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Jon Heydenreich

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Blog Entries

The Year in Review.... 2018 Ahead
more The year began in May with the Assault on Mt. Mitchell, a 103 mile cycling race...
Gone
more Randy is gone. He was the Rector at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in North...
The Lessons of Time
more Over the years: We delighted in listening to the Red Sox on the radio in the...
Stop It
more Each day he went for a hike in the woods. This went on all week. Then at his...
Gratitude and Hope
more I did not plan it this way, but almost every Saturday this summer I was at Mt....
The Labels
more I am fascinated by the way in which we use labels. Because of my eating plan and...
Tic Toc
more After the Mt. Washington Autoroad Cycling race, Marsha and I were at the lunch...


2016 - 2017 Blog

The Time It Takes
more Someone asked me about the training involved for cycling in the Mt. Washington...
The Race Up Mt. Washington
more Marsha and I left for Mt. Washington on a Friday morning and had a great drive...

 

All Quiet for a Time
more Last summer my wife’s (Marsha’s) mother died. She had lived with us...
Your Presence
more Make your presence felt. When we came home and opened the front door,...
Awareness and Humility
more Oh God, save me. I met some folks at a restaurant – no tables. So...

 

Stop the Chatter
more The first race of the season is behind me. Did not finish, as I was limited by...
Visions - Positive and Negative
more I am currently trying to lose weight. One approach, which has almost always led...
Have a Vision
more One of the problems with setting a goal and working toward it…. is the...
I Am Affected
more I speak and write of the addictive quality of the internet and phones. If you...
The Social Media Study
more A study done in the UK just came out – showing that social media is bad...
Church and Vulnerability
more When I ventured to South Carolina for the recent bike race I could not help but...
The Mt. Mitchell Race
more The ride was on Monday, registration on Sunday afternoon. Sunday in...
Parental Burn-out
more The article that was sent to me was about parental burn-out. Parents have so...
Anxiety
more Ever get anxious? Well, we all do! Anxiety is a fact of life – it is the...
Crunch Time
more The May 15 “Assault on Mt. Mitchell” is a 103 mile cycling event...
Going Out to Dinner
more The commentator opined that people are not going out to dinner because they...
False Hope
more 100,000 people came to the NFL draft event in Philadelphia. 100,000. Teams...

 

Flow Over the Upsets.... Don't Fight
more Seems that no matter how much we pray, how much we trust, how strong or weak our...
Lessons Learned
more Frankly, training for this Assault on Mt. Mitchell cycling race has been more...
When You Cannot Make it to the Finish Line
more When I am wasting time, idling clicking through various news, sports and cycling...
'At the Edge' Trends in the Church
more The church guru suggested that churches consider putting together thematic...
Declines in Cyclists and Runners
more I just wonder. Looks like bike sales – especially of higher end...
Every Week
more I write frequently about our attachment to social media, screens, the internet. ...
A Mouthful
more When you bite off more than you can chew you have a mouthful. How long does...
A Take on Holy Week
more Palm Sunday we had our choir presentation of the Holy Week story during the...
Holy Week to Easter
more Holy Week begins this week with Palm Sunday. The Holy Week to Easter...
Reapers All
more Since January I have been ramping up my training for the May and August cycling...

 

Crunch Time - The Weeks Ahead
more I am in the May “Assault on Mt. Mitchell,” a 103 mile cycling event...
For Parents and Grandparents
more I have written of a few books on this blog which I recommend. The first was...
It's Never Straight Up
more The May race in South Carolina is around the corner and training was going well....
Expensive
more I have written previously that every week the NY Times has some kind of article...
9 Weeks
more The cyclist who wrote on the message board indicated he had had back surgery,...
Where Is My Phone?
more Adam Alter is a social psychologist and professor of psychology and marketing at...
Do
more The survey asked if I was going to fill out a March Madness college basketball...
Can't Take it Anymore
more Before you are hot coals and you are supposed to see how far you can walk down...

 

Why the Mt. Washington Race?
more I do have some hopes. I am trying to raise some funds for the Tin Mountain...
Twisted
more I was flipping through youtube videos about the Mt. Washington cycling race. ...
My Biggest Stopper
more The other day I was thinking myself into a blue mood. The cycling indoors has...
And Who Is My Neighbor
more I was in a conversation about the pace of life and our aversion to silence. Of...
It Pays to be a Neanderthal...
more Save me, oh God, please save me. I think it pays to be a technology...
Out To Get You
more I usually feel uneasy when I read about the new digital phone world. I no...
Company for the Climb
more Company!!! O Lord, what have I done to deserve this! There are 4 people...
The Mind
more For a long time I have believed that athletic training was a good training for...
In It
more I registered for the Mt. Washington Autoroad Hillclimb in August. Registration...
Who Are You?
more I receive an daily internet newsletter which purports to capture the latest...
I Need a Break
more Everyday it is something. I recall the time prior to the national election....
THE Cultural Celebration
more I do not think there is more dramatic cultural celebration in the USA than the...
Sitting Around
more I had another title for this: "Sit, Be Miserable and Die." Maybe a bit too...

