Monthly Archives: June 2008

What’s Dale reading?

There are four books I have going right now. I know, you wonder how do you read four books and keep up with what each has to offer! It isn’t easy!

  • The first one and perhaps the best I’ve read in a long time is True Faced – Trust God and Others With Who You Really Are. Written by Bill Thrall, Bruce McNicol, and John Lynch. Published by NavPress. This little book, which is easy reading, but one you need to go back and read a second and even a third time. True Faced draws a clear distinction between two motives: our determination to please God or to trust God. The resulting difference from these two starting points could not be more profound.  The words will speak to you in a way you never realized!
  • The other book I have just started is Strengths Finder 2.0. Written by Tom Rath. Published by Gallup Press. This book helps you uncover your talents, gifts and strengths. The first two chapters present an overview of how we find our strengths (gifts, talents, etc…) and how to apply our strengths in the workplace, at home, at church, in ministry, etc. The remaining sections in the book cover a wide variety of “strengths” that detail characteristics and give you a brief overview of each. From these chapters you begin to see what your strengths are. The book comes with a login and password to the web site where you can take the strengths survey and see first-hand your own personal strengths! Excellent and easy reading!
  • Last fall when I spent a long weekend in Phoenix, AZ I took with me Become a Better You the second book by Joel Osteen. The book is published by Free Press. Pastor Joel Osteen gives the reader seven keys to improving our life every day. The author shows us throughout the book how God is preparing us for greater things, how He’s going to take us further than we ever thought possible. It’s a good book to take along on a cross-country flight, or just to have as your on-going reading! Highly recommended.
  • Completely different than the other three books I’ve listed here, but fascinating reading, is a small paperback titled Be My Guest written by Conrad Hilton, founder of the Hilton Hotel chain. From a proprietor of a small hotel in a dusty Texas oil town to the world’s premier statesman of international hospitality, Conrad Hilton’s spectacular rise helped rewrite the boundless opportunity of the American Dream. Being a frequent traveler, I found the book fascinating. It’s given me a perspective of how the Hilton Hotel chain began. If you stay at any Hilton family property (Hilton, DoubleTree, Embassy Suites, Hilton Garden Inn, Conrad, and Hampton Inn) you will find a copy of this book in the nightstands!


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Posted by on June 28, 2008 in Life in General



“Delight Yourself in the Lord…”

This quote is from Psalms 37:4...“Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart”.

This has become my life scripture, and just recently I experienced how God was working in my life. Last year I left my church that I had known for a lifetime. God was working in my life and I was resisting. I was trying to “make a deal” with Him. It wasn’t working. God’s plan was for me to search for a new church, and I knew that I was home when I walked into Salem Alliance Church last year. Many months of struggling with which church to attend was very hard for me, and that’s why I resisted the change. The more I heard the sermons and music at Salem Alliance Church, I knew this was where God wanted me.

In January I took a bold step and joined one of the many shepherding groups at Salem Alliance. This gave me a new perspective and made the church (which is BIG) feel small. The Legacy shepherding group welcomed me and I knew this is where God wanted me. I have felt a part of this loving and supportive group over the past several months, and have grown in my walk with God.

This month I was invited to audition for the worship team at Salem Alliance. I was nervous, scared and afraid I wouldn’t be good enough for this ministry. There were a lot of prayers that went up to God about this audition, and if it was indeed the “ministry place” for me. The audition on June 7 went well, despite the keyboard cutting out in the middle of one song! Approximately one week later I received an email, with the subject line reading “Congratulations…” I was now a part of the worship team ministry! I am waiting to see where I will be on the schedule for July and August!

I have to give God all the praise for giving me the patience to “Wait Upon the Lord” as to where I should serve in ministry. There is a song that is sung at Salem Alliance Church titled “Strength Will Rise When We Wait Upon the Lord”, and I sing this in my heart!

When I saw the email in my inbox, I was nearly shouting with excitement — shouting to God with a huge “THANK YOU”! I made some phone calls to share my good news and how God had worked in my life to get to this point. I tie this back to my life scripture found in Psalm 37:4. Once we take delight in Him, spend time in the scriptures and prayer, and worship, He will give us the JOYS of our heart! It is SO exciting to see this scripture literally come alive right before my eyes!


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Posted by on June 26, 2008 in Life in General


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Back to the real world!

Yes folks, I had to come back to the real world in Salem, OR! The trip to Scottsdale was fun, even with record high heat! The weather felt “cool” compared to Arizona! This weekend it is suppose to be close to 100 degrees in Salem! I guess I’m well prepared for it!


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Posted by on June 26, 2008 in Life in General


Goodbye to Scottsdale!

