Whirlwind Missions

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Phone! Girls! Spider-Man! Jouvens! 12.13.18

Tim A. Cummins @ 11:28 pm  

Studied Spanish this morning.

Lots more to learn!

Also used Clozemaster.

Recorded a new episode of Verbal Surgery this morning called, “Old Year’s Resolution.” It’s a good one! I’ll release a new episode to the public tomorrow. I liked these “sunflower” shots.

I’m almost finished memorizing “Do not go gentle into that good night.” I think I’ll do this little piece next by Yeats.

I kind of had an “old school” day. After I had lunch, I went to Barnes and Noble and then to Best Buy. I didn’t stay in either place very long. Especially not Best Buy.

The lemon square at B&N was excellent.

Went to a couple of antique stores. Didn’t see anything I really liked.

I had the Mercury looked at by our mechanics. It was in very good shape, but still had to get about $475 worth of work on it. Not surprising for a car that old. But they thought it looked very solid over all. Glad about that!

Went to Lowe’s to check on some lactite for a screw in the bathroom. Decided not to go that direction. Just didn’t get a good feeling about doing it, even though that’s what the plumber said to do. I don’t do what I don’t feel good about.

When I got home, Ashley’s new replacement phone had been delivered. I jumped back into the car to take it on over to her. That phone is a critical part of our business as a ministry!

Went to FBC Doraville to check the mail.

Helped Fabiola with an essay.

Interestingly enough, I was just studying about the Trancendentalists, in particular Emerson, just yesterday.
Love spending time with the girls. They’ll be spending the night Friday.

After we got Ashley’s phone swapped out and the old one erased, we put it in a box and I mailed it at the post office.

Went to see Spider-Man tonight. I thought it was terrific.

Very creative.
Came home to work on admin duties.

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Podcast! Plumbing! Girls! 12.12.18

Tim A. Cummins @ 10:34 pm  

Released a new episode of Verbal Surgery -617- “PROvict!”

Be the best you can be by being a great coach inside your head! Just click on the title and GROOVE!

Uploaded to server.

Link on Facebook.

Our plumber came over to replace the handle on our faucet.

I studied Spanish while he worked.

Keep marching forward!

Faucet replacement cost about $130. That’s common. Nothing’s cheap!

I lost my black knit hat yesterday. Went back to QT to see if it was there. Didn’t find mine, but across the street I found this one, nearly a match. Weird how that sort of stuff happens to me all the time.

This stump with polypores and lichens was near that hat. Beauty abounds!

Went by the office to check on the mail.

My goal was to get Ashley’s phone repaired today. Her speakers stopped working. Pretty much renders your phone useless except for texting. Picked up her phone where she left it for me at FBC Doraville in our office. Then went to Ashiana’s for lunch.

It was so good.

Went to ATT to get Ashley’s phone worked on. They showed me the protocol to get the insurance claim going. I called Assurance and told them what had happened. Ashley will get a replacement phone tomorrow or Friday. Amen!

Then to the bank to deposit checks.

Amen, again!
Went to the mission to talk with the girls and let Ashley know what I’d accomplished.
We checked out an antique place that was going out of business then on to Plaza Fiesta.

LOVE my girls!

I’m listening to a bilingual series on heroes in the Bible by Tito Ruiz while I’m driving. I’m learning a lot. And the messages are great.

Cold weather means no kids coming for help. I did help one of them with some math.


Got gas at Racetrack on the way home.

Sat in on the last part of my friend Anthony Jacquin’s seminar when I got home. I’m impressed with the Zoom software.

Played some God of War. Incredible story and graphics.

Admin duties now.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Jon! Files! 12.11.18

Tim A. Cummins @ 8:16 pm  

Studied, you guessed it, Spanish!

It’s all about cumulative effort.

I think this is a high score in Clozemaster.

Cloze refers to learning words in context.

I had a fun and productive meeting with Jon Paul who served as our treasurer for nearly two decades at Whirlwind Missions.

We handled some financial things (namely our Christmas bonus!) and I sat in on a conversation with Paychex to have a smooth transition as he retires from the treasurer position. He’ll still serve as a Board Member.

We also had a tasty lunch!

