This is the challenge where the hostess, Melanie, asks 5 questions and in answering them we all get to share our worlds.

Here are Melanie’s weekly questions and my answers. When you have finished reading my responses, please click on the underlined link above to see how Melanie’s other contributors answered.


What will finally break the Internet?  Do you believe it can be broken at all?

I do believe the internet can and will be broken. The final nail in the internet’s coffin will be the lack of need for it. This will bring the internet to an end. A deeper more effective connection created between the people of the human race will be forged.

we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. 11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. 12 For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known. 1 Cor. 13: 9-12

What are some ‘red flags’ to watch out for in daily life?  (take it as you want)

The red flags I watch for in my life are when I begin to fill my schedule back to back with meetings and group or people events leaving no time for prayer or solitude in my life. Such a schedule almost always leads to a melt down of one sort or another.

What’s the silliest thing someone has argued with you about?

The position of the communion table in the sanctuary ( they actually listed it as one of their reasons for leaving the church).

What’s the strangest thing you’ve found lying on the ground / side of the road?

A person. Actually it was my daughter whom found him. Our neighbor had been out raking leaves and had a heart attack. It was horrible.

Gratitude Section (optional as always)

Please feel free to share your photos, stories, poetry, or memes that promote gratitude! 

I am so grateful I got to see this little lady and her Mom last night. We had pizza or as she says “pizzi”.

Share Your World From July 27th



Are you a clean or messy person?

I am a fairly well ordered slob who is trying to clean up his act. I am learning to be at peace with any progress in this arena at all.

If I asked you to describe yourself in five words – what would they be?

Christ-follower. Father. Pastor. Prophetic.Artistic.

Do you enjoy being out in nature?

Yes. This pandemic has given me an opportunity to spend a lot more time enjoying things like gardening and bird watching. These are activities I have not participated in, in many years. I did not realize until I started doing them again how much I missed them.

What could you spend all day talking about?

The Bible…. Art. …..The Coming Kingdom Of God. Actually through my blogs I am doing that. Thank you all for reading and giving a guy an outlet for his voice.

Attitude of Gratitude:(OPTIONAL)

I am grateful for the final word.

Share Your World 7-20-20


It’s time for SHARE YOUR WORLD AGAIN! This is the weekly challenge where Melanie from “Sparks From A Combustible Mind” posts five questions and in answering them, we her contributors all share our worlds…at least a little bit.

The weekly questions and my answers are below. Please check out Melanie’s blog (by clicking the capitalized link above) when you have finished here. See how her other contributors have answered.


Where Do You Not Mind Waiting?

I generally don’t mind waiting as long as I have a comfortable place to sit and something to occupy my mind. I do struggle waiting sometimes when the wait interferes with a busy schedule. That said, I try to leave plenty of space in my life now for the waiting which is becoming more and more common in our culture.

Drive through workers checking for impaired drivers

What Is In Your Fridge Right Now?  (you’re not required to give a comprehensive list)

We are two days from grocery shopping so not much. Macaroni salad…kool aid…milk…soda. And eggs we have plenty of eggs.

If You Could Only Speak One Word Today, What Would It Be?


Would You Rather Be Trapped In An Elevator Full Of Men With BO Or Three Soaked Dogs?  (this is with the codicil that C-19 doesn’t exist)

Am I one of the men with BO?…..The dogs definitely.

Please feel free to share something good about last week.   This is NOT mandatory, it is just if you’d like to.

The berries are coming in now. I picked a pint of currants today and I have about a quart of black rasberries. I also harvested seven purple turnips and two tomatoes.

Share Your World From 7-6-20

It is that time of the week again where I SHARE MY WORLD!


This is the challenge where Melanie from “Sparks From A Combustible Mind” asks questions and in answering them we all share our worlds. Let me encourage you to jump on over to Melanie’s site to read her posts. Yoiu can get there by clicking the underlined link above.

Now here are here weekly questions and my answers:

In your opinion, what’s the closest thing to real magic?

