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May. 24, 2019

Normally, Memorial Day was on May 30, a day of remembering our military soldiers who lost their lives for our American freedom. It falls on the last Monday of May. This year that's May 27 which was my date of birth in 1947. For some reason, I always associated May 30 with Memorial Day because it was my late father's date of birth in 1923.

Originally known as Decoration Day referring to decorating graves of fallen soldiers. On May 30, 1868, Union General John Logan called for an official nationwide day of remembrance which was not a date of a particular battle. In 1950, Congress called on Americans to observe Memorial Day as a day of prayer for permanent peace. It's interesting how our Government took into account the Higher Power in the forming and operation of our Nation.

I don't know about you, but I'm so thankful for our President who promotes high honors for our military. It is almost inconceivable how that many today have not respect for the Day. Freedom, peace, and unity in our lives are so precious. Sadly, many have no clue as to the cost of the freedoms we have. In time, the price will be paid for once freedom is gone life as we know it will be a thing of the past. The value of freedom is observed in the price the fighters were willing to pay for it. What a tremendous responsibility on the shoulders of we who enjoy this gift to pass it on to our posterity!


May. 12, 2019

We finally arrived at the new location near Winona, MN for another chapter in the life of a great artist, Judson Portzer. If you haven't already, check out his work by simply typing his name in your engine search browser. You'll be amazed and perhaps understand why one of the oldest stained glass art companies desired to consult with him. This was a 1000 mile move and I volunteered to drive the truck having been licensed with a CDL authorization. Great memories in spite of loading challenges but I'd do it again. I often said that I'd rather drive a good truck than a luxury car. They're nice. The rental version evidently had a smaller engine but the trip went well, thanks to the fine equipment of Penske Truck Leasing.

The arrival was on Friday, April 19th with my car in tow for the return home. I spotted a small restaurant which can be spotted to the right of the telephone pole in the attached photo. There is something nostalgic about small quiet towns. I do not think there was a single traffic light. I plan to post some more pictures shortly to whet the appetite of some who might like to visit the nearby town of Winona with around 27,000 population. Rollingstone had a population of 660 according to the 2014 census.

(To be continued)

May. 3, 2019

If you were a fan of Paul Harvey you might like to do an engine search for something like "Paul Harvey Winona Minnesota" and hear what he said about the town of Winona.  

Apr. 25, 2019

Artists and writers can do their work from just about any geographical location. Count yourself fortunate if you can earn your living from home if that's what you desire. 

Just a few months ago Judson Portzer decided to respond to the request of a person working for Willet Hauser Architectural Glass in Winona, MN. He decided to locate nearby in Rollingstone, an impressive little town for scenery, location, and quietness. He begins work with this studio, one of the oldest and largest stained glass studios in North America. Judson's passion for his excellent work overrode any inhibitions and with such commitment, I offered my services to help him make the move possible. 

For about a month plans were in the making to work with Penske Truck Leasing which turned out to be a success. Leaving Birmingham, AL about 4:00 PM on Tuesday, April 16th with my trailered RAV4 in tow for my return trip was a success (after much strenuous activity) on Tuesday, April 23. I've often stated that I'd rather drive a good truck more than a luxury car. Thanks to Penske, Maxous, (a business platform providing many advertising and discount opportunities saving over $130 for rental open for anyone to join for free) and all the fine help of willing associates to make the move a success.

The picture attached is one sample of Judson's fine stained glass samples. I'll be adding more details shortly. Well, after getting my phone fixed so I can post some pictures on this website.

Apr. 16, 2019

Wood is a wonderful structural material that has been in use to make life more livable as long as humans inhabited the earth. It has been used for energy production such as heating homes. It is used to flavor BBQ. It has aesthetic value so pleasing to the eye. Several years ago an article appeared in a woodworking magazine entitled, "Lusting for Lumber". Can you think of a single person who has not some sort of like for wood? 

Time was right about 2 weeks ago to visit Hobby Hardwood Alabama. You can immediately understand why people like to visit the place. One outstanding feature welcoming your presence is the obvious interest the owners, Robert and Martha Milton have for visitors and clients. You'll want to visit again and again if you are interested in high quality and varieties.

You will be impressed simply by visiting the Hobby Hardwood Alabama website when you read about some unique features and why the operation is so unique. Like all good professionals, the passion for excellent service is obvious. Read why they are open on weekends. They are busy during the week preparing for the big day. It is amazing to see the difference in business as usual and a dedicated company producing the finest products. There is an obvious difference between hired hands and owners who have a passion for their wares. 

You may recall several months ago on this website (Oct 18, 2018, Excited About Stone) that customer service can get one excited even about gravel, not only for its use but also for the enthusiasm of the professionals on the premise to make clients happy. Attitude is contagious.

By all means, visit Robert and Martha's enterprise and share your experience. You'll want to go back too when in the Huntsville, AL and southern TN area. I'm already thinking about another excuse to go back for some more lest I miss something. The depth and variation of color in the special cedar as seen in the attached photograph is only an example of the high quality and special handling prepared for your good taste.