Influencers, Part 3: Teachers

Teachers, both traditional and non-traditional, rank just after family and elders on my list of people who have most influenced me. These folks opened up new horizons and introduced me to the wider world beyond my home.

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Influencers, Part 2: Kindred—But Not Kin

Some family members aren’t related by blood, but they’ve had a tremendous influence on my life. These elders were mentors who lifted me, steadied me, pointed me in the right direction, and stuck with me for the long haul.

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Paper, Ink, and Letterpress

I just finished watching a great documentary about the amazing survival of ancient letterpress printing into the 21st century. Pressing On (Bayonet Media 2017) blends the incredible history of the technological revolution that in the mid-1400s catapulted printing from laborious hand transcriptions to the first mass production of the printed word.

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To Everything There is a Season

The other night I finished reading Neil Howe’s book, The Fourth Turning Is Here: What the Seasons of History Tell Us About How and When This Crisis Will End (Simon & Schuster 2023). What an “aha!” moment! 

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Influencers - Part 1: Family

Recently, I read an article about social media influencers, as if that’s new. The social media part may be new, but influencers have always been with us. I’ve been thinking a lot lately about what (and who) has contributed to my becoming the person I am today. Every place I’ve lived is part of me, and everyone with whom I’ve developed any kind of relationship has affected me. Just for fun, I made a list of my most powerful interactions: the people and places that have shaped me.

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February 2024

Influencers, Part 3: Teachers

Teachers, both traditional and non-traditional, rank just after family and elders on my list of people who have most influenced me. These folks opened up new horizons and introduced me to the wider world beyond my home.

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January 2024

Influencers, Part 2: Kindred—But Not Kin

Some family members aren’t related by blood, but they’ve had a tremendous influence on my life. These elders were mentors who lifted me, steadied me, pointed me in the right direction, and stuck with me for the long haul.

Read more »

Paper, Ink, and Letterpress

I just finished watching a great documentary about the amazing survival of ancient letterpress printing into the 21st century. Pressing On (Bayonet Media 2017) blends the incredible history of the technological revolution that in the mid-1400s catapulted printing from laborious hand transcriptions to the first mass production of the printed word.

Read more »

To Everything There is a Season

The other night I finished reading Neil Howe’s book, The Fourth Turning Is Here: What the Seasons of History Tell Us About How and When This Crisis Will End (Simon & Schuster 2023). What an “aha!” moment! 

Read more »

Influencers - Part 1: Family

Recently, I read an article about social media influencers, as if that’s new. The social media part may be new, but influencers have always been with us. I’ve been thinking a lot lately about what (and who) has contributed to my becoming the person I am today. Every place I’ve lived is part of me, and everyone with whom I’ve developed any kind of relationship has affected me. Just for fun, I made a list of my most powerful interactions: the people and places that have shaped me.

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December 2023

2023: My Year in Books

This year I finished a record (for me) of forty-three books. The list includes nonfiction (always my favorite), fiction, poetry, memoir, and—for the first time—a sampling of banned books (eight of them). I wanted to see what all of the fuss is about. After reading them, I didn’t understand why most of them had been banned. Only one truly shocked me, and it was one that received a Nobel Prize. Although I did not like that particular tome, I’ll vigorously defend our right to read it. Wishing each and every one of you a new year full of good reading.

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Peace on Earth

The wind blew hard here in the southern Appalachian Mountains today. It rained off and on. We needed the moisture, but maybe not the downed trees and branches. It’s like so many contradictions in our world: “Yes, but . . .”

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Lessons from a Christmas Tree

I've been a bit lax about blogging this month. This little Jane Lee Logan drawing reminds me that it's okay. I hope you all are having a good December. I'll be back in the saddle soon.

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November 2023

Happy Thanksgiving!

The  things one finds at the bottom of a desk drawer! I sent this greeting card to my grandmother in 1967. She saved it and sent it back to me the next year. For a decade and a half, this poor, battered card bounced between our homes. Mom and Dad got in on the act as it followed me through junior and senior high school, college, and various moves throughout the West. The post office last delivered it to me when I lived in the North Idaho woods. The tradition stopped when my grandmother passed away, but I never threw away the card. 

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Veterans Day Project Takes on a Life of Its Own

This handsome young man is my favorite veteran, my late father, George David Geib, who served as a pilot for the US Army Air Force during World War II. The picture shows his sister, Marie, pinning his wings after he graduated from training in June 1944.

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Time Change Musings

Once again, we’ve set our clocks back an hour, and I’m breathing a sigh of relief to finally have my mornings back. I love the early hours on the patio with my steaming coffee cup, listening to nature’s awakening and watching the sun rise over the mountains. It’s been hard for me the last month or so, waking up in the dark and having to get busy with my day before having an opportunity to enjoy this wonderful quiet time for pause and reflection.

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October 2023

Stage Fright Strikes Again!

Come and enjoy the fun as Count Dracula co-hosts an evening of ghost stories, haunting music, and tricky treats at the Peacock Performing Arts Center in Hayesville, North Carolina. I'll be there to share an award-winning creepy tale, featuring a few of my firefighter fiends, er, I mean friends! Saturday, Oct. 21 at 7:30 p.m. #halloween #frightnight #stagefright #peacockperformingartscenter

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My Favorite Time of the Year

It seems like it’s been a long, hot summer. At last, a cold front is moving in, after days with temperatures in the 80s reached nearly a week into October. Forecasters expect nighttime temps this weekend to dip into the thirties. I’m more than ready.

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September 2023

☮ Not for Sale ☮

After a short downtime, my new website is up and running. As a token of my appreciation for your patience, here’s a little story—a memory of an experience that took place just over half a century ago. I still have the carving.

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