Whirlwind Missions

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Westside! Bike! 3.17.19

Tim A. Cummins @ 8:55 pm  

Studied Espanol!


Reading Atomic Habits.

Took care of my indoor garden.



Went to Westside BC this morning.

We are planning on doing outreach to our community during the regular Sunday service time next week. Wow. That’s a change! Proud of our Pastor for that.

We practiced going to the door and what we would say.

I got home and ate a couple of apples and a banana and went for a bike ride. I rode 16.09 miles. What I really care about these days is how LONG I ride, rather than how far or how fast. My goal is 150 minutes every week, or 2.5 hours.

The research says that even if I get all of it in just a couple of days, there is really little difference health wise. So most of the time I push myself during the weekends. Although when the weather is good and I’m not too busy, I ride nearly every day. I just feel better, and feel better about myself.

Gorgeous outside today!




I listed to radio from Madrid, Spain most of the time.

Love my bike!

I’ve been working through Detroit Become Human again. It’s an interactive, extremely well written story that changes depending on the choices you make. I finished my first run through yesterday. It was very apparent that some of the decisions I made early on had a really big impact on what happened later.

It’s one of those games that really sticks with you. Makes you think about your life today. What I do changes the path of what will happen!

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Anthony! India! Bike! 3.16.19

Tim A. Cummins @ 9:46 pm  

Studied espaƱol!

Also worked on Hebrew. I’m reviewing every Sabbath.

Recorded a new episode of Verbal Surgery at my favorite spot, Evergreen Lake!

If you look really carefully, you might be able to see a white something on the other side of the lake. Turns out it was a plastic bag. Can’t stand trash! So I went over, got a stick and got it out.

I’m happy now.
Love recording!

Afterwards, I had a fun chat with Anthony and a new student of his named Bahrat. We had a good talk. Bahrat will be coming to Atlanta soon for a visit. Look forward to meeting him!

I was hungry after thinking about Indian food, so I went on Safari to my version of India here in the ATL!

Patel Plaza is not sort of like India, it’s exactly like it! And I should know, I’ve been twice!


Masala was excellent.

HOLI is coming soon!


Another of my favorite countries!

Enjoying reading Atomic Habits.


Transported squirrel #46 to the forest five miles from my house. I put the towel over the trap to keep them calm.

My azaleas look like they are going to be absolutely prolific this year!

Camellias also look fabulous!

Went on a 4.79 mile bike ride today.

I wanted to go further, but it was just too cold for me.

Listened to radio from Madrid, Spain while I rode.

I’m enjoying playing Detroit Become Human. Very interesting game.
Admin duties now.

Friday, March 15, 2019

Moonwalking! Podcast! Groceries! 3.15.19

Tim A. Cummins @ 9:25 pm  

Woke up around 4:00am worried about Penelope. I try to leave it in the hands of the Father.

Finished reading Moonwalking with Einstein by Joshua Foer.

I sent him an email telling him I enjoyed the book. Heard back from him this morning.


Studied Espanol.

Started reading Atomic Habits. Another interesting book.

Uploaded Verbal Surgery -644- “Crocodile Swim!” to my server. Faster progress! Click on the title and feel good, NOW!

On my server.

Link on Facebook.

Fun chat with my buddy, Anthony.

Did the grocery shopping. Liked this picture at Walmart.

About a 1/4″ of rain.

Recorded “Raise Praise” this morning. I have over five weeks of podcasts stored up. The more stress, the more I record.

Enjoying playing Detroit Become Human. Fascinating game about androids.
It’s like reading a book where you control what happens. I’m already thinking I need to play it through several times.

Admin duties now.

Ashley said that Penelope is feeling better this evening. Thank you, Lord!

Thursday, March 14, 2019

New Heights! Plaza Fiesta! 3.14.19

Tim A. Cummins @ 8:55 pm  

Great D Day with our team from New Heights BC, MS!

Gift time!

Senor Tim rides again!

Never too much Ashley!

Signing the Landing Pad!


Plaza Fiesta!




Everly loves baby Jesus!

And fountains!

And rides!

Don’t you normally buy two?

Studied Spanish while I was waiting for the team to finish looking around.

