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23rd-Apr-2014 11:36 am - Kollen Park Lake Macatawa
Kollen Park

Kollen Park

Kollen Park

Kollen Park
It is 11:07 AM Wednesday morning here in the Midwest. I have always considered myself a West Coast San Francisco Bay Area individual. I would not consider myself Midwest. I am proud to have been born in Oakland California even though I do not remember my birth beginnings. I never knew my birth father. My mother was killed by a speeding ambulance when I was 16 years old. I never really knew my mother either. The only person I have really known in my entire life is my wife Carol.

Anyway it has been a typical day thus far for me. I was up around 6:50 AM this morning. I made a pot of coffee and messed with our main computer (I have two lap top computers that are down in the lower level of our home.). After messing with our main computer I cooked myself breakfast and then wrote in my paper diary. Carol got home from work around 8:30 AM and went to bed for the day around 9:05 AM.

I took Rudy for a walk at Kollen Park around 9:35 AM and on the way home stopped at thrift stores to look at their used books. I found these used books to ADD to our library.

"Everyone Loves You When You're Dead" music interviews by Neil Strauss

"The House Of The Spirits" a novel by Isabel Allende

"Refiner's Fire" a novel by Mark Helprin

"Genius: A Mosaic Of One Hundred Exemplary Creative Minds" literary criticism by Harold Bloom

"Family And Friends" novel by Anita Brookner

So has gone my morning thus far. I already have written a page in my 2014 diary this morning. I should be around 400 pages by the end of May 2014. Of course I could die before that time arrives. Nothing is for certain in this life (James 4:15).

Well I need to close to eat something. I feel weak. Existence keeps speeding by.

"[13] Go to now, ye that say, To day or to morrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain:
[14] Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.
[15] For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that.
[16] But now ye rejoice in your boastings: all such rejoicing is evil.
[17] Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin." James 4:13-17
22nd-Apr-2014 03:57 pm - Zeeland Public Library used booksale
It is 3:35 PM Tuesday afternoon. It is a cloudy sunny chilly day here in West Michigan.

I am feeling tired this afternoon. I have had another hectic day. I got up around 7 o'clock AM this morning. I drank coffee Carol made last night for her Elders (House Visitation). I messed with our main computer after getting myself a cup of old coffee (fresh hot coffee is a blessing in the mornings).

Carol got up and made a pot of oatmeal for breakfast (I like a lot of brown sugar in my oatmeal). After breakfast we left for a used book sale at the Zeeland Public Library. I was in line for this used book sale around 9:20 AM. There was a small group of us waiting to get into the used book sale. We went to this used book sale last year. We found these used books at this used book sale to ADD to our library.

"The Provincial Lady in London" a novel by E. M. Delafield

"Diary of a Provincial Lady" novel by E. M. Delafield

"The Provincial Lady in America" novel by E. M. Delafield

"The Provincial Lady in Russia" novel by E. M. Delafield

"The Children" novel by Edith Wharton

"The Reef" a novel by Edith Wharton

"Twilight Sleep" novel by Edith Wharton

"Of Love and Other Demons" novel by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

"Collected Stories" by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

"The Eleventh Man" a novel by Ivan Doig

"The Selected Letters of Anton Chekhov"

"Pigeon English" novel by Stephen Kelman

"Prague Pictures: Portrait of a City" by John Banville

"Against The Day" a novel by Thomas Pynchon

"Gravity's Rainbow" a novel by Thomas Pynchon

"Bluebeard" novel by Kurt Vonnegut

"Galapagos" a novel by Kurt Vonnegut

"Bagombo Snuff Box" Uncollected Short Fiction with an Introduction by Kurt Vonnegut

"A Solder Of The Great War" a novel by Mark Helprin

"Moby-Dick or The Whale" novel by Herman Melville

"Buddenbrooks" a novel by Thomas Mann

We got home from the Zeeland Public Library used book sale around 10:20 AM. Carol left to have brunch with friends and I left around 10:50 AM to cover for someone at the Herrick Public Library used bookstore from 11 AM till 2 PM. I had a quiet time at the book nook selling used materials and reading one of the used books I bought this morning titled, "The Provincial Lady in London" a novel by E. M. Delafield. I brought home from the book nook two used books to add to our library.

