Saturday, November 19, 2016


More LOVE on the Eastern Shore of Virginia -- this time on Chincoteague Island.  The island has lovely shops and restaurants, and very friendly people.  And, of course, views over the water are great!

In spite of it being November, roses were still blooming in some sheltered spots.  This lovely pink lady greeted us with her delicate beauty as we walked along the shop fronts in the quaint town of Chincoteague. 

We stopped in the museum for NASA's Wallops Flight Facility at Chincoteague.  This E-2 Navy plane was one of many circling the facility, practicing touch-and-go landings on the field below.

Larry was in training as well -- training to be an astronaut on the next space shuttle (not!)

I too opted for a bit of training while we were there.  I think my gear is pretty cool.  Our training was brief (very brief!), but fun.  There's just so much to do on the Eastern Shore!

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Joyful Writer

I'm a Joyful Writer!

Here I am standing behind my first ever "Book Table" event.  The first Saturday in November, I was at the Portsmouth Christian School Harvest Festival displaying my books from 10am to 2pm.  It was fun!

I had a great time visiting with lots of friends who passed my table, plus I sold 17 books.  Since the event was actually more fun and games for kids, I was quite pleased that I sold that many books.  I had eight titles for sale (plus a "color edition" of a B&W book).  Kindle books offers a ninth title of mine - a horror novelette entitled, "The House," which is not in print copy.

I have several ideas simmering for new fiction books, and I've begun writing two non-fiction books.  I just need to be more disciplined and spend more time writing.  It kind of reminds me of the verse Paul wrote in Romans, "For what I am doing, I do not understand.  For what I will to do, that I do not practice..."  I want to write, but I keep letting things distract me.  Do you ever have a problem with distractions in your life?

Here are some quotes that are good encouragers to get focused on your goal, buckle down and do the thing:

--‘Finished last’ will always be better than ‘Did not finish’, which always trumps ‘Did not start.’
--Thinking too long about doing something is often the reason it never gets done.
--Most great things in your life won’t happen by chance, they will happen by choice.
--Do not wait until the conditions are perfect to begin.  Beginning makes the conditions perfect.
--Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try.
--There are seven days in the week and someday isn’t one of them.

Friday, November 11, 2016

Eastern Shore Trip

Love the Eastern Shore 
A few days ago, we traveled up the 70-mile long Virginia portion of the Eastern Shore.  This clever "Love" piece is on the beach at Cape Charles.  The "O" is a massive truck tire and the "V" is made up of two pontoons.  Love it (pun intended)!  We had a very enjoyable two-day visit.

This boardwalk is just around the corner from the "LOVE" piece. 
 Sand along the shoreline in Cape Charles is white and fine 

 Bayview Waterfront Bed & Breakfast is in Belle Haven, down many twists and turns, perched above a beautiful inlet and surrounded by trees and fields.  A lovely, off-the-beaten-path place to spend a night.  History and solitude surrounded us like a warm embrace.

God painted a beautiful sunset across the sky and then reflected it on the smooth surface of the water below.  He graced us with twice the color, twice the beauty, and twice the breath-taking joy of seeing the Master working on His palette moment by moment as the colors changed.  There's no doubt -- He is the Great Artist.

Friday, November 4, 2016

Journey Sights

Journey Sights
I wanted to share some cool pictures from our trip down south last month.  The first shot shows a fleet of shrimp boats resting on the waterfront in Darien, South Carolina.  We enjoyed an early supper of delicious fresh shrimp at B&J's Restaurant in Darien.  They'd probably been swimming that morning under the surface of these very waters.

Another waterfront - this time a lake scene with Disney's Beach Club bathed in pink light from a setting sun, and sporting golden pinpricks of light reflecting on the water.  This picture taken from the Boardwalk across the lake.

One of the favorite photo opts at the Magic Kingdom is Cinderella's Castle.  What makes it extra special for me is that the castle was fashioned after famed Neushwanstein Castle in Bavaria, Germany.  It was my great joy to visit that grand castle, built in 1869, two years ago.  Below is a photo of the original castle in Germany.  Although Disney added a few extra spires, you can see the similarity.

I'm thankful for our travels, and I'm thankful for coming home again.  As they say, "There's no place like home."  To which I add a hearty, "Amen!"