While in California, we visited the headquarters of Facebook in Menlo Park in Silicon Valley on August 9, 2018. It is the world's most widely-used social media platform subscribed to by two and a half billion people. That includes the other familiar services of Instagram and WhatsApp, also owned by Facebook. An astounding 25,000 people work for Facebook.
For the longest time, I had wanted to visit the Marych's in Edmonton. They have always been a part of our family because of their being good friends of our parents during World War II and afterward. I also wanted to hear their story about our parents. So, in August 2003 Bev and I flew to Edmonton and spent a few evenings with them. We also went to a Ukrainian Day event celebrating Ukraine's Independence. it was 12 or so years after Ukraine became independent. Below are three one hour unedited videos.
Oh, to be in Texas
Now that spring is there,
With bluebonnets and daffodils
And golden sunbeams in her hair.
This is the Way - Walk Ye In It
This is the Way of God above
It's the language of ”Everlasting Love”
On May 29, 2018 Tom Sutton, owner of the Cincinnati Eastgate Chick-Fil-A store spoke to our Batavia Rotary Club. His presentation was interesting in that he brought out lessons about relationships and management of people that bring about successful results.
THE LOOKING GLASS
When I realize how my life's been spent
Making a self-image for the world to see,
And how that picture has now been rent
By God's assessment of what makes me, me,
From March 19, 2018 through April 17, Beverly and I will visit three African countries where we feel near and dear to the people. We have worked there in various ways through the United Church of God and in humanitarian terms through LifeNets.
We will visit South Africa, Malawi and Zambia. We have people, projects and buildings on the agenda. I will have an up to day TravelArk blog posted at
I would like to post this Memorial Day.
My Dad was 16 years old when the Nazis invaded Ukraine. Hitler outlawed high school attendance and offered many youths the "opportunity" to go to Germany and work and earn some money and return in 3 months. 3 YEARS later my Dad is gaunt famished and working as a slave in Nazi labor camps.
December 3, 1997
On Wednesday, December 3, 1997 Jim O’Brien, pastor of UCG Cincinnati North and Lexington, KY congregations and I visited with former McDonald’s vice-president and ombudsman, Mr. John D. Cooke. We were guests at his home in Galena, Illinois where he and his wife Marge have retired. Jim O’Brien has been a friend of Mr. Cooke for many years, going back to the time when they both lived in Paducah, Kentucky.