October 2015

Jesuit Retreat Center

My first time at JRCS was back in 1974 as a young man of 18.  It was quite a bit different back then, but there was still lots of history and beauty surrounding us.  Now, over 40 years later, I have the privilege to return twice a year in June and in August.  In June, I get to meet with people who have never been to JRCS, and in August, I visit with people who have been coming here since the mid-to-late 50’s.  The peaceful surroundings, good camaraderie, and great food keep them coming back each year.

The Rabbit, Turkey Vulture, and Squirrel at Cazadero

In all of my years at Camp Cazadero, I have seen and encountered lots of wildlife.  Our wildlife over all the years that I’ve been associated with them have been normal.  But there are three incidences that happened over the years that have brought us some amusement and wonder.

One year anniversary at Pilgrim Hills Camp

It’s been a little over a year since we began working at Pilgrim Hills Camp and Conference Center (owned by the Ohio Conference of the United Church of Christ) in north central Ohio . UCCR was very fortunate that current site director Jeff Thompson and his wife Carolyn, the Food service Coordinator, decided to remain in their positions and become UCCR employees.

Hawks Visit Petaluma Office

From a July encounter with nature:
Last week here at the office in Petaluma, we were excited to see a hawk family sitting in a tree close to our window. It appeared that the parents were training their two offspring how to fly. What an amazing site to see!
Such beautiful creatures all around us. Sometimes you just have to stop and enjoy the scenery.