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ʇsod uʍop ǝpısdn

Posted by thesinger on October 22, 2008


¿uɹɐǝן ɹǝʌǝ ı ןןıʍ uǝɥʍ ˙ǝʇıs ʇǝuɹǝʇuı ʎɯ uo ɥsɐɹʇ ssǝןǝsn ɯopuɐɹ ƃuıʇsod ‘ɯɐ ı ǝɹǝɥ ‘ʇǝʎ ˙ʇuıod ǝןʇʇıן ʎɹǝʌ ǝʌɐɥ ʎǝɥʇ ʎןdɯıs ‘sısɐq ɹɐןnƃǝɹ ɐ uo ƃuıʇıɹʍ ǝʞıן ʇ,uop ı sʇsod ɟo puıʞ ǝɥʇ ɟo ǝןdɯɐxǝ uɐ sı sıɥʇ ˙ƃuoɹʍ ǝɹǝʍ noʎ ‘ɥƃnoɹɥʇ ʇɥƃnoɥʇ puɐ pǝzıuɐƃɹo sɐʍ ʇsod ƃoןq sıɥʇ ʇɥƃnoɥʇ noʎ ɟı

˙ƃuızɐɯɐ s,ʇı „˙noʎ ɟo ʎɔɐƃǝן ǝɥʇ„ ǝʇɐǝɹɔ puɐ punoɹɐ ʞɔıʇs oʇ ɹǝʍod ɟo ʇunoɯɐ ǝןqıpǝɹɔuı uɐ ǝʌɐɥ spɹoʍ ˙pǝʌıן ǝɥ uǝɥʍ ʎɐs oʇ pǝsn ɾɔ ʇɐɥʇ sǝʇonb ɯopuɐɹ ɟo ʞuıɥʇ ןןıʇs ı

˙ʎɐs oʇ pǝsn ɹǝpoʎ sǝɯɐɾ ʎʇsıɹɥɔ ǝʇɐן ǝɥʇ sɐ „’uʍop ɯןɐɔ ʇsnɾ ‘uʍop ɯןɐɔ ʇsnɾ„ ˙uʍop ɯןɐɔ ɐʇʇoƃ ʇsnɾ noʎ sǝɯıʇǝɯos ˙spuǝʞǝǝʍ oʍʇ ʇxǝu ǝɥʇ uı sǝɯıʇ ʎuɐɯ ǝuoƃ ǝq ןןıʍ puɐ ʎןʇuǝɔǝɹ sǝɯıʇ ʎuɐɯ ǝɯoɥ ɯoɹɟ ǝuoƃ uǝǝq ǝʌɐɥ ı ǝsnɐɔǝq sıɥʇ pıp ı ˙suǝɹo ʇɐ ʎʇɹɐd ɐ ƃuıpuǝʇʇɐ ɟo pɐǝʇsuı ɔısnɯ ǝɯos uo pǝʞɹoʍ puɐ ɥɔɹnɥɔ ɯoɹɟ ǝɯoɥ ǝɯɐɔ ı ʇɥƃıuoʇ

˙ʎɐp ǝɔıu ɐ sɐʍ ʇı ¡¡¡¡ǝuop ʇı ʇoƃ ʇsnɾ ı ǝɹǝɥʍ ʎɐp ɟo puıʞ ǝɥʇ sɐʍ ʇı ˙pɹɐɥ ƃuıʞɹoʍ ǝʞıן ʇןǝɟ ı ǝsnɐɔǝq pɹɐɥ pǝʞɹoʍ ı ˙pɹɐɥ pǝʞɹoʍ ı ʎɐpoʇ

˙ʇxǝʇ ǝɥʇ ʎq pǝɔuǝpıʌǝ sı sɐ ‘uʍop ǝpısdn ƃuıɥʇʎɹǝʌǝ ǝʇıɹʍ oʇ pǝpıɔǝp ı ɥɔıɥʍ uı ʇsod ɐ sı sıɥʇ ‘oןןǝɥ


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Posted by thesinger on September 26, 2008

Am working the night shift at Miller Seed Farms.

Am involved in too many parties.

Have little time to post.

Currently: have small interest in posting regularly.

Why?  “Groooss. . .”


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Party Party Party

Posted by thesinger on August 14, 2008

The theme for this week is and will be developing “relationships” within the context of group parties. Here’s a rundown of my schedule past and future this week. . .

Sunday: Singing at Orens. A fun time of singing and random Dutch Blitz games. Jewel, we won the moral victory!

Monday: Party with the Sunday School class at Carriage Crossing. A good time of massive eating and cutting up. I was so on a roll with the weakest one-liners that I think they should have paid me for my comedian services. . .

