Time Out Of Mind Website Reader Testimonials -- 10/11/10
I receive many comments about this website. Some of them are published below. Many more messages are too private to divulge publicly.
I may edit some of the messages for content to protect the identity of the sender.
Thank you everyone who enjoy my work and take the time to let me know your thoughts. I appreciate them.
Received from Alexia -- 10/11/10
I was wondering if I could have your permission to use your picture of the earth in a bubble for a science lesson for children. I'm creating home school materials for kids and this picture fits perfectly for an illustration I have in one of the lessons.
Remember those days we spent in your upstairs laboratory cobbling together a DVD to get Leo Carrillo Ranch off and running in 2003? What a struggle but you never gave up. Thousands of visitors - young and old - have enjoyed this presentation over the past seven years. That should make you very proud.
Now, with the Council's approval of a new visitor center and theatre in the old hay barn, staff wants to forge ahead with a new film in time for the grand opening in the late winter. This is being funded by a grant from the Friends. We've been saving the donations of members and now have the resources to pull this off. When you and I labored over the original DVD we were flat broke. You came to the rescue with your unique skills. We can never thank you enough.
Keep your creative juices flowing. Don't crawl into a cave. That's a death sentence.
Warmest regards with fond memories of a real trooper,
Continue to do what you do - - be creative, and share your art and stories. I have met lots of people, but what I think makes you unique and special is the fact that you are willing to put yourself out there for people to get to know. In this day and age, that is a rare character trait that makes all the difference. Enjoy the process of discovery. I believe that even bigger things are on the horizon for you.
Received from Dianna -- 09/02/10
I found your site on Google today and I'm glad I did. I'm sharing your site with my best friend from Bowen, who lives in Israel now. It made my day to see these pics and read your pages. I got my fix.
Class of '78
Received from Elisa [edited] -- 07/23/10
I Like that the tune Just My Imagination & how about that Rainbow still remains " The Living Promise" xxoo
You seem to Have a Great wife & she is there supportive to your success!
I just want to express my gratitude for your showing up to give such a professional and inspiring presentation to my class at ITT Tech this evening. The "Three J's" were very impressed and all expressed their own gratitude after you left and stated that they learned so much about the "real Project Management world".
I also appreciate your making the slides available and will make sure that each student receives them.
Have a great weekend and I'll see you soon at the component meeting!
I was just reading your memories of Bowen High School on your website, Time Out Of Mind. I was intrigued to learn that you and Angel Rodriguez are good friends. If it's the same person, I knew Angel when both our families lived in the old neighborhood.
If you see or talk to him, would you mention me to him and pass along my e-mail address. It would be fun to catch up on old memories. My parents and I recently drove through the "old neighborhood" and although our houses have long been torn down, I could still imagine all the great fun we had with all our friends in that area. It was a loooong time ago.
BTW, I had forgotten that there was a memorial built to honor Alfred Urdiales. His cousin, Richard, still lives in Chicago.
I've enjoyed your website.
(Class of 1968)
Received from Tina (via Facebook) -- 07/09/10
I have got to tell you that we are in the market for a Don Larson wall as you walk into our front door. I am looking at your art and I love so much of it, but I need to choose. It will for sure be different!!!!
Received from Jan (via Facebook) [edited] -- 07/09/10
You were committed to the club and we did appreciated all your help.
I had always a wonderful time at our meetings, and keep good memories of my time at Twin Oaks Toastmasters. I was very encouraged to see foreigners like myself improving in their language skills and getting more confident in themselves.
Received from Kari (via Facebook) -- 06/21/10
I agree with you on Avatar. It was like "Dances with Wolves" animated.
There are two ways you and your friends/family across the country can help:
If you or a friend of yours knows of a food pantry somewhere (possibly a
house of worship or a social agency such as the YMCA or United Way), please
reach out to them and encourage them to register at AmpleHarvest.org (visit
http://www.ampleharvest.org/help-register.php) for more information. While
we recognize that has you doing a bit of "homework" to find one, it also
means that the others gardeners in your community will quickly find it,
making you an important catalyst to help diminish hunger in your community.
Received from Karen (via Facebook) [edited] -- 04/20/10
I absolutely adored reading what you wrote in the above referenced article and then in When My World Changed. I cannot tell you how much I admire you and how happy I am that we are friends! As my husband Bernie always said to those he cared about, "Keep up the good work!"
Received from Sophia (via Facebook) [edited] -- 04/19/10
God bless you Don. I like that we inspire each other ... that's the beauty
of this medium. We connect with people that we otherwise may not have a
chance to meet.
Received from Mark (via Facebook) -- 04/17/10
Enjoyed your pictures and stories about Bowen very much. I graduated 1969. I was going to go to a Catholic H.S. but changed my mind. I'm glad I did. I think it helped me more being exposed to different races and cultures. You seem to have done well in life.
Received from Jim (via Facebook) -- 04/05/10
It was a pretty good ride. I had time to get up from the desk, get the dog, and go outside.
Received from Tina -- 04/05/10
i am so glad you are okay, but we still worry. Love you guys so much and don't want any shakin' goin' on!!!!
Received from David (via LinkedIn) -- 04/01/10
Thanks for always being a powerhouse of creativity ... you have always inspired me and many of my friends like Judy to keep after our own vision. May this day be a beautiful day there in San Diego and a wonderful birthday.
Received from Vicki (via Facebook) -- 03/30/10
Great pictures!! You're very lucky to live there & see such beauty everyday!
Received from Tina (via Facebook) -- 03/30/10
Such great color and scenery!!!! We are lucky to have you there to give us a view!!!!! We can never appreciate it as much as you unless we walk the beach, but we can try.
Received from Karen -- 03/26/10
Very cool, Don. Enjoyed your story and know there will be more pebbles in more shoes as a result of your inspiration!
Received from Angus -- 03/16/10
Hi Mr. Larson,
I found your amazing Twin Flames picture over a year ago after I heard from a clairvoyant that someone in my life was my twin soul and started looking into the subject. I have used the picture on my blog and Facebook profiles on occasion, though haven't called any attention to its actual meaning.
I'm starting a self-awareness/energetic healing home-based service called Twin Flames Higher Learning and would like to use your picture as a banner for the web site. Would you be willing to give permission for this? The picture would be properly designated as your work. If you're okay with it, please let me know if you require more information, if there is a fee involved or what process might be necessary in order to obtain your approval for the picture's use. I appreciate your time and hope you have a great day.
Permission granted for that usage.
Received from Gerry -- 03/15/10
I wanted to mention how much we enjoyed your 'Time out of Mind' posting from February 9th describing your Chicago trip. Thanks.
Received from Maureen (via Facebook) -- 03/08/10
Okay splain this to me so I can oooohhh and ahhhh here. Your art creations are done with a camera? What program do you use...etc., etc., etc., I love this stuff.
Received from Maria Dolores (edited) -- 03/06/10
I just got back from Arizona where I was since the 10th of February celebrating birthdays.
I am truly saddened that you stopped your podcasts. You were an inspiration to me and many, many others. You were a true pioneer in this technology, and many more will attest to that fact.
We covered many subjects and were the first to broadcast over the internet, world-wide, the sudden changes to hurricane Charlie in Florida - LIVE! I will never forget being nearly blown away by 100 mph wind gusts in Pasco County while miked to your net podcasts - Live! My roof however, did not fare as well, and had to move Arizona. A move I will never regret.
Afterwards, you began your visits which continue to this day.
You were the very first to hear Col. Ross Dedrickson in an interview live in my studio as he revealed for the first time the true story of the UFO coverup. Your listeners heard from Cal and Mary Turner on their remarkable behind the scenes story of, 'The Beautiful People of Palm Springs." You published my works, my thoughts and insight to humanity, You published works of technology, inspiration and of your remarkable leadership qualities, and . . . the world listened and learned.
Yes, we will all miss these, but will always remember you, as a true pioneer.
As the late Paul Harvey said every night . . . .
" Now you know the Rest of the Story. . . . Good - Day! "
Received from Jan (via Facebook) (edited) -- 02/23/10
Wow, you bring back such fond memories. It has been 26 years for my husband and I that we moved here to Irvine -- leaving all friends and family back in Chicago. We came with our small children and it was quite an adventure. I also can say that there are no regrets. We love it here and I enjoyed so much reading about your wonderful trip out here to start your new life..... It is a small world and we should get together with some of our other Chicago cohorts that have also entered the warm belt.
Some of the best parts is that I can still see in you the Midwest values such as marriage, friendship, etc. -- this wiill never change... hopefully, I have passed this onto my sons to some extent.
My husband I are approaching are 39th year of marriage in May. Now that is something in today's changing world. In any case, just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed reading some of your links about marriage and road trip, etc. It brought back many, many thoughts of the past and of our bright future. Thanks for posting this -- it made my evening!!!
Received from Cheryl (via Facebook) -- 02/17/10
Wow! I am so impressed, Don! I, too, moved from South Chicago to Hegewisch, and although I loved Bowen, I transferred to SFDS for my junior and senior years - loved it even more! I probably saw you at Mann Park - I practically lived in the pool there! Thank you for sharing your memories - and many of mine - with all of us!
Received from Wayne (via Facebook) -- 02/17/10
Someone suggested your website - I'm glad I went! I was 5 years behind you at Bowen and your writing moved me this morning. At a reunion this fall I reconnected with a 'girl' I first met in Kindergarten in '59....80 miles is the only thing that keeps us apart these days and I hope evermore.
Received from Maureen -- 02/16/10
I was looking over your webpage and it brought back so many memories. I just wanted to say thanks for putting them on. I'd like to share with a group of friends as well, I'll give them the site addy. Funny, I live in Las Vegas, and South Chicago still comes up in many a conversation.
