Memoirs & Biographies
My Life My Perception My Truth Part 1
In my life I've had the pleasure of being taught that growth hurts and that sometimes even when we have to question everything that you thought that you knew thought that you believed that in the end you always end up exactly where you were meant to be.
What Is Lifelong Learning?
In a high school valedictory speech, I exhorted my classmates to engage in lifelong learning. In this article, after stressing the importance of education and learning, I reflect on my post-high school learning experiences from 1962 through the present.
My Ups and Downs in 1963
1963 was like riding a roller coaster. There were so many ups and downs in my life. As a college freshman and first-semester sophomore, I met both success and disappointment at school. Outside of school, I had to deal with my grandfather's death and parents' farm auction to get out of debt.
An Exhilarating Experience Made Possible by My German Professor
This is the story about how one German Professor helped me to fight my homesickness and earn a higher education prestigious degree. Interested? Read on.
A Life Saved on Top Mt. Major in New Hampshire
On August 16, 2021, I hiked Mt. Major in New Hampshire with my dad where he had a heart attack during the descent and was carried off the mountain and airlifted to the hospital. It was a frightening ordeal and we are blessed that he is doing well and appreciative of all those who helped him.
What It Was Like Going to a Two-Room Country School
In the late-1940s, 50s, and early-60s, a close neighbor and later my sisters attended a two-room country school in the village of Honey Creek, Wisconsin. Based on the memories of Bonnie and my sister Patty, this article recalls the school, teachers, staff, classes, recess, and school activities.
Former Suzanne Sellers Mural on the Houston Club Building Memorialized
This beautiful little pocket park in the heart of downtown Houston with the spectacular Suzanne Sellers mural no longer exists. See it in photos here.
Learning Chinese at the University of Wisconsin — 1972–1973
This article recalls learning vernacular and written Chinese at the University of Wisconsin in Madison 1972-73. I vividly remember my classes, teachers, classmates, lodging, and extra-curricular activities.
Good Things, Bad Days and Ugly Experiences
Life is a mix of many good and some bad and ugly things. 'Things' that occur, chances that arise, thoughts that lead to good openings, ideas that go awry, accidents that prove beneficial, true friendships, love encounters, happy moments and bereavements that leave a vacuum in our hearts.
Living in a College Fraternity in the 1960s and 1970s
Paul lived in Alpha Chi Sigma professional chemistry college fraternity chapter houses in the 1960s and 1970s. This article recalls his residence at the Alpha chapter in Madison, Wisconsin, Alpha Beta chapter in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and a brief stay at the Sigma house in Berkeley, California.
The Dark History of Moncofa - The Orange Grove Graves
Moncofa (or Moncófar) is a beautiful coastal town in the northeast of Spain. Behind and beneath its beauty, though, lies a dark and painful past.
Circus in the 21st Century: A Portrait of Circus United
Circuses are popular in the United States -- many, like Circus United, raise money for Shrine organizations. Fletcher Runyan, partner and producer of Circus United, shares his story with journalist and long-time circus lover Teri Silver.
Mother’s Day Reflection: Hold Tight To Your Umbrella
A Mother's Day reflection of our sweet mother, who is loosening the grip that tethers her as our earthly umbrella of protection; oh, my dear Mama, hold tight to your umbrella for a wee bit longer. But when it is time for our Mary Poppins to fly, enjoy that flight back home!
Memories of My Eldest Sister
Beatrice who is three years younger is my eldest sister. In this article, I first recall my memories of Bea when we lived in the city 1947-53. I then remember Bea when we were growing up on farms 1954-66. Finally, I reflect on my relationship with Bea and her family from 1971 through the present.