Road Trip Report

Day’s Verse:
Even youths grow tired and weary,
and young men stumble and fall;

but those who hope in the LORD
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint.

Isaiah 40:30-31

Day 1: We left Marlborough and drove to about 50 miles shy of Elkhart, Indiana. I always forget how ugly that stretch of Ohio and Indiana is: So depressing and industrial, yet miserably run-down. People really will live anywhere. That night we stayed at a place called the Budgeteer Motor Inn. The best thing I can say about it is that it had a bed, although I wasn’t the only occupant, apparently — the next day I found half a dozen bites around my legs and waist. So I guess in addition to the harmless ladybug in the sink, I also spent time with at least one bedbug. We stayed there out of desperation, and I will say: It was cheap and it was there. But I sure wish we’d found the Comfort Inn after all. In addition to bedbugs, the shower control was installed wrong, so turning it to “hot” gave icy cold water, but eventually turning it to “cold” produced moderately warm water. It was difficult to wash in that diffuse spray that comes from the cheapest possible nozzle, and I spent the entire time justifiably anxious about putting my bare feet on the floor. Continue Reading >>

Supernatural Novel: Day 1

Day’s Verse:
For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 8:38-39

September 12, 18XX

This Journal shall serve as a record for me as I commence my search for the fabled treasure of Nbabi, and should anything befall me in my adventure, shall go to Charlotte so she may know of my final days. I pray that I return to her whole and healthy, but I cannot forsake my quest regardless of risk to my person. For despite my family’s noble blood, my uncle’s financial speculation has consumed our wealth and left us little better than paupers living on the goodwill of our dear friends. I cannot countenance this state of affairs and will seek any means necessary to rectify the situation. When word of the African continent and its potential wealth came to my notice, I resolved immediately to set out to seek riches enough to restore my family’s good standing in society. Continue Reading >>