 

Losing Weight and Silence
more I have been trying to lose weight. It is a cycling thing. This summer I...
Pretty Pictures
more For quite some time I have lamented the internet. People express themselves in...
How About a Little Help?
more Our church website had an advent blog for the 4 weeks prior to Christmas. ...
Can We Live Simply?
more I wonder at times whether our connectivity – while adding something to...
Toys
more Here we go – ‘mini me’ - as in mini-Mom/Dad in a toy. A...
My Child Can Handle It
more My child can handle it… because my child is ….. First, I had...
Race to Row
more I used to row a single scull before the effects of two back surgeries took a...
When Do We Get This?
more I have to confess that when I am at peace, I watch what I eat, I exercise...
Wake Up
more Good Lord, it does not end. Every week, every week… I run into an...
The Church as Sears
more In the business world Sears is done. Sears is/was the "anchor" store for malls....
My Vision
more I have a few cycling events on the horizon – goals for the year. The...
Time, Dreams and Age
more From the blog of Dave Moulton (a former maker of bikes) on the advent of his...
Thoughts for the New Year
more Is the cup half empty or half full? That is the common expression with the...

 

Everyone of Them
more I do not get to speak with many folks at Christmas. No time. Kind of a shame as...
Be Wise and Prudent
more I write frequently in this blog about claiming the potential, the gifts God has...
The Word, The Bikes, The China, The Duct Tape
more I just read a piece from a pastor who is all fired up about a new edition of the...
Christmas Reviewed
more Once again, we had the largest group ever at Faith for Christmas. And this year...
Christmas Eve and Christmas Day at Faith
more When you have five services/masses on Christmas Eve you never know how many...
Signs, But Do I See Them?
more I have been an advocate for the benefits of meditation for some time. Sit...
Now Is The Time
more I thought that the end of the year would be a time of relaxation, maybe some...
The End
more After 72 days on the bike this fall, I made it for 2016. My fourth year over...
Why Mindful Living - Now?
more Why this emphasis on mindful living all of a sudden? Why this emphasis on...
Mindfulness, Exercise, Life
more Mindfulness refers to the focus on the present moment as against allowing the...
Advent
more One of the more gratifying experiences for me in the past few years has been...
Clipping In.... Chasing 000s and the Mental Game
more On a lot of days I figure forget it, I will drive the car. Not cycling. Cold....
That Holiday Event!
more Would I go or would I not go? The conference is yearly and it is for the...
No Tree
more This would have been unheard of a few years ago. One of those,"‘what in...

 

The Advent Blog
more For the advent season I asked people in our community to write a devotion on...
That Wonderful Day
more What a paradox that we begin the stretch of cultural buying frenzy, this stretch...
Waiting
more By my calculations I lug off 120 sheets of leaves every fall. Our house is...
Chasing 00s
more Someone asked me the other day whether I cycled. It was a general conversation...
Get the Cyclists Off the Road
more “Cyclists should be banned from the road. They do not follow the law...
The Election
more The election is over. If you are not pleased and in dismay…. ...
Drop It
more Jesus taught that if your arm causes you to sin, cut it off. Just stop it. ...
Second Stage of Fall
more Colombus Day week was the height for fall colors in these parts. Every year it...

 

Some Sarcasm for Being Correct
more Yesterday I penned a blurb on the “metaphor” of our times. Parents...
Our Times
more I have spoken of the trinity – not Father, Son and Holy Spirit Trinity -...
The End Game
more Cooking. The magazines boast of 20 minute meals. Quick, easy. I like that. ...
Christmas
more Advent is the four week season prior to Christmas. It is a time of waiting,...
The Next 9 Weeks...
more The summer was a bigger drain than anticipated. We took care of Marsha’s...
Alexa, Alexa
more I never thought of this until I saw the ads on the television. Amazon makes...
Are the Sails Hoisted?
more A number of times over the past years I have been conversing with folks and have...
The Way It Is in 2016
more Andrew Sullivan is a conservative columnist and he has written a riveting...

 

Erased
more I attended a conference for pastors recently. What I noticed was that over...
I Have No Time...
more Maybe that should be the refrain for the ways in which many of us live. No...
Not In It Alone
more One of the issues for anyone following the Way of Jesus is that we are always...
In It Alone
more I have had a number, a number, of conversations of late. Very sad ones. But I...
The Way of Jesus Without Jesus
more I have been reading a number of writers who have undergone what amounts to be...
Leaving It On The Table
more A few week ago, the Sunday NY Times, one of my “I offer no excuses”...
Help Thy Self
more “Lead me not into temptation…” I do not do well with...
My Own Worst Enemy
more Every summer I spend time at the cabin and vow that when I return home I will...
Whatever is Next is Better
more Sometimes I think we worship the next best thing. It seems like an addiction to...
Focus The Day
more Beginning on Monday, September 13 we will be sending out an email with a passage...
This Fall
more I was uncertain as to what will happen this fall. My mother-in-law is gone.... ...
Winning
more Donald Trump makes a point of appealing to our desire to be winners. He talks...
Truth or Delusion?
more Like anyone else I have my distractions. They are releases from the stuff of...

 

 

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