Tuesday: The Fall Seed Sales Kick-Off Meeting at Miller Seed Farms. Had to work hard to get it done, got it done, then ate lots of food. I sprayed the entire front of my shirt with Bar-B-Q sauce, then raced home to get another one since I needed to go up front to be introduced and help hand out door prises. I had heard that there would be volleyball at Partridge, didn’t plan on going, but then got done with the meeting/work around 8:30. Moved home rapidly; moved to Partridge rapidly, then played some good and small VB. I wore some very festive colors. Misht yellow pants and a bright yellow athletic shirt. It was “nice”. . .

Wednesday: Church. Didn’t have to lead songs; it was a nice break. Heard about a party after the service at Joes place. Thought to myself: Self, Loyal will want to go to the party; you may as well want to go too. So I did. Talked with some good kids. Excited to play a dutch blitz game with a friend and have as many points at the start as the end. We rocked the “paty”. . .

Thursday: The official youth event for the week happened at Carrey park in Hutch. We played Frisbee Football and sand volleyball. . . The football was great; several of the volleyball games were great. . . Went to Center where we met and made Darrel sufficiently jealous/irate at the fact that he couldn’t go because it was school work night at the grade school. Currently, I’m tired and dirty. A shower and a bed could really help me get my act together. . .

Friday: Go party with the parents at a tba eating place with a potential trip to afterwards to Metropolitan Coffee. We will go to talk and “have a time” as Wags would say. . .

Saturday: Go for coffee with Benji before he leaves for eastern lands. That will be a good time. . .

Sunday: Hopefully REST. . . Partying gets to a person after a while. . . Oh, but then there may be a singing and that could be a good time of hanging as well. Ach vell. Life is good. . .

My aforementioned situation is about to be improved.


Oh, I forgot. Random Alert! Got a question: Who is a farmer? A man outstanding in his field. HAHAHAHAHA What an incredible one-liner!!!!!!!! I thought about this one line for at least 1/4 of my afternoon and said it to myself over and over again. It really is the kind that you can mull over, and think about, and say to yourself: Self, that is funny! I’m simply out, standing in my field, without even trying, simply because I’m a farmer. . . 🙂

Before the time gets later, and the one-liners become weaker,

Night-night. . .


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Good morning good morning good morning all God’s children. . .

Posted by thesinger on August 10, 2008

Welcome to Adventures in Odyssey! I’m lovin’ it! Just do it! It just tastes better! Always low prices! Think outside the bun!

Anyway, enough foolishness. This is thesinger signing in to report on my life as it now stands, or sits, as the case may be.

The wedding music came together excellently for the most part. It was delightful to sing at a wedding where you knew that the groom was totally enthused about high quality choral music. (Oh, but he also liked some sappy love songs too =( ) For the information of those not present, we sang a lot of music. Namely, we sang three songs in the prelude, one processional, one song before the vows, one recessional, and seven songs in the postlude. Yes, it seemed like a full blown concert. Ach vell, it was fun, so? why not?

At work right now, we are going through an intense time of preparation for our annual fall Seed Sales Kick-off Meeting which will take place this next Tues. evening, Lord willing. The evening itself is a fun time of eating good food, lots of car parking, balloons, speakers, etc., but the clean-up work that must take place is boring at its best; painful at its worst. Life will go on.

Thanks to the ones who participated in the opinion poll. The results are very helpful, but I’m not sure how. Thanks.

It’s with much anticipation of an exciting week that I sign off.

Allow me to remain,

Faithfully yours,


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Posted by thesinger on July 6, 2008

Done cutting wheat. Got home from weekend reunion of dad’s side. My grandpa turned 90. I have too many things to do. I feel kind of like a chicken with my head cut off, running around from this duty to this duty, not knowing which is more important.



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Posted by thesinger on June 9, 2008

Life is hectic. Maybe more later. . .


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Oooo, like WAY STOKED!

Posted by thesinger on May 30, 2008

Ok, the title gives it away. I’m just plain downright stoked! I’m leaving in the morning from Wichita Mid-Continental Airport at 7:35 and am going to arrive sometime in the evening at my host’s house. I’m looking forward to a relaxed day of reading book, running around in airports, listening to music on my iPod, etc. What a way to spend the day!

christianmusiccamp.com is where you can find info on the camp. It’ll be a howl! I just found out that I know a kid from ES that’ll be there. That makes me hyper!! I think I’m hyper. Did you catch on that I’m hyper?


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Busy, and tired/excited.

