Yet Another Cold

Day’s Verse:
Jesus, overhearing, shot back, “Who needs a doctor: the healthy or the sick? Go figure out what this Scripture means: ‘I’m after mercy, not religion.’ I’m here to invite outsiders, not coddle insiders.”
Matthew 9:12-13

Zillah turned out as challenging as I expected, with the added bonus of having Ian’s cold hit me on Wednesday. This is my second cold this spring, and I’m getting really tired of blowing my nose and having only about 60% of my normal amount of energy. So, Zillah: The summary is it was really difficult, and I’d rate it overall a mixed bag. Click below the fold for details. Continue Reading >>

Zillah-Bound, and My Future

Day’s Verse:
“Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes.”
Matthew 6:34

This is the last training I’m scheduled to do for the foreseeable future: Thursday and Friday in Zillah. Right now I’m comfortable with that. After last week in the Pomeroy/Dayton region and the prospect of an extremely challenging class in Zillah (more on that in a moment), I’m ready for a break from these trainings. Continue Reading >>

Wind in the Palouse

Day’s Verse:
The men rubbed their eyes, astonished. “What’s going on here? Wind and sea come to heel at his command!”
Matthew 8:27 (context)

By interesting coincidence, I happen to be reading Cryptonomicon and have just reached the part where Randy visits home in the Whitman, Washington. Amusingly for me, Whitman is a mere 50 miles north of Pomeroy, and therefore practically next door when it comes to towns in Eastern Washington. Here is how Neal Stephenson describes the wind in the Palouse (from page 620, Perennial edition, 2000). Continue Reading >>

Back from the Palouse & April 23 Ride Report

Day’s Verse:
Jesus called loudly, “Father, I place my life in your hands!” Then he breathed his last.
Luke 23:46ish

They call ’em the Palouse Hills, and rightly so, as far southeastern Washington does have its share of impressive hills. But I’d like to suggest another name: The Palouse Wind Tunnel. More on that later; I’m jumping ahead.

Instead of telling a long-winded tale, let me give you the highlights — but only if highlights also includes low points, because unfortunately, this trip to Pomeroy had very little to recommend it. Check beneath the fold for “highlights” of the trip, in no particular order. Continue Reading >>

Pomeroy-Bound

Day’s Verse:
A lotus blossoming in a swamp of weeds—
that’s my dear friend among the girls in the village.

Song of Solomon 2:2

Off to Pomeroy bright and early tomorrow morning, and the following week I’m in Zillah. Pomeroy is almost in Idaho and not so far from Oregon in that far southeastern corner of Washington. I’m looking forward to spending a few days there since I’ve never spent much time out that way (gee, I wonder why?). I intend to get in at least one good long bike ride, probably Thursday after I finish teaching. Continue Reading >>

Phantom Tollbooth Wisdom

Day’s Verse:
The words of the wise prod us to live well.
They’re like nails hammered home, holding life together.
They are given by God, the one Shepherd.

Ecclesiastes 12:11

Phantom Tollbooth, by Norton Juster, is one of my favorite kids’ books of all time. In it, Milo, his watchdog Tock, and the Humbug have to rescue the princesses Rhyme and Reason. Of course, they have all sorts of adventures along the way. After they succeed, Milo has the following conversation with the princesses and two kings (King Azaz of Dictionopolis and the Mathemagician of Digitopoplis). Continue Reading >>

April 17 Ride Report

Day’s Verse:
They followed a daily discipline of worship in the Temple followed by meals at home, every meal a celebration, exuberant and joyful, as they praised God.
Acts 2:46

Let’s see, what can I say about today’s bike ride that makes it stand out? Clearly I’m going to be writing a lot of blogs about bike rides over the next four months, so I think I need a new angle on this. I’m hoping to get a point-and-shoot camera to bring with me on rides so I can start posting some pictures. Continue Reading >>