“The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom” (Isaac Asimov) on the path least traveled….  

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I witnessed the toll conflict inflicted on all creatures great and small, a conflict that sown the seeds of suffering and anger… “Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired, signifies in the final sense a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed.”  (Dwight D. Eisenhower)..  🙂

 

 

I am sitting on the ground… 🙂

We were volunteers, one and all
So Noble.. Proud.. and Brave,
Did not know the reasons for  war
Just a people from tyranny to save!

Glasses held high, we made an toast
Surely that Victory would rule the day!
While back at home, the voices of unrest
Not a kind word for  us did they say.

Some could not vote, children were we
Some could not drink, but still our battle cry,
Even with all that we could not do
For us children, it was to do or die!

Vietnam was a hostile, violent land
The dangers, the horrors of war abound,
Whether the paddies of Vietnam or the fields of home,
Seemed for us, not a friend could be found.

But we proudly  gave it our all
Faced  our destiny, with a hint of fear of tomorrow
Some to return to a mother’s joy
Some to return to a mother’s sorrow.

So should you be looking on today
One more toast,  hold your glasses high,
To PEACE, HOPE and LOVE, may they long endure
CHEERS, LADS AND LASSIES!!!.. And SEMPER FI
          ( Larry “Dutch” Woller, Sgt, 12th Marine Regiment, Vietnam, 1965–1966...)

Hello Diary,

This coming weekend is Memorial Day on the prairies…. a time to give thoughts to those who gave their all in a time of conflict… I will take a moment to have some thoughts about them, some who were friends of mine… perhaps have a memory or two of what we shared together…  🙂
Then I will think of those who paid the dearest price, the parents, the siblings, of those who were caught up in conflict, the son, the daughter, the brother, the sister,  some to come home wounded inside and out, some who would not return at all…  🙂
Spend the day doing my part and hopefully with others  I can help to ensure that their sacrifice was not in vain, that peace will reign supreme and no others will have to make a sacrifice again…:)
I will also spend the day doing my part and hopefully with others so no one will have to deal with conflict here on the prairies and elsewhere like the children and others in Texas…  🙂

“What difference does it make to the dead, the orphans and the homeless, whether the mad destruction is wrought under the name of totalitarianism or in the holy name of liberty or democracy?” ( Mahatma Gandhi)

I set here looking at the news
The powers wanted peace they say,
And while they spoke, bombs were dropped
20 children died that day!

What’s wrong with this idea?
Why not give PEACE a try,
Let’s give it a go, everyone
Maybe no more children will die 

Smiles on their faces, while shaking hands
Arms deals for defense would come into play,
A bomb went off in a crowded market
10 children died that day.

What’s wrong with this idea?
Why not give a world with LOVE a try,
Let’s give it a go, everyone
Maybe no more children will die 

 A war to end all wars, they said
Yet to war they always return,
Death, destruction, suffering and pain
Won’t they every learn?

What’s wrong with this idea?
Let’s give LEARNING a try,
Let’s give it a go, everyone
Maybe no more children will die. 

 Anger versus anger, hate versus hate
Seeds sown by war at home and away,
Starvation , sickness, a mother in tears
More and more children die every day.

What’s wrong with this idea?
Why not give PEACE, LOVE and LEARNING a try,
Let’s give it a go, everyone
Maybe no more children will die.
( Larry “Dutch” Woller) 

Well, I had better close for now… have dreams to follow, adventures awaiting and perhaps be a rainbow in someone’s cloud (Maya Angelou)…  but I shall return again one day, Fate be willin’ and the creeks don’t rise..  🙂

“Don’t walk in front of me… I may not follow, don’t walk behind me… I may not lead,
Walk beside me… and be my friend” (Albert Camus) and until we meet again.. 🙂

 May the love that you give
Always return to you,
That family and friends are many
And always remain true,
May your mind only know peace
No suffering or strife,
May your heart only know love and happiness
On your journey through life.
     (Larry “Dutch” Woller)

“We all have our own life to pursue, our own kind of dream to be weaving. And we all have some power to make wishes come true, as long as we keep believing.”  (Louisa May Alcott ) on the path least traveled…   

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“I am free born and free bred, where I acknowledge no man as my superior, except for his own worth, or as my inferior, except for his own demerit.” (Theodore Roosevelt)… 🙂

I’m just a free spirit
Open mind and heart is  all I’ll ever be,
Don’t need much money
Being rich is not for me.

