Monthly Archives: August 2008

The Great Smoky Mountains

Gatlinburg, TN

Gatlinburg, TN

This May, I attended a Christian meeting planner’s conference in Gatlinburg, TN. I’d never been to Tennessee, but in the surrounding states. The scenery was magnificent, especially the Smoky Mountains. The Park Vista Hotel (where we stayed) sits atop a hill in Gatlinburg, and each room has spectacular views of the Smoky Mountains. It is a very peaceful and serene setting, quiet and allowed one to meditate on God’s greatness. One could not know that this one of God’s creations! Boy, He must have been busy that day when He created the Smoky Mountains!

Park Vista Hotel, host property for the 2008 CMCA Conference! Isn't the view awesome!

The pre-conference tours gave attendees the opportunity to see Gatlinburg close up, with three options to choose from. Of course I selected the Arts & Crafts community! The greater Gatlinburg area is home to the largest crafts community in the country! Nestled among the Smoky Mountains over an eight mile loop, were local artisans producing and selling their art! Our tour did not do the complete eight mile trip, but was enough to soak up the local flavor of Gatlinburg.

The conference also had us in the town of Piegon Forge, TN, which is to Dollywood. One afternoon we had time to ourselves to explore Dollywood, and ended the evening with dinner and entertainment in the park. This conference is always uplifting for me, as I get to see fellow Christian meeting planners and suppliers. We see one another once or twice per year and generally have lots to catch up on! Besides doing business, we have fun!

If you are looking for a unique vacation spot that is not the ordinary destination, give this part of the country a chance to make it on your itinerary. If you fly, the nearest airport is Knoxville, TN (TYS). I found the airport to be very user friendly! You can arrange for shuttle service into Gatlinburg, an hour from Knoxville.

Happy Vacation!


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Posted by on August 26, 2008 in Gatlinburg, TN May 2008


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Help End Poverty

This newly discovered web site is educational and benefits people around the world who may not have enough to eat. It’s one step in ending world hunger.

FreeRice is a site of the world poverty site, FreeRice has two goals:


  1. Provide education to everyone for free.
  2. Held end world hunger by providing rice to hungry people for free.

This is made possible by the generosity of the sponsors who advertise on the site. Whether you are a CEO of a large corporation or a street child in a poor country, improving your education can improve your life. It is a great investment in yourself.

Perhaps even greater is the investment your donated rice makes in hungry human beings, enabling them to function and be productive. Somewhere in the world, a person is eating rice that you helped provide by visiting

Go to Free Flour

Just recently I had a response on my blog about another similar site called “Free Flour“.  It works like Free Rice but for every question answered correctly, one spoonful of flour is donated to world hunger.

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Posted by on August 25, 2008 in Life in General


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Giving & Receiving!

Yesterday was the annual Salem Alliance Church “Project Back to School”, for children in grades K-12 to come and receive new school supplies, free of charge.

During the past month, the church has been collecting school supplies and back packs, and a team of folks put the final organizational touches on everything. My assignment was to greet families at the main door on 5th Street. What a blessing to share a simple smile and “good morning”, or “how are you today” with the families. You could tell they were grateful for this opportunity to obtain school supplies for their children. None of the volunteers knew of the background of the families, we just welcomed them and hopefully showed them who Jesus Christ is through our expression of love and hospitality.

At the end of the afternoon the final count was 490 people who had gone through! Praise The Lord! Being a part of this simple and easy task was such a blessing to me, and a humbling experience.


Psalms 37:4

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Posted by on August 17, 2008 in Church Life



Getting Away!

It was a wonderful Saturday at Fern Ridge Dam, just outside of Eugene, OR at Richardson Park and Marina. The Legacy Shepherding group from my church had their annual boating event for the summer. It was good to get away for the day and just enjoy friends and boating on the lake.

The weather was great, even with the clouds that hung over for awhile! This photo is the Marina at Richardson Park.

As I headed down the interstate and then towards the park, I couldn’t help but realize all of the wonderful things out God has created and given us. The colors of nature are simply incredible! Sometimes we tend to forget God is the creator of everything!



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Posted by on August 9, 2008 in Life in General


Travel Experience Web Site

Hello fellow travelers! I just found a new web site called “Placely”. The site address is This site is all about sharing your past, present or future travel experiences, sharing information about your trips, post photos, search for destinations, start or join a conversation on travel topics, create your personal travel calendar of upcoming trips, see who is in the “Placely” family and where they are traveling to, add your frequent flyer accounts and get instant updated miles without logging on to each airline web site, add a trip/itinerary in “Trip Kit” with airline information for a single or double destination.  

I like the search feature, where you can enter a city or destination and find out what other travelers are saying! This site is free and you can access from any computer, world-wide! Perhaps you will see one of my travels posted on Placely! If not there, you will see them here on my blog!


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Posted by on August 1, 2008 in Travel