Category Archives: Memoir

MY ODDEST EUROPEAN CHRISTMAS

During the Cold War era I spent a few years in Germany, first as a twenty-one-year-old graduate student and then with the military. I spent my first Christmas holiday season putting a Eurailpass to good use, randomly hopping on or off … Continue reading

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BUILD A NUCLEAR REACTOR ON YOUR KITCHEN TABLE!

My brother James and I once built a nuclear reactor at the kitchen table. Hard to believe? Sure, but even more amazing, it’s still firing people up almost forty years later. Okay, fine, a little explanation might be in order… Early in 1979 we had a … Continue reading

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HOW I ENDED WORLD WAR I, ALMOST BLEW UP A FRIENDLY GARAGE, & SAVED PORN FOR THE WORLD: A Memoir of High School in the ’60’s

The year was 1964, and I was in high school. I had an adventurous friend named Dan, an older brother Mike who thought pornography might broaden my education, and a dangerous love of chemistry. Dan and I were in the … Continue reading

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STORMY NIGHT, ABANDONED HOSPITAL, DANGEROUS INTRUDERS? — MEMOIR, PART TWO

(Should you not yet have read Part One of this little hospital memoir, you may want to check it out first.) “Let’s get out of here!” The teen-aged son of Dr. B appeared every bit as worried as the rest … Continue reading

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A DARK & STORMY NIGHT & AN ABANDONED HOSPITAL: a Memoir of my Youth

Back in my youth our family did a lot of traveling. Most of our relatives lived in the Midwest—Kansas, Missouri, Illinois. And every summer we piled into the family sedan (no air conditioning, of course) and headed east to spend at … Continue reading

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HOW NOT TO RAFT A RIVER: Another Misguided Adventure

Readers of this blog know that water and I have had a difficult relationship over the years…you know, near-drowning, that sort of thing. So in honor of the season, here’s another look at what NOT to do when it comes to … Continue reading

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MY LIFE IN THE MILITARY: Final Episode: Making the World Safe for Democracy, One Autobahn at a Time

So, if you’re interested in the rest of the story, let’s take a look at the demanding job I took on… (For those  who have read the previous posts on this topic, you already know that in 1970 I went from expecting to risk  life … Continue reading

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CONFESSIONS OF A DANGEROUS MAN: Stand Back If You See Me Coming Your Way

Some people have been known to suggest that I am a bit clumsy. I believe the word “klutz” has been used on more than one occasion. As for me, I have a different take on this: I tend to move … Continue reading

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MY CAREER IN THE MILITARY: PART FOUR: Patience as its Own Reward

(For those of you who haven’t been following stories of my short-term military career in the 70’s, you may want to read the earlier postings to bring you up-to-date before tackling this one.) Now I’m sitting pretty with orders to … Continue reading

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CONFESSIONS OF A MONTANA BACK-TO-THE-LANDER: The Bear Facts

All right, ‘fess up. Haven’t you ever wanted to shuck it all and take off for parts unknown, make a grand break from everyday frustrations? So how’s this for a suggestion? Pack up some minimal belongings along with family pets, … Continue reading

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