A Setback: A Battle to Fight

The saying goes, “We all have a battle to fight.”  For some of us, it’s more real than just words on a page.  It’s more than mere thoughts of the day about dragons to slay, bones to pick, or ladders to climb.  It’s that moment when real life reaches up, …

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The State of My Heart: A Grounded Pilot

It seems like a good day for reflection, a time to ponder the state of my heart since it’s Valentine’s weekend.  Much has happened since my cross country flight back in January.  In many ways, I’m no longer the same as I was, but in other ways, maybe I’m more.

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Life is Marked by Moments…

Today (December 26/27) marks the tenth anniversary of the Indonesian Tsunami, and my youngest son’s tenth birthday.  We will always remember this terrible tragedy in the wake of the gift of my son, Jason.  I remember both vividly, and was moved by each with a deep emotional connection.  Life is marked by …

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When Life Mimics Hiking : The Pinnacle Trail

Today is a departure from flying for another thing I love to do, hiking.  Climbing the Pinnacle Trail at Crowders Mountain State Park to the 1705 foot height is like being at pattern altitude at my airport.  The view is like looking down from a plane and seeing the sights …

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Embracing Change: A New Flight School

In some ways, I’m a little strange when it comes to change.  It’s something I’ve always embraced fairly eagerly.  There’s something exciting about change and it’s usually a good thing. It means I’m stretching myself and pushing myself out of my comfort zone.  It’s not ever easy but I find …

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Reflections on a Year Lived

I stand here today at 51, looking back over this past year, and reflecting on all the things that I’ve done and all the changes that have occurred.  It’s a good feeling and I’ve had a great year, full of new challenges, and new adventures. There are things I would …

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And then I began to Dream again…

An Andy Stanley quote, “When your memories exceed your dreams, the end is near.” The first time I ever saw this quote, I thought it was the most depressing thing I had ever heard. I thought long and hard about it.  I realize that it’s about the end of life.  …

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A Tough Week

This week is a little departure from my flying experiences as there has been much sadness that I have encountered this week.  I have been moved to take a long look at life and in the process penned some introspective thoughts.  I know it may not be what you’re expecting …

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