Trees and Memories

Trees and Memories

Trees evoke memories! Memories shape the past and enlighten the future. I ponder the role certain trees have played as they flood my memories. The role of people I understand. My meditative council speaks wisdom – sometimes invited, but often unbidden. A diverse bunch...
Wentz Camp

Wentz Camp

My best friend at church, Rebecca Loucks and I went to Wentz Camp every summer for years. Wentz was outside of Ponca City Oklahoma and was a fabulous camp. There was an amazing swimming pool, lovely stone cottages holding twelve folks in each, and a wonderful tower to...
Egyptian Surprises

Egyptian Surprises

Egyptian Village Surprises in 1979 Surprise and delight swept over me when we land in Cairo. Mark and Jean Poole meet us at the airport and drive us to a lovely small apartment. It is Jock Miner’s apartment in the area of Cairo called Maadi. Jock is a geologist and is...
Traveling Across the Pacific

Traveling Across the Pacific

In January 1983 Lyn Mathews, the wife of the Dean of the Institute of Cultural Affairs asks me to go to the Kingdom of Tonga in the Pacific to participate in the Pacific Training School. I pause for a minute, ask her a couple of questions and then say, “Yes.” I want...
The Snowy Christmas

The Snowy Christmas

The Christmas of the big snow! Who can forget it? Presents and turkey took a back seat that year of 1967. We board the Santa Fe’s Texas Chief in Chicago and wake the next morning in Kansas. A world in dazzling white greets us. As we leave the train we exclaim, “Where...