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October 2020

Now Available! - Sea Lanes

A new book, part of the 'it never happened' collection. 

Another set of short stories, vignettes, scenes, fluff and puff.

Including "Museum Day"

    She’d told the kids to use their inside voices while they were on Museum Day, but she knew that was going to be a somewhat relative thing. The hardwood floors drummed with every step, rustling jackets and backpacks, even the kids’ stage whispers bounced off wooden walls and the high ceiling. That was okay, they were kids, it was their job to be excited.

    Miss Barker held up her hands. “This way, everyone,” she said, walking backward like a regular tour guide. She stopped beside a skeleton they hadn’t seen yet.

    “Who can tell me what this is?” (She had been careful to place her bag over the plaque, but she was pretty sure they could figure it out.)

    Sure enough, the puzzled looks quickly faded. Several kids shouted at the same time, “Pterosaur!”

    She smiled, though she also put a finger to her lips – not so loud!

    “Yes,” she said, “and who remembers what we said about Pterosaurs in class?”

    They paused a bit on that, trying to remember. Shawna’s eyes lit up first and her hand shot up.

    As Miss Barker nodded and listened to Shawna’s correct answer, Barker also caught a quick look at Shawna’s mom, Bayel, grinning proudly. Good, she thought to herself. You should be proud of your daughter, she’s a very bright little girl.

    They did a little circuit around the room once before she gathered them at one end. “Okay, we’re going to break up into three groups. Each group will pick a dinosaur and I want you to draw a picture of it and write down something interesting about it.”

    “Should we draw them with skin on?” Tony asked, to a little chorus of giggles.


Available in Kindle or paperback format on Amazon.

The Essential Dilemma

We both want desperately to know so much more than we know, and we are unable to see some things that are hidden. 

But that's exactly how God designed it.

From the ESV Study Bible notes on Ecclesiastes 3:11 

"The Preacher thus realizes that both his desire to understand all of life, as well as the limitations of his ability to do so, have been ordained by God."

Eccl. 8:17

"...then I saw all the work of God, that man cannot find out the work that is done under the sun. However much man may toil in seeking, he will not find it out. Even though a wise man claims to know, he cannot find it out."

That will help with our frustration, a little, and give us a good sense of humility, but we won't stop seeking. We can't stop. I don't want to stop. So there it is.

Phrases that pop out

The LORD will fulfill his purpose for me. - Psa. 138:8

Even the darkness is not dark to you; the night is bright as day, for darkness is as light to you. - Psa. 139:12

Search me, O God and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! See if there be any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. Psa. 139:23,24

Better is a handful of quietness than two hands full of toil and a striving after wind. - Ecc. 4:6

God is the one you must fear - Ecc. 5:7

Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, which is conquering and destroying Israel, is God's 'servant' - Jer. 25:9