Just Walkin' Along

Just Walkin' Along
  Essays, Stories, Adventures, Dreams Chronicles of a Footloose Forester By Dick Pellek Walkin’ Along My Merry Way Some people may think that walking from the airport to town is unusual, but walking was a job requirement of the Footloose Forester . Once you left the road to enter into the...
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501 Moosic Road, Old Forge, Pennsylvania

501 Moosic Road, Old Forge, Pennsylvania
On the road…again!!! Essays, Stories, Adventures, Dreams Chronicles of a Footloose Forester By Dick Pellek   501 Moosic Road, Old Forge, Pennsylvania   Just as some tunes and jingles run recurringly through our heads when a new song or advertising slogan begins to catch on, the address of a former teacher...
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Slaloming Down the Volcanic Ash Scree Slope

Slaloming Down the Volcanic Ash Scree Slope
On the road…again!!! Essays, Stories, Adventures, Dreams Chronicles of a Footloose Forester By Dick Pellek   Slaloming Down the Volcanic Ash Scree Slope   The trek to the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania was a once-in-a-lifetime bucket-list trip.  Although reaching the top is often hampered by deep snow, a few...
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On Perceptiveness

On Perceptiveness
On the road…again!!! Essays, Stories, Adventures, Dreams Chronicles of a Footloose Forester By Dick Pellek   On Perceptiveness   The Lumpers and the Splitters of the world are often miles apart when it comes to perceiving things around them.  Methinks that they may also act in different ways.  Our individual ways...
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The Anecdotes Keep Coming Back

The Anecdotes Keep Coming Back
Essays, Stories, Adventures, Dreams Chronicles of a Footloose Forester By Dick Pellek   The Anecdotes Keep Coming Back   As an arthritic old geezer reveals his slower gait and hobbles along on well-traveled legs, he realizes that his inherited genes for snark, sarcasm, and persnickety tale-telling are as polished and needy...
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On Being An Observer

On Being An Observer
  On the road…again!  Essays, Stories, Adventures, Dreams  Chronicles of a Footloose Forester  By Dick Pellek      On Being An Observer   Every once in a while, the Footloose Forester (and everybody else) shows disappointment that something important that should have been recognized was not, something that should have been...
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Drinkin' an' Drivin'

Drinkin' an' Drivin'
On the road…again!!! Essays, Stories, Adventures, Dreams Chronicles of a Footloose Forester By Dick Pellek   Drinkin’ an’ Drivin’   The large refrigerator magnet sent to the Footloose Forester by a female friend and the Best Friend of the deceased Bengal Tiger was definitely one kitchen item trying to make a...
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Flashes of Memory

Flashes of Memory
Essays, Stories, Adventures, Dreams Chronicles of a Footloose Forester By Dick Pellek     Flashes of Memory   One unplanned adventure was so short-lived that the bits and pieces of the story framework were so scattered throughout his latest dream that they had to be assembled during consciousness to be cogent. The...
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Bucket Lists

Bucket Lists
Essays, Stories, Adventures, Dreams Chronicles of a Footloose Forester By Dick Pellek   Bucket Lists     Oftentimes it takes a trigger for us to reflect on our own views, opinions, and actions.  Forming those views and opinions are the raw ingredients leading to intended actions.  Mostly we keep views to...
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Ghost Towns

Ghost Towns
Essays, Stories, Adventures, Dreams Chronicles of a Footloose Forester By Dick Pellek     Ghost Towns   Part of the allure of being On the road…again!!! in so many rural places was the anticipation of knowing that there were going to be a few ghost towns here and there.  Most of...
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The Bug Zapper

The Bug Zapper
Essays, Stories, Adventures, Dreams Chronicles of a Footloose Forester By Dick Pellek   The Bug Zapper     Not many people who lived in the valley where the Saó Jorge dos Orgaós research station was located had electric power.  In fact, it would be accurate to say that the only people...
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Bengal Tiger - Dive Buddy

Bengal Tiger - Dive Buddy
Essays, Stories, Adventures, Dreams Chronicles of a Footloose Forester By Dick Pellek    Bengal Tiger - Dive Buddy   The legacy of the Bengal Tiger, that fearless lady who put up her dukes to stare down a surly marine in Senegal and a coterie of young thieves in Madagascar who thought...
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Gerunds as Headliners

Gerunds as Headliners
Essays, Stories, Adventures, Dreams Chronicles of a Footloose Forester By Dick Pellek     Gerunds Headlining the News What do the words Reducing , Deterring , and Obstructing have in common?  All of them are gerunds, all of them are words suggesting restriction, and all of them are the leading words used...
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Hard Wiring of the Brain

Hard Wiring of the Brain
Essays, Stories, Adventures, Dreams Chronicles of a Footloose Forester By Dick Pellek     Hard Wiring of the Brain   Time and again a casual conversation will steer itself toward something that happened last week, last year, or many years ago.  It seems that some people can remember many details about...
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Passport to Story Telling

Passport to Story Telling
On the road…again!!! Essays, Stories, Adventures, Dreams Chronicles of a Footloose Forester By Dick Pellek   Passport to Story Telling Tales of the Bengal Tiger reach back to the time when she was growing up in Cambodia and Viet Nam and continued to be written until a few days before her...
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The Scariest Things

The Scariest Things
Essays, Stories, Adventures, Dreams Chronicles of a Footloose Forester By Dick Pellek     The Scariest Things Random thoughts of Africa came in a dream last night, so the Footloose Forester decided to stitch a few of them together in a chronicle that might be labeled The Scariest Things .  First...
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My Near Death Experience

Foreword: I have no idea how or what to write this as or what to put in or leave out. Maybe trying for a goulash of facts, insights, a dash of bad humor and puns where I can, ramblings, perspectives, or some good old-fashioned "get this off my chest". Trying my...
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Are You Bragging or Complaining?

Are You Bragging or Complaining?
Essays, Stories, Adventures, Dreams Chronicles of a Footloose Forester By Dick Pellek   Are You Bragging Or Complaining?    This chronicle is for you, Red Lee.  You are in the center of that mental photograph that flashes in my mind, since that day in early autumn of 1955 when you responded...
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Mantras That Endure

Mantras That Endure
Essays, Stories, Adventures, Dreams Chronicles of a Footloose Forester By Dick Pellek   Mantras That Endure Of the many would-be chronicles that have struggled toward a birth on paper, this one about spiritual attachment to mantras, has kicked and squirmed its way, finally, to a nascent birth. The personal mantras of...
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The Cheetah at the Waterhole

The Cheetah at the Waterhole
Essays, Stories, Adventures, Dreams Chronicles of a Footloose Forester By Dick Pellek   The Cheetah at the Waterhole   As time passes, so also do some of the details of even favorite adventures.  The great fun trip to the Laikipia Plateau of Kenya in 1991 was one of them, and last...
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