A Successful Whitetail Hunt

hunting-1It started with target practice on Saturday, November 26. Ian and Jere

Most of these pictures are from Cerwin and Jere’s cell phones.

hunting-2Josh, Ian and Jere

hunting-7Josh and Jared


hunting-3Jesse is not old enough to hunt but enjoyed target practice with a 22.


hunting-5Good job, Jesse.

hunting-8Jere’s pickup truck was full of hunting clothes and gear when they left for Tioga County early the next day.

hunting-9Josh, Cerwin, Ian, Jared, and Jere

hunting-10The next picture I saw was this one from when they were checking out the territory and setting up Cerwin’s ground blind.

hunting-12Jared shot this buck – with a broken antler – shortly after the opening of the season on Monday morning.

hunting-11Ian and Cerwin were in the same ground blind.

hunting-13By the end of the day, everyone saw deer, but Jared is the only one who had shooting.

hunting-14They were going to hunt again on Tuesday morning, but it was raining, so they headed home and stopped at a restaurant for breakfast.


hunting-16Cerwin wondered how I knew where they were eating when he texted this picture to me. I told him to read the placemat. 🙂

hunting-17While they stood in the garage, I stood in the rain to take this picture.

hunting-18Thanks to Jared, the Jere High family will have venison in the freezer this year.


Cerwin was in West Virginia a week earlier with our oldest son Jeff, his sons Jordan and Nate and our brother-in-law Marlin. Jeff was the only one who bagged a buck – so their family will also have some venison for the freezer. I didn’t see any pictures from that hunt. It was a cold, windy – sometimes snowy series of days for them.


Saturday, November 19

tomato-soup-and-sleet-1I had fourteen end-of-summer tomatoes that needed to be cooked into something.

I decided that the green ones were going to rot before they ripened, so I cooked them as well.

First I boiled them for a minute – to remove the skins. Then I cut them into pieces and stewed them until they were soft.

tomato-soup-and-sleet-2I added my batch to this box of processed soup – then added some spices, sugar, and butter until it was perfect to my taste.


tomato-soup-and-sleet-4Later that evening I was glad for a hot cup of soup.

Cerwin was on a West Virginia white tail hunt when it began sleeting.

tomato-soup-and-sleet-6This picture looked a bit more like sleet because I took it toward an outside flood light.


I enjoy tomato-soup-kind-of-days.

Sticky Seeds

The other week I was watching this House Sparrow and wondering why seeds were sticking to its beak.

dsc_9646The scene was kind of amusing. It caused me to ponder…

I wish the worlds only problem was sticky seeds.

dsc_9647Today I heard about another stabbing – yesterday it was a shooting.

I wonder how the seeds of hatred stuck to their hearts.

dsc_9657Castro’s and Hitler’s seeds of hatred showed in their lives – in how they treated people.

I wonder. Did hatred, control, and unforgiveness begin in their early lives?

dsc_9660Do you ever watch people who won’t forgive – who are self-centered and controlling?

You can see it on their faces – like sticky seeds.

dsc_9662Unforgiveness complicates life.

It separates you from people. It isolates.

You are the loser.

Seriously. What are you wishing for the person you won’t forgive?

Pain? Problems? Hell?

dsc_9667Sometimes I wish life would get simpler as we grow older – as the world grows older.

I wish we didn’t have to see the sticky-seed results of hatred and unforgiveness on peoples faces.

I see it on the news – almost every day. In angry protests. In stabbings and shootings.

I see it in the Christian community. .

Angry Words. Separation. Shunning.

dsc_9668God loves you more than any sparrow. He knows what is going on.

Breathe. Pray. Trust. Wait.

Don’t allow the sticky seeds of anger and unforgiveness stick to your heart.

I promise you. They will show on your face.

Choosing Avalon – Act 2

Sunday, November 20

Scenes from Act 2 as sisters Kate and Avie are reconciled.



act-2-28“Shirley Temple”

act-2-34Shirley Temple, Avie and Dorothy


act-2-10Kate considers going to Hollywood.


act-2-13Streets of New York City where Kate and Avie grew up


act-2-17Selling newspapers



act-2-42Things are not going well for Avie


act-2-47The things that were on the desk are now on the floor after Avie became angry.

act-2-48Kate being convinced to go for an audition

act-2-52This audition didn’t go well. Notice his socks.




act-2-61Avie is remembering her childhood days with Kate. A young Kate and Avie on the left.

act-2-62Young Kate and Avie







act-2-88A street woman tells Kate how much her occasional coins – dropped in her cup – meant to her.



act-2-97Avie comes up the aisle – choosing to reunite with Kate.



act-2-104This is what forgiveness looks like







act-2-135Closing comments


act-2-154Cast and some of the crew

act-2-155Great job everyone

Choosing Avalon – Act 1

Sunday, November 20

New York City and Hollywood – Fall 1930





1-39Anthony, Avie, and Kate grew up on the streets of New York City



1-49They – especially the girls dreamed of making it big in Hollywood.

1-72Seize the Day




1-107Kate, Anthony, and Avie as young adults

1-110Avie is discovered by a talent scout


1-117She is excited until she learns that he is not interested in the sisters as a duo.

1-120How can she explain that to Kate

1-128Audition: These guys were so cute and purposefully bad.


1-139The scouts loved Avie’s voice


1-162Telling Kate that she was going to Hollywood without her did not go over well.


1-175Kate arguing with the talent scout

1-218Meeting Dorothy – her competition in Hollywood

1-245Everything You Can Do – I can do better

1-250Anthony and Kate continue living on the street.

1-260Meanwhile Avie – became Avalon – and was climbing in popularity.

1-273Avalon and Ensemble


1-291After a period of time, things were not going well.

1-313Back on the streets of New York, Kate learns that Anthony is dying.

1-329That is how Act 1 closed – with the death of Anthony

1a-1Intermission announcements

1a-5Prayer before the offering for Way of Jesus Academy.

There is no charge for tickets, as expenses are mostly paid for by donors and sponsors.

1a-9Representatives from Way of Jesus Academy

1a-15Explaining their work with city children.