Exercises For Geezers: The Birthday Challenge

Exercises For Geezers: The Birthday Challenge
On the road…again! Afghanistan to Zambia Chronicles of a Footloose Forester By Dick Pellek Birthday Challenge When he was a teenager, the future Footloose Foreste r saw a small graph in a local newspaper that showed how physical capability peaked in adolescence, then continued on a plateau until age 55, then...
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New Year's Resolution

I, like so many other people, am going to start fresh commitments, or renew old ones, for the start of this new year.  My hope is to concentrate on goals that will better myself, and renew my commitment to learn more about my ancestors and who they really were through personal...
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Blue Rose of Kenya

Blue Rose of Kenya
On the road…again! Afghanistan to Zambia Chronicles of a Footloose Forester By Dick Pellek   Blue Rose of Kenya Young Lucy Pellek was given the privilege of naming our pets. She grew up chasing Dolie around our house in Cape Verde, so was comfortable with the idea of having a dog...
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The Tiger And The Bear

The Tiger And The Bear
On the road…again! Afghanistan to Zambia Chronicles of a Footloose Forester By Dick Pellek   The Tiger and The Bear   Lots of couples have nicknames for one another, and Footloose Forester and his soul mate were among that group. Thu’s mother was known by some people as Tiger Dao, and...
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Faithful Four-Footed Friends in Saigon

Faithful Four-Footed Friends in Saigon
On the road…again! Afghanistan to Zambia Chronicles of a Footloose Forester B y Dick Pellek   Faithful Four-Footed Friends in Saigon   Humans tend to crowd out unpleasant thoughts and retain the memories of the happy times in their lives. Living in a war zone in Viet Nam for almost three...
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Faith in Every Footstep

The question " What do I know about the faith of my grandparents?" is a powerful question. I have asked myself many times, "Can I live up to the legacy of the faith they exhibited?" "Can I pass to my future generations an example of the faith that they showed in...
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For The Birds

For The Birds
On the road…again! Afghanistan to Zambia Chronicles of a Footloose Forester By Dick Pellek   For the Birds Just when he thought he had seen everything at his bird feeders outside the rear bedroom window, the Footloose Forester yesterday got a treat that he would never have predicted. The previous morning...
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Picking Magic Mushrooms With Jaelyn

Picking Magic Mushrooms With Jaelyn
  On the road…again! Afghanistan to Zambia Chronicles of a Footloose Forester By Dick Pellek   Magic Mushrooms   My father told me about wild mushrooms way back, but it was a Hungarian immigrant in New Jersey who convinced me that if you know what to look for, you need not...
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Blindsided by Joy: Mom's "British" Comes Full Circle

Sometimes unexpected joys come to us that are so far from being anticipated that they completely blindside us. I suspect God might specialize in using our children to bless us in this manner. During our son Daniel's growing up years I frequently put on my best (admittedly awful) British accent by...
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Looking for Suzie

Looking for Suzie
On the road… again! Afghanistan to Zambia Chronicles of a Footloose Forester By Dick Pellek   Looking for Suzie When we lived in Honolulu, Thu and the Footloose Forester chose to seek out a church where we would be comfortable. The very old, traditional, but decidedly frumpy cathedral in Waikiki had...
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Up the Zugspitze

Up the Zugspitze
On the road…again! Afghanistan to Zambia Chronicles of a Footloose Forester By Dick Pellek   Telling Stories With Pictures A book with pictures always adds something positive to the storyline. Short stories usually don’t have pictures but that does not mean that pictures or sketches don’t suit the short-story genre. With...
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Obelisk in Shadow

Obelisk in Shadow
On the road …again! Afghanistan to Zambia Chronicles of a Footloose Forester By Dick Pellek   Obelisk in Shadow Some people look at a rock outcrop and just see rocks. Others look and don’t see anything, and they say so. Yet others look and see the manifestations of natural history; they...
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Picking Your Own Tropical Fruit

Picking Your Own Tropical Fruit
On the road…again! Afghanistan to Zambia Chronicles of a Footloose Forester By Dick Pellek         H is for Hawaii When it was over, the Footloose Forester blurted out in a public forum that the past six years were the shortest years in his life. They were probably the happiest years, as...
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Dona Thu Stares Down A Marine

Dona Thu Stares Down A Marine
On the road…again! Afgha nistan to Zambia Chronicles of a Footloose Forester By Dick Pellek   Gorée Island, Senegal During a 2-month extension of the Environmental Impact Statement phase of the Senegal River Basin Project, wife Thu joined with Footloose Forester and packed her things for a new adventure. We were...
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The Wisconsin Glacier Leaves Us Reminders

The Wisconsin Glacier Leaves Us Reminders
On the road… again! Afghanistan to Zambia Chronicles of a Footloose Forester By Dick Pellek    Living on the Terminal Moraine   After a short one-page article about terminal moraine boulders in Netcong, New Jersey was published in the geology section of About.com in April 2011, it now becomes apparent that...
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Snowless (almost) Kilimanjaro

Snowless (almost) Kilimanjaro
On the road…again! Afghanistan to Zambia Chronicles of a Footloose Forester By Dick Pellek   T is for Tanzania Many people know that Mount Kilimanjaro is located in East Africa and that there is snow at its summit. At 19,341 feet above sea level, the top of Kilimanjaro is a sacred...
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Joe Fodor bails out, then survives Stalag-17

Joe Fodor bails out, then survives Stalag-17
On the road…again! Afghanistan to Zambia      Chronicles of a Footloose F orester By Dick Pellek            Originally published on 2 January 2012                 A Story of War Joe Fodor is going on 90 now, but you would never...
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Resolutions - a life long journey of self-improvement

Resolutions - a life long journey of self-improvement
This week’s prompt is: Do you make New Year resolutions? If not why? If so, what are your 2012 resolutions? First off - Happy New Year!! And happy 2012! Most nights, I stay home - avoiding the drunks on the road.  Last night, I went to dinner with my best friend,...
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How Grandpa Folkers died

How Grandpa Folkers died
Grandpa Folkers would sit hunched over in his rocking chair.  He was quite a heavy man.  He stood a head taller than grandma Folkers who was quite short.  It was wintertime, and he was sitting in the chair.  There was no heat in the bedroom, and the kitchen had the cookstove,...
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Holiday Traditions: My Ominous Door

Holiday Traditions: My Ominous Door
As usual, I’m about a month behind. The story prompt for November 11 had to do with holiday traditions, and here I am sitting down to write about this on December 20 th .... Maybe you can relate. There’s a door in the back of my mind behind which lurks an...
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