This is my last day in sunny and very warm Scottsdale, AZ. I’ve enjoyed every moment of my time in this desert city, exploring new places and meeting new people. This morning I have a late check-out so there is time to explore the area in and around the hotel one last time. I was close to the Scottsdale Fashion Square so an hour or two in the air conditioned mall felt good! Even some time in a gigantic Borders was fun. It was interesting to explore the local section that features books and publications on the Phoenix/Scottsdale area.

Heading back to the hotel I found a great gelato shop and had to stop! Several years ago I discovered the likes of gelato while in Santa Cruz, CA! If you haven’t experienced gelato you don’t know what you are missing! Google “gelato” sometime!

In just a couple hours I’ll be off to the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport to travel home. Even with the 100+ degree weather, I’m not ready to go home! This get-a-way has been great! I highly recommded doing a long weekend trip to someplace new! Take a good book, take your camera, and just have fun exploring a new destination! It does wonders for your mind and soul!


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Posted by on June 23, 2008 in Scottsdale, AZ Vacation 2008



Frank Lloyd Wright’s “Taliesen West”

This morning I was able to travel out to the desert setting of “Taliesen West”, the winter home and School of Architecture founded by Frank Lloyd Wright. In 1938, with the commission from his “Falling Waters” home on the east coast of $8,000, he set out to build a home and school in the desert of Arizona. The 90 minute tour provided an insight into his life and his passion for design and architecture. We were able to tour several buildings on the property, many of which were the personal residence and office of Mr. Wright and his family. Even with the 100+ degree weather, it was a pleasure to see first hand some of his designs. The bookstore was just as fascinating, full of wonder items with Frank Lloyd Wright designs. Being a shopper, I came away with several purchases!

The School of Architecture has 25 students who spend six months at Taliesen West in Scottsdale, and six months (the spring and summer) at Taliesen East in Wisconsin. Admission to the school is highly competitive! Tuition cost? $30,000 a year! Job placement rate – nearly 95% in the architectural field.

Overall, my trip to Taliesen West far exceeded my expectations! A big thanks to my cousin Ted for telling me about this place in the desert of Arizona!

Tomorrow I leave for home, but will take some great memories and pictures with me. Despite record-breaking temperatures I enjoyed this get-a-way very much. The hotel staff have been very helpful with answers to my questions, and the Scottsdale Trolley has been a great means of transportation, getting me to various places during my stay. Needless to say I plan to return again in the future!



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Another sunny day in Scottsdale, AZ

Today it reached 115 degrees! Can you believe that! Of course I was out by the pool this morning with a book and read for nearly two hours. I’m part of a study group at my church so I need to keep reading ahead for the weekly discussions.

This morning I got on the Scottsdale Trolley and headed over to the Arts Section of Scottsdale, where there are many Native American and Southwestern shops. Later in the day I found the section of town where the art galleries are located. None of them were busy and I think because of the warm weather, people were not flocking to this part of town. I made a return trip to Scottsdale Fashion Square just to stay cool and see what I missed from Friday. A couple purchases at Dillard’s and I was happy.

Tomorrow I am planning to go out to the Frank Lloyd Wright complex just north of town. This is known as Taliesen West. I will update my blog after I return from this attraction!

If you need a long weekend get-a-way, consider coming to the Phoenix/Scottsdale area! October in Arizona is also a great time to visit, and the weather is not as hot!




Sunny in Scottsdale, AZ

As I write this blog, I’m in the business center of the Hilton Garden Inn Scottsdale Old Town. I decided several months ago to plan some time away from work, home, and life stuff. I picked the Phoenix and Scottsdale area because I was able to find a terrific airfare on Delta Airlines (my airline of preference) and could fly out of Salem (SLE).

If you haven’t been to the Scottsdale area you are in for a real treat, especially if you enjoy Native American arts and crafts. The area has an abundance of shops and galleries that focus on this art style. There are other shops too, don’t get me wrong!

This evening I returned from a trolley excursion (Scottsdale provides a free trolley to many of the points of interest) over to the “Scottsdale Fashion Square”, an amazingly large mall with five department stores (Nordstrom, Macy’s, Dillards, Nieman-Marcus and Barney’s New York) and hundreds of speciality stores. It was getting time for dinner so I opted to find a place within the mall area. I found a terrific place called “Olive and Ivy”. The food is very upscale and excellent! When you are in the area try this place! [Note: The Dillard’s in Scottsdale is the largest in the chain!]

Right now it is close to 108 degrees outside! Lots of sunny skies! In the morning I want to spend some time out by the pool! It’s awe-inspiring to look out at the Camelback Mountains that surround Scottsdale. They do look a bit different that the mountains in the Pacific Northwest though!

More later on my Scottsdale adventure!