One of my favorite military unit motto's is, “These things we do, so others may live.” I like it because it’s not only simple and direct, but it says so much about the character of those service members who are the U.S. Air Force’s Pararescue. Time and again I see it after a disaster: Us opening our … Continue reading These Things We Do
We were heading east on Highway 70, somewhere between the small California settlement Chilcoot and Hallelujah Junction, enjoying the scenery, when I noticed the light blue wrecker, its yellow-orange light bar flashing above its cab. It was steadily gaining on us and I was preparing to slowdown and pull to the far right to let it … Continue reading Ghost Wrecker
There are three things important in life. First is to be kind, The second is to be kind, And the third is to be kind. My doctor has taken a pledge, “First do no harm,” but I can one-up the profession by taking this a step beyond: First, be kind. I've decided to come into … Continue reading Being Kind
It’s a hard history to acknowledge, but my Grandpa and his son, my dad, did not talk or see each other for years. Then suddenly, Grandpa died and it left a hole of grief in Dad’s heart afterwards. A little over 15-years later, a nearly identical situation carried itself out as I learned my dad … Continue reading Three-peat
Throughout high school I was known for many things, some good, some bad, but mainly as ‘fast.’ That’s because since 7th grade I was a race-winning sprinter, setting several records and even getting an invite to the 1976 Olympics track and field try-outs. It could have all been very different though, but for one thing, … Continue reading Out Run By a Girl
While European expeditions along the Northcoast remained rare during the 1500s and 1600s, a number of their ships did pass by the coastline of Del Norte. Most notably among them were the Manila Galleons. These ships formed a trade route that connected Acapulco and the Philippines and brought the riches of the Indies to Europe. … Continue reading The Second Expedition
Elko County's famous Flying Sheriff, Jesse "Jess" C. Harris is the son of Sheriff Joseph C. Harris, who headed the same office from 1910 to 1936. The younger Harris came into office in 1950 and served until 1974. Between Joe and Jess, they served 50 years in the 20th century as the county's sheriff. And though he’s not related … Continue reading Silver Tailings: The Name Behind the Badge
This year marks the tenth anniversary of blogging for me. And still I keep learning about this format. If this were a marriage, a gift of tin would be proper. First, I should never post more than one entry per day. Anymore than that and I drive you away from taking the time to read … Continue reading Ten Years Later
It’s wonderful to slip into bed, close the eyes and let the world sink away. A good night’s sleep helps the body and mind refresh from all the worries of the day. And when we go to bed early – we can wake up early, getting jump on the day ahead. The time can be … Continue reading Sleep Attitude
We're more creative than we give ourselves credit for. That’s because you and I often suppress them before they can grow. Can’t afford that. That won’t work. Shouldn’t do this. If you can, you must gather the courage not to censor your ideas, your thoughts. Instead we should surprise ourselves with the free flow of our imaginations.
Truck won't start. Roof is leaking. Porch light shorts-out. Forgot to pay a bill. Small stuff can pile up and ruin a day, but only if we allow them. You and I can't think big thoughts all the time, but we can keep the little ones in perspective and not let them overwhelm us.
Time and a again I've heard, "It'll get better if you give it some time," or "Time heals all wounds." It's like time is some sort of magical healer. However, time does not change anything -- you and I do. It's the work that we do while time is passing that changes things. The good news is that … Continue reading Magical Healer
En route home from the post office as song came over the radio that reminded me of one of my favorite radio station stories. This one involves my friend Geno Clauson and a Trisha Yearwood Song. We were both working at Reno’s country music station KHIT at the time. The song was, “She’s in Love with … Continue reading She’s in Love with the Goya
We were hunkered down in a group of ruined mud and wood framed huts at the edge of a larger village. It was chow-time and the grub was being passed around. That's when someone shouted, "Hold your fire, hold your fire." Several of us stood up and looked in the direction of the voice. That's when I … Continue reading The Chase
More than 30 years would pass before there would be another expedition to the northern most point of California. Although the Spanish Empire claimed during the 1500s, the area that now comprises Del Norte County, it was an Englishman who became the first European to make landfall on the Northcoast. Francis Drake, commanding the Golden … Continue reading Nova Albion
Usually when I go through a bout of insomnia, I lay in bed reminiscing and thinking of new story lines for future blog postings. However the last couple of nights and early mornings I’ve been fantasizing about a very peculiar idea. It comes by way of to ships that have been and are still important … Continue reading Insomnia and Far-out Dreams
A year or so ago, a former co-worker asked, "What do you think is the best way yo go about starting a historical preservation project?" My answer was quick, "Start with yourself and work outward."
Sitting in the morgue, with all the previous day, months and years of newspapers, I was working on my 10th or perhaps 11th obituary of the day. It was quiet and I had everything I needed for possible research on whoever’s passing I was chronicling. Liz came in with a cup of coffee for me, … Continue reading Obit
It was jus’ a few minutes before midnight, Christmas eve. My relief, Neil, had arrived and placed his backpack down on the table between the talk-show studio and the large window facing outside. We were in the middle of talking about shift-change and I was updating him on top news stories and such when we … Continue reading Spirit of Christmas Present