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  • I am a racist
    I am a racist. Racism is deeply embedded in the white psyche. I have been a privileged white male for nearly seventy years. But I know better.
  • Remembering
    It was a single-ship mission, ferrying an Army photographer around the Ft. Richardson, Alaska operations area. A week later there appeared in flight operations an envelope from the photographer with pictures he had taken, unbeknownst to us, of each crew member.
  • A Tulip for the Ascension
    The last frame on the roll of sixteen is a photograph of a solitary tulip in front of our house. It seemed an appropriate post for today, not so much for the direct symbolism as for the questions it raises.
  • Hiking the yellow ski trail
    View on Instagram https://instagr.am/p/B_vMhkPBk_J/ Hiking the yellow ski trail at #durandeastmanpark. A beautiful day. The golfers agree.
  • World Pinhole Photograph Day
    Broke out the #Holga120PC for World Pinhole Photography Day #wppd #wppd2020 It had been raining steadily all day so I opted for an inside shot.
  • Reflections for Easter Sunday
    As others have noted, we celebrate Easter this year much more as did Jesus’ original followers — in the midst of our fear, pain and doubt. Things didn’t feel very joyous that first Easter morning, nor do they now.
  • Rejoice with me!
    Rejoice with me. I just did twenty-four hours between 5mg oxycodone doses. That is the lowest level of meds I have been on in a year and a half. My body is not happy with me, but it did it. The back and foot are doing well; at this point it’s the oxycodone that’s keeping me […]
  • Remembering Dad, 5 December 2013
    These are my words from the memorial service for my father, Lansing E. Tryon, on December 5, 2013. They were among the most difficult words I have ever had to speak or write. But they are good for me to remember, because even here is to be found the gospel if only we have the ears to hear.
  • Wyrde and Wicked by Charlotte English
    House of Werth, Book 2 I read it in one sitting, which is to say that Charlotte has once again kept me up far too late, or early, as the case may be. It is wickedly wyrde. Highly recommended. But don’t start with this one, read Wyrde and Wayward first or you will be thoroughly […]
  • Witchcraft by Charles Williams
    First published 1941. Williams himself states by way of introduction, These pages must stand for what they are—a brief account of the history in Christian times of that perverted way of the soul which we call magic, or (on a lower level) witchcraft, and with the reaction against it.
  • What do you have in your hands?
    Our “Connection Group” at Rochester Christian Reformed Church meets twice a month. We take turns coming up with a sharing question for the group. Jim’s question for this evening’s get together was this. It concerns the first of the beatitudes in the fifth chapter of the Gospel according to Matthew. “Blessed are the poor in […]
  • Snake
    Snake coming in, low and hot; the infantryman’s friend. #Inktober52 prompt for January 23.
  • I will always remember…
    I will always remember that I am one finite human being, with assorted weaknesses, and that’s ok. I will always remember that I will not live forever on this earth, and that’s ok, too. I will always remember that Jesus loves me, and that is enough.
  • New hardware in my foot
    Got new hardware in my right foot on Thursday. The main toe joint was an awful mess. Much better now with the arthritis all cleaned out and the joint fused at a 15° angle for better distance walking.
  • Brick
    A solid thing, a thing for building; a camera, a thing for building dreams. #Inktober52 prompt for January 16.
  • Stories of grace
    This week’s writing prompt from Amanda, @amandalumays on Instagram: Your story is still being written. As long as you are living you have not reached the end of your story. Maybe you can’t fix everything that is broken. That’s okay, none of us have fixed all the broken places within us. Instead, can you focus […]
  • Bunion surgery
    Bunion surgery went well this morning. We left home at 6:30 and were back at 11:15. Amazing. The anesthesia team did a nerve block so I’m not feeling anything below the right knee for today. I am navigating downstairs with the walker and upstairs with the cane. Old friends. #AppalachianTrail2021 for #Birthday71 is definitely a […]
  • How Pearwood came to be
    Once upon a time, well nigh two decades ago, my evil gamemaster son, Lanse spielorjh.deviantart.com, pulled me into a PBEM (play by email) game where I took the part of a certain Radagast, a hobbit, who had somehow acquired a staff of sentient pearwood. When I signed on at deviantArt.com in January 2005, I had […]
  • First Things First
    Bex posted Habit and Balance on her Bumbles and Light blog. That led me to Amanda’s February Prompt-a-Day post. The challenge is to take the prompt for the day and write something based on it….
  • Where to start?
    I suppose we could call this Steve’s ramblings.  I’m not going to publicize it much until I figure out whether I have anything worthwhile to say.