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Migration to WordPress

I have written 400 blog posts over the past 5 years using Google’s Blogger/Blogspot.  I have had no complaints about the cost (free) or support (none needed).  Blogger is easy to use and has all of the features I have needed.  Also easy to maintain, since Google handles all of the backups and administration.  I have not had to do anything other than write and publish.  All in all, I have been content with Blogger. And yet I have migrated “A Clay Jar” to the self hosted version of WordPress.  The self hosted version of WordPress is more expensive, requires …

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Congratulations and Best Wishes to the Happy Couple

My little boy got married this past weekend.  Sometimes it’s hard to believe that he’s all grown up now.  While I sometimes despaired of him ever getting to this point, I am proud of who he has become.  While there is still a lot of life ahead of him, he now has a life companion to share that journey with; and it looks to be a good journey together.  This world can be a rough and unforgiving place, but having someone to travel through it with you can make it much easier, especially when you are both also walking with …

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The Evolution of the Phone

The first phone I can remember was an old rotary dial job that sat on a little shelf cut into the hallway.  This magic little device allowed us, actually mostly my parents, to call other people at their homes or businesses and have a quick conversation with them.  You could only talk to them when they were home, and could not leave a message if they were not.  No caller ID, no redial, no contact lists, and you didn’t even own the phone, it was rented from the phone company.  But it allowed you to reach out and touch someone …

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A New Year’s Resolution for 2014

I am not generally one who makes New Year’s resolutions.  In part because I don’t see much purpose in it, and because, at least for me, they are quickly forgotten.  But I have been thinking about making some for 2014, and this time trying to keep them front and center and active. I thought about making a resolution to run 1000 miles, hit 1:50 in a half marathon and run another full marathon in 2014.  I also thought about resolving to hike at least 600 miles on the PCT this year.  But while both of those are things I would …

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2013 – The Year in Review

Well another year is in the books and it’s time to brag about all the wonderful and amazing things that we have done this year.  I would love to tell you all about the month we spent in Africa on a mission trip, the round the world cruise we took this summer, and the houses we helped to build.  Except we didn’t do any of that.  Maybe next year! Instead, the bulk of our year has been quiet and centered around home and church, with an adventure thrown in here and there to keep life exciting.  Home is becoming more …

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Count Your Many Blessings

One of the hymns I grew up with was “Count Your Many Blessings”.  And, since this is the Thanksgiving season, I think I will attempt this feat, in no particular order: Being a part of God’s creation Knowing the creator Jesus Having a wonderful life partner My son My daughter My son’s fiancee Being a part of Kitsap Lake Baptist Church Having the opportunity to be a Bible teacher Being a part of the Olympic Baptist Association Being retired Having a retirement income that lets me enjoy life My house My gardens My home – combination of #4 & #13, …

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The Seattle Rock & Roll Half Marathon – 2013

Back in early April my cardiologist gave me the OK to start running again, so long as I took his little magic pills to keep my heart rate down.  So I laced the running shoes back on and hit the road.  A month later I signed up for the Seattle Rock & Roll Half Marathon and began preparing for it in earnest.  The goal, when I signed up was to complete it in 2 hours and 15 minutes, which seemed like a bit of a stretch, but doable. Training went well and the times for the longer runs started to …

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Jury Duty

A few weeks ago I received a jury summons in the mail.  This was probably the 4th or 5th I had ever received, in the 40 some years I have been eligible.  Only one of those previous summons had resulted in a call, and that one was for municipal court, and all of the days cases ended up being dismissed.  Would this be the one that actually landed me on a jury? The Sunday night call-in was negative, but I had better luck on Monday night.  My group number was called.  Report into Superior Court in Port Orchard on Tuesday morning at …

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Final Word on My Heart – For Now

In the last three months I have seen my doctor, a cardiologist and a physiologist; been wired up to a heart event monitor for two weeks, had my thyroid checked, had an echocardiogram and a treadmill stress test; told not to run; told I could run; started taking metoprolol to lower my pulse rate; and spent a lot of time online researching heart arrhythmias.  It has been interesting, as well as a bit unsettling, but all of the visits and tests are done for now. I have an irregular heartbeat.  This is nothing new, fairly common and nothing to worry about.  When it gets bad, …

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