Flaps- Our Curmudgeonly Elder Cat – The Good-Bye And Farewell

Cats seem to go on the principle that it never does any harm to ask for what you want. – Joseph Wood Krutch Flaps is our senior cat at Maison Steinbuchel.  He has been a very healthy cat, but early during the lockdown in 2020 he had a seizure and we almost lost him.  We […]

Three Reasons To Honor Constitution Day

“Don’t interfere with anything in the Constitution. That must be maintained, for it is the only safeguard of our liberties.”  ― Abraham Lincoln “We the people are the rightful masters of both Congress and the courts, not to overthrow the Constitution but to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution.” ― Abraham Lincoln Saturday September 17 […]

Three Essential Elements Of A Perfect Early Morning Flight

To most people the sky is the limit. To those who love flying, the sky is home. – Unknown Recently I rolled myself out of bed at “O dark-thirty” for an early morning flight.  I had been planning to do so daily for over a week, but other life demands kept getting in the way.  It […]

Biplane Building-How Perseverance, Passion, And Perspective Equals Progress

Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish. – John Quincy In January, we reached a significant milestone on the Chapter 88 Biplane building project.  The upper right wing was completed and hung on the shop wall! A video of this moment has been posted on the Chapter’s Facebook […]

Three Ways To Use DNA To Authenticate And Launch Your Story

DNA opens an even more mysterious door to understanding the human condition: all of our ancestors live within each one of us whether we are aware of it or not. ― Laurence Overmire, from:   The One Idea That Saves The World: A Message of Hope in a Time of Crisis There is science that bears out the […]

What Wonderful Stories Lurk In Mysteries Within Vintage Family Albums?

“When A Photo Outlives The Memory, Write The Story…Give It A Voice – Again”. – Nancy Cullen Making wonderful stories, twenty or so members of my mother’s extended family gathered for Thanksgiving this past year.  Although we kept in touch remotely, due to the health emergency, it had been a couple of years since we […]

Summer Is Not Gone Yet! Squeeze Out One More Adventure

Summer is very precious.  –  Dylan Lauren       It’s here. The annual back-to-school thing.  But wait!  Summer is not over yet!  That pace of unstructured bliss that allows for refreshment and rest is still here.  Even in the midst of ongoing pandemic rhetoric take some time for a change of venue.  Let’s finish […]

Focus On The Basics-Key Lessons From Flight

“And like no other sculpture in the history of art, the dead engine and dead airframe come to life at the touch of a human hand, and join their life with the pilot’s own.” ― Richard Bach, A Gift Of Wings To focus on the basics, will provide an unshakeable stability when nothing seems fixed. In these […]

How Writing Your Story Reveals And Opens Unexpected Treasures

“It’s important to teach our children their heritage. Who are your ancestors? What were their traditions? Each of us has a story to tell. If these stories are unwritten, then how are your children going to know of their parentage?”  ― Linda Weaver Clarke “Every man is a quotation from all his ancestors.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson There […]