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Oct 21, 2020

Ocean View of a Life Story

With all the turbulence this year you can't blame me if I decide to take a look under the surface, an ocean view, as it were, of a life story.

I have come across two interesting tales. One is about a Great White Shark and the other a fascinating octopus.

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Oct 15, 2020

Grand Time to Visit Grand Canyon

The Grand Canyon in Arizona is one of the great sights and wonders of the world. It is immense and truly beautiful. Such a popular destination for tourists means you should plan carefully. During this season of the coronavirus there are more restrictions, of course. But you can still go.

To know the best times to visit, the best places to camp, and a wide amount of great information if you would like to camp at the Grand Canyon you need look no further than The Camper's Complete Guide to Grand Canyon Camping.

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Oct 09, 2020

John Lennon at 80

Today is John Lennon's birthday. The singer, songwriter, member of the Fab Four (Beatles) and peace activist, had he lived would be 80 today.

All we are saying is give peace a chanceAll we are saying is give peace a chance

I can't say what John Lennon would be doing today if he was still around. But I do know that remembering his music and the message he gave us with lines from songs like, "Give Peace a Chance" still matter. They matter to me - hopefully to you as well.

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Oct 06, 2020

Eddie Van Halen, Rock Guitar Legend, Gave His Son the Gift of Music

During my many years working at rock radio stations there were countless times I played Van Halen songs. I played them loud, blasting the music through the studio speakers and quite often doing some air guitar. Van Halen was one of the biggest rock groups of the 1980's into the 2000's. Lead guitarist Eddie Van Halen was a driving force in the band. Ed could shred!

Eddie Van Halen lost his battle with cancer today. 65 might be considered elderly for rock n' roll. It's typically a young person's world. But as we've seen with many others, you can keep the rock spirit alive long past your twenties and thirties. The words his son said about him speak a great deal to how much he treasured his father's gift of music.

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Oct 06, 2020

Your-Life-Your-Story - My Life Story Blog Archives, September, 2020

An archive of previous My Life Story blog entries from September, 2020 regarding personal history, life story writing and more.

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Sep 30, 2020

Jason Reynolds on Bearing Witness

Jason Reynolds is a celebrated poet and writer that more people, myself included, are discovering is both gifted and truthful. He has found a wide audience for his books among the young adult crowd (YA is targeted at middle-school age, which to me is hardly young adult, but that's the term) with award winning books like "Ghost" and his novel-in-verse "Long Way Down".

One of the things Jason Reynolds said in an Orange County Register article struck me as very interesting, especially as I am a school teacher along with my life story work. He said he doesn't see his role as that of an educator. Referring to young people, "So many of us are trying to educate them, which I think is rooted in a place of ego from the adult, instead of just bearing witness to their lives."

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Sep 23, 2020

Almost Twenty Movie Turns Twenty

Cameron Crowe was a teenage rock journalist in San Diego in 1973. I was a senior in High School and listening to a lot of rock music and reading magazines like Rolling Stone which Crowe got to contribute to. I am sure I must have read his contributions.

The movie "Almost Famous" came out in 2000 and it took Cameron Crowe, now a screenwriter and director, ten years to bring it to the silver screen. The movie is partly autobiographic. But what is so great about the film (along with many of the cast members and their terrific performances) was how it captured the love of rock music back then.

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Sep 20, 2020

Rock of Righteousness, Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the "Notorius RBG", Supreme Court Justice, and champion of equality, particularly when it came to gender rights, died on Friday at the age of 87. She battled cancer five times and then some, often returning to duties when people would surely have given her a pass to spend more time recovering.

Her legacy casts a long shadow. She might have been short in stature, but she stood tall when it came to fighting for justice. It was fitting that she rose to the position of Associate Justice on the Supreme Court in 1993.

One of Ginsburgs fellow justices, Stephen Breyer called her a "rock of righteousness". I think she lived up to that title. Her accomplishments in face of many challenges are impressive.

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Sep 13, 2020

Grand Remembrances

Today is Grandparents Day in the United States. Being a Grand is a special honor. I feel very blessed that my wife and I have two grandchildren. We were able to visit them today. Yes, we are still being cautious with the coronavirus, but we also find it very difficult to not see them when they live so close. So today we did drop by to visit Jacob (age 10) and Sophia (age 7) along with their parents. We brought donuts and caught up with them. Our grandchildren are still pretty young and this is a precious time in their lives - and ours!

I wish I had known my grandparents better. We never lived in the same place. Dad was a career Air Force pilot, so we moved around a lot. But we did get to see them once in a while when they would visit us, or we them.

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Sep 11, 2020

Tribute in Light for 9-11

Every year this date arrives and I am reminded of how rapidly a day can dawn clear and bright and end dark and somber. In New Mexico that day in 2001 it was another beautiful September day. Sunny and warm, the kind of postcard weather that makes living here enjoyable.

Back east, across the miles, New York City also had a sunny morning. And then chaos and tragedy amidst the terrorist attacks. I've been to NYC a number of times. In 2001 I was there with my family in June, just three months prior to the World Trade Towers collapsing as a result of hijacked airliners flown into them. It was unthinkable. But it happened.

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