I have a pocket full of dreams
My fate, has yet to be told,
As I sail from safe harbor
While watching my destiny unfold.

I am not in a “box”
No social chains, you’ll see,
As down the path least traveled
Adventure waits for  me.

Not interested in a “image”
Reality is my forte,
I am who I am, that is all that I am
Exploring life each and every day.

Waking up to a world born free
With creatures in their daily rush,
Pursuing their own destinies
Before sunset brings, the evening hush.

The morning air smells clean and fresh
As I awake, it always brings a smile,
Can hear the sound of a distant train
That will travel many a mile.

Yes...just color me a free spirit
For most social graces I do not fit it seems,
No matter, as I  choose happiness over ideology 
Guided by my heart, as I follow my dreams.
                     ( Larry “Dutch” Woller, )

Hello Diary,

Yes, in today’s world with all of life’s challenges,  being free and following one’s dreams can be difficult, BUT “Victory is not always winning the battle, but rising every time you fall” (Napoleon Bonaparte)… have received a few bumps and bruises along the way, have had to adjust the sails from time to time, maybe shed a tear or two, but I know in order to find happiness I need to follow my dreams “Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken-winged bird, that cannot fly.”  (Langston Hughes) …  🙂

Soooooooooo, 

In history’s past, on the path, I had a dream
Of a world in harmony it did seem,
Accepting one as to who they believe and are
One’s life’s choices no one did bar.

Free to climb a mountain, to touch a star
Free to search the universe, where answers are,
Free to venture through life, with open mind
Another’s belief, it did not blind.

Free to boldly walk the lands, both far and near
To lives one’s life without suffering or fear,
Not to be accepted by belief, gender or race, you see
But by the love, understanding and knowledge of a spirit born free.

Children could follow their own dream, you see
Not to be denied by another’s ideology,
To follow the destiny of their own choice
Not to be hindered by another’s voice.

I still have that dream, you know
A dream that began a long time ago,
A dream without end, each and every day
Until the four winds, they all blow away.
                          (Larry “Dutch” Woller)
“The only thing that stands between you and your dream is the will to try and the belief that it is actually possible.” (Joel Brown).. 🙂 “The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.” (Ralph Waldo Emerson)… 🙂

“Don’t be pushed around by the fears in your mind. Be led by the dreams in your heart.” (Roy T. Bennett )… 🙂

Well, I had better close for now, dreams to follow and new adventures await me… may have some storms in the near future “Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about learning to dance in the rain”. (Author Unknown).. But I shall return again one day, Fate be willin’ and the creeks don’t rise…  🙂

Hope you are following your dreams, life is all that you wish for it to be and until we meet again…

May the love that you give
Always return to you,
That family and friends are many
And always remain true,
May your mind only know peace
No suffering or strife,
May your heart only know love and happiness
On your journey through life.
     (Larry “Dutch” Woller)

“There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children.” (Nelson Mandela ) on the path least traveled….  

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Hello Diary,

Taking a brief pause from daily adventures to ponder today’s world in conflict in many forms.. And comes to mind, and heavy heart,  the children of the world, children who’s mind is filled with dreams and wonder, not yet polluted by social ideologies….perhaps it is the children  who suffer the most while the adults confront each other… children who may appear different but inside are the same.. 🙂

 

 

Through the eyes of a child

I woke up this morning in a rush
Eagerly to start the day,
Hopefully to learn about the world
Maybe even have time to play.

I have many, many friends
Each one somewhat different than me,
But none of us  mind at all
We believe we were meant to be.

Decided to check in with my friends
Before Mom gave the breakfast call,
So with anxious hands I started my little tablet
Were going to say hello to one and all.

My smile and joy were soon gone
As sadness did take its place,
My vision become blurry
A tear, ventured down my face.

I read a text in my inbox
With conflict, some of my friends did die,
With trembling lips I looked to the horizon
With heavy heart asked the question “WHY?”.

Just children wanting to live their dream,
Why is that so very wrong,
Their dream were taken away
So someone could prove their strong.

You know, my heart will mend
For their memory lives in my heart,
And one day,  together, we will play again
Not even distance will keep us apart.

