June 17, 2017


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Remember the television show FANTASY?  A 1983 show making dreams come true? A show where ordinary people (like you and me) from all over the United States wrote in to have their wishes granted on national television? Well, below is a letter written to Peter and Leslie, the co-hosts of the show that befits my husband Monte’s June 12th birthday and June 18th Father’s Day. The letter below was written by his children Sandra, then 13, and son Nolan, then 11.

Sept. 18, 1983

Dear Peter and Leslie,

Our dad is the greatest dad in the whole world, but also a most unusual person.   For 19 years he was a physics professor. For 13 of those years he taught at Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania.   In spring of 1982 he sent shock waves through the Physics Dept. announcing he was going to take early retirement to return to school.   But not just any school, he decided to go into the seminary.   As a result we moved almost 800 miles from Slippery Rock (Pa.) to Stone Mountain (Ga.).   (Do you know what happens to a Stone Mountain when it rains?   It becomes a Slippery Rock.)

Now back to the letter.   But what most people don’t know is th

at my dad has a secret passion.   And that is watching “All my children”.   He is enamored with Erica Kane (Susan Lucci) and fascinated with Opal Gardner (Dorothy Lyman).   (He just loves the way she dresses)   Our Dads fantasy is to meet Erica and Opal.   But we would also like to add to his fantasy.   We would just love for him to play a bit part with Erica and Opal. Because we feel that this would be a very appropriate activity for an upcoming minister.

Of course he does not know this letter is being written but if this fantasy does come true, my dad will be the happiest minister that ever set foot on this earth.

Sincerely yours,

Sandy Holland

Nolan Holland

P. S. My mom said they both were going off the

Show in November.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY AND FATHER’S DAY. Photo taken on the Buffalo, NY, waterfront.

June 7, 2014

The Sky Was My Room Today



Monte's photo

Monte’s photo

From the four walls that currently surround you to the infinite potential of space, this week we’d like you to show us your take on room, rooms, or a room, instructed the WordPress weekly  photo prompt on June 6, 2014.

After a winter of being confined to the choppy rooms of our cabin-style home the cloud-dotted blue sky and the warm sun streaming down on  us allowed our room, for an afternoon, to be an expanse without walls, an expanse where there was quite enough room for the large planes to practice  “strutting their stuff” in preparation for the Navy’s Blue Angel air show tomorrow and Sunday.

My husband Monte and I spent the afternoon practice-shooting pictures in hopes of taking good photos tomorrow. Unfortunately my good camera was giving me much trouble, so I let Monte use it. I used my little point and shoot camera, which was frustrating because of the reflection in the back of the camera.

Below are photos of the planes in the sky that was my room, OUR ROOM.


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Monte's photo

Monte’s photo


March 18, 2010

A Daily Online Lenten Study Guide: Day 27



Monte Holland

This is the thirteenth in a series of daily Lenten devotionals called “Scriptural Lessons Leading to a Godly and Moral Life.” To start the study, click on: A Daily Online Lenten Study Guide: Introduction or

To view yesterday’s A DAILY ON-LINE LENTEN STUDY GUIDE click on: A Daily Online Lenten Study Guide: Day 26

Today’s photographs feature the Shaker Meeting House in Sabbathday Lake, Maine. To view click on:


     For the next seven days we will look at the beginning portion of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount. This section is called the Beatitudes (Matthew 5:1-12).

     Today we pause before beginning to look at the Beatitudes one-by-one tomorrow.

     It’s appropriate to spend time reviewing how we live our lives. Sometimes we need to stop to take stock of what is important in life, and the implications of being and doing what is important. The daily discipline of Bible reading, the use of a devotional guide (e.g. Devozine, a devotional for youth, is available at as well as a number of devotional magazines for adults), and prayer, help keep us on the track of living the Godly, moral life.

     Another aid to keeping on track of living the Godly, moral life is the telling and listening to quality stories. Below is a story that I heard via the Internet—a common way stories are shared in today’s culture. It’s about the challenge of being faithful to the Godly, moral life every moment, and the results of doing so:

A Christian

     Several years ago, a preacher from out-of-state accepted a call to a church in Houston, Texas. Some weeks after he arrived, he had an occasion to ride the bus from his home to the downtown area. When he sat down, he discovered that the driver had accidentally given him a quarter too much change. As he considered what to do, he thought to himself: ‘You’d better give the quarter back. It would be wrong to keep it.’ Then he thought, ‘Oh, forget it, it’s only a quarter. Who would worry about this little amount? Anyway, the bus company gets too much fare; they will never miss it. Accept it as a ‘gift from God’ and keep quiet.’ 
     When his stop came, he paused momentarily at the door before handing the quarter to the driver and saying: ‘Here, you gave me too much change ‘
      The driver, with a smile, replied, ‘Aren’t you the new preacher in town?’
      ‘Yes’ he replied.
      ‘Well, I have been thinking a lot lately about going somewhere to worship. I just wanted to see what you would do if I gave you too much change. I’ll see you at church on Sunday.’
      When the preacher stepped off of the bus, he literally grabbed the nearest light pole, held on, and said, ‘Oh God, I almost sold your Son for a quarter.’
      Our lives are the only Bible some people will ever read. This is a really scary example of how much people watch us as Christians, and will put us to the test! Always be on guard — and remember — You carry the name of Christ on your shoulders when you call yourself  ‘Christian.’
     Watch your thoughts; they become words.
     Watch your words; they become actions.
     Watch your actions; they become habits.
     Watch your habits; they become character.

     Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.

(shared with us by our friend Peg)


Exercise 1: Do you hear stories having a (more…)

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