"Falling Off the Map: Some Lonely Places of the World" travel memoir by Pico Iyer

"Don Fernado Or Variations On Some Spanish Themes" by W. Somerset Maugham

Well more could be written but I am wasted so I will close to carry my new used books down into the lower level. Throw them onto the heap.

21st-Apr-2014 03:10 pm - Henri Troyat
It is going on 3 o'clock PM Monday afternoon. I wanted to list other biographies I have by Henri Troyat in our library. This morning at a Goodwill thrift store I found another biography written by Henri Troyat titled, "Gorky: A Biography". I have these other biographies by Troyat.

"Flaubert" a biography by Henri Troyat [Translated By Joan Pinkham]

"Turgenev" a biography by Henri Troyat [Translated by Nancy Amphoux]

"Peter the Great" a biography by Henri Troyat [Translated by Joan Pinkham]

"Tolstoy" a biography by Henri Troyat [Translated from the French by Nancy Amphoux]

I collect biographies for our library. I usually read a couple of biographies a year. I also collect letters, diaries and memoirs for our book collection.

I did not mention in my last entry what I did last night. Last night I watched television and went to bed around 11 o'clock PM.


I did not sleep well. Hopefully I will sleep better tonight.

I like reading biographies mainly of writers. I do collect biographies of historic figures, but I like reading literary biographies.

I will close to drift. I am out of my routine so I feel at a lost. I usually start closing down around 4 o'clock PM for the day. Carol left to go visit a friend who is going through hard times.

Maxim Gorky
It is 1:47 PM Monday afternoon in the flow of existence. Outside this afternoon it is cloudy and warm. We are suppose to get rain this afternoon.

This morning I was up around 7 o'clock AM. I made a pot of coffee and then messed with our main computer. After messing with our main computer I wrote in my paper diary. Carol got up and made a pot of oatmeal for breakfast.

We left the house this morning around 9:30 AM to take Rudy for a walk at Stu Visser Trail. After we walked Stu Visser Trail we drove to the Holland State Park to look at Lake Michigan. There were just a few small ice bergs visible from the shore line folating on the Lake.

After visiting Holland State Park we checked out a couple of thrift stores for used books. I found only three used books this morning to add to our library.

"The Commissariat Of Enlightenment" a novel by Ken Kalfus

"The Ayn Rand Reader" Edited By Gary Hull & Leonard Peikoff

"Gorky: A Biography" by Henri Troyat [Translated From The French By Lowell Bair]

After checking out thrift stores we went and to Zeeland Feed Store to get sunflower seeds for the birds and wildflower seeds. I plan to plant again this Spring some more wildflower seeds in our backyard.

Well I am tired so I will close to rest. We had an active morning.
21st-Apr-2014 01:43 pm - Holland State Park Lake Michigan
Holland State Park

Holland State Park

Holland State Park

Holland State Park
21st-Apr-2014 01:37 pm - Stu Visser Trail
Stu Visser Trail

Stu Visser Trail

Stu Visser Trail

Stu Visser Trail
20th-Apr-2014 06:05 pm - the creation of a new people of God
It is 5:54 PM Sunday evening in the flow of Time. It is 73 degrees this evening and we opened some windows to let in the early evening Spring air. It has been going on seven months since we opened any windows. Maybe Spring has finally sprung?

Carol left a few minutes for Covenant PCA.

I laid down for a nap from 1:58 PM till 4:20 PM today down in the lower level. When I got up Carol was getting up to face her existence. Louisa Mae was baptized today. Caleb, Emily, Josiah, and Hannah were there to witness Mae's baptism.

I spent most of the day sitting in our dining room writing in my paper diary (I take notes when I am reading) and reading from these books.

"Keys Events In The Life of the Historical Jesus" Editors Darrell L. Bock & Robert L. Webb (read in this volume an essay titled, 'Empty Tomb and His Appearances in Jerusalem' by Grant R. Osborne)

"Acts and the Isaianic New Exodus" by David W. Pao

"Paul the Missionary: Realities, Strategies and Methods" by Eckhard J. Schnabel

I have no plans for the evening hours. Tomorrow I have no plans either. Tuesday I once again cover for someone at the library book nook. We are in the last full week of April 2014. We will soon be in May 2014. Our lives keep speeding by!

Well I will close to wait it out.



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