I finish this with a smile on my face
For I know one day we’ll meet again,
And again, together we will follow our dreams
For it will be a new beginning, not the end.
            (Larry “Dutch” Woller)

Perhaps us “adults” should spend more time listening to the children… and I do listen… 🙂

Well, I had better close for now.. More adventures lie ahead and while on my journey, perhaps in some small way I can help the children of the world follow their dreams and make this world a better place…  but I shall return again one day, Fate be willin’ and the creeks don’t rise…  🙂

Hope all is well in your part of the universe and until we meet again…

May the road rise to meet you
May the wind be always at your back
May the sun shine warm upon your face
The rains fall soft upon your fields
May green be the grass you walk on
May blue be the skies above you
May pure be the joys that surround you
May true be the hearts that love you.
    (Irish Saying)

“ The love a mother has for her children is legendary, it is said a child is the mother’s heart outside her body.”  (Author Unknown) on the path least traveled…. 

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Hello Diary,

The coming weekend is Mother’s Day weekend, a tribute to Mom’s all over the world… every day should be Mother’s Day!..  One can replace a lot of things but one cannot replace a Mom..  🙂

 

Mom’s do not get enough praise ( and often times help) as they navigate life, having to play the cards dealt to them (often times the cards are not pleasant) and sacrifices made as Mom navigates life, trying to help the children realize their dreams… no doubt sheds a silent tear when Mom is unable, at times, to give the children what Mom wishes for them, a silent heartache as Mom sees a tear in the children’s eyes, a silent tear and heartache when the child leaves the nest to pursue their dream… often quietly  staying in the background while watching the children venture down life’s path…  🙂

 

 

And on this Mother’s Day the spring flowers bring Moms to mind.. The little violet, quiet and modest yet when need to comes forward with little blooms to brighten the day… 🙂

A symbol of a Mother’s love, the lilac… 🙂

And the wisteria… 🙂

The lilacs are blooming with love
The backyard violets are blue,
Wisteria, delicate, and warm to behold
That has me thinking of  you!

Of your beauty, inside and out
That brightens the darkest skies,
Could feel the glowing warmth
From your lovely, loving eyes!

Your wonderful soft hands
Used with passionate gentleness
Delicate nimble fingers
With a touch of tenderness

And there are your thoughts
That I did cherish and treasure,
That I still value so highly
As they are beyond measure

One who ventured ever forward
Facing life without dread or fear,
Yet not letting go of the precious past
Holding on to all that is dear,

A few thoughts of you, Mom
Coming from the heart
Thoughts that will never end
Even though in life, we may part.
      (Larry “Dutch” Woller )
And for many of us, Moms are no longer with us in this mortal world, but they occupy a special place in our hearts and we can visit and chat with them whenever we wish to and do not need Facebook, Twitter or texting…  🙂

A Letter From Heaven

When tomorrow starts without me
And I’m not here to see,
If the sun should rise and find your eyes
Filled with tears for me.

I wish so much you wouldn’t cry
The way you did today,
While thinking of the many things 
We didn’t get to say.

I know how much you love me
As much as I love you,
And each time you think of me
I know you’ll miss me too.

When tomorrow starts without me
Don’t think we’re far apart,
For every time you think of me
I’m right there in your heart.
     (Alena Hakala Meadows)
Well, I had better close for now, life is calling and I better venture out to see what life has instore for me...but I shall return again one day, Fate be willin’ and the creeks don’t rise..  🙂

I hope this Mother’s Day ( and every day) that all the Moms (and everyone else) have a day filled with love and happiness and until we meet again..

May the love that you give
Always return to you,
That family and friends are many
And always remain true,
May your mind only know peace
No suffering or strife,
May your heart only know love and happiness
On your journey through life.
     (Larry “Dutch” Woller)

“And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.” (Abraham Lincoln) on the path least traveled.. 

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Spring has arrived in full force with the warming of the weather… my friends, the little dandelion, are making their presence known… 🙂

Thinking that perhaps in another lifetime, I would like to be like the little dandelion with its zest for life….  🙂

Will to Live
I think of all things that show a zest 
For life, the dandelion beats the rest.
The little winged seeds from its white fluff ball
Settle and grow with no urging at all. 
Settle in most unlikely places
And soon there's a crop of dandelion faces.

