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Showing posts from November, 2016

Fall. Or is it Autumn?

Is it fall or is it autumn?  Or doesn't it matter?  Is fall American and autumn British?  I googled the question and found that fall is not originally an American term.  It started in the 16th century and became the shortened version of fall of the year or fall of the leaf.  

Autumn comes from the French automne, also originating in the 15th or 16th century.  While Americans use the two terms interchangeably, Americans do seem to prefer fall while Brits and Aussies usually say autumn.

Either way, it's a season we don't get to experience very often.  In fact, we haven't experienced fall/autumn since 2010.  We have been in the USA since then, but only in the summer.  So we have really been enjoying the reds, oranges, yellows, and browns of the season.  

Thankfully, the temperatures have been fairly moderate so it hasn't been too big of a shock to our systems.  We've even had days in the 70's which is unusually warm.   Some times it felt more like spring than fal…

Thank a Teacher

We sat in the airport terminal waiting to board our flight.  John and I snagged empty seats beside two super tall young men.  It didn't take us long to figure out that they were part of a university basketball team.  The guy to John's right had on his headphones and was in his own little world.  The guy to the left of me was reading a book.  Google has helped me identify the title of the book as Eleven Rings:  The Soul of Success, but I didn't know that at the time.  The player reading the book was really enjoying it.  He came across a line that he really liked and read it to the coach who was sitting to his left and then again to some of the other players.  I heard the line so many times I had it memorized:  "Coaching the Lakers was like having a wild, tempestuous fling with a beautiful woman."  I can't tell you why he liked that sentence so much, but he sure did!

Soon another player came over and perched up on the window sill behind the coach.  "Do you …

September and October Reading List

Here are the books I read in September and October.  I've got several I've been reading for awhile, so hopefully they'll show up on the November list.

Rescue the Captors was written by Russell Stendal.  Russell Stendal was kidnapped by guerrillas in Colombia and held captive for almost a year. At first he was angry and upset and pulled a gun that he had in his boot and shot one of the guerrillas. Fortunately the guy didn't die and Mr. Stendal was able to ask the man's forgiveness and they became friends. During his captivity Mr. Stendal began to see that if God allowed him to get into this situation, God could get him out of it and it wasn't necessary for him to use violence. As the months went on, he became more and more courageous to share the gospel with his captors. He realized that he would possibly be freed; even if he was killed by them, he knew he'd have eternal life. His captors, however, would be killed by the Marxists if they tried to become free …

October Update

Wow, October has been a busy month.  Here are a few things that have been happening.

1.  I attempted to blog every day of the month on a theme:  ExNihilo Cooking.  I started out well, but helping take care of our daughter, new grandson, and two-year old grand-daughter meant I was pretty busy.  Even though I was cooking every day, I just kind of lost interest in the theme.  I tend to be hard on myself when I don't carry through on things.  I'm a plodder and once I start something I will see it through, stubbornly carrying on past the point where I should just quit.  So, I refuse to feel guilt for dropping that one since something more important came along.

2.  At the beginning of the month, we had three days of field conference.  Both John and I were involved in that, so those were really busy days.  After that week, I worked hard to finish up as many loose ends at the office as I could so they won't be there waiting for me after vacation.  

3.  We left Niger on October 14 jus…