We are pleased to announce that starting on June 29, 2014 we will have audio to accompany our Sunday posts. Stephen Sollars generously agreed to perform and record our hymns each Sunday. We encourage our readers to click the audio button and listen to the beautiful music while reading the lyrics. Stephen was born in North Carolina and grew up in Ohio where he graduated from The Ohio State University. He currently lives in Northern Virginia and is the music director / organist at St. Peters in the Woods Episcopal Church in Fairfax Station. In addition to music Stephen enjoys traveling and spending time with his family and friends. A Bible passage that Stephen would like to share comes from Romans 8:35-39.
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written: “For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.” No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Cleve Sylcox (1958-…)Birth Place -St. Charles, Missouri and still resides near his birth home by Elm St. He is married to an extraordinary woman and has two grown sons. His family is everything to him.
At a young age writing helped Cleve overcome the deep depression of losing his father. He tossed his feelings into work casting the cloak of despair behind him. He has never looked back. To say this is why he writes is true. To say it is why he loves to write is false. He loves to write as it gives him the arena to display emotion, display expression, of story telling, of creation, and the telling of life. His work is fictional with a cast of characters and places that come only from a deep imagination.
Ruth Diane Handley Domigan is a minister’s wife, mother, grandmother and friend. She lives in Southern Ohio where she enjoys her job as a home health worker. Diane is a people person with a passion for photography. She loves to capture pictures of her friends and relatives as well as images of animals and flowers. She has been a supporter of our About These Things Blog from the start and we would like to welcome her as our newest contributor. Diane prays that you will enjoy her photography and that God will bless your heart each day.
About These Things is pleased to welcome Connie Faust as our newest contributor! We’re sure you will be blessed by her lovely poetry.She “loves words and hates numbers” except when she is counting her children (5), her grandchildren (13) and her blessings.
Lives in the country with her husband Bill and loves being able to see God’s creation in its variety and abundance. Connie and Bill have already celebrated their golden wedding anniversary. She reads a lot and likes camping, especially with friends.
Her heart’s desire is to stay close to God and to write the words He gives her in a way that will touch her readers’ hearts.
Jean Pike is a wife, mother, author and teaching assistant who seeks to honor God in her life, and often stumbles. But God is gracious! In her free time, Jean enjoys blogging, reading, working in her garden, and listening to beautiful music.
Marge McCoy is a wife, mother and kindergarten teacher. Although she has her share of blunders along the way she strives to serve the Lord daily. She enjoys helping others and tries to brighten her corner of the world. In her free time, Marge enjoys puttering in her flowers, observing birds at her feeders, reading and taking quiet walks.
Cheryl L. Cook has had a variety of jobs throughout the years. She started taking pictures five years ago,when she became disabled due to Rheumatoid Arthritis. She enjoys photographing all of the things that bring her joy, such as her cats, old barns, trees and landscapes – all of the beautiful things God has created!
Bob McCoy is a husband, father and long time church leader. He is an avid reader who also enjoys wood working, studying genealogy and rooting for his beloved Buckeyes. Bob enjoys travel and spending time with his family.
Elizabeth F. Leeson-Pike is a wife of forty-three and a half years. She has two adult children and a daughter-in-law, and is a grandma to two grandsons. She lives in the Southern Tier of NY, in a rural section of the state with only animals and nature as her nearest neighbors. Being retired, she can enjoy more quilting and taking photos of mother nature and all four seasons that she offers up each year. Her four felines love being her subjects most of the time. She has more pictures of her cats than of her kids! At this point in time,she says, LIFE IS GOOD!
L. J. Hippler is a novelist who grew up in Baltimore and, though he now makes his home in Washington State, the charms and faults of that wonderful city are a big part of who he is. For twenty years he made his living as a cost analyst, including overseas stints as a contractor in Qatar, Bahrain, Uzbekistan and Afghanistan. More of his writing can be found at:
Carol Allen grew up on a farm in rural New York and spent a lot of time walking through fields and gulleys in search of treasure and truth. She is a life long musician and together with her husband Mike, they have raised six musical children. They currently have three dogs that Carol is often accused of spoiling..guilty!
Stephen A Balga Jr. began his writing career quite by accident, one might say. What started out as a private journaling stint swiftly took on a life of its own, and has since birthed a number of poems, songs, stories and short plays. Steve currently resides in Georgia with his wife and four children.
Elizabeth “Betty” Garrigues. November, 1940 – January, 1998. Her beautiful spirit lives on in the pages of her journal. We hope you will be as blessed by them as we are.