MY LIFE -- FOR MY CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN

Tuesday, February 8, 2005

ROCKY MOUNTAIN CLIMBIN' PART II

THE MARSHES loomed there ahead of us, sitting like a huge obstacle in the lowest part of the valley before we began ascending. The information on these said this was probably the worst part, with having to slog through them and find the way through the low shrubs that grew like a blanket throughout... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, February 7, 2005

ROCKY MOUNTAIN CLIMBIN' PART I

The C/W song says, "I went sky divin'; I went Rocky Mountain Climbin'; I went 3.7 seconds on a bull named Fu Manchu." Well I did one of those. There's supposed to be a photo here. The one on the left with the hat is me -- the other guy with the sunglasses is some son-in-law that went to the top with... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, February 4, 2005

JUST HOURS AWAY FROM MURDER/SUICIDE

It was in a public park in Illinois. We were camping. My wife, Chris, and me, Chris' brother, Frank, a strapping 6 and half foot, 250+ ex-marine whom you don't mess with -- period, his wife and one kid, Chris' sister and her kids -- and maybe one or two of the grand-kids. It was a nondescript park... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, February 2, 2005

THE LAST WILD WOLVES IN MISSOURI

IN 1971, Mrs. Marlin Perkins declared that there were no wild wolves left in the State of Missouri. In 1962, a friend of mine had his picture taken in the local paper holding a wolf he had shot with a.353 magnum hunting rifle and had gotten the $15 bounty for. Just a little later, the legislature... Sign in to see full entry.

walking among six-foot fishes

THE PAINTED HOUSE, by John Grisham, takes place on the St. Francis River, which can, as the novel relates, flood mightily. On the farm, I lived on the St. Francis River, in Missouri, a couple of hundred miles upstream from where the family in the novel lived, but that river could come up with some... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, February 1, 2005

THE DEAD BODY

It was 1980 and one of the worst summers St. Louis had ever had. Every day it seemed you heard of deaths from the heat. I was storing my equipment at this one house where this one old man rented an upstairs two room furnished kitchenette. I was stopped there to pick up something when this white... Sign in to see full entry.

WHY CATTLE DRIVES ARE DANGEROUS

I can't recall if anyone used a horse on this cattle drive -- I think my Dad did -- he was a pretty good horseman -- but much of the time, it was a bunch of us in a pickup truck, getting out at the side roads and people's driveways to stand there and keep the cattle from wandering off the gravel... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, January 31, 2005

WHAT IS A GREAT-GRANDFATHER SUPPOSED TO BE?

Mine is dead. I’d have to check records in Hannibal, MO, to see exactly when he was born. He immigrated to the U.S. from Ireland in 1842 during the Potato Famine there, was in St. Louis for the Dred Scot trial, moved to Hannibal at some point, the fought in the Civil War for the Union forces. He... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, August 4, 2004

here's what I've done

that a lot of people haven't drank milk that I'd milked from a cow less than a day before broken or partly broken horses raised a pig from a 7 lb runt to 450 lbs and then after it was slaughtered and butchered, ate pork chops and bacon and such from it. rescued a month old fawn from being caught in... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, June 2, 2004

WHAT GENERATOIN AM i?

they change my generation from year to year. I'm too old to be a "Baby Boomer" and I'm not a "war baby" -- they've given us a letter and a few other things. I can understand the Baby Boomer thing because they did a few tings to get them defined (like go to Vietnam and protest Vietnam and grow long... Sign in to see full entry.

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