Stories about life

Dr. Who - Tardis in space/time

Where did the time go?

Dad was my best friend. And as best friends do, we’d discuss different topics and often leave each other with something to think about. Two days before he passed away, he left me with a question to ponder. It was five words actually …

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Chuck, Eleanor, & Lowell Foster

Lowell Foster

Lowell Elliott Foster’s obituary as it appeared in the Raleigh News & Observer on Monday June 22, 2015. Lowell was born on July 5th, 1922 in Corning, Iowa and died in Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina on June 17, 2015.

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Dad Irimugawa-Tachikawa flight 1945

A pretty good person

It’s been said we’re the sum of our experiences. That may be true, but I think alot of what we are – who we are – comes from our parents.

Some things our parents try to teach us will shape what we do and how we act. Some things our parents don’t try to teach us will shape who we are. My dad gave me both.

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Our first punkin chunker

A good laugh

Punkin’ chunking is a rather eclectic sport, and certainly not as well known as soccer or football. In fact, even though you can find “chunkers” throwing things all year round, you’ll only find them tossing pumpkins (aka punkins) each year a little before Thanksgiving. The picture above is the first …

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Buckminister Fuller in front of a geodesic dome

The Dynamic R. Buckminster Fuller on WUNC

R. (Richard) Buckminister Fuller was a man of many talents. I had a chance to hear him when he came to Iowa State University back in 1975. Unfortunately I passed on the opportunity – using the excuse that I had to study for a test. Looking back now, I SO wish I had gone.

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High school chemistry lab

High school chemistry

My senior year in high school wasn’t all bad. In fact, at times it was pretty fun.

Close to graduation I started wondering what pranks I could pull on a few best friends, or even teachers. Our chemistry teacher, “MadMan” Larry Dean, was one of my favorites. MadMan’s nickname was well deserved.

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Jimmy Buffett

Jimmy Buffett and Social Media

Last night at Walnut Creek I heard what I thought was Jimmy Buffett’s best concert ever. I’ve bought enough of his music, books, and gone to enough of his concerts over the years to fund at least one of his expeditions. He is the master in finding a story, living it, and then sharing it with others.

So reminiscing back to the concert got me to thinking about how much social media and Jimmy Buffett have in common …

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