Received from Rick -- 02/12/10
I agree with your latest blog. However, I fear the Tea Party movement will be co-opted by the Republicans and in the end come to naught. When they invited Sarah Palin to give their keynote address I began to lose confidence in them. We desperately need a strong third party.
Received from Amy (edited) -- 02/12/10
Dear Uncle Donny,
Thank you so much for placing the pennies on the graves; it means so much to me. I'm pleased that you had such a wonderful time, afterwards with the family, too! The cold must have been a big switch from the nice climate you're now used to!
Hopefully your entire trip to Chicago was as nice and it must have been great to be with Jenny and her family. We always enjoy the pictures.
Lots of Love for you and Aunt Sherry,
Received from Kenneth Sr. -- 02/12/10
Dear Mr. Larson,
It was with both surprise and pride that I just received the email that you sent to my youngest son, Kenneth Jr. As you can see from the list of persons that I have forwarded this information to, we continue to keep this bit of American history as alive today as many have done throughout the years.
We have collected numerous John Honeyman related publications that have appeared over many years. To name just a few, these include the book of The Honeyman Family History, copies of the Bicentennial publication by Public Service Electric and Gas Company of Newark, NJ (which included a Honeyman story with pictures), a Readers' Digest story, The TV Guide about (and a VHS copy of) the 1961 TV program where Hugh OBrian played the part of John Honeyman.
You can see my direct Honeyman family connection from the preface that I have written for what I forwarded to my friends and family members.
Just this week I put "dad's legacy website" on my list of things to do. My idea is to accumulate stories and memories about my late father, before it's too late with other people passing away.
Anyway, thanks as always for sharing, and have a safe and nice trip back home!
Received from Renee (via Facebook) -- 01/29/10
I really appreciate you mentioning my business on your website!! Your website is always interesting an entertaining, very well done!! Thanks Cousin!!
Received from Ron -- 01/22/10
Take a look at this link to YouTube. The person doing the show, who is Bob Sirott, brought an antique radio to my former employer to be restored. Since I like Bob, I restored it on my own time and donated the parts from my dad's forty year old stock.
I never realized Jan Gabriel was the voice in the dragstrip commercials; I remembered him as a guy who hosted a show on TV called "Up Tempo." It was sort of an "American Bandstand" show which originated in Chicago. If Jan Gabriel only knew how many times I tried to mimic his dragstrip commercials, he would have had a good laugh. He became the announcer for Santa Fe Speedway. It was advertised as the only speedway with a track of clay. I was never there for the races, but the wooded and unpaved parking lot was the site where at least three major hamfests were held during the summer months. I'll bet I was there at thirty or forty times on a Sunday, but there weren't any races while I was there.
Received from JIm (edited) -- 01/18/10
I am sitting here at the Toyota dealer waiting for my car, reading about Quartz Composer. I installed it on the laptop yesterday afternoon.
I can see that this would take a little work to put this to use. Maybe later today I can toy with this on my iMac. I am operating on battery power here and I noticed that running Quartz Composer shortens the battery running time quite a bit. No plugs in sight right now.
I will install Quartz Composer on the iMac this afternoon.
Received from Mary Jac (edited) -- 01/15/10
I thought I wold let you know that bebo finally featured my (your) skin. They rejected my first effort, so I re-made it and submitted it from my "Love Skins" group. It is now in their features list.
Here's the link for you, I hope that you like it (I called it Larson's Neon Love).
Received from Anna -- 01/15/10
I'm going to give my mom a hug and kiss when I see her tomorrow.
Received from (name kept anonymous to protect identity of sender) -- 01/15/10
"Managers would rather live with a problem they can't solve than with a solution they don't fully understand or control."
Deal with that frustration constantly with my own manager.
Cheers to education and change!
Received from Marc (via Facebook) -- 01/15/10
I believe you are on the cusp of defining yourself in a new way, both creatively and professionally. You have developed a style of careful, charismatic leadership that inspires and attracts others. I too sense very big things happening over the next few years.
Received from Kathy (edited) -- 01/14/10
Thank you so much for the artwork you sent over. Very cool stuff. What program do you use to create your designs?
Received from (name kept anonymous to protect identity of sender) -- 01/11/10
Loved the story. Can sympathize with the pain. Sometimes I wonder if a person who is prone to depression EVER fully overcomes it. Each obstacle can send you back to it but maybe we emerge stronger each time we fight on.
Depression is like being in a vacuum. Nothing enters, nothing exits. You just exist and wonder why.
I've had a few life altering events since August that have shaken me up but I totally believe they were meant to happen. I keep reminding myself how truly lucky I am in SO MANY THINGS. Life never gives us EVERYTHING we want (or think we want).
I think I've accepted my biggest regret/sorrow is I am responsible for myself. I am not bathed in the love and security of when my parents were alive or even in the security I thought I had in my marriage.
I only ever wanted someone to truly love me. Forever.
"I know what page should reference another page and what shouldn't. In some themes of mine, there will never be anything concrete that shows 2+2=4 on some topics. To be an effective artist and writer there must always be inconclusive parts spread out to keep the story or creation generalized at some level."
So what your saying is that in some future date after we are all gone, someone will write book about the DONICHI CODE.
I can see it now . . . .
SEE FOR THE FIRST TIME THE SECRETS OF LIFE
SEE HOW HIS CODE FORE TELL OF THE BIG ONE
SEE HOW TRUE MATHEMATICS WAS ALL FALSE
THE DONICHI CODE
Publisher: One of the funniest comments I ever received concerning Time Out Of Mind.
Received from Kimberly (via Facebook) -- 01/08/10
I love it!!! Which thought is it for me? Hmmmmm I would say its the last one.
I put up the instrumental track for a song called Superman Is Alive. If you're reading this, Don Larson, the instrumental was directly inspired by Morlock Pyramid. I imagined a ufo in the sky stage right and came up with this as a sort of musical interpretation of the image.
To love across a distance is often required in the modern world. I have
learned to love that way, although it was hard to evolve to a point to
achieve that capability. To love someone who is always close by can lead
Love gets stronger when challenges present themselves to those who know
true love. I know true love and otherwise. I'll take true love across
the distance over the illusion of nearby love any day. Below is an
excerpt from one of my previous web site messages written on December
"I have many loves in life: love of self; love for my wife; love for my
family. Those are deep loves and the closest to my heart. Next is the
love for my soul mates who touch me differently and complete my life in
ways others do not. After them are my friends and extended family; they
are never far from my thoughts. Lovers of my past are kept alive too.
The active love for them faded away long ago, yet their memory, their
impact on my destiny, will never leave my conscious mind. Love for me is
not a process of reduction or exclusion, but rather one of growth in
making new connections of the heart." -- dwlarson, 12/31/2003
To all those I have loved, love today, or will grow to love tomorrow,
you have my word on that. I never break my word.
Love to you and Sherry.
Received from Harold Jennings (edited) -- 12/28/09
There are a few friends in my life - some I haven't seen in years and before technology - I didn't even talk to for months, maybe even a year or two at a time....but when we did connect - it's like you said - it's as if we were with each other just the day before. No awkward silences.
I always found this fact interesting because I have "friends" that are in my life that I see on a more consist basis and yet never seem to have that same closeness, or will find myself with that awkward silence.
Enjoyed reading about you and your friend....
Received from Robert (via Facebook) -- 12/26/09
Loved this. A great deal of wisdom in those few words.
Received from Mary (edited) -- 12/21/09
I have just "followed" you on Twitter, and would like to ask if I can use a piece of your artwork, Neon Love, to make a skin (background) for bebo.
I have made hundreds over the years and have a good reputation with them. I don't make very many now but loved the attached pic.
Thanks so much for featuring FalconRidge again on your website. I appreciate it greatly. Would you do me the honor of naming the Kentucky Mountain mare I am getting in on Tuesday? She is a beautiful dappled grey, steel grey color with a black mane and tail. :-)
I recently graduated from interior design school and am on the cusp of starting my own decorating business. I would like to use your "Heart's on Fire" image on my business cards. It sums up my passion for design and is a clever play on my last name. Not to mention, it is a very striking image.
Please let me know about any fees associated with this request, should you honor it.
Permission granted for that usage.
Received from Bonnie (edited) -- 11/21/09
Remember me from Caldwell and Bowen? I've followed your Time Out Of Mind website for years. Also thru South Shore news spot. I love your photos.
The award of Twin Oaks Toastmaster Club is impressive. You well deserve it. You put your philosophy "caring about each other" not only in saying but also in action. I am a direct beneficiary of it. Thanks, Don! I wish I had a chance to add one more emotional moment to your departure in your farewell meeting.
Dear Mr. Larson,
I was browsing the web and decided to do a search on my seventh Great Grandfather, John Honeyman. I see that you copyrighted the webpage, and that the author of the story refers to HIS great Grandfather.
My father is very much into his genealogy, and I am curious if you are a distant cousin/relative.
Anyway, either way, if you get a chance, let me know if you did indeed write the story. My father has vast knowledge of John Honeyman, and I'm sure he would like to share information.
Looking forward to hearing from you.
My Dad wrote for the Reader for several years and is now fully retired living in Mexico. As you can tell in the article, he's truly enjoying the golden years.
Received from Anna -- 10/16/09
It has been a while since I have contacted you. However, I faithfully go to your website each week. Your writings are often thought provoking and inspiring. Sometimes, they put a smile on my face and cheer me up.
I just wanted to tell you that I enjoy tremendously all the information you give in your time out of mind, some of it is out of my league but I learn a lot of what I can follow. You are a blessed man and your heart obviously has no borders.