My new thing is to make “Old Year Resolutions.” Why wait? See what worked and do more of that! So I’m starting to set up regular meetings with people that are important to me. I’ve really enjoyed my time with Carl Barrington, and I plan on expanding that strategy with other board members and close friends. What some Tim Time? Let me know! 770-490-1668.

I have three filing cabinets absolutely JAMMED with files.

At our last board meeting for Whirlwind Missions, I was told that we only have to keep files for the last seven years. So I went through all the files and put them in containers for long term storage. I’m not throwing anything away, but I freed up 1/3 of my file cabinet space. Amen!

Went by the office to pick up mail. Then went by the mission to drop off some documents for Ashley. I missed seeing them. They were at an art exhibit. I was jealous. I love that sort of thing.

Ashley is having phone problems. Hopefully, we can get it squared away tomorrow. I have the plumber coming over to work on the handle for a faucet on our kitchen sink. After that, I’ll be focused on Ashley and her comms.

School is pretty much out for the holidays. We are looking forward to our Christmas party! ESL Classes will resume next year. Everyone is pretty busy with family stuff now.

On the way home, I stopped by QT for some ice-cream. Been a long time since I’ve done that. I saw this little piece of art on the ground.

I put this piece of art in my mouth!

Then I saw this.

I believe it is the world’s oldest religious symbol.

I got home and realized I must have dropped my hat. Bahd luck. I have a couple of secondary hats. We’ll see how they work. Rare for me to do something like that.

Enjoyed playing God of War. Incredible art. Pretty hard game.

Admin duties now and more study.

I worked on memorizing “Do not go gentle into that good night” by Dylan Thomas today. I have it “roughed in.” That means I know it pretty close, but now have to work on it being fluid and every word right. It actually took an emotional toll on me as I practiced it.

Do not go gentle into that good night.
Old age should burn and rave at close of day.
Rage, rage against the dying of the light

Though wise men at the close of day know dark is right
Because their words had forked no lightning
They do not go gentle into that good night.

Good men, the last wave by, crying how bright
Their frail deeds might have danced in the green bay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Wild man who caught and sang the sun in flight,
And learn too late, they grieved along it’s way
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Grave men, near death, who see with blinding sight
Blind eyes could blaze like meteors and be gay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

And you, my father, there on that sad height,
Curse, bless me now with your fierce tears, I pray
Do not go gentle into that good night.
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

I just checked it over and got it about 95% correct. Yeah, brain!

It’s a wonderful piece.

This year I’ve memorized “Tiger, Tiger” and “Did those feet walk?” (which is also a song) by William Blake, “Ozymandius” by Percy Shelley, “Jabberwocky” by Lewis Carrol and “Do not go gentle into that good night” by Dylan Thomas. And bits and pieces of other poems from Lord Byron and others.

I’ve also mastered lots of scripture including all of 1 Chronicles 29:10-13 in Hebrew! That was the hardest by far.

It’s a fun hobby. I spend about thirty minutes every day quoting it all.

Perhaps my favorite to perform is “Jabberwocky.” I go into full “interp” mode when I do it. Did you know I won the Chloe Armstrong Award at Baylor for best interpreter of poetry? My overwhelming humility keeps me from going on and on about how good I am at it.

I see myself doing more Dylan Thomas in the future. Did you know Bob Dylan took his name from his?

Monday, December 10, 2018

Spanish! Title! Groceries! 12.10.18

Tim A. Cummins @ 8:00 pm  

Studied Spanish last night and this morning. I listen to radio from Madrid and take down words I’m not sure about. Many times I know A definition but not the other meanings.

Studied grammar with Duolingo and Clozemaster.

One of the highest scores I’ve had in Clozemaster.

Spent most of my day at the Tax Office working on getting the title of the Mercury that was donated to us into the ministry’s name. It turned out to take me hours. The wait time wasn’t bad, but they kept finding small details that I’d have to go track down to fix

It took me three times to get it finally squared away.

On my second trip, I was sitting on the back row, and I heard a guy on his phone speaking Swahili! I had a great conversation with him and ended up with his contact number. I love the ATL for stuff like this.

One of my challenges was dealing with an error on the title. I had to track down Carl and get him to notarize a document. Turned out pretty easy to meet up and get squared away. Always GREAT to see him!

FINALLY got it all figured out! What a blessing!

I ended up with three of these. I started as 102!

The State of Georgia has made it WAY harder for ministries to help people with car donations. Lots more paperwork now. Oh, well.

