It was just a library card

“Libraries are reservoirs of strength, grace and wit, reminders of order, calm and continuity, lakes of mental energy, neither warm nor cold, light nor dark.” — Germaine Greer It was just a library card, but it meant the world to me. I have always loved books. It goes back to the little paperback…

Walking among giants

“Yosemite Valley, to me, is always a sunrise, a glitter of green and golden wonder in a vast edifice of stone and space.” — Ansel Adams   In March, I ventured out in search of whales, those marvelous creatures that winter in Mexican waters. We were staying in Puerto Vallarta. Our daughter’s wedding

Make a left at Chama

“I think it’s my adventure, my trip, my journey, and I guess my attitude is, let the chips fall where they may.” — Leonard Nimoy It started as a grand idea … a week in Pagosa Springs, Colorado, courtesy of my sister and brother-in-law, who couldn’t use their timeshare that season.

Moving ahead without a map

“There are risks and costs to action. But they are far less than the long range risks of comfortable inaction.” — John F. Kennedy   Sometimes you just have to get started. Rather than spending a lot of time planning, measuring and evaluating, often you just need to follow your gut and move ahead,

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It was just a library card

“Libraries are reservoirs of strength, grace and wit, reminders of order, calm and continuity, lakes of mental energy, neither warm nor cold,…

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Walking among giants

“Yosemite Valley, to me, is always a sunrise, a glitter of green and golden wonder in a vast edifice of stone and…

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Make a left at Chama

“I think it’s my adventure, my trip, my journey, and I guess my attitude is, let the chips fall where they may.”…

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Moving ahead without a map

“There are risks and costs to action. But they are far less than the long range risks of comfortable inaction.” — John…

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Catching up on the mail

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Whistle a happy tune

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Remembering the Trash-80

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Patience and Persistence

“Patience is not simply the ability to wait — it’s how we behave while we’re waiting” — Joyce Meyer Patience…

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Highs and Lows in Kansas

“It’s easier to go down a hill than up it, but the view is much better at the top.” — Henry Ward…

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Whatever Floats Your Boat

Friday, Dec. 30, 1870: “Stormy with wind from southwest… carried away our fore top mast sail and the sailors (could not take…

21 January 2015 [06:21 AM]
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Flights of fantasy

“Aerodynamically, the bumble bee shouldn’t be able to fly, but the bumble bee doesn’t know it … so it goes on flying…

07 January 2015 [08:56 AM]
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Passages and Transitions

“Life is one big transition.” Willie Stargell The alley between the newspaper and the church holds many memories. That nondescript…

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Never get married on a holiday

“All men make mistakes, but married men find out about them sooner.” — Red Skelton It sounded like the right…

24 December 2014 [09:53 AM]
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Skipped Opportunities

“Regrets, I’ve had a few; But then again, too few to mention. I did what I had to do and saw it…

16 December 2014 [09:32 PM]
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Flashbacks and Memories

There’s no end to stories from the war. A recent episode of “60 Minutes “featured the BentProp Project, a group of divers…

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Journals from behind the wire

“The Wire,” he is always there, blocking every dream, every plan, every vain soaring of your enthusiasm. “The Wire” is at the…

02 December 2014 [09:03 PM]
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Paintballs not bullets

“I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal…

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Counting votes and baking bread

“All the problems we face in the United States today can be traced to an unenlightened immigration policy on the part of…

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People are generally good

“As they marched, the crowds lining the route broke into applause, a sweet and deeply felt spontaneous pattering that…

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Yo Lep, Yo Lep, Yo Lep, Right Lep

“After a hard day of basic training, you could eat a rattlesnake.” Elvis Presley liked to march. Once I got…

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Farewell to the day

“Get outside. Watch the sunrise. Watch the sunset. How does that make you feel? Does it make you feel big or tiny?…

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