I came across your site today while doing some research on women's suffrage for one of my classes. You provide some really great resources, but I noticed that on your page Windy City Connections, you link to a broken link (doesn't look like that page exists anymore). I also found this page in my research which could be a good replacement if you just wanted to change the link :)
Tahnk you, Alice. I updated that page with your suggested link.
Received from G (edited) -- 09/16/09
What I said yesterday, was not my first enconter with death. I already had 3. Each one of them taught me something.
Apart from being a doting grandfather, you must be a very proud father. Congratulations!
Received from Gary (via Facebook) -- 08/20/09
You've got such a great website! It's huge and full of good stuff everywhere. Enjoyed your Powerpoint Presentation yesterday, btw.
Received from Susan (via Facebook) -- 08/07/09
Came across your pics of Bowen and had to say 'thank you'. Reading your story and seeing the pictures of good old James H. brought back so many memories (many of them good). Those were truly the best years of our lives.
Anyway, if you could let me know what would be involved to use your image I would really appreciate it.
Permission granted for that usage.
Received from Carol (via Facebook)-- 07/20/09
Sitting in my screen house in the backyard writing to all and listening to your album. Getting to know you again, I am continually amazed by all you do...
Received from [name not shown] (edited) -- 07/18/09
Enjoyed your story, 25 years after IH. It was very interesting to hear about economic history that I've read about, thru the personal experience of a friend.
It seems our paths are similar. I spent 7 years at "X", and ultimately left really because of 1) my strong belief in myself and my ideas/skills, and 2) my sincere desire to help others.
"In a free enterprise system we are free to take risks to get ahead and make a living. We are free to pursue dreams and work hard to make them happen. My dreams at IH didn't work out for me. After IH it would be several years before I felt financially secure again."
... spoke out powerfully to me.
If you substitute "X" for "IH", these words exactly describe what I have been going thru myself in this recession! Interesting to note about your layoff of 1981, the most amazing bull market in history started thereafter in 1982 and lasted until 2000. It will be fascinating to see what transpires after the current drastic recession.
"It doesn't interest me if the story you are telling me is true. I want to know if you can disappoint another to be true to yourself; if you can bear the accusation of betrayal and not betray your own soul; if you can be faithless and therefore trustworthy."
Received from Gary -- 07/10/09
Great lesson today, my friend. Don't take the recession personally! And remember that every setback is a disguised opportunity. I also love the line, "There are no guarantees in life except the ones you offer." Well put.
Received from DM (edited) -- 07/07/09
Love it all, Don.
Let's keep in touch,
Received from Marc (edited) -- 07/04/09
Happy Fourth of July!
Received from Anna (edited) -- 07/03/09
Happy 4th. I'll be spending it with my family with a "traditional" BBQ with a Chinese twist.
Received from Cheri (edited) -- 06/29/09
Those pics are great Don....Thanx....I am going to go out there soon!!!
Received from Ronnie Allen -- 06/26/09
I am most appreciative for all you've done. I'm going to put a special link to your website from ours.
Received from Harry -- 06/25/09
I really enjoyed your website... some incredible work... looking forward to
Received from [name withheld for privacy] (edited) -- 06/23/09
Hello my friend,
I was intrigued by your story as told by your quarter-century of computing page. I am further fascinated by your posting named The Sign. I also believe that we are given signs -- call it intuition, a feeling, a sixth sense -- that help us determine our destiny; if we only are wise enough to acknowledge and act upon them.
I feel compelled to share a current sign with you.
In any case, I sincerely appreciate you sharing your great wisdom with the world!
Received from Sherry (edited) -- 06/22/09
It's amazing that we both lived in San Diego for so many years and never knew it.
Anyway, thanks for writing. You have a very interesting website. I enjoyed navigating around it and learning more about you and your wife Sherry. (BTW, it's good to see that she knows how to spell Sherry!)
I was reading the end of the IAGO libretto last night and my tears could not stop falling. I was so happy!!!Hahahahaha
Received from Tedra (edited) -- 05/29/09
I am playing a Star Trek rp on Second Life and I was wondering if we could use one of your images as a villian in one of our rps? You mention on your side its copyrighted material, so I am asking for the right to use it, no profit is made out of it exept our all fun.
I have been using the image and words, Tears That Do Not Fall, that I found on your Blog to inspire our upcoming world premiere opera:IAGO, which will take place in Citta' della Pieve, Italy this summer (our 6th world premiere in the past 6 years). I want to thank you so much for your words and for sharing this image. I would like to give proper credit to the person who drew this image. Is it you?
I would very much like for you to be my friend on Facebook!
All the Best,
Founding Artistic Director
International Opera Theater
Permission granted for that usage.
Received from Veronica (edited into Two Parts)-- 05/24/09
Part 1: Hi Don,
I am an entrepreneur who is starting all over... having hit bottom,,, in searching for images of Phoenix Rising your images of swirls in beautiful red fire coloring seem to be the best representation. I am wondering if you would allow me the use as my website image, even business card, with credit to you for the image....
Let's talk about... and as I review your images make a selection or have you create one for me.
Thank you... a pc user...
Part 2: (after my response): Hi Don,
Thanks for the speedy response...
I went out and looked again and found far more... that I really like. It occurs to me with my 6 blog sites I could use a series of images... and promote your work in collaboration.
What my original intent in asking was to create something that looks like Phoenix Rising. In my second look there are several images that come very close if not perfect for that representation:
As I blog each day I could use your work to represent each day's message... I think we think alike... I used to be a watercolorist.. and having just gone to storage to retrieve my art supplies find that apparently I gave my supplies away.. and had not remembered doing so.
Let me know your thoughts.. and as I get closer to having each site more active I'll make a or some selections...
Have you read about Wi-Max? It has a range of up to 30 miles. It may be a better bet for ubiquitous internet access.
Received from Paul Parla -- 05/16/09
Hello Mr. Larson...
I am thrilled to have found this site and info on Janie. I'm Paul Parla and I now, since 1983, reside in Glendale, California with my wife Donna. When I found out that Janie was still around I was VERY happy...and LOVE this very underrated, obscured and beautiful little song since I first heard it in the 60's.
I was born and grew up in Montclair/Bloomfield, New Jersey, the great melting pot of film and recording talent like the Shirelles (Passaic), Frankie Valli (dated his daughter Toni in high school) and Nick and Tommy and Bob Guadio of the 4 Seasons and so on were neighbors. I have been conducting interviews with many actors/actresses/stuntmen/writers/directors connected with the films of the 1940's-50's through early 70's and publish (since 1990), past and presently, in such prominent newstands publications as FILMFAX and MOVIE COLLECTORS WORLD, among others.
Filmfax has now transcended 'just movie' related interviews and since this GREAT period of American history in cinema and music especially, tugs at my memories and heart, I would love to contact Janie and possibly conduct a modest interview with her on her career, TRIANGLE being the focus of the piece. May I have this opportunity?
Here is a link (or two) for you to view on my interview 'reference' sources. My first book, SCREEN SIRENS SCREAM was published in 2000 and Im working on other follow up interview books. I would enjoy the transition of interviewing a recording artist..especially someone like Janie, who again, has been overshadowed like the song TRIANGLE.
Hope to hear from you or Janie soon. Also, where can I get the cd of TRIANGLE?...gotta have it!....
I was wondering if I could use the Heart and Soul Digital Image for a CD cover. I would credit your work on the cover.
Permission granted for that usage.
Received from Vivian (edited) -- 03/19/09
I am an English as second language student studying in American. I was trying to find some resources for my Creative writing class, and occasionally I saw one of your short story website. I am still learning the culture and the language, and I really like your writing and style. It is very nice to know you! :)
Received from Ed -- 03/16/09
I saw your web posting about your correspondence with Janie Grant. I too have loved that song for many years (Triangle) and for some reason am very enamored with most of the female vocals of that era. Good work on the way you communicated to her of the importance and relevance of her career to your life. It just struck a chord with me too somewhere I guess.
Received from Guy -- 03/15/09
I am doing a Powerpoint Presentation for school. I was wondering if I can use your pictures of the Chicago Museum of Science. I would be using pictures of the building and some of the items that are in the museum. I would only be using them only once.
Please let me know if this is OK?
Permission granted for that usage.
Received from Tom (edited) -- 02/23/09
I came across this page out of accident. What caught my attention was your employment at International Harvester in Melrose Park. At the time you were on second shift in crankshafts, I was an electrician servicing that department...a skiiny dark haired bearded electrician (no more) by the name of Tom. I am still there and associate with the few remaining people you might have known. Who was the General Foreman during your stint?
Luckily (or not), I survived the layoff you experienced when we slowed down and unloaded the tractor side.
If you would care to exchange "war stories" or get some input on "whatever happened to", I might be able to help.
Received from Jordan (edited) -- 02/19/09
I'm putting together a website for a UCSB event called the All Gaucho Reunion.
For this event, we are sponsored by the Hotel Santa Barbara. On the All Gaucho Reunion website, we link to the Hotel Santa Barbara website.
I can't find any good pictures of Hotel Santa Barbara, except this one you have is really good:
To my knowledge the only copy was in a local library in New Jersey. You have a more comprehensive email list and I would appreciate you sending this link on to everyone. I'm very excited and wanted to share this with you in case you've not seen it before. I always google John Honeyman but tried my grandfather instead...
I gotta remember to think outside the box.
Received from Jacob -- 02/14/09
I was just surfing the net--looking for images of Columbian Exposition staff members when I happened upon your website. The photo of your great-grandfather on top of the "Field Annex" is really cool!
