Sunday, February 12, 2017

Defending Planned Parenthood

Fascism has a strong foothold in America. It seeks to undermine the legitimacy of some of our great institutions, specifically those of higher education, and the court system. It also seeks to undermine the legitimacy of the press and of basic facts. And it works tirelessly to suppress the vote, and to obstruct women's access to basic health care. This movement isn't new, its been on the move for many decades, and has unfortunately gained significant strength with the election of Donald J Trump to the presidency.

Fortunately, many Americans are standing up against this movement,

An excellent example of this resistance took place yesterday in Bloomington, IL where approximately 1,000 activists gathered in support of Planned Parenthood - an organization that supplies much needed health services to millions of women across America. Among the activists was my lovely wife Michele.

You make me proud sweetheart! I wish I could have been there with you. Next time for sure.

Friday, December 23, 2016

Good Times

We've had a lot of fun over the last few days catching up with all the peeps, and taking pictures, of course;

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Brian is Back

Brian completed basic training, and has returned to central Illinois for 30 days leave. We had a small gathering of peeps last night to welcome him back, with another, much larger gathering planned for Tuesday.

More pictures coming soon.

Thursday, December 01, 2016

Thanksgiving is Gone

But the memories are forever:

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Return of the Peeps

Nick arrived home yesterday for Thanksgiving break, and now today we've seen a resurgence of peeps at the house. Tonight it was Nick, Drew and their friend Kamryn that stopped by to play some cards:

We had a great evening and hope the flurry of activity continues over the next week or so.

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Missouri State Visit

Drove 6 hours to see Nick and Sarah last weekend, and to stock Nick up with groceries. We also took in a movie called The Accountant, which I thought was pretty good.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Banyan Tree

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Pill Box

Monday, October 17, 2016


Sunday, October 16, 2016

Waikiki Beach

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Rabbit Island

Friday, October 14, 2016

Saturday, October 08, 2016

Makapuu Point Light

Friday, October 07, 2016

Monday, October 03, 2016

Turtles all the Way Down

One of our greatest experiences on our trip to Hawaii was swimming with and photographing giant sea turtles:

This was just one of many groups of sea turtles we encountered that were quietly resting on Hawaii's beaches. One larger group consisted of nearly 30 turtles:

More Hawaii pictures coming soon...

Wednesday, September 28, 2016


Michele and I just returned from a two week trip to Hawaii, and it was amazing.

More pictures coming soon...

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Dolly Loves Windows

Dolly loves to sit by a window and watch the birds outside:

Monday, September 12, 2016

Alex is on His Way to Northern Ireland

Good luck Alex! Hope you have a great time in Europe!

Update 9/13/2016 - Alex texted us this morning at 4:30 to tell us his plane has landed safely in Belfast.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Brian Joined the Marine Corps

Today we watched as Brian left for basic training. It felt like we were sending off one of our own kids, as Brian has been a part of our extended family since he was in kindergarten with our youngest son Nick.

Good luck Brian! Semper Fi!

Sunday, September 04, 2016

Illinois State vs Valparaiso

Yesterday's highlight was college football at Hancock stadium, where Illinois State obliterated the Valparaiso Crusaders. There was a crusade alright, but the Crusaders were on the receiving end of it.

Here are just a few of the highlights that began with some tailgating in the RedBird Tent Zone:

The last photo pretty much sums up the night. The final score of the game was 50 to 13.