The 30 Day Challenge Th...

The Independent News Column – DEC 2015 I have a challenge for you.  For your mind and for your physical space.  And you are going to think it can’t be done and that I am nuts.  I’ll get to that in a minute. First, I would like to discuss generosity.  Being a generous person is not...

Simplify Christmas

A collection of class notes from Joe Prin Do you look forward to Christmas or Dread it? And that which you dread, is it the Christ in Christmas or the stuff we have built around it? Gift giving and receiving, parties, decorations, relatives, work schedules. “When we recall Christmas...

Wagner Flexio 990 Paint...

Wagner Flexio 990 Painter. I like to paint. But painting does not like me.  Years of abuse to my hands and wrists has left me with a muscular attention span with a brush of about 10 minutes.  After that, my fingers lock up and feel like they are on fire.  So when I had the opportunity to...

Just Do it Right

Star-Eagle Independent Newspaper – SEP 2015 You have seen them.  The photos of “epic fails”, or home repair solutions that are absolutely astounding as to the stupidity involved in their creation.  These photos (or evidence) exist for car repair, animal care, sports, just about...

Cathedral of the Rockie...

“Good, Fast, or Cheap- Pick two”.  It was a phrase I often used in my Remodeling business prior to life here at the church.  Lots of stories to go with it. But today, let’s focus just on “Cheap”.   What is the real cost of Cheap?  An engineer friend of mine explained this in economic...

Cathedral of the Rockie...

Interesting conversations can manifest themselves in the most obscure locations. While pulling a few weeds in the First Fruits Orchard a passerby diverted off the sidewalk and took a seat on one of the benches.  She sat quietly as I buzzed around the trees pulling bind weed and goat...

Cathedral of the Rockie...

At the Downtown Church, summer has arrived and it is a little bit quieter.  A little bit.  A lot of our study groups that meet weekly or monthly are taking a break until September.   And, you can even find a daytime parking spot now as Boise High students are off for the summer! It is...

Technological Evolution

Star-Eagle Independent Newspaper – FEB 2015 Technology and evolution can be cruel relatives.  These are the kind of relatives that you like to have a round for a while, sometimes are glad when they are gone, but yet miss them in a nostalgic way and think of them fondly. For...