Calm Joyful Remembrance: Recall, Recount And Respond

Think only of the past as its (calm joyful) remembrance gives you pleasure. Jane Austen This weekend is Memorial Day in the United States.  This day of remembrance began after the civil war. Honor was expressed by decorating the graves of fallen soldiers.  In fact it was called Decoration Day even by my parents. It […]

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Success Is A Long Walk In The Same Direction

If you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, go together. ~ African proverb I consider myself a fairly independent person.  Taught to carry my own weight, do my part and not quit, I champion getting things done.  I like my time alone.  Yet,  it is when I am part […]

Exciting First Steps For Biplane Dream Underway!

Exciting First Steps! The beginning is the most important part of the work. -Plato The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step. Lao Tzu It has begun.  After: the initial transport from my hangar to the EAA workshop last July, collecting of plans, Oshkosh, coordinating work teams, the fall fly-in season and the […]

Happy Awesome Birthday Mom – A Love Letter

 “I know that despite whatever stupid thing I do, I’d be able to go to my mom and she’d still love me. I honestly believe that” ― Nellie Christine, RID I generally do not write about my mother, unless it is in reference to her family ancestors, the Rightmeiers.  Writing about the connection I have with my […]

Kansas Cullens – Three Wonderful Themes From 2018

Each year starting around Thanksgiving I begin reflecting on the past year.  This continues until the last week when we finalize our goals and plans for the coming year.  The process has several stages and aspects that include: Mundane stuff like end of the year financial activities resulting in updated financial budget tools for the […]

Aunt Beulah’s House Smiles Again – A Happy Miller Reunion

 There is an eternal landscape, a geography of the soul; we search for its outlines all our lives.  Josephine Hart My childhood is steeped in geography; locations connected to relationships and key events.  In most cases, when an occasion is recalled, it includes a place. Thanksgiving – The Rightmeier Farm Christmas was my Kansas […]

The Handkerchief – A Lewis Clan Reunion

“He produced a handkerchief—crisply folded—and handed it to her. She took it with silent astonishment. She’d never before known anyone who carried a handkerchief.”  ― Cassandra Clare, City of Bones Nothing shows both polish and utility like the nattily tucked pocket handkerchief or ‘pocket square’ in the breast pocket of a man’s blazer, sport coat, or suit jacket. […]

The Biplane – A Dream And Hope Resurrected

Me, at seven years of age: “Daddy, how long will it take to build the biplane?“ Daddy: “I’m not sure, but you will probably be old enough to fly it by the time it is done”. Me: “How old to I have to be to fly?” Daddy: “At least 16 years old.” I asked the […]

Making Time For Family – Stories Then and Now

  Rejoice with your family in the beautiful land of life! – Albert Einstein For the past few weeks I have re-posted content with stories centering on my maternal grandfather’s branch of the family tree.  Then I realized that during this time, I had actually been in contact with parts of my grandfather’s side of the family from […]