Short Apology and Explanation

My Apology

I want to apologize for the both my neglect of this blog and the apparent randomness of the posts. I have been into a lot of areas on the internet over the years and am now trying to focus on one site that puts everything all together.

I need to simplify. 

In the process I have combined all my interests (old blogs) into one.

Also, I have had a lot of stuff going on in my life recently which has left me with little time to write new posts.

My PSA (prostate cancer indicator) tested very high back in April. Less than 5 is normal and mine is at 20! I have been going to the doc’s office a lot since then. Rounds of antibiotics didn’t bring it down so I went for  a biopsy a few weeks ago. They won’t tell me anything over the phone and so I’m going in for my consultation tomorrow.

Anyway, I hope to get back on track real soon. I love writing my blogs and doing my pictures on eBay and I’m still writing songs and playing my guitar… all of which I love to share on the web and I will continue to do so.

Thank you all for your understanding.

I’d like to share a song that I wrote a while back. This is a song about the peace that come with coming to know Jesus. I also put the lyrics below. The song is available on CD or digitally at Amazon. But you don’t have to buy it. I will put all my songs on here eventually and you can download them for free. Actually, I think most of them are on youtube already. But I’m still writing more. I hope you enjoy this one. It’s called “After All”.

After All

You know I used to worry about one thing  and then another

Like what was going to happen after all this life was over

Would I ever see my wife again, my family or my friends

Or would I spend eternity in dreadful loneliness


After all my trials and troubles

After all my tears

After all my doubts and worries

After all my fears

After all my time on this world

Where was I to go

And what’s the point of living…after all.


Then I found out about Jesus

And how He gave His life for me

And now He’s gone to prepare a place

And I no longer fear

‘Cause I know we’ll be together after all.


After all my trials and troubles

After all my tears

After all my doubts and worries

After all my fears

After all my time on this world

I know where I will go.

And I know we’ll be together after all.


After all the tears

After all the years

We’ll all be back together after all.


After all is said

After all is done

After all’s forgiven

I know we’ll be together after all

Trip To The Pie Shoppe-Could Have Been Our Last

Wow!!! We could have been killed today!

My wife and I were on the road. Just a little trip to the bakery. Well, actually the bakery we were traveling to- The Pie Shoppe in Laughlintown, was about 40 miles away  and it takes about an hour to get there. It takes so long because the road- Route 30, better know as the Lincoln Highway, is two lanes of severely neglected twisty mountainous asphalt with way too many trucks on it. It could easily turn into a two hour trip if you get behind enough log trucks or semis.

This is a photo of baked goods at The Pie Shoppe
The Pie Shoppe

The Pie Shoppe

Our son Nathan is getting married on Saturday and my wife had been searching for a scrumptious desert for the rehearsal Friday night… Cheesecake! The best cheesecake in these parts has to be at The Pie Shoppe.

We have been eating cheesecake from The Pie Shoppe for years – ever since we found out about them when searching for a new source of fund raising for our church. Of course they have great pies also, not to mention a great variety of other assorted baked goods.

Anyway, back to the road trip… we were just about to the “Ship Hotel”, a famous landmark around these parts. The Ship Hotel was quite a tourist attraction back in the day. It bragged that from the Hotel you could see 7 counties and 3 states.

Old photo of the Ship Hotel
The Ship Hotel






It eventually became dilapidated, abandoned and finally, what was left of it was destroyed by fire.

This is a current photo show where the Ship Hotel once stood.
Nothing left of the Ship Hotel today.

You know when you are getting close to the site of the landmark when you come to a hairpin turn in the road and then begin a rather steep climb up the mountain.

As we approached the landmark’s graveyard from below, I was shocked to hear a load bang. I looked up the road, maybe 30 yards or so and was horrified to see a large pickup truck pulling an even larger recreational trailer behind it.

The truck or the trailer or both had just slammed against the guard rail obviously very much out of control. Something large and black flew off either the truck or the trailer from the impact with the guardrail and came flying past us as the the runaway truck drew closer.

