Posted in Events, Family

Thanksgiving … baking

For this year’s Thanksgiving feature, I’m going to give you a video of some solid hymns with example of some baking for today’s Thanksgiving feast.

The hymns are from my recordings for the Great Hymns of the Faith songbook album.  I would have preferred to have Come, Ye Thankful People Come, but it is near the end of the hymnbook and I haven’t recorded it yet.

Posted in Music

#247: Jesus Is Calling

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


Jesus is tenderly calling thee home –

Calling today, calling today;

Why from the sunshine of love wilt thou roam

Farther and farther away?


Calling today (Calling, calling today, today)

Calling today (Calling, calling today, today);

Jesus is calling (Jesus is tenderly calling today),

Is tenderly calling today.


Jesus is calling the weary to rest –

Calling today, calling today;

Bring Him  hy burden and thou shalt be blest –

He will not turn thee away.



Jesus is waiting, O come to Him now –

Waiting today, waiting today;

Come with thy sins, at His feet lowly bow –

Come, and no longer delay.



Jesus is pleading, O list to His voice –

Hear Him today, hear Him today;

They who believe on His name shall rejoice –

Quickly arise and away.



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Holiday Luminary Walk

The next place to see Carolers of Note is at the upcoming Holiday Luminary Walk at the Overland Park Arboretum.



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.
The Luminary Walk will be held from 5 to 9 p.m., three weekends, Friday and Saturday, Nov. 24-25, Dec. 1-2, and Dec. 8-9.
2017 eTicket is $9 per person; children 5 and younger are free. Purchase tickets online. Tickets can also be purchased at the gate the night of the event for $10 per person
Posted in Fitness

Fitness Update: Google maps

Today I am going to detour my fitness update onto Google Maps.

It seems that Google Maps doesn’t have my best health in mind when giving me a biking route through North Kansas City.

It takes me in Eastbound on Armour Road, but then turns south on Howell Street to Railroad Ave and 10th Avenue. Howell is not well lit, allowing a nighttime cyclist to hit unseen potholes, while Railroad avenue is a series of crossing railroad tracks that bump and jostle the rider.

A simple trip a couple of blocks further and one could ride down well-lit Swift Avenue, with no need to cross railroad tracks to reach 10th avenue. But Google Maps doesn’t seem to have the same sensibility that the average cyclist has.

Posted in Music

#246: Softly and Tenderly

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


Softly and tenderly Jesus is calling,

Calling for your and for me;

See, on the portals He’s waiting and watching,

Watching for your and for me.


Come home (come home), come home (come home),

Ye who are weary, come home;

Earnestly, tenderly, Jesus is calling –

Calling, “O sinner, come home!”


Why should we tarry when Jesus is pleading,

Pleading for your and for me?

Why should we linger and heed not His mercies,

Mercies for you and for me?



Time is now fleeting, the moments are passing,

Passing from you and from me;

Shadows are gathering, deathbeds are coming,

Coming for you and for me.



O for the wonderful love He has promised,

Promised for your and for me;

Tho we have sinned He has mercy and pardon,

Pardon for you and for me.