Hidden Hills

This land is flatLike the place I was bornHome of the orangesNot too much corn These hills, they surprise meRising up from the earthIllinois mountainsIn the time of rebirth Fellow travelers don’t mindWe go up and go downThen the path takes a turnI look all around At once, I’m rewardedJust ahead, I can seeThe skyline…… Continue reading Hidden Hills

Consolidation and Acceptance

I awoke this morning with a level of calm that I don’t often experience.  After a busy two weeks of moving, working, and hosting my family for a few days, my brain was on overdrive.  In addition, today was the day I cleaned the old unit and took the last items out of the apartment.  There was no…… Continue reading Consolidation and Acceptance

Financial Independence

Disclaimer: I am not a financial advisor. If you need financial advice, please reach out to a person who is certified or licensed in your local area. Use the links below to confirm the person you are speaking with has an Active status on their license/certification. Helpful Links: Financial Planner:  https://www.cfp.net/verify-a-cfp-professional Investments:  https://www.finra.org/investors/professional-designations/selecting-your-investment-professional Investments:  https://adviserinfo.sec.gov/…… Continue reading Financial Independence

St. Margaret’s

Sitting on a stone bench Memories flood over me The games of tag and ultimate frisbee Sunday school and youth group meetings Merit badges and scoutmaster conferences This beautiful place, once surrounded by trees Broken Progress has taken its toll Houses tower over the wooden fence that borders the cemetery The old chapel almost abandoned…… Continue reading St. Margaret’s

2020 Decade of Hope

I wrote this way back at the beginning of 2020.  Remember that?  This is some unbridled optimism that I think we all need right now.  Enjoy! Looking forward to: Mars 2020Artemis (2024 & 2028)Electric vehiclesAutonomous DrivingRenewable energySmart Homes Personal: Paying off debtSavingMore fulfilling jobVolunteer workFamily The driving force of technology and progress from the Industrial…… Continue reading 2020 Decade of Hope