We have a handle in our sink in the kitchen that isn’t functioning properly. Made a call to my plumber to get that fixed.

Got groceries on the way home.

It’s supposed to freeze tonight and tomorrow night. I bring the flytraps and pitcher plants in.

The sundews and the tropical pitcher plants STAY in

Admin duties now.

I’ll probably play some video games and study Spanish more this evening. That’s pretty typical for me.

Sunday, December 9, 2018

Rockbridge Christmas! Carl! 12.9.18

Tim A. Cummins @ 8:03 pm  

Studied Spanish this morning.

I enjoy memorizing scripture and poetry. This morning I started working on “Do not go gentle into that good night” by Dylan Thomas. I’ve known pieces of it for years, as is true for most of the poems I’ve memorized this year. Now I will master it all.

Went to Rockbridge Baptist Church this morning. It’s always a blessing to meet with them! Today was their Christmas program as well as a joint service with their Spanish congregation. But the main draw for me was that my good friend Carl Barrington preached as well as sang solos. Powerful and moving experience for me.

Watered my plants.

Put food out for the birds.

Spent an hour listening to Spanish radio. Great practice.

Played some God of War.


Worked on getting the title ready to transfer for the Mercury that we donated. What a blessing the Barringtons have been to us over the years!

Admin duties now.

It’s cold in my room. I’m practicing typing with my Mac under a blanket to keep my hands warm. It’s a skill I’ve developed over the years!

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Barringtons! Rock Show! Car! 12.8.18

Tim A. Cummins @ 9:11 pm  

This morning, Jesse and I went to see the Mammoth Rock Show!

Lots of fantastic minerals! And fossils!

Some of the rock “powers” seem kind of silly to me.

Obsessive Crystal Disorder?

We met up with our dear friends Carl and Pat Barrington! What a blessing they have been to us over the years.

J and I brought a chair up from their downstairs area. Glad we were there to be able to help.

Then went out to Los Hermanos for some of the best Mexican food I’ve ever had! Wow. I don’t say that lightly!

Great to meet their friend Jeff, too! He’s from San Antonio, such a beautiful city.

In the tradition of immense generosity, the Barringtons gave one of their cars to the ministry today. That is such a blessing. May the Lord richly bless THEM!

We voted for their grandson, Theo, for a photo contest!

Crummy, rainy weather all day long. Glad we had inside stuff to do.

Gassed up the Mercury, our “new” car. It’s actually from 1995!

Listened to Spanish radio, studied and took a nap.

Worked on some documents related to the new car.

Got the insurance squared away for it. I’ll try and go over to the title place on Monday.

Admin duties now.

I’m pulling for Atlanta United to win the MLS tournament this evening!

I’m not much of a sports fan, but I’ve gotten more into it since listening to Spanish radio.

Friday, December 7, 2018

3,500! Jon! Girls! 12.8.18

Tim A. Cummins @ 9:03 pm  

Today marks my 3,500th blog post! I started with the encouragement of Ian North. In those days I had to explain what a “blog” was! That it was short for “WeB Log!” Isn’t that something!?

I’ve released over 600 episodes of Verbal Surgery, over 600 videos on YouTube, and over 300,000 pictures on Smugmug! That’s a whole lotta Mr. Tim! JACK! Good times!

Studied Spanish last night and this morning. That’s not unusual!

Radio Garden for listening to Madrid.

I still learn words every day that I hear or read.

One of the challenges is MULTIPLE meanings for the same word. Like “sale.”

Over 50 different flavors for the word!

Went to visit my friend Jon Paul this morning. He got tied up getting meds for his wife, Linda. It was great catching up with her! I’ll see Jon next week.

One of my resolutions is to start regular meetings with people that mean something to me. If I don’t set up a time, they don’t happen!

Released Verbal Surgery -616- “Turn Key.”

Make yourself even better and feel good, NOW! Just click on the title and GROOVE!

Uploaded to my server.

Link on Facebook.

Deposited checks for the ministry. Amen!

Jesse wants to start lifting weights again. I had the girls illustrate just how big this bar is!

Took the girls to eat at Taco Veloz. Anthony Bourdain’s favorite place in the ATL!

I’m always trying to teach her words in Spanish.

Love this baby!

Although she’s not really a “baby” any more!

