Perhaps you learned in your middle school science class that the distance around our planet Earth at the equator is approximately 25,000 miles. A little-known fact, for most people however, is that distance is equal to the number of miles I have ridden on a motorcycle. I know, when you see me you do not [...]
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It was 1995, — 10 years following the eruption of Mount. St. Helens. A sunny day in September found me on my way climbing up Mount St. Helens. There were about 8 of us in the group. For some reason we got started late and did not get to the trail head until about 9 [...]
The last week in November and the month of December are one of my favorite times of the year. It is time to remember our blessings, our family, our friends, and our faith and to express our thanks for each of these.
Seven years ago, I was privileged to participate in a short trip to Ensenada, [...]
It was November 11th, 1918. My father was a mere 95 days old. At the 11th hour, on the 11th day, of the 11th month of that year, the agreement to stop fighting in World War I went into effect. In 1919, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed November 11th as Armistice Day to remind Americans of [...]
When I was a young lad, we lived on a dairy farm. The barn was located about 100 yards from the house. One dark winter night, after I had finished my chores, I was the last to leave the barn. I turned out the lights and started towards the house, noticing that the pole light [...]
A long, long time ago, probably somewhere in Ethiopia, as the story is told, a sheep herder discovered that his sheep were “hyperactive” after eating the red “cherries” from the plant we now call coffee. With a little experimentation and passage of time, the Turks were able to make a drink from the coffee bean [...]
MARSHMALLOWS, CHOCOLATE, AND GRAHAM CRACKERS
Sometimes I sit and wonder, and sometimes I sit and think. And then there are other times when I just sit. In fact, my doctor would probably say that I am sitting too much of the time. One of favorite places to sit and think is by a fire. There is [...]
I never really did have a nickname until I met Jay Livingston. I am not sure where he got it from or why he decided to use it for me. Perhaps he knows more of my life than I thought he did, but be that as it may, in my opinion, I really do not [...]
There is something to be said about “He was the first”. It is almost equally gratifying to say “I saw it happen.” Maybe there are some of those same experiences that you can identify in your life. Here is one from mine.
The date was May 31st, 1965. The location: Indianapolis, Indiana. The famous Brickyard, as [...]
It is not often we get to celebrate the big 5–OH also known as fifty. Some of us have made it to our 50th birthday and there are a few couples that have celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. But there is one big 50th anniversary that I will be celebrating on January 2, 2012. I [...]