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Essays, Stories, Adventures, Dreams Chronicles of a Footloose Forester By Dick Pellek     Ezekiel Was a Prophet, Not a Horticulturist   Show me the person who thinks that every single word in the Bible is literally true, and I will show you a person who will be hard-pressed to...

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Essays, Stories, Adventures, Dreams Chronicles of a Footloose Forester By Dick Pellek   Moss and Mumblety-peg The game of mumblety-peg is so old that even Mark Twain mentioned is as one of the favorites enjoyed by young boys.  It was outdoors, in the summer, and played in the grass.  To...

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As my younger son Ed, his wife Anna, and our granddaughters prepare for a cross-country move from New Jersey to Chicago, my mind goes back to 1974, the year our family also moved from the East to the Midwest. Husband John had accepted a position with Battelle Columbus Labs and begun...

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in Defining Moment
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On the road…again!!! Afghanistan to Zambia Chronicles of a Footloose Forester By Dick Pellek   Pani Pulau Snippets of memory, the stuff of legacy stories…  That was the theme of a recent chronicle by the Footloose Forester.  Today another snippet of a distant memory was jarred loose during a period...

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Essays, Stories, Adventures, Dreams Chronicles of a Footloose Forester By Dick Pellek    Rosewood By Any Other Name   Most everyone agrees that truth in advertising is a policy that should be followed simply because everyone wants to know what they are getting and to get what they are paying...

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Essays, Stories, Adventures, Dreams Chronicles of a Footloose Forester By Dick Pellek   Street Trees and Village Shade There is little doubt that trees beautify the landscape in any large city or small town.  Street trees are aesthetic treasures that may be ignored at times but gain attention when they...
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In the era of tough competition and with a burden of books more than your actual weight. It is very hard to learn things rapidly as you have so much to read and learn within a short span of time. There must be some remedy or tip to learn fast?...

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It was fun seeing Christian on the Big Screen at Brenden Theatres towards the end of his 7th grade year (Spring of 2016) as the teams of kids in Video Production at Diablo View Middle School Showcased their year of hard work.  Great ingenuity and so much fun to watch.  Double...

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Essays, Stories, Adventures, Dreams Chronicles of a Footloose Forester By Dick Pellek     Potatoes,  Corn, Wheat, and Rice   You probably know as much about rice as you do about potatoes, corn, or wheat.  Your consumption of french fries, baked potatoes, potato chips, and mashed potatoes probably puts the...

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Essays, Stories, Adventures, Dreams Chronicles of a Footloose Forester By Dick Pellek   On Common Sense Many people who opine about common sense probably don’t have a clear idea about what it is and what it is not.  If you can’t define it, you should probably stop making reference to...

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One of the reasons I am so interested in the Legacy Stories project is that I feel compelled to understand my own identity as a bi-racial woman.  Often I feel torn between two worlds so now I making a real effort to document both my parents' history.    My father was...

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After another semester at BYU, I decided that an Air Force career was for me and I made sure that I completed all of the requirements for a  commission.  In fact, I began to look at my B.S. as only a way to obtain an Air Force commission.  On August 19, 1964,...

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  Obituary. . .The Tennessean, Tuesday, August 4, 1998 Bill Bradshaw educator, Fannie Battle organizer, by Stephanie Miller, Staff Writer. . . Funeral services for Bill Bradshaw, founder and first headmaster of Franklin Road Academy will be held at 10 a.m. today at Woodmont Christian Church. Bradshaw died Sunday. He was...

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Obituary. . .The Tennessean, Tuesday, March 12, 2002 Age eighty. March 11, 2002. Mr. Armstrong was a veteran of WWII where he was awarded the Bronze Star and Air Medal, a 1949 graduate of Vanderbilt School of Engineering, and a retired Elder of  Otter Creek Church of Christ. He is survived...

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Obituary…The Tennessean Mary Virginia Jones Anderson, age seventy-nine, passed away peacefully on Sunday, December 25, 2016.  She was born January 7, 1937, in Smyrna, Tennessee, to the late Tom Fox Jones and Ruth Jordan Jones.  Mary’s family moved to Nashville and she attended David Lipscomb High School and David Lipscomb College. ...

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in Defining Moment
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Essays, Stories, Adventures, Dreams Chronicles of a Footloose Forester By Dick Pellek     A Few Snippets, The Stuff From Whence Legacy Stories Are Born   Ø  That time in Germany when Lt. Nick Tompras fired off 250 rounds with a single pull of the trigger.  It was an M-60...

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Essays, Stories, Adventures, Dreams Chronicles of a Footloose Forester By Dick Pellek   Life Lessons in the Mahjong Tiles   Who among frequent computer users does not occasionally play a game or take an anonymous on-line quiz?  Call the practice a diversion, a habit, or an addiction…but one thing is...

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On the road…again!!! Afghanistan to Zambia Chronicles of a Footloose Forester By Dick Pellek   Follow the Trail of Breadcrumbs   As movie fans and tv viewers know all too well, there are certain lines in the scripts that become classics that develop a life of their own.  We subconsciously...

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I was born in Portsmouth, Ohio on January 15, 1931, during the Depression years. My mom and dad, Ruth Isabel Thrickmorton and Walter Leroy Arnold, were living with my dad's grandparents, Minnie Burkhart and Adolph Arnold, at 814 Eighth Stree, Portsmouth, Ohio. My great-grandparents had built the house in approximately 1892....

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in Growing Up
I was born in Portsmouth, Ohio on January 15, 1931, during the Depression years. My mom and dad, Ruth Isabel Thrickmorton and Walter Leroy Arnold, were living with my dad's grandparents, Minnie Burkhart and Adolph Arnold, at 814 Eighth Stree, Portsmouth, Ohio. My great-grandparents had built the house in approximately 1892....