Vanish- A book the Post Office takes literally

Unfortunately this month’s CSFFBT book, Vanish by Tom Pawlik, came a bit late for a slow reader like me to get a review in on time.  My wife was able to read it already, she said it’s scary and full of suspense.  My review is coming soon, Lord willing, but for now I’ll just be pointing you to other reviews.

The publisher sent the book a while back, and it would seem the post office thought the title was instructions.  Thankfully the publisher was kind enough to send out another copy, though it seemed the post office wanted to keep us in suspense, wondering if it would ever come.  I guess they really wanted to get us in the mood for the story.

I’m looking forward to reading this book, especially since it won the Christian Writer’s Guild’s “Operation First Novel” contest in 2006.  There’s a good chance I’ll be doing a giveaway on this book, so stay tuned.

For now, please check out these other reviews and posts about the book Vanish and it’s author Tom Pawlik.   

To purchase Vanish
Tom Pawlik’s other new release, Valley of the Shadow

Tom Pawlik’s Web site
Tom Pawlik’s blog

Brandon Barr
Justin Boyer
Keanan Brand
Grace Bridges
Karri Compton
Amy Cruson
CSFF Blog Tour
Stacey Dale
D. G. D. Davidson
Jeff Draper
April Erwin
Karina Fabian
Alex Field
Beth Goddard
Todd Michael Greene
Ryan Heart
Christopher Hopper
Joleen Howell
Becky Jesse
Cris Jesse
Carol Keen
Krystine Kercher
Rebecca LuElla Miller
Eve Nielsen
John W. Otte
John Ottinger
Donita K. Paul
Epic Rat
Steve Rice
Crista Richey
Hanna Sandvig
Chawna Schroeder
James Somers
Speculative Faith
Rachel Starr Thomson
Robert Treskillard
Steve Trower
Fred Warren
Phyllis Wheeler

A Fifth Attempt

So I’m trying to familiarize myself with the different affects that intervals have on people.  And in doing so I’ve come up with a class of songs I’m making.  I kind of have to do it this way at this point because being able to play them again my prove impossible.  I’d hate to have a song I name and not be able to perform it again.

A Fifth Attempt is a class of songs I play on the hammer dulcimer where I attempt to play a bunch of fifths (and other intervals) and just kind of see where the tensions and reliefs take me.  I hope you enjoy them, I’ll try to post the better ones on here if I can.  If anyone wants video rather than audio just leave a comment saying so.  It’s a lot more work to do a video and format it to display on WordPress, so I’ll probably not do many of those without request.

So enough blabbering.  I hope you enjoy.  If you have any advice or ideas you’d like me to try please leave a comment saying so.  I’m still a beginner, but I’ll try to figure it all out.


Bigger Critters of Mt. Rainier

There are enough little critters in Mount Rainier National Park to keep people interested year after year.  But it doesn’t stop there.  Mount Rainier is full of life one could hardly expect to see it all.

There are a few big cats that roam around the mountainside.  They are rarely seen by people though, so you don’t have to worry much about being attacked by one.  Just remember to keep animals on a leash and to not let small children wonder off.  Keeping your food packed up and your campsite clean will also add safety to your visit.  And if you see one… don’t pet it.

Here are three of the parks big furballs…

Puma/Cougar/Mountain Lion:


























Lynx (not seen in the park since 1906)
















I’ve posted before on a couple of the deer, but here are some more pictures…














Black Tailed Deer














Mule Deer














The deer I’ve seen around the park, and it’s cool every time.  I’m still hoping to see a big cat!  The more we can get out there to camp on Mt. Rainier the more chances we’ll have to see one.  And it’s that time again to resupply for summer camping.  Time for a visit to Whittaker Mountaineering!

I’ve probably said this a hundred times, but I know it’s truer every time I think about it… God is amazing!!!  If it’s overwhelming to see His creatures here in this world, I can’t imagine what it’ll be like to see the heavenly ones someday!  Praise God!!!

Insider Info- The Hollywood Files

So tonight I stumbled upon a whole load of secret movie trailers many have never seen.  Hollywood isn’t bowing down to the economy, the theatres shall be packed once again!  But be forewarned…though it might excite you to see these, some of them may disappoint you.



Green Lantern

Street Fighter 2

Ed, Edd, n’ Eddy

Titanic: Two the Surface

Till Death Do Us Part- We’re No Longer Boys



The Wonderful and Wicked Tales of Oz


Twisted Metal


The Legend of Zelda




Darknight in Smallville

Marvel Ultimate Alliance


And the one I’m looking forward to the most…


There are others, let’s support our film makers and watch these films!

Awestruck with Hammers

Some of you have known for a while that I love the hammer dulcimer.  Some of you know I began playing one a few months back.  Some of you don’t have a clue what a hammer dulcimer is.

Well, I thought I’d share with you the main reason I fell in love with the instrument and it’s music.  No surprise that it was my favorite singer/musician Rich Mullins that introduced me to this board of beauty.  Others have added to what’s becoming a passion, including another Christian singer/musician by the name of Andrew Peterson.

Here’s just a few samples…

Calling out Your Name- Rich Mullins

Creed- Rich Mullins

78 Eatonwood Green(@ 0:22)- Rich Mullins; Such a Thing as Glory (@ 8:22)- Rich Mullins (concert versions)

I couldn’t find any Andrew Peterson videos.  When I do I’ll hopefully remember to post them.

Allison Lotterhos

I came across a video of an amazing hammer dulcimer player and I thought I’d share the link.  You can find the post (with the video) at  The blog is by Christie Burns, who I also stumbled upon while surfing tonight.

Check the video out.  The artist is Allison Lotterhos.  Beautiful music!