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North America » United States » Virginia April 25th 2014

My Momma still wasn't speaking. She had only uttered small noises and there was no speech at all. The speech therapist had hit a wall. She called in the music. Apparently music triggers a more meaningful part of the brain than our speech. This I was skeptical of but it makes so much sense! Coincidentally the music therapist had spent a lot of time in Hawaii and she knew a few Hawaiian songs. The three of us sat in a room together and my mom looked very tired. They asked me what songs she would know. We tried a few and she was mouthing the words and really trying to sing. She was a fabulous singer in her time. Used to fill the house (at church). My mom was born and raised in Hawaii. So one ... read more

North America » United States » Virginia » Fredericksburg April 24th 2014

The winds have been blowing....not at our backs but across us. I am almost ready to dig out the scopalamine patch we got for the cruise in case we got seasick. Between the horrible bumpy road of Rt. 95 and the rocking of our big box boat.....raaaallph (puke sound). I can hardly write this blog....my fingers are all over the place like I am playing a piano with 49 fingers with mittens on. And forget playing my games - all I get is "poor connection" so it either freezes or I get kicked off the table because I haven't spun when actually it is spinning so fast it is like a blur wheel. Feel sorry for me? I hope so. Yesterday, our travels were broken up with a delightful and productive stop. Cory pulled into "JR's".....one ... read more
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North America » United States » Virginia » Fredericksburg April 21st 2014

Hey All- This summer I'll be keeping a blog of everything I get myself into. As of right now the trips I have planned are: - Munich, Germany - Tbilisi, Georgia - Cuernavaca, Mexico - San Fransisco, CA - Duck, NC I depart on my first trip May 14th for Munich and I'll be sure to keep y'all up to date! url=http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-hdTEEF5FAoQ/U1UcwUhkPjI/AAAAAAAAAGs/30bwiVefyeE/s1600/mapofwhereivebeen2.jpgimg=https://images-blogger-opensocial.googleusercontent.com/gadgets/proxy?url=http%3A%2F%2F3.bp.blogspot.com%2F-hdTEEF5FAoQ%2FU1UcwUhkPjI%2FAAAAAAAAAGs%2F30bwiVefyeE%2Fs1600%2Fmapofwhereivebeen2.jpg&container=blogger&gadget=a&rewriteMime=image%2F* img=https://images-blogger-opensocial.googleusercontent.com/gadgets/proxy?url=http%3A%2F%2F1.bp.blogspot.com%2F-iuw9lcjXDKA%2FU1UdpXY0OfI%2FAAAAAAAAAG4%2FcyzHzU0PbHE%2Fs1600%2FSummer... read more

North America » United States » Virginia » Newport News April 19th 2014

Die Vorbereitungen laufen auf Hochtouren Langsam aber sicher rückt der Zeitpunkt unserer Abreise näher. Wir sind zwar gut vorbereitet aber immer wieder gibt es noch etwas was wir noch nicht erledigt haben. Jacques, ein Kollege, verbringt Stunden damit mein GPS auf Vordermann zu bringen und das limitierte Speichervolumen meines Garmin Etrex Vista zu überlisten um wenigstens einen Teil unserer Route auf's Gerät zu bringen. Dann fehlen z.B. noch die Spezial-Batterien für das Wasserentkeimungsgerät etc. Auch mein neues Liegerad hat es noch nicht bis zu mir geschafft! Mit Einfahren oder Üben ist nichts mehr... Heute habe ich wenigstens mal das Meiste schon gepackt (siehe Fotos), da ich wegen der Arbeit bis kurz vor unserer Abreise am 1. Mai nicht mehr gross dazu kommen werde. Habe heute auch noch mit unserem Hotel in Newport-News telefoniert um zu schauen ... read more
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North America » United States » Virginia » Fairfax February 28th 2014

The longest day yet both in hours and miles and consistently the coldest with the temperature not going over 35 degrees the whole day. Definitely an endurance ride today mostly on Interstate 81 up the Appalachian Great Valley a route travelled since pioneer times and before. The BMW performed flawlessly as I thought about those covered wagons bouncing over the terrain. I guess that is progress. I was surprised how quickly I entered VA and yet how far I had to go. VA is a bigger state that I thought and I always wondered why it was considered southern. Another geography lesson. When I hit I66 there were place names I recognized and I knew I was only about 60 miles away, but there was more snow lying around here and I started to have a ... read more

North America » United States » Virginia » Stafford February 20th 2014

Well, here it is 2:15pm and the packing is almost completed. Dave and Megan will drive us to the airport. We are excited and looking forward to this experience. Ann and I will both be making entries in the blog so we will probably sign our name so you know who's writing. Please remember us in your prayers for safe travel and to successfully share the good news of Jesus. .... Mike... read more

North America » United States » Virginia » Washington February 19th 2014

Oh say - can you see all the sights in D.C. – in one day? Well, if you walk like a demon in between metro stations and don’t mind whistle-stop stops, then yeah, mostly. We set out after a mammoth breakfast fairly early so were both ‘stoked’ and ‘psyched’ to see the famous monuments. We packed in Abe, Korea, Pacific, the obelisk and Capitol Building. We were quite smug. I’d been excited to see the pool of reflection at Abe’s memorial because of the scene that features it in X-men: First Class. I’m such a nerd. What with all the walking and appreciating, by six we were famished again and ventured out to seek succour. We found a hip looking spot called Gordon Biersch and rounded on it hungrily. Now, let’s be clear, me and my ... read more

North America » United States » Virginia February 15th 2014

Mike and I will be leaving for Florence, Italy on February 20th for 6 weeks. We have been invited to work with other retirees in a program called Avanti Italia, www.avantiitalia.org. We will be part of one of 3 groups that will be practicing conversational English with Italian students who desire to improve their skills. The hope is that we will be able to engage the students in some meaningful conversations about the kingdom and there will interest in using the Bible as a resourse to practice reading in English. The program is more then 20 years old and sponsored by the College Church of Christ in Searcy, AR. We will be doing some traveling as well. We don't know what to expect but we have found that in our retirement years when somebody says go ... read more

North America » United States » Virginia » Christiansburg January 2nd 2014

We now know we made the right decision to leave Shongo when we did. What a snowy mess it is becoming. Our grandson, Ryan, ran his snowplow in our driveway early today.....if you don't have to get out in it, I guess it could be a pretty Winter Wonderland. Otherwise, it is a Nasty Nightmare. Our Doppler showed freezing rain coming across into Virginia today. I told Cory he had to get through the state as quickly as he could.....wrong comment. Cruisin' Cory became Speedster Stan......we were flying along the highway like the Bullet-Train in Japan.....until I screeched. No wonder I have grey hair. We managed to stay just ahead of the treacherous weather until 1:00 PM @ Christianburg, VA. The rain was getting heavier and the temperature was dropping.....time to stop. There's no way we ... read more
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North America » United States » Virginia » Chesapeake December 2nd 2013

I finished my first session at MITAGS and now it's time to get my hands dirty. I am working for The Vane Brothers on the Chesapeake Bay pushing barges between Norfolk, Yorktown and Salisbury MD. I am working/living on the 100ft tug Roanoke and we are pushing a 250 ft. barge. I got onboard in mid November for a couple weeks, went home for a week and now I am back on for four weeks. I am learning the ropes of a deckhand, cleaning the head and tying up the barge. We had a small leak in the tug and had to get hauled out in Norfolk by the worlds largest travel lift. We got back in the water in less than 24 hours. It's been great learning all the aspects of working the deck. More ... read more
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