The closest thing to real magic is….real magic of course. I am a firm believer that magic is a thing. It’s not a good thing…we are told to stay away from it…but it’s a thing. Now on the opposite side of that and even more powerful than magic is the miraculous power of God. It is also a real thing…we are encouraged to be channels of this blessing in Mark chapter 16, Luke 24 and Act 1.

Where is the worst smelling place you’ve been?

A meat locker where all the meat had gone rancid. Worst smell ever.

What are some things that you’ve heard in your own life, which sounded like compliments but were actually insults?

“Oh my your house looks like Grey Gardens!” On the surface it seemed like a lovely compliment unless of course you know what Grey Gardens was.And she was talking about the before not the after.

Grey Gardens Original Documentary Trailer - YouTube

What incredibly common thing have you never done?

Hmm…..Hmmm……I think I have done all the common things. I am exceedingly common.

Gratitude Section (Optional, as always)

Please feel free to share some gratitude that you experienced during the past week!  🙂


We got to have the Franklins in this week.

My daughter Melanie is going to bring another little Franklin into the world!

Daniella with great grandma LIllie.
Daniella in the gardens….not Grey Gardens

Share Your World From 6-29-20


This is the weekly challenge where our hostess, Melanie, asks five questions from her blog, SPARKS FROM A COMBUSTIBLE MIND, In answering them we all share our worlds.

This week Melanie’s questions are super deep (mostly). I hope I can do them justice. When you have finished reading my answers, take a jaunt over to Melanie’s place, using the underlined links, and see how her other contributors answered the same questions.


Here are the questions:

Must we have evidence to know the truth?

I would say yes. Truth always become evident eventually, even when the world conspires to keep it submerged beneath oceans of lies. The first evidence of truth is faith according to Hebrews 11:1. That said, even faith needs something to stand on. The Apostle Paul said it this way in Romans Chapter 10….that message is the very message about faith that we preach: If you openly declare that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by openly declaring your faith that you are saved. 11 As the Scriptures tell us, “Anyone who trusts in him will never be disgraced.”[e]But how can they call on him to save them unless they believe in him? And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him? And how can they hear about him unless someone tells them? 15 And how will anyone go and tell them without being sent? That is why the Scriptures say, “How beautiful are the feet of messengers who bring good news!”[h]……….Even faith needs the evidence of a testimony to get it started.

How much control does a person have over their life?

Romans 8:28 says this. “And we know that God causes everything to work together[m] for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.”

We have precious little control over the events of our lives. Our decisions do have some bearing, but I believe the river called life dictates much of what actually happens to us.

Still, that decision to love God and put Him first, puts us in the hands of someone who can mitigate the outcomes life throws at us to turn even the darkest moments into blessings eventually. I have ridden some very deep and dark water. Yet God has brought me through it and made me blessed as I held on to Him.

What is gravity and how does it work?

I think gravity is the Earth’s version of a flannel graph. The Earth is the flannel board, and we are the felt characters who stay stuck to it. Yeah ….I don’t know how flannel graph boards work either.

flannelgraph | Following Footprints

Can a person be happy if they have never experienced sadness?  How about vice versa?

This is the greatest question of the day. In our current context the answer to this question is “no”.

That answer is an indicator of how much we lost in the fall from Eden. It is also an indicator of how much we will regain at the return of Christ.

Right now we live in a world where conflict is not only inescapable, the lack of it is undesirable. Think about it. Would you watch a TV show that didn’t have a conflict of some kind? We humans crave and seem to need our anger, our sadness, our conflict, and our enemies to help us define our forgiveness, our happiness, our peace, and our friends. This is why man by himself has never succeeded at creating a utopia. The tree of the knowledge of good and evil destroyed our ability to live without evil.

But, what will the world be like when evil is no more? When war is not needed for peace? When sadness is not needed to help us know joy? What will the world be like when there is no more conflict and the lack of it no longer bores us?

Please feel free to share a song, a poem, a quote or an image or photo to show what you were grateful for during this past week.    (Optional as always).

This photo brought me great peace this week. When I came upon this end of day sun, I just needed to photograph it.

