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STORIES FROM OLD JOE

My first concrete, without-a-doubt answer to prayer – 1961

My first concrete, without-a-doubt answer to prayer occurred during my sophomore year at the University of Washington. Looking back from the comfortable and sage vantage point of many years, I … Continue reading

June 22, 2017 · 1 Comment

It’s my 75th birthday! And ten years to the day since my run-in with the law.

Me and my good friends, Natasha and Sasha. Just three pals! I’ve always liked my birthdays. Who doesn’t? Today is mine and I hit the ¾ century mark. Fun thing is, I get … Continue reading

November 2, 2016 · 3 Comments

My Mom, Olga — Part Four: The War Years

These new orders would take him away from CCC camp responsibility to a regular army assignment at Fort Ord, on the coast of California, 120 miles south of San Francisco. … Continue reading

February 3, 2015 · Leave a comment

My Mom, Olga — Part Three: CCC Days

Joe and Olga made their first home in Galva, Illinois, a little town of 2,500 people. The newlyweds lived in Galva for eight months. Then in September 1935 he was … Continue reading

January 21, 2015 · Leave a comment

My Mom, Olga — Part Two: Career Woman

Career Woman After graduation, Olga found a job with the Elevated Advertising Company in downtown Chicago as an “office girl.” Her company handled all the advertising for the famous Chicago … Continue reading

December 23, 2014 · Leave a comment

My Mom, Olga — Part One: The Early Years in Chicago

Prologue Mom flashed me a horrified look as she saw what I was doing. I was a fourth grader, and home sick from school that day. She had just answered … Continue reading

December 3, 2014 · Leave a comment

Fifty-five Junes ago, I was 17, and the rest of my life was staring me in the face

Reflections on My 55th High School Reunion: A couple of weeks back, I had the privilege of making it to my 55th Clover Park High reunion. These things are always fun, but … Continue reading

September 2, 2014 · 2 Comments