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Top Ten List–2015 Moments

Time moves fast, too fast.

I try to live in the moment, as much as possible; yet, many of the moments I live in become memories and the moments are gone. I would like to hold some of those moments and return to them often. Other moments, I am glad, have become memories. Some memories I would like to fade, except that I learned much in those moments and the experience shaped my life. Still other moments have faded and only return with sense memory–the smell of baking bread, the metallic taste of anesthesia, a favorite song, a familiar breeze, a majestic sunset or the troubled sleep of repeated dreams.

Moments

I haven’t been good at capturing them. Often, when I try, the moment is lost.

Nevertheless, I thought I would share my top ten list of Moments from 2015, at least, the ones I captured. Be sure and check out the hyper-links to past blogs.

10. Western Caribbean Cruise

Yucatan Peninsula.
Sunset on the Yucatan Peninsula.

Anytime my wife and I can get away, it’s a good moment.

Mayan ruins.
Mayan ruins in Belize are spectacular, many have not yet been excavated.
On Vacation.
Jim and Anne on vacation in Central America.

In January we went on a Western Caribbean cruise–Mexico, Belize and Honduras.

I never thought I would enjoy cruising; however, I was pleasantly surprised. The food was good. The company was friendly. The entertainment was fun. The weather was great. The water was warm. The snorkeling was incredible. And, we explored ancient Mayan ruins. Cool.

Cold Coconut Water
It can get hot and humid on the Caribbean side of Central America, but cold drinks are never far away.

 

9. Seattle

Seattle skyline.
A view of the Seattle skyline from Kerry Park.

I grew up in Seattle. I love the city. I love the scenery. I don’t like the rain.

Sailboat and Steamer
I’d rather be sailing.

When I was growing up, my parents used to tell people who were coming to visit that if you wanted to see the sun you should come to the city during the last week of July or the first week of August. It rains the rest of the year. Now, my son and his wife live in Seattle. We came for a visit–the last week of July, along with everyone else. It was fun and crowded.

Seattle Waterfront
Good food, interesting smells and entertainment make Seattle’s waterfront a popular destination.

Seafair week is amazing. It took us three days to get home flying standby. Next time we’ll buy tickets.

https://theyrecallingtome.com/2014/09/14/seattle-its-my-birthday/

https://theyrecallingtome.com/2014/08/31/seattle-the-emerald-city/

Blackberries.
Delicious blackberries grow wild near Seattle, Washington.

 

8. Capitol Reef National Park

Grand Valley
Capitol Reef National Park.

Located in South-central Utah, Capitol Reef National Park is a geologic wonder. We spent a night and a day in the park this summer. It was transformative. It would be hard to visit the park and not be changed in some way. However, the change may be so subtle that you won’t notice it for a millennium.

https://theyrecallingtome.com/2015/08/31/transcendence-capitol-reef-in-hdr/

https://theyrecallingtome.com/2015/08/24/deep-time-capitol-reef/

Chimney Rock, Capitol Reef.
Chimney Rock, Capitol Reef.

 

7. Aruba

Anne watching the sun set
Anne sitting in a beach chair at Palm Beach, Aruba.

Aruba, Jamaica, ooh I wanna take ya…
Beach Boys

Anne and I spent a week in Aruba. It wasn’t enough. I now know why the Beach Boys sing about it. If you have a chance to visit the friendly Friendly Island, don’t miss it. You will create some amazing moments.

https://theyrecallingtome.com/2015/11/24/aruba-bodies-in-the-sand/

Skin diving Aruba
Swim with the fishes while hipwreck diving in Aruba.

 

6. He is risen–New Testament Films

Production Still from It Is Finished.
Director James Dalrymple works with actor Casey Elliott playing the role of Jesus of Nazareth.

In the fall of 2014 I was privileged to write and direct a series of New Testament Films on the life of Christ.

Gethsemane Mob
A mob comes to the Garden of Gethsemane to arrest Jesus of Nazareth.

I have a profound belief in Jesus Christ as the Son of God and Savior of the world. Writing and directing these films was a profound experience and served to deepen my faith in and love for Christ.

