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Another Sailing Ship Finished

November 25, 2017

In spite of a nasty head cold, which left me with little or no energy in November, I did finish another scissorcut that turned out quite nice. I hope you enjoy. Carmen and I returned from Minnesota on November 7 following a week in Fairmont visiting her brother Gary and Susan who were both hospitalized for a time. Both are home now and feeling much better. We hope you enjoyed a blessed Thanksgiving and look forward to the preparations for Christmas. “I saw one ship come sailing in . . .”
Sailing Ship 2017


Scissorcutting, After Summer Travels

August 8, 2017
Maywood Class 2

Charles, Arnie, Erling, Jim, and Roger  Maywood Class of 1967

Chicago River 1

Water Cannon on Chicago River

Summer began with a trip to Chicago in May for Jim’s 50th year of ordination celebrated at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago in Hyde Park.  The seminary hosted 50-year graduates from Maywood and Rock Island Campuses, and I enjoyed visits with four classmates: Erling Lindstrom, Roger Asplund, Arnie Pierson, and Charles Austin.

I also spent a day bumming around downtown on Michigan Avenue, visiting the Lake View building, where I had worked with my Uncle Verl, as a commercial art apprentice, when I was in high school in the fifties. I did a quick tour of the Art Institute then continued north up Michigan Avenue. The architectural boat tour was magnificent.  Afterward, I walked all the way to Wrigley Field, about six miles. Sadly, the Cubs game was a disappointment; the Cubs lost to the San Francisco Giants  6 – 4.  I did enjoy a visit at the park with Arnie Pierson.

In June we had a wonderful three-day visit with my cousin, Mark Knudsen, who came from Puyallup, Washington.  We ate at The Glockenspiel in Mt. Angel and enjoyed many hours of conversation.

Grant Memorial 1

Following Mark’s visit, we drove to southern California for a memorial service on June 17 for my cousin, Grant Bornzin.  His sister Gail was our gracious host.  We enjoyed visiting with family and a delicious catered dinner in Gail’s back yard.

Grant Memorial 7

Grant Bornzin 1940-2017      Air Force Academy Graduate

Gary Steven's 80th birthday

Susan and Gary Stevens with Tyler,      Lori and Jeff Joyce                












After returning from California we drove to Minnesota  to celebrate with Carmen’s family.  Her brother, Gary Stevens, turned 80 on June 29.  We enjoyed dinners at Jake’s Pizza, the Bergen restaurant, and Pizza Ranch.    It was good to see Greg and Tammy, Mark Stevens, and Aunt Iris with Linda and Cindy.

Summer also brings good direct sunlight through our windows for cutting, so I’ve been busy lately.  I’ve done three butterflies, one mountain stream, and a pelican.

Tiger Swallowtail 2.jpg

Tigerswallowtail                  on Coneflower

Mountain Stream

Mountain Stream

In Memory of Al Anderson

April 14, 2017

To get going on scissor-cutting in the new year I went into my file and found some beautiful drawings by my CPE supervisor, Al Anderson.  I copied them onto the back of the origami paper and began cutting.  Thank you, Al, for renewing my artistic pursuits, just as you helped renew my ministry many years ago. The drawings were done in 1980 and the cuttings in 2017.

Al Anderson 3-2017

Al Anderson Red 2017

Overwhelmed with Gratitude

March 13, 2017

It has been many months since my last post.  Carmen and I are finally recovering from back problems, sinus infection, and winter depression. We are overwhelmed with gratitude for all our blessings: improving health and energy, the love of family and friends, and of course, our beautiful home and each other.  We celebrated our 50th anniversary last August 27th with dinner at the Space Needle and wonderful visits with my brother, Gary and Debbie, and with friends, Bill and Judy.  Keith and Joel spent Christmas Eve and Day with us, what a blessing!  And finally, thank YOU, for checking in on my website.

Jim & Carm at Space Needle 1

Trials at Trinity

August 17, 2016

Copies of the Trinity saga are now available from the author.  I am excited to have the third book completed, a combined novel encompassing all the adventures, trials, and blessings of the first two books. A couple of new chapters, and some transitional material make for a pleasant read.

One friend wrote, “I just finished your wonderful book a few days ago. It is really a good story and you are a really good storyteller. It is indeed a saga of great scope with many interwoven subplots and a complex cast of characters. I found the details delightful. I was swept up in the story.”

If you would like to purchase a copy, send me an email:

Bull Elk Scissorcut

January 21, 2016

Bull ElkIt’s a new year, and I’m excited to share my latest scissorcut (4″x7″). Hunters especially should enjoy this one.  Anyone interested in purchasing, please contact me at


Heceta Head Lighthouse

December 25, 2015

Heceta Head framed

The Oregon Coast has many moods. Breakers at Heceta Head roll up onto the rocky cliffs. A distant ship heads for the mouth of the Columbia River bound for Portland. I was thrilled to do this most recent scissorcut for my good friends, Bill and Elaine Wilson of Silverton.