Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Kristin Scott, Worship Leader

Services with
CiTiChurch, Bellville, Ohio

Robert Macdonald, Lead Male Vocalist and
Sarah Griesbach, Vocalist

Tim McGunigal, Bass Guitar

Ashley Macdonald (L) and Kelli Touby, Vocalists

Dramatic Production on Sanctuary Stage

Micah Pelkey, Lead Pastor

Baby Dedication

Ethan Boggs, Executive Pastor

Justin Dillotte, Electric Guitar

Pastor Pelkey

Pastor Boggs

Visual lyrics

Pastor Boggs


...and Amen

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The pictures above are representative from several weeks of church services.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

A thru hike on the Appalachian Trail

Five months and 23 days after launching this Goliath of a hike in the mountains of northern Georgia, Suds and Subman (above) celebrate the finish on the top of Katahdin Mountain in Maine.

That's a walk of 2,015 miles.  Yup, I said two thousand and change.  For a fun contrast; have any of us even walked 15 miles recently?

The trail basically follows the Appalachian Mountains along the East coast of the US.

No wonder it took 5 months.  Not sure I could drive it any faster.

Those monikers are their trail names.  Suds' belongs to my neighbor's daughter really known as Angela Mays and Subman is Larry LaPierre.  The neighbors are directly across the road from me; John and Sondra Mays and we've both been following their hiker's journal, sometimes breathlessly.

Trail names are a treasured mystique of veteran, thru-hikers, often being proclaimed by fellow hikers after some memorable happening.  Suds got hers when she was doing a 5-day tune-up hike and her shoes foamed like a miniature washing machine with toooo much soap when they encountered heavy rains and Subman, watching the spectacle, made the proclamation.

Her life's partner Subman was, you guessed it, a submariner in the US Navy and, drum-roll please, a veteran of two previous thru hikes of the AT.  That's more than 6,000 miles of wandering the mountain peaks and valleys of the Appalachians.  He's also fond of sub sandwiches.  Very fond.

The highest mountain they climbed was Clingman's Dome at 6,643 feet above sea level.  Their finish climb was a mere 5,267 feet above sea level to the top of Mt. Katahdin, the highest point in Maine.  That mountain is so far north in Maine hikers are likely to see more moose in a day than humans.

Angela said, "I'm sure our hike will be the most exhilarating adventure I am blessed with."

Fogeyisms tips it's hat to these world-class wanderers for this successful pursuit of their dream.

Mt. Katahdin, Maine

Thursday, September 8, 2016


Somebody on my rural road has this sign in front of their property.

Can you imagine?

Actually, it reminded me of a news story I read recently that said folks are buying anti-what's-her-name campaign merchandise at a rate 814% greater than they are buying "anti" campaign material for, well, what's his name.

Makes me wonder if that represents some kind of non-scientific poll.

Nah!  That couldn't be.

Could it?