Posted in Family, Farming, Uncategorized

Lemons to Pie

Today’s post is about preparing dessert for Easter Sunday.  Part of the dessert, anyway.

It has been over a year since I have been following the growth of the lemons on my dwarf lemon tree. Recently I blogged about how I thought they were ripe, and discussing what I should do with my largest crop of lemons — 4.

Today we took care of that. The decision was Lemon Meringue Pie.  Everyone in the family participated in preparing them.

First it started with the prebaked crust. Betsy did that:

Then I started harvesting the crop:

Then I juiced the lemons

Carly provided general assistance and much of the cinematic recording.

I then started cooking the filling:

But of course, it also had to have the final touch — Meringue:

Which was then baked to a dark golden brown:

Which gave us all our Easter baked goods:

Posted in Events

A Look Ahead: Easter is Not A Memorial Day

As I write this look ahead post we are in the heart of what Christians call Holy Week. As such I encourage everyone to attend the services available to them. Below I will list the ones relevant to myself and the fellowship I attend. But before I list those, and the other upcoming events, I wanted to reprint the below article from my Pastor, the Rev. Choong-ho Kwon, which he published March 26, 2018 in the Avondale United Methodist Church newsletter.

Easter Is Not A Memorial Day

There was a world-wide mourning for a great preacher in the week my grandmother passed. I read the newspaper article on Rev. Billy Graham’s funeral service when I was on the way to my grandmother’s funeral. He was a great evangelist. He preached all over the world. I heard 1.1 million Christians gathered when he held the Billy Graham
Crusade in Seoul (June, 1973). My father was one of them who heard his powerful message. I don’t mind calling Billy Graham the John Wesley in the 20th century even though their theological perspectives are different. Their passion for Christ impacted billions of people in the world. Both of them delivered the message of new hope and transformation of life in Christ. The main theme of their message didn’t miss the resurrection of Christ. They believed Easter has the power of transformation.

Jesus called ordinary people and made them as his disciples. Even though Jesus was their teacher and minister, their discipleship was not successful. They were stubborn. They were never changed when he was with them. The dramatic change happened after his resurrection. When the disciples experienced the power and hope of God through his
resurrection, they became true disciples. Their lives were transformed. They also changed the world.

Easter is not a memorial day. Church is not a memorial chapel where we remember just what Jesus and his disciples did for us. The church is called to become the body of Christ which continues his ministry of transformation. Easter proclaims that God’s love gives us new hope and changes us. Christians who hear that message can experience that his
love makes an impact on their lives and God is with them in the darkest
valley they walk.

I give thanks to God for another Easter. We’ll celebrate this season of hope together this Sunday. I pray Easter becomes a new beginning of transformation for our church as well as our life.

In Christ,

Choongho Kwon

Maundy Thursday

is today, March 29. Avondale United Methodist Church will have its services at 7:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary.

Good Friday

is March 30. Avondale United Methodist Church is one of the local Methodist churches joining together at North Cross United Methodist Church for a combined service at 7:30 p.m.

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.


Is Sunday, April 1. This year Ash Wednesday shared Valentines Day on Feb. 14, and Easter is sharing April Fool’s Day on April 1. A gathering of Northland churches is having a sunrise service at 6:45 a.m. at Bethel United Church of Christ, 4900 NE Parvin Road, KCMO. Avondale UMC will be participating. AUMC will then have worship services at 8:30 and 10:50 a.m., with the latter service including music from the Cathedral Choir and brass ensemble.

Worlds of Fun opens

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.

Posted in Music

#269: Under His Wings

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


Under His wings I am safely abiding,

Tho the night deepens and tempests are wild;

Still I can trust Him – C know He will keep me,

He has redeemed me and I am His child.


Under His Wings, under His wings,

Who from His love can sever?

Under His wings my soul shall abide,

Safely abide forever.


Under His wings, what a refuge in sorrows!

How the heart yearningly turns to His rest

Often when earth has no balm for my healing,

There I find comfort and there I am blest.



Under His wings, O what precious enjoyment!

