I’m a pretty simple person, a country boy who grew up on a farm and couldn’t wait to get away from it.  Life’s path has taken me down a lot of roads, some dead-ends, some miserable and grueling uphill trails, and then down some absolutely wonderful, beautiful paths.  Have travelled to some interesting places, had some wonderful times and they totally offset the miserable and grueling.   It’s been an interesting journey so far, but I’m definitely not hanging up my travelin’ shoes just yet.  There’s just a whole lot of life and world out there yet to see.  I went from farming (growing up there), to sales, to the military, back to sales, to the world of Air Traffic Control, to office management, to credit management, (retired twice somewhere along this trail), and the last part of my working world involved being ???? office manager, admin. assistant, sales rep, equipment repairman, shipping/receiving clerk, and accounts payable, (all rolled into one job assignment).  When the economy tanked, so did my working world.  I like to feel that, right now, I’m in transition – to what….?  I’ll know the answer to that when I get there.

Likes and hobbies are working with wood, photography, painting (watercolors/oils), fishing, landscaping/gardening, writing (poetry/stories), jewelry making, and the gym.

 Oh, forgot to mention that I’m married to a really wonderful lady.

Well, I guess that about sums it up.



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    1. Hello Renee,
      Thanks for your return visit. Today was the best day we’ve had for a week. The sun was shining, no wind, no snow, and the temp was above 20f all day !!!
      We visit Victoria Island a few years ago but that’s all I know about B.C. from a personal perspective. The island was beautiful and we enjoyed the trip immensley. I can imagine the mainland is beautiful also.
      Cheers from the south end of Lake Michigan,

  1. Thank you for visiting me at my cyber summerhouse Paul, and liking my ‘About’ page. I do hope you will visit again. I certainly look forward to visiting you and reading more of your blog. In quite a few ways your journey sounds quite similar to mine. I grew up in rural Suffolk in England and by the time I was a teenager I couldn’t wait to leave. I couldn’t have imagined that I would end up moving to California and living there for the best part of 20 years. Now I live in Somerset, England and long for the countryside once again. The good does indeed outweigh the bad, the ups and downs of life’s rich pattern. It’s what makes us all so interesting. A series of adverse circumstances allowed me to follow my life’s ambition to write. Who would have thought?
    See you soon and have a great day 🙂

  2. Looking forward to delving deeper into your blog. Nice photographs. I grew up in a farming community and couldn’t wait to get away from it as well!

    1. I think everyone should have to spend the first 18 years of their life on a farm. That way they would have a real idea of what freedom is like when they leave the captivity, slavery, and loneliness of that kind of environment.

  3. Hey Paul! You’re such a morally upright soul with a great heart and simplicity of mind inside it. I’ll be looking forward to read your further posts. Have a good weekend. God bless. 🙂 🙂


  4. Hi Paul – I’m happy to meet you over here by way of your Sunshine Award nomination by Diane. I like your poetry and stories. Reminds me of my childhood days in Virginia every summer with grandparents and cousins. You’re right about how time slows down in the south. Don’t you just love it. 🙂 Leaves time to reflect and appreciate those people and things around you.

    1. Hello Pat,
      Welcome to my world. I’m a born & bred midwesterner, but spent a good deal of time in Mississippi learning to be a proper southern gentleman. I love the south and all its charm and character and tradition. Too much of that has been lost in this contemporary world.
      Thanks for visiting and for your kind comments.

      1. I agree Paul. The south brings out that slow-paced culture permitting us to slow down and “smell the roses”.

  5. Hi Paul. Would you be willing to participate in something we are doing for Susie? I am contacting as many of her followers as I can. My thought was that all of us post on our blogs on Friday morning (the day of Susie’s surgery) a post titled, “Susie Strong”. The content can say something simple like, “We are thinking of you”. It would be great to get as many of us as possible to do the same post for her to know we are with her during this difficult time. I don’t know her personally, but it feels like such a family in this blogging world. Let me know if you are in. Thanks!

  6. Your resume looks a wee bit like mine….diverse, exciting, up/down, good/bad…mostly good, journeys to the other side of the world and back again.
    Oh….Susie sent me!!! Giving her a huge thanks…..

  7. Hi Paul! Thanks so much for stopping by my blog. Looks like you have a plethora of interesting posts here yourself! Looking forward to becoming more familiar with your work! 🙂

  8. I love that you have so many diverse interests. Life will never be dull for you. As you say, you are not done yet. In fact the best may be to come. I think the best is always to come. I enjoy becoming older and wiser, seeing patterns and life more clearly and refining or discovering what there is to enjoy. Your next might be invented or made possible any time soon

  9. A pleasure to meet you Paul ~ appreciate your honest and warm introduction here, and wishing you only life’s brightest blessings from here on. Thank you for your visit to my “healing lens” ~ I will see you there in a few too, and look forward to reading your lovely work here… Much Love ~ RL

  10. I just wanted to take a minute to thank you Paul! The time you took editing my chapter was one of the most special things anyone has ever done for me. You are obviously very talented and it was exactly what I needed but never dreamt of asking amyone to actually do. The fact that anyone even clicks LIKE on any of my posts still amazes me. I am not sure how I got so blessed to have you as a friend but knowing that not only did you actually read what I wrote but took the time to gift me with your expertise…touches me more than I ever could tell you in words.
    AND that my friend is pretty unusual for me! 🙂
    Thank you Paul.

    1. You are nominated !!!

      Shine On Award

      I was nominated for this award by Sheri – http://theothersideofugly.com/

      Thank you Sheri, for thinking enough of my humble efforts to grace my page with this award.

      I accept this with humility because my works pale in comparison with Sheri’s site – theothersideofugly.com . She is a bright

      angel in the contemporary darkness with her inspirational messages and stories. Please visit her site and lend your support

      in spreading the wonderful tomes she writes. And, in her words: “BE the Light you Already Are”.

      The Shine On Award requires you to nominate 15 other blogs To Enjoy Posting this on their own blog.

      Here is my list of 15 blogs to nominate for the Shine On Award:

















      CONGRATS FRIENDS ! You all deserve recognition for sharing your thoughts, stories, and poetry to make this a better place.

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