our church lost their daughter yesterday; So there has been a lot of pastoral work going on in addition to our normal ministry activities. I am thankful that I walk this road of pastoring with a group of wonderful fellow staff pastors and that our lead pastor is such an organizational genius.

In spite of the busyness I have a wee bit of time this morning to join Cee’s SHARE YOUR WORLD CHALLENGE. Every week Cee asks us five questions and when we her contributors answer them we share our worlds with all of you our readers.

Cee’s questions and my answers are below, but when you have finished reading them please follow the underlined link to Cee’s blog and see how her other contributors answered the questions.

When you cut something with scissors, do you move your jaw (as if you were about to chew)?

Probably. I have been told that I unconsciously follow other people with my lips when they are speaking; So I cannot imagine that I would not follow the clacking of a pair of scissors

Do you chew your pens and pencils?

I not only chew my pens and pencils. I chew other people’s pens and pencils when they lend them to me. Again it’s an unconscious thing, but I have gotten a lot of new pens and pencils this way.

Are you a collector of anything?  If so what?

I collect Books and walking sticks, although I have not gotten a new walking stick in quite awhile.

What size is your bed? 

I have a full sized bed.

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 have increased my writing time over the last few weeks. I am also grateful to have had the opportunity to see Josh Garrels in concert this week with my friend Jody. Please watch this very important and moving video by Josh.


Finally I am grateful to have had a chance to go out to lunch and a movie with my daughter Amanda. We had Thai food and went to see THE GREAT WALL.

I am looking forward to increasing my writing time again this week.

Share Your World Feb. 13th 2017

It is that time of the week again to SHARE OUR WORLDS.

Every week Cee asks the world five questions and when we answer we are sharing our worlds. Do you want to join in the fun? Just click the link above and you will be transported into a world of sharing.

Here are this week’s questions and my answers.


Do you sleep with your sheets tucked in or out?

Sheets usually end up on the floor so I guess even if they start out tucked in they don’t stay that way very long.

In this way sheets seem counter-productive.

Have you stolen a street sign before?

Never. It seems counter-productive.

Do you cut out coupons but then never use them?

Never. It seems counter-productive.

Do you have freckles?


Me and Snug at an art show in Winchendon


No. I have moles. Just not on my face. ( I bet you expected me to say something about the counter-productivity of freckles didn’t you)

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 have had a great Facetime appointment with my publisher. The book is coming along. Even if the process is slower than I anticipated, it is a lot of fun.

This week I am looking forward to spending a lot more time writing.