This month's pictorial is on fall shots taken in Utah.

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VOLUME XXI – Issue 9: Sunday, October 30, 2022 (254th Issue)


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Janice, her sister, and brother-in-law chatting on the shores of Lake Erie (Ohio)

...Opening Comments from Bob

This Issue: In September Jan and I traveled to Ohio to visit family. However, I also added other adventures, a Galion Middle School staff reunion, my 60th class reunion, and the celebration of my home church's 175th Anniversary. We also traveled to Lake Erie to visit Jan's sister and brother-in-law. As always, they were perfect hosts. Of course, we had to imbibe by dining on delectable Lake Erie perch. The poems, Gifts of Change and Tableau, speak to seasonal changes. The pictures focus not only on my recent travels but on the arrival of fall in Utah. There are also several recommendations if you are in the area to take advantage of them.

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The mountain pictures that follow were taken on Empire and Guardsman Passes. Empire rises from Midway, UT, where we live.



Two Poems this Month + Bonus



Bonus Poem: This poem is a bit nostalgic and reminds me of simpler times. On Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram I have been running a daily series of my poems accompanied with an appropriate picture. I will show a favorite in this section each month. This poem first appeared in VOLUME I: ISSUE 13 CONTENT - Sunday, September 29, 2002


Vignette this Month: Milestones

As mentioned in the opening, I attended several milestone events while in Ohio. My original intentions were not to but decided, "why not?"

The first event included a reunion of staff and former students of Galion Middle School where I taught and later served as principle. (I also attended elementary school and junior high in that same building,) The reunion was held in the new brewery in downtown Galion, Ohio. (Incidentally, it is located in what was once my parents' hardware gift store.) Seeing staff members and students, most whom I haven't seen in over 20 years, was fun as well as rewarding. I always believed the GMS staff was one of the best in the state; they had the award to prove it.

Some of those in attendance at the GMS reunion.

My home church, the First United Church of Christ, is one of the two oldest in the city, 175 years old. As speakers reviewed the history, I could not help but think about the years I spent as a youth in the pews along with the fact that over a hundred years ago, my grandparents also worshiped there. This church has quite a noble heritage.

The last event I will mention is my 60th high school class reunion. (It was held at 2 PM in the afternoon because no one wanted to drive at night.) I am not one who enjoys attending such events. This was only my third, the last being the 25th. When I entered the room, I saw only old people whom I didn't recognize. I figured I had the wrong room Then I saw my friend Doug and realized this was the place. Sadly, I had to introduce myself because no one recognized me, a blow to the ego. Seriously, I had a great time reacquainting myself with those I spent important formative years.

Another wonderful time was gathering for dinner
with my extended family on Sunday afternoon.
Fourteen were able to attend.

In many ways, the two days were a joyous walk through important chapters in my life.




A couple roller skiing (like narrow skateboards - note the use of ski poles)
up Empire's narrow road. They are training for x-country skiing this winter.


In case you are in the area, here are a couple of recommendations that have stood the test of time.

For a perch dinner, Jolly Rogers, Port Clinton, Ohio. There is
always a line no matter the time of day. However, it moves quickly.

Bergman Orchards, Catawba, Lake Erie has been in business for decades
and is an excellent source for fruit and produce.

Please take a look at the online book and gift pages.



Fall evident in the mountains while the young girls play Saturday soccer. (Girls' faces deliberately blurred.)

Quotable Quotes

"Trying to define yourself is like trying to bite your own teeth." - Alan Watts

"Be like a tree and let the dead leaves drop." - Rumi

“Anything which is troubling you, anything which is irritating you, THAT is your teacher.” - Ajahn Chah

"The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don't have any." -Alice Walker


On the weekends 100 plus cars will be in the parking lot to visit Pickwick Place, Bucyrus, Ohio.

Tis Halloween Season - display at Bergman Orchards

A Bit of Humor

A bit of laughter is healthy for the soul

Circus Acts

A man decides to join the circus. He shows up to demonstrate his skills to the impresario.

"I have the most unusual act," he announces. "I'm sure it will amaze you."

He climbs up to the high wire and jumps off! He flaps his arms wildly, and finally his fall slows and the man begins to fly. He soars upward, turns, and swoops back again. Finally, he stops in mid air and gently lowers himself to the ground.

