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The Bridge is Open

I’ve taken some time off from blogging but I feel like I’ve been fairly busy the past several weeks.

There was the usual stuff:

My current Habitat construction site

weekly volunteering with Habitat for Humanity,

Hubsters at WOCC

serving at church,

reframing my garage door

home projects, and more.

We also took the major step of moving my dad to Mt. Healthy Christian Village. This has been, and continues to be, a big adjustment for him, and really for the whole family. My mother is still very independent and continues to live at home. But, living in the house alone is a big adjustment for her. In addition to dealing with loneliness (They haven’t really been apart since dad returned home from his service in the Air Force at the end of the Korean War.) she is in the process of settling into her new routine.

42nd anniversary on 42nd Street

Also, Kathie & I went on a road trip to celebrate our 42nd anniversary. We spent a couple of days in Gettysburg then went on to New York City for a couple of days.

No relation.

We took in some of the usual sights and saw our first Broadway Show: Hamilton! It was amazing!

Along the way we were able to visit and reconnect with some friends and family whom we haven’t seen in a long time. (see below)

I said in my last post that I was planning to do some evaluating and thinking about some possible changes to this blog.

Well, as you can see, I haven’t changed the look of it. I tried out several different “themes” and designs but I really didn’t like any of them as well as this one.

I’m going to try a slightly different approach to social media sharing, but the truth is, the only actual change I’m making to the blog itself is to do my best to write more original material. I have found this to require more discipline, entail more work, and be more time consuming, than I expected. Discipline and hard work are not my strong suits (ask anyone), but I’m determined to try.

Thanks for reading!


In Gettysburg we had dinner with Georgianell. “George” and her husband were volunteer youth sponsors when Kathie & I were in high school. We’ve been FB friends for a few years but this is the first time we’ve seen her in about 45 years!


We had lunch near Philadelphia with my aunt and uncle, Ken and Pauline. Ken is my mother’s older brother. He and my dad were best friends in high school and that friendship is what led my dad and mom meeting. The rest, as they say, is history.


We had breakfast with Brad and Joy. Brad was an intern at WOCC when I came on staff in 1992. He later became WOCC’s Youth Minister. After 9/11/2001 he and Joy felt called by God to minister and serve the people of New York. He began a new church. This photo is taken at Postmark Cafe in the Park Slope neighborhood of Brooklyn. This place was founded by Brad & Joy as a place to build relationships in the community. It is a unique work and I can’t tell you how impressed I am by this family and their love for God and for serving people.


Kathie works for a firm with offices in several cities, including NYC. This is Mary, one of her long-time co-workers. We were able to tour the offices there and to finally meet many people face to face with whom she has regular contact via email and phone.