Looking forward to this tomorrow! I’ve picked up some of my favorite pieces from this place!

My new process of learning Spanish involves listening to one of my best friends, Tito Ruiz, preaching! He’s the only pastor I know that preaches in English and immediately translates into Spanish. GREAT sermons and a super way to pick up language. I translate what he’s saying while he’s preaching then repeat how he translates it.

Great to pick up Bible vocabulary.

Saw this on the way home. Looks like my kinda guy.

One of my favorite apps for sure! Get it!

At least an hour of this every day.

With the advice of Tito, I got this Kindle version this evening. I’m really looking forward to using it at church.

I’d been trying to get an app. This will work better.

Admin duties now.

3,501 tonight!

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Girls! Bank! Mission! 12.5-6-18

Tim A. Cummins @ 11:02 pm  

Wednesday I studied Spanish.

I produced our newsletter and sent it to our friend Joel Harrison at the Atlanta Metro Baptist Association.

Deposited checks at the bank.

Helped the kids at the mission.

After the mission, I took the girls home with me to spend the night.

After they went to sleep, I worked on Spanish some more.

I got maybe five hours of sleep. Better than normal. Glad they were healthy and not coughing a lot.
This morning, I met up with Ashley for breakfast, then went to the bank to have a meeting with Bill and Piper Cordrey. We added Piper to our signature card for our account at Whirlwind Missions.

Got gas. Can’t remember the last time it was under $2.00.

Came home for a brief rest, then went to the mission to help the kids.

Classic “bunny ear” humor.

Got the mail at the church.

Also dropped off my orange maracas to our storage room.

Now I feel it’s safe!

I went to see the movie Bohemian Rhapsody on the way home. I was a big Queen fan, so I really enjoyed the movie.

Tried to get onto the Secretary of State for Georgia’s corporation web site to change names for our officers, log in problems prevented it. Probably because our account was up to date for this year already.

Admin duties now.

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Verbal Surgery! Mission! Test! 12.4.18

Tim A. Cummins @ 9:50 pm  

I love this poster that Ashley created for our Christmas party!

Listened to radio from Madrid,Spain on Radio Garden for over an hour last night.

Had a fun conversation with my buddy Anthony today. He had to hold the phone pretty close so he could hear me. Nice shot of the top of his head.

Studied Spanish.

After talking with Anthony about the Big 5 Assessment test, I was intrigued and invested in it, too. The results weren’t very surprising, yet still interesting.

I released a new episode of Verbal Surgery -615-
“Second Place.”

Who are you focused on? How do you make your relationships better? Just click on the title and GROOVE!

Uploaded to my server.

Link on Facebook.

I recorded “Time Lyin'” this morning. That means I’m nearly three weeks ahead of schedule. Which tends to confirm the Big 5 results.

I voted in the runoff for the Secretary of State in Georgia. I actually had to go to two places since the first location I went to only handled advance voting. I feel so strongly about this election that I took the other twenty minutes to vote at the other location. It was still super fast.

Went by the church to check the mail.

To the mission to help the kids.

I had fun talking with my pal Tito Ruiz last night. I got the app for his church so that I can start listening to his sermons which are particularly useful to me, because he preaches in English then translates into Spanish. I translate into Spanish as he’s talking then I have the opportunity to see how close I was to how HE translates. I’ll spend hours with this in the future. Used it for nearly an hour just today!

My friend Anthony has been in Peru teaching a course in Lima. He bought an Inca mask. I showed him mine from when I was there.

I spent about thirty minutes this evening updating material to my Twitter feed, which is my version of Sermon Notes.

Admin duties now.

I’ll also study more and probably play some God of War.

Monday, December 3, 2018

Board Meeting! 12.3.18

Tim A. Cummins @ 11:06 pm  

Listened to Radio SER till around midnight last night.

Studied Spanish this morning.

Enjoyed lunch with the children and girls!

Great chat with my buddy, Anthony, who is in Peru right now.

Got my tickets for Todd Rundgren for next April. This will be great!

Had a good time at the mission with the kids.

I LOVE this baby!

Gorgeous sunset.

Went by Walmart to pick up some goodies for the board members.

Excellent Board Meeting this evening. GREAT to see my friends again. Many positive things discussed. New President of our Board, Bill Cordrey did a wonderful job.

Admin duties now.

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