LEGO: An Ice Fishing Story

It’s been bitterly cold this week here in Minnesota. Sunday morning gave us -19° and I’m grateful our car even started to get us to church. Otherwise, we’ve been stuck indoors. When I’m not researching and writing, I’m taking a break with the kids and LEGOs. This past year, we tried fishing in the rivers,Continue reading “LEGO: An Ice Fishing Story”

Bird Drawing Hobby: Pileated Woodpecker

On my Life List, the Pileated Woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus) is my #370. In my bird-drawing repertoire, it’s my fifth. I’ve got some catching up to do. I chose this particular species because I first saw it on my older brother’s property, and he and his wife had gifted me the drawing book and Micron pensContinue reading “Bird Drawing Hobby: Pileated Woodpecker”

Short Story Writing Hobby: “Before I Wake, 02: Jakob”

Jakob kept his one good eye focused on the naked yellow bulb which hung high above his chair. His breath in the frozen air climbed up like a column of smoke towards the dull orb. The bulb did little to lighten the room, but it beamed hope into Jakob’s heart. Five minutes had passed sinceContinue reading “Short Story Writing Hobby: “Before I Wake, 02: Jakob””

Short Story Writing Hobby: “Before I Wake, 01: Simon”

“It is appointed unto man once to die, and after this the judgment.”But not immediately. Simon Bowfield had been dead for almost eighteen hours by the time he boarded the bus and paid his fare. He nodded at the driver, but said nothing. By now the gasses forming inside his quickly decaying body might easilyContinue reading “Short Story Writing Hobby: “Before I Wake, 01: Simon””

Short Story Writing Hobby: “Before I Wake” Series Introduction

Angels and demons—I know I believe in them, but I’m not entirely certain of the details of those beliefs. The Word of God is clear in some areas, but silent in so many more. This ongoing series of short stories is an exploration of possibilities based on the facts, the many occurrences of demon possessionContinue reading “Short Story Writing Hobby: “Before I Wake” Series Introduction”

Poetry Hobby: “Where I’m From”

You may have heard of George Ella Lyon’s poem “Where I’m From” (1999), or perhaps the “I am From Project” which offers a Mad-Lib format of the same as a means for people to introduce themselves. A professor in my doctoral program assigned this project to us in lieu of the standard introductory paragraphs, andContinue reading “Poetry Hobby: “Where I’m From””

LEGO Hobby: A Library Story

Is there anything more relaxing than organization? Not for me. Even if I’m sitting on a beach, I don’t want to just sit there with my thoughts while my bald scalp burns. I’d much rather gather all the shells and pile them up into types, sizes, or colors. Books are exactly the same. Oh, toContinue reading “LEGO Hobby: A Library Story”

Bird Drawing Hobby: Rose-breasted Grosbeak (Pheucticus ludovicianus)

I can’t recall ever seeing this bird at any point before this Spring, when my family happened upon him while hiking south of Rockford, IL. The bright red and white colors on his breast reminded me more of the tropical birds we see on our island in China than something from the Midwest. The birdContinue reading “Bird Drawing Hobby: Rose-breasted Grosbeak (Pheucticus ludovicianus)”

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