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8 years, 10 months ago 0

I don’t often recommend movies, and this one has a number of reasons why I wouldn’t. It has something more important than it’s drawbacks. It is a poignant tale of redemption. Bad Blake is a near the end of his career washed up, one time has been country singer / songwriter. He struggles through life making one bad decision after another. He doesn’t mean to hurt anyone, but hurts a lot of people along the way. But thank God that this tale is true for many of us, a moment comes when we wake up and truly see the man in the mirror. Sadly some never accept the forgiveness and new life that has been offered to us. Bad Blake does.

The music is good, if you like hard thumping country, and Jeff Bridge’s performance won him the Academy Award for Best Actor. It’s a well crafted film that capture the depths of human emotion.

It taught me that we need to love the Bad Blakes of the world, that is who Jesus hung out with when He was here. That is who He died for. It pains me to say, He died for the Bad Blake in me and you.

the pilgrim

8 years, 10 months ago 0

Yes it’s beautiful, but it’s not home. Sorry for the poor excuse for an image, I’ll try to do better for tomorrow. I was on planes all day so this was my best idea to make a point, hope it works!?
You know how much I love my job and thank God and my bosses for it. But there is not place like home. Yesterday I got a taste of home from years ago. I was asked by by dear shooting buddy Eddie Arnold, (no, not the same one your thinking about), to speak at the Barbourville, Kentucky
Chamber lunch. Two very dear people to me showed up and surprised me. Jane Blair and Janie
Skidmore (Jane’s daughter). Many years ago I worked at Richland Coal Company that was owned by Doug Blair. When I count the handful of men on my hand that were pivotal in my life and the men of great character and integrity, Doug Blair would be near the top. His family has been very special to me and it was a real pleasure to visit with them.

Home is not just the house you live in, and the family you live with. It’s any place where the people there always leave the welcome mat out, and greet you with open arms. Few people in life realize what a profound impact they can have on others just by being who they are. Doug and Jane,
Janie and her late husband Steve all helped me and changed me in important ways. I don’t think they were trying to change me, but being in their presence helped me see life, myself, and God more clearly. What greater gift could you give someone?

I want to be that kind of person to others. Not for my glory, but for His………

the pilgrim

8 years, 10 months ago 0

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (New Living Translation)
16 Always be joyful. 17 Never stop praying. 18 Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.
This morning I’m truly joyful, last night I got to do some flying, that always makes me happy. Today I’m finishing packing for a trip to Boulder, Colorado to join my team members for a great seminar on video techniques. I’m always excited to spend time with our team and I am really getting excited about learning more about video. The new plane will be delivered mid June and I’ve already built mounts for 4 video camera locations that will record flights for several different perspectives. These video clips can then be added to stills to build some exciting new programs. I’m really pumped.
Now the other side is I’m leaving Sherelene and the family for a week. I’ve had a slower than usual May and the wonderful staying close to home time is over, June is going to be a bear. Don’t get me wrong, I love my job and part of my job is travel, and lots of it. June will not offer much time at home, but it will offer a great opportunity to spend time with dear friends. At Bio Communications I will get to fellowship with a great group of medical shooters I’ve come to care a great deal for over the years. Next up is Reno Pylon School and a several days with Richard Small, Moose Peterson and his wonderful family and Mike Anskat out outstanding repair tech. You will have to endure lots of airplane images that week. The month ends with a new event for me, EnVision a high school students photojournalism event, should be fun with the fine folks at Western Kentucky University PJ staff.
O.K. I’m not bragging, I’m sharing with you how our Heavenly Father wants us to look at life. Embrace it and be excited about what He has provided for us. Everything that comes our way is his will for us, if we are living in Him. Each of these assignments will have opportunities to reach out and love others with His love and for His glory. Before each trip I pray that God will use me to bring encouragement and His love to others. He always answers that prayer, for that is His will for all of us.
Over the next several days I will share with you what exciting things that are happening. Fasten your seat belt, God has given me some time to rest, I know Him and the fun starts now!
the pilgrim

Photo note: Image of what I call the praising moose, was in Santa Fe, NM. Nikon D2x and 80-200 f 2.8 lens.

8 years, 10 months ago 0

It’s a great old saying and appropriate for the Monday after a day at the Louisville Slugger factory. Our goal everyday here is to knock it out of the park for Him! Now a little history about the Louisville Slugger.

In many ways, the rich, 120-year history of the Louisville Slugger baseball bat began in the talented hands of 17-year-old John A. “Bud” Hillerich.
Bud’s father, J. F. Hillerich, owned a growing woodworking shop in Louisville, Kentucky, in the 1880s when Bud began working for him.
Legend has it that Bud, who played baseball himself, slipped away from work one afternoon in 1884 to watch Louisville’s major league team, the Louisville Eclipse. The team’s star, Pete Browning, mired in a hitting slump, broke his bat.
Bud invited Browning over to his father’s shop to make him a new one. With Browning at his side giving advice, Bud hand-crafted a new bat from a long slab of wood. Browning got three hits with it the next day.
Browning told his teammates, which began a surge of professional ball players to the Hillerich shop. Yet J. F. Hillerich had little interest in making bats; he saw the company future in stair railings, porch columns and swinging butter churns. For a brief time in the 1880s, he even turned away ball players.
Bud persisted; he saw the future in bats. His father, pleased with his son’s enthusiasm, relented. The rest is baseball history.
In 1894, with Bud Hillerich taking over from his father, the name “Louisville Slugger” was registered with the U.S. Patent Office. In the early 1900s, the growing company pioneered a sports marketing concept by paying Hall of Fame hitter Honus Wagner to use his name on a bat-a practice continued with Michael Jordan, Tiger Woods and so many other professional athletes in virtually all sports today. By 1923, Louisville Slugger was selling more bats than any other bat maker in the country. Baseball was the nation’s most popular sport, and legends like Babe Ruth, Ty Cobb and Lou Gehrig all swung Louisville Sluggers.

One of the thrilling aspects of this story is the consistency of baseball history. Even though many things about the game has changed, players still have to try and hit the same ball with the same bats used for over a hundred years.
It is important in our lives to feel we know some things that have not changed, that they remain the same so that we have point of reference to lean against.
God’s love never changes. The foundational truths of our faith do not change. Isn’t it wonderful to know that when you get on your knees to talk to your Heavenly Father that, He is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
Now go our there today and hit one out of the park………

the pilgrim

*Photo and Video notes: All images an videos were shot with the Nikon D300s and 16-85 AFS VR and 70-300 AFS VR DX lenses.