Indonesia

Things I Did Not Know About Indonesia

I recently was given a great gift through the opportunity to serve on a project in the country of Indonesia, specifically the Provence of Papua.  The opportunity came up very fast and aside from a few minor logistical items, most of which were taken care of for me by the sponsoring organization, I was on my way in […]

Flaps – A Cullen Cat at Maison Steinbuchel

A man is like a cat; chase him and he will run – sit still and ignore him and he’ll come purring at your feet. – Helen Rowland We are cat people.  This was not always the case with me.  Oh, I had pets growing up but they were always outside pets, mostly dogs.  The […]

Hospitality – Exploring The Foundations

He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High,  Will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. Psalms 91:1 The concept of hospitality has a much higher meaning than is commonly thought of today, at least in my part of the world.  Although the everyday application remains valid, it lacks the depth of its’ original intent. True […]

A Solo Flight – Celebrating Milestones

It’s when ordinary people rise above the expectations and seize the opportunity that milestones truly are reached.  – Mike Huckabee I enjoy being a pilot, aircraft and hanger owner, but these joys are accompanied by a fair amount of responsibility.  Even as a private pilot, periodic flight reviews (BFR) and medicals come with the privilege. This […]

Why Maison Steinbüchel?

.“And those from among you will rebuild the ancient ruins; you will raise of the age-old foundations; you will be called the repairer of the breach, the restorer of the streets in which to dwell.”   Isaiah 58:12 I am putting together a group of posts about how the families, for whom our historic home is […]

Vintage Lath and Porcelain

“Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes, and having fun.” — Mary Lou Cook I re-purpose stuff.  I primarily use materials left from the rehabbing of our 120+ year old houses. There is always lots of vintage wood that many rehab-ers toss out as scrap, especially the raw stuff from the plaster walls:  lath. […]

Traditions – Why I Embrace Them

I intend to keep writing Christmas songs. There’s still a lot more about Christmas that can be captured and feel like old-time Christmas.  A lot of the traditions haven’t been explained in song.   Clint Black If you read my last two posts, you are aware that December at our house is one long celebration.  On […]

Enthusiasm – A Necessary Stone in your Bridge

“It’s faith in something and enthusiasm for something that makes a life worth living.”Oliver Wendell Holmes I confess that when I hear someone is enthusiastic about something, I tend to go cold inside.  Especially if I am relying on that person to follow-through in a long term commitment.  In today’s world the noun “enthusiasm” seems rather shallow […]

Four Examples of How To Renew Old Drawers

Drawer.  Noun: a sliding, lidless, horizontal compartment, as in a piece of furniture, that may be drawn out in order to gain access to it. Origin & History of “drawers”:  A drawer is literally something that is ‘drawn’ or ‘pulled’ out. The coinage was perhaps based on French tiroir ‘drawer’, which was similarly derived from […]