You see, I work for the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago--the former Palace of Fine Arts during the Columbian Exposition. I give a presentation on the fair, which incorporates the simulation that you mention in your post. I'm also researching the architecture of Charles Atwood--and I thought I might share a bit of info as to how your great-grandfather might have ended up on the roof of the Field Annex.
First off--in case you're unfamiliar with Chicago, the Field Annex is referring to a portion of the Marshall Field's retail store built in 1892-1893. It still stands today! The Annex was built by Marshall Field in anticipation of the many visitors that would flock to Chicago during the Columbian Exposition. Field hired the Chicago firm of Daniel Burnham (D.H. Burnham & Co.), who, as you may know, was the Chief of Construction/Director of Works of the World's Columbian Exposition.
Burnham's Chief of Design, Charles Atwood (he designed the Palace of Fine Arts/MSI), was also an employee of his firm--and he designed the Annex. I think it's interesting that your great-grandfather worked the fair--because the Field Annex isn't associated with the Fair--but Daniel Burnham is--meaning, your great-grandfather was selected by Burnham to do work on the Annex. That's pretty cool!
I can't really see what your g-grandfather is holding, but it appears to be a paint can. Do you know anything else about him? Was he a painter during the World's Fair? If you have any other information regarding what he did and care to share, I'd be interesting in learning more. Thanks for posting all the pictures!
As you can see by my email address, I use the screen name of "Visible Spirit" and have for some time. I came across your website some time ago when I searched for the title/phrase on-line to see how prevalent it might be. To my surprise it's not as prevalent as one might think! I was pleased of my findings and have used the title since. That said, the title or phrase "Visible Spirit" means or defines many things to many people. To me it's always referred too the essence of who each of us are as unique individuals and how we present or portray ourselves to the universe, ...and in this life, to those entities of people and all other living things around us.
Your speech outline noted on your website page titled The Visible Spirit is the most insightful and well composed definition of what a "Visible Spirit" is in my opinion, and defines the essence of such in a way that anyone with an once of gray matter could comprehend-(or at least I'd like to think so). Some more and deeper than others, yet I feel all can comprehend it's meaning and intent to some degree of relative understanding.
I would like your permission via a reply to this email to copy and paste this analogy as I will, in it's entirety with respect to you and your copyrights as the author. I would acknowledge you as the author of this composition wherever I post or use it without fail, as well as note the right to post and/or reprint it given by you if you decide to allow me the honor of doing so.
I will not rearrange or reorder the text because it's perfect "as is" in my opinion. As well, it's not mine to do such a thing with and I would respect and honor that fact. Likewise, I will never use it in a negative or derogatory context, or in such a way that it would reflect on you or I as such.
Don, I look forward to your response and thank you for your time.
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Received from Mick (edited) -- 01/19/09
You are a creative genius and a great volunteer too!
First, it must be a tough day remembering that your mother passed this date. The 2nd thing I wanted to say was I have always considered you one of my soul mates. We seem to link up at such ironic times.
Know that I always think of you. I hope the family is all doing fine.
Name withheld to protect sender's privacy.
Received from Phil (edited) -- 01/16/09
I was searching for the correct size to make an iMac 24 inch desktop wallpaper whilst working on my site from a home pc and ran across your site.
I enjoyed the wallpapers so I made a link to your site on mine. I will keep this link whether you provide a link back to my site or not, but I am mailing to ask if you would oblige me.
I am a designer, artist, illustrator, musician (jazz degree) etc.
(Editors note:) This never happened to me personally. The is written from the perspective of wishful thinking that some disconnected soul mates consider.
Received from Anna (edited) -- 01/09/09
I enjoyed reading your new Bowen Auto Shop story. I wished I had taken some practical classes like sewing, home economics, auto shop, or wood shop in high school. I guess I was too "cool" to have know that these classes would be really useful. Most of my friends had the mind set that these classes were beneath them since they were not college bound courses. How foolish we can be when we are young and easily influenced.
Received from Gene Weed -- 12/29/08
I sent the link to Ky Jennings in Portland, OR. She is estatic, and say's THANKS!
You surely do bring a yourself to your emails and posts... I always see your creativity, caring and love of life in each.
(Editors note:) The particular email signature Linda refer's to is the following:
"I close with a bit of commentary to the readers of this site and also to those that might know me in-person. I don't exist as a stream of electrons on this end of the connection. Nor when I call on the phone am I reduced to a sound wave delivered by technology. When I send items in the mail, the intentions are real and genuine, as if I could deliver them in-person. When I look at you in-person, at your face, directly into your eyes, you know you have my full attention on you. I'm not reaching out of the darkness, I'm reaching out to you." -- dwlarson, Reach Out Of The Darkness
Received from Rick (edited) -- 12/15/08
One of my companies uses Paychex. Their service has been good but I found out their electronic reports can be read only on Windows machines. I don't need those reports so I am OK, your mileage may vary.
PS. Enjoyed learning about Freedomainradio and listening to the podcasts
Received from Maria Dolores (edited) -- 12/12/08
Hello my friend,
Here goes my warmest wishes for a Very Happy and Wonderful Christmas time and that the New Year brings you and yours Peace and Prosperity. I am sure you will ace your MCTS exams, you are a very talented guy.
All my affection,
Received from Chris (edited) -- 12/12/08
I want to wish you and Sherry a Merry Christmas & Happy New Year! I am entertained when I visit your site periodically. :-) Thanks for all the information distribution (Comm. Knowledge area under Execute).
I am also against the automaker bailout. The so-called Big Three are an embarrassment to America. Why is it that the foreign transplants are doing just fine here in the U.S.?
I worked for one, Mitsubishi Motors. Although they too have suffered these past few years, they have been downsizing and adjusting operations to the new economic realities. They are barely surviving now, but aren't asking for handouts.
Before coming to San Diego in late 1999, I was offered - and turned down - interviews from both Ford and GM. They are structurally unsound business enterprises. They are basically pension liability and health care companies that also happen to try to sell cars that most people don't want.
Let free enterprise work. In bad economic times, the competent firms scoop up the assets of incompetent ones and make the economy better again in the long run. That's the way it used to work, anyway.
See you around.
Received from Anna (edited) -- 12/02/08
I hope you had a wonderful holiday with granddaughter and family. Sorry to hear about Karen, your cousin's wife.
Received from Rick -- 12/02/08
Thanks for the link to the Suzanna Gratia-Hupp video. I have mixed feeling about gun control. On the one hand, people have a right to self-defense. On the other, the U.S. seems to have more than its share of idiots and wackos. The real point of the second amendment that Suzanna pointed out is to provide the citizens a means to overthrow the government if need be. No one seems to want to talk about that.
May your stuffing be tasty
May your turkey plump,
May your potatoes and gravy
Have nary a lump.
May your yams be delicious
And your pies take the prize,
And may your Thanksgiving dinner
Stay off your thighs!
I am writing a book about the Colorado river that I plan to sell. It covers both sides of the river from Needles to Yuma. When in a town I spend some time on the history of it. I found an image you took of the Yuma Territorial Prison that would be a nice addition to this chapter.
I will respect your wishes regarding this request. Thank you.
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Received from RM (edited) -- 11/26/08
I've been so busy with everything here I haven't been able to write and
check your website very much.
I am glad I had a minute today because I want to wish you and your
family a WONDERFUL holiday. I know it will be great for you to have
them at your home!
Blessings to all of you,
Received from Darren (edited) -- 11/25/08
Your Time Out Of Mind page for 11/21 was right on.
Congrats on your CAPM. Did you look into Project+ as well? I have been considering that certification for myself.
Received from Quentin -- 11/14/08
I discovered your website through a random search based on a sense of futility. I entered Wheel Of Fate into the query box. According to The Secret Language of Birthdays, those born on the 10th of the month are linked with the Wheel of Fortune tarot card and keenly feel that sense of destiny or fate that you are talking about, as if everything has to do with "timing"--whether it means going through trials that seem impossible to avoid or waiting all your life for true love to come along. I liked your idea about circles (wheels) that represent different areas of one's life, some being larger than others and not even completing one revolution in a lifetime, while others spin around and around, spurring several encounters, pleasant or unpleasant.
I, like you, have experienced enough synchronicities and that typical feeling of knowing when things are going to go sour, that I completely believe in fate, destiny, and Providence. I know that trials build character, but it seems like life is a constant struggle that I just can't seem to win. All I know is to be patient and hope that the dice or the stars or God Almighty enable me to have a major breakthrough someday. It seems like every time I try to be assertive, I find that the doors are always closed or locked, if they haven't slammed shut on me. I hate to sound like this--you know, I have always had a sense of things turning around for me after I turn 40, which is coming up shortly (I was born on 03-10-69), so we'll see what the coming year brings....
Anyway, it seems to me that you and I have similar personalities. Granted, lots of people are struggling and feel hopeless, so in a way I am not that unique I guess. But if you think we might share a mystical comradery and want to keep in touch, feel free. Maybe the electricity that we would generate might create divine opportunities, or just the fellowship itself could be rewarding. At any rate, you have a nice site and I thought I would say so--I like the archetypal imagery on there.
Received from David -- 11/05/08
It is an amazing change that took placed this election. I think when we get too extreme and stop listening ... like the republican / bush mantra for 8 years -- terrorist in Iraq, it threw us out of balance in all the other areas.
I will say when I first came to California we were spending 33 million a quarter on abortions as a state. That was free abortions to anyone, anytime, and anywhere. I think there is middle ground and a right to abortion should not mean the public's giving it out like candy or parents not informed about their child's child.