The trailer was fishtailing severely and I silently prayed that the driver could keep control until it passed us. I think my heart was totally stopped as the truck and trailer managed to pass by without hitting us.

Now I audibly began to pray for the driver and whoever else might be in the vehicle as it was heading for the hairpin turn at much too fast. As I watched him in my rear view mirror as he crossed over into the oncoming traffic land and I knew he was no closer to bringing his tandem under control.

(To be continued in Part II)

Your the Lucky One – Song About My Friend in Heaven

Your the Lucky One – Song About Going to Heaven

I finally published my song about my friend in Heaven on youtube. So without further ado…

I actually “wrote” this song about my friend in Heaven back in September of 2016 after my good friend Sammy was killed in a tragic car accident. It still hits me like a knife between the eyes when I think about the reality of his passing.

Actually, the song wrote itself in my head as I tried to deal with my grief. Sammy was a big beautiful yellow/orange Tom Cat. When I first met Sammy, almost 15 years ago, it was love at first sight.

My wife and I were visiting our local animal shelter in hopes of finding a kitten for our daughter. I’ve always loved cats. My wife, having grown up on a farm, had never really thought of cats as pets. All she had ever known were barn cats… a necessary tool as far as she was concerned. Cats were necessary for mouse control but not much good for anything else. Farmers don’t usually try to make pets out of their “mousers”.

But my wife was willing to take on a kitten for the love of our daughter. We hadn’t really found anything as we browsed the shelter until we were told to be careful of the bathroom as there was a mama cat and a litter of kittens living there. The shelter was filled to excess capacity! We had to take a peek and were greeted to the site of huge black and white mother cat with 4 helpless kittens with their eyes still closed. There was only one yellow one. As soon as I laid eyes on Sammy, I picked him up and told my wife, “This is the one I want.”

We ended up volunteering as foster parents and took the mother and her kittens home to live with us. That was fifteen years ago. My wife is now a cat lover too.

Do Dogs Go To Heaven-The Song-By Barry Barnes

Do Dogs Go To Heaven-The Song

Do dogs go to Heaven?
I think you know they do.
Jesus takes all dogs to Heaven
Because he loves them too.

Does the sun rise every morning?
And set again each night?
Do stars come out
To to say hello
Until the morning light

And do dogs go to Heaven?
I think you know they do.
Jesus takes all dogs to Heaven
Because he loves them too.

Do children laugh?
Do mother’s cry?
Do fathers sometimes leave?
Jesus takes them all to Heaven
Because he loves them too.

Do you believe that Jesus died for you?
That he died because he loves you?
Do you believe that there’s a Heaven too?
That he went to prepare a place for you?

This song is a work in progress. When I get it finished, I will record it with a video and publish it on youtube. For now I will link to another song of mine which is currently on youtube. The video features many of my pet memorial pictures which I sell on eBay. Here is the video:

In conclusion, I must say that I really believe that we will be reunited with all our loved ones “after all”.
Thank you for visiting.
God bless.

personalized memorial picture

Personalized Pet Memorial Pictures Make Unique Gifts

Personalized Pet Memorial Pictures Make Unique Gifts

I create and sell personalized pet memorials on eBay. They make very unique gifts. Most of my business is from people purchasing a picture for themselves. But some of my customers are just trying to help someone they know cope with the loss of a loved one. One of my personalized pet memorials makes a very caring gift to give someone you love. Do dogs go to Heaven? My customers certainly believe they do.

Words from recent customers:

“Hello, Yesterday my son and daughter in law lost their long hair White German Shepard . I have purchased two of these wonderful Memorial’s from you in the past . One for me for my white German Shepard . Also one for my son who lost his Beagle named Adorno. Their White German Shepard’s name is YETI Would you PLEASE send the memorial to them so they will get it faster.”personalized memorial picture

“I just purchased this memorial for our dog Sadie. I forgot to mention that my wife’s birthday is on April 24th. It was her dog that passed. I don’t know if it could get to us by then but it would be great if it could. Thank you.”

