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A Fond Farewell

Posted by on Oct 23, 2019 in Blog, Featured | 0 comments

A Fond Farewell

After a bit of soul-searching, I’ve decided that it’s time to let go of writing my blog every month. To be honest, I’ve simply run out of material. When I launch into a story, someone usually says that they’ve already heard it. Or their face conveys that sentiment.  So, though I’ve enjoyed the discipline of writing and sharing, I think it’s time. I’m ending up with 95 one-pagers that I started to write back in February 2012. I began writing my one-pagers as a way of slowing myself down when I was consulting at Mattel. I would schedule a half-day every month to just sit in my office and...

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Castroville Blues

Posted by on Sep 30, 2019 in Blog, Featured | 4 comments

Castroville Blues

 I recently told a story to a group that I hadn’t shared for years. To be honest, it’s too embarrassing.  I prefer to share stories that are upbeat, funny, or touching. But this one remains on my mind even though it took place over 50 years ago. When I was in college, I spent a semester on a Field Study in 1968 and got a job at an Outdoor Education School up in the mountains outside of Los Angeles. I was teaching 6th graders about rock formations, astronomy, and other outdoor oriented subjects.  We had a week off for Thanksgiving and I was trying to figure out what to do. I...

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Blue Highways

Posted by on Aug 26, 2019 in Blog, Featured | 4 comments

Blue Highways

Traveling has always been a major part of my life. When I was growing up, our family used to pile into our VW bus and we headed from the Midwest to Maine every summer. I would always sit up in front with my father and be his navigator. I fell in love with maps and being on the road early in my life. Later, I read a book written by William Least Heat-Moon entitled Blue Highways. The title of the book refers to the back roads on maps—major highways were red and small, back roads were blue. The book is about Heat-Moon’s travels around the United States on back roads. I remember reading it with...

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Dupre Family Reunion

Posted by on Jul 30, 2019 in Blog, Featured | 3 comments

Dupre Family Reunion

Farn and I just returned home from our Dupre Family Reunion near Bridgton, Maine at the Nawandyn Estate on Highland Lake. No one in our family lives up in Maine but it has a special meaning to the Dupres. As children, we drove there from the Midwest every summer to spend several weeks hiking, swimming in lakes, climbing Mt. Washington, and braving the freezing ocean.   My family We began holding Dupre Family reunions every other summer in neutral places more than 30 years ago.  That was my father’s idea. He felt that when we all gathered back at home, we all fell into old familiar...

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Pasteling

Posted by on Jun 30, 2019 in Blog, Featured | 6 comments

Pasteling

I love art. I’ve loved it since I was a child and our house was filled with interesting paintings. I used to stare at them and wonder how difficult it would be to paint them.  Though none of the paintings were done by my mother, she was the one who taught me to draw. We would sit down with a large piece of paper and she would draw a squiggly line on it that connected at both ends. We would then see how many pictures of animals, faces, and just about anything we could find in the squiggly lines. I was totally captivated. She also taught me how to draw with charcoal and I remember winning...

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Owning Up

Posted by on Jun 3, 2019 in Blog, Featured | 15 comments

Owning Up

I’m feeling the need to own up to something. This has been a difficult period in my life and for the most part I’ve kept quiet about it. A few people I have shared this with but not many. I’m not sure why I’ve kept quiet but maybe I’ve been protecting myself. I’ve used this blog as a way to focus my attention on other things and that’s helped me remain positive. But I guess I’m ready now to open up. Almost three years ago, I was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma, which is cancer of the bone marrow.  I quickly got accepted into a clinical trial and started chemotherapy. Fortunately,...

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