Vicki and I enjoyed lunch today with Nick and Amy Fowler at Amy’s parents’ home in Mt Juliet TN. Our paths happened to cross on this trip.

Jonah, Nick, Amy, Vicki, Randal
Jonah, Nick, Amy, Vicki, Randal

Nick and Amy are sponsored by the Mt Juliet church. Nick and Jonah came to visit us in SJCampos last year. We’ve had some good contact with them over the past couple of years. We met Nick the first time at Polishing the Pulpit 2013. Continue reading

As I sit working on the back porch, at our little picnic table, I seldom see birds of the same markings and coloring. There are so many different types and species, it’s amazing. I can name only a few, like parrots, hummingbirds, swallows, martins, or the ubiquitous sparrow. One list says there are 860 species in São Paulo state.


This is our special meal for many special occasions. First, shepherd’s pie, vegetarian version. Then, sweet-and-sour carrots with green peppers. Then, cauliflower and broccoli salad, with bacon (vegetarian exception). Sweet tea, US southern-style, to wash it down. For dessert, homemade brownies. Maybe some ice cream on top of that, even though I’m lactose-intolerant. Continue reading