“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

( “I do not do, say or write something to been seen or heard… I  do, say or write something because it needed to be done, said or written…” ,  no nominations please, just sharing thoughts while exploring life  🙂 ).. 🙂

 

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)

20 thoughts on ““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…  

  1. That was a lovely account of life on the prairie back in the day. I can’t remember TV’s arrival in our village but I can remember the arrival of a second channel which needed a change to the aerial and modifications to the TV. And all that for a television screen 14 x 12 !!

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    • Thank you for stopping by!.. fortunately Dad had a blacksmith shop on the farm and he were able to create a antenna… could only get two stations, were in not so good black and white and they came on at sunrise and went off the air at sunset… 🙂

      Until we meet again..
      May your troubles be less
      Your blessings be more
      And nothing but happiness
      Come through your door
      (Irish Saying)

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    • Thank you for stopping by!.. yes, change is ongoing and for every change there will be those who will not like change… 🙂

      Until we meet again..
      May you always be blessed
      with walls for the wind,
      a roof for the rain,
      a warm cup of tea by the fire,
      laughter to cheer you,
      those you love near you,
      and all that your heart might desire.
      (Irish Saying)

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    • Thank you for stopping by and kind words!.. glad you enjoyed your visit!.. the cornstalk was one of a kind and grew on its own… change can be difficult at times but “The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.” (William Arthur Ward)… 🙂

      Until we meet again..
      May flowers always line your path
      and sunshine light your way,
      May songbirds serenade your
      every step along the way,
      May a rainbow run beside you
      in a sky that’s always blue,
      And may happiness fill your heart
      each day your whole life through.
      (Irish Saying)

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    • Thank you for visiting and kind words!.. may have a few more memories to share in the future.. 🙂

      Until we meet again..
      May your day be touched
      by a bit of Irish luck,
      Brightened by a song
      in your heart,
      And warmed by the smiles
      of people you love.
      (Irish Saying)

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  2. Good stories about change, Larry. I’m the one who signed people up to allow cell antennas on their roofs, but in our case, people got a monthly check for the lease of their rooftop, and it was a good amount of money! Times change…

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    • Thank you for visiting!!.. in the end change can be beneficial even if one does not get paid for it… 😉

      Hope life is all that you wish for it to be and until we meet again….
      May love and laughter light your days,
      and warm your heart and home.
      May good and faithful friends be yours,
      wherever you may roam.
      May peace and plenty bless your world
      with joy that long endures.
      May all life’s passing seasons
      bring the best to you and yours!
      (Irish Saying)

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  3. I very much enjoyed your stories about change and the free spirit poem. During most of my childhood, we had no more than three TV channels: ABC, CBS, and NBC which later had the living color peacock. I think the public TV channel came along next. Frank and Robert teach us that the change we didn’t want might turn out to be okay. I resisted getting a cell phone for a long time. Change makes life interesting, so when it’s inevitable we might as well, “turn and face the strange,” like David Bowie said.

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    • Thank you for stopping by and kind words!!.. glad you enjoyed your visit!!.. it is what we do with change that is important… sometimes we let our minds get in the way…. 🙂

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

      May love and laughter light your days,
      and warm your heart and home.
      May good and faithful friends be yours,
      wherever you may roam.
      May peace and plenty bless your world
      with joy that long endures.
      May all life’s passing seasons
      bring the best to you and yours!
      (Irish Saying)

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  4. what a great story! tx much for sharing with us — reminds me of how ornery I was about cell phones, how horrible the reception was & $$ they were, yet they became popular anyway. just this morning was thinking of what a long way we’ve come since people with challenges could only sit in bed…

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    • Thank you for visiting!!.. change is ongoing and what we know today will become history with the horse and buggy.. 🙂

      Hope all is well in your part of the universe and until we meet again…
      May love and laughter light your days,
      and warm your heart and home.
      May good and faithful friends be yours,
      wherever you may roam.
      May peace and plenty bless your world
      with joy that long endures.
      May all life’s passing seasons
      bring the best to you and yours!
      (Irish Saying)

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  5. Thank you for sharing such a lovely story about change and also for giving us a glimpse into your childhood days. Life is so different now but change is still constant. Wishing you lovely experiences with all the changes coming your way.

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    • Thank you for visiting and kind words!!.. 🙂

      Hope change is pleasant in your part of the universe, life is all that you wish for it to be and until we meet again…

      May love and laughter light your days,
      and warm your heart and home.
      May good and faithful friends be yours,
      wherever you may roam.
      May peace and plenty bless your world
      with joy that long endures.
      May all life’s passing seasons
      bring the best to you and yours!
      (Irish Saying)

      Liked by 1 person

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