Share Your World 6-22-20

Well, I was last to post last week; So this week I am trying to be the first SHARE YOUR WORLD PARTICIPANT.

When you have finished reading my answers click the link above to jaunt over to Melanie’s place and see if I succeeded.

Here are the questions for the week and my answers:



Have you ever ‘dined and dashed” (i.e. eaten the meal and then run out the restaurant door without paying)?

My grandad and father were in business together as restaurant owners. This happened at our place too often. The restaurant business is hard enough so no I never followed suit.

Have you ever been in a car accident and either left the scene of the accident (providing it was a fender bender and not serious) or denied culpability for causing it when you did, (if it were minor or serious)?

Nope. All my accidents were too big to miss.

(Oldie which has been asked many times before)   Have you ever found a wallet or purse or some money (over $20) in the street and just taken it, thinking ‘finders keepers, losers weepers?   Or would you be ‘good’ and hand it in?  

This has never happened to me, but I would turn it in if it did.

What was the last thing you stole or shoplifted?   If you never ever considered doing that, tell us your secret!   🙂

Actually this just happened last week…purely by accident. I was at Walmart in the self check line and I left one of my bags at the register. When I got to the car I realized I didn’t have all my stuff so I went back in. My sister was using the register I had just come from and so I asked her if she saw my stuff. She said “no”, and then the man overseeing the kiosks told me to check with customer service. I did and no one had turned in my bag so the guy told me to just go get new merch and let me go after checking my receipt. When we got home my sister found my stuff in her bag of towels. So I took the stuff back and paid for it again to make up for the duplicates I had unwittingly stolen in the first place.


I am so grateful that the garden is growing and the flowers are blooming. I love this time of year.

Share Your World From 6-15-20

I am super late to the challenge this week. But here I am SHARING MY WORLD.

Below are my answers to Melanie’s challenge questions. When you have done reading my answers to Melanie’s questions please click the link above and go to “Sparks From A Combustible Mind” and see how others have shared their worlds.


What do you think of professional motivational speakers?  Do you think they motivate?

I think it depends on the motivational speaker. I have found some speakers pretty motivational and genuinely compassionate. I have found others to be in it only to motivate the cash right out of my pocket.

Do you have a favorite flavor?

I love the taste of chocolate and orange together.

While out walking, you hear a rustling in some bushes.  What do you think of?

It depends on the size of the rustle.

What’s your ideal temperature (nature-wise)?   Hot, cold, temperate and mild, humid or bone dry?

I like the heat and the shade.


Attitude of Gratitude

I thought I’d share something beautiful today instead of putting y’all on the spot to share.    It’s still totally cool if you’d like to share, of course!   😀

You can either click the link to read B.O.B’s really short tribute to Harriet Beecher Stowe or you can listen to the lovely poem set to music.   The images shown during the clip are very VERY relaxing.     Thanks B.O.B.   

Share Your World From 6-8-20

One of the advantages of being late all the time is that you are never on time to see who else was late. Melanie started her challenge post for SHARE YOUR WORLD this week by apologizing for technical difficulties which made her late with posting this week’s challenge. No problem Melanie. I am earlier than usual this week and I was still so late I didn’t even notice your were late!

Ah well. SHARE YOUR WORLD is the challenge where we answer Melanie’s questions and in so doing we share our world’s. Late or not it is always nice to share.

When you have finished reading my answers, take a hop on over to Melanie’s site by clicking on either of the underlined links, and you can share your world with lots of others.

SYW Computer Globe

How comfortable are you speaking in front of large groups of people?

I have never minded this. Preaching, singing, acting, teaching…all of that is fine. I do find it very hard to get up in front of business meetings to share for some reason….I am also a nervous wreck before I perform a wedding. Funerals are fine but weddings….don’t even get me started.

What would be the best thing you could reasonably expect to find in a cave?

Shelter from the storm.

What did you think was going to be amazing but turned out to be horrible?

