Category Archives: Lord of the Rings

Getting back to normal


As part of my rehab and recovery from a broken leg/hip, I was told it would take 4-6 months to get back to normal. In one of my more reflective moods, I began to contemplate what that means and whether or not it is possible.

How can you get back to normal when everything will be different? At the end of the recovery period, I will be headed to Russia on my annual ministry trip. With a titanium rod and pins in my right leg, navigating airport security will be completely different. I will need greater patience to constantly explain why my leg is setting off the metal detectors. Traveling will never be normal again.

Preaching will require a new normal. I do not use a pulpit and move constantly while I preach. I hold a Bible in one hand and a remote mouse in my other hand. I use PowerPoint and visuals when I preach. Since I now use a walker to get around, I cannot carry things in my hand. I will need a podium or music stand to set things on. Since I cannot stand for long periods, I will need to sit on a stool. My style of preaching will need to change.

Our church staff has stepped up in my absence to fill the void while I’m on the DL. Jack Gilbert has preached for several weeks. His skills and abilities have grown. When I return, there will be a new and different dynamic. There will be a new normal.

During my recovery, I am sleeping in a recliner since getting in and out of bed is too painful. Since I used to sleep on my right side, and since I broke my right leg, will I need to learn a new way of sleeping? Will my nights ever be normal again?

Is it realistic to think life will ever get back to normal? In one sense, it’s like standing in a river and then stepping onto the riverbank for a period of time. When you step back in, it’s a different river. The water is different. Erosion has occurred and the river bottom has changed slightly. Rocks have shifted their positions. I stepped out of the river of my normal life for several weeks/months. When I step back in, will it ever be normal again?

I am reminded of the words of Frodo Baggins at the end of The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.

How do you pick up the threads of an old life? How do you go on when in your heart you begin to understand there is no going back? There are some things that time cannot mend. Some hurts that go too deep that have taken hold.

Rather than expect everything to remain static and on hold for my return, I need to understand that things have changed. I will need to adapt and adjust and change and develop a new normal. Life will never be the same again. And that is not necessarily a bad thing. It might be even better.




New Zealand Adventures – Day Two

Today’s theme is Hobbits. We connected with Amanda & Phillip yesterday in Hamilton and headed for Matamata. This morning we toured Hobbiton, the movie site for the Shire in The Lord of the Rings and Hobbits trilogies. Afterwards, we headed for Waitomo, where we are staying in a Hobbit Motel. It’s been a very enjoyable day.

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Posted by on January 31, 2017 in Lord of the Rings, New Zealand


A wedding in Middle Earth?

Our youngest daughter, Caitlin, became engaged to Andrew Gosnell. They are planning a wedding in early February 2017. Since they both live and work in New Zealand, we need to start making travel plans. Maybe we’ll even throw in a visit to Middle Earth while we’re there.

Caitlin & Andrew December 2014 13256082_10154144956013828_8734555055574736104_n


When science and literature collide

Emil Johansson, a Swedish chemist, who writes the LOTRProject Blog, has created The Periodic Table of Middle-Earth, where he replaced the normal elements of chemistry with characters from The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. Tim Hornyak wrote an article on CNET, “Frodo on top in ‘Periodic Table of Middle Earth'” where he explains some of the details of the chart.

Periodic table

Where was this when I was taking chemistry?

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Posted by on May 22, 2013 in Fun, Lord of the Rings


One beverage to rule them all

Apparently, Emil Johansson of the LOTRProject Blog really likes coffee.


My coffee loving friends will appreciate this. Now where can I buy a coffee cup like this?

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Posted by on May 22, 2013 in Coffee, Fun, Lord of the Rings