Coffee Plants, Coffee Cherries, Coffee Berries, Coffee Beans

Coffee Plants, Coffee Cherries, Coffee Berries, Coffee Beans
Essays, Stories, Adventures, Dreams Chronicles of a Footloose Forester By Dick Pellek   Coffee Plants, Coffee Cherries, Coffee Berries, Coffee Beans, Coffee Makers, and Coffee Cups   The whole world knows something about coffee.  Many millions of people drink it every day.  A few million are involved in growing it, hundreds...
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Bridge, Not Too Far

Bridge, Not Too Far
Essays, Stories, Adventures, Dreams Chronicles of a Footloose Forester By Dick Pellek   Bridge, Not Too Far   For a number of years, the Footloose Forester had wanted to write a chronicle about the missionaries he has known.  There were plenty of them, spread out across the globe.  Any such chronicle...
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Accidental Rock Hound

Accidental Rock Hound
On the road…again!!! Essays, Stories, Adventures, Dreams Chronicles of a Footloose Forester By Dick Pellek   Accidental Rock Hound   Another dream, another chronicle about those bits and pieces of reverie that bob up and down in the soup of memories.  The first ingredient in the soup of last night’s dream...
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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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The A-Frame

The A-Frame
Essays, Stories, Adventures, Dreams Chronicles of a Footloose Forester B y Dick Pellek     The A-Frame   In recent years the branch of agricultural science known as agroforestry has become more popular around the world. The appeal of agroforestry is more pronounced in Third World countries where family farms and...
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Planting Trees By The Numbers

Planting Trees By The Numbers
Essays, Stories, Adventures, Dreams Chronicles of a Footloose Forester By Dick Pellek   Planting by the Numbers   Most adults have planted a tree or two and gained satisfaction from having done so.  Perhaps they also mused about how tall it would become and if the fruit would ripen for them...
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Rainforest or Not?

Rainforest or Not?
Essays, Stories, Adventures, Dreams Chronicles of a Footloose Forester By Dick Pellek Rainforests or Not?   Discussing rainforests is not the same as explaining rainforests and reporting from a rainforest is not the same as reporting about rainforests. Likewise, discussing rainforests does not and should not imply that the reporter or...
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Resentment Edit #2

Resentment Edit #2
Essays, Stories, Adventures, Dreams Chronicles of a Footloose Forester By Dick Pellek   Resentment Why do acts of resentment linger in our memories?  We remember our most shameful acts, we remember our failings, and we remember our most embarrassing moments.  And it is also indisputable that at some level of consciousness...
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Trail Mix

Trail Mix
Acer rubrum To Zyzyphus jujuba Essays, Stories, Adventures, Dreams Chronicles of a Footloose Forester By Dick Pellek   Trail Mix   Remembering the name of one of his favorite snacks proved to be a task that would not be completed until early the next morning, upon waking from sleep. Going to...
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Gadabout and Gadfly

Gadabout and Gadfly
Acer rubrum To Zyzyphus jujuba Essays, Stories, Adventures, Dreams Chronicles of a Footloose Forester By Dick Pellek   Gadabout and Gadfly   When the Footloose Forester was finally ready to fill in the biographical content for the cover of his third memoir: Acer rubrum to Zyzphus jujuba: Volume II in early...
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Poor Communication, Poor Coordination

Poor Communication, Poor Coordination
On the road…again! Afghanistan to Zambia Chronicles of a Footloose Forester By Dick Pellek   Poor Communication, Poor Coordination   The petulant side of the Footloose Forester once again emerged in a dream of days gone by.  In the vein of a storyteller, he realized that by stringing together enough examples...
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Some Things You Can Make Up

Some Things You Can Make Up
On the road… again! Afghanistan to Zambia Chronicles of a Footloose Forester By Dick Pellek   Some Things You Can Make Up   People get bored quite easily. To counter that, many a youngster with an active mind tries to attract attention with their own personality traits that shout out, “I’m...
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Dolie, The Traveler

Dolie, The Traveler
  On the road...again!!! Afghanistan to Zambia Chronicles of a Footloose Forester By Dick Pellek   Dolie and Her Adventures   There is no getting around the fact that the pets in the life of the Footloose Forester provided thousands of pleasant memories. Some people say that you can love a...
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Whistle Blower Wanna-be

Whistle Blower Wanna-be
On the road…again! Afghanistan to Zambia Chronicles of a Footloose Forester By Dick Pellek   Whistle Blower Wanna-Be   Did you ever want to blow the whistle on someone who was engaging in nefarious action, or inaction?  Of course you did.  But nobody likes a snitch, a rat, a back stabber,...
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Always The Amateur

Always The Amateur
On the road…again! Afghanistan to Zambia Chronicles of a Footloose Forester By Dick Pellek   Always An Amateur   Life can be so disheartening when you grow up without good looks, athletic ability, high intelligence, or with physical limitations.  Poor posture and annoying mannerisms also add to the handicaps that we...
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Scuba Diving In The Bubbles Of Jacques Cousteau

Scuba Diving In The Bubbles Of Jacques Cousteau
  On the road…again! Afghanistan to Zambia Chronicles of a Footloose Forester By Dick Pellek   Scuba Diving In The Bubbles Of Jacques Cousteau   Despite the horrific loss of life in the earthquake of 12 January 2010, Haiti remains a fascinating place to visit.  Our memories of Haiti predate the...
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Confession Of A Practical Joker

Confession Of A Practical Joker
    On the road…again! Afghanistan to Zambia Chronicles of a Footloose Forester By Dick Pellek   Confession Of A Practical Joker   The text of the following spoof was culled from the black heart of a practical joker who calls himself the Footloose Forester.  He sometimes risked official displeasure with...
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A Rare Species of Palm Threatened With Extinction

A Rare Species of Palm Threatened With Extinction
  On the road…again! Afghanistan to Zambia Chronicles of a Footloose Forester By Dick Pellek   THREATENED WITH EXTINCTION Attalea   crassispatha (C. Martius) Burret, the "Coco rosse" known only to a handful of botanists and the Haitian villagers in the Southwest of Haiti, may be one of the rarest palms...
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Drink The Water

Drink The Water
  On the road…again! Afghanistan to Zambia Chronicles of a Footloose Forester By Dick Pellek   Drink the Water   Once again during his later years, the Footloose Forester was inspired by a dream to craft a chronicle about something that might not otherwise stand alone as an interesting story. As...
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Softball Overseas Part II

Softball Overseas Part II
On the road… again! Afghanistan to Zambia Chronicles of a Footloose Forester By Dick Pellek   Softball Overseas Part II   Within a year of completing the Cape Verde assignment, Footloose Forester was selected to serve as Senior Forestry Advisor for a USAID project in Haiti. His interest in softball came...
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