Thursday, December 23, 2004

Monday, December 20, 2004


Sara's puppy Cooper finds adventure everywhere, including playing with the sprinkler in their new back yard. Posted by Hello

John in Kirkuk


John in Kirkuk, one of many places he has visited so far on this tour. Posted by Hello

Frodo Visiting the Squirrel


Frodo, Mark and Kathy's Jack Russell, learned to jump into the tree to be up close and personal with the squirrel. Posted by Hello

Saturday, December 18, 2004

John and Catherine


Since son John was shipping out to Iraq in mid-November, Catherine hosted an early Thanksgiving, Christmas and John's Birthday celebration dinner. Posted by Hello

Friday, December 17, 2004

This Blog is like Coffee with Jim

Have you ever been part of a group that meets regularly for coffee? I was part of such a group while in college. Sometime after 10:00 at night, we'd gather up whoever was around and head to a place called the Red Barn for coffee and conversation. The coffee or whatever we drank or ate was never really the point. It was about the conversation and time together.

I know that such groups often exist in small towns. My wife's grandfather was part of a group that met every morning about 9:00 in the farm community of Leuders. The early morning chores were out of the way, and getting together for coffee provided an opportunity for community and conversation.

The world I live in seems to have gotten too busy and too spread out to meet physically for coffee on a regular basis. But maybe this blog can serve some of the same purpose virtually. You're welcome to just listen in, or to join the conversation by posting comments or starting your own blog. And feel free to bring friends along with you.