“Can she make a cherry pie Billy boy Billy boy, can she make a cherry pie charming Billy?”  Pie is one of my favorite foods at Thanksgiving.  My mom could make a wonderful pie with a perfect crust. So could my mother-in-law.  My daughter in law and her mother make wonderful pies also.  And now my granddaughter is another great pie baker of the family.  So even though many have tried to teach me to make a pie crust I have never succeeded.  My roommate in college, Doni, tried to teach me to make bread.  I never accomplished that fete either.  Now my husband makes the pie crusts and the bread!  So I’m thankful that I will have pie this Thanksgiving.  My many other blessings are infinite.  What are you thankful for this year?

Psalm 118:1 Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.


I believe this book belonged to Grandma Isabel

Grandma Isabel would teach us Scottish words very rarely.  She knew a few as her parents were born in Scotland.  I thought of her when I heard this podcast about Scottish English.  You can either listen or read the transcript.  Click Here.

Isaiah 66:20 And they shall bring all your brothers from all the nations as an offering to the Lord, on horses and in chariots and in litters and on mules and on dromedaries, to my holy mountain Jerusalem, says the Lord, just as the Israelites bring their grain offering in a clean vessel to the house of the Lord.

Jay—1940-2005. American communications specialist.  Recipient cash prize Army Security Agency Incentive Award Committee, Taiwan.  Served with United States Army, 1964- 1967,  member of Ames Amateur Radio, Moffat field. EWU graduate.

Today is Veterans Day– a day to remember our veterans.  In Spokane we have a new memorial.  See the You Tube above.

In remembering our veterans I thought about my brother, Jay.  He was very interested in space.  After the tragedy of the Challenger 30 some years ago he wrote this poem:

“The Challenge of the Challenger”

We saw the mighty Challenger “shatter” as a toy
But the Universe above is ours to claim with joy.
We left those footprints on the Moon, the cost was never free 
Greater steps must follow soon 
Because there’s GOLD on Mercury.
High metallic content means there’s tons. 
To pay off U. S. savings bonds, 
And raise some research funds.
With plenty of space in which to be hurled,
The cost per Ride SEEMS out of this world.
But that’s a bargain for what we pay,
To Ride to school and work each day.
Telerobotics would save enough gas,
To pay for babies on Mars real fast.


Now Jay would be delighted to hear that we had two years of staying home and commuting by Zoom.  We saved a bundle on gas!  Also he would be interested that some of the pieces of the Challenger have been discovered.  See the You Tube below.

There are many more mysteries of the universe to discover.  Jay would be thinking outside the box!

Proverbs 25:2 It is the glory of God to conceal things,

    but the glory of kings is to search things out.

As a first grade teacher I vowed to never criticize any art work done by my students.  The reason for this was that in 4th grade, after I had changed my mind about a picture I was drawing for art class, I unfortunately was more concerned about not using extra paper, so I scribbled over the old picture in an attempt to draw a new picture.  The teacher held my creation up and told the class to not do what I had just done.  

Art is in the eye of the beholder we are told. Maybe my drawing was “modern” art. Many years later my mom took an art class at EWU while I finished up my bachelors degree and planned a wedding.  After she drew birds like this 

she was given an A for the class.  Why didn’t I think of that!

This all to say that there are many types of art.  Recently we watched “Babette’s Feast,” a Danish film with subtitles.  It was all about choosing a simple life style but in the end even simple people could enjoy the work of a great artist.

Revelation 19: 9 And the angel said to me, “Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb.” And he said to me, “These are the true words of God.”                                                                

All Saints Day is November 1st.  I was going to write something about Halloween but instead I will link to an article and podcast about All Saints Day.  For the history of the day click here.   After I did a search for a picture from my family photos about Halloween or All Saints Day I came up with photos of our relatives Mary Lee and Bruce Saint. 

Mary Lee was the youngest daughter of Archie and Mary– Grandma Isabel’s brother and sister in law.   Mary Lee was a good cousin to my dad, Dave.  She would show up at family gatherings from time to time.  I remember clearly how she attended my Uncle Hollis’s memorial service and then later a reception at my cousins Janet and Alf’s home.  Mary Lee was the musician of the family.  She played her organ many years at the “Flamingo Room.” I believe the restaurant was located in one of the downtown Spokane hotels.

  Apparently Grandma Isabel and Grandpa Claude attended Mary Lee and Bruce’s wedding ceremony and took photos. 

Here is the newspaper clipping provided by cousin Linda Clark from her uncle’s scrap book.

So to celebrate All Saints Day I’m remembering Mary Lee and Bruce Saint.

Matthew 27:52 The tombs also were opened. And many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised,

My sister, Evy, would have turned 75 on October 17.  I still miss her.  But her daughter, Jennifer, turned out beautifully.  Evy would be so proud of her.  When I saw the picture about loving not camping I thought of Evy, Grandma Isabel, and me.  We enjoyed the “good life.” Grandma and I have lived through some house flipping projects much to our chagrin.  I even think Grandma lived in a house for a while with only 3 walls and the 4th wall was a tent or something like that.  

