Fitness Update: Breakfast Salads


I was attending a monthly men’s breakfast at Golden Corral two Saturday’s ago when one of the other men looked at the plates before me and said “I never thought about having a salad  for breakfast.”

If you had been sitting there you would have seen me with two plates: A salad plate and an omelet plate. My standard fare is to pick up some of the romaine and spinach, add mushrooms, black olives, pepperoni, dried currants and raisins, parmesan cheese, ceasar dressing, etc., and then add fruit to the side. That plate is complemented by another plate with an omelet featuring every option from the omelet bar except for the Jalapenos.

By the time I get done eating those two plates, I don’t have room for many of the other heavy and fatty items on the bar, even though I have no problems with eating heavy or fatty foods.

But I bring it up to mention the salad portion. Why don’t we eat salads for breakfast? Lately I have been making myself bacon and scrambled eggs for breakfast, and adding a side of baby salad greens with a lot of one or another salad dressings. It is an easy way to get some “roughage” into the diet.

So today, I am interpreting the fitness update a little more broadly, and featuring some ruminations on diet.

It is easy to add such things into the diet, small ways, different places. I might have  further ruminations on other dietary features in future posts.


#266: Fade, Fade Each Earthly Joy


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


Fade, fade, each earthly joy — Jesus is mine;

Break, ev’ry tender tie — Jesus is mine.

Dark is the wilderness,  Earth has no resting place;

Jesus alone can bless — Jesus is mine.


Tempt not my soul away — Jesus is mine;

Here would I ever stay — Jesus is mine

Perishing things of clay, Born but for one brief day,

Pass from my heart away — Jesus is mine.


Farewell, ye dreams of night — Jesus is mine;

Lost in this dawning bright — Jesus is mine.

All that my soul has tried Left but a dismal void;

Jesus has satisfied — Jesus is mine.


Farewell, mortality — Jesus is mine;

Welcome, eternity — Jesus is mine.

Welcome, O loved and blest, Welcome, sweet scenes of rest;

Welcome, my Savior’s breast — Jesus is mine.


Muppets: Luck of the Irish


I decided to do a Muppet-themed blog today. Ran into both of these today while surfing the internet.  Just wanted to shout out how lucky we are to have had such a creative person as Jim Henson and his muppets. Certainly is the luck of the Irish that the world gets such creative people.

A Blast of the Past #135: Pokemon


This was one of the simplest yet most easily recognizable birthday themes we did over the years.  Making a Pokeball cake and Pokeball cupcakes was very simple.  That we found some Pokemon crepe paper ribbon on sale was a lucky extra find to make everything work together.


In this spring of the year (hopeful here, spring isn’t for another 5 days), Day 15 of my Sabbatical year, the social calendar seems somewhat slow in the immediate future. So I am going to use this weekly feature to build an event listing, of events I know and think worthy, many of which I am attending, others I won’t be able to attend but still want others to be aware of and attend as they are able.
So here is my start-up of items:

Worlds of Fun Job Fair

The first of three dates for this one is past, with twwo more to come: March 24 and 25, each from noon to 6 p.m. at the park campus, 4545 Worlds of Fun Ave, KCMO Their blurb: Spring hiring is in full swing! Join us at one of our 3 onsite job fairs in March! Everyone who applies, interviews, and gets hired between March 1 and March 11 is entered into a drawing for two FREE Tickets to the P!nk concert at the Sprint Center on March 15, as well as free Worlds of Fun Tickets, free meals in the employee cafeteria, free rides on Ripcord and other great prizes.

Palm Sunday Brunch

Plan to join with your family and friends on March 25 in Wesley Hall of the Avondale United Methodist Church.
The Contemporary Life Sunday School Class will be serving brunch from 9:00 a.m. to 12:45 p.m..  Come before or after Worship Service and enjoy wonderful food and fellowship.

Avondale UMC’s annual Easter Egg Hunt

is Saturday, March 31, 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. in Wesley Hall and the Education Wing.

Worlds of Fun opens

The job fair of course is a reminder that Worlds of Fun will be opening for the season on April 21

Songflower Chorale Spring Concert

April 29 the Songflower Chorale will be performing its spring concert, featuring many classic choral works of the past several centuries, along with a recent work by its renowned director Geoff Wilcken, along with three world premiers of choral works composed by music composition students at Kansas University, Lawrence, KS.


Please note: If anyone has events they think should be featured on this events list, please send me the information for my consideration and inclusion.

#265: We Have an Anchor


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


Will you anchor hold in the storms of life,

When the clouds unfold their wings of strife?

When the strong tides lift and the cables strain,

Will you anchor drift or firm remain?


We have an anchor that keeps the soul

Steadfast and sure while the billows roll

Fastened to the Rock which cannot move,

Grounded firm and deep in the Savior’s love.


It is safely moored, ’twill the storm withstand,

For ’tis well secured by the Savior’s hand;

Tho the tempest rage and the wild winds blow,

Not an angry wave shall our bark o’er-flow.



When our eyes behold thru the gath’ring night

The city of gold, our harbor bright,

We shall anchor fast by the heav’nly shore,

With the storm all past forevermore.



Sabbatical Update: running behind


Today is day 13 of my self-proclaimed sabbatical. The purpose of the sabbatical is to find rest, pursue new pursuits and education, and determine the direction of my vocation for the next couple of decades. That list apparently requires more time than I have currently been allocated in my days.

Well, maybe not exactly.  There are also certain projects around the hearth and home that have taken time, but are starting to wrap. Once they do so, and finish using up time, they will give that time back to my schedule, plus the time efficiency that their creation is intended to give.

The education, the Master’s Degree from Gonzaga, is proceding behind, but less behind. The career counseling had its second session today, with most of my homework incomplete. But the house now has a functional dining room and library again, both with a few objects left to be moved and repurposed.

Tonight is Tuesday night, my musical energizing night. Songflower Chorale is preparing for its April 29 concert.  I always come back with more energy, but it does take time and commitment.