They are man's worst pest, but a child's playthings.
Sometimes I wish I had light down wings 
Like a dandelion seed, and could settle at will
On a velvety lawn or a sun-spread hill, 
And live with the eagerness and zest 
Of the wanton little dandelion pest.
(MARY TRIPLETT)

Hello Diary,

With the warm and pleasant weather, the migratory birds are mingling with the local birds and their voice is heard in harmony as they great me every morning when I venture out to observe the weather and this morning they were in full force…  🙂

 

And speaking of the birds, everyone enjoys watching the birds, with their color and voices, from time to time, right?.. Well, the folks at Cornell University has a program called “Ebird” where one can enter their observations… it helps the students gather knowledge, they can learn about the birds habits top help the birds and with that it also helps them to research the changes with the climate and environment… I have seen a good number of changes concerning the birds over the years, telling me that change is in the winds….  🙂

 

 

Soooooo, I get me a cup of Earl Grey and then I sit down and have a leisurely moment relaxing and taking notes with my bird watching ( I do not observe every day like I do the weather)… 🙂

I even spent a couple of dollars on some bird watching books to help me identify species of migratory birds that may be new to the prairies…. 🙂

Once I have finished my cup of tea and taking notes, I venture indoors and open the Ebird website…. 🙂

I then enter my observations… 🙂

I gather more knowledge, the young folks at Cornell gather more knowledge and we help each other hopefully help make this world a better place… 🙂 And anyone can do it, age makes no difference… I am 77 years old and I simply follow my heart.. 🙂
Well, I had better close for now… the excitement here on the path builds as adventures await me.. But I shall return again one day, Fate be willin’ and the creeks don’t rise..  🙂

Hope your heart is filled with love and happiness and until we meet again..

May your spirit only know peace
May your heart only know love
May all your dreams come true
May your life’s journey be filled with happiness
And life is all that you wish for it to be….
                       (Larry “Dutch” Woller)

“I expect to pass through this world but once. Any good therefore that I can do, or any kindness that I can show to any fellow creature, let me do it now. Let me not defer or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again.” (Stephen Grellet ) on the path least traveled….   

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I have been ask why I do what I do….because “No matter the pain or suffering, it is always better if it’s a burden shared by two, instead of a weight carried by one alone”… and that is what friends do…  🙂

 

"Portrait of a Friend"

I can't give solutions to all of life's problems, doubts, 
or fears. But I can listen to you, and together we will 
search for answers.

I can't change your past with all it's heartache and pain,
nor the future with its untold stories.
But I can be there now when you need me to care.

I can't keep your feet from stumbling.
I can only offer my hand that you may grasp it and not fall.

Your joys, triumphs, successes, and happiness are not mine;
Yet I can share in your laughter.

Your decisions in life are not mine to make, nor to judge;
I can only support you, encourage you,
and help you when you ask.

I can't prevent you from falling away from friendship,
from your values, from me.
I can only think of you, talk to you and wait for you.

I can't give you boundaries which I have determined for you,
But I can give you the room to change, room to grow,
room to be yourself.

I can't keep your heart from breaking and hurting,
But I can cry with you and help you pick up the pieces
and put them back in place.

I can't tell you who you are or who you will be
I can only love you and be your friend
                                      (Adam Clarke)
“When a friend is in trouble, don’t annoy the friend by asking if there is anything you can do. Think up something appropriate and do it.” (Author Unknown)… 🙂

Hello Diary,

I have also been ask what I do for the weather service.. I usually refrain from posting such things because I do not wish to appear that I am trying to create a image or bragging about myself… would prefer to quietly venture down the path helping when and where I can… but I have been ask so I will tell some about what I do for the weather services to assist them with the weather and climate… and perhaps it may give someone ideas of what they can do…  🙂

Well, in 1999 with a Packard Bell computer with 10 mega bytes of memory, with dial-up service ( and I did get the busy tone on occasion) and using A.O.L… I was more or less a spotter and I shared active weather with the weather service…

In the spring of 2001 I met with members of the weather service and volunteered to be part of  organization S.W.O.P  (Significant Weather Observation Program), a upgrade to being a spotter, and sent reports during active weather, plus daily reports… in the fall we met again and I volunteered to be part of the COOP (Cooperative Observer Program)… I do not get paid, any expense is mine and the equipment is mine…  🙂

 

Thanks to gathering knowledge and the internet I were able to acquire instruments at low cost as I purchased instruments over time.. Thanks to gathering knowledge I were able to recycle material to aid in the observations…. I used recycle material to assemble a Evaporation pan (copied after the weather service pan).. It tells me how much moisture has evaporated out of the soil.. 🙂

