Who’s Your Mommy?

My mother served as a nurse her entire life. She worked in an emergency ward in the inner city on the graveyard shift when I was young. She moved to a local health clinic to be a nurse for one of the General practitioners in town when I was a young teenager. That job lasted until after I was married. She finished her career working the critical care building at A Developmental Center a few towns over from our home.

Mom has always been a hard worker, with a firm but kind manner and an extremely sharp wit. Here she is at my daughter’s wedding a few years ago sitting with my son Joe.

These days mom lives with me, my sister and my oldest daughter at the Vicarage which has been our family home for something like forty-five years. She has created quite a legacy to leave to the world.



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Share Your World 2-17-20

It’s that time again! Time to answer Melanie’s weekly questions and SHARE MY WORLD. Click that link to join the sharing family at Melanie’s site, Sparks From A Combustible Mind. Just an aside, this week she also posted another challenge with 20 questions! If your looking for another challenge that is surely one to look into.


Here are this week’s questions:


How can someone win a gold star (i.e. win your approval and/or admiration) with you?

I am always impressed when someone acts in a way that dispels evil and promotes goodness.

If you didn’t have to sleep, what would you do with the extra time?

I would read, write, pray and minister to people.

Do you have a favorite type of exercise?

I like to walk and also like to stretch.

Do you sleep with a top sheet? Why or why not?

Yes I do sleep with a top sheet. My body temp fluctuates throughout the night and so I often throw off the heavy blankets.


This week I am grateful to be back to a more regular writing regimen. I hope God will help me keep it up.

Share Your World From 2-10-20

Well it’s that time of the week again! SHARE YOUR WORLD! This is the weekly challenge where our hostess asks questions which help us all to share our worlds. You can get to the Share Your World  main post by clicking on the link above. Here are this week’s questions and my answers.

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Do you snore?  How do you know it, if you do?

I do snore. I know that because sometimes I wake myself up.

What do you find funny?  (credit for question given to Rory and this post in particular:

https://aguycalledbloke.blog/2020/02/05/ha-ha-ha-ahh-what-do-you-find-funny/  )

I find life generally funny. At least given a little separation from it I do.

What was the last furry thing you touched?

My dogs Mercedes and Jacopo.

How do you handcuff a one-armed man?

You handcuff him to some immobile thing: A desk, a house, a mountain… 

An Attitude of Gratitude

This week I challenge you to list five things you’re grateful for.   Credit to this goes to Sadje ( https://lifeafter50forwomen.com/ ) because she’s started a challenge to do that daily.  #5 Things.   Daunting?  Well it is to me!  I’d have trouble finding five one time, let alone each day.   


  1. I am grateful for my church and the way God is moving in it.
  2. I am so grateful my sister did the grocery shopping today. I really needed the extra prayer time.
  3.  I am grateful for the opportunity to gather with our C.cada artists tomorrow.
  4. I am grateful for my home, The Vicarage.

5.  I am grateful for God’s supernatural provision during this season of my life.

Share Your World 8-19-19

I haven’t been able to particpate in Melanie’s SHARE YOUR WORLD CHALLENGE  for several weeks. But I am glad to be back answering her  sharing questions and sharing my world with all of you!

Below are my answers to Melanie’s five questions. When you have finished here take some time and peruse her sight using the link above.


What would be your solution to the over-population of the earth?   Earth has finite resources and humanity seems to be breeding themselves to extinction.   Some countries have tried restricting the number of children a couple or a person can have, with little success.  So what other viable options are there for reducing the number of people? 

I believe God has this one well in hand. I think this is kind of above our pay grade and if we just trust Him He will take care of us. To some that may sound like a cop out, but I believe when we follow the mandates God has given us and believe the prophetic word He has shown us we will come round right in the end.

What’s the most ridiculous fact you know?

Lady bugs have poisonous knees.

What are the unwritten rules of where you work? If you don’t work (retired or unemployed) what are the unwritten rules you live your life by?

Gluten is bad. Sugar is bad. Fat is bad. McDonald’s is SUPER BAD( I break  almost all of these rules daily). Hmm Unwritten rules in my daily life? I suppose there must be. Here’s one: Making your bed and getting dressed now counts as house work ( It makes me feel better about myself). 🙂

How do you feel about putting pineapple on pizza?

I think whoever thought that one up was a super genius. Not only is it yummy, but the rest of my family hates it, so I get a pizza all to myself when I buy one with pineapple on it!

Toilet paper, over or under?

Ours is not even on a ring. It sits on a shelf sideways.

What’s the best type of cheese?

White American



If you’d like, please share something positive, uplifting or funny from last week.   We can always use some more of those things! 

We had an awesome family beach trip to Gloucester MA. Here are some pictures we took.

Share Your World Dec. 3, 2018



Share Your World is the weekly challenge where Melanie asks us a few questions and in answering them we all share a little piece of each other’s world.

Here are this week’s sharing questions:

What are the most important lesson(s) you’ve learned in life?

That the purpose of life is to love God with all our hearts, souls, minds and strengths and to love our neighbors as ourselves. Luke 10:27

The second most important lesson I have learned is that God works everything together for our good if we just focus on loving and following Him. (Romans 8:28)

How did you meet your husband/wife or significant other? How did you know he/she was “the one”?

The first time I ever met Tina we were at a local campground and beach with a bunch of youth group friends. I think we were both fourteen at the time. We didn’t actually get together until our senior year of high school., but I think I knew she was the one from that first encounter. Something just clicked for both of us. That connection was so strong that even after all the water under the bridge we are still very good friends. She is one of the easiest people to talk to I have ever met.

