TBT - Year in Review

TBTIt was quite a year.

One job ended...another began.

I'm closing in on 5000 posts on Pilgrim Progressional.

My niece married in early June. I was honored to officiate, and blessed to be able to attend.

Some of the year's happenings are chronicled here on my blog, which is now over 10 years old. The rest is written in my private journal which I'm thinking I need to gather into one place.

One of my most memorable moments this year? The publishing of my first novel. I still am so excited and proud about the completion of this goal.

FirstnovelCreatespace - the website which was used to self-publish my novel - shows that there have only been 17 copies of the book sold. I laugh when I see it, knowing I purchased 10 of those copies and then gave them away to family and friends.

But it never changes the fact that I finished it and that it can be purchased through Amazon.

I have three additional titles in the Benjamin Sunday series. I'm hoping that in 2018 I can complete the second novel - tentatively title Benjamin Sunday and the Mayan's Viking - and publish it towards the end of the year.

I learn by doing - and I'm determined to keep learning through the new year.


funeral planning (11/27/2017 - planned)

Funeral1Sis and I had breakfast the other morning, and I was surprised when she mentioned she had visited a local funeral home and had made arrangements for her own funeral.

Every week as I drove to the First Church of Panera, I kept noticing a billboard for the funeral home and it's reminder that now is the time to start making "final arrangements".

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skunk wars

StinkyPeteYears ago we didn’t have residential trash pickup, a garbage disposal, or public sewer.  So we had a burn barrel for what we could destroy with fire, our wet garbage was put in a garbage bucket and dumped on a hill away from the house, and sewage which overflowed from an underground drainage field had to sometimes be scooped from an outside grease trap and dumped in another part of the property.

Yeah, it wasn’t pretty.

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three strikes

Batball2A Facebook article this morning reminded me of some dark days in my life.

The seminarian who dropped by my room one evening to tell me that he didn't want to be my friend.

The pastor who informed me that being absent from special meetings was reasoning for rejecting my application to join the church's pastor staff - and that I wasn't "personable" enough.

Others. Spilled milk. Scabs that need not be picked.

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Heading To The Moon

When it was happening in 1969, eggs cost $.62, gas was $.33, and a gallon of milk was $1.06. Moon

But there wasn't much thought of these things at the time.

We were going to the moon.

I was 12 years old. We had witnessed spaceflights by our astronauts for years, but now this was different. We were going to the moon.

It was fascinating.

Now, 40 years later, we can "relive" the mission to a degree.  The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum have started their website, We Choose The Moon, which will evolve as the mission progresses - in real time.

I've dedicated one of my monitors to watch how the site unfolds for the next few days. It will be fun to see how things progress...