Thrill seekers. Reckless daredevils. Crazy. Irresponsible selfish fools. "Gods of the Oceans". A few of the terms commonly used to describe a "rare breed of human being"... the BIG Wave Surfers...
The Monkees was both a 1960s television show, and the pop/rock band that was created for and starred in it. They placed top-quality original popular music into a fictional television environment.
Monday September 11, 1967 was an average day in neighborhoods accross America. At 10:00 PM a television show debuted that would provide some of the longest lasting comedy momories in TV history.
Ten years after the Geneva Conference, in August 1964, the United States would take a historic step in its battle against the spread of communism... within and around the small country of Vietnam. By 1968 the U.S. had more than 500,000 soldiers in Vietnam and it had become clear to many that...
1960s America... It was both "the age of innocence" and the "dawning of a new age". In a small Orange County California community, a Bible preacher responded to the perceived need of a growing number of youth in the hippie lifestyle. The Jesus People movement may have been the most unexpected and...
Walt Whitman: A man, yet by these tears a little boy again, Throwing myself on the sand, confronting the waves, I, chanter of pains and joys, uniter of here and hereafter...
Robert Frost won the Pulitzer Prize four times, and yet may be more misunderstood than any other author in history. His gravestone reads ‘I Had A Lover’s Quarrel With The World’. His poetry is a national treasure.
"Brothers and Sisters, I bid you beware Of giving your heart to a dog to tear." --Rudyard Kipling
The Prize isn't holding the rainbow captive. The prize is joining for a moment the rainbow in spirit... then releasing it to try again.
He was born in the spring. He loved the fresh awakening of all living things...the budding trees, the cascading snow-melt, and especially the hungry fish. She was born in the fall. She loved quiet things...the falling leaves, the gentle streams and roasting marshmallows.
The history and traditions of the Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers were at risk. The lifestyle of unscrupulous owners brought the team to the edge of being removed from the league.
Home is something different to everyone. The view we have of home is affected by everything and everyone in our lives. These songs about "Home" describe very different views.
Hiking has become a wonderfully difficult to break habit for me and Mrs. Smith since our first hike in Yosemite. I hope the fitness improvements are just beginning.
Find a trail near home, and start off slowly. Expand your hikes as they become easier and faster. Wear good hiking shoes.
A high school teacher... A boy from Mississippi... A divisive Cold War symbol... The moon...the Dream...Cuban Missiles...Marilyn...Lennon... and 9/11. People and events that altered history. Remember?
Public Service work has always been thankless. Lately it's been vilified. In California, except for police and fire, public service work has been criminalized.
A weekend trip to Yosemite redirected our lives. We've been hiking ever since. The train ride was fun too.
My favorite morning of the year is the third day after the day of sacrifice... the celebration of resurrection for everyone who chooses it.
The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. When oil prices increase, the debate over drilling rages.
As if in a cycle of addiction, television viewers require more stimulation, and are willing to pay for it. This is what drives the changes in entertainment trends and influences life.
This wedding activity schedule was tiring, but fun. Now it's much more quiet in my house. I miss my daughters.
Ah, the life a father of daughters lives... I wouldn't change a minute of the last 31 years. In fact, I'd like to try a lot of it again...
If I could keep every single joy my daughters have given me, I would need 525,600 boxes for each year. I'm working on it...
We traveled. We camped. We sang, watched movies, laughed and cried. It's what we did as a family. I loved it.
Being married to a woman who doesn't fish isn't a handicap. Instead, it's a fun and challenging relationship full of give-and-take compromises.
What is Love, really? It's our ability to value another life above our own.
"Fishing small streams can lower stress levels and blood pressure". You probably won't see that in the journal of medicine, but it works for me!
Sometimes the real story behind Christmas gift giving gets lost. We should all look back on the true meaning of it when that time comes each year.
Led Zeppelin lives on through Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience.
Whatever the environment you work in, some degree of job satisfaction can be reached. Strive to reach a healthy balance between home and work... Don't be two different people, but one whole person...
Character and Honor... two parts of the many that make up a man. Knowing right from wrong, and then doing the right thing is what life is all about.
The perfect way to cast imperfections aside is to skip stones at the Big Sandy River. I do it every so often. At least, I do so in my mind...
Life changed when I met my grandson. The picture in this article is very close to life size. Funny how his small size helped my heart grow two sizes.
I always seem to learn lessons the hard way. In my decades as a father-in-training I haven't reached my goal of doing the right thing the first time through.