Category Archives: Thoughts and Ramblings

The Healing Touch of a Letter

The voice on the other end of the phone line was shaky, not in a frail way, but in a way that conveyed deep emotion. “Is this Ben?” I replied, “yes.” The voice continued, “this is Phyllis Tisdale, Don’s wife.” … Continue reading

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Freedom–The Birth of a Song

In 1999, I was the proud co-owner of a 1959 Champion 7FC. The Champion 7FC was also know as a Tri-Traveler and was originally configured as a tricycle gear airplane. After a tornado destroyed the airplane, perhaps because the weather … Continue reading

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The Boston Massacre 2013 Redux

As many of the followers of this blog know, I have been transcribing the day to day journal of my dad’s service during World War II. Through this work, I have discovered a depth of sacrifice that he, and those … Continue reading

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An Unlikely Love of Flying

In his journal on April 16, 1943, my dad wrote, “I look forward to the days that we don’t have to fly. I shouldn’t be flying. I’m too nervous and I don’t like it. If ever I get a chance, … Continue reading

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Celebrating the Joy of Flight

First, a classic poem that captures the joy of flight. “High Flight” John Gillespie Magee, Jr. Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings; Sunward I’ve climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth … Continue reading

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Unlike A Good Neighbor

Jesus was asked by a legal expert of the day about the requirements for inheriting eternal life. Jesus responded to the question with a question, “What does the law say? What is your understanding?” The lawyer replied, “Love the Lord … Continue reading

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