Galena IL

Galena Illinois is one of my all time favorite towns. These pictures were taken in October 2009 which was our third visit to the city.  Beside having an absolutely beautiful downtown area it was also the home of… Read More

Yard and Garden (and Tomatoes)…

I seem to spend quite a bit of my retirement time tending my yard and garden. At least in the warm weather months that is. Don’t get me wrong; I am by no means a perfectionist who manicures… Read More

A Life Without Pets??

I know some people go through life without any pets. We had some neighbors across the street from us once who I deemed as “neat freaks” . Their house was always so immaculate. They would never have considered pets… Read More

The Pets of my Life…

My wife and I have always had pets around our homes.  I can’t imagine life without them.  So, I have put together this collage of some of our furry, and not so furry, friends. No, we don’t actually… Read More

Don’t Do as I Do…But

As I mentioned before my wife and I were not fortunate enough to have had any children. But maybe the post will accidentally fall into the hands of some of you who can learn from one of my… Read More

Des Moines Botanical Center – Des Moines, IA

The Des Moines Botanical Center is not one of the largest we have visited but it probably one of the best maintained (both inside and out). Date Visited June 2010

Text Messaging is the Way For Me…..

When I went deaf in 1988 there was no way for me to communicate with my wife or others once I left the house. Even at home calling others was almost impossible. I had a device called a… Read More

Iowa Historical Museum – Des Moines, IA

These pictures of the Iowa Historical Museum, that is in front of the Capital Building, were also taken during our June 2010 trip. Besides the Iowa political primaries section of the museum one of my favorite things was… Read More

Personal Adversity Makes Us Stronger or…

OK, first let me start out by completing the title message. Personal adversity makes us stronger or breaks us. As I mentioned a few posts ago I went deaf about twenty years ago and have consequently faced my… Read More

Inside the Capital Building – Des Moines, IA

Here are some pictures from inside the Des Moines Capital building.  I particularly like the library with the spiral staircase.  As usual click on any photo below to see a larger image.

My Hubby of Nearly 25 Years….

My wife Yvonne and I did not get married until we were both over forty years old. This was the first marriage for both of us. We have been married almost twenty five years now. Although we had… Read More

Capital Building – Des Moines, IA

Let’s stay in Des Moines for a few more posts. Here are some pictures of the outside of the Capital building.  It is one of the most beautiful capitals we have visited in the U.S. But, we did… Read More

Life is Mainly Little Steps…

I like most people I guess, seem to go through my life concentrating mainly on the giant leaps. Getting my driver’s license, my first legal drink, the first job, getting married, retiring, etc, etc. These always seem to… Read More

Living History Farms – Des Moines IA

We visited here in June of this year.  They have, in addition to the town in the pictures, several different farms set representing different Iowa farming eras. as usual click on a thumb nail below to see a… Read More

Bent’s Old Fort – One of My Favorite Historical Sites

I must admit that I am a U.S. history nut. In my life I have read several hundred books on the subject. Being non-violent at my core this list does not include many books on our wars but… Read More

Bent’s Old Fort..

Bent’s Old Fort is located in southeastern Colorado and it is one of my all-time favorite historical sites to visit. We were there in June 2009.  It was a commercial fort in the 1830s  and 1840s that means… Read More

My Dog Beulah

I thought I would show you a picture of the other member of our family. As shown in this January 2009 photo she just loves the snow.

Career opportunities then and now..

I graduated from Purdue University in 1970 with a degree in Electrical Engineering. I was the first one in either Mom or Dad’s family that had graduated from college. Because Dad was a milk man and Mom had… Read More

Me and the Hubby – 1999

Let’s start out with a picture of me and my wife in 1999.  We lived in New Jersey then and made rather frequent trips to NYC.  This picture was taken on Ellis Island. Notice the World Trade Center… Read More

I am deaf….

  I am doing something here that I have not done on any of the other blogs I have created. I am going to come up front with the fact that I am deaf. Being deaf is a… Read More

Something happened in the Early 1980s…

Looking back on my life in the corporate world something very distinct happened in the early 1980s. Loyalty disappeared. Companies started treating employees as liabilities and employees therefore lost any sense of commitment to their employers. Lifelong employment… Read More

Community Service…

One of the biggest walls I faced as I entered retirement was what am I going to spend my time on now that I seem to have so much!  Suddenly not going into my usual eleven hour a… Read More


I was eight years old when I gave my best friend a black eye over some dispute that I can’t even remember. Immediately after that incident I was totally devastated over the violence I had done. I promised… Read More

Retirement Living…

One thing I haven’t mentioned yet about this blog is that it will be much about retirement living. Yeah, I know you are saying “You are in retirement and still don’t know what you want to do when… Read More

What do you want to do when you grow up?

The question in the title of this post is probably asked millions of times a day by various people to someone who is usually just starting out in life. I remember the first time it was asked of… Read More