When republican's accused Obama of socialism when he suggested a graduated tax code which the republicans and democrats already use -- that was quite a laugh. I personally am for a flat tax -- eliminate all loopholes and let everyone pay a flat amount. That would actually pay off the debt. Church's do that and people learn to budget in their responsibility according to how much they make.
I am so on board about renewable energy as a high priority. This largest exchange of wealth in the history of mankind to our enemies while pretending to fight a war in the interest of democracy is a charade -- a substitution of middle eastern democracy for funding their war ... did that make sense?
20 percent of our Electrical Energy can come from wind off the Great Plains corridor. Maybe the same from solar off the southwest corridor. And certainly the rest from off shore using wind and hydrogen. And we have other options like compressed air, geothermal, and bio-fuel. None of those options pollute.
I've probably compressed enough air for one night.
I read a few of your short stories. You need to put them in a book as a wise sage!
Thank you for your wisdom,
Received from Michael -- 11/05/08
I agree with you about Mr. Obama. I voted for my first time in this election and I was thrilled to know that the one I voted for won.
The reason for this e mail is to express my gratitude to you for your wonderful digital art list. I found your site last winter the day after my first love left me. I found solace and relief in the simple beauty and complex emotions behind the images. The ones I liked best and really helped me were: Plain Freedom; Better Days Coming; and, Canyon of Tears Outlet.
I just want to thank you for creating this wonderfull place. The images you have created bring me an almost zen kind of calm and peace. I tell every one that will listen about your site and every one I have told has loved it. Thanks again.
Received from Debby -- 10/27/08
Hope all is going well with you.
Received from Anna -- 10/27/08
Always enjoy reading all your short stories especially the one on, The Teacher.
Received from Graeme -- 10/22/08
I downloaded the PowerPoint slides on Impromptu Speaking from your website the other day. I need to present a Better Speaker Series presentation at my Toastmasters club in a couple of day's time and - due to one thing and another - I do not actually have the Better Speaker Series manuals with me.
Could you let me know whether your slides roughly follow the "official" Toastmasters concept when presenting on this topic? If they do, I would like to use them for my Better Speaker Series presentation. Would that be in order?
If you could get back to me on this, I would really appreciate it.
Received from Rusty -- 10/20/08
I just closed my eyes sat back and took it all in. Even your voice is soothing, like the flute. I love stuff like that. Thanks.
Note: The flute and sounds and spoken version of the quote from Love Beyond Reach by Gene Weed.
Not to be pedantic, but you can't technically Buy short on the stock market. You can take a short position on the stock market, and you can sell short, but buying short is an oxymoron.
Note: Technically Marc is correct about the word, short. I point out that the list on the page he refers to is not necessarily my list of random notes. My wording on that page refers to notes that may appear somewhere by anyone. Someone in a stock market panic may write a note using the verbage as indicated. Panic often makes people do a lot of senseless things.
Your podcast has genuinely calmed me this afternoon. Again, thank you.
Note: The flute and sounds were created by Gene Weed.
Received from Gary -- 10/07/08
Thanks for the mention! I hope all is well with you.
Very best regards,
Received from Marc -- 10/07/08
I've been using Fring for about a week now. It is quite good. Somehow it seems to be missing a "mute" button (which is a BIG deal for me), but other than that and a few dropped calls, it has been very reliable.
Received from Chris (edited) -- 10/05/08
I have enjoyed reading the updates on your website.... amazing that you can keep it updated so well!
You and I disagree on Proposition O. Escondido passed a similar proposition a few years ago and it has really stopped a number of opportunities for Escondido. For example, after Proposition S passed in Escondido, Marriott pulled out of their proposed development there. I've noticed there has really been a shortage of nice places for people to stay when they are visiting north inland San Diego County. I'm glad to see that we now have a Hampton Inn and that Marriott is building by the Grand Plaza.
The projects on the books for San Marcos including University Village and the Creek District Project have been well planned and a number of public forums exist for citizens to give added input into the development of the projects. My concerns are that if Proposition O passes, it requires EVERY change to go before the voters -- that is a costly process that most developers will choose to avoid. It takes a ton of money to bring each change to a general election. Had Proposition O been in place, it is unlikely that we would have some of the developments we do have in San Marcos.
Personally, I'm in favor to the University Village. It will create an incredible meeting and relaxing place that will be a mecca for North County. It will likely increase property values in the Discovery area and many surrounding subdivisions -- bringing more value to homeowners in San Marcos.
Received from Othoniel (edited) -- 09/26/08
I've been working on building my music website and got a little side tracked with the music content for it. I was thinking having just music is o.k. but thought that it would be cooler to put up some images or slick visualizers with them instead. I've been researching the last week and came across Audiocodex and Quartz Composer and have been playing around with them a little bit and then just now came across your site as I was searching for templates to edit or re-interoperate.
I stumbled upon your Intertwined Rings Clip and was totally blown away. That's exactly the aesthetic I've been looking for. I was looking on your site to see if you had a services page to find out if you did this kind of thing for other people. If not then thanks for the inspiration.
Received from Karen (edited) -- 09/23/08
I belong to a small church in San Rafael, CA, and our delightful pastor has been writing a bi-weekly email to all the 'whirling dervishes' that cannot make it to church each week.
She is now moving on to do new work, and we are creating a book of her WD missives. I came across your site, and love the Whirling Dervish piece. We would like your permission to use this on our cover for 50 copies, in soft bound booklets.
Thanks in advance,
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Received from John -- 09/22/08
Wanted to contact you about using a photo you took of the Zion Visitor Center. We are putting together an electronic newsletter called the EERE Program News - see attached archives - this month featuring high-performance buildings and the VC in Zion National Park is widely recognized as one of the most stellar energy efficient buildings in the country. In all the images I'm coming across on the net and in our own archives (about 60 so far), I keep finding ones that provide a nice exterior shot of the building but no people, no intrigue. You have one from 2004 on your Out of Mind site that captures the beauty of the park and compelling architecture of the VC. It would be great to lead our feature section! I was wondering if we could use the image - first have to ask the editor. We can't pay you to use it - this isn't a money-making publication nor is it distributed for commercial use. It's more like an electronic informational resource provided by the US govt. that provides insight into the world of renewables and moving energy efficient technologies into the market place.
Let me know. Turn around is fairly quick. By the way, very nice photo, sir!
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Received from Rick -- 09/22/08
I just got back from a fascinating two weeks in Shanghai.
I agree with you about the bailout. The "this is too urgent to think about - just do it" argument sounds like a rerun of a bad movie I have seen before from this administration.
I have been reading Obama's plan for the economy - it sounds like a bunch of election year giveaways to me. Very disappointing. I suppose you can't get elected without pandering.
Received from David -- 09/22/08
I still like to read your site from time to time.
You are an inspiration to many of us.
Received from DM -- 09/17/08
Cannot imagine a day without your message.
Received from [Name Withheld] -- 09/12/08
Your site continues to inspire me. I love your images and music [1, 2].
Even though I don't write very often, you are in my thoughts.
Received from Joy -- 09/10/08
I particularly love your neon and light series and was wondering how you are achieving that affect?
I'm also a PMP and Artist and Married to the Love of My Life who does the same!
Your digital album is also very nice! Fun WebSite!
Gratitude and Appreciation for you sharing your art!
I don't think most people really want to think about the issues. Instead, they just want to vote for someone they would feel comfortable having diner with. That is why we get what we get.
I am not so sure about hydrogen cars. Hydrogen is not very dense and can seep through steel. Also, consider where you will get it. I think we should electrify transportation where practical and plan on liquid fuels for the rest.
Thanks for sharing your gift. I'm book marking your inspirational website.
Have you considered doing a book - with your writings with the photos as they are online? I don't know how you get something published but I see lots of things at Barnes and Noble that are not as inspiring as your website.
"There is the beauty of friendship, real friendship, when a person feels the world closing in on them...and they are lost...and they reach for a phone and call to hear a voice they need...to have something to hold onto...to know they're being really listened to by a kindred soul who isn't charging them by the hour to hear their anguish...someone who will stop whatever they are doing to make a space in their heart for their friend to find some refuge...
WOW - NEED I SAY ANYMORE! YOUR FRIEND HITS THE NAIL ON THE HEAD."
I have enjoyed reading your sites regarding Bowen and our classmates. I didn't know it then but the 4 years at Bowen were the best years of my life. Even though I have accomplished much in my life and had many great experiences, I look back at my high school yers with such great fondness.
I have to wonder about the viability of hydrogen as an energy storage
medium. It is very difficult to handle and contain. Its energy content
is high per kilo but as a gas, not so high per liter. I like fuel cells
but I think they will have to run on a liquid fuel to be practical.
Where is current technology for generating hydrogen?
Received from Debra (edited) -- 06/11/08
I love all your photos, I can go on a mini vacation anytime I want just cruising through a set.
Received from RM (edited) -- 06/09/08
Loved hearing about your memories and reading the story about the math
teacher and the "list".
PS: I missed my prom. I guess it doesn't matter so much because I never really connected with the school Igraduated from since I only went there my senior year.
Received from Scott (edited) -- 06/03/08
I loved your article, flooded my memories.... I had an assocociate set up my wallpaper, so that the first thing I see every morning is Bowen High School ...to always remind me where I came from.
It was nice to see Ronnie Springers name..a good guy... I'm not sure you remember me...but its nice to reach back through the decades.
Your photos are outstanding.
I do remember Scott. :-)
Received from Arlene (edited) -- 06/02/08
Your write-up on Bowen was sent to me today by a friend. He had called first to let me know it was coming and to make sure I looked at it. When he said it was sent by a Donald Larson, I said, "Oh My", I think he was in my first class when I transferred over to Caldwell from Avalon Park . I was in 5B - I think, if this is you, you were in 6B.
