Monday Musings

1. I’m a displaced Minnesota Twins fan living in the Seattle area. I enjoy attending Mariners games but it’s the Twins that I really follow. This article in Entreprenuer Magazine sheds some light on how the Twins ownership represents Minnesota values (and might even explain why they didn’t trade for free-agent Cliff Lee recently). Thanks Scotte Meredith of Spokane for bringing this to my attention!

2. Restaurant pick of the week. For this one you have to get to Tacoma, WA. A smaller chef-owned restaurant in the theater district – located on a tiny street called Opera Alley – is the ‘Over The Moon Cafe’. It’s a smaller place that has about 10-12 tables. We went there recently to celebrate my wife’s birthday and were extremely satisfied with both meals. I would recommend reservations through just to be on the safe side.

3. Do you do alumni things? We don’t very often but through a rare set of circumstances we hosted the Bethel University President – Dr Jay Barnes – and Vice President Ralph Gustafson in our church yesterday. They were in town to host a gathering of Bethel alumni at Gasworks Park in Seattle.  For Julie and me it was a full day of alumni-like events. Maybe next we’ll go to homecoming!

4. I’m trying to create a weekly email newsletter to send out to our church members that has imbedded graphics like most of the commercially generated emails you see these days. I used Outlook to send an html newsletter but most recipients without Outlook were unable to open it. I know that I can send a pdf that must then be opened – or even send a link to our website – but there must be a way to achieve my goal without subscribing to a service like Any suggestions?

5. Mentoring is hot these days. From Donald Miller to Big Brothers/Big Sisters it seems everyone is talking about mentoring or being mentored. I signed up with NextGenMentoring to conduct a 10-month mentoring group for 6 men in my church. Tonight we meet for the 6th time. I really look forward to these mentoring sessions and have been pleased overall with the design and direction of the material. It’s worth checking into if you are looking for a way to mentor other men or would like to be part of a mentoring group.

6. Yesterday, while visiting with my friend Ralph Gustafson (see #3 above) I mentioned that I am performing a wedding this Saturday. He asked if that as I get older do I deliver shorter wedding messages? It was a good question and a good suggestion. So I’m working on shortening the message for this Saturday to 10 minutes or less. If you perform weddings, how long do you speak? I’d like to hear from you.

1 thought on “Monday Musings

  1. Scotte Meredith

    Joe —

    Outlook automatically puts the entire EMail into a wrapper if it is HTML or RTF. It’s a .dat file. They are the only ones that do it and most others can’t read it. (“How many Microsoft programmers does it take to change a lightbulb? None… they just declare darkness the new standard.”) You can get plug-ins for many EMail software to read them. But you don’t want to do that to the people you are sending the EMail out to.

    Give me a call if you’d like to talk about options.

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