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  • NYC, I Owe You an Apology

    Times Square New York city

    Okay, I've been thinking about this one for quite a while. If confession is good for the soul then it's time to get it off my chest...

    The nearest major airport was nearly four hours away. I had to fly to NYC to promote my book at "Book Expo America 2013". You need to understand where I live. In north central Washington State. The nearest town has only a thousand people. Country living is all I really know so when I headed for the airport I took the long way around to recharge my spiritual batteries. Had to get my "nature fix". This little detour took me through the mountains and over Sherman Pass which, at 5,575 feet, is the highest pass in Washington state that's open all winter. I remember smugly thinking to myself at the time, "NYC has millions and millions of people, but we have millions and millions of trees!"

    But then NYC happened. Head on. It forever changed the way I look at cities. And trees.

    First a helpful girl at LaGuardia Airport talked me into using the public transportation system instead of taking a shuttle. I had assured Karen I'd take the shuttle. We both figured it should be safer. Trouble is I couldn't even figure out how to buy a ticket from vending machine! Yep, country boy all right. Thankfully one of the locals showed me how to make a purchase and which one to buy. Others took pity and helped me know when to get on and off the bus, which subway to choose and why, and then watched to make sure I didn't miss my stop.

    Instead of "playing it safe" like I planned by now I was thinking, "Hey, why not?" So, I decided to walk about a mile round trip to and from the trade show every day. Shoulder to shoulder with native New Yorkers. By the second night I was feeling even bolder so I waked about the same distance to Times Square where I stayed until well past midnight. Ate fish and chips at McDonald's. The whole experience was pretty awesome! And then, to top it off, when I was headed back to the airport when my stay was over, another very helpful person talked me into taking a bus that cut right through the middle of Harlem where, you guessed it, I met some more beautiful people...

    NYC, I owe you an apology!

    You see, when I was nearly home to the wide open spaces and beautiful places that are so dear to me, it hit me. "Jesus died for people, not for trees!" Yes, this little country mouse went to the city. New York City. And he discovered what the rest of you probably already know. That New York City, with its millions and millions of people, is way more beautiful than Washington state with its billions and billions of trees!

    On second thought, maybe this post should have been called Pride and Prejudice. Because even though I pride myself in not having a prejudice bone in my body, perhaps my country boy pride was just as bad? Probably worse because I didn't even know it!

    All my life I've felt far superior to those who live in cities. Small towns for that matter. It was wrong thinking. NYC taught me that. Yes, I'm still a county boy, but now I have a message from the city. The City of God. But also from New York City. A city with millions and millions of people who are very near and dear to the heart of God!

  • Ground Zero at Time Square (BEA Part 2)

    Times Square at Midnight

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    Times Square. Occasionally I overhear someone speaking English. Tonasket's boasting rights? It has fewer people :)

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