Christmas in the Desert – Part 3

No matter how busy I might be leading into vacation, I always try to ramp up my workout schedule, especially when we're heading home. I strive to take off a few pounds before our trip because I know I will add about five. We love seeing family, certainly we do, but there's no denying we…

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Christmas in the Desert – Part 2

The first time I went to Disneyland I was about nine years old. If I am remembering correctly, it was a gift from the doctor my mother worked for as a secretary. She and my dad were divorced by then, so she loaded us four kids up in her small sedan -- or was it…

A New Year, A New Blog

A couple years ago I began a new blog using the pen name Matt Esperanza, which is actually my birth name. (My surname was changed to Owens when I was a child.) The idea at the time was that when I finished the book I was working on, I would attempt to publish it under the name…

Spider Fingers

I love surprises ... I think. I haven't been the recipient of too many, but I love giving them -- planning them, all that's involved. Over the weekend I revealed a surprise to our younger daughter Jacque that I couldn't wait to give her. Actually, I did receive a gift earlier this year that totally…

Soccer Dad's Perspective

Despite having a firm grasp of the offsides rule, I'm not your typical soccer dad. I'm not too excitable on the sidelines. I don't cheer too loudly, if I can be heard at all. I don't yell out unsolicited advice, partly because I have none to offer. I feel bad when kids on the opposing…

God of Angel Armies

A few weeks ago I was leading worship at our contemporary gathering and we were singing a new(er) song, one by Chris Tomlin called "Whom Shall I Fear (God of Angel Armies)," and I could hardly sing. I was fine with the intro and first verse, but as soon as I hit the second line…

Still Searching

This is the continuation of a series of posts:My Three DadsFirst Conversation in 30 YearsDay at the BeachI've been wanting to close this short series, but I've been working on a number of projects and my bike keeps beckoning me to enjoy the summer weather. I could always write in the winter months. This week…

Recording for Clean Water

Last year I participated in my second cycling tour. The difference between a tour and a race is that no one takes a tour seriously, at least not the cycling aspect. Races are for the super competitive. A friend of mine who is a cyclist told me about how winners typically finish those 150+ mile races: they…

Day at the Beach

This is the continuation of a series of posts: "First Conversation in 30 Years" and "My Three Dads." The first week of April was rather chilly in Myrtle Beach, but we didn't go just for the beach. We left right after Easter worship services, arriving shortly after midnight. We hadn't expected to meet up with my…