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Bridge of clear water

July 30, 2023

River Of Life

Life is like a river. At the top of the river sits a beautiful and perfect pool of water that is crystal clear. Drinking from that water renews and refreshes anyone who drinks. The aquatic life that swim and live in that water live forever and are continuously happy. Out of that pool flows a ...

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March 17, 2023


Heavy dust hung in the stagnant air. A stench of dying flesh mixed with oils and fragrant perfume permeated the cold stone walls. Pitch black was pierced with slices of light cutting through the suspended dust. Nothing moved. No hope. Only death. Suddenly a sharp sucking breath split the silence! Life! Sitting upright, the body ...

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Windmill in black and white

October 3, 2022


I know. It’s not really a word. I’ve combined farmstead and steady to make an amazing new word. farmsteady: like a farm-themed amusement park that you go to so consistently that it adds stability to your life, ie. steadiness That may be overstating things a little. However, I love taking the kids out to the ...

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August 8, 2022

If My Watch Didn’t Record It…

I got up early and did some work on my property. An entire side of my little homestead is completely overgrown by wild blackberries, ivy, and wild roses. And too many other things to identify. So from time to time, I wander out with a machete and some other tools and try to make a ...

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Bench Lake

June 17, 2022

Bench Lakes

Dean and I tried to go backpacking on the last weekend of May. Alas, neither of us really wanted to pitch our tents in the snow. Or camp when the low temperatures were projected to be around 20° F. June proved to be a much better time for a backpacking trip. There was still some ...

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April 8, 2022

Carpe Diem?

I have loved the term, Carpe Diem. To me, it has embodied the idea that each day should be put to good use. To not let any day go to waste. I also love John Mark Comer. His preaching, speaking, and writing is refreshment to my wisdom-seeking soul. So as I read The Ruthless Elimination ...

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February 23, 2022

Further In! Further up!

My uncle died on Saturday. I won’t tell you it didn’t hurt. It did. It does. And yet, we saw it coming. His mind and memory had long been lost to this world already and his body was just the last to go. It’s a different feeling than the one when someone dies at a ...

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November 29, 2021

Like A Tree

I’ve done a bit of raking up leaves this fall. Like, a TON of leaves. So. Many. Leaves. Anyway, as I meditatively rake and think deep thoughts, that’s sometimes when God gives me direction or inspiration. This week, as I noticed the small branches that had fallen to the ground, I asked myself… If I ...

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October 10, 2021

Fall Break

The kids had this week off of school, so I took some time off too. We’ve been looking for an opportunity to visit our friends in Coeur D’ Alene for a while and this was an excellent chance to do just that. We rented a great little cabin at Camp Coeur D’ Alene called Oakenshield’s ...

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September 8, 2021

Cucumber Salad

I’m not entirely certain what to call this dish. It seems to align pretty well with what you’ll find if you search for Cucumber Salad or Pickled Cucumber Salad… but those names seem to be a little too grand for what actually just amounts to cucumbers and onions in vinegar water. However, this is one ...

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August 26, 2021

All Together

My friend Kevin sent this my way… and I thought it was worth sharing. It’s brought to you by Mike Donehey of Tenth Avenue North fame. Here are the lyrics: No more playin’ Mr. Nice GuyI’m done pretending that I’m alrightI fake a laugh, keep acting upper classLike I’ve never had a struggle in my ...

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