Give Him a break, people! (or not…)

wood 2Now here’s an interesting scene.  Jesus’ cousin, herald, and probably one of his closest friends to date, John the Baptist, has just summarily ended his sojourn in Herod’s jail by being beheaded.  Jesus, by contrast, was at the height of His popularity with the people and had crowds clamoring to get whatever they could by being around Him.  But after such a personal Continue reading “Give Him a break, people! (or not…)”

Saddle up!

bikesYesterday, Bob and I went on bike ride.  It was beautiful, out in the country, made friends with a couple of dogs (thanks to the treats I always carry.)  It had been awhile since I had been earnestly into biking, so it’s high time to restart.

This morning, however, my left knee disagrees.  Occasionally, it likes to remind me that I’m 30 years beyond 27, and I need to accommodate my activity as such.  Bah-humbug!

Having a wayward part does make my body a bit more challenging.  If I’m going to work up to a full biking club ride, I’m going to have to do some conditioning, for sure.  Thankfully, I’ve got some good help in the Continue reading “Saddle up!”

Blue jays, beware

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As I write this, I’m sitting on my patio in the cool of the early morning springtime watching a mommy robin feed squiggly brown disgusting things to the little ones in her nest, which she decided to make in a hanging basket outside my back door.  When I think of what we used to have for our young’uns to eat back in the 80’s (strained peas and carrots???), I guess to each his own.

Now she’s taking a bit of a break, just sitting on the babes keeping them warm.  Not that moms ever really take a break—yep, there she goes again, off to get more disgusting brown squiggly things.

Earlier, we had a little drama.  There must have been another robin invading the nearby territory as mom and/or dad went on the offensive.  There was a brief but Continue reading “Blue jays, beware”

Babar rides again

IMG_20150103_172451138Children are amazing.  I have three of my own, all grown up, and now I have a granddaughter, definitely the most beautiful and intelligent child on the planet, right?

To a small child, everything is better than it seems.  Things are easily forgiven, if not overlooked completely, and the world is pretty far away as long as they have food, shelter, and caring adult attention.  Even with a lack of those things, they’re still pretty resilient.  But even more remarkable than that is their trusting nature.  Even if things aren’t logical, practical, or realistic, if the adult they look up to says it’s okay, then it is.


So I find my oldest daughter’s perception comically enlightening now that she is reading some of the same Continue reading “Babar rides again”

Warrior of Great Exploits


Negiel Bigpond is a full-blooded Euchee/Yuchi Indian and fourth-generation minister of the Gospel.  His Euchee name is Au wa day, which means Sky Hunter, One Who Seeks Vision, and he has been in the ministry since 1975 as Morning Star Ministries.  Always having a heart for those in prison, Dr. Bigpond has a prison ministry and is a certified drug and alcohol abuse counselor.  With Dr. Jay Swallow, who is now in heaven, Dr. Bigpond traveled to Washington, D.C., to testify before a Senate Committee on Resolution 15, which resulted in the passing of a joint resolution of apology to Native peoples for ill-conceived policies and broken treaties with Indian tribes by the US government.*

Warrior of Great Exploits

Is productive.

Participates in meaning exploits.

Releases God’s power.

Utilizes God-given talents.


The people who know their God shall

be strong, and carry out great exploits.

Daniel 11:32


* From God’s Might to Fight, Prophetic Thoughts for Warriors, by Dr. Negiel Bigpond  He can be contacted at or

I gotta question…


What’s up with Psalm 109?  Here is this guy who is obviously being treated unfairly (welcome to life) and he’s asking God to not merely rescue him, but to lay it on thick to his enemy and their families. Seems a bit harsh. I’m addressing this specifically to some folks whose opins I respect, but welcome any other comments.  (Be nice.) If you feel your comment is too lengthy for this platform, please feel free to leave a link if you already have thoughts on this somewhere in your blog.  No obligation and not offended if you don’t have time.

Much obliged.

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