New England Road Trip 1999

“We traveled long, we traveled hard.” Hootie and the Blowfish, 1998  June 18th, 1999  The day began with the same nervous excitement that initiates most of our trips.  Though we knew when we hit the road that this trip was by far the largest undertaking yet.   It was a beautiful day for driving and that we…

Thanks for the Memories

I finally pulled the trigger on something that needed to have been done several years ago and sold my Steelers tickets. And no, it’s not because the NFL has fallen so far out of favor with so many people, me included. I won’t say that wasn’t a contributing factor though. The fact remains that owning…

Grandeur of the Seas Review Christmas 2018

The day by day link is to my daily posts from the ship, the review itself is below that: Holiday sailings can be expensive but reasonable rates do surface from time to time apparently. About a year ago we were successful in locating this incredible 12 day Southern Caribbean itinerary for less than what we…

Grandeur of the Seas – Day by Day

Friday – Maryland Posted on December 21, 2018 by spridlewv Well, look where we ended up tonight, Frederick, Maryland. After much discussion, we decided this afternoon to bail and head east early. Probably a wise move considering the forecasts.  Its been a nice evening plus it saved me a lot of worry about a last minute road trip….

Goodbye Three Rivers, February 11, 2001

Below is a small section of my documentation of the worst years of my life.  Only months before all hell officially broke loose, our farewell to Three Rivers Stadium was hugely significant for me. Weekend of February 11th 2001 (written February 2006) While I didn’t come out and say anything until this writing, this was…

Carnival Horizon Day by Day

A compilation of the posts from our June vacation 2018. Slayer Day 2018 June 9, 2018 June 9th is finally here and though I was encouraged to sleep in for what will no doubt be a late night, I was still up at 5:30. We’ll head to Pittsburgh in a couple hours for lunch and…

“What happened?”

Making the decision to think for yourself among Christians ensures one inevitable thing. You’ll be asked by someone, “Awww, what happened?” The assumption perhaps being along the lines that an argument over cleaning dishes at a church potluck dinner upset you enough to just throw up your hands to the whole thing. Or that such…

So, about this higher power…

At least in my part of the world, which is admittedly old school to a fault, first investigations into sobriety revolve around and are entirely dependent on God. And while the term higher power might be more accepted in some places, in West Virginia its God and no one else. And being a Christian when…

Letter of Encouragement by Seth Andrews

You learn a lot about people when you declare that you are not going to live your life by their rules.  And many in this room know well the consequences of doing something so shocking as to be an individual: a singular voice, an often inquisitive voice, with its own tenor, its own style, its…