Evy, and I, as far as I know, took after Grandma in some ways.  Not liking to camp may have been one of them.  My dad loved camping and I think my mom did too.  R Ranch in Hornbrook was camping only.  Evy and I only visited Hornbrook for the sake of the kids because they liked it.  

While remembering Evy this month I thought once again of this dream that Wayne had back in 1997 around the time of her birthday.   Here is his October dream:

I’m not on social media.  After some strange people contacted me on Twitter and on Facebook I got off those platforms.  I haven’t been tempted to go on to Tick Tock or Instagram.  I hear it is a jungle out there.  People are tearing each other apart.  But some cooler head will prevail occasionally.  

I was interested in the following podcast which included a mention of  Blaise Pascal, a 17th century  mathematician and Christian apologist. See the You Tube above. In his 11th Provincial Letter, Pascal included a surprisingly thoughtful defense of Christian mockery.  Here is a link to the transcript.  

Proverbs 29:11 A fool gives full vent to his spirit, but a wise man quietly holds it back.

1961 Groveton High Thespians — Front Row– Judy Lindberg, Susan Szadokierski, Susan Goggin, Belle Richey, Janice Hardy. — Second Row–  Roberta Stowell, Bette Barttelmes, Sarah Dickinson, Denise Kogelman, Susan Zimmer. — Third Row– Alice Howzdy, Tony George, Lisa Dunn, Eileen Seidell, Pat Holmes, Janet Gilmore.– Fourth Row– Barton Bean, Lynn Craven, Tommy Harris, Bill Lyons, Susan Remington.

Angela Lansbury died last Monday.  Her character Jessica Fletcher on the TV show, “Murder She Wrote,” was my hero.  Well, I’m no Jessica Fletcher.  I don’t have the type of mind needed to teach English, write novels, solve mysteries, and to help others.  I did some acting in high school.  (See the picture above.) But because I had difficulty acting like a mother I lost the part of Elwood P. Dowd’s mother in “Harvey” to Janet.  I did play the part of the daughter Murtle May. 

So my ambition at this stage in my life is still to write novels, solve mysteries, and to help other people.

Colossians 1: 24 Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I am filling up what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions for the sake of his body, that is, the church, 25 of which I became a minister according to the stewardship from God that was given to me for you, to make the word of God fully known, 26 the mystery hidden for ages and generations but now revealed to his saints.

Glenkirk Church Camp 1960.  Don’t remember any of the names.

My friend, Nancy, and I attended church camp together when we were just 15 and sophomores at Groveton High.  My memory is foggy but I seem to remember 2 church camps.  The camp we went to had a lake which we rowed boats on.  The other camp was a new camp called Glenkirk.  Our church helped to build it.  Nancy remembers that I invited her and two boys, one was Jimmy Schall, to work on building the camp.  I don’t remember that but it sounds like me.  I thought I was being an evangelist to invite boys to church things. My goal in life was to please Jesus by shining for Him. I remember 2 scripture verses —

Matthew 5:16  In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.

and Philippians 2:15 that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world,

My shine is a little dimmer these days but with God’s help He will make me to shine more.

My brother Jay got me involved in the Bible Club at Groveton.

My friend, Nancy, got me involved in the Westminster Fellowship Club at Madison College

Joan (pronounced Jo Ann) and Walter 50th wedding anniversary dinner.  Photo by Chris.

Years ago, while living in Lake Forest Park, our neighbors, Walter and Joan, invited us to their 50th wedding anniversary dinner.  They were transplants from Texas.  She was a retired school teacher and he had retired from Boeing.  When we heard Walter’s stories about WW II and how his legs were frozen in the Battle of the Bulge we were amazed at his bravery.  But he had a job to do and he did it.

I think about today and how so many people live in fear.  They think about the “what ifs.”  We’ve had brave men and women defending our freedom from the Revolutionary War to WWI, WWII, Korea, Vietnam to Afghanistan and Iraq.  Where did they get their courage?  Well, they had a job to do and they did it.  Maybe they were fearful like I would be but they did what they had to do.  We can learn from these brave ones.  We can look to God and cling to Him and do our jobs.  This hymn came to mind today.

  1. I need Thee every hour, most gracious Lord;
    No tender voice like Thine can peace afford.
    • Refrain:
      I need Thee, oh, I need Thee;
      Every hour I need Thee;
      Oh, bless me now, my Savior,
      I come to Thee.
  2. I need Thee every hour, stay Thou nearby;
    Temptations lose their pow’r when Thou art nigh.
  3. I need Thee every hour, in joy or pain;
    Come quickly and abide, or life is vain.
  4. I need Thee every hour; teach me Thy will;
    And Thy rich promises in me fulfill.
  5. I need Thee every hour, most Holy One;
    Oh, make me Thine indeed, Thou blessed Son.