I used foam board and cooking aluminum foil to make a hail board…I attached it to a piece of plywood for anchor and when the hail hits the foil it leaves a crater.. I venture out after the storm to get an accurate measurement of the hail… once used, I simply replace the foil… 🙂

Again, thanks to gathering knowledge I can use the internet to purchase weather instruments at low cost over time… one such instrument is the Evapotranspiration guage.. It tells me how much moisture has evaporated from plants, trees, etc… 🙂

I also have instruments outdoors… thermometers, frost gauge, rain gauge, remote sensors, etc. .. I use recycled material to protect and install the instruments ( need summer weather as they could use some paint.. 🙂 )… 🙂

That being said, every morning (365 days a year, rain or shine) between 5 and 5:30 AM I venture out and gather data from the instruments and observe current weather conditions… I then venture indoors and gather data from the base units… 🙂

Once that is done, I sit down at my desk and prepare to log in the data… the PC on the right is a old PC that I do not get online with.. However, it functions fine and I do most of the work on it and then use a thumb drive to transfer the data to the PC on the left which is newer and online.. 🙂

I then open the weather service’s WXCODER site to enter the data around 6 AM, they use the data for daily weather and climate research.. 🙂

I then send additional data to the weather service via email… 🙂

Once done with WXCODER, I open the W.O.W. (Weather Observation Website) site of Met Weather Office in Exeter/Devon, UK and send them the same data…. They use the data for climate research… 🙂

And that should give you some idea of what I do voluntarily for the weather services… it helps me be active and hopefully in some small way, I can help make someone’s world a better place and they can enjoy life and follow their dreams also… there are no words of violence here, no words of ridicule, prejudice… simply a ole born again heathen following his dreams… and this is a part of my world… 🙂

Well, I had better close for now...the weather, life and dreams are a calling.. But I shall return again one day, Fate be willin’ and the creeks don’t rise..  🙂

Hope whatever path/trail you choose is filled with sunshine, love and happiness and until we meet again…

Roses are red
Violets are blue,
Thoughts from the heart
I’m sending to you.

Not just another  day, dear friend
For in spite of time, distance or whatever,
If only in spirit and thought
We’ll be sharing today together.

So, have a wonderful day, dear friend
Wishing you all the best, nothing less,
May today, every day, AND your heart
Be filled…...with love and happiness.
    (Larry “Dutch” Woller)


“ I am currently attending the School of Life, learning more about the universe and me… and Graduation Day will be the day of my funeral and it is then I will know if I failed or I succeeded and graduated”… (Larry “Dutch” Woller) on the path least traveled…    

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Hello Diary,

Yes, life is about learning about oneself and the universe.. and life will put many challenges before oneself as one ventures down life’s highway so one can learn and help oneself be better and find happiness… it will not be easy, there will be ups and downs, dark days as well as bright days, some days to bring a smile, some days a tear… but if one has an open mind and follows ones heart, one will not go wrong… even if it may mean venturing down the path least traveled, which is what I did…  🙂

 

 

And not only can I learn Spanish, but I can use my learning to help others like those in need.. 🙂

I can help others to help make this world a better place as I have been doing for the last 20+ years for the weather service (volunteer).. 🙂

Help others help battle sickness and disease… 🙂

These are just a few of the things I can do because I keep my learning lamp burning bright… I can do this because in my heart I have a dream…  🙂

In history’s past, on the path, I had a dream
Of a world in harmony it did seem,
Accepting one as to who they believe and are
Of one’s life’s choices no one did bar.

Not a world of race, color or gender
Nor closed minded ridicule or prejudice...you see,
But a world that respects another’s dream
Of what or who they wish to be.

Being free to climb a mountain, to touch a star
Free to search the universe, where answers are,
Free to venture through life, with open mind
Another’s belief, it did not blind.

Being  free to boldly walk the lands, both far and near
To lives one’s life without suffering or fear,
Not to be accepted by belief, gender or race, you see
But by the love, understanding and knowledge of a spirit born free.

And  children could follow their own dream, you see
Not to be denied by another’s ideology,
To follow the destiny of their own choice
Not to be hindered by another’s voice.

