Friday, June 30, 2006

GrinerGUYS Travels

Gloria goes West!
Burnsville, Omaha, Ogden, Cheyenne, Des Moines, La Crosse
Including a night at Walmart and a night with Aunt Mary!
The van doesn’t break down until about 10 miles from home.

Meanwhile Nathan heads to West Virginia driving bus and singing for 80 kids a long the way. While there they are sawing, painting and hammering for a "Group" service trip.

Me? I now live in San Antonio. 17 days with 40 thousand Lutheran kids over two weeks.

Thursday, June 29, 2006


One of the great satisfactions of life, one that puts a smile on my face --- and Murphy’s --- is watching the gardens grow, change, bloom and add a variety of color to my back yard world. I often say that the gardens are my back yard office. Wonderful writing places, coffee places, sit with friends places, a bit of oasis, maybe my own secret garden which I don’t mind sharing.

The rock has history. It sat in corner of my backyard in Cedar Falls, IA. I have memories of preschool Lyle and friends climbing it, taking bottles of water to wash it, pretending there were great mysteries buried beneath it. Maybe there was? I never did dig under it! When I was in college my parents moved to Marshalltown, IA, where I took on the challenge of moving the rock. It seemed only appropriate when I had to close and sale the Marshalltown house that the rock comes with me to Minnesota. It is now my rock and must follow me wherever I go.

Sunday, June 25, 2006

Duluth Training

Celebrated my birthday with this energetic group. (And 7 more times with various other people and groups --- making me feel very, very old.) Plus... a ship comes under the lift bridge in cannel park during an evening break.

Saturday, June 24, 2006


Lake Superior
Minnesota’s north shore
Pine scented air
Park Point
The lift bridge
The Blue Note Jazz Café

All favorites in the midst of a weekend training.

Thursday, June 22, 2006


A work of art, built from the logs of the land, 3 brothers built this “hunting lodge” north of Parkers Pairie, MN. For a couple of days I got to work here with the NW L.Y.O. kids. I’ll see many of them in San Antonio and then again as their speaker for a Jr. High gathering. Long dirt roads leading to (???) I don’t know where or really even why?

Monday, June 19, 2006

Vans Warped Tour

Pictured here with my favorite drummer. (I choose not to wear a Hawaiian shirt.) Vans Warped Tour attracts thousands of kids. A few hours in the crowd counts as a genuine study of modern youth culture. As an old guy I hope I earned another degree, or some kind of certificate, maybe a special place in heaven? Gloria is honored by being invited to play on the Ernie Ball stage.

Sunday, June 18, 2006

Rock Island


fun to work with my own son at Augustana College.

more kids to introuduce Peer Ministry

and a restful old B & B

Thursday, June 08, 2006

Last Castle Days

Last days at the castle

Some can't avoid mud puddles at any age

Masked squirt gun bandents at my door

Early morning run along the Mississippi

Sunday, June 04, 2006

The Woods

Driving through Cedar Falls, not in a hurry this time, I turned off the freeway and found the familiar street names. My elementary school building was gone, replaced by a shinny modern looking building with the same name, Cedar Heights Elementary. The street crossing looked the same. I remember returning from lunch – home was half a block from the school – and trying to tell the crossing guards – much older kids – that I had just heard on TV that the president had been shot.

My hometown, the house I grew up in and had not been back to since 1976, it seemed quite surreal. But the real place of nostalgia was discovering the opening to the path in the woods just a block from the house had not changed. I stepped down the path with its familiar plants, smells, feelings of earth and numbers of mind-memory-tapes all playing at once. This was my playground, a world of nature waiting to be discovered. Here I walked with my mom, hid behind trees from my dog, glided down the slop on sleds, found my first arrowhead, learned to avoid the Chatman’s and the Kelly’s who I feared as the neighborhood bullies, learned to stay away from poison ivy, and leaned the names of most other plants in the woods.

Here time had not changed. I felt as if I was 10 years old walking into the woods just as if I had been there yesterday. The trail was an old friend, with the same slopes, and curves. I knew exactly which way to turn and walk on.

Walking on continues with both the familiar, and the new.
Blessings to all whom are journeying with me.


Friday, June 02, 2006

Gloria Annoucnes "Warped Tour"

LinkGloria, playing for the hometown crowd, announced that they will be on stage at the prestigious Minneapolis Warped Tour.

Way to go guys!

Cricket anyone!

That’s me, the batsman, waiting for the ball to be bowled. I managed to hit it before it hit the wicket. Great night for Criket, ah!