It's not an original idea with me - but when I noticed in on another person's blog - and that it seemed as though they had stopped doing it - I thought I'd add it to my Tumblr - Pilgrim Progressional.

What the person had done was take words and placed the word with its definition in a graphic sort of way. Easy enough to do, but finding that right definition is the challenge.

I started added them. I have been collecting words for the additions to the blog for a few weeks now and I have started posting them there.

I think it helps to give a sense of clarity to life - to know the definition of something - maybe something very familiar but which has been lost in the busyness of days.

My Tumblr is over 4000 entries strong. Get a cup of tea, turn on some nice music, and take a stroll through my online gallery, and search for the definitions.



DoghomeworkYes, I have been delinquent in posting to the blog. I was thinking about this the other day when I went to post something and realized that the days had escaped me since the last entry.  I instantly felt guilty.

I think everyone is quicker to offer excuses than accept responsibility for their failings. I even cringe at the thought that I have been irresponsible when it comes to my online home. Like most, it’s easier to offer excuses than it is to accept responsibility.

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special event

Picnic2I love spending time with family. Some of my favorite memories are found around a table.

We had great picnics in our community when we were young and times were simpler. It was one of the highlights of the summer when tables would be set up in someone's backyard and neighbors would show up carrying in dishes with lots of delicious food. A flatbed trailer would be brought into the property and local musicians would play into the late evening. Kids would be running and chasing. Baseball would be played. Even if a rain shower would happen to appear, die hard picnic-ers would ignore the downpour and keep eating.

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TBT - Moving On

TBTIt's never easy - but at times it's necessary.

What is? Changing jobs.

That's what is currently happening with me. After five months of working full time at home for a contractor, I decided it was time to find something else to do. A tip from a friend put me in touch with another contractor, and in a few days I'll be joining another group doing what I love to do - technical writing.


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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...