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Location: MInneapolis, Minnesota, United States

I am now a simple Grandpa who's life is made richer as each grandchild is born. My wife and I have raised five children and the 30 year love labor of raising them has begun to yield sweet fruit..... And then there are fruits of 30 years in ministry ... I am a satisfied old man full of the joy of the Lord.

Friday, July 08, 2005


I am finding it harder and harder to post to the blog lately. I think I am in a summer slump. As I think about it I realize that there are only 24 hours in a day. Summer in Minnesota means that there are 16 -17 hours of daylight. This leads to more daylight activities and less night time activities. The pajama wearing bloggers have less time in their pajamas. In short, I would rather spend time in my garden than on my computer.

I will be doing projects around the house, attending weddings, and visiting Costa Rica for the next 45 days. (As well as all of my regular activities) I have a bedroom to remodel and a bathroom shower stall that needs replacement. At 60, I seem to not move as fast as I used to.

Please check in on the blog from time to time but I do not think I will be posting on a daily basis again until late August.

Thursday, July 07, 2005

M.O.B. News

We wanted to take a moment and let all the MOB members know that there will be a fundraiser for Soldiers' Angels tonight at Keegan's Irish Pub in Minneapolis. If you could post a brief mention of this on your blog, we would greatly appreciate it. Here are the details:

Where: Keegan's on Hennepin and University

When: 8pm-???

What: All American Trivia Night and fundraiser for Soldiers' Angels. Reps from SA will be on hand to collect donations and a portion of the night's drink specials will go toward the cause. You can find more info on Soldiers' Angels here:

Thanks for your support.


The Gents at Fraters Libertas

Tuesday, July 05, 2005

No Mosquito Camping

I am returning to active duty after a long awaited camping trip with my now extended family of 10. We are tent campers and we went to a rustic camping place down in Iowa named The Yellow River Campground of the Iowa state parks system. It was a lovely little place about 4 hours from the Twin Cities.

How nice it is to spend time around the campfire with your wife, kids, and new son-in-law, daughter-in-law, and future son-in-law. I brought my new green laser pointer to point to the stars and along with a star program that shows you the night skies at your exact location and time running dimly on my PowerBook, we were able to see and identify everything that was visible. And everything was visible because there was zero light pollution and crystal clear skies.

Jupiter was very bright but the other planets were too close to the horizon for us to see down in the trout steam valley. We could clearly see the little dipper for the first time in years. And there were many meteors and satellites to look at for hours.

This was an amazing campsite in other respects also. There were no mosquito's. None! And there were a zillion lightning bugs. There was a bald eagle who made his nest up high on the top of a bluff overlooking the trout stream and we saw him dive for fish. That along with whippoorwill's, owl's, indigo buntings, and coyote's made for a splended quiet Fouth of July.