Posted by thesinger on May 28, 2008

i hav  so many things to do that it’s funny before I can pack up and fly away to shenandoah valley. 2morow i have cdl testing that is currently causing much angst in my heart and mind. I have to continue to work full days, and my evenings are full up until sat morning which is when I fly out of wichita and go to shenandoah. im tired o being so busy. groan… this is teh ugliest post ive ever posted i belive. do i care? no.

this may be the last time you hear from me until about two weeks from now. i have enough to fill up my time until then.


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The Center Youth Column in the Honorable “Plain Talk”

Posted by thesinger on May 25, 2008

Yes, I write a column for the local churches’ monthly newsish kind of thingy on the activities of the Center Youth Group. (The magazine is called “Plain Talk”) Marvin left a comment on my last post about how I should post it on my blog. Since he is a good friend and a worthy adviser, I will accept his suggestion. Below is the aforementioned column:

“For this month, I will reject the idea that every youth activity must be duly recorded and inserted into the annals of the honorable Plain Talk. Rather, I will pick the more notable events, and expound on them in greater depth.

On Friday evening, April 25, we, the youth, hosted a banquet for all church members age sixty-five and older. Different responsibilities were given to the youth. Some provided valet parking while others created the food. (By the way, it was an ambrosial meal!) Several ushered the people to their seats, and a lone photographer (me) walked around shooting pictures. The primary goal of the evening was to make “the older generation” feel loved and appreciated by “the younger generation.” To the extent that this was accomplished, we say, “Thank You God!”

The guests were seated in such a way that across from every couple were two or three empty seats. These empty seats were then filled with youth, who, in general, had a wonderful time of communicating with the guests.

Our guests were given the opportunity to bless us by sharing stories from their childhood, their youth group days, and the way life operated when modern transportation was not available, when trips to town were something special, and when walk-a-mile was a legitimate and normal game to play at singings. We heard stories about men who impacted lives; we heard of some practical jokes that were administered to innocent victims at railroad crossings; above all, we heard and learned much from the wisdom that the older generation shared with us. I believe we as youth have a responsibility to learn all that we can about where we came from so that we make intelligent decisions about where we should go. To our guests, I say a big thank-you for coming and sharing with us from your heart.

On Sunday, May 11 the youth gathered at the only local Beachy-owned car dealership, Oatney Automotive, for our weekly singing. I would like to primarily comment on the sound/acoustics that we experienced because of the location. The sound had more space than the usual living room to bounce around and therefore created a somewhat larger/richer sound, overall. Because the ceiling is lined with plywood, however, the sound was absorbed and hollow-sounding instead of vibrant and alive. To summarize, because of the larger space and plywood-lined ceiling, it was a huge, absorbed sound. To sing in a large space was pleasant for something different.

Youth Chorus has started and we are making music unto the Lord. Already, the songs are becoming alive with depth and meaning, and the music, for the most part, is advancing as well. Chorus is a good time!!!

The Annual Youth Picnic occurred on Saturday, May 17. The all day event was pleasurable and even relaxing, unless, of course, you played sports, or swam in the river, or went canoeing, etc., etc. In the morning some time after we arrived at Camp Mennoscah, about ten of us youth practiced the B.O.D.Y. skit, which is a skit that dramatically shows how each member of the body must do his/her own job, and not someone else’s. We then performed the skit during the morning meditation as the main subject matter.

Allow me the privilege to stand on my soapbox and verbalize some thoughts that were stirred up because of the B.O.D.Y. skit: “Because our church is ‘large,’ one of our difficulties is finding the job that matches the abilities, gifts, and talents of each member. The skit said how that each member do the job he/she is good at. I’m saying that each member, including youth, needs to have a job that fits him/her so that he/she can feel needed/useful/loved/etc. To suggest that an easy solution lies just around the corner would be a lie. To be concerned and pray about the problem is the minimum we can do.” End of soapbox—you may go back to your parents. . .

In conclusion, the Youth Group continues to enjoy being and growing together. May the good Lord bless!!!!”

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Much Water. . .

Posted by thesinger on May 16, 2008

. . . has passed under the proverbial bridge. I have graduated from high school, I am now working full time for Miller Seed Farms, my ankle is currently sprained since I landed on a friends foot while playing volleyball, and many other things happened since I last posted.

Graduation went smoothly. There were few surprises, and very little out of the ordinary happened.

The party on the following day was great. I spent the majority of the day hanging out with some cousins at the coffee shop, at the park, at Arthurs, etc., etc. It was NICE.




These fine people are known to modern man as Random Thinker and Teresa Miller, who graced me with their presence for the exclusive purposes to celebrate my graduation and to party. Trust me, we had a nice time!!!!

The youth picnic is tomorrow. It will be a good experience, if for nothing else, because I want it to be.



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