Remnants of Russia

I smiled.  Lighthouses are one of my favorites.  Seeing a small one sit on the edge of a tiny island as the ms Westerdam glided into Sitka Wednesday morning brought my attention to the number of little land masses rising just above the water.  It seemed like they were everywhere you looked.  Cabins and houses…

Mountains of God

John Muir lived from 1838-1914.  As a Naturalist, he made four trips to Alaska where he was the first Euro-American to explore Glacier Bay and document what he found there.  On those trips, he had a young missionary by the name of Samuel Hall Young as a companion.  Young wrote the book Alaska Days with…

Bears, Glaciers and Waterfalls

Juneau, Alaska was our first port of call and the northernmost point we would travel to on the In Touch Cruise.  The Westerdam docked at one o’clock in the afternoon, giving me plenty of time to enjoy the morning activities, have lunch and head to the gangway.  We stayed in Juneau until 10 PM, so…

The Tale of the Whale

According to today’s title, you may have thought it meant a story about a whale or maybe the whale’s physical tale – either way, you’re correct!  Orca whales were seen off the starboard side of the ship all morning and into the afternoon as we sailed toward Alaska. If you would have told me that…

Alaska Bound

Dink.  The crew member handed back my passenger ID card as I stepped onto Holland America’s ms Westerdam for the first time.  The feeling of being on a ship again was exhilarating!  Pulling my carry-on luggage behind me, my mom, sister and I weaved around the hallways of the ship to our stateroom.  This was…

A Day in Seattle

  The PA system fizzed on the aircraft, alerting flyers that the pilot was about to speak.  “Ladies and gentlemen, we are currently flying over Washington and if you look out the windows on the left side of the aircraft, you can view Mount Saint Helens…”  “Ooos,” and “Ahhhs,” followed, but that wasn’t the only…

Beacon Park 2015

The grey clouds hanging above the hotel seemed to grow darker as noon approached.  The moment I stepped in the shower, the tornado sirens blared their warning of woe.  Not exactly a good day for an outdoor Gospel Sing, eh?  But over the years, both the fans and proprietors of Beacon Park learned to conquer…

CD Review: Walk of Faith – The Whisnants

What does it mean to live and walk by faith?  If you have the Whisnants new CD, Walk of Faith, you’ll hear a definition in every song.  Whether it is learning not to worry, witnessing to a friend or embracing how much God loves you – the whole project sums up the very subject. A…

CD Review: As We Speak – Greater Vision

Greater Vision’s 2015 release, As We Speak, is a combination of refreshing music and lyrics that are challenging, meaningful and encouraging.  Each song enhances the sound that makes Greater Vision so beloved among their fans; whether it’s a rich orchestra behind a ballad like “This Is Mercy” or a rousing tune like “Preacher, Tell Me…

Further Reading…

If you’re a subscriber to the Singing News, you may have noticed a new feature (that will appear occasionally in the magazine) in the June issue called “What’s New?”  This column was designed to showcase new products like DVD’s, books and other unique items that aren’t released as often as CD’s, but are still of…