There will I hide till life’s trials are o’er;

Sheltered, protected, no evil can harm me,

Resting in Jesus I’m safe evermore.


Posted in Social Issues

Sabbatical Update: Good Deed Punished

Well, the past week was the extreme of lack of schedule. All due to one person we attempted to help, and who we may have helped, or may have ultimately merely enabled.

I ran across this person as an acquaintance while out biking, developed a correspondence, and ended up months later helping him after he got out of the hospital. By this point he was also homeless.

When we took him in, originally for one night, ultimately for a couple of weeks, we entered a certain sort of looking-glass world. It sort of reminded me of a part of my upbringing: my parents were good friends with another couple, so periodically we would spend an evening at their place, or they at ours. Whenever we visited them, we did what their daughter wanted, because we were guests; whenever they visited us, we did what their daughter wanted, because she was the guest.  Thus it was with this homeless “friend”.

Our choice in everything, from food, music, etc., underwent the critique. No respect for the hours of the household. Up at all times of the night with TV and music. True, he did help resolve some technical issues with our TV smartcast, but everything was always his perspective. There was the constant mantra that people don’t listen to other people talk, i.e. I wasn’t listening to him, but things I had discussed with him three times he had no memory of (when it suited him), and if he said A today, tomorrow he asserted he has said B yesterday.

During the process of helping him out, we learned that he had bounced from one friend’s home to another after leaving the hospital, each one using him either for access to drugs or sex, and so were very clear to make it understood that our assistance was based on neither of these, or any other expected return from him. We also reiterated that he has not a charity case, that we were helping him develop his plan to get back to independence again.

And yet at the end, his own duplicity did him in.  We didn’t drive him out, he fled himself. He warned us against the danger of dealing with one of his old lovers, a drug dealer, and yet he was the one who called said lover over and over again, gave him his address. And when we tried to get them seated in a three-way conversation, it was our house guest who ran away, and the dangerous dealer who showed dignity, respect, and good ethics.

Not every one can be helped. Sometimes people have to crash and almost burn before they can realize their need to accept the assistance that can make them free.

Posted in Fitness, Uncategorized

Fitness Update: Schedules

So, today, I am going to talk about schedules. Rather, I am going to talk about the lack of them.

I keep on telling myself I am going to get back into running. The ribs are finally feeling mostly better, but the weather keeps popping up cold, wet, or both, which deters me from getting started. I also like to run early in the morning, but that conflicts with my need to exercise the dog via the bicycle in the morning.

So I have to figure a schedule at allows both the dog and running in the morning, or schedule the run at some other time of day that will work on a consistent basis. I’m not sure which.

Part of the scheduling issue is that there isn’t a regular to bed and to rise time. When other members of the house had a specific time to rise for work, I could sync myself with them. But now that no one has a specific daily time to do anything, it is hard to choose when to go to bed, and harder to rise early than it use to be.

So I just have to make a decision to select my own regular time, and not try to work around the other schedules. See if they will create schedules around mine, I guess. But either way, a schedule will help for workouts, and other general tasks.

So, this week’s fitness goal is to get sleep/waking schedules in place, or at least somewhat regular.

Posted in Music

#268: How Firm a Foundation

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


How firm a foundation, ye saints of the Lord,

Is laid for your faith in His excellent Word!

What more can He say than to you He hath said —

To you, who for refuge to Jesus have fled?


“Fear not, I am with thee — O be not dismayed,

For I am thy God, I will still give thee aid;

I’ll strengthen thee, help thee, and cause thee to stand,

Upheld by my gracious, omnipotent hand.


“When thru the deep waters I call thee to go,

The rivers of woe shall not thee overflow;

For I will be with thee thy troubles to bless,

And sanctify to thee thy deepest distress.


“When thru fiery trials thy pathway shall lie,

My grace, all-sufficient, shall be thy supply;

The flame shall not hurt thee — I only design

Thy dross to consume and thy gold to refine.


“The soul that on Jesus hath leaned for repose,

I will not, I will not desert to his foes,

That soul, tho all hell should endeavor to shake,

I’ll never, — no, never, — no , never forsake!”