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#309: Beneath the Cross of Jesus

(Part of a series singing through the hymnbook I grew up with: Great Hymns of the Faith)

Beneath the cross of Jesus I fain would take my stand,

The shadow of a mighty Rock Within a weary land;

A home within the wilderness, A rest upon the way

From the burning of the noonday heat And the burden of the day.


Upon that cross of Jesus Mine eye at times can see

The very dying form of One Who suffered there for me,

And from my smitten heart with tears Two wonders I confess —

The Wonders of His glorious And my own worthlessness.


I take, O cross, thy shadow For my abiding place —

I ask no other sunshine than The sunshine of His face,

Content to let the world go by, To know no gain nor loss,

My sinfulness my only shame, My glory all the cross.

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Untangling wires

One of the things that can happen when your adorable 30-year house that you are 15 years into was built in the 1920s is that you may find tangles like the one pictured below when you are walking through your undeveloped basement garage and look up into the floor joist for the main floor that are above you:

Since the rest of the house has been so well refurbished in the past year, my sights have been turned to our basement, to make it as clean and presentable as possible. The younger offspring unit and I have been trying to identify all the wires and other structures in the floor joists and have been removing the ones that started nowhere and ended nowhere. 

When we ran into this, still connected, I fortunately knew how to indentify it.  I went to a private online Facebook group I belong made up of the most eclectic people who know or do or practice or have researched every imaginable topic.  A writer’s group. 

They came back that it was an old school Western Electric lightning arrestor for our landline telephone. Well, since we haven’t had a landline since we threw of the traces of AT&Ts internet/cell/landline bundle years ago, I decided we would pull all those wires out. If anyone needed landline phone in the future, it would be better to run new lines anyway.

Now we bought the house from a family who ran a successful construction business out of the house, so our house is wired for two lines, residential and business. So I had to unhook two plugs from the AT&T box outside to remove the juice from the house lines.

Those two plugs happened to be crossed, because When AT&T transferred landline from the prior owner to us, they put our residence phones on the old business line. We had to flip to use our correct working residential phone lines.


We pulled those main units and are starting to clear out the related wires, As all the triplicate (Why three  for two lines I do not know) things start to look much neater, and the electric wiring begins to make sense and be accessible. Two thirds of the electrical looks good, but about one third has aged so the outside of the plastic insulation is starting to look somewhat papery.

But here below are pictures of the main components, moderately dusted off, to show how durable, still usable, and enduring these solid parts have been. Especially after not being used (except doubtless a carrying voltage) for the past 10 years).

Anyone know if these have any value to collectors, or are they best served as landfill? I know we would rather see a valued item saved than junked, but we aren’t going to value it.

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#308: Higher Ground

(Part of a series singing through the hymnbook I grew up with: Great Hymns of the Faith)


I’m pressing on the upward way, New heights I’m gaining ev’ry day —

Still praying as I’m onward bound, “Lord, plant my feet on higher ground.”


Lord, Lift me up and let me stand By faith on heaven’s tableland;

A higher plane than I have found — Lord, plant my feet on higher ground


My heart has no desire to stay where doubts arise and fears dismay;

Tho some may dwell where these abound, My pray’r my aim, is higher ground.



I want to live above the world, Tho Satan’s darts at me are hurled

For faith has caught the joyful sound, The song of saints on higher ground.



I ant to scale the utmost height And catth a gleam of glory bright;

But still I’ll pray till heav’n I’ve found, “Lord lead me on to higher ground.”


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Always Patsy Cline

I intended to write this post earier — while there was still time left in the show for people to go see it. But instead I am writing it today.

I didn’t go knowing Patsy Cline . I came away with an appreciation of her and enjoyment of her music.

I had a lot more things I wanted to write, but can’t remember. Just go if you get the chance.

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A Blast of the Past #155: Trunk or Treat 2012

The Annual AUMC Trunk or Treat

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A Look Ahead — The Polar Express

Nov 17 to Dec. 30 —  THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride is coming to historic Baldwin City this holiday season!

Powered by Midland Railway, this magical experience opens November 17th and runs through December 30th. Exact dates, times, and prices are available by visiting the Schedule & Tickets page. Each ticket includes fantastic entertainment, delicious hot chocolate, a scrumptious cookie, and a keepsake sleigh bell to bring home. Families are encouraged to wear their pajamas for the ride!

