Please take a moment out of your busy day today to remember, in your own way, the events that transpired on September 11th, 2001.

Like most Americans, I was stunned, saddened, and angered after United Flight 11 smashed into the North Tower of the World Trade Center.  I can remember exactly what I was doing when the second plane, American Airlines Flight 175, slammed into the South Tower.  Then American Airlines Flight 77 sliced through the western side of the Pentagon.  Finally United Airline Flight 93 crashed in a field by Stoneycreek Township in Somerset County, outside Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

More Americans lost their lives on 9-11-2001 than died during the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.  Think about that for a moment.

No matter what your color, creed, religion, political affiliation, race, or any of the other artificial barriers that seemingly divide us, we should stand united when it comes to the events of 9-11-2001.  We were, and remain, all Americans.


New Member of Our Group

As was apparent to everyone on our Fourth of July ride, Melanie was pregnant.  Okay, that’s not right.  She was very, very pregnant.  I was worried that she might give birth during our ride, but, as you know, my fears were unfounded.

I learned earlier today that she gave birth to a baby boy who was 22″ long and tipped the scales at 9 pounds, 7 ounces.  Melanie and her husband, Todd, haven’t picked out a name for their new son, but they’ve promised to let us know when they make their selection.

In the meantime, congratulations to both of you!  I’m sure your new son will grow up to be all that you want him to be and all that he can be.  Melanie, forgive me for doubting your certainty that you’d be fine on our ride.  Mea culpa!

If you’d like to share your thoughts on this or any other topic, please contact me.

As always, thanks for your continued support!

Happy Fourth of July!

Please take a moment out of your day today to remember that this is the birthday of the country we call home.  We’re fortunate to enjoy a level of freedom and individual liberty that simply isn’t found in all-too-many other nations around the world.

Consider and celebrate the historical significance of this day.  Then go on with your regularly scheduled events.

Happy birthday, America!

If you’d like to share your thoughts with me on this, or any other topic, please contact me.

As always, thanks for your continued support!

Revised Flickr Site for Photos

Several of my sharp-eyed readers noticed the changes on my Flickr pages of photos.  Some of you liked the “new and improved” pages and some of you weren’t as fond of them.

Without getting into all of the details, I didn’t have much of a choice regarding upgrading my Flickr account.  After SmugMug purchased Flickr from Yahoo, all Flickr account holders received an email saying that if they had more than 1,000 photos on Flickr, they had to 1) either delete the total images to less than 1,000 or 2) go with an upgrade.

I have tens of thousands of images (some are on public pages, like Albums, and some are on private pages, like the photos from motorcycle rides and other special events) on Flickr and I didn’t want to go through the hassle of downloading all of them and uploading them to a new hosting site.  So, I opted for Solution 2 above.

Thanks for sharing your thoughts with me.  I wish I could tell you that I could make the changes that some of you suggested, but my hands are metaphorically tied.  I’m limited by the options made available by Flickr, er, Yahoo, um, no, I mean SmugMug.  (It’s getting hard to keep track of who owns what.)

If you’d like to comment on this, or something else, please contact me

As always, thanks for your continued support!

2019 Valentine’s Day Contest Winner

A short while ago, I asked you to send in your most romantic, and G-rated, Valentine’s Day memories.  The total number of entries surprised me.  Thanks to each of you for taking the time to enter this year’s contest.

And now, without benefit of a drum roll, this year’s winners are Elmer and Elizabeth.  They’ve been married for 58 years!  They spent a memorable Valentine’s Day on their first cruise through the Caribbean, followed by a night of taking in some of the night life at their port of call.  Congratulations!

They’ve told me which book they wanted.  At their request, I signed it for them and sent it to them via overnight courier.

Again, thanks to each of you who participated!  Here’s a special thanks to Elmer and Elizabeth for sharing their adventures and a small part of their lives.  May they live as long as they want and never want for as long as they live.

If you’d like to make a comment, please contact me.

As always, thanks for your continued support!

2019 Valentine’s Day Contest Photos Page

Several of those who entered this year’s Valentine’s Day contest wanted me to post their pictures.  In keeping with the motorcycle ride photos, only those who participated in the contest will have their images posted.  Yes, they’ll be on a private webpage.  I’ll send a link to you so you can find them.

If you do NOT want your pictures posted, please contact me.  If you change your mind from wanting your contest photos posted to NOT wanting them posted, please contact me.  I’ll do my best to honor your request as quickly as possible.

Remember, any photo that isn’t G-rated will NOT be posted.  The purpose is to show the different things that people do for their loved ones on Valentine’s Day.  If you wouldn’t want the photos posted in the middle of your town’s square, please do NOT send them to me.

If you’d like to share your thought, comments, or opinions, please contact me.

As always, thanks for your continued support!

2019 Valentine’s Day Contest

If you’d like to enter this year’s Valentine’s Day contest, here is a quick refresher on the rules.

Please send in the most romantic thing you’ve done, with photos, if you’re so inclined, with your spouse or significant other.  Please keep your submissions G-rated as I have no desire to read anything that I couldn’t post on this site.

I’ll read your entries and select a winner based on criteria known only to me, the judge.  All decisions are final.

I’ll notify the contest winner via email.  The prize winner gets his/her choice of one of my novels.  If you’d like, I’ll sign it for you, but that decision is the prize winner’s alone.

If you have any thoughts you’d like to share, please contact me.

As always, thanks for your continued support!