I still have that dream, you know
A dream that began a long time ago,
A dream without end, each and every day
Until the four winds, they all blow away.
                          (Larry “Dutch” Woller)
And after more learning and dealing with challenges, with a few stumbles and a few victories “Victory is not always winning the battle, but rising every time you fall” (Napoleon Bonaparte), Hopefully I will find out who I am and why, knowing I will have to do it my way.. “Every single thing that has ever happened in your life is preparing you for a moment that is yet to come”. (Author Unknown)… 🙂

Who am I, one wonders
Whether it is race, gender or ideology,
As I venture down life’s path
As a spirit that is born free..

Wondering about being different
Reminds me of words from a song,
Where do I fit in, one would ask
One wonders, where do I belong.

Does the image without
Determine who I am to be,
Even though the spirit within
May be different, be me.

Do I follow my heart’s dream
When heart and mind disagree,
Or do I listen to the mind
While dealing with reality.

Those questions and more
Life’s puzzle to unravel,
To find answers I am seeking
Down the path I must travel.

So I shall  continue down the path least traveled
To seek that rainbow, perhaps around the next bend,
Once found, I’ll have my answers
And that will be the beginning, not the end.
    (Larry “Dutch” Woller)
I believe my answer lies with the ever elusive rainbow… 🙂
I shall close for now, the path, school and dreams are calling (along with the laundry) “There are some people who live in a dream world, and there are some who face reality; and then there are those who turn one into the other.” (Douglas H. Everett), but I shall return again one day, Fate be willin’ and the creeks don’t rise…  🙂

“No road is too long for him who advances slowly and does not hurry, and no attainment is beyond his reach who equips himself with patience to achieve it.” (Jean de La Bruyere ), hope you realize your dreams and until we meet again…  🙂

May the love that you give
Always return to you,
That family and friends are many
And always remain true,
May your mind only know peace
No suffering or strife,
May your heart only know love and happiness
On your journey through life.
     (Larry “Dutch” Woller)

“Any piece of knowledge I acquire today has a value at this moment exactly proportioned to my skill to deal with it. Tomorrow, when I know more, I will recall that piece of knowledge and use it better. “ (Mark van Doren) on the path least traveled….   

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Hello Diary,

Going to venture down memory lane for a bit and share another story about the telephone… I am of German ancestry and grew up on a farm in a area here on the prairies known as “Dutch Flats” (another reason why I got the nickname “Dutch”).. The area were predominately occupied by folks who spoke both fluent English and a dialect known as Low German… my Mom and Grandmother could speak fluent English, Low German and High German… everyone mainly spoke English but sometimes would chat in German, especially on the phone.. hold that thought..  🙂

 

 

Our phone on the farm looked similar to the one in this photo and located on a wall near the center of the house… 🙂

It was connected to what was known then as a “party line” and there were 10 phones connected to that one line and everyone was suppose to respect the others privacy… one would ring the operator and tell the operator who one wished to call and the operator would connect you… each phone had its own ring (our phone was a long ring and two short rings) and you had to listen when the phone rang to make sure it was meant for you… sometimes curiosity would get the best of some folks and they would try to listen in… when Mom were talking to Grandma, if they suspected someone was listening, they would switch to High German because few, if any, could understand what they were talking about…  🙂

I did not learn much German and most of what I learned I have forgotten.. However I had a teacher once tell me that the day I need not gather anymore knowledge was the day of my funeral so with the advancement in technology and internet, I decided to learn a new language, if for no other reason than I can, so I chose Spanish…   🙂

Due to other life challenges I haven’t attended school for awhile now, but will start in again soon, may never get good at speaking the language but nothing ventured, nothing gained and who knows, maybe one day it may come in handy as myself and others share thoughts and memories…  🙂

 

My schoolroom… 🙂
What I am attempting to say is “Hello, how are you, bye for now”… 🙂
And that is the way it is here on the prairies as we follow our dreams being led by our heart, sails set full with eyes on the horizon…  🙂

When Is The Right Time, One Would Ask….

To climb a mountain
To fly a plane,
To hug a friend 
To run naked in the rain.

To stand up tall
To make your thoughts known,
To blend with a crowd
To go it alone.

To till the field
To sow the seeds of peace and more,
To pen a poem of love
To write a musical score.

To take this path
To maybe take the other,
To open ones heart
To  share it with another.

