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The Lives of You
January 26, 2012
I know the title above - the Lives of You - is not grammatically
correct. But I list it because of an interesting email thread I've been
following with fellow APH members.
The thread started because of an article in the NY Times. It was a book review of The Lives of Margaret Fuller
by John Matteson. The "lives" - not just the "life". This is
interesting because each of us has many experiences over a lifetime and
we often have phases where we go through career, lifestyle and
personal changes. Life can be full and varied so why not consider your
many lives when you preserve your life story?
Some great memoir titles have been shared on the thread. A German immigrant titled her story, From Lederhosen to Jeans: A Sweet & Sour Kraut's Journey to America. Another personal historian is working on a banker's memoir with the working title The Banker Who Never Lost Interest. And I really like the car salesman who titled his book, Through the Rearview Mirror.
Pilot Who Soared on Eagle's Wings
January 20, 2012
(In memory of my father, Thomas M.
My dad served 26 years in the United States Air Force. He
loved to fly! He often remarked that he couldn't believe his good
fortune at being paid to do it for so many years.
Dad also had a strong faith, but it came after many years of seeking
and as a result of some significant spiritual experiences. One of his
favorite Bible verses comes from Isaiah 40:31, "those who hope in the
Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles".
That verse really spoke to him. I can only imagine what it must have
been like to soar through the clouds at twice the speed of sound in a
big bomber jet.
Dad passed away a few days ago on January 14, 2012. He'd been sick and
in and out of the hospital the past few months. It became clearer to
family that his time on earth was nearing an end. My sister, Leslie,
lives in Kansas City and so was able to keep tabs on Dad and let us
know how things were going. Brother Doug in Virginia and I in
Albuquerque made the wise decision in November to book a flight to
visit. We chose the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday weekend. It would
give us a three day weekend and seemed like good timing. We had no idea
just how good the timing would be!
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Mexico - Looking Good for a Hundred!
January 5, 2011
Tomorrow we get a new Centenarian as
New Mexico celebrates 100 years of
statehood. The state became a US Territory in 1848, but it didn't get
statehood until 1912. There is a lot of history behind that. New Mexico
is known as the "Land of Enchantment" and it certainly has been that
for me. I first moved to Albuquerque in 1979 and left 8 years later. I
returned in 1997 and this has been my home ever since.
New Mexico is rich in culture (Hispanic, Native American, Mexican and
early Americans) with colorful stories about conquistadors, pueblo
Indians, wild west outlaws (remember Billy the Kid?) and many artists
(Georgia O'Keeffe among them). The state has a beautiful and varied
geography and amazing skies. Plus, we have chile - red and green flow
through our veins!
The official website for all things related to New Mexico's Centennial
It's interesting to explore. Just today I was
sharing with my 7th grade social studies class the story of the 47
stars American Flag. Find out why it was an unofficial official
stars and stripes - here.