I was very excited about a trip to Gatlinburg TN. Then I got there. The town was probably fine but the hotel we stayed in was so horrible it ruined the whole experience….There was dried spaghetti stuck to the walls and cigarette holes in the shower curtains (who smokes when they are taking a shower?!?)

What’s the silliest thing you’ve observed someone get upset about?

A church steeple.


Please feel free to share something that gave you an uplifted spirit during this past week.  (Optional)


We have a gopher in our yard! It was so much fun seeing him. I supposes I will not like it if he eats my squash….but we have a gopher!!!

Share Your World From 6-1-20

This week I had trouble sticking to my writing regimen. Still, I am learning that when you fall off the writing horse you have to get write back on. This post may be a few days later than I planned, but at least it is getting done.

It is time to SHARE MY WORLD WITH ALL OF YOU. This is the weekly challenge where our hostess, Melanie, asks several questions and in answering them, we give our readers a peek into our worlds.

You can find out more about the challenge by clicking the underlined link above. But for now here are the week’s questions and my answers:



Is it ever okay to commit a crime?  Please explain.

This is a very old and very broad question. It leads to a bunch of “what-ifs” the answers to which have filled philosophy books for generations upon generations and scrolls upon scrolls before there were books. The truth is….I don’t know…it depends…maybe….probably not.

The truth is even if I have somehow managed to avoid breasking man’s laws I have surely transgressed God’s laws and I am constantly found wanting. I am so glad Christ has offered grace for this trangressor.

Do you deal with change well?  (not money, because I know some wit out there is thinking how bulky coins are. Well I did any how.    ) 

I like to think I have improved in this area, but my first reaction to change is still to resist it. I try though never to stick with my first reaction.

Do you like birds?   The sound of bird song in the morning, taking pictures of them, as food?   

I love birds. I feed the wild birds in my yard everyday and am currently in the process of making more feeders.

What’s the least used item of clothing you own?

It used to be my hat, but now that I am going bald I find I wear one to keep my head from scalding. That said I am still not very good at wearing gloves in the winter.


If you care to share, what are you grateful for?  

It was this girl’s birthday yesterday.

Image may contain: Melanie Franklin, standing, child and outdoor

I am so glad I got to see her and her fam for a short socially distanced visit. We didn’t get to hug, but at least we got to see each other.

Share Your World From 5-25-20


This is the challenge where we are asked five questions, and in sharing our answers, we share our worlds. The weekly questions and my answers are below. When you have finished reading my responses I encourage you to go to the linked site underlined above and see how others have shared heir worlds.



In your opinion, does patriotism require the belief that one’s country is the greatest on earth?

The defintion of a patriot is-a person who vigorously supports their country and is prepared to defend it against enemies or detractors.*

I don’t think that requires the belief that your country is the greatest country. It just requires you to love your country as a home to the extent it gives you the desire to protect it.

Why is patriotism considered by some to be the highest of virtues? What is so important about love of country? Shouldn’t we be more concerned about humankind, or the planet as a whole, rather than a single country?

I think it is about commitment to a tribe and to a set of values. I think it is also a commitment to unify as a people against a common enemy. It engenders both the ideas of unity and submission to a greater authority than oneself.

Jesus said a house divided itself could not stand. As that is true patiotism in some form is necessary for a country to remain intact. That right there is a telling statement about the current state of our union.

What is the relationship between decisions and consequences?

Decisions create consequences. The truth is, “You reap what you sow” is a law of the universe. The universe doesn’t care whether you like its laws or not. The universe also doesn’t care whether you obey its laws or not. The universe will simply carry out its laws even if you don’t believe in them. You can no more escape the consequences of your decisions than you can escape the law of gravity. Sooo….Make good choices.

What is social justice?

The definition of social justice is- justice in terms of the distribution of wealth, opportunities, and privileges within a society.*

I think pure social justice is not something which will be achieved in this age, but in the one to come.

and one ‘easy’ one because those others?  Fairly difficult.

What’s one body part you wouldn’t mind losing? (told you.  Silly).

Is fat a body part?


What is something that made you smile during the past week?


*definitions courtesy of Google dictionary