Today, tomorrow perhaps?
The answer is in the heart, you see,
So when is the right time, one asks?
When your heart wishes for it to be..
        ( Larry “Dutch” Woller )
Well, I had better close for now, the day is calling.. No school today but as I venture down the path I’m still learning as “ I am currently attending the School of Life, learning more about the universe and me... and Graduation Day will be the day of my funeral and it is then I will know if I failed or I succeeded and graduated”… (Larry “Dutch” Woller), but I shall return again one day, Fate be willin’ and the creeks don’t rise…  🙂

Hope your learning lamp is burning bright, life is all that you wish for it to be and until we meet again…. 🙂

May the love that you give
Always return to you,
That family and friends are many
And always remain true,
May your mind only know peace
No suffering or strife,
May your heart only know love and happiness
On your journey through life.
     (Larry “Dutch” Woller)

“Life gives us brief moments with another, but sometimes in those brief moments we get memories that last a lifetime, So live that your memories will be part of your happiness.” (Author Unknown) oni the path least traveled…. 

Diary of the journey on the path least traveled..just letting the heart do the talking while the fingers do the walking while being different, being me… 🙂

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Weeder's Thoughts…..
I have raked the soil and planted the seeds 
Now I've joined the army that fights the weeds.
For me no flashing saber and sword, 
To battle the swiftly marching horde; 

With a valiant heart I fight the foe, 
My only weapon a trusty hoe.
No martial music to swing me along, 
I march to the robin redbreast song. 

No stirring anthem of bugle and drum 
But the cricket's chirp and the honey bee's hum.
No anti-aircraft or siren yell
But there's Trumpet-creeper and Lily-bell. 

With a loving heart and a sturdy hand, 
I defend the borders of flower-land;
While high over Larkspur and Leopardsbane,
A butterfly pilots his tiny plane; 
But I shall not fear his skillful hand, 
My enemy charges only by land.

Would those who lead nations in war and hate
But lay down their guns at some garden gate,
There, bury- their bombs and their bloody deeds,
And join the grand army that's fighting the weeds.
  (Alma B. Eymann)

Hello Diary,

After gazing out my window and seeing the state of affairs this ole world is in, thought I would share a few thoughts about friendship, something the world societies could use more of…  accepting one as to who they are and wish to be, even though they may be different… sharing thoughts and love, not imposing one’s ideology on another….  To great another with a handshake, not a fist…. “A friend may be waiting behind a stranger’s face.” ( Maya Angelou,)… 🙂

And to do so in peace and harmony.. “Don’t walk in front of me, I may not follow, don’t walk behind me, I may not lead, walk beside me, and be my friend” (Albert Camus )… 🙂

“When we begin to build walls of prejudice, hatred, pride, and self-indulgence around ourselves, we are more surely imprisoned than any prisoner behind concrete walls and iron bars.” (Mother Angelica).. 🙂

Not just another day, dear friend
For in spite of time, distance or whatever,
If only in spirit, thought and dreams
We will be sharing the day together.

Together we live the hand that Fate has dealt us
To share thoughts of love, hope..perhaps a tear,
And by going down the path together in friendship
Doing away with hate, anger….and fear.

Not a friendship of race, color or gender
Nor of closed minded  prejudice...you see,
But a friendship that respects another’s dream
Of what or who they wish to be.

A friendship filled with hope and dreams
With  minds that are at peace,
Surrounded by love and happiness
That sooths the spirit, to say the least.

The warm sun reminds me of you, my friend
Whose beauty from within you do share,
Sharing sunshine, understanding and laughter
Sowing the seeds of  love and happiness in the air.

A special day and one to treasure
And not because of the calendar age, 
Because to the book of fond memories 
We will be adding another page

So, have a wonderful day, dear friend
Wishing you all the best, nothing less,
May today, every day, AND your heart
Be filled…...with love and happiness.
    (Larry “Dutch” Woller)

Well, I had better close for now.. have friends to meet and greet, share thoughts and memories about our dreams as we follow our hearts… but I shall return again one day, Fate be willin’ and the creeks don’t rise!..  🙂

Until we meet again….

