Monthly Archives: May 2017

retired at 81+

My cousin Helen Katherine might not appreciate me telling her age, so I’ll just give a hint that she is exactly ten years older than I am. (I’ll be 72 in July.) What makes her age remarkable though is that … Continue reading

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I wish I had a way to track how long ago John Williams painted this portrait of himself but I can guess it was when he studied art at Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia. (He graduated in … Continue reading

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macy brothers

The title of this post might be all that’s necessary to tie together these three photos.

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celebrating 40 in hawaii

Not long ago I promised pictures of Hawaii, and I always keep my promises, right? Keep in mind, I was not in Hawaii to take these pictures; I stole them from social media. Here’s the whole group—21 in all! They are … Continue reading

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carlson sons

So here’s what Ben and Taylor are up to. T flew to Denmark to “get his learn on” — training on a new piece of lab equipment. Pretty cool opportunity to see another country. Especially Scandinavia! This is how we … Continue reading

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mothers day brunch

How nice! (I really do have a life.) These four — Jessi, Stephanie, Bethany, Courtney — serve Hillside Fellowship as the hospitality team. I’m well acquainted with each one, thanks to our Women of Hillside study group. The “doodler” in … Continue reading

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Yes, I actually do have a life of my own, but it’s so much more fun posting stuff like this: Someone has learned to take selfies. Daddy looks on. Might be the beginnings of a smile. Tomorrow this boy will … Continue reading

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Today is Quinn’s birthday, which brings her Facebook wall to life with well wishes. This is especially affirming for the mother who brought her into the world, though I can’t really take credit for much of what she has become. … Continue reading

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new church for the colonias

Redemption Gateway, a church in Arizona that has broken ground for its own campus, raised enough funds from their own congregation to build a church down in the colonias near Juarez, Mexico. When the Andersons and others from Redemption built a … Continue reading

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