December 05, 2013
Our current house was built in 1940 and has wonderful charm and a great view of Skyline Drive and the Shenandoah Mountains.
But, like all residential rental units, this house is the product of the owner’s decisions.
Without going into too much detail, I’ll just give a small snapshot of rental life... a snapshot covering this past weekbeginning the Tuesday before Thanksgiving and running through today, one week after Thanksgiving.
Tuesday evening, after commuting home, I picked up my son from the restaurant where my wife works and then drove home. As we walked through the door we both smelled propane. Our furnace runs on propane and the only time you can actually smell the gas is when the tank runs so low that the pilot light goes out. So I knew we had no heat and that due to the Thanksgiving holiday we would not be getting a propane delivery until the following Monday. And we were, at that moment, getting the first snowflakes of the season. Fortunately, we have a few space heaters.
Wednesday morning I noticed that the water temperature in the shower was not quite as hot as usual. I thought, “It must be very cold out to cool our indoor water this much.” When my wife took her shower, the water was actually not warm at all. And by early afternoon, it was ice cold.
My wife checked the breaker and found it tripped, but could not reengage it. So I went down to the cellar to take a look. I was able to reengage the breaker and the water warmed up a slight bit... but then began cooling again. By Wednesday evening it was clear that we have no hot water, even when the breaker was engaged.
Due to the holiday, we struggled through the next few days, but reported the problem with the water heater first thing Monday morning. Without going into great detail about the next few days, it is now 2:00 pm on Thursday and we finally have a new water heater that is, hopefully, in the process of heating the water right now. Our neighbors will be very pleased to find out that we are, once again, able to take showers.
Old houses, rental units, contractors... It’s a wonderful life!
December 04, 2013
It’s been a long time since I posted anything to this blog. I should probably get back to it. So... I’ll begin by changing the header.
I took this photo at Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida. I loved this girl’s shirt with the camera and the Smile on it, so I asked her to pose for me. She very cheerfully struck a pose and I took the picture. But... it was too closeup to allow the for the blog header cropping to show her face and the t-shirt. So... here’s the full picture:
August 06, 2013
ometimes we need a boost to get us through the difficult timesjust a small sparkle of hope, a small glimmer of kindnessto remind us that there is still good in the world. And if I let myself get too focused on the bad things going on around me, I just might miss those small glimmers.
But sometimes the glimmer isn’t just a glimmer. Sometimes the small spark of a glimmer builds into a huge explosion that captures everyone’s attention. And this is just such a story.
Yesterday a Wisconsin family visited the Milwaukee Brewers' Miller Park to enjoy a baseball gamecomplete with their three young children. And the act of kindness shown to them at that game is so heartwarming the story has been on the news, picked up on internet news radio, and the mom’s blog post [The Mystery Man at Miller Park] about what happened has gone viral. The story is so good and so heartwarming, I will say no more about it.
July 21, 2013
hotography has experienced many changes as it has evolved from Thomas Wedgwood’s early experimental captures of light and shadow in 1790 into today’s high-speed advanced digital capture.
In 1826, Joseph-Nicephore Niépce captured a picture of the street from his window. That exposure took eight hours to capture and is considered the earliest example of an actual photographic image.
Niépce became friends with an artist named Louis Jacques Mande Daguerre. This artist grew very interested in photographic capture and by the time of Niépce’s death in 1833, Daguerre had learned quite a lot from his friend. By 1837 Daguerre had figured out a method by which images could be captured and produced consistently. This process known as the Daguerrotype consisted of treating silver-plated copper sheets with iodine to make them sensitive to light, then exposing them in a camera and “developing” the images with warm mercury vapor. This process allowed for the widespread production of photographs.
Now that almost everyone carries a high resolution camera with them in the form of a cell phone, these historic things are being forgotten through the ease of digital photography. But some hearty souls are helping to keep this history alive. One such artist is Dan Carrillo:
July 11, 2013
July 01, 2013
For those who are unaware of the context of this post: Dale City teacher charged with raping student
I am posting this private email from my father to help answer some of the questions that have arisen around the recent news of Chuck Stallard’s arrest. May God bring healing and justice to this situation.
Please pray for both the perpetrator and the victim(s). And may the name of Christ be glorified always.
Thanks for contacting us this morning to alert us about Brother Stallard's arrest.
Both of us are deeply distressed and disturbed by this news. He was a dear brother and a well respected teacher. But to tolerate such sin is to invite the wrath of God upon our school and the entire church assembly. Let's pray for him and pray much for his victims.
As you know, we were already in South Africa when this broke open. We had resigned in 1984 and left for the field in 1986. It was only in 1990 when we learned that he was fired because of his inappropriate behavior. We heard nothing more until this morning when you told us that this began in the days of my leadership at Evangel Baptist Church. I can assure you that had we known that this was happening during my tenure, I would have stopped it immediately. God frowns on any such evil. What is now known goes far beyond anything I had heard or imagined. Oh, how sad!
Dad (and Mother as well)
Please remember that this is a personal email from my father to me after I had informed him of the situation. He was as shocked and taken by surprise as many of us in this situation and would probably like to address things much more deeply if he knew more details and had the proper forum to do so.
Under my father’s administration of Evangel Christian School, the school was fully compliant with local, state, and federal laws and pedophilia would not have been swept under the rug.