May all the wishes you wish come true
May peace be within you
May your heart only know happiness
May you find whatever you’re seeking
Wherever you may roam
                  (Irish Saying)

And speaking of roaming, all that we seek awaits us at the end of the road of life, care to join me on the adventure, my friend??.. 🙂

“Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past and present are certain to miss the future.” (John F. Kennedy)  on the path least traveled…  

Diary of the journey on the path least traveled..just letting the heart do the talking while the fingers do the walking while being different, being me… 🙂 Me 1 copy

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Hello Diary,

Yes, change is ongoing in many forms, environment, social, etc… new things being discovered… not everyone wishes change as they have found their comfort zone and will deny what they perceive as a possible threat.. change has been ongoing since man stood upright, ventured out of the cave and invented the club…  🙂

I grew up on the farm, a country boy, in the 1940’s. ‘50’s and ‘60’s… that is me standing next to my Dad and sister, Mom… my brother is at the ladder… Dad had grew a tall cornstalk, near 20 feet tall…  🙂

 

Change were coming to the farm in the way of a TV set… I were about 7 or 8 years old before I saw my first TV.. Chicago, Illinois had a radio station called WLS and on Saturday nights the station would have a program called The WLS Barn Dance which we would listen to… one night they had a contest to win a TV set.. They played a song and one had to guess the song… well, Mom and Dad new the answer and at 10 o’clock that night Dad drove to the nearest post office, (mail were slow in the country) to mail the letter.. As luck would have it, they won the tv set… they drove to Chicago (half days journey one way) and brought the tv home… it looked similar to the on in the photo below, about 36 inches tall, 24 inches wide and the screen was roughly 14 inches by 12 inches..  🙂

 

There were only a couple of tv stations and could not get very good reception all the time… another change here on the prairie that not everyone wanted were the telephone… this happened a number of years before I were born… the telephone company was visiting the farms to get permission to set the telephone poles on their land near the road… in those days there were not enough right-of-way to use the road shoulder…  two brothers, Frank and Richard, did not want the telephone or the poles on their land… without those poles, the company could not complete the installation and no one would get a phone…  🙂

The rest of the farm families got together and came up with a idea.. At that time my Dad was part time township road commissioner .. They decided to have a party at a local tavern in the country, Christian’s Tavern, to start a petition for Dad to be road commissioner… free food and beer.. Well, Frank and Richard would not turn down anything that was free and they wanted Dad to be commissioner so they attended the party…  some time after the party started they passed the petition around and Frank and Richard signed what they thought was the petition, when it actually was the form authorizing the telephone company to set the poles in their field near the road… a few days later they found the company putting in poles and they were upset but in the end they were paid a sum of money for the right-of–way and made things better…

Frank and Richard never did get a phone or learn how to use one… whenever they needed a phone, they would drive over to our house and ask Mom if she would make a call for them as they knew Mom and Dad would not refuse them… and that is how we got phones here on the prairie….  🙂

 

 

There is change ongoing here on the path and I greet that change with a heart filled with memories, open mind and sails set full as I venture to the horizon a free spirit..  🙂


I’m just a free spirit
Open mind and heart is  all I’ll ever be,
Don’t need much money
Being rich is not for me.

I have a pocket full of dreams
My fate, has yet to be told,
As I sail from safe harbor
While watching my destiny unfold.

I am not in a “box”
No social chains, you’ll see,
As down the path least traveled
Adventure waits for  me.

Not interested in a “image”
Reality is my forte,
I am who I am, leaving no stone unturned
Exploring life each and every day.

Waking up to a world born free
With creatures in their daily rush,
Pursuing their own destinies
Before sunset brings, the evening hush.

The morning air smells clean and fresh
As I awake, it always brings a smile,
Can hear the sound of a distant train
That will travel many a mile.

Yes...just color me a free spirit
For most social graces I do not fit it seems,
No matter, as I  choose happiness over ideology 
Guided by my heart, as I follow my dreams.
    ( Larry “Dutch” Woller, )

And though today may have dark skies and the path a bit bumpy with life’s challenges, I do not worry because there is always tomorrow… 🙂
And I will eagerly greet tomorrow with open arms and a smile on my face because I have a dream.. 🙂
Well, I have shared some thoughts about change in the past and as change is ongoing here on the path I had best close for now… adjusting the sails as I speak and eagerly awaiting the next adventure… but I shall return again one day, Fate be willin’ and the creeks don’t rise..  🙂

Until we meet again…

May your spirit only know peace
May your heart only know love
May all your dreams come true
May your life’s journey be filled with happiness
And life is all that you wish for it to be….
                       (Larry “Dutch” Woller)