Barns, barns, barns….

One of Yvonne and my hobbies is to take pictures of barns. Like many other things barns, at least the non-metal type are disappearing from our landscape every day. We are determined that we will help preserve them at least… Read More

Retirement Don’ts

  Don’t continually put off things you want to do until later. You never know how many days you still have on this earth especially when you are in your retirement years and the back door seems to… Read More

High School Memories…..

Let’s do another post on my high school days or maybe I should say where I lived during my high school days. As I mentioned before I went to a Catholic school from the first through the seventh… Read More

Memorable Quotes

Gregory A. Boyd – Author and pastor of  Woodland Hills Church in St. Paul, Minnesota, Jesus reveals that, where God reigns, national walls will be torn down and national distinctions rendered insignificant. “In Christ,” Paul says, “there is neither… Read More


The picture here is of the Indianapolis 2002 IndyFest, or at least I believe that is what it was called.  It was put on by the Indiana Historical Society. Unfortunately this was the first and last one. I… Read More

I Believe

  I believe that Jesus meant us to be humble rather than proud. I believe that Jesus meant us to be selfless rather than selfish. I believe that humility and compassion are the two most important things all… Read More

Memorable Quotes

Will Rogers – New York Times, Apr. 29, 1930 Half our life is spent trying to find something to do with the time we have rushed through life trying to save. Or I could paraphrase this as “Stop… Read More

Retirement is a Meaningless Void….

The above title is somewhat of a shocker from a person like me who is reflecting on his retirement years. So, let me finish the sentence here. Retirement is a meaningless void until you make it otherwise. The… Read More


“Stuff” has been on my mind lately so I pulled out a November 2008 blog post on one of my other blogs and re-posted it below. I am in the process of cleaning out my barn and it… Read More

Happy Fall 2010!

Here it is the first day of fall. I will be glad to see the summer heat finally dissipate. Yesterday was 96 degrees and tomorrow is supposed to be in the 90s again so I guess we will have… Read More

Closed Captioned TV….

Continuing on with tools that help me and other deaf people coupe in the hearing world this post will cover closed captioning. When I went deaf in 1988 there only about 10% of the television coverage was closed… Read More

Let’s talk about the weather….

We often have casual conversations about the weather over our back fences or to people we are not intimately familiar with. When we can’t think of anything else to say we talk about the weather! Well, I seem… Read More

Choose to be Happy..

I have been having some pretty grumpy days lately so I find it necessary to revisit the issue of happiness. We all want to be happy especially in our retirement years. The pursuit of happiness is even in… Read More

Mackinac Island, MI

We recently spent a glorious three days on Mackinac Island in upper Michigan. One of the unique things about the island is that there are no motorized vehicles on it. Transportation is by either horse, bicycle, or on… Read More

I Believe…

I believe that meeting human needs should be more important than maintaining religious institutions. I believe that peace should be more important than power. I believe in the authority of the words of Jesus in the Bible over… Read More

Memorable Quotes

Mahatma Gandhi Whatever you do will be insignificant, but it is very important that you do it. At first thought the above quote did not mean a lot to me but when I thought it out it is… Read More

Deafness and Danger

Of course being totally deaf as I am means that I can no longer hear the noises around me. Sometimes that is a good thing. I no longer hear the screaming kid at the table next to me… Read More

Williamsburg, VA (con’t)….

Ok, this series will finish up the DC and area trip for now that we took in 1988. It is also of Williamsburg VA.

Williamsburg VA…

I have been away from my computer for a while.  Yvonne and I spent a glorious week at Mackinac Island. I will be sharing pictures of that soon but right now let’s finish up the current series of… Read More

Been Away for a while….

Sorry for not saying something earlier but I have been away from my computer for a while. Yvonne and I took a week vacation to northern Michigan starting  Labor day weekend. We spent three glorious days on Mackinac… Read More

The Silence of God

Here is an exert from a 1983 article in Sojourner Magazine written by Elsa Tamez. It speaks to my questions as to why God is silent so often in our lives. GOD’S SILENCE is mysterious. Sometimes it fills us… Read More

The Smithsonian

The Smithsonian in Washington DC was one of me favorite places to visit. We went then in 1988 during our DC visit.

Retirement Don’ts

Don’t get fixated on one particular thing. One of my favorite books is “1,000 Places to Go in the U.S. before you Die”. As the title indicates there is a list of 1,000 places in the U.S. that… Read More

Paper Products….

My wife comes from northern Wisconsin and anyone who knows the area knows that is paper country. I think when you are born in that territory something is put into your DNA related to paper? Before I was… Read More

Mount Vernon

Let’s continue on with our DC area trip in1988 to George Washington’s home Mount Vernon.