Non-Standard Mail

“We can send them to you via FedEx. Could you please notify us of your wishes?” There are all kinds of things that can be sent FedEx. They specialize in getting items from here to there. And apart from that movie “Castaway,” they seem pretty good at delivering. But this was different. This was not … Continue reading Non-Standard Mail

Age of Generosity

It was not a normal birthday. Often birthdays are filled with cakes and parties and music and gatherings of family and friends. I was going to be in a small darkened room, with only my sister in attendance and a couple of medical staff. Instead of dancing and mingling, I would lying almost completely still. … Continue reading Age of Generosity

Help Wanted

I'd like to start by saying, "Thank you." Thank you for taking the time to read my blog. I've been at this now for almost a year. I started to blog because I felt like writing would be a good discipline for me and that I had finally lived long enough to have something to … Continue reading Help Wanted

Ask my Neighbor

I recently saw a story online that caught my interest. Someone was out in Amish country and came upon an elderly gentleman. There is more curiosity about the Simple People than answers for most of us. The Amish are not usually quick to engage in public conversation about matters of faith or politics, and their … Continue reading Ask my Neighbor

Touching Home

When I hike I always touch the sign posts. I have often marked the time when I began and when I officially ended a hike. I will typically take a quick picture of my hiking poles leaning against the posts as I come and go. It is a handy way to have a time stamp … Continue reading Touching Home

Lost

Lost. Even hearing the word seems to affect us. Have you ever been lost in a dangerous situation? Being lost is a matter of either not knowing where you are or not knowing where you’re headed. It may be a more common experience than we realize. I’ve been lost in the woods before. A friend … Continue reading Lost

Only What You Take With You

I like to backpack. I’ve been doing it since I was young. It has long been a part of my pilgrimage on this planet. There have been some grand adventures and some disappointing days along the way. I’ve been excited, and occasionally injured. I have enjoyed incredible views and days when you could only see … Continue reading Only What You Take With You