It was so much fun reading about so many familiar names. I never had Mr. Vandas or Ms. Karpen, but my sisters did and I don't remember hearing too many nice things about them.
Harry Swidler was a first cousin to my mother. I remember Harry because I got my turquoise blue Schwinn bike from him. I can still picture both he and Etta at family get-togethers. I will have to share this story with my mother who is now 96.
Thank you again for the trip down memory lane!
I haven't seen Arlene since I graduated Caldwell back in 1964! It is a special treat to know she is a relative to the late Harry Swidler.
Received from Alan -- 06/01/08
Someone passed your website on to my wife today. I have seen it before and really enjoy it. The last time I was in DC I went to the Vietnam Memorial. I wasn't friends with Alfred but I did have some classes with him. I found him in the book and looked him up on the wall. Didn't expect it but it was a pretty moving experience. I'd recommend to anyone if they have a chance to visit the memorial to do so and say hello to and old classmate.
The Wall holds other friends from our Class of Bowen 1968. I've been there a couple times and yes, it is a very moving experience.
Received from Ross -- 05/30/08
I went to Bowen between '68 and '72 and just got this sent to me from a friend in California. I just wanted to say thanks for putting this up, even if it was 4 or 5 years ago. It still rings true and was a great piece of work. It really made me feel warm about what was written and my memories from being at Bowen too. It was the basis of who I am today too. As you say, if you should say thanks to someone, do it now....so I am. Thanks. Good luck in your future, and thanks again.
I enjoy all such messages to me. I especially appreciate people like Ross, who acknowledge the compassion to tell someone "thank you" without delay. Not so much because he thanked me, but that he thanks others who impact his life in a positive manner. That's one way how goodness is spread...
Received from Ronald -- 05/29/08
Dear Don Larson:
Just heard Ronnie Allen's radio interview with Janie Grant ...that you'd arranged!
How nice that a fan could get a DJ and a music legend together. Wish I could have seen Janie in concert....however, back then, I was just an 11-year-old kid (in 1961).
I first heard of Janie Grant in the mid-Eighties....when a Japanese-Hawaiian fellow named Keven Hirabara had an Oldies show called "Kruisin' Klassics",only in Oahu,Hawaii. He played "Triangle". I'm still friends with him; and rock legend Rodney Bingenheimer.
Received from Rick -- 05/26/08
I just read your latest post. I think it is much more practical to rebuild after an earthquake than after a hurricane or typhoon. We continuously learn how to build more earthquake resistant buildings but there seems to be little hope of building to survive a flood or tsunami. We have rebuilt San Francisco. It will be heavily damaged in the next
big earthquake but less so than in the last. New Orleans, on the other hand, is forced to become an island by the end of this century. The primary cause is human activity - ironically, flood control of the Mississippi. I think it should be abandoned. It was known to be a bad idea 150 years ago, when it was much further inland than it is now.
My name is Bruce and I am with the California Department of Food and Agriculture's Division of Fairs and Expositions. We oversee the network of California's 80 fairs including the San Diego County Fair and racetrack in Del Mar. Our purview includes a host responsibilities that includes fair budget approval, capital infrastructure programs, administration of the Fair and Exposition Fund that benefits fairs, etc.
While preparing our annual Expenditure Plan for fairs, I came across your great Del Mar race track pictures via a search on the Web last night. Each year, we like to refresh our photos of various California fairgrounds in our Expenditure Plan, which is submitted to the Legislature each year for their review and approval. Here's the link to prior year budget proposals.
I would love to include a couple of your digital photos in our plan this year since fair racing is always a key part of our proposal and presentation. We are a California state government agency; thus, the publication would be used for informational purposes with no for-profit objectives. Please let me know if you are amenable to my request and whether you require a fee. Of course, I would add the appropriate credits and fully reference the source of your images in our budget proposal.
Thank you for the consideration. Have a good day.
Permission happily granted for that usage.
Received from Karen -- 04/16/08
Thanks so much for voting for my scrapbook page at HSN. I never realized how many people would take the time to do so. It was fun looking everyday to see the votes tally up, but more importantly it was nice to know that so many of you took the time to vote for our girl Abby who I don't mind telling you is spoiled so rotten she hurts. :-)))
Dennis Hayes here from Blackdog Blue in warm, sunny Canada! We are back into the studio for another album and I was wondering if we can use your Twin Flames image once again. The album is called Staring at the Sun. I have attached a draft of the album cover (shown below) pending approval of your image. I look forward to hearing from you.
(Editors note:) I agreed to license the requested image to Dennis for his band's purpose upon agreement of my terms. This is the second mutually beneficial agreement with him.
Received from Gail (edited) -- 03/24/08
I was checking the Bowen site to see if we were having a reunion (guess not!) and I saw your article about high school memories. I really enjoyed reliving those times.
I just thought I'd pass along my appreciation for your writing about Bowen. You sure stirred up some memories.
I would like to offer a different view of the Democratic primary [1; 2].
First, lets talk about Florida. Both parties have tried to start their primaries in just a few small states. Their reasons are sound. Candidates without a lot of financial backing can compete in those small races. This opens up the process to more candidates. Florida and Michigan originally supported this process but then, their legislatures decided to jump ahead of other states. At least in Florida, this was a decision made by a Republican majority. The consequences were spelled out in advance. By the way, the Republican party is counting only half the delegates from the Florida primary because they moved up the date.
The Democrats are doing everything they can think of to avoid a back room deal. However, it looks like neither candidate will have enough delegates to win outright. Most Democrats like both candidates. Other than personality, they do not differ by much on the issues. Most Democrats say they would be happy with either and, if they could, would vote for both. A successful back room deal, if there is one, will put them both on the ticket.
Personally, I liked Ron Paul. However, honesty is too extreme a position to get votes in the US.
I would love to see it on a card or it's so much more important to contact or create a twin flame, my feel and read as well is that our soul mate for real is God, the I am, call it what you will and together as Soulmates with God we can co create and or draw forth our Twin Flame -- as we are prepared.
Thanks for sharing your images.
Received from Eric (edited) -- 02/08/08
It is me again, Eric. I browsed a bit through your website, Time Out Of Mind, and was fascinated by some of the different talents you have. I didn't know that you were so creative!
I am impressed by the many talents! Like you, I am also an artist (I worked for years as a graphic designer), I am a writer (not published.... yet) and Love technology! When I saw the images of the old computers, I had to laugh. I am old enough to remember the dinosaur computers I grew up with in our house! My dad actually bought the Radio Shack TRS80, (Trash 80). I hated that thing, as I couldn't do something simple like write a letter and save it! Back then typewriters were SO much easier for me to use than a primitive programmer friendly computer. I am not a programmer. My dad is a retired Unix programmer (retired last year), my younger brother currently works as a Java programmer for a defense contractor. Me? I am just a basic graphic artist, who loves using computers to create fun things.
I was a heavy duty Windows user for over 20 years, since the early days of DOS. My first computer was a DOS computer, and I worked with every version of Windows ever made since the yukky windows 3.1. I had to know Windows, as most of my jobs were Windows environments. Back in the early 1990s, when Apple had a lot of problems with management, and Steve Jobs was kicked out, I had to work with very unreliable Apple computers in the corporate world. I was a graphic designer frustrated with Apple computers as they had too many problems. Back in the 1990s I swore I would never, ever own an Apple machine.
Years later, my faithful Windows XPro machine decided to die on me and became very unreliable. I did side work as a PC repair tech for all my friends, family and strangers. I did repairs on restoring a friend's Dell computer with Winxp. He didn't have the money to pay me, so he paid me in a very unusual way.
He said I could have the old CRT Apple iMac as payment. It was sitting on a desk collecting dust, with boxes piled up on it. No one in the family was using it anymore. So I said sure... I'll take the imac. It was still working, but only had OS 9 on it. I tried very hard to get it to work with today's web 2.0, and couldn't get it to work. So I upgraded the hardware, ram and bigger hard drive and installed Tiger (10.4). That ancient imac (the last edition of the CRT slot loaders) still works even today! It was my most reliable machine, after all my windows machines quit or had too many problems! OS X was the best OS Apple had ever made, and I started with Apple back in the days of System 6!!
I had told you before, I bought the latest computer, the intel Apple iMac, and it has been the best computer I've ever had! I've gone through many different windows machines since 1989!
I never thought I would switch to Apple, but I did! If you had told me I would switch to Apple in the 1990s, I would have laughed and said No way!!
Now I am watching all my friends struggling with Windows Vista and it seems like the beginning of the end for Microsoft. Their last best OS was Win2000, Win98 and XP. I think we are seeing the last days of Msoft, as Apple is getting more market share, and Linux is getting much easier and more popular around the world.
Yesterday was a nice day for me. I guess we are getting older and I realize that unless both people in a marriage accept each other for who they truly are the marriage won't last. Sometimes it takes awhile to find out who we truly are too. :-))))
I love Sherry's website and she provides a wonderful service, and you guys are a perfect match for each other. The deep love you have for one another shows on your Feb 2nd website. I guess I'm like the ground hog in a very real sense. Sometimes I think you have to stay down in the burrow for a little while, come up look around, and then recoup. But eventually you just have to come out and face things.
We were talking about this very thing about caring for each other today, and a dissolution of a marriage of friends that we both felt bad about, when I commented "well, I guess there are two sides to everything." Jerry replied that he thought that it was more like" one just quit caring about the other one". I think he is right about that.
When you're a young married you think differently about a whole range of topics. Things seem so intense then.