Nov. 30-Dec. 1, 8-9 — Overland Park Arboretum  Botanical Gardens Holiday Luminary Walk

909 W. 179th St.  Overland Park, KS 66085Contact:Katharine

$10 person; $9 for FOTA Members; Children 5 and under free

Stroll down candlelit trails through the gardens and woods at the Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens’ Holiday Luminary Walk. The dates are the three weekends after Thanksgiving.This  fundraiser features a mile of candles, holiday lights, live musical entertainment, Santa Claus in the Depot, horse-drawn wagon rides, hot cider around a campfire and mystical Gnome and Fairy Villages. Volunteers and staff members are transforming the Arboretum into a wonderland of candles and lights, music and holiday fun. Thousands of candles line the walkways and trails. Holiday lights will be on display from trees, buildings and bridges.

Children will be thrilled to see Santa’s Woodland Depot in the Train Garden and chat with him nightly from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.


Tickets must be purchased in advance for a specific night. 2018 eTicket is $10 per person; $9 for FOTA Members; children 5 and younger are free. Purchase tickets online.

Through Dec. 2 — Always … Patsy Cline at New Theatre Restaurant

(I went to a matinee performance of this show, and highly recommmend it.) 

Always…Patsy Cline is more than a tribute to the legendary country singer who died tragically at age 30 in a plane crash in 1963. The show is based on a true story about Patsy’s friendship with a fan from Houston named Louise Seger, who befriended the star in a Texas honky-tonk in 1961, and continued a correspondence with Patsy until her death. The musical play, complete with down home country humor, true emotion and even some audience participation, includes many of Patsy’s unforgettable hits such as CRAZY, I FALL TO PIECES, SWEET DREAMS, WALKING AFTER MIDNIGHT. The show’s title was inspired by Patsy’s letters to Louise, which were consistently signed “Love always… Patsy Cline.”

 December 5-February 17 — Shear Madness at New Theatre Restaurant

SHEAR MADNESS is America’s most popular and longest running comedy (now in its 31st year at Washington D.C.’s prestigious Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts). More than 12 million people worldwide have seen the hilarious whodunit and there is no end in sight; its success just keeps going and going.

In this hilarious whodunit, a renowned classical pianist is murdered in her apartment above the SHEAR MADNESS beauty salon and you, the audience, along with Inspector Nick O’Brien, interrogate the suspects, evaluate the clues and solve the mystery. The wacky, spontaneous comedy never has the same ending twice, so you can see it again and again.

February  20-April 2019– Biloxi Blues at New Theatre Restaurant

The laughter rarely stops in this Tony Award-winning “Best Play” that tells the story of Eugene Jerome and his experiences as a 19-year-old draftee who, with a handful of other recruits must endure ten weeks of boot camp and a tough as nails, hard-drinking platoon leader in the steaming swamps of Biloxi, Mississippi in 1943.

April 25-July 7 — The Buddy Holly Story at New Theatre Restaurant

It’s Back! One of our most popular productions of all time! BUDDY-THE BUDDY HOLLY STORY. This joyous musical tells the story of Buddy Holly’s short yet explosive career and features his classical hits: PEGGY SUE, THAT’LL BE THE DAY, NOT FADE AWAY, OH BOY, MAYBE BABY, RAVEON and many more. This show Rocks!

July -Sept. 15 — Joseph and the Amazing TechniColor Dreamcoat at New Theatre Restaurant

Based on the “Coat of Many Colors” story from The Bible’s Book of Genesis, this upbeat musical is filled with a cornucopia of musical styles. From country-western to calypso to bubblegum pop & rock ‘n’ roll, this Old Testament tale emerges both timely and timeless. With its family-friendly storyline, universal themes and catchy music, JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT is a musical theatre event not to be missed. From the composer of PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, EVITA, CATS AND SCHOOL OF ROCK.@

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#307: I with Thee Would Begin

(Part of a series singing through the hymnbook I grew up with: Great Hymns of the Faith)


I with Thee would begin, O my Savior so dear,

On the way that I still must pursue;

I with Thee would begin ev’ry day granted here,

As by earnest resolve I renew — To be and remain Thine forever.


I with Thee would begin, and go forth in Thy name

Which alone doth salvation bestow; 

Fold me close to Thy breast where found joy all who came —

There is refuge for me too, I know, though all in this world is confusion.


Let Thy word all divine be my lamp in whose light

I may constantly keep to Thy way;

And each day wouldst Thou cleanse me anew, make me white 

In the blood shed for me on that day When death Thou didst suffer, Lord Jesus.


I with Thee would begin — yea, and hear one more prayer —

I would close with Thee too my brief day;

And when daylight has failed let me sleep in Thy care, Until waking Thy child

Thou dost say, “*Come live with me ever in heaven!”