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Oh, About 30 Years Ago

  If I could, again, I would enjoy a trip like this! Hard work. Mosquitoes. Threat of bears. Thousands of feet to climb.  Dall Sheep.  But a great time with a great friend who has been gone for over 20 years, Ron Mougey. The cabin had sunk into the tundra, the mud floor had not one…

Which Flag Defines You?

When I Was Young I was born and raised under the Lone Star. A state that often defines itself by its independent spirit and nature. We loved to go to Six Flags Over Texas… My first theme park of memory. It opened in 1961 when I was 6 years old.   A 6 hour drive to…

No Room…

I was 13, nearly 14…   I was singing in my first experience of a Christmas Cantata. Essentially a musical of voices and song telling the story of Christmas at Peace Tabernacle in Baytown, TX.   No room. Only a manger of hay.  No room. He is a stranger today.  No room. Here in his world…

Who Do You Trust?

Especially when you are hurt… Who? Well. You used to have someone… But now… …That person is someone you can no longer chat with and share your thoughts and concerns. …That person is someone who is repeating everything you said, but slanting it to their own advantage. …That person is someone who constantly criticizes you, who once…

2:40 a.m.

We All Have Them You know, times when sleep escapes us. It seldom happens, but when it does every second is counted like the proverbial sheep jumping over the fence. So, the time is 2:40  a.m… And sleep escaped. I’m not sure why, but at times like this it is generally because there are too many irons…

Ladies and Gentleman, Start Your Engines

Long before the race begins… The true competition started. Preparation for the race day, game day, the big event, etc. began when you said you wanted to participate! You began to prepare. Training. Tuning. Repairing. Polishing. Finding the right fuel. Looking right. Walking correctly. Best shoes. Contingencies considered. The results of those many hours, days, weeks,…

To Be Or Not To Be

That is the question… But that is not the question I consider today in light of Hamlet’s soliloquy… His was a different quest. And if you do not know the answer to his rambling, then you should research that on your own! No… My question, if this phrase can be construed that way, is, “What…

Friends and Storms

You are not alone… I remind myself today that the purpose of my blog is multiple. Writing for myself is cathartic, writing for others is difficult. Writing what I want to leave a legacy about is necessary, because it is in the words that our most solid long term communication is stored. Memories of voices…

What's Important?

I saw an old WWII film clip the other day… A group of people had to scramble for what they considered important enough to take on a journey. Though they were allowed to take things with them, they had no idea if they would ever make it back to their home, and they had no idea…

The Hardest Job

We often think our job is the hardest… When, in fact, someone else thinks their job is harder.  Doctors, lawyer, psychiatrist.  They deal with many hours of training and walking a tightrope of right choices, and often living with less than perfect solutions. Their work deals with the lives of those who place their trust…