Love And Work

By Mark Hopper One of our daughters and her husband bought a house in Orange County about a year ago. They were thankful to be able to purchase a house to raise their two young daughters. Our son-in-law and daughter worked hard to get settled and make their house into their home.  They purchased new furniture, […]

Saying Goodbye

By Mark Hopper My family and I are very sad to say “Goodbye” to an old friend.  Actually the friend is not a person but a restaurant in Diamond Bar.  The word began to circulate this week that the Whole Enchilada restaurant is closing. It has been a part of our family for 30 years.   […]

A Cup of Coffee

By Mark Hopper There are a lot of coffee places in Diamond Bar. We have at least two Starbucks; the It’s A Grind and The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf.  Plus McDonalds has the McCafe.  I’m sure that the possibilities are endless.   My wife likes me to bring home a cup of coffee for […]

Fun With a Grandson

By Mark Hopper   My brother and I grew up in Arizona. We didn’t have major league sports in the Phoenix area when we were young but there were several Major League Baseball teams that did their Spring Training in Arizona.   One of my memories as a little kid was going to a Major League […]

A Familiar Face

By Mark Hopper Some of our grandchildren and their parents have been staying with us for a few weeks.  It has been fun to have a house full of four energetic and enthusiastic young children.   One day one of them found a small newspaper on our driveway and brought into the house. I suggested that […]

Peanuts And Cracker Jacks

By Mark Hopper Some of our grandchildren have been visiting us for the past few weeks. We have enjoyed having them and their parents staying with us at our house. One of the things I have enjoyed while they have been here is playing baseball with them in our front yard.   We use a plastic baseball […]

Who Ate My Cookie?

By Mark Hopper Recently, I was playing golf with some friends in the mountains outside Salt Lake City, Utah. It has been pretty hot here in Southern California, so it was nice to get away and enjoy cooler temperatures in the Wasch Mountains in northern Utah.   The sky was blue and the hillsides were covered […]

There Is No Taste Like Home

By Mark Hopper Last spring, my wife and I traveled to see some of our children and grandchildren who live overseas. We actually flew to Poland and spent a couple of days with them touring Krakow. Then, we went south on a road trip from Poland to their home in Slovenia.   It was fun to see […]

A Family Reunion

By Mark Hopper My wife and I have four adult children and eight grandchildren. Some of our children and grandchildren live in Southern California but many of them live far away. We see the local grandchildren frequently, but we don’t get to see the ones who live overseas very often.   In addition, our grandchildren don’t […]

Sunrise

By Mark Hopper I delivered newspapers in Scottsdale Arizona when I was in high school. In fact, I was the Arizona Republic’s Newspaper Boy of the year my senior year. In addition, I was awarded a college scholarship by the newspaper to help pay for my tuition when I enrolled at Arizona State University.   There were […]

Slippery Stickers

By Mark Hopper Recently I took one of my grandchildren to one of my favorite fast food restaurants.  She loves the french fries and I love the burgers.  Yummm!   The nice lady at the cash register took our order and then handed a page of stickers to my granddaughter.  This small page of stickers […]

Strong Feather

By Mark Hopper I have probably written about this in the past, but I was reminded of it again when my wife and I were in Arizona recently.   My wife and I grew up in the Phoenix area in the 1950’s and 1960’s.  We actually met during our freshman year at Scottsdale High School.  […]

Baby Birds

By Mark Hopper I have written several articles over the years about the birds that build nests and raise new babies at our house.  My initial reaction is that they are messy and they don’t clean up after themselves!  Bird’s nests would never pass inspection by the health department.   In addition, they infringe on […]

Hats

By Mark Hopper I was sitting on a park bench a while ago and I noticed that I was the only person wearing a hat!  There I was enjoying a little snack in this open pedestrian area watching people go by and it dawned on me that no one was wearing a baseball cap except […]

Watch for Camels

By Mark Hopper We saw a lot of camels on our recent trip to Israel.  We saw some camels at tourist stops where people could pay the owner five dollars to sit on a one and get their picture taken. We also saw a lot of camels on the hillsides as we rode down the highway […]

Indiana Jones Was Here

By Mark Hopper Some of my favorite movies are the ones with Harrison Ford as the lead actor “Indiana Jones”.  His first adventure was the “Raiders of the Lost Ark” and another one was “The Last Crusade”. I know that Disneyland has an Indiana Jones ride which is a lot of fun.  But, recently, my […]

Three Cheers for the Postman

By Mark Hopper   I suspect that the employees at the post office are the recipients of a lot of criticism.   I know I have voiced my frustration about the long lines and slow service at the post office in the past.  Maybe you have too.   I am sure that they hear many […]

30 Years (Part One)

By Mark Hopper Thirty years is a long time. It is almost a third of a century. But, that is how long we have lived in Diamond Bar, California. I began my new job as the pastor of our church on June 1, 1988 – 30 years ago. My wife and kids stayed in Arizona waiting for our […]

The Final Four

By Mark Hopper The Final Four championship of the NCAA Men’s basketball tournament was held in San Antonio, Texas a few weeks ago in the huge Alamo Dome. I actually attended the Final Four At that same location about 20 years ago.  It was a great experience that I still remember. Unfortunately, my favorite college teams were […]

Wedding Season

By Mark Hopper Spring has traditionally been the season for weddings. I often tell people that some of the happy parts about being a pastor are weddings and babies.  And, some of the sad parts about being a pastor are deaths and divorce. I have two requirements for doing a wedding – come to church […]