A Source of Inspiration

Our three children have and remain a source of inspiration to me and I thought I would introduce them to you. Let’s start at the beginning. On a Wing And a Prayer We probably should have taken the Lamaze class. While we arrived at the hospital without incident what ensued was something neither one of us was prepared for. After getting checked in, my wife Michelle was all tucked in nice and cozy. As we Read More

Lissencephaly -Sunshine & Rain

Our First Year When Erica was born, she was beautiful and appeared healthy.  We were so happy to have another daughter to go with our young family. Sometimes though, “With a little sunshine comes a little rain.” Enter Lissencephaly. Within months we began noticing her slow development. With two previous babies under our belts, we did have some experience! 🙂 For example, we noticed that Erica would not follow you with her eyes. This made us start to Read More

How to Build Confidence

In my teenage years, my mother had a picture hanging in the kitchen foyer that I really liked. “Hitch your wagon to a star… and there you are.” It was drawing of an old man whisking across the universe, his wagon hitched to a star. It had a profound effect on me, I’ve always faced challenges head-on. I throw myself into challenging situations trying to succeed, is this how one hitches their wagon to a Read More

George Washington Bandle

Here is a very interesting story about the life of a great ancestor on Erica’s mother’s side. Erica’s maternal Grandmother’s maiden name was Warner and is mentioned several times in this story. This interview is an amazing peek into what life was like during the 1800’s in Illinois and the good moral values of our early citizens. Geo. W Bandle was a veteran of the Civil War.

Buckeye Invitational

The Heart of Maryland men’s chorus were invited to the “Buckeye” in 1996. This is a chorus I’ve been a member of for over 20 years. While most members and guests boarded a chartered bus to begin the long weekend, we chose to follow along in our camper! Since we camped often with Erica, it was much easier to follow an established routine. The Buckeye Invitational was an annual barbershop festival and competition hosted by the Singing Buckeyes of Read More

A Lesson in Acceptance

Hi there, thank you for stopping by. I would like to share a memorable family outing, involving my family and several work related visitors from Beijing, China who helped teach us a lesson in acceptance. It was 1991 and I worked for TREMA North America, Inc., based in Reisterstown, MD. Trema was in the business of the design and supply of industrial chemical processing equipment. After supporting the hiring my Father, remember I was the 1st Read More