Tag Archives: #TBT

#TBT: 719 Center

Thirty five years ago this summer, I moved from Bolivar to Willow Springs to start my first job after college, as Associate Pastor at Trinity Baptist Church.

Young, green, know-it-all, self-rightous, intolerant, probably unloving in many ways.

I didn’t last long.

Mom and Dad followed me from Bolivar in their old station wagon with a trailer full of ‘late basement, early attic’ family furniture.  I’ve long since disposed of almost all of it, save for an antique rocking chair.

This was my first-ever rental.  I went directly from the college dorm to a teensy two-bedroom house with a wood-burning fireplace and a furnace with a big gas tank in the back yard.  And a huge yard it was to mow, with a gas mower borrowed from Rex up the street.

I bought a waterbed a week later.

And moved less than 13 months later after a meltdown at the church.

Two photos from that move-in day:

#TBT: Wedding

It’s wedding season.

This shot — of me kissing my sister Karen — was taken as she departed her wedding in 1984, at First Baptist Church, Lee’s Summit:

Interestingly to me, Beth’s then-boyfriend is at far right, and my cousin Cindy is immediately left of him in the photo, holding her infant son who is now one of my aunt/uncle’s primary caregivers.

#TBT: Ball State University Chamber Choir

Fourteen years ago I took the Ball State University Chamber Choir on tour — Indiana, Missouri, Kansas, and Iowa.

The repertory was challenging for the group, but it represents a year of hard work and great singing and solid choral fun.

Leaving KU

Thank to Kyle Unruh, who took these photos, I still have my prints from a photo shoot in 1999 as I was wrapping up at the University of Kansas.  These photos were at the end of my Atkins Diet, where I had dropped nearly 40 pounds of primarily beer weight (how I loved Free State Brewing Co.!).