Sunday, August 23, 2020

From my mission.

 Thanks to President & Sister Siddoway and the A.P.'s who put this together originally, and to President Siddoway for the enormous amount of work it was for him to make a copy for Kris Morgan Cunningham, and then thanks to her for getting it to me so that I could get it to you!!! 

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Wednesday, November 13, 2019

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Borrowed from Tatiana Boshenka

Thought 1: This post reminds me of what Vaclav Havel said about hope:

. . [T]he kind of hope I often think about (especially in situations that are particularly hopeless, such as prison) I understand above all as a state of mind, not a state of the world. Either we have hope within us, or we don’t. . . . Hope is not prognostication. It is an orientation of the spirit, an orientation of the heart. It transcends the world that is immediately experienced, and is anchored somewhere beyond its horizons. . . .

I feel that its deepest roots are in the transcendental, just as the roots of human responsibility are, though of course I can’t – unlike Christians, for instance — say anything about the transcendental. . . .

“Hope, in this deep and powerful sense, is not the same as joy that things are going well, or willingness to invest in enterprises that are obviously headed for early success, but rather an ability to work for something because it is good, not just because it stands a chance to succeed. 

The more unpromising the situation in which we demonstrate hope, the deeper that hope is. Hope is not the same thing as optimism.

It is not the conviction that something will turn out well, but the certainty that something makes sense, regardless of how it turns out. In short, I think that the deepest and most important form of hope, the only one that can keep us above water and urge us to good works, and the only true source of the breathtaking dimension of the human spirit and its efforts, is something we get, as it were, from ‘elsewhere.’

It is also this hope, above all, that gives us the strength to live and continually to try new things, even in conditions that seem as hopeless as ours do, here and now.”

Disturbing the Peace, pp. 181-182

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Below are some affiliate marketing links for some friends and family.  I can't imagine that anyone else will find them of any use, especially if you are a parent who has lost children. --

Icebreaker Merino Women's Tech Lite Scoop Neck T-Shirt -- lightweight hats for backpacking (there are all sorts of these, from $50.00 to a great deal less.  This is a great deal less. For the Grandmothers

Friday, November 08, 2019

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I can't imagine anyone who would be interested in the specific links below.

Checking to see if this works as I was just told that the other links were not working. reverted  

 That is the film I use for tarps.

The filter

Surprise for Rachel

Friday, August 02, 2019

Marketing sample

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Any time you share an affiliate link, it’s important to disclose that to your audience.

Note, I have affiliate links, it is just that as of Friday, October 25, 2019 other than the one at the top of this page, all of them go to an account that does not exist.  That will eventually change and you should treat all links as if they are affiliate links going to an active account on

Generally, readers trust you more if you are transparent about where you are directing them and why.

To meet the Amazon Associate Program's requirements, you must (1) include a legally compliant disclosure with your links and (2) identify yourself on your Site as an Amazon Associate with the language required by the Operating Agreement.

To comply with Federal Trade Commission (FTC) regulations, your link-level disclosure must be:
In addition, the Operating Agreement requires that the following statement clearly and conspicuously appears on your Site:
Associates should also consider the relevant social media platform’s guidelines.
To read more about the FTC Endorsement Guides, visit:
Visit this page on AC to bookmark this information about disclosures.

1. Clear. A clear disclosure could be as simple as “(paid link)”, “#ad” or “#CommissionsEarned”.
2. Conspicuous. It should be placed near any affiliate link or product review in a location that customers will notice easily. They shouldn’t have to hunt for it.

“As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.”

For social media user-generated content, this statement must be associated with your account.

For example, Associates may use Facebook's Branded Content tool.

So, when I eventually get to creating links to my actual affiliate status, all of the above will apply. Treat any link you access after Friday, October 25, 2019 as being an affiliate link I am paid for, even if the truth is that I probably won’t them linking to an actual account before 2020.
Caution should be rule 1.

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Coda on my law practice

When I retired, I still had three appeals pending.

The last of them just had an opinion issued:




I was pleased to realize I had won all three.

Careerwise, I won over 350 cases outright by trial, motion practice or appeal.  I was really surprised to realize the totals, that is a lot of litigation.

Anyway, back to retirement. remains where current posts are likely to be found with most of it picking up in August when we return to backpacking.

Friday, March 08, 2019

A change of pace

I think I have said what I have to say about grief, recovery and finding life again.

So, a change of pace.

I retire on March 17.  While our home will be graced by a nephew and others, Win and I will be backpacking, at least for a while. is where my future adventures are being recorded.

Since I will be backpacking I expect my religious/spiritual posts at will probably slow down as well.

Now that location was originally a WordPress blog I started just to try WordPress and never did any "real" posts.  Then I tried some various trail journal solutions, but WordPress has a great app that allows me to upload pictures and posts from my phone -- which is all I need when backpacking.

I'm taking up from where I left off at

I enjoyed using Blogger.  If I was carrying a laptop on the trail with me, I'd probably consider still using it.  But with only a phone to use as a camera and everything else, the WordPress App works so much better.

Really useful stretches for hiking:

There are some anomalies using my pre-existing WordPress blog.  My first post was dated September 27, 2005 -- and did not have any content until I updated/started using it in March of 2019.  That is why it has a comment from "Mr. WordPress" that is basically a tutorial on comments.

The url reflects a name unrelated to the blog name.  But since this is just for my personal use and for friends, it doesn't really matter.

Starting March 7, I've started blogging there about our attempts to hike the Appalachian Trail for a sixth time following my retirement.

After that I plan to do some volunteering and take some classes.

Everyone I've met on the path of loss and grief is still in my heart.  I have not forgotten.