New Leaves

Feb 01, 2014 by Arthur

What Do We Do Now?

As I write this blog entry, my wife and I are sitting in the front seat of our van in the middle of a campground deep in the Everglades, typing away on our computers. The day is a cloudy and rainy one, and we’re both feeling a little bit of energy loss, perhaps due to the cool temperatures, mosquito bites, and cloudy rainy weather. So, the question is: what do we do now?

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Jan 31, 2014 by Arthur

Flat Visits Royal Palm

Flat Eric enjoys hiking the trails in the Everglades, especially since he doesn't have to walk and is carried everywhere, but he particularly enjoyed being on the Anhinga and Gumbo-Limbo trails at Royal Palm Visitor Center.

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Jan 31, 2014 by Bonnie

Snakes!

In the Everglades, we’ve been privileged to attend several ranger programs. We went on a canoe trip through the ponds and mangrove swamps, where we saw a huge crocodile! We also went on a driving trip to learn about the flora and fauna in all its diversity at different sites in the park. We attended several talks, and learned about manatees, crocodiles and alligators, and even “animal romance.” Did you know that the Everglades is the only place in the world where alligators and crocodiles live together?

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Jan 21, 2014 by Bonnie

On the Road Again—Florida Redux

Weeeee’re baaaaacccck! Yes, the Joyces have begun their wandering again. On January 15, after spending the holidays with our family in north Georgia, we hit the road again, heading for warmer places. And just in time! We just missed the recent Arctic weather that has wreaked havoc across the eastern United States. It has been great to be in sunny (but not always warm) Florida during this time.

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Dec 20, 2013 by Bonnie

Christmas Letter 2013

Christmas 2013 - Dearest family and friends,

Greetings to you all this blessed Christmas season! We have been blessed beyond measure during this first year of retirement, but those blessings pale in comparison the awesome gift God gave to us over 2000 years ago!

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Dec 17, 2013 by Bonnie

2013- in Review—The Budget

2013 is history, and we have now been retired one year. We have been very blessed to travel not only in Florida, but “around the edges” of the US, from Michigan across to Seattle, WA and Vancouver, BC, down the coast of California to Los Angeles, and across the south on to the panhandle of Florida, before heading back to our base in Georgia.

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Nov 18, 2013 by Arthur

Into the Sunset

Gulf Shores, AL beach offered a relaxing and refreshing opportunity for a stroll into the sunset.

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Nov 15, 2013 by Arthur

We’re Thankful

As we contemplate Thanksgiving that will soon be upon us, we can’t help but give thanks to our God for all that He has allowed us to see and do during 2013. We have seen some awesome sights that display the majesty and glory of God. Making our way across the United States and traveling down the coastline of Washington, Oregon, and California we have been impressed with the power and creative genius of Jesus who made the heavens and the earth and all that is in them (John 1:1-4 says that “In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men.”).

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Nov 15, 2013 by Arthur

Divine Appointment

God does indeed move in mysterious ways. In fact, the scriptures tell us that His ways are past finding out. This blog entry is about one of those times!

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Nov 07, 2013 by Arthur

Where No Man Has Gone Before

I’ve always had a bent toward science fiction as a kid. . .and even as an adult. When Star Trek came on the air in 1966, my wife told me about it and I was interested to see the show. And since that first exposure. . .I was hooked and have been a Trek fanboy ever since. So when the opportunity came to visit the Space Center in Houston, I was anxious to see all I could see because my imagination had been fanned by the science fiction to see the real thing. But to my surprise, one of the first items I came across was the Galileo from the NCC-1701, Enterprise!

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Nov 06, 2013 by Bonnie

Modern Art and the Death of a Culture

That’s the name of a 1970 book by H. R. Rookmaaker. I’ve never read the book, and although I’d like to read it someday, in a way the title says it all. One doesn’t need to be an art expert to see a connection between the death of civilization and the gradual degradation of all the artistic media as culture has become divorced from the meaning and purpose that comes from being children of God. Our experiences in the world of art one day really reinforced this conclusion.

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Nov 04, 2013 by Arthur

Remember the Alamo

When someone mentions “The Alamo,” perhaps one of the first things that comes to mind is the ballad of “Davy Crocket” and the Walt Disney portrayal of Fess Parker as the Tennessee hero who fought and died defending the Alamo.

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Nov 01, 2013 by Arthur

Bat Flight

This video wasn't taken by us, but was on YouTube. Cameras were not allowed at the Bat Flight show.

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Oct 30, 2013 by Arthur

White Sands

A visit to White Sands, NM presents us with an amazing landscape

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Oct 30, 2013 by Bonnie

Desert Wanderings

Unlike the Israelites, we only spent two and a half weeks in the desert. Even so, the terrain often reminded us of our trip to the Holy Land, with lots of wilderness! When we started across I-10 (or “the ten” as the locals say), I wondered how we would find things to see along the way. Surely we had seen the most amazing sights already. But I was in for a surprise! Look at the sample of things that we did after leaving Phoenix!

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