Author Archives: Rick Vale



Rick Vale

MOUNT ST. HELENS
SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT

MOUNT ST. HELENS

It was 39 years ago this week (May 18th, to be exact and hard to believe) that Mount St. Helens erupted.  It was a Sunday, early in the morning, I...

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May 14, 2019
ROOTS & WIND
THE CHURCH

ROOTS & WIND

There is a beautiful street close to my neighborhood.  It is exceptionally beautiful during Indiana autumn and Indiana spring.  In the spring, the beautiful, white, flowering trees that line the...

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May 07, 2019
RE-PLANTING
ENCOURAGEMENT

RE-PLANTING

RE-PLANTING. Five years ago I travelled back to my home state of Washington, to take my Dad’s ashes back home, and to spend some time with friends and family on...

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April 30, 2019
THE HEAD OF CHRIST
SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT

THE HEAD OF CHRIST

Warner Elias Sallman, a first-generation American (his parents were immigrants from Finland and Sweden), sang in his local church choir in Chicago.  It was there he met his wife, Ruth...

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April 23, 2019
INDIANA EASTER
THE CHURCH

INDIANA EASTER

It was only a few years ago that I brushed the snow off of my car, with my palm frond from the Palm Sunday worship, I remember thinking to myself,...

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April 16, 2019
PALM SUNDAY DANCE
ENCOURAGEMENT

PALM SUNDAY DANCE

PALM SUNDAY.  I have some wonderful memories associated with this day and time.  My Dad was the choir director at my home church, for several years, and Palm Sunday evening...

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April 09, 2019
POT HOLES
ENCOURAGEMENT

POT HOLES

I don’t know if you’ve seen the “11 Seasons of Indiana” (here they are, for your information): Winter Fool’s Spring Pot Hole Period Second Winter Spring of Deception/Pot Hole Season...

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April 03, 2019
PERSPECTIVE
THE CHURCH

PERSPECTIVE

I am missing Marge and Tom in different ways and at different times each passing year. The grieving doesn’t lessen, it just changes. Marge and Tom are known to me...

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March 27, 2019
AGE & INTROSPECTION
SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT

AGE & INTROSPECTION

That’s what my life is now.  I know, that by some standards, I’m still young…but as my Doctor tells me; though my years may be 60 (soon to be 61),...

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March 19, 2019
LEONARDO
ENCOURAGEMENT

LEONARDO

We are approaching the Birthday of one of my favorite personalities in all of the world’s artistic history: Leonardo DaVinci (April 15th).  One of my personal heroes, Leonardo was one...

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March 12, 2019