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On Helluva Travel Year!

On Helluva Travel Year!

Greetings Folks, from Sedona, Arizona! This is our final travel destination for 2023. And what a travel year it has been! This year included trips to Las Vegas, Death Valley, Chicago, Minnesota, Vietnam, North Carolina, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and a...
Catching Up!

Catching Up!

Wow, it’s been more than a month since my last blog post. I guess a lot has been going on, so I thought I’d drop this post just to share. As usual, Fall 2023 entered with what can only be …
The Boy in the Window

The Boy in the Window

The Boy in the Window If you are anything like me, you probably have some occasional childhood memories that pop, unbidden, into your head from time-to-time. I don’t always know what triggers them. Some are mere snippets, like remembering playing...
The Dune Litany, Re-purposed!

The Dune Litany, Re-purposed!

The Dune Litany, Re-purposed! If you’re a Dune fan like me, you’ve read most of the books and watched the movies, old and new, perhaps more than once. I read four of the books before burning out and have seen...
24 Hours to London!

24 Hours to London!

By the time a notification about this post is delivered to your inbox, it will be just 24 hours until we depart for London! This is about when I start wishing that time would slow way, way, down. It was …
24 Hours to London!

On the Road Again (2022)

Yep, we’re going on the road again! Lisa and I began this year with an amazing return trip to Italy in March. We visited southern Italy for the first time and it is no lie that Sicily blew our minds! Photo highlights from our trip can be seen here: Palermo Monreal,...
How Did I End Up in Duluth?

How Did I End Up in Duluth?

The way my grandmother told it, is that she was at home in Duluth one day when she got a call from San Francisco. The woman on the phone told her that her daughter, Mary Ellen, had a baby boy …
Introducing Jeff’s Journal

Introducing Jeff’s Journal

Greetings! While I have been writing some about my passions, like philosophy, science and travel, I have been wanting to write about other things that are more personal, and sadly, I’ve been putting this off for years.  Indecision sucks! But now I say” “Enough is...
How I Got the Surname of Drake

How I Got the Surname of Drake

In preparation for a return trip to the UK and Ireland this fall, I have been revisiting my family tree and previous genealogical work. I want to have my ducks in a row in case I get a response from the group of Irish genealogist I’ve contacted. I have what is known...
Something Happened

Something Happened

I have a photo of me with my mother in the hospital where I was born. She looks happy. I’m feeding my face from a bottle. The photo looks so normal. Like a photo you would expect of a first-time mother. Not everything is always as it seems. Between the time this...