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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Yesterday the Subject was Tigers

Yesterday the Subject was Tigers
Essays, Stories, Adventures, Dreams Chronicles of a Footloose Forester By Dick Pellek     Yesterday the Subject was Tigers   We three neighbors sat down yesterday in social distancing, of course, when the subject of tigers came up.  It is a favorite topic of the Footloose Forester who had a tiger...
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If You Ever Go Across the Sea to Java

If You Ever Go Across the Sea to Java
Essays, Stories, Adventures, Dreams Chronicles of a Footloose Forester By Dick Pellek   If You Ever Go Across the Sea to Java   “If you ever go across the sea to Ireland,” the plaintive words of an old but enchanting melody begin. The haunting Irish melody forms your thoughts into dreams...
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Rain Shadows and Rainforests

Rain Shadows and Rainforests
Acer rubrum To Zyzyphus jujuba Essays, Stories, Adventures, Dreams Chronicles of a Footloose Forester By Dick Pellek    Rain Shadows and Rainforests   On the one hand, you have those who believe in global warming; and on the other side of the divide are those who are currently labeled as climate...
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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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The Concept of Rainforests

The Concept of Rainforests
On the road…again!!! Afghanistan to Zambia Chronicles of a Footloose Forester By Dick Pellek     The Concept of Rainforests When a respondent to the Quora.com website explained why rainforests are so hot and so wet, the Footloose Forester was jolted into composing a rejoinder.  The contributor, an airline pilot and...
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Serendipity in the Library

Serendipity in the Library
On the road...again!! Afghanistan to Zambia Chronicles of a Footloose Forester By Dick Pellek   Serendipity in the Library   Another dream last night…and another attempt at an essay today.  Most dreams are not long enough or sensible enough to savor and save as muted inspiration, but over the past few...
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Adventures in Banking

Adventures in Banking
On the road…again! Afghanistan to Zambia Chronicles of a Footloose Forester By Dick Pellek   Adventures In Banking   Among the many small decisions one makes when mapping out their life, some of them are truly inconsequential but others develop into long-lasting, practical choices.  A person may wish to drive a...
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If I Had My Druthers

If I Had My Druthers
On the road…again! Afghanistan to Zambia Chronicles of a Footloose Forester By Dick Pellek   If He Could Do It Over Again   The trappings of the modern world are so much a part of our daily lives that we seldom contemplate what it must be like in places where there...
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The Goat And The Peacock

The Goat And The Peacock
On the road…again! Afghanistan to Zambia Chronicles of a Footloose Forester By Dick Pellek The Goat And The Peacock   The tiny island of Pulau Peucang off the western tip of Java was the site of one of only two guard stations for Indonesia’s Ujung Kulon National Park, a virtually pristine...
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The Quirkiness Of Malaria

The Quirkiness Of Malaria
On the road…again! Afghanistan to Zambia Chronicles of a Footloose Forester By Dick Pellek   The Quirkiness of Malaria Malaria is a serious scourge in the tropical countries of the world.  According to the World Health Organization, in 2010 there were 216 million episodes of malaria resulting in 655,000 deaths.  The...
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Taking A Little Tour By Satellite Photo

Taking A Little Tour By Satellite Photo
On the road…again! Afghanistan to Zambia C hronicles of a Footloose Forester By Dick Pellek   Let Me Take You On A Little Tour (in Google Earth)   Those with wanderlust in their blood often can be found in far-flung places, living out their dreams.  So it is that a restless...
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Fresh Tuna Steaks

Fresh Tuna Steaks
On the road…again! Afghanistan to Zambia Chronicles of a Footloose Forester By Dick Pellek   Fresh Tuna Steaks   They say that there is nothing quite as tasty as fresh fruits and vegetables.  No argument about that. But when it comes to meats and fish, the chemistry involved is more complex...
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Petty Scams

Petty Scams
On the road… again! Afghanistan to Zambia Chronicles of a Footloose Forester By Dick Pellek   Petty Scams Being on the road…again and again…is to invite some scam artists who see every stranger as a possible mark.  You don’t have to go out of your way; they most often make it...
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Nightmares and Daydreams of Indonesia

Nightmares and Daydreams of Indonesia
On the road…again! Afghanistan to Zambia Chronicles of a Footloose Forester By Dick Pellek Nightmares and Daydreams of Indonesia   Of all the many memories of foreign lands that are among the very deepest in the conscious and sub-conscious thoughts of the Footloose Forester, more of them are about Indonesia than...
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