Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Eclipse Experience

We experienced the eclipse with family and friends at Dogwood Cove Rd, Watts Bar Lake. Thanks be to God. The eclipse is not a mystery, but it is a wonder.  We felt the deep meaning of the words awesome and wonderful.

Before it began

My home-made setup for iPhone photography

Mike 'Cuz' routine

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Sunday, May 21, 2017

Lord of Encounter

Lord of Encounter,
Find me in me in my hiding place.
Restore me to light.

Lord of Encounter,
Comfort my fear and longing.
Restore me in love.

Lord of Encounter,
Rescue me from distraction.
Restore me to peace.

Lord of Encounter,
Challenge me to serve others.
Restore me to hope.

Lord of Encounter,
Join me in celebration,
Magnify my joy.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Taking Pictures - On a Hike to Abram's Falls

Taking Pictures

Why do I stop to take a picture?
I must have a thousand like it -
of birds and wildflowers
mountain streams and waterfalls.

Pausing to take a picture
makes me really look.
I see infinite color
angle of sun
play of light and shadow
perspective of size and distance.

When I'm still
I can hear birdsong
babble or murmur or rush of the stream
wind riffling through the leaves
rustle of a small creature.

I wonder about the other hikers
who pass me by not looking
at the vista I see
or the beauty of creation
intent on their destination
 or conversation


I am intent on the journey.
It is my meditation.
If the path is steep
I focus on my breath -
not for meditation
but for survival.
Breath is part of the journey, too.

Stopping to take a picture
Allows me to renew my breath
Slow my heart
Awaken my senses

And the journey goes on.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016


After our talk
I went for a walk
By the edge of the rolling sea
Seeking peace of mind
And what did I find
God's grace descending on me.

Mind fully focused
Eyes downcast seeking pattern
Shell meditation

Tuesday, October 18, 2016


A few pictures and reflections from Oct 2 - Oct 17:

Ladyfish - fun to catch but not to eat. We used it as cut bait to catch the redfish below.

Bill's first redfish of 2016. 22 lbs and 36 inches. A good start to the season.

Evangeline's first encounter with the beach.

Allison and Owen stayed busy playing in the sand and surf.

Rays peeping over
The edge of a bright new day
Triumphant glory.

Proud Heron strutting 

Willet and I share
Sunrise, beach walk and breakfast
With seagull or two,.

Sunday, October 2, 2016

October 1 - Arrival

Soft sand, softer breeze
Caught in the glow of twilight
Peace slowly descends.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Big Creek and Cosby trip

Bill and I enjoyed two days in the mountains, on the east side of the the Smokies. Henry and Jane joined us for a hike at Big Creek. We spent the night at Cosby Campground in the park and hiked to on the Gabes Mountain trail to Henwallow Falls the next day.