American Heroes

This last week I got to spend four days hanging out with some of America’s greatest. I was with a group of over 30 Shuttle Astronauts, and about five who flew on the Apollo (most to the moon), and a few who flew on the Gemini Capsule. One of ...

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Surviving Cancer

If you have read any of my past ramblings, you probably saw that I got to explore the wonderful world of medical treatments for the "Big C"! It was quite an experience, one I do not wish on anyone. The good news is that so far everything worked! I have ...

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Cool Books

I got a Kindle just before Christmas, and so far I have read 17 books on the durned thing! Yikes, I need to learn how to read slower or this thing could get expensive. It is neat to read on a nice compact device, not so nice that it has ...

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Evelyn and Andy

When I was born – way back before the earth had cooled, my parents lived in an apartment in Roslyn, Virginia (right across Key Bridge from Georgetown University, where I was actually born!) At the time, our next-door neighbors, were Evelyn and Andy Tarapchak, who became my second parents.

Evelyn and Andy

Evelyn and ...

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The Gadfly

In a previous post, I talked about my experience as a kid – seeing a model airplane fly an amazing single flight. I have had the plans for that airplane sitting in my office at home waiting for me to get them framed. A few weeks back, I drove down to ...

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How I became a Rocket Scientist

RocketMan

Well, maybe not that kind of Rocket Scientist, but a more normal one.

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This lecture was given to a group of about 40 third grade science students at Clayton Elementary school in Austin on October 9, 2009. Thanks to Logan Mulanax and Gina Reed Lacy for the invitation to ...

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Solo

On my way to work the other day, I heard the unmistakable sound of a small airplane cruising overhead. I looked up to see a plane I recognized immediately, and I was transported back to 1973 - to a place about 2000 feet above the ground near Dayton, Ohio.

The players ...

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Radiation: Am I glowing in the dark yet?

Wow! It has been three months since I last wrote anything about how I am feeling. Sorry for the lapse in updates. Things are going pretty well now, but tomorrow is the critical PET scan that will tell us if the cancer is gone. So, Cheryl and I are both ...

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Recovery Update

It has been almost a month since the radiation treatments (and chemo) ended and It is past time for an update. I am now in full recovery mode. The last few weeks of teaching were a bit hard, but I got through them reasonably well, as long as the pain ...

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My Hair Hurts

Well, It has been just under a week since the treatment ended and MY HAIR HURTS! No one told me if that is part of losing your hair during chemo, but it is odd, I never knew it could hurt (and nothing is coming out anyway).

I have rearranged these ...

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