Back in Two Weeks

We are going for our initial voyage on Holland America’s newest ship, the ms Koningsdam. We will be back in a little over two weeks. I hope to have some great posts with pictures from each of our stops in the eastern and southern Caribbean. That will include posts for some of my regular challenges of Sunday Trees, Monday Window, and Thursday Doors.

In the meantime, follow the link above to get an idea of what we are about to experience with a cool video presentation on this new ship.

For My Valentine

Today is not only Valentine’s day, but our 23 1/2 year anniversary. You see, Alice and I were married on August 14th, 1993. We celebrate our half-anniversary every year.

I thought I would write a poem to express how lucky and loved I am feeling today:

Express Your Love

Express your love in every way.
In every deed you do today,
In every look. In what you say.
Let her know you’re here to stay.

As years go by renew your vows.
With every look, with every touch.
The answer to when’s what’s and how’s
Is “I love you so very much!”

So live each day connected and true,
Like it’s Valentines for me and you.
For each day counts. Each kiss, caress.
A love mere words cannot Express.


One Word Photo Challenge: Elder

I have a challenge for my followers. For today’s entry in Jennifer Nicole Wells’ One Word Photo Challenge I have a picture of my sister and brother-in-law. This was my brother-in-law’s 80th birthday party. It was also my mother’s 80th birthday party. Wrap your head around those facts and see if you can come up with how that is possible.

Here is my sister Marie and her husband Bob:


Here is my mother Shirley and my step father Bill:


Both pictures were taken in the middle of September in 2005. Unfortunately, none of the four are still with us 11+ years later.


Proud to be an American

Nowhere else in the world has the peaceful transition of power, every four years, been uninterrupted by strife. America is a beacon of freedom for the world. I have high hopes for our new president, Donald J. Trump, and the United States of America.

Lee Greenwood expresses this best with his song “God Bless the USA”. Take just a minute to listen to this Utube rendition:

Daily Prompt: Invitation

The Invitation

Even though it’s formal,
Love is at its heart.
Anything but normal,
A journey at its start.

Friends will gather near,
Family in the fore.
The bride will then appear,
Her beauty all adore.

Wedding vows recited,
As eyes are locked in love.
The couple so excited,
With blessings from above.

So join the bride and groom,
Becoming man and wife.
Accept the invitation,
To celebrate their life.


Snowed in Birthday

This is just for my blogging buddies. My wife and I have been cooped up in our house for the last couple of weeks recovering from a nasty virus that we probably picked up on our Western Caribbean cruise. We have been house bound for quite a while, and now we are snowed in here in Greensboro, North Carolina.

Well, we will break the cycle a little bit today because it is my birthday. It has become an annual tradition that my wife, Alice, makes homemade lasagna with her famous Italian red sauce (this time cooked with the rib bones from our Christmas prime rib dinner.

Today’s photo is from a Dirty Santa Christmas Party we held for some of our neighbors a couple of days before Christmas and is now Alice’s profile picture on Facebook.


Hopefully, I will be feeling better in the next week or two and can get back to my normal blogging activities. I will also be resuming work on my second book in The Nu Trilogy. The story has been written but needs a great deal of work filling in the details beyond the basic plot line. Those details are what give the book its real flavor and color. I am hoping to complete the manuscript for editing by the end of March.

Happy New Year to all of you. I hope you all make great progress this year towards your goals and aspirations. I’m here to cheer you on your journey.