The impresario says, "Is that all you've got? Bird impressions?"

Compliment of A Joke A Day


Sun ready to set, Port Clinton, Ohio

Tai Chi Corner

A few years ago Dr. Lam presented a workshop in Utah.
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Book Reviews

Blast Series: Review by Janice M. regarding Blast Book Four: . . . I loved the book.  There were so many ideas floating around in my head from your writings, and I understood everything you wrote about.  I saw the visions while traveling through the pages. Thank you for your inspiration. . . ."

General: JJG wrote: I've read Bob's "To the End of Time" trilogy twice, each time gaining deep and deeper insights into the human condition. The three small volumes hold their own as good stories but also provide a unique glimpse into a new religious paradigm. Would that it could come to be.

Specific Book: To the End of Time and Back: An Epic Journey

David from Utah: "The new novel, To the End of Time and Back is a skillful account of two lovers on an 'Epic Journey,' racing through time and history to learn life-changing truths. Their spectral mentor, Arundel, sends them through difficult travels, but their relationship endures and remains strong despite physical, and psychological stress. Powerful emotions such as fear, anger and happiness, combine with lust, pain and sexuality to help them learn. Written in verse form, the story is an epic poem, painted to portray the duality of mankind throughout dimensions of human history that is sometimes cruel and horrific. The reader will come to know and understand what is being described and will certainly enjoy the stimulating elegance of the story and the philosophy. A thoroughly enjoyable read that is certain to make you think."

Jim from Mt. Vernon: "I finished your book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It was much easier to follow by having the whole thing in front of me, and reading as much as I wanted at a time. I felt pretty weary after bouncing around in time for many hundreds of years, but I was relieved to know that at least part of the world survived 'Armageddon'. What a feat you have performed."

Kimberly from Ohio: "Well, Bob! I am rather blown away by your book. Finished it yesterday, and it only took four days, which means I was intrigued and wanted to know how the book ends. I'm a slow, deep reader and since my profession is writing and editing, I edit continuously as I read. Can't help it! But this book was worth dropping everything for and reading to the end. I admit to cynicism about your claim that it would change me, and I don't know that it has just yet but it won't be leaving my heart and head for a long time, and change could happen. I'm impressed that the book actually lived up to your claims for it. . . . I'm intrigued by this book because it rings so true, and I am therefore tempted to believe you actually were given the gift of this dictation. But if not and this is fiction, you have written one hell of a book, masquerading amazingly as non-fiction ... which is indeed one of the goals of fiction."

An Ohio Reader: "WOW! WOW! WOW! I read it in one sitting and found so many things you wrote about 'true' for what I know and feel about past lives I've lived. Actually, the chapter about the Holocaust was something I couldn't bear to read–too sad and painful. (I've always felt that way about that period of history.) . . . it was very well done, Bob. Just beautifully done. I'm looking for the movie. . . I'm sure others will feel connected to this book just as I did. AMAZING. Just AMAZING. I couldn't put it down. There was so much anticipation with each chapter it hooked me from the very beginning. . ."

Specific Book: Adelyn: An Epic Journey:

Ohio Reader: "In his book, Adelyn: An Epic Journey, Bob navigates the reader through a challenging journey in the time space continuum while exposing both the weaknesses and strengths of humanity. As Adelyn is exposed to the infinite love of The Source, the reader is challenged to understand how personal beliefs and actions often have more to do with cultural rather than spiritual influences. In a time and world filled with political anger and personal indulgences reading Adelyn offers the open-minded promise. It would make a great book study."

Specific Book: The Tao of Momentary Thoughts

Doug from Ohio: ". . . I was not prepared for page 116 Should have been because of the extremely personal nature of the entire book. Please understand that the unusual length of time to finish your book (especially for a binge reader like me) was because it screamed to be read thoughtfully in increments. For me that was 10-15 pages every weekend, often in quiet . . .Thank you for "putting pen to paper" and sharing your soul. Those of us who have followed Poetical Journeys will recognize much of the content. Those of us who have been fortunate enough to share part of your journey really feel a part of it."

Charles from Park City: "Hi Bob….I just picked up your The Tao of Momentary Thoughts.  It’s wonderful . . I love your book."

Ed from Seattle: The Tao of Momentary Thoughts: "I was smiling all the way through the reading . . .I think I will reread it again during the next week."


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