Actual Christmas Letter to my husband George written in 1995 and 2017

DECEMBER 25, 1995   MY CHRISTMAS MESSAGE TO YOU   MY DEAREST ONE,               WE HAVE SPENT 48 CHRISTMAS’S TOGETHER. SOME WERE BOUNTIFUL AND SOME WERE LEAN.               I REMEMBER ONE PARTICULAR CHRISTMAS ON GREELEY’S COURT IN THE EARLY YEARS OF OUR MARRIAGE. I WANTED A WRIST WATCH SO...
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Into The Volcano

Into The Volcano
Essays, Stories, Adventures, Dreams Chronicles of a Footloose Forester By Dick Pellek   Into The Volcano The seminal Chronicles of a Footloose Forester has always been an unscheduled mélange of essays, stories, dreams, and adventures.  If he had his way, the adventures would predominate and the stories would follow.  The dreams...
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Love Letter to My Husband George

Love Letter to My Husband George
I came upon a love letter that I wrote to my dear husband George in 1995. Over two decades have since passed, and when I reread the letter it reminded me of just how deeply we loved each other, and how much we still do today after 70 years married.  Instead...
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Let's Go Bend The Fig Tree

Let's Go Bend The Fig Tree
Essays, Stories, Adventures, Dreams Chronicles of a Footloose Forester By Dick Pellek     Let’s Go Bend The Fig Tree   The Bengal Tiger first coined the words to the love sonnet “let’s go shake the mango tree” when we lived in Hawaii in the 1970s.  She sang that sweet song...
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The Ignominious Death of the Extended Family

The Ignominious Death of the Extended Family
    Like a slow-motion train wreck, with nary a whimper or a scream, the extended family and all the benefits it provides are disappearing one ‘byte’ at a time.     The typical American family has changed over the last couple of generations from predominantly ‘extended families’ to majority ‘nuclear families’....
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Chapt 9 1987-1994 Columbus Ohio

Chapt 9           1987-1994              Columbus Ohio The next 8 years of 1987 through 1995 marked a new period for us as I finished my graduate work at Ohio State University and expanded my music teaching from a part time avocation to...
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CHAPT 8 1978-1986 COLUMBUS OHIO

CHAPT 8 1978-1986 Columbus, Ohio These years were the most difficult period for our family in so many ways. There certainly were positive things that happened along the way, but it was also a period of many challenges, the likes of which we had never experienced as a family before. In...
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Chapt 7 1972-1978 Columbus, Ohio

                                Chapt 7                  1972-1978            Columbus, Ohio      As I  began to record this entry for the period of our lives between 1972 and 1978, it seems like it was just yesterday!  Yet, now at our...
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Chapt 6 1968-1971 At Home in Devonshire Subdivision, Columbus Ohio

Chapt 6     1968-1971      At Home in Devonshire Subdivision, Columbus, Ohio      In 1967 Keith and I, now in our thirties, were so happy!  We had a beautiful house in Columbus, Ohio with three children and our first foster daughter too.  Keith’s job at OSU was exactly...
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Fliegerhorst 2017

Fliegerhorst 2017
On the road…again! Afghanistan to Zambia Chronicles of a Footloose Forester By Dick Pellek   Fliegerhorst 2017   The old Fliegerhorst Kaserne of World War II is becoming a modern housing complex.  Based on the construction activity seen on the most recent Google Earth satellite photos, the old military barracks building...
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New Fliegerhorst

New Fliegerhorst
  On the road…again! Afghanistan to Zambia Chronicles of a Footloose Forester By Dick Pellek   The New Fliegerhorst   The old Fliegerhorst Kaserne of World War II is becoming a modern housing complex.  Based on the construction activity seen on the most recent Google Earth satellite photos, the old military...
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The Most Beautiful Tree In The World

The Most Beautiful Tree In The World
Acer rubrum To Zyzyphus jujuba Essays, Stories, Adventures, Dreams Chronicles of a Footloose Forester By Dick Pellek   The Beautiful Benjamin Fig   At last the time has come to share information about the most beautiful tree in the world.  You will have to use some of your navigational skills to...
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1956-1968 Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio

Chapt 5                  1965-1968            Ohio State University, Columbus,  Ohio       During ‘our” graduate school days, Keith and I had moved from Lawrence, Kansas to Champaign, Urbana, where Keith began his graduate studies in earnest at University of Illinois.  Scott was a year old by then and soon would be...
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ELDERCARE: CHANGING THE DYNAMIC OF THE FAMILY VISIT

ELDERCARE: CHANGING THE DYNAMIC OF THE FAMILY VISIT
  When the generations of a family stop interacting on a daily basis the spontaneity of the interactions begins to suffer. Likewise, family visits with an elder under care become stilted and awkward, and ultimately less frequent. Changing the dynamic of the family visit to become engaging, rewarding, purposeful and productive...
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Why Footloose Forester Won't Write A Novel

Why Footloose Forester Won't Write A Novel
Essays, Stories, Adventures, Dreams Chronicles of a Footloose Forester By Dick Pellek   Why Footloose Forester Won’t Write A Novel As snippets of clichés and other prompts for new chronicles popped into his head, the Footloose Forester decided that at least two of them were determining factors in his decision to...
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Canal House

Canal House
On the road…again! Afghanistan to Zambia Chronicles of a Footloose Forester By Dick Pellek   Canal House   The intention of this chronicle was to document with Google Earth screenshots one or more of the places where the Bengal Tiger and the Footloose Forester once lived.  When they were successfully captured...
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For Sale - Moral Compass

For Sale - Moral Compass
Essays, Stories, Adventures, Dreams Chronicles of a Footloose Forester By Dick Pellek   Fantastic Sale - Moral Compass   Own a piece of history.             Order your very own Moral Compass.                         Designed and field tested in the USA.                                     Made in China by factory representative of noted fabricators.                                                 Don’t...
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Chapt 5 Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio 1965-1968 #1.

                                                  Professor of Physiology at Ohio State University         During ‘our” graduate school days at U of I, we had lived very frugally on the...
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Hacking the Russian Environmental Report

Hacking the Russian Environmental Report
On the road…again! Afghanistan to Zambia Chronicles of a Footloose Forester By Dick Pellek   Hacking the Russian Environmental Report   Once in a while when a suspect news report gets aired with a misleading spin, the Footloose Forester goes into one of his petulant moods and yearns to compose a...
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You Remember Birdies and Eagles

You Remember Birdies and Eagles
On the road…again! Afghanistan to Zambia Chronicles of a Footloose Forester By Dick Pellek You Remember Birdies and Eagles One of the differences between daydreams and night time dreams is the simple proposition that daydreams are induced recollections and night time dreams are involuntary.  We may awaken to recall something about...
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