Posted: 7:17 pm Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016
By Staff Writer
Tick, tick, tick… time marches on, and now it is August.
I love the sound of that word, it brings to mind images of heat rising from dry ground, feeling warm to my bones, the desire to rest, to watch bees buzzing about the lavender…
It is a time that whispers “go slow” but deceivingly, because August is really a time of great tumult and change. It happens just below the surface of our perceptions, but happen it does.
August is tricksy that way.
In nature, and specifically in my garden, where I look to find the truest truths in life, things have matured. Growth has slowed, sometimes to a stop; which means the dying process has begun.
The rains have ceased, the residual moisture has been used, things that plump have plumped and it’s time to pick and eat and preserve.
In our lives other things are happening, mostly with our children.
Very few schools wait until September to being their new years. If you have school aged kids, you are in the heat of the moment making back-to-school plans. There is shopping, shopping, shopping to be done and all those last-minute-before-summer-is-over things to do!
If you have older, college, or post-college aged kids, this is the time they are moving into dorms, or apartments, or starting those new jobs. Maybe in a city that is not where you live…
Are they ready? Are YOU ready?
I’ve heard that 80% of college-aged kids don’t have basic cooking skills. They don’t know how to do their own laundry. Don’t know a thing about auto maintenance… Now they must figure it out.
They must “adult,” and we must let them. (So, so, hard sometimes!)
So much hoopla is made over New Year’s… but for me, August is the true month of endings, new beginnings, and transition.
Do you feel this too?
The Shack | August Book Club
Wm. Paul Young
For August, I’ve chosen to tell you about a favorite novel of mine, The Shack. Yes, it’s been out for several years. Yes, tons of people have already read it. Yes, I’ve told you all this before!
But I’m telling you again because it’s good, and I think you should read it, and I can, because it’s MY newsletter… so there! 😉
Mack Phillips is a father of five, with a typical-ish life (if there is such a thing with five children) that changes, as things do, in the blink of an eye. While he rushes to save his son from drowning after the boy’s canoe capsizes, his young daughter, left alone on the shore, disappears.
This isn’t a sweet little story filled with sunshine, roses, and happy endings for all. It is a journey through loss and pain and doubt and Great Sadness.
It might be considered a bit fanciful, the way that The Father, The Son, and The Holy Ghost manifest themselves, and certainly does not follow strict scriptural concepts.
Because, it’s a novel.
The Shack, is a read that made me think. It made me feel. It made me question and affirm.
It’s a book YOU should read if you haven’t already, and re-read if you have.
Also, it’s being made into a movie starring Sam Worthington, Octavia Spencer, and my friend, Tim McGraw!
Which is why I was thinking about it again, as I’ve been chatting quite a bit with Tim lately, and feeling thankful to him for his huge heart and generosity.
Take advantage of Family Christian Bookstore’s BOGO 50% Off Summer Sale and pick up your copy of The Shack at a discount!
Tim McGraw | Auction Items
Concert Tickets with Meet-n-Greet, Airfare and Hotel!
Signed guitar, CD, and Humble & Kind book.
Ready for a chance-in-a-lifetime?
My big-hearted country music star and friend, Tim McGraw, is ready to give you one!
This humble, kind, and generous man has donated a pair of tickets to his September 4, Washington State Fair show at the Puyallup Fairgrounds (just outside of Seattle,) airfare to get you there, AND a 2-night hotel stay once you do!
Why? To benefit my favorite not-for-profit, Point Hope, a voice for forgotten children.
Listen to Tim sing his old favorites as well as new songs from his current album Damn Country Music. Bring your camera and a pen to get an autograph when you get up-close and personal with this country music legend.
Oh! He has also given us a package of signed items, including a black Fender Squire Bullet Strat electric guitar (serial # ICS15192553,) an autographed Damn Country Music CD, and a signed copy of his book, Humble & Kind, inspired by his hit song.
Hurry though, bidding for each auction only runs through Saturday, August 7, 5pm Pacific Time.
70’s ROCK & ROMANCE CRUISE
Celebrity Summit | March 11, 2017
Did you, like me, come of age during the 70’s/80’s?
Does the sound-track of your youth include Peter Frampton? America? Ambrosia? Little River Band?
How often did you listen to Sailing by Christopher Cross and wish that you could “sail away and find tranquility?”
I was recently approached and asked if I’d like to be a part of the 70’s Rock & Romance Cruise with a huge lineup of huge superstars that launched my career in the world of soft rock. Am I? You bet I am!
So come next March, when I’ve about HAD it with winter, I’m boarding the Celebrity Summit in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, and spending 5 days with my personal music heroes.
On this cruise you don’t just get to watch performances, this is a Mix and Mingle cruise where you get to spend time with your idols. Gush.
Sue’s Peach Crumble
My sister’s friend, Sue, makes the most delicious peach crumble! Since peaches are ripe in my trees, and many of yours too (also available at fruit stands across the country!) I begged her to share her recipe with us. It is soooo simple, and soooo yummy! Here it is:
4 cups fresh peaches, peeled and sliced
1/4 cup butter, room temperature
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup flour
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup oatmeal
Lightly grease a 9×9 inch baking pan
Layer peach slices on the bottom
Cut butter into remaining ingredients (brown sugar, flour, cinnamon, salt and oatmeal)
Crumble dry mixture on top
Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until lightly browned
To everything there is a season…
August makes me nostalgic. So much eager, eager, anticipation for summer to arrive, and now it is ending.
The kids will go back to school, families will settle into routines, the days will shorten and cool.
But, to everything there is a season, and must be so, and I am thankful for that.
And here I’ll be each evening, on the airwaves keeping you company, and I am thankful for you.
One thing does span all seasons, my friends, and that is the ability to Love Someone.