Sacred Music Friday: The Church’s One Foundation

The Church’s One Foundation, Sanctuary Choir, First Methodist Church, Houston. Terry Morris, Director of Music.

no change for us

One of the propositions for California in the November General Election involved single use plastic bags. Governor Jerry Brown signed into law a bill that banned them in grocery stores and large drug stores like CVS and RiteAid. The plastic bag industry fought this and the law was on hold until the voters had their say. In November the voters agreed that single use plastic bags should be banned.

grocerybagsWhile the law doesn’t officially go into effect until December 9, most stores adopted the policy right away. Based on news stories I’ve seen, there seem to be a large number of people who were clueless about the ballot measures and were taken aback when the stores started implementing the policy. There seems to have been a fair amount of mewling and puking at first. From what I’ve seen, folks have for the most part now adapted.

For us: no change. We’ve been using reusable bags for years. We just kept doing what we’ve been doing.

cooking with cast iron

Terry’s grandmother died in December 2001 and Terry brought home a lot of things from her house in northeast Oklahoma. Among the things we placed in our storage unit were her cast iron frying pans. Really dumb idea.

Cast Iron Casseroles coverEventually we decided there was no point in paying for the storage unit and we either brought things home or got rid of them. The cast iron we brought into the kitchen. Smart idea.

We use the cast iron regularly. Terry always uses the pans for scrambled eggs, and I use them for my boneless fried chicken breasts. We do value them.

Recently, however, we found a way to kick their use up a notch. Standing in line at our cast iron casserolebusy but marvelous new Sprouts market I saw a publication called Cast Iron Casseroles. It has got a lot of recipes for cooking meals in your cast iron skillet. And they are good recipes. I have made a few and added several to my database. Many are one-skillet while some require another pan or two.

It’s nice to add new cooking techniques to the repertoire.

The book is published as a periodical and above the UPC code it notes “Display until January 30, 2017.” So perhaps you might run across it at your local upscale supermarket.

write if you get work

I’ve been working on building my web and writing business for a while now.  I have had a couple of gigs here and there, but not what I really would like.

write ifyou get work stock photoThen I had an email from a former manager of mine. She is working for a small firm that works on customer referrals and success stories. They do a lot of one-page customer success story write-ups. Would I be interested in giving this a shot, she asked. I absolutely would, I responded.

I was given a transcript of a customer interview and some general guidelines. I wrote the piece and turned it in. When I heard back I learned that I had made a couple of bonehead errors. But they also liked my work enough that they are going to give me a second assignment. And I got paid.

It’s a promising start.



saying goodbye to an old friend

I let go of an old friend last Wednesday. I sold my internet domain, which I had owned since 1996: twenty years. It was not an easy decision.

I have had many offers to buy the domain over twenty years, all of which I refused. Some were more serious than others, but I turned them all down.

Terry and I used the domain for our email for most of that time, even when we did not have an active web site. After we moved to Hemet I rebuilt the site to promote my web and writing business.

Not long ago I received an email from a domain broker asking if I would sell. He made me a fairly generous offer, but I refused. He persisted. In the end his client more than quadrupled their original offer. It was, in Godfather terms, an offer that I could not refuse.

And so I let go.

At least I won’t have to explain any longer the meaning of (Cobb + Christie, plus the fact that Terry was a physics major at Cal State Fullerton).

Please come visit me at my new domain: You can email me at

domain transfer letter

Sacred Music Friday: Come, ye thankful people come

First Baptist Church Asheville North Carolina. Sunday morning worship with the adult choir and brass ensemble.

Happy Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving blessings to you and yours!