Worked with the kids at the mission!







Penelope came outside for a while. She’s still feeling pretty poorly.

Worked on poetry on the way home and listened to radio from Madrid.

Mr. Google takes me all different ways home.

Transported another squirrel from our yard to the forest five miles away.

Added new people to our donor/newsletter list.

Uploaded all the pictures I shot to our Photo Gallery.

Edited the video I shot this week.

Uploaded to YouTube.

I’ll send the leadership the final team email that includes links to all the photo galleries and to the video on YouTube this evening. Then I consider the team “complete.”

Admin duties now.

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

New Heights! BAPS Temple! Al Madina! Global Mall! 3.13.19

Tim A. Cummins @ 9:52 pm  

I Studied Spanish last night before going to bed. It’s hard for me to do it in the morning. Too much going on. I also studied when I got home this evening.



GREAT to have Ashley back with us today! Kathy watched Penelope who is still feeling poorly. It was fun to just have Everly!



Always great to have Pastor Bill give a greeting.

We took them to lunch at the Hibachi Supreme Buffet. Excellent!


To the BAPS temple–third largest Hindu temple in the world!



We enjoyed seeing Al Madina then went to Global Mall to check out the Shiv Mandir.


The big HOLI holiday is coming soon. That’s the one where they throw colored powder at each other. I always thought it looked like a lot of fun.

I moved my ficus tree back up to my office. I had it outside, but it was getting blown over a lot and the cold weather really got to it. I had it out one night when it was really cold by mistake. I was so sad about it. I’ve had this little tree about twenty years! Pretty much every plant I’ve taken outside, “for it own good” has had issues. I should have learned my lesson with the ficus.

Got the room ready for the final day of The Show.

Good time with the team at the mission.





Penelope joined us outside, even though she still wasn’t feeling well.

She has a really bad sore throat.

Deposited checks. Thank you, Lord!

Listened to radio from Madrid on the way home.

My Pink Magnolias look great.

Every March, we have as part of our mailout a page that asks if the person receiving the newsletter wants to keep getting it. I took about seventy people off the list from adults that worked with us last year. I figure if they haven’t given in about seven months, they don’t really care to get it. They have the option to ask for the newsletter even if they don’t give anything, BUT they have to ask to get it.

Admin duties now.

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

New Heights! Asian Square! China Town! Azalea! 3.12.19

Tim A. Cummins @ 9:47 pm  

Penelope had a hard night last night. The girls weren’t able to come today. Must admit my performance suffered. Hard to keep focused when I’m worried about them.

Still, my 50% is way better than most people’s top effort! My overwhelming humility keeps me from going on and on about that!

Went to Azalea to check on the girls before starting The Show. Ashley had prepared a USB for me with the files on it, sadly, the machine couldn’t find them. Weird. Yet another wrinkle I had to overcome.

Took them on Safari to Penang for lunch.

Then to Asian Square.


Then to China Town. Had fun at the book store practicing calligraphy.

They seemed serene to me!

One of my original youth group, Tabias, came to see me today. What a blessing he has been to me over the decades!

The team did a great job at the mission!

Released a new edition of Verbal Surgery -643- “Floor of Perception.”

What are the limits of our senses? Expand yours with this mind broadening edition. Click on the title and GROOVE!

Uploaded to server.

Link on Facebook!

Today is the anniversary of meeting my dear friend Anthony Jacquin. Eight years ago today! We have travelled the world together.

Admin duties now.

Monday, March 11, 2019

New Heights! BHFM! 3.11.19

Tim A. Cummins @ 9:07 pm  

Studied Espanol.

This SO disappoints me.

I’m so glad my Pink Magnolias have continued to bloom.

GREAT to see New Heights return!

My usual calm, sedate self.

The girls did great! Sorry for Penelope who was having chills and fever.

One of the boys built a drum circle. I have quite a collection.

I took them on Safari to the Buford Highway Farmers Market. Ashley took the girls home to rest.


Helped the kids at the mission.




Had fun seeing my friend Jhoan again! I’ve watched him grow up!

The girls did a good job sharing the story of Jonah and the Whale.

