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Breaking News…

I received news today that Island County has issued a permit for the minor engineer adaptions that had to be made to Sunnyshore Studio due to the soil compaction test.

Jim Spane’s work crew will begin on Wednesday, March 2nd. We have less than nine weeks before the Camano Island Mother’s Day Tour to get the shell of the Studio built to welcome the thousands of guests that will come through.

Here’s the work of the Engineer.


It all looks like scribbles, numbers, symbols and gybarish to me. But I figured it must mean something important to I forwarded the Engineer’s work to my son Jacob who is studying Mechanical Engineering at Purdue University.

I wrote: “[Jacob] This is how an engineer’s head works. I don’t get it. Do you? Love you! Dad”

To which Jacob replied:

“Hey big daddy!

fc/FC is the stress based off of the force FC and certain material qualities fc. The arrows are pointing towards the structural beams, so I figure that C and B are the interior supports. K refers to Kips, which is a unit of Force (kilo pounds). Its pretty cool! Jacob Dorsey”

Even though I wasn’t able to understand his scribbles, numbers and symbols they obviously meant something to someone somewhere and it proves, once and for all, that engineers are an important and necessary part of life.




It hangs in the balance…

Last week I received some bad news about my Sunnyshore Studio project from my builder. Sunnyshore Studio’s completion by the Mother’s Day Tour hangs in the balance.

My builder told me that per the company’s engineering guidelines the poles used for the building had to be sunk 4 feet into the native soil. But because the excavation was done in the wet season and we needed to bring in a significant amount of pit run rock for the foundation,  we would need to get a compaction test done. The test came back last week oh so very close to the 95% the builder needed to treat the pit run like native soil (they think it fell short because of the wetness); so my builder is going back to the engineer to find out if there is a way to make it work from an engineering standpoint.

I really, really appreciate how hard Jim Spane is working find a way to make this happen; and I’m still very hopeful that we will have the Studio shell up by May 6th and be able to welcome guests.

It would be, of course, super disappointing not to have the Studio up for the art show; and very humbling to go back to the Camano Arts Association and backtrack. But we took our best shot, and I have no regrets for trying. Meanwhile we wait. It is in my Heavenly Father’s hands.

PS. Here’s a short video of Donnie Watkin’s crew bringing in the Pit Run Rock. By the way, I am very happy with Donnie’s work!

My First Writing Project at Sunnyshore Studio: The Name

July 2014 I took a month long sabbatical at my parent’s home on Camano Island, WA to work on a writing project on Christian identity and calling. I wrote in the mornings and evenings. In the afternoons I split firewood for mom and dad, jogged to Mabana Beach and and picked wild blackberries. It was a time of creativity, rest and renewal.

Most of the time I wrote from the attic bedroom.


But for a few weeks I camped out on the Sunnyshore Studio property and wrote there. It was inspiring to be able to look up from my computer and see the Sound and the Cascade Mountains. At night I worked next to my campfire.

The result of my writing sabbatical is a book called The Name. If you are interested in purchasing a copy you can click this buy button which will take you to my Shopify account.

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If you are interested in learning more about the book, here is the write up I did for Goodreads:

The Name explores Christian identity and the calling that arises from it. It claims that Christianity uniquely affirms both the personhood and particularity of individuals and it introduces the spiritual formation path called Identity Mapping, which helps people discover the unique person God has designed them to be, and the calling that arises from it.

The Name is broken into four parts: PART ONE introduces Christianity’s unique and powerful view of identity, and the spiritual formation path of Identity Mapping. It roots the knowing of one’s identity in terms of relationship to God, and argues that without God’s grace it is impossible for us to really know ourselves. Finally, it sets forth the thesis that God who is infinitely glorious, represented by His many names, designed each person to know Him and show Him in a unique way, that our purpose as people is to “name God” so to speak, by being the unique reflection and representation of God that He has made us.

PART TWO sets forth the claim that we can’t know ourselves unless we know the true story that we are in. It looks Identity through the lens of the Bible’s story of Creation, Fall, Redemption, and Restoration. Under Creation, there are chapters on “Conferred Personhood”, “Crafted Particularity”, and “Identity in God.” Under Fall, there are chapters on “Primal Wound”, “Fragmented and False Identities”, and “Wounds, Wounding, and Particular Depravity”. Under Redemption there are chapters on “Cosmic War,” “Covenant LORD”, and “Conversion”. And under Restoration there are chapters on “Christian Identity”, “Life in the Covenant” and “Written in the Story.”

PART THREE walks a person through the Identity Mapping process using the story of Jacob as a paradigm for understanding God’s grace and Christian identity. Through listening carefully to the life of Jacob and God’s grace to Jacob, we learn to listen to and map God’s design and grace in our own lives. Through the personal interaction tools people Map the presence of God in their life, their personhood and particularity, wounds and wounding, and false identities. They track God’s pursuit of them, and their conversion to God. They take stock of their life in the covenant, and grow in an understanding of how they have been written into the Mission of God in the world.

In the last section, PART FOUR, the specific path of Identity Mapping is laid out: This includes, (1) Receiving the grace of God, (2) Repenting of False Identities, (3) Role Artistry, (4) Establishing Boundaries and Setting Goals, (5) Barriers and Blockages, (6) Partnering with the Holy Spirit, (7) Community Collaboration, (8) The Missional Life, and (9) Thisness.

In short: The Name is a comprehensive summary of Christian Identity, including theological foundations, guides for personal reflecting on one’s own unique, God-designed, crafted and redeemed identity, and practical tools to live out one’s identity and calling to the glory of God’s Name.

I’m thrilled that The Name the first book of mine that I’ve completed, was written from the beautiful and creative place that I call Sunnyshore Studio.


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