But as you age you realize it's the quiet things of this world and the "Quiet caring" for each other that really matters. When you're young it seems you both have to be in the same room or on the same page with each other all the time. But when your marriage ages it gets so much better. You realize you don't need to be in the same room with each other. You already know about being in the same room together. You realize that you can each be on your own separate page across from each other at times, just as long as you are both in the same book. :-)))
It seems around here that we have food malls. America the land of the food malls. Everywhere I look on the main drag are all these food places. Most are "lick and quick places" as I like to call them, but healthy-- not really. Eating at them perhaps once in a while is okay, but I sure wouldn't want to live off the stuff.
Montel in his book talks about living well. I really think it's more like "living abundantly". You don't have to have a lot of money to live abundantly.
There is nothing more comforting than on a cold day to sit down and have a nice bowl of soup, some crackers and read a book. I love the simple things. The food with whole grains and frozen fresh, or fresh is just so much better for us. It's amazing how good I am starting to feel by eating well. I'm getting well by eating well.
Anyway, I send hugs to both you and Sherry. I love the heart art.
Received from Jeff (edited) -- 02/03/08
I was planning on giving a copy of Oxidizer to my daughter, as she enjoys making her own desktop patterns. However, upon opening the dmg file, as well as looking under the help menu, I discovered that there is no documentation for the program anywhere.
Is there any online step-by-step documentation anywhere which will help newcomers to Oxidizer, like me, know how to properly use this program?
If I remember right in 1982 I think it was -60 degrees. We lived in Crestwood then in a apartment then and I remember the windows being covered with ice.
We are cold here. We're usually in the 50-s-60's and today we are 31 degrees. We are having a cold winter here for the south. One thing about the cold weather is that it will get rid of the bugs come spring.
Thanks for the look back Don.
Received from Denise -- 01/21/08
I had to laugh Uncle Don, reading your story and thought, "Welcome to my World!". ...and there are some days that I am Happy about Global Warming...because Minnesota isn't near as cold as it use to be.
The coldest I've ever felt was -120 with windchill. That was Jan. 10th, 1981 when I use to live on the Canadian border. We just moved here to MN the week before and I truly thought I would die from being so cold.
Sat. Night this weekend was -45. I just happened to be up in the cities and ironically I was at a play about Northern Minnesotan's ("Don't Hug Me") and the scene was "The coldest day ever in MN". It was very funny and quite fitting for the evening.
I love living here in Minnesota and it will probably always be my home - but these very cold days I really don't enjoy. =)
Thanks for sharing your story....Enjoy your warmth and sunshine....
Received from Karen -- 01/14/08
Here is my brief list of what I have learned in 2007:
I have a food addiction
The reason why I have the food addiction
How to surrender my will to Heavenly Father and the Lord,=pray for help
Learning to listen for the quiet inspiration that I truly believe comes from God and the Lord and do it
If I get upset, I let the thing that upset me go. this is one I'm still working on
Be good to myself. Miracles take time
Look around and be thankful for what we have. Happiness is not about getting more. It's about being content with what you have
Quiet. Treasure those moments. Be still and know that I am the Lord is a promise. If we stop and listen, we will benefit
Exercise within my limits and not dwell on what everyone else is doing. The biggest mistake we do is compare ourselves to others
Received from Curt -- 01/09/08
My name is Curt. I lived in Chicago at 79th and Muskegon from 1960 to 1972. I was surfing on Google and I typed in Andy's and got your site.
I went to Bradwell School, Graduated in 1970. I worked at the Wallman's New's Agency from 1966 to 1970. It was at the corner of 79th and Marquette. It was behind the Jewel in a little building.
We used to eat at Andy's all the time, as we delivered papers 7 days a week. On weekends at night sometimes we would have pickup baseball or football games in the parking lot.
You don't know me, but I am related to Doris Karpen. I have to say that I do know much about her days teaching as she was long retired by the time I came around. She recently passed away (last July, at the right old age of 98) and it was nice to be able to read a little bit of her past that I never got a glimpse into. Thank you.
The rest of my family also enjoyed reading your article.
Received from Rick (Edited) -- 12/22/07
I just posted an article about the global warming debate on Different Slants. If scientists are still disagreeing, it is a good sign. When everyone agrees, it will have moved from science to faith.
Keep up the good work on your blog. It always gives me something to think about.
Received from Larry -- 12/12/07
I was very impressed with this latest thread. You have got it right. It's quite interesting. Personal responsibility is something our litigious political system knows little about.
Received from Mark -- 12/07/07
Thanks for not only taking time to read but to also review Lions of Medina. The men who made the ultimate sacrifice for us need and warrant the recognition albeit late they so richly deserve.
It is a honor for me to do so.
Received from Udi (Edited) -- 11/12/07
I found your digital pictures very interesting, special and beautiful.
I'm from Israel and building a Powerpoint show and need pictures for the background.
The purpose that I need the pictures are for a non-profit use. It's for a presentation for people who come here about making the world a better place with building the goodness and kindness inside of them.
They come to a house we have in Israel and the place is to hold the charity money we collect.
I read your piece on Bowen and quite enjoyed it. I graduated in 1958. I recognized some of the names like Mr. Goldberg and Mr. Hurd and a few others. After graduating Rooselvelt U. I fled the south side and lived in Europe and South America for several years.
I have been an actor and playwright. 4 times published and had a movie produced by Beatle George Harrison. Now at my advanced age I recieve pensions from Actors equity and Screen actor guild.
I hope the above doesn't sound a like a big ego trip but though you might like to know what happeded to another Bowen/Caldwell graduate. I live in LA and my wife is South American so I spend a lot of time in Chile.
Thanks for your effort.
Received from Carol -- 11/09/07
I was just going through old emails and realized I never responded to your good news! First of all, CONGRATS on your AC Silver -- WOW, very impressive! You have been quite an ambitious speaker and a great role model for so many!
Congrats also on the new family member on the way! Grandkids are such a joy and a blessing, as you already know!
Time is flying by, isn't it??? I hope you and yours have a wonderful Thanksgiving and enjoy all the fun of the holidays!
Received from Pierre -- 11/07/07
Just wanted to say congratulations on your achievements today. That was a great speech. Very creative and Fun.
You are a great inspiration to the club. They are lucky to have you... Also congrats on the new addition to your family soon. That was a new news to me.... will talk soon...
I enjoyed reading your article about the upcoming water shortages. I remember that song well and it was about acid rain in the southern states.
Governments have to wanna take action. We are so busy being consumers we have forgot to be stewards.
Until the nations of this planet realize that they are stewards of the lands on which they reside and are held accountable to a higher power (God) to take care of the land, waters etc. the situation is only going to get worse.
Surely there is a solution to this problem. Just my two cents for what it's worth.
I went there from 56-60 and I thought you might be interested to know that about ten years ago, at a reunion, my class took a tour of the building. We went to the 5th floor study hall and were amazed to see a screened in batting cage up there.
We asked the tour guide about that (I think he was a vice principal) and he said that they had pretty much given up with study hall and to keep the guys busy they put in the cage.
I remember many times being sent to the principal's office because I hated study hall so much. It remains my least favorite memory of Bowen.
Thanks for putting the time in to create the website.
Received from Ildar (edited) -- 10/24/07
Hello, Mr Larson!
I saw your wallpapers while searching for "four seasons".
Thank you for the wisdom. I would like to ask your permission to use your four seasons in my PhD thesis in nonlinear model of relationships as illustration of phase sequences.
Just thank you for Tolteks synchronicity. I'm tatar in nation, ancient Bulgarian tribes came to Kama and Volga rivers from Altay mountains. By Theun Marez, they were Tolteks.
I love Migel Ruis.
By the way, 20-th wedding anniversary with my wife will be at 5-th of November, and I suddenly find happy people after 30th :)
Warmly, with many gratitudes
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Received from Margaret (edited) -- 10/10/07
Can you tell me how you are related to John Honeyman? I am his 4th great grandchild.
I think you know more about him than I do. The pictures on your website are great.
I've also been to Lamington and seen his house in Griggstown. There is a story (myth?) in my family that someone has that letter that Washington wrote to protect Honeyman's family, but none of us has ever seen it.
Received from Anthony -- 10/08/07
I just viewed your web page and am fascinated by the incredible pictures you've taken. Thank you.
Received from Iris (edited) -- 09/21/07
I really had enjoyed your website..it was wonderful seeing the school and old neighborhood. It was also a little sad for me..so much time has gone by.
I was just at your website and I was looking for the picture of Arthur ___, as he was coming out of Bowen. I was unable to find it again.
Arthur was my first boyfriend, I was very innocent and naive. We corresponded for awhile and eventually we broke up. I never knew what happened to him. I hope he is well and blessed with a loving companion.
Thank you for the memories...
A wonderful story from yet another person seeking solace with the past.
I thought you might find the demographics interesting. I may be taking a leap here but my impression is that your sites are ahead of the curve, being centrist to the boomer "web" elements of expressive maturity and continuity, "the how did we get here?" element.
I have realized how precious life is since the last two years, since I have asthma. My life has changed radically because of this illness, I appreciate every day where I can breath normally and enjoy the gifts of life, especially nature.
I have come to the conclusion that it is the quality and not the quantity of life which makes it worth living. Thanks for sharing your life and your thoughts with us.
I just read your last chapter [link since deleted]. You've clearly poured out a lot a emotion in it. I wonder if people truly understand the impact they have on our lives? I don't think we can blame ourselves too much for things that did or didn't happen. Your chapter took a lot of soul searching. One thing that time or circumstances can't take away are the depth of our feelings. You've used your loss as a motivation. To make something constructive out of a loss is quite commendable.
