Three Simple Facts About The Spectacular Thonet Chairs

Every chair should be a throne and hold a king. – Ralph Waldo Emerson I had never heard of Thonet Chairs but had often sat on them in Paris cafes.  Perhaps not an actual Thonet, but one of those bentwood-cained-seat bistro chairs modeled after Thonet.  I was oblivious as I enjoyed my cafe au lait what […]

Honoring A Courageous And Loyal Veteran

“The first night in Morotai, the Japanese sent over a bomber on the north end of the island.  The next day we went out and dug a deeper foxhole.”  – Lt. Joseph F. Cullen, Personal Diary Today we are honoring those who have served in the protection of our freedoms.  The freedom to choose our […]

Three Reasons Giving Honor Returns Benefits

Render to all men their dues. … respect to whom respect is due, and honor to whom honor is due. Romans 13:7 Showing honor to whom it is due takes many forms.  It can be as simple as holding a door open or saying thank you.  But there are occasions when more effort is appropriate.  […]

How Memorials And Memories Challenge And Encourage

“And those from among you will rebuild the ancient ruins; you will raise up the age-old foundations; you will be called repairing the breach, the restorer of the streets in which to dwell.”   Isaiah 58:12 There are a series of BLOG posts about how the families, for whom our historic home is named, converged […]

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The Three Benefits Of Traveling Through Time – Imagination

You can’t turn back the clock. But you can wind it up again. – Bonnie Prudden Traveling through time is a learned skill.  I was not a history enthusiast in my younger years.  Becoming a lover of history has been a long slow courtship.  Now, when I come across a point in history that piques […]

How To Dismantle And Overcome Intimidating Obstacles

“Take one step in the direction of your dreams and watch the Universe perform miracles to help you.” —Alexandra Domelle Intimidating obstacles come along with any dream.  Completing the EAA Biplane my father started came packaged with many intimidating obstacles: First, it was my Dad’s project.  My hero, the man I most wanted to please […]

The First Draft Is Written For Your Strong Win

The first draft is just you telling yourself the story.  ― Terry Pratchett Rescuing lost stories is both compelling and intimidating.  There is nothing more frightful to a writer than a blank screen with a short deadline looming.  I have for over five years posted a BLOG every week, except the three weeks I was […]

Why Visit An American Revolutionary War Patriot?

“Patriotism means to stand by the country. It does not mean to stand by the president or any other public official, save exactly to the degree in which he himself stands by the country. It is patriotic to support him insofar as he efficiently serves the country. It is unpatriotic not to oppose him to […]

The Willis Jeep – When Colorful Personal Stories Converge

Purchase“In the Willis Jeep, every road is the scenic route.” – unknown Some objects hold generations of stories.  One of those in our family is Grandad’s Willis Jeep.  I have referred to it before in passing and have plans to document its restoration.   At the moment it occupies a place in our driveway as those […]