“This is actually for my neighbor. They just lost Mario a few weeks ago. I certainly understand the pain though. We do rescue, mainly seniors, and have lost several in the past few years. It never gets easier.”

“…cant wait to get it and have it framed for her…ironically her birthday is coming up to…
I know shes gonna cry…but I think this pic will offer comfort…thanks!”

“Hello, if I send you a picture of my mom’s chihuahua can you put her into the picture? She died this morning so I’m trying to get something meaningful made, thanks!-Candice”

“Just wanted to say thank you so much. The picture was absolutely beautiful. My parents lost their beloved Zoey last month, they loved the picture and it means alot to them and me. Thank you again and God bless you for your time and effort in making memorials for our very much missed part of our family.”

If you are searching for a unique gift for someone you care about, please consider on of my personalized pet memorial pictures.

My store is called Heavenly Images and is located on eBay.

Thank you.

God bless,

Animals Can See Angels and Demons

Animals Can See Angels and Demons

Remember that story in the Bible about Balaam and the Donkey? Three times the donkey saw the Angel of the Lord with his sword drawn to kill Balaam. Three times, the donkey saved Balaam’s life by disobeying Balaam and taking a beating.

Balaam never saw the Angel until the Lord allowed him too. But the donkey saw him. I don’t think the Lord was revealing the Angel specifically to the donkey. That would have been counter productive to the Angel’s mission it would seem. The Angel was severely hindered in his task by the rebellious donkey.

Could it be that animal can see Angels and Demons. After all, if Angels are present all around us all the time as many claim, animals would not even react to them for the most part. Unless, say one of them was coming toward their owner in a menacing manner.

I’m sure we’ve all heard many stories of animal acting in strange ways that we couldn’t understand until after the fact. Dogs especially seem to have a “sixth sense” about people. They know immediately, without having ever seen a person before, whether they are good or evil. Perhaps, not only can they see Angels wielding swords, but maybe they can also see the Demons perched upon someone’s shoulder.

Some people claim to be able to “discern” evil spirits or demons. I personally know a lutheran minister who claims to be able to see demons of peoples shoulders.

Cats also seem to be able to sense good and evil. Just watch a cat in a room crowded with people that you know. If there are two individuals who are known to be hostile towards each other, the cat will never sit between them. On the other hand, if two people and known to have great affection for each other, just wait a bit and see if the cat does not gravitate toward these two and most likely settle eventually in their midst. In conclusion, I do believe that animals can see Angels and Demons.

The Hope of the World is the Kingdom of God

The Hope of the World is the Kingdom of God

Yes, the hope of the world is the Kingdom of God. All you have to do is watch the news on television to become overwhelmed at the unbelievable presence of evil in this world today. It’s depressing and seemingly hopeless. In fact, if not for my belief that Jesus came to earth as “God among us” and showed us how perfect love could conquer evil… I would have no hope at all. But he did. Jesus showed us that by loving our enemies, even to the point of dying at their hands was the only way to conquer evil. That is the point that we will eventually have to come to trust in order to bring this world into the Kingdom of God. We will do it. The Church will be triumphant. It won’t happen until we learn to trust in the power of Jesus. In “power under”. Historically, the Church has been known as one of the most barbaric and violent forces in the world. But the Church should never be militant. We have to learn to trust in the power of the cross; not the sword. We have to learn to trust in the power of love; of self-sacrificial love. Jesus could have called 10,000 angels. He could have conquered Rome. And actually the “Church” did eventually conquer Rome. For over a thousand years the “Church” conquered and ruled over most of Europe by the power of the sword. But where is the “Church” in Europe now? The “Church” in Europe is pretty much dead now. When you take up the sword, you die by the sword. We have to be willing to lay down our lives for our enemies. We have to be willing to serve our enemies.

The Fact Is That Dogs Do Go To Heaven

My Feedback from my eBay store

These are 2 of my most recent messages from my wonderful customers and fellow believers in the fact that dogs do go to Heaven.