You mentioned you think (the woman whom you wrote about) has looked at your site. I wonder if she was one of the people who read the chapter. I wonder of the other people who read the chapter relate to it. Does a shared loss make it easier to handle? To survive? I think it does.
I'm glad that you have a loving and understanding family. You've been through a lot and deserve the best life has to offer.
p.s. I hope (the woman whom you wrote about) has also found peace of mind.
I choose to not disclose names for this entry. This person also knew whom I was writing about. All of us were friends once. His comments are keenly absorbed by me.
Received from Thomas -- 08/22/07
I have a website for a few rental condos at Oceanside, CA. As part of the interface I'd like to use a portion of your beautiful 'Oceanside Pier Beach -- 02/16/03' desktop photo. Would you be willing to let me do so if I give proper reference to you and your site?
FYI, love the photos on your website.
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Received from Rachel -- 08/20/07
Hello. My name is Rachel and I am e-mailing you to request your permission to use your image Heart's On Fire. The reason I would like to use it is for a background image and theme for an avatar contest on the website www.elcaballosim.com.
I would, of course, give you credit in any way that you would like-in the form of a link or text. I would not be manipulating the image in any way (I'd be resizing and maybe cropping, but no actual change in the image).
Good luck with your site (it is very beautiful by the way).
I still go back a couple times a year to the Calumet Fishery on 95th street. In my humble opinion, they have the best smoke fish, they still smoke them there. Any way there are still a few good things around, if you like smoke fish that is.
Received from Bob -- 08/08/07
I agree with you. The rotting away of where you come from gives a person a sense of irretrievable loss. Good pictures, Don.
See you, Don.
Received from Roger -- 08/01/07
Thank you so much for your tribute to Janie. I, too, loved Triangle - has been one of my top ten favorite songs for 46 years.
It was a thrill to get an update on the singer. I didn't know she was only 16 when she recorded it. I wish I could have caught her gigs when she was still singing.
I attended the WordPress Camp in S.F. last weekend. I noticed that about 3 out of 4 laptops I saw there were Apples.
Because I come from a technical computing background I don't use Apples, just because the applications I need are not ported to it. Of course, I do not use Windows either.
Microsoft has had some good applications over the years, I can't think of any off hand but I am sure they have, I just don't need any of them. More importantly, I have a low tolerance for defective designs and monopolistic behavior.
I use OpenOffice when I need an office application. It runs on my Solaris and Ubuntu systems and does pretty much everything I need. I also use gnucash for accounting.
People have choices in computers. Unfortunately, most don't know it.
Received from Bob -- 07/25/07
I like the business plan article, after 28 years I can fully appreciate that. Things are going very well in Chicago.
Your web site is very informative, I can tell you put a lot of passion in it.
Take care my friend,
Received from Paula -- 07/25/07
Hi Mr. Larson,
I currently work at New Millennium School of Health, one of the four schools now housed within Bowen High School. I am making a website for our school and I was admiring the long shot you have of the outside of Bowen. I see that your pictures are copyrighted and wanted to know if we could use that photo for our website.
Thanks for you time.
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Received from Katie -- 07/24/07
Your work is stunning. Keep up your fine, fine work.
Received from Sheila -- 07/24/07
I was very happy to see the Bowen website and thank you very much for the memories. I graduated in 1970 and have been looking for my friend, Julie. Also, I would like to attend a class reunion. I am often in Chicago, but never during the week when Bowen's doors are open.
Someone suggested that I try the webpage, silly me, I didn't think about that. Although, I tried searching for Julie on the web, I never thought to look up Bowen.
I'm glad that I did. If you hear of anyone having another open house or a 1970 reunion, please let me know. I am going to try to get to Chicago during a time when Bowen is open and give them my name and address in case someone has a class reunion. Once again, thanks for the memories.
I don't get a chance to read all the emails I get from you, But when I do they are all great. Much better than I can write. They also take me back to some of my own experiences of life.
Well take care. I just wanted to share this with you. Because you have a talent with the writing that I don't have.
Received from Lisa -- 07/17/07
Thank you for sharing with me. I have been fully loaded with classes this summer and haven't been able to get a break. I so appreciate all the information you have provided me regarding my ancestor, John Honeyman. I was in New York this winter and gave my brother Rick copies of all of the articles that you sent me and others. He enjoyed them very much and placed them with the Honeyman Bible I gave him for his 50th birthday.
Received from Lenny -- 07/16/07
Love your web site(s). It's refreshing to know I have such a soulful relative.
Warmest regards for the greater good,
Received from MD -- 07/15/07
I have just read your Time Out of Mind and agree that our past is an intrinsic part of our present. I treasure my past It made me what I am today. I don't regret anything, all was for the best.
I like my solitude but as you say in small doses. I prefer the company of good friends and family. Most of all I treasure the memories that I have created in my life.
Just to let you know we survived one of the biggest storms ever on record here.
Temperature went from 105.7° to 74.8° in 15 min's, with pea sized hail. Radar said we had 2.7' of rain in one hour.
Just thought you might enjoy as we did.
Received from K -- 07/10/07
Just to let you know that I have your crafty captain screensaver on my pc. My husband loved it so much he's putting it on his pc. Ya can't get the sailor out of the old sailor, and being he was a old navy swabbie, the shoe fits.
I love your old ship.
I have given up the idea of being perfect too. I'm much happier, more at peace now, and just live one day at a time and try to be nice.
Received from Hal -- 07/08/07
I am a member of the Bowen High School Class of 1957. We will be celebrating 50 years with a reunion in October. We have had very few previous reunions. The most recent was October 2004. After all these years, it has taken a lot of effort to build a list 1957 classmates and keep it going, so I decided to create a website to help us remain in contact.
While we have some photos which were taken on a tour of the school in 10/04, some of your shots are much better than ours. Also you have some South Chicago neighborhood photos that would greatly enhance our website. We are just starting out and need more content.
Would you allow us to display some of your photos on our site? You would receive photo credit and I will include a link to your Bowen page. I think our readers would find it interesting. Hoping to hear from you. Thanks.
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Received from RM -- 07/06/07
I was married in July. I guess it wasn't lucky for me (except for beautiful children). I was curious as to why you said July marriages aren't lucky?? Just your opinion or something to do with horoscopes?
Now you've got me curious.
Received from Bob -- 07/06/07
I see what you mean about your web site you could get easily lost in it. Great stuff.
Received from Bob -- 06/29/07
You have build up a really wonderful web site, very cool.
Received from Mohammed -- 06/23/07
My name is Mohammed and I was just surfing when I came across your superb digital image entitled Heart and Soul. I was very much impressed by it and I would be obliged if you could grant me express permission to use the image on my blog.
Please feel free to check out the blog and I will be happy to answer any of your queries.
Thanks once again for maintaining your list for those interested in John Honeyman. I have responded to Jill who turns out to be a third cousin of mine.
I bought the CD of the Honeyman Book and while the pictures are poor, the text seems to be useable.
Received from Stan -- 06/23/07
I noticed that you had several tracks from this album, Colonized. I've been trying to find this album and not pay an arm and a leg for it. Is there a source in the Chicago area that may carry these older (GREAT) bands? I lived in Harvey, Ill for several years during the late 60's, this and other local bands' songs bring back a lot on memories.
Thanks for any help.
Received from Stuart -- 06/05/07
My name is Stuart and I graduated from Bowen in Jan of 1967 - the last mid-year class in the City of Chicago. The class of '67 is having a 40th reunion in July and after not attending any previous reunions, I plan to go this year. Your article on Bowen brought back many memories but I do have one correction.
You mentioned a teacher named Karpen and that she had passed on. If this is Doris Karpen that you are referring to, she is still alive although no longer with her full faculties.
I had assumed Ms. Karpen's 1966 heart attack was fatal. I have corrected that incorrect assumption on the pages affected. Thank you, Stuart.
For years after I returned from Vietnam I too mistakenly thought that those men who perished there "died for nothing". Only later did I come to the realization of just how untrue that statement came to be.
Did they die for Mom, apple pie and the good 'ol USof A??? The answer, I believe is no. They did die for their brother Marines. They gave their all so I could enjoy the rest of my life. I don't need to be reminded of this fact. I live with it every day.
Maybe someone should clue in Ms. Sheehan. Doubt it would do any good.
Received from Chuck Shepherd -- 05/16/07
I think that the speed of the spheres is perfect and helps to show the passage of time. And the way it ends with the artwork brings the whole thing home. Just excellent Don! I'm tickled! :)
I even revamped my whole site to set the stage for the video and added more into my blog. Better look out....there may be people coming to you to do videos for them from Soundclick haha! It is also streaming to my MySpace page.
I sent out a bulletin to my friends list and included links and copyright info, as well as my friends list on Soundclick, so I have told about 1200 people about it so far.
I very much enjoyed our working together as well and the video gives me a sense of pride and accomplishment! When I see the credits at the end, it immediately reminds me of teamwork and what can be accomplished. And the fact that we are on opposite sides of the country really makes the magic of the internet come to life.
I guess I will watch the video a few more times and get some sleep!
The whole experience has been wonderful and the friendship is invaluable, so I say talk to you soon as well my friend!
Received from Chuck Shepherd -- 05/12/07
Thanks! I'm glad you like the song, and I hope you can hear the influence from your art in the music!
It's a working copy and I still need to polish some rough edges here and there, but it did hit #1 on the Rock charts on Soundclick last Sunday. I will be posting it on MySpace after I do the finishing touches.
As I sit here I'm at peace. Your wedding ceremony sounded just perfect to me. I remember having the 1971 wedding ceremony with Jerry in a packed Lutