Life as a Beach Dude…

Wow, it has been nearly a year since I posted on my blog. Life happens and your blog doesn’t get updated! Well, today is the day for an update.

Greetings from sunny and very warm Daytona Beach, FL! Yes, the desert dude/sun bum has become a beach dude/beach bum! I’m here for the annual spring showcase conference of Christian Meetings and Conventions Association. We’ll be based at the Hilton Resort/Daytona for the week, with events taking place in Daytona.

I arrived late last night after an all-day trek across the country via Salt Lake City and Atlanta. Today I was able to sleep in and no agenda! It’s been fun walking around the area and taking in all of the tourist shops filled with “stuff” I would never dream of bringing home! From the tacky and tasteless to the terrific, you have it all along Atlantic Avenue and the Boardwalk!

The weather is simply incredible with a high of 91 predicted for today. In Florida that also means high humidity and I’ve encountered it. I want to do a two to three mile beach run in the morning, maybe as the sun comes up over the Atlantic! It’s odd seeing the sun come up over the ocean! I’ve got an ocean view room on the 16th floor of the Hilton and it comes with an incredible view of God’s creation. I was reminded this morning He created the waters on earth. What a God, to give us an ocean and a beach where we can run, lay out and sun tan! He is good!

I’m not sure what the rest of today has coming, nor tomorrow. This is an agenda-free vacation until Tuesday evening then the conference happens and I get to see my CMCA family once again! This is truly a family reunion when we get to see each other again. I’ve taken on a new role with CMCA, that of “Social Media Director” (aka Facebook and Twitter Guru). During the course of the conference I will be “trending” with updates and live happenings, interviews with attendees, etc. I’m looking forward to being out on the trade show floor getting interviews with the planners and suppliers, trending and updating with their impressions and thoughts about the conference. If you want to follow or join us, just do a search in Facebook of “Christian Meetings and Conventions Associations”. You’ll see my posts hopefully starting Tuesday evening and throughout the week.

Well, that’s about it for today and day two in Florida. Day one really was a non-day for anything but travel, airports, travel and more airports!

More coming later!

Dale (Florida Beach Bum/Beach Dude)

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Posted by on May 6, 2012 in Uncategorized


Life as a Desert Dude…

It’s now been a couple weeks since I returned home from the desert, that is Phoenix and Scottsdale, AZ. This was a long-awaited, well planned out trip, with literally no agenda! Five days in the desert sun was great. It just so happened the Saturday I was there the region had record temperatures! It was 118 degrees in Phoenix! Of course I was out and about in Scottsdale, but spent “cool” time at Scottsdale Fashion Square people watching, keeping cool, shopping, looking for bargains, cooling off…..I did come home with some great new “skinner” clothes from a great sale at Dillard’s (please come to Oregon, Macy’s needs competition).

I spent time at the Heard Museum, home of Native American art and artifacts, and the Phoenix Art Museum. While in Scottsdale I was able to get to the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, and the many shops in Old Town Scottsdale.

The new Metro Light rail was great for getting around central Phoenix to downtown and on out to Tempe and Mesa.

It was great to sit outside in the mornings by the pool and read, soak up the sun and just relax! Often times when at home I don’t always find the time to just kick back and relax, at least not by a pool!

I’ve really come to love desert living and do plan on returning in the future! I’m wondering if I would enjoy living in Arizona when I retire. That’s a question I haven’t been able to answer yet. Retirement is years off yet, at least 6-8 years away.

From a tan desert dude, Dale.



This past month, the Community Group that I’m a part of at my church has been studying missions and the many scriptures that cover this topic. Our assignment was to read five chapters from selected books of the Old and New Testaments. It was our challenge to pick five consecutive chapters and look for a common thread of missions. It was amazing what I found once I got into the word! I knew months ago that God was stirring in my own heart to go to the mission field, and share the good news. I would be “going”. I had to find the official definition of this word:

Going: advance; proceed physically. We “go” on a mission trip to teach God’s word, and to make disciples of all nations!

Looking at the scriptures this week while on vacation, I began to find many verses that addressed the topic of “going” and missions. I want to share just a few of the scriptures that spoke to me this week.

“The hungry consume the harvest”. Job 5:5

“Come quickly to help me”. Psalm 38:5

“A man’s steps are directed by the Lord”. Proverbs 20:24

“RIch and poor have his in common: The Lord is maker of them all”. Proverbs 22:2

“A generous man will himself be blessed, for he shares his food with the poor”. Proverbs 22:9

What powerful messages we see in God’s holy words! It was confirmed to me once again that God is directing me to go to the mission field in the Middle East as a short-term missionary! I don’t know when but God does. That too will be revealed in His timing.

Sharing God’s holy word from the “warmth” of the Arizona desert….Dale (aka “Desert Dude”)

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Posted by on July 1, 2011 in Life in General


Thoughts on North Carolina, April 2011

It looks like I’ve just a few weeks “behind” on posting thoughts on my spring trip to Asheville, NC to attend the 2011 Christian Meetings and Conventions Association showcase conference. The conference was held at the beautiful Ridgecrest Conference Center, just outside Asheville, nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains. The theme for the 2011 conference was “Finding Rest”, which was interesting as we were on the move most of the time — attending breakout sessions, at the reverse trade show, off to a new venue, eating, etc…..The “rest” came during the many great sessions during the week with speakers, musicians, etc. The one spot I found to be very “restful” was the Billy Graham Retreat Center “The Cove”, in Asheville. The setting and surrounds provided that very restfulness we all needed! (One side note, cell phone service didn’t exist, so we all were able to “rest” from the busy-nesss of phone calls and email on our smartphones!).

My time in Asheville began a few days prior to the conference. I spent time in Asheville, staying at the beautiful Doubletree Hotel Asheville at Biltmore. A great hotel within walking distance to the Biltmore Village and downtown Asheville. I was able to see most everything I planned on, and got a bunch of great photos too!

Tuesday rolled around and it was time to get over to Ridgecrest and help with set-up and prep for registration. Since I was there early it was he least I could do to pass time away. It was GREAT to catch up with friends I see just once a year. We all had lots to catch up and share with each other. And the weather was great! The afternoon was a pre-conference tour of Asheville, with stops downtown for lunch. It was a fun four day trip! We returned to Ridgecrest and I was off to lead an orientation session for the group. This has been a new feature of the conference, and its fun to share from my heart about CMCA. Dinner and entertainment was at Ridgecrest, with a host of comedy, music and sharing. The “afterglow” session, a time for prayer was awesome – and included an impromptu worship time (which I helped lead from the piano).

Always great time of fellowship in the hospitality room! It’s a time to unwind, kick back and visit with friends, and meet new friends!

Wednesday was upon us and a very full day! Breakfast followed by the reverse trade show, then off for our group photo. This was followed by lunch at Ridgecrest and then off to “The Cove”. We would be spending the afternoon and evening at The Cove. It was a very uplifting and great time at this incredible conference center! We had breakout sessions at The Cove, along with an evening program, with a warm welcome from Gigi Graham!

It was now Thursday, heading into the final sessions of the conference. Additional time at the reverse trade show, followed by an afternoon at the Biltmore Estates! What an incredible time touring the home and grounds, and lunch and breakout sessions!  If you ever get to the western part of North Carolina, you should take time and visit the Biltmore! It’s well worth seeing!

Our evening session was at the beautiful Lake Junalusak Conference Center, set on Lake Junalusak. The general session time was outside in the amphitheater, overlooking the Lake! I was able to get some incredible photos!

Incredible speakers, breakout sessions, music, comedy, and most of all — friendships!

Friday was travel day home, but came with weather delays! What started out as a 10 minute delay of m =y flight from Asheville to Detroit, ended up being well over four hours. Delta Airlines protected me on a different flight via Atlanta, which I was thankful they did! Despite the weather in Atlanta and the entire eastern seaboard, I was well over two hours late arriving in Portland!

God was richly blessed during the week at CMCA. People were blessed at CMCA. CMCA was blessed. I was blessed, and even conducted some business for a fall retreat! I was able to connect with a speaker at CMCA. As of today (May 30) we’re confirmed for the fall retreat!

If you are in need of a destination for a vacation or get-a-way, consider North Carolina! You’re just a few hours away from Tennessee! One of my favorite states!


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Posted by on May 30, 2011 in Asheville


Being in “Carolina in the Morning”

I’ve arrived in North Carolina, after a long travel day. Actually it was very uneventful, very smooth flights all the way from Portland to Atlanta and on to Asheville. Thank you Delta, for such a great experience. The onboard satellite t.v. helps pass the time away on a four-hour flight.

As of right now, Sunday morning, I haven’t had much time to experience Asheville. Later, in a few hours, I’m heading over to Biltmore Village, just blocks from the hotel. I’m planning on heading over to the downtown area of Asheville, a good mile walk which I’m up for! Today’s weather is supposed to reach into the low 80’s! Woo Hoo, finally a warm weather experience!

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted on my blog, L-O-N-G overdue I see! I hope to post snippets of the mini-vacation along with highlights from the conference I’ll be attending later in the week. Tomorrow I’ll head over to Ridgecrest Conference Center and work with a couple of others on the conference orientation session I’ll be speaking at Tuesday afternoon. I’m attending the “Christian Meetings and Conventions Association” (CMCA) spring showcase conference. Looking at the attendee list I see several good friends will be here, some I haven’t seen for a few years!

“Nothing Could Be Finer Than To Be In Carolina In The Morning”!



Posted by on April 10, 2011 in Asheville, Life in General


What happens in heaven when we pray?

This is one of the nicest e-mails I have seen and is so true: I dreamt that I went to Heaven and an angel was showing me around. We walked side-by-side inside a large workroom filled with angels. My angel guide stopped in front of the first section and said, ‘ This is the Receiving Section. Here, all petitions to God said in prayer are received.

I looked around in this area, and it was terribly busy with so many angels sorting out petitions written on voluminous paper sheets and scraps from people all over the world.

Then we moved on down a long corridor until we reached the second section. The angel then said to me, “This is the Packaging and Delivery Section. Here, the graces and blessings the people asked for are processed and delivered to the living persons who asked for them.” I noticed again how busy it was there. There were many angels working hard at that station, since so many blessings had been requested and were being packaged for delivery to Earth.

Finally at the farthest end of the long corridor we stopped at the door of a very small station. To my great surprise, only one angel was seated there, idly doing nothing. “This is the Acknowledgment Section, my angel friend quietly admitted to me. He seemed embarrassed.” How is it that there is no work going on here? I asked.

“So sad,” the angel sighed. “After people receive the blessings that they asked for, very few send back acknowledgments”

“How does one acknowledge God’s blessings? I asked…”Simple, the angel answered. Just say, “Thank you, Lord.
“What blessings should they acknowledge?” I asked. “If you have food in the refrigerator, clothes on your back, a roof overhead and a place to sleep you are richer than 75% of this world. If you have money in the bank, in your wallet, and spare change in a dish, you are among the top 8% of the worlds wealthy. ”

“And if you get this on your own computer, you are part of the 1% in the world who has that opportunity.”

“If you woke up this morning with more health than illness…You are more blessed than the many who will not even survive this day.”

“If you have never experienced the fear in battle, the loneliness of imprisonment, the agony of torture, or the pangs of starvation …You are ahead of 700 million people in the world.”

“If you can attend a church without the fear of harassment, arrest, torture or death you are envied by, and more blessed than, three billion people in the world.”

“If your parents are still alive and still married …you are very rare.”
“If you can hold your head up and smile, you are not the norm; you’re unique to all those in doubt and despair…….”

Ok, what now? How can I start?

If you can read this message, you just received a double blessing in that someone was thinking of you as very special and you are more blessed than over two billion people in the world who cannot read at all.

Have a good day, count your blessings, and if you care to, pass this along to remind everyone else how blessed we all are

ATTN: Acknowledge Dept. “Thank you Lord, for giving me the ability to share this message and
for giving me so many wonderful people with whom to share it.

If you have read this far, and are thankful for all that you have been blessed with, how can you not send it on???? I thank God for everything, especially all my family and friends.

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Posted by on December 4, 2010 in Life in General, Prayer


And have you heard about…?

In a recent read-through in a magazine, I found some web sites that sounded interesting. I thought these would be worth posting on my blog for others to check out. Here they are:

  • – This is a free resume site that will help you stand out from a “heap of humdrum” resumes. You plug in your experience and the website will give your credentials a professional design, as well as your own URL.
  • – Are you searching for a romantic comedy, a period piece, or a simply a movie that will boost your mood? This site lets you “watch” what you wish for, meaning you can type in your desired genre, then see a lost of films to choose from.
  • – Need a virtual even planner to organize your party? This party-savvy website allows potential attendees to vote on the best date, creates online invitations, and helps you find a theme, a venue, a caterer, and more!
  • – If you can snap a picture, then you can navigate this easy-to-use site, which helps you create a professional-looking photo book. You can choose from 10 book styles and more than 200 layouts, then drag images into the page templates. Prices range from $30 to $70.
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Posted by on November 20, 2010 in Just for Fun!, Web Sites