Deposited checks on the way home.

Listened to radio from Madrid and worked on poetry.

Gassed up my car.

Pretty much the cheapest I’ve seen in Atlanta now.
Google Maps now puts an icon of my car. Tiniest bit silly.

Got home to see that a squirrel had been trapped. Dropped it off in the woods about five miles from my house. #45.

Only the second one this year.
Admin duties now.

Sunday, March 10, 2019

Podcast! Calls! Set up! 3.10.19

Tim A. Cummins @ 10:28 pm  

Studied. Shocking!

Enjoying reading Moonwalking with Einstein.

I captured a squirrel this morning. First one in five months, mainly because I wasn’t even trying. Yesterday, I noticed one eating the suet that I leave for the birds. That’s my cue to start trapping again. I’ll keep that trap out loaded for a while again. I just wasn’t seeing many squirrels after I trapped over forty last year!

Keeping them covered with a towel keeps them calm. I let them go in a forest aver five miles from my house on the other side of the Yellow River and highway 78. If they can swim the river AND cross that crazy highway they deserve to eat some of my bird food. . . until I catch them again!

Recorded a new episode of Verbal Surgery called, “Peek-a-BOOM!”

Made a series of phone calls to some of my best friends. Anthony was in England. Bob Burns in Scotland and Michael Perez in the Philippines. Love this internet!


Bob Burns was teaching a class. He had the whole class greet me! Hilarious. Anthony did that with his class he and his dad were teaching last week. What a trip.

Also had a good chat with my brother, Jim. Always good to spend time with him.

I made an evaluation of what I’ve got memorized. There are three whole chapters I have memorized in the Bible. Plus several sections I’ve memorized in Hebrew! Also over twenty different poems.

I started thinking about what it would be like to memorize all the red letters in the Bible. That’s everything that Jesus said! First step? Evaluate exactly how much that is. I got a Kindle edition of a book called “The Words of Jesus” It’s fun to read, but I’m not sure I’ll memorize it all. Just the passages that mean the most to me.

As part of my Contact Resolution, whenever I start thinking about someone, I do my best to contact them. Today, as I was thinking about child development, Rick Yount’s name came into my mind. He was one of my favorite professors at SWBTS. Later, I did some research, discovered he was in New Orleans, and dashed out an email to him.

We set up for The Show for tomorrow with our team. Looking forward to it. Hope they’re as fired up as we are!

As much as I hate getting up earlier, It’s great to see it light later!


Talked with my Mom on the way home from setting up at the church.

I worked on one of the lights for tomorrow. The settings had changed. Should work fine, now.

Watered my plants.





Admin duties now.

Saturday, March 9, 2019

Indian! Bike! 3.9.19

Tim A. Cummins @ 8:35 pm  

Studied Espanol!

Took Kathy over to Patel Plaza for Mirch Masala. It was just ok today. Not nearly as good as when J and I were there last weekend.



Came home and rested.

Went for a 15.80 mile bike ride. Worked on scripture and poems.

Always something beautiful to see.



Part of a piece I’m working on.

Admin duties now.

Friday, March 8, 2019

Podcast! Bike! 3.8.19

Tim A. Cummins @ 8:36 pm  

Studied. It’s a way of life, baby!




Recorded “Fine Denial” this morning.

Had a good chat with my buddy, Anthony.

We are still working on getting into Burning Man. Not easy! And neither is being there!

I’ve had this song in my head lately.

If my words remain in you . . . Sounds like memory!

Looks like my Pink Magnolia blossoms survived the cold snap. Thank you, Lord!

I released Verbal Surgery -642- “You Laces.”

See the obvious beauty around you! Just click on the title and GROOVE!

Uploaded to my server.

Link on Facebook.

Went for a 6.85 mile bike ride. Got my 2.5 hours of exercise in this week.

I memorized William Blake’s “The Poison Tree” while I rode. Marvelous piece. Along with “Eldorado” by Poe yesterday, I have a couple of real favorites.

Still reading Moonwalking with Einstein. In it it talks about the more the poem is repeating, rhythmic, rhyming, structured and above all is easy to visualize, the better it is for memorizing.

Admin duties now.

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