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The Train to Galesburg

October 27th, 2015, 1 Comment

Sometimes, children are so excited you just can’t resist. Jacob and Oliver have been begging for a train trip for awhile now, so Laura and I took advantage of a day off school to take them to the little town of Galesburg, IL for a couple days. Galesburg is a special memory for me; nearly […]

The Time Machine of Durango

August 2nd, 2015, No Comments

“The airplane may be the closest thing we have to a time machine.” – Brian J. Terwilliger There is something about that moment. Hiking in the mountains near Durango, Colorado, with Laura and the boys, we found a beautiful spot with a view of the valley. We paused to admire, and then – The sound […]

Suggestions for visiting the UK?

March 12th, 2015, 31 Comments

My wife and I have been thinking of visiting the UK for awhile, and we’re finally starting to make some plans. I would be grateful to anyone reading this that might have some time to make suggestions on places to go, things to do, etc. Here’s a bit of background, if it helps. We have […]


December 21st, 2012, No Comments

A couple of weeks ago, I walked in to a nice, sit-down restaurant, with a smile on my face. It’s the kind of restaurant with folded cloth napkins on the tables. “Table for three, please” – as Jacob and Oliver were with me. This much isn’t unusual. I have periodically taken them out to eat […]

Geeky plan: Solar power supply IN THE CAR

May 4th, 2012, 6 Comments

From the “might be geeky” dept… For an upcoming car trip, we have to take my wife’s car (long story). I will be taking two large lead-acid batteries in the trunk hooked up to a solar panel in the rear window area and, of course, some electronics in the front seat. Why, you ask? While […]

Greece part 5: Friends and Radios

November 12th, 2011, 3 Comments

See also parts 1, 2, 3, and 4. This is the biggest highlight of our trip to Greece for me. I enjoy having the chance to meet people, visit for awhile, and make new friends — and that certainly happened in Greece. In one of the shops we happened to step into, I noticed a […]

Greece part 4: Food and Shopping

November 3rd, 2011, 2 Comments

See also parts 1, 2, and 3. I am a person that enjoys food that’s different from what’s at home, and Rhodes didn’t disappoint. Terah and I used to live close to an excellent Greek restaurant in Indianapolis, so we were already familiar in some way with the food. But there isn’t any Greek restaurant […]

Greece part 3: Water

October 18th, 2011, 1 Comment

See also parts 1 and 2. That’s a photo of Vlicha Beach, near our hotel. But before I talk about the Greek beaches, I need to explain something about living in Kansas. Kansas is in the middle of the United States. The nearest ocean is the Gulf of Mexico, which is 700 miles (1100km) away. […]

Greece part 2: History (and sauntering up to guys with machine guns)

October 14th, 2011, 3 Comments

Terah and I went to the Greek island Rhodes recently. This is the second in a series about it. I am one to enjoy history. There is something deeply, well, connecting, about standing in an old place. There is a timeless quality to it – a feeling of being connected to so many people of […]

Greece part 1: Wow

October 10th, 2011, 5 Comments

Terah and I are just back from Rhodes Island, Greece. “Wow” is the summary of that place. Some highlights include walking up to a 14th-century church and hearing beautiful chant through the windows, crossing a bridge across the moat to a grand gate into Rhodes built by the Knights of St. John, spotting an amateur […]

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