If you could take a year-long paid sabbatical, what would you do?

Rest and write.

What is your favorite thing to buy at a movie theater concession stand? (credit to The Haunted Wordsmith for this one)

Pop corn and a cherry slushee


What are some Holiday Traditions you and/or your family observe in December?

I love Christmas Eve service…and I really love it when Christmas Day falls on a Sunday and we start the day with church.

Share Your World March 12, 2018


It’s that wonderful time of week again where I SHARE THE WORLD with other bloggers and cyberspace travelers. The four sharing questions are below and when you have read my answers pop opn over to the Share Your World Main Site, hosted by Cee Neuner,  and check out how everyone else shared their worlds.

Questions of the week:

If a distant uncle dies and you were always his favorite and leaves you $50,000 (any currency) in his will, what would you do?

I would use some of it towards my kids tuition bills for school and then do some projects around the house. I couldn’t get all of any of it paid, but I could get a little bit of a lot done.

What sound or sounds do you love?

Right now I am really loving the sound stylings of Ben Platt

What’s your middle name?  Why?

My middle name is Elon which means “Oak tree”. It has been a middle name for many Lillie’s back at least 8 generations.

What did you appreciate or what made you smile this past week?  Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination. 

This  partial verse really grabbed me on Sunday morning.

 …And a person with a changed heart seeks praise from God, not from people.  Ro. 2:29

Share Your World March 5, 2018


It’s time to share our worlds again. Here are Cee’s questions for the sharing challenge and my answers. When you have finished CLICK HERE TO GO TO CEE’S SITE AND EXPERIENCE THE FULL EFFECT OF SHARE YOUR WORLD.

What did you or did not like about the first place you lived without your parents?

The first place I lived apart from my parents was a tiny little apartment in Bible college. It was the first apartment my wife and I lived in. The living room had an orange rug with sky blue walls. The bedroom rug was brown and the walls were pink.The kitchenette only had a two burner stove and no oven. The refrigerator was one of those small college refriges with a 1’x1′ box freezer you could fit individual ice cream bars in.  You could shower and go to the bathroom at the same time because the bathroom was so small and we didn’t control the heat. I loved it.

What is your most favorite smell/scent?

I love lavender and cilantro.

Would you prefer snowy winters, or not, and why?

Well today we are slated for another 12- 18 inches of the white stuff. I love snow for about the first two weeks of the winter and then I am ready for spring. By March snow just makes me a little nuts.

What did you appreciate or what made you smile this past week?  Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination. 

I am stuck once again in the book of Hebrews. I am loving chapter 4-9. Here are some of my favorite verses

Therefore, we who have fled to him for refuge can have great confidence as we hold to the hope that lies before us. 19 This hope is a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls. It leads us through the curtain into God’s inner sanctuary. 20 Jesus has already gone in there for us.  Hebrews 6:18-20

Share Your World Sept. 4, 2017


SHARE YOUR WORLD is a weekly writing challenge in which our hostess, Cee, asks a few insightful questions. By answering them we her contributors share our worlds. You can click the underlined link to go to the world sharing center. This week’s questions and my answers are below.

What color do you feel most comfortable wearing?

I am most comfortable is browns, grays or black. Sometimes I wear blue.


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What is your favorite type of dog? (can be anything from a specific breed, a stuffed animal or character in a movie)

I like small dogs. I am really fond of maltese. They have so much personality.

List at least five favorite flowers or plants.

red and yellow Longwood



Flowering Dogwood






Fruit trees of all kinds

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

We had such a powerful set of church services on Sunday. Pastor Lewiston’s sermon was entitled Stand. If you have time take a listen.


Share Your World May 29,2017

I missed last week’s Share Your World. Honestly I missed almost an entire week of blogging. I was away at our fellowship’s Southern New England Conference and then three funerals in quick succession kept me and the staff here at Cornerstone pretty busy. Finally the weekend was given to our Lead Pastor and his wife’s final services with Cornerstone Church. Sunday morning we finished together as a congregation, one last time, on our knees before the Lord thanking God for these shepherds He sent among us for fifteen years.

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Now I am back. Tomorrow I will lead our staff meeting as we await the arrival of our interim pastor. before I do that I am turning my gaze to….


You can click the underlined link to see how Share Your World works. It is an awesome focusing challenge that is based around five simple weekly questions.

Here are this week’s questions and my answers:

What is the most famous landmark or building you have ever seen?

Oh my that is a tough question. I have been privileged to go so many places and see so many wonderful things. Here are a few…


Do you like long vacation or lots of mini-vacations?

I once took a three week vacation. I missed home and work even though I had a wonderful time. I like shorter breakaways but also know that if I am travelling far I need to factor in rest time for the journey

What is your favorite National or State Park?

I loved Zion though I was only their for a few short hours. I also loved The Grand Canyon.

What is your fantasy vacation?

I so want to take a Viking River Cruise. Although I wouldn’t sniff at an entire week in Killarney or traveling the Ring of Kerry.

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 so grateful to have been a part of the farewell services for our Lead Pastor, Barry Risto and his wife Pastor Deb Risto.

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This week I am grateful to be moving forward into what God has for us next at Cornerstone as our interim youth and interim lead pastor come in.

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Josef Everett Interim Youth Pastor

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Tim Moen, Interim Lead Pastor