“Thank you so very much….may God bless you too, and keep sharing the fact we WILL see our beloved pets again one day!♡”

“Just wanted to say thank you so much. The picture was absolutely beautiful. My parents lost their beloved Zoey last month, they loved the picture and it means alot to them and me. Thank you again and God bless you for your time and effort in making memorials for our very much missed part of our family. Have a Happy Easter and thank you again.”

• what a blessing it is to have this picture! It soothes the pain.Seller is great! bliss11253
• Beautiful memorial for a beloved lost pet! deletedmother

• A beautiful tribute my precious buddy. Thank you so much! AAAA++++ spunkydakota

• Absolute pleasure to deal with, Very Pleased. Don’t get any better A+++ wheels4acause

• this is the best way to honor your love ones, the seller is the best A++++++ ayokac

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• Excellent communication beautiful tribute to my dog gus-myster1

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More Feedback from my eBay store…

• Unbelievable seller. Was so caring about my photo jeannine10003

• Incredible, thanks for your artistic talent. hayneswife

• beautiful!! I am so grateful! hayneswife

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• Excellent customer service. Beautiful picture. clothes4lucy

• Many thanks to this caring seller for this lovely memento. blueabbycat

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More Feedback from my eBay store…

• omg i love it thank u very good communication A+++++++++++++++++ dogrockyroad
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• awsome ebay seller very well done memorial picture erikaporter2012
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And more Feedback from my eBay store…

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Death and the Kingdom of God

Death and the Kingdom of God

One of the greatest advantages of being a believer in the Kingdom of God is knowing where you are going when you die. Actually, death and the Kingdom of God are mutually exclusive terms. There is no death in the Kingdom of God.

I used to fear death but now I feel such a peace about it. Yes, I believe that Jesus died for my sins and defeated Jesus by giving his life for me just as I am. I am a sinner and deserve to go to Hell. But all my sins have now been erased.

Everything that is not compatible with the Kingdom of God will be burned away. Actually, the moment I confessed my belief in Jesus, I was blessed “in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.”(Ephesians 1:3)

The Heavenly Realms

For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love 5 he[b] predestined us for adoption to sonship[c] through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will— 6 to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. (Also from Ephesians 1)

This says to me that anyone who believes that Jesus died for their sins immediately receives every spiritual blessing in Heaven. In other words, there is a “Jesus version” of each of us in Heaven. Not the same person that we are here on earth.

No, there is a perfect version of us in the Heavenly realms. It is the version of us that we will be someday. The version of us that God sees. No one has proof that this is true. It takes faith to believe in the Kingdom of God. But after weighing all the available evidence, I have chosen to put my faith in the Kingdom of God.

I Will Keep Sharing About Dogs Going To Heaven

Sharing About Dogs Going To Heaven

Creating Pet Memorial pictures for people can be rewarding at times. Likewise, sharing the Good News about how we will be reunited with all our loved ones someday when we are in Heaven. So I will continue to keep on sharing about dogs going to Heaven.

I received this message today from one of my customers, “Thank you so very much….may God bless you too, and keep sharing the fact we WILL see our beloved pets again one day!♡”

Actually, I don’t believe that we are going to Heaven when we die. I believe that Heaven will be right here on earth. That is how Jesus taught us to pray, “On earth as it is in Heaven”.

We started out in the “Garden of Eden”. It was basically Heaven. We walked with God. But Satan convinced us that there was something lacking. If we just had one more thing, our life would be complete.

And isn’t that the way it is still today? No matter how much we have, we are never satisfied. We are always looking for that one more thing that will make our life complete.

Eventually, we will come full circle and realize that God has everything we need. Jesus started the ball in motion when he defeated Satan on the cross and died to show us that love is more powerful than hate. That the Kingdom of God is more powerful than the Kingdoms of the world. The love of Jesus is the hope of the world. The only hope of the world really. Kingdoms of the world will continue to rise and fall. But only when we learn to love like Jesus; that is to die for our enemies, will we finally conquer the ruler of the Kingdoms of this world… Satan.