Alive and well


Kathy, Pastor Natalie, Cousin Nate

Yes, I am alive and well. I left for Las Vegas on Thursday, July 7 and returned on Thursday, July 14 via Allegiant Air nonstop both flights.  I was met at the airport by Kathy, cousin Nate’s wife, and their daughter Natalie. Kathy summoned the wheel chair that took me on the long, complex ride through the airport maze.

Fort Mohave, Az is several hours drive away from Las Vegas.  Natalie was the driver and I sat on the front passenger’s side during the trip.  She is the pastor of the Unity Fellowship of Mohave Valley.  We found many common interests to talk about. She has a kind face, a ready smile, an open mind and a large heart.  We had never met before yet we seemed to like each other immediately.  Click here and you may hear her sermon for the fourth of July.  (More about her and her ministry later)


Terrible’s Casino that leads the way to Terrible’s MacDonalds. Nate and Kathy are standing in front of Casino

We found for our first rest stop in Searchlight, Nevada, the birthplace and home of Senator Harry Reid, Democratic leader in the US Senate.  In Searchlight I felt the first bit of culture shock  of the trip.  Large neon signs proclamed it to be Terrible’s Macdonalds.  We had to go through Terrible’s Casino first to get to the restaurant. That’s the way it is in Nevada. In due time we arrived at Nate and Kathy’s home in Fort Mojave ajacent to Bullhead City and along the Colorado River across from California.


A view of Nate and Kathy’s Street.

Soon after arriving at Nate and Kathy’s house I was given my choice of room, bathroom, and conveniences. The TV was constantly tuned to soft classical music except by deliverate choice to hear the news or an event of mutual interest. The atmosphere of the home was generally calm and activites were deliberate. Part of the day’s routine is to read to each other from Unity’s DailyWord

Yesterday our daily word from Greencroft was a quote from Samuel Goldwyn. He said that if someone does something good, applaud and you will make two people happy, yourself and the person you applaud.  I amended it to say that if some one does something, applaud even if what’s done is poorly done.


About Martin Lehman

I was born 92 years ago, the son of a Mennonite pastor and organic gardener in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. At age 10 I was baptized as a member of the Marion Mennonite Church. I own the "Old Fool" moniker because I want to walk the Jesus Way even though the world and much of the church takes me as a fool for doing so. In my life I have moved from being a young conservative to an elderly radical. I tell that story in My Faith Journey posted on my website.
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1 Response to Alive and well

  1. Nate Lehman says:

    Special message to cousin Martin Lehman from Nate. From the moment you arrived in Arizona until the day of your departure Kathy and I became students of your rich wisdom and knowledge. I feel the older generation has much to teach without preaching and you have mastered the art of teaching without preaching. You and beautiful Joyce are and will be always welcome here for there is much to experience in Arizona, and I know you still have much to teach us.

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