About bigskybuckeye

Born in the Big Sky Country of Montana and now living in the Buckeye State of Ohio, Richard is the creative mind behind Big Sky Buckeye. Retired after 40 years of teaching, I enjoy writing, photography, traveling, and following a healthy lifestyle.

Open Door

From Psalm 119:25:  “My soul clings to the dust; revive me according to your word.”

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Seeking to find

His open door

Sharing burdens

Freedom calling


Lost in darkness

Hungry, in fear

Welcoming all

Rest now with Him


Sinful spirit

Seeking His will

Living Water

From Heaven’s spring


No more hiding

Come into light

Safest haven

Sit at His feet


Feeling alone

Hearing Love’s voice

Filling us up

His Bread of Life


Now forgiven

Chains ripped away

Boldly go forth

Accepting grace


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From Matthew 7:7-8:  “Ask, and it will be given you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you.  For everyone who asks receives, and everyone who searches finds, and for everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.”

From My Journal

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From Big Sky Buckeye

Rejoicing with everlasting joy, our Father’s goodness tastes like the sweetest jam.

Do you write a daily journal?  This inspiring thought comes from my journal, and much of what is written in my journal comes from reading and commenting on other bloggers’ posts.  Thanks to many of you for adding so much to my journal.

(Updated April 18)

Mount Rushmore Presidents Quotes

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Mount Rushmore National Monument is located in South Dakota’s Black Hills.  The sculptured figures of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln stand watch.  

Abraham Lincoln (1861-1865)

Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.

Theodore Roosevelt (1901-1909)

If you could kick the person in the pants responsible for most of your trouble, you wouldn’t sit for a month.

Welcome to My Writer’s Corner


Writer's Notebook

Do you enjoy writing or reading poetry?  Most of the posts on Big Sky Buckeye are poetry, but I also share short stories, photography, and a few surprises along the way. You are invited to sit a spell and find something you like.  I enjoy sharing my curiosity through my writing.  You are welcome to like, comment, follow, share, or reblog a post.

Featured Posts

Welcome to another Sunday, the Lord’s blessed day!   When writing poetry, there are times when words just flow in the quietness of an early morning moment.  After reading my morning devotionals, these collected thoughts were crafted into poetic prose in free verse.  My wish for today is that others will find our Father’s “Open Door.”

In addition to my writing, view another journal entry posted on April 18 in From My Journal.  While Big Sky Buckeye enjoys writing poetry and short stories, much of his journal writing is inspired from reading and commenting on other blogger’s posts.

You are invited to read a quote updated on April 18 from thoughts shared from the words of America’s Mount Rushmore PresidentsAbraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt share their hallmarks of wisdom.

Many of you enjoy photography (either your own or someone else’s).  A peaceful morning scene is captured from a past visit to Cambridge, Maryland.  Check out the new photograph added on April 12 in the Photo Gallery. 

Recent Posts

Here’s my Baker’s Dozen, featuring 13 of my recent writings from the past couple of weeks.  Each post is linked to take you right to its location.  Other poems and writings can be found in the archives, which will be updated frequently with past selections.  Enjoy!

Quiet Love

From 1 Corinthians 13:12-13:  “For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then we will see face to face.  Now I know only in part; then I will know fully, even as I have been fully known.  And now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love.”

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Cherishing quiet love

Humble and enduring

Admiring devotion

Always reassuring


Abiding sacred vows

Uniting and growing

Living as single one

True love overflowing


Sharing unbridled truth

Caring for love’s duet

Overcoming troubles

Joy shines at each sunset


Hearing love’s small whispers

Blessing each day and night

Confessing true feelings

Boundless and holding tight


Listening to God’s love

Nurturing lifetime’s stage

Embracing each moment

Unhurried as we age


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Expressing her unique songwriting and blessed voice about love’s feelings, Dolly Parton sings “I Will Always Love You.”

Curious Trivial Facts

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This is a new type of post, which will be posted on Saturday along with my usual writing.  We can all appreciate some of the lesser known facts from around the world.

Mockingbirds traditionally mimic the sounds and songs of other birds, but mockingbirds found in New York City have been known to imitate police sirens, car alarms, buses, and the beeping of garbage trucks being driven in reverse.

When Herman Melville’s classic, Moby Dick, was first published in America, it bombed, selling only 3,797 copies in its first thirty-six years in print.

These facts have been discovered in I NEVER KNEW THAT by David Hoffman (2009).

Boundless Gifts (Elfchen Series #54)



Perishable, precious

Tested by fire

Rejoice with glorious joy


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Promises fulfilled

Born a Savior

Quenching world’s dry thirst


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Our Savior

Lights our way

His life, His truth


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This series of poems (written in the German-inspired style of Elfchen or Elevenie) shares a total of eleven words in each poem, with a sequence by line of one, two, three, four, and one words.

Charles Swindoll Quote

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On each occasion when we observe the Lord’s Table . . . we are not simply to feel or to read or to hear or to see, but to take into our very bodies the taste of our Savior’s sacrifice.

From Psalm 34:8:  “O taste and see that the Lord is good; happy are those who take refuge in Him.”

Swing Away

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Life’s game passing by

Parked on lonely bench

Watching each inning

From this dugout’s trench


Endless time marching

Week following week

Absent from big plays

Life looking more bleak


Dreaming great moments

Where are they hiding?

Just needing one chance

Few hopes backsliding



Finally knocking

Time to really shine

Eagerness rocking


Now just swing away

Life’s batter’s box calls

Confidence beaming

Stepping in, “Play ball!” 


In the film, “The Natural,” starring Robert Redford, Roy Hobbs finally gets his big chance to step into the batter’s box.  Here is the scene from the film.  Indeed, life and baseball find ways to complement each other.