Weekly Travel Theme: Sensory


It has been a while since I have participated in the Travel Challenge hosted by Ailsa.

This week Ailsa has asked us to display photos from our travels that awaken the senses.

I can still hear this old man playing Joplin in Keene NH. The sound was floating through the Old colony Mill Mall and I was drawn to it like a moth to the flame.

The cold breath of winter’s wind still chills me as I remember a snowy walk in downtown Winchendon and I can feel the warmth of the rising sun over the surf in Oguncquit Maine.


The sweet scent of wisteria surrounds me as I think back to my walk through Longwood Gardens last June.


And of course no sensory post would be complete without the bitter sweet taste of a cup o’ Joe. This one is from Fruitlands in Acton Ma

Weekly Travel Theme: Move

Ailsa’s blog has asked us to show us how our travels MOVED US. To see other moving pictures click the capitalized link. Here are my moving shots.

The wind moves on the water taxi on Boston Harbor

The wind moves on the water taxi on Boston Harbor

This is one of my newest pictures. It captures the wind unfurling the flag on the water taxi that crosses Boston Harbor. My publishers and I took a ride the day we signed contracts on my book

The Bird Man of Amsterdam

The Bird Man of Amsterdam

I caught this man feeding the pigeons in the courtyard of the Royal Palace in Amsterdam.

The Trio

The Trio

This was actually part of a drama exercise my sister taught in one of her classes at Azusa College, in Holland.


This picture was taken along the Zuiderzee

Travel Theme: Angles

I am finally getting back to blogging on a regular schedule and while I am still a little behind at least I am arranging to blog daily again. That has been a challenge for months and now I think I have figured out how to make it happen. 🙂

Anyway this week’s travel theme is ANGLES. Hop on over to Ailsa’s place when you’re done here and check out some of the other angles bloggers have taken from around the world.

Here are mine:

The Mohawk Trail Massachusetts

The Mohawk Trail Massachusetts

Inside Gould's Maple House, Mohawk Trail

Inside Gould’s Maple House, Mohawk Trail

Oars to the water! Womerveer

Oars to the water! Womerveer

Zaanse Schans

Zaanse Schans

Share Your World 2015 Week #32


It has been four days since my last blog. FOUR!!! I keep trying to get back to wordpress but just reading has been a stretch. Tonight I know I have a sermon series I need to complete but in the interest of time I am opting to break back in by answering Cee’s questions from her Share Your World Blog. You can find the blog


and here is what we are trying to accomplish in Cee’s own words.

I sincerely hope you enjoy my questions for this week and find the questions interesting enough to play along.   If you ever want me to ask anything specific, please feel free to contact me.  You don’t think a lot about these questions, unless of course it is FUN for you.  Simply dream and just let loose, or you let your alter ego answer if you want.   Have a fabulous week everyone!!

Even though I oftentimes will add photos to my answers, it is not a requirement to participate in Share your World.

See poll results to the right. I am making a slight change to Share Your World from your responses.  Here is the basic change to the standard format.  Since most votes were leave it the same I am going to continue with at least three random questions each week, special fourth questions and the standard Bonus Questions.

Here is the basic format.  I will ask you:

  • To answer three random questions each week.
  • Respond to a fourth item (I will randomly chose from this list)
    • Making a List out of a topic
    • Completing the sentence I start
    • Answering a Would you Rather question
  • Bonus Question is always the same  “What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?”  Because we all need to be reminded that there are many things in our lives to be grateful about.  

Now onto the questions for the week!

Are you a collector of anything? 

I am a collector of Bibles. I know that must seem apropos ( the name’s Pastor J after all what else would I collect…right?) Truthfully while I do have a few very old Bibles most of the Bibles in my collection are left behind at church. They sit on a shelf outside the sanctuary waiting to be retrieved and if they stay on the shelf too long they eventually make there way to my office which has become “the land of misfit Bibles”. I feel kind of bad for these little books because I know their owners are not really missing them which truth be told is even sadder for the people who left them behind. They don’t know what they are missing!

Really folks a Bible is a terrible thing to waste!

What is your biggest fear or phobia? (no photos please)

I have a really serious issue with being late. I am trying to relax a little bit about it but I was always taught “Early is on time. On time is late and late is unacceptable.”

Do you prefer reading coffee table books (picture), biographies, fiction, non-fiction, educational?

I of course love the Bible. I own at least 60 copies (land of misfit Bibles remember?) But I also love reading fiction. It relaxes me. That said I am currently reading “The Community of the Future” an old study by the Drucker Institute and I just finished Primary Purpose a study on the focus of the church. So little to no relaxing reading going on in my house right now.

Complete this sentence:  If I Must Be Reincarnated, In the Next Life I Want to Be…

OK obviously as a Christian Pastor I do not believe in reincarnation but I will play along. I want to be a Christian Pastor who writes and sings for a living. By the time I’m done this life I figure I will have it pretty well figured out how to do it right.

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 got to go to Walden Pond with my son Joe after picking up his VISA. He leaves this Sunday for his new job posting in South Korea. I am not sure if I am looking forward to that exactly but I am pretty proud of him!