The Unexpected Cat Lady

The Unexpected Cat Lady
A few years back I got a request to organize for 2 days up in an area about 4 hours north east from Dallas.  I initially was going to have a hotel, but after some discussion about how the client be out of town the entire time and that a close...
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To The Job By Horseback

To The Job By Horseback
On the road…again! Afghanistan to Zambia Chronicles of a Footloose Forester By Dick Pellek   L is for Lesotho Three days on horseback is just enough time to get the point that not everywhere in Lesotho can be reached by road.  Miles of green pastures and not a few shrubby patches...
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Dogs Of War Coup Master Was A Real Mercenary

Dogs Of War Coup Master Was A Real Mercenary
On the road…again! Afghanistan to Zambia Chronicles of a Footloose Forester By Dick Pellek   C for Comoros So little of past journeys to obscure places fits into neat packages that makes for interesting reading. Much about the Comoros is all bits and pieces of a grander tale, but not one...
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Plant Propagation Around The World

Plant Propagation Around The World
On the road…again! Afghanistan to Zambia Chronicles of a Footloose Forester By Dick Pellek   Personal Observations On Plant Propagation One recurring lament about his travels into other countries was often about the lack of variety of local fruits and vegetables that should have been suited to the climates and soils...
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Among The Redwoods In California

Among The Redwoods In California
On the road…again! Afghanistan to Zambia Chronicles of a Footloose Forester By Dick Pellek   Santa Cruz, California It was just another day in the woods.  Ed Tunheim, the senior forester for Cal-Pacific Forest Consultants, was in charge of several small contracts to inventory the timber on the properties of local...
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African Wildlife....Up Close And Friendly

African Wildlife....Up Close And Friendly
On the road…again! Afghanistan to Zambia Chronicles of a Footloose Forester By Dick Pellek    U is for Uganda The first sight he ever had of a dik-dik was up close, real close.  His old E-Mail nickname “DikDik” comes as no co-incidence.  It was a hint of Africa and a reminder...
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To Russia, With Gloves

To Russia, With Gloves
  On the road…again! Afghanistan to Zambia Chronicles of a Footloose Forester By Dick Pellek   To Russia, With Gloves When we think of Siberia, we imagine a cold and desolate place, but nothing shocked him as much as seeing frozen streambeds in the middle of October.  Flying over Siberia was...
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Teak Plantations of Honduras

Teak Plantations of Honduras
  On the road…again! Afghanistan to Zambia Chronicles of a Footloose Forester By Dick Pellek    H is Honduras     After getting a small grant to research a few selected teak plantations in Central America, compliments of the Organization for Tropical Studies, the Footloose Forester chose Costa Rica, Panama, and...
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Barbequed Wart Hog At Our Desert Camp

Barbequed Wart Hog At Our Desert Camp
On the road…again! Afghanistan to Zambia Chronicles of a Footloose Forester By Dick Pellek        M is for Mali Going  to Timbuktu was perhaps the first reference that the Footloose Forester ever heard about an African city, when he was still in knee pants. That is because his mother kept repeating...
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Underutilized Scientific Equipment in Third World Countries

Underutilized Scientific Equipment in Third World Countries
On the road… again! Afghanistan to Zambia Chronicles of a Footloose Forester By Dick Pellek Things Ain’t Always What You Think   What would you think if you walked into a well equipped chemical laboratory during the middle of a work day and didn’t see white smocked chemists and technicians as...
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The Great Bermuda Short Scandal (Second in a Series)

The Great Bermuda Short Scandal In today’s society a person would have to appear in public almost as uncovered as a new-born babe to get arrested on a charge of indecent exposure.  That was not the case as the 20 th Century rolled past the halfway mark on its road to...
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DikDik is (was) a millionaire

DikDik is (was) a millionaire
On the road…again! Afghanistan to Zambia Chronicles of a Footloose Forester By Dick Pellek Zaire The Footloose Forester had many a stopover in transit countries that hardly count as experiences that deserve to be included in memoirs. A few stopovers, however, are linked to other events that are burned into the...
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You're Fired!!

To answer this week's story prompt about having been fired, laid off or firing or laying off an employee I offer this story among many. Except for jobs in my teen years I have always been self-employed. With that comes great freedoms and opportunity. But, there are many downsides too. I've...
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My Primary Occupation is Genealogy Research

Who knew my Great Grandfather born in 1867 had a scar on his abdomen or that his eyes were gray.

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Building My Passion

Building My Passion
I am a Personal Historian and I am passionate about my work helping others to gather, organise and preserve their life stories to leave as a precious legacy for future family generations. My passion for life stories began as a wee girl, snuggled on Nan's generous lap, when I constantly requested...
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Fifth Grade Teacher - 1963

With my diploma fresh in hand I was hired to teach fifth grade in Roanoke County, Virginia, which was 32 miles from my mom's house.  I was given a choice, first grade or fifth grade.  Having my mom and her sister my Aunt Helen as veteran fifth grade teachers as support, I chose...
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What I Like and Don't Like About Being and Entreprenuer

I don't know what drives me to start up and run new businesses. Maybe I'm a glutton for punishment, having tried so many things and failed more than I have succeeded. The part I like most is the dream and bringing the dream into reality. I believe most everyone has at...
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Entrepreneurship

I had no idea what I was letting myself in for.
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A Court Reporter's Epiphany

Becoming a court reporter would have never entered my mind as a 20-year-old.  At that time in my life I was playing piano up a storm and intent on graduation from college as a music major.  Fast forwarding 32 years in a chance perusal of the employment section of our Columbus,...
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Who is Annie Payne, from History from the Heart?

Who is Annie Payne, from History from the Heart?
  Annie Payne is an Australian personal historian, who founded her business, History from the Heart, in 2006. She first commenced interviewing people about their life stories in 1988 as a Bi-centennial project and hasn’t stopped following her passion. Her love of family stories was ignited as a small girl, begging...
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