God ordained opportunities

November 30, 2009

After reading In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day (Mark Batterson), I have learned to let God lead my life. And now that I’m reading A Praying Life (Paul E. Miller), I see how He is weaving my story.

I had been a flight instructor for the better part of 6 years before being laid off from that position. Fair? Nope. Certainly not. Especially since the instructors that still work there either don’t want to instruct or were my student to begin with.

I, for one, have loved instructing and want teaching to be my career. Most Flight Instructors are only there to build time to move on to the airlines. Well, airline flying is not my style.

So how fair is it that the instructor who wants to instruct is the one that gets laid off? It just so happens that God has allowed that to happen because he’s setting me up for something new. A change needed to be made and I wasn’t, at the time, willing to make it. So, it was made for me.

Why haven’t I gotten a full time job since then? Because the Lord needed me to grow spiritually first.

Recently, I have had a change of heart about the Catholic church. I have been attending a house church for the past two months. It’s a non-denominational Christian gathering where we read DIRECTLY from the Bible. I have learned quite a bit. Especially with reference to which Bible to read from. Gone are the days that I will heed the doctrines of the Catholic church. Instead, I will be learning my lessons from the King James Version.

So, how is God weaving a story for me? As it turns out, I was sending resumes out of desperation. Since I have been interested in moving to North Carolina for about a decade, I decided to hit the send button on multiple occasions to flight schools in NC. One school in particular is in need of a flight instructor, and I am taking the leap of faith and accepting the position.

I am certainly not comfortable doing this, but then, I will never grow as a person. “If you continue to do what you’ve always done, you will continue to be who you’ve always been (unknown: if you know, please tell me).” True story.

So while I write this, my tummy is turning. Butterflies (I mean Flutterbies) are backflipping in my belly. The faith of God is writing story. Where it leads me, I do not know. But hopefully, it’s into His arms.


Gracie Diet on Turkey Day

November 26, 2009

Direct from the Gracie Family!

HAPPY THANKSGIVING from the Gracie Academy

As interest in the Gracie Diet continues to grow, we are receiving more and more questions from students around the world regarding the combination guidelines that we follow. Earlier this week we received several specific questions regarding the best way to combine the following foods, that are normally available during a Thanksgiving meal.


Potatoes (Includes: Mashed Potatoes, Sweet Potatoes, and Yams)

Cranberry Sauce

Bread (Includes: Stuffing, Rolls, and Biscuits)


Green Beans

Pumpkin Pie

Apple Pie


Deviled Eggs




Salad (Topped with: Olive Oil and Salt)

Warning: If you were to consume all the foods listed above, you would violate several Gracie Diet combination principles. To facilitate digestion, we recommend you adhere to the following guidelines:

· Green: Foods that are okay to eat with each other plus ONE of the orange foods.
· Orange: You must choose only ONE of these to eat with ALL of the green foods.
· Red: Do not eat any of these.

Note #1: If you are hungry have seconds. Do not eat dessert, drink water only.
Note #2: If you follow these guidelines, send us an e-mail on Friday morning to let us know how you feel.
Note #3: Eat to Live. Don’t Live to Eat.
Note #4: If you run into foods that are not on the list above and you are not sure if it combines or not, be safe, don’t eat it

Destination: Spring Hill (70N)

November 26, 2009

Spring Hill (70N)
For fishing and picnics

Two recent trips to Spring Hill airport in Sterling, PA proved to be both eventful and learning experiences (when aren’t they?).

Spring Hill sits upon a shelf beside a plateau in the poconos. Given the right conditions, this tiny airport is an extreme challenge. There is a hill at the southwest end of the runway that is severely steep. I don’t suggest taking off from runway 23 with a loaded airplane in the summer just as I don’t suggest trying to climb that hill on foot. Ropes should be required. If you do happen to use the runway, expect the winds to drift you off centerline even before you get to treetop level. I have yet to land on 5. I’ll submit a PIREP if I ever do. Night landings on 5 are not authorized. The threshold sits back 400′ from the runway’s edge (gee, I wonder why?).

On the opposite node, separated by almost 2500′, there is a lack of earth. Not far beyond that is Route 84. If you’re coming from the south, you won’t see the airport until after you pass the hill and spot 84. AVP approach was very helpful.

The water table is inches below the surface and hosts a very large but relatively shallow pond. If you like fishing, bring your rod. I can guarantee that there are fish, but don’t expect to actually catch a lot. The pond contains carp (big fish) but the most practical way of catching them is probably with a bow and arrow. I totally expect to try that sometime. Small bass and other panfish live there, too.

A moderate size pavillion is a great place to have lunch or wait out a thunderstorm. I saw horseshoe pits, but no horseshoes (or horses, but I did see a flock of turkeys). There is plenty of room to play catch or frisbee. Don’t try football unless you like being tackled onto exposed tree roots. Bring everything that you’ll need to satisfy yourself. There are absolutely no conveniences. That means drinking water or restrooms.

Other services do not exist either. Finding someone to help you will take a while. I had the displeasure of pushing 79V into a tiedown when the clouds got thick. Of course, the soil was soft and after my dad and I pushed it in the muck, we discovered that the ropes were too short. It took much longer to get her back out. All those horses under the cowl couldn’t even do the job. I finally got someone with a small tractor mower and a rope to pull 79V out. Searched out a better tiedown spot and tucked her in to wait out the weather. The best tiedown was the end of the row closest to the runway (for future reference). You may have to tie two ropes together to make them reach.

Even without other luxuries, fuel is available. The airport is staffed only on weekdays. If you plan to go, I’d take these numbers with you: (as listed in the AFD and airnav.com) 570-242-5771 and 570-689-4040. I assume that the airport carries minimal insurance for a public use area, because they’ll ask you to sign a waiver (if they see you).

If you’re looking for a real short trip to enjoy the outdoors for a little while, Spring Hill is an excellent place to go. Whether you want to relax alongside the pond, take a walk and picnic, or just wish to challenge your skills, you now have some knowledge to make your experience a good one.

Little fact for the day: the airport is run by a man who invented the radon detector. His equipment is so sensitive, that it calibrates the calibrators.