Jesus is crucified.
Jesus of Nazareth is crucified. From the short film, “It is Finished.” James Dalrymple–writer/director. Brandon Christensen–director of photography.

We finished the films in the spring. I’m hoping they are released to the public this coming year.

The resurrected Lord and Mary Magdalene.
The resurrected Lord appears to Mary Magdalene at the Garden Tomb. Photo credit–Jason Allred.

 

5. My First Novel, Death Comes At Night, was published

Death Comes at Night Novel
Front cover of my new novel, Death Comes At Night

In August, my first full-length novel, Death Comes at Night, was published by Black Rose Writing. It was a challenging and rewarding process. I would get up early and write from 5:30 am to 6:30 am. My goal was to write at least one page per day. It took me about a year-and-a-half to write the book. It took longer to get it published.

You can buy the book online at Amazon or Barnes and Noble. Check out my book Facebook page. Buy my book, PLEASE. If you do, I’ll sign your copy next time we meet. And, if you like it, I will write more 🙂

https://theyrecallingtome.com/2015/08/01/death-comes-at-night/

Death Comes at Night Cemetery Reading
The author takes a moment to read Death Comes at Night, in the Cemetery.

 

4. Carrie Graduates from College

Carrie graduates.
Carrie Dalrymple Edmonds graduates from the University of Laverne.

My daughter Carrie graduated from the University of LaVerne with her bachelor’s degree. I am so proud of her effort and accomplishment. She finished her degree while working full-time, getting married and having a baby. Congratulations, Carrie.

Carrie's diploma.
Carrie Dalrymple Edmonds with her diploma from the University of LaVerne.

 

3. Chloe Graduates from High School and goes to College

Chloe graduates.
Chloe graduates from Lone Peak High School.

My youngest daughter Chloe graduated from Lone Peak High School this year. She is a bright and talented young woman. I’m so proud of her. She started college at Brigham Young University this fall with a scholarship.

The downside is that she no longer lives at home. The upside is that she often comes home to eat and do laundry.

https://theyrecallingtome.com/2015/09/20/shes-leaving-home/

DSC00794_Chloe

 

2. Ryan Marries Sheri

Ryan and Sheri wedding pic.
Ryan Dalrymple and Sheri Dougall just got married.

My son Ryan, the one who lives in Seattle, was married in the Portland, Oregon LDS Temple in the spring of this year to Sheri Dougall. We are thrilled for them both. They are a wonderful couple. We love Sheri and welcome her to our family.

Ryan and Sheri's wedding party.
Ryan Dalrymple and Sheri Dougall with Sheri’s family at the Portland, Oregon LDS Temple, following their marriage.Heart Surgery

 

1.  Heart Surgery

IMG_4009_heart monitor

I have been an athlete all my life. I make an effort to stay in shape. So, when I started getting light headed during cardio workouts, I went in  for a physical. The doctors thought I may have a clogged artery. They ran some tests. My arteries were clear and my heart was strong, it just wasn’t beating right. They thought they could fix it.

No such luck. Instead, they installed a cardioverter defibrillator. It’s kinda like having a combination insurance policy and time bomb in my chest all the time. It keeps my heart from going too slow. If my heart beats too fast, and out  of sync for too long I get shocked.

CLEAR.

I have to admit, I don’t like it. I can feel it all the time. I went to the heart Doc last week for a checkup. It is doing it’s job. I’m not. I need to change my lifestyle. I don’t want too, but I guess my life depends on it.

So, my number one moment of 2015 has to be my heart surgery, even though I was asleep for it. I do remember the before, and I look forward to living the after.

https://theyrecallingtome.com/2015/05/13/my-broken-heart/

3:00 am Cardiac Unit
At 3:00 am in the Cardiac Unit it can seem deserted, but if you listen closely, you’ll hear the ever present beeping of heart monitors verifying the patient’s are still alive.

 

2015 is now in the books. Happy New Year and may 2016 be our best year ever.

Transcendence, Capitol Reef in HDR

There are moments in life which transcend expectation, which transcend time. And there are places in life which transcend those moments. Transcendent experience is something to hope for, even, to seek after. Yet, the fleeting nature of transcendence reveals an existential quality of mortality.

Grand Valley
The road through Grand Valley, Capitol Reef.

Transcendence can not be achieved, it can only be experienced. And, the experience of transcendence  comes when least expected.

It may be that transcendence is only possible when the imposition of expectation has been removed. Perhaps, in those moments, there is a void which only grace can fill. As grace reveals divinity, divinity reveals truth. Truth transcends the moment and our understanding of existence, who we are, where we come from, what our purpose is, becomes clear, or, if not clear, at least implied. In transcendent moments, inspired questions transform the heart. The sacred nature of transcendent transformation ennobles the soul.

Chimney Rock.
Chimney Rock from a distance, Capitol Reef.

Capitol Reef is such a place–a place of transcendent transformation; transcendent because it exceeds expectation; transformative because it is slowly, yet contagiously transforming.

I have , purposely, waxed philosophic. Indeed, the loftiness of the ideas expressed can not compare to the actual grandeur of visiting Capitol Reef, however briefly I was there. In geologic terms, any time that I could spend there, however long that might be, would be brief. Nevertheless,the time I spent in the park was transcendent.

It is impossible to capture the essence of the place, nevertheless, the  majesty of the rocks cried out for something beyond the ordinary. So, forgive, if you will, my HDR sensibilities. While the images presented may lean toward hyper-reality, the actual experience of moments in Capitol Reef transcends the ordinary and claims the extraordinary.

Besides that, it was a lot of fun 🙂

Deep Time, Capitol Reef

It takes a while for things to change.
Patience and faith, they say.
I can’t wait. I won’t, I say.
You must.

Grand Wash Stars.
Stars above Grand Wash Capitol Reef.

Deep time puts the age of Earth at four-and-one-half billion years.

Hickman Bridge
Named after Joseph Hickman, Hickman natural bridge is 133 feet long and 125 feet high.

I sense immense distance in Earth’s span, yet the years mean nothing in comprehending the patterns of death and life and death again which deposit layers of yesterdays upon tomorrows, until all that remains is this moment.

I stand in a place where the evidence of change surrounds me, yet actual change can not be seen.

Perhaps these rocks crumble to dirt,
waiting,
for a million, maybe a billion years, for me to walk this path.

Red dirt sticks to my shoes and I carry it with me in defiance of the law of long waits.

Capitol Valley.
The Freemont river cuts a valley just below Capitol Dome.

I am here. Now.

The wind soughs and the rocks speak in whispers. I stand still and listen. The words do not bring me comfort. Change is as the rocks.

Capitol Dome
Capitol Dome, Capitol Reef National Park.

I look up at the sandstone sentinels and the sky stretches out before me.

I am small, insignificant, tenuous.

I look down and a silver stream glints below towering canyon walls. My heart skips a beat and I step back from the ledge. I have climbed much higher than I realize.

Davy on the rocks.
Davy scales the cliffs near Hickman Bridge bowl.

My breath catches as my son scales the cliffs below me. The rocks he climbs are hard broken. I call out not to walk those rocks, they may crumble. He has not yet reached the precipice on which I stand and must choose his path. I squint in harsh sunlight and see myself in his approaching shadow.

I feel old.

I see in him that I am old,
old in that my body is not what it once was;
not so old, in that the elements which make up my frame have not yet been scattered by hot winds relentlessly carving through stone.

My son will climb much higher than I have steps remaining. Yet, I still have steps remaining.

And the Gods said, “Let it be so.” And they watched those things which they had ordered until they obeyed. For even the Gods must watch and wait.

Big Dipper above Wind Gate Capitol Reef.
The Big Dipper rises above Grand Wash Wind Gate in Capitol Reef.

In the vast continuum of eternity, patience and faith take time.

So I am learning.

Towering sentinels of Capitol Reef.
Towering sentinels of Capitol Reef.

Wistfully, I lift a handful of dust and toss it to the sky. The wind accepts my offering.

My time has come. I have touched the rock of ages and must not linger.

In deep time,
the changes I hope for are carving the canyons of my soul.

Grand Valley
Capitol Reef National Park.