How To Tap Into Your Unique Inner Legacy

I’ve always liked the idea of memoirs, going into someone else’s life, going through someone else’s day and getting out of your own head. – Isabel Gillies The decision to start this BLOG came from a desire to preserve stories.  To capture those bits of memory that get lost as generations pass and years go […]

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 […]

If You Are In Kansas Then You Can Be An Aviator

This was my second year as an exhibitor at Kansas Aviation Day.  I and a fellow Advocate Wing member participated on the behalf of Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF) to showcase yet another way Kansas Aviation is employed. Since a majority of MAF’s fleet of almost 50 aircraft based in 17 countries are Cessna Aircraft from […]

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 dad […]

How To Resurrect An Airplane In Style

“Hold fast to dreams, For if dreams die,  Life is a broken-winged bird,  That cannot fly.”  – Langston Hughes My roots in aviation came from my father.  His sprouted in the 1960s.  I do not know what or who influenced him.  He had not flown in the military nor been involved in aviation prior to his decision […]

Two Unusual Exciting Ways To A Pilot’s Licence

“Worse than not realizing the dreams of your youth would be to have been young and never dreamed at all.”  Jean Genet Acquiring a private pilot’s licence in the United States is fairly straightforward: Pass the Federal Aviation Administration’s(FAA) written exam Take flying (and landing) lessons from a FAA certified flight instructor (CFI) for at […]

How I Witnessed A Delayed Dream And Vision Fulfilled

“Walk with the dreamers, the believers, the courageous, the cheerful, the planners, the doers, the successful people with their heads in the clouds and their feet on the ground. Let their spirit ignite a fire within you to leave this world better than when you found it…”   ― Wilferd Peterson “I turned left onto a half-mile […]

How To Stay Up To Date On EAA Airplane Building

“To invent an airplane is nothing. To build one is something. To fly is everything.”  – Otto Lilienthal An airplane building project my father began in the 1960s has been re-begun.   “The Biplane – A Dream And Hope Resurrected” post provides the background for the extraordinary turn of events that has resurrected a dream all but […]