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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.


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.



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.



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.


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 🙂


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.




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.


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.


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.

Seattle–It’s my birthday

I was born in Seattle, at the Swedish Hospital to be exact, September 14, 19..  I’m not embarrassed to say the year; however, people think I look younger than I am. As more birthdays accumulate, I think I’d like to keep it that way.

_MGL6368_69_70_Viewpoint SkylineMy parents were pretty excited to have me. My older brother had been an only child for fifteen-plus years. My parents didn’t think they could have any more children.  When my Mom told my Dad, “It’s time,” my Dad got in the car and started driving, without my Mom–sorta like in the movies. When he came back, my Mom was packed and ready. Both my Mom and my Brother got in the car and my Dad took off. The story goes that he drove ninety-miles-an-hour all the way to the hospital. When he got to the hospital, he pulled into the service station across the street and said, “Fill-er up. And, check the oil.” It took my Mom nearly twenty hours of labor to bring me into the world, so I guess my Dad knew he had time. My Mom didn’t see it the same way, so, my arrival was marked by typically stormy Seattle weather, both inside and outside the hospital.

_MGL6318_Safeco Field Wide ShotI don’t live in Seattle, any more. My Dad has passed away, and my Mom’s memory has faded. But, I still go back, whenever I can. I’m a Seahawks fan. I’m a Mariners fan, except when they play the Dodgers, and I still think the skyline is one of the most beautiful in the world, especially when the sun shines. I’m connected to the place where I started, the place I grew up, the place I called home when I made choices that still define who I am.

Now, when I do go back, I take my camera, I suppose, to capture the images that still show up in my dreams.

Seattle: The Emerald City

People say it rains all the time in Seattle. People say that the citizens of Seattle have web feet. People say that the only time the sun shines in Seattle is the last week of July or the first week of August, but, you can’t really count on it.

I’ve heard people say these things. I grew up in Seattle. The question is, are they true?

Maybe. Mostly.

I can say that I don’t have web feet. However, I don’t live in Seattle anymore. And, I can’t verify that those who do don’t have web feet. I visited Seattle this summer and it didn’t rain everyday. It wasn’t July or August so I really didn’t expect to see the sun. I was just hoping.

Research shows that it does rain a lot in Seattle, but, not as much as most people think. Seattle receives about 38 inches of rain each year and is 44th on the most rainiest cities chart, coming in behind Houston, New Orleans, New York, Boston, and many other more rainy cities in the United States.

Research also finds that it is cloudy a lot in Seattle; cloudier than other cities that get more rain. But, when the sun does shine in Seattle, it is the most beautiful sunshine, the most beautiful scenery, and the most brilliant color of any city in the world. That is one, but only one, of the reasons I come back to Seattle, and bring my family with me. Somewhere over the rainbow may actually be in Oz, but, people say that Seattle is the Emerald City. I can say I believe that is mostly true.

Here are some shots of the city, in HDR, to make up for the lack of contrast and color that happens when the sun never shines and it rains all the time 🙂

University of Washington Graduation

In the late summer of 1976 my senior year of high school was approaching. I was competing for the starting quarterback spot on the  football team. We had a brand new coach who didn’t know any of us, what we’d done or what we could do. Two-a-days hadn’t started yet.  I was out mowing the lawn when he called. My Mom waved me in the house.

“Hey,” he said. “Want to go watch the Husky scrimmage?”

I’d grown up listening to Husky games on the radio. I’d never been to a game. Never been on the campus. I had two college teams I followed, University of Washington and BYU.

“Sure. Absolutely.”

“I’ll pick you up in an hour.”

I don’t really remember all that much about the scrimmage. I do remember Husky Stadium. They played on astroturf. Cool. I remember the coach talking to me about college, where I wanted to go, what I wanted to do, did I want to play college ball. I knew, then, that I wasn’t going to play football; although, I had the presence of mind not to tell the coach.

I eventually won the starting quarterback spot. I respected the coach; although, learning a new system meant we were in a “transition” year. That translated to our record. We didn’t do very well.

I went to college at BYU and never went back to the University of Washington campus, until this summer–38 years later.

My son, Ryan, graduated from the University of Washington, with a Masters Degree–two Masters Degrees, in fact. His graduation brought me back, back to Seattle, back to a campus I hadn’t been to in a very long time, back to 1976–the summer before my senior year in High School.

In truth, I had been back to Seattle. Although I moved away, my parents lived there during the early years of my married life. I brought my young children, Ryan included, to visit in the summers. I think that is one  of the reasons Ryan chose UW for his graduate degrees.

Now, I was back. And, I really didn’t know very much about the campus, or the school. Things had changed, a lot, in 38 years. Although, the stadium was still there, under renovation construction.

As we walked the campus, Ryan taught us about the school I did not choose yet admired and still follow. The visit reinforced my love of education and respect for those who inspire and instill in others a desire for it.  And, as a proud parent, I basked in the glow of my son’s achievements :). He is a good, kind, intelligent and accomplished man who has blessed my life. He will be an asset to the organization smart enough to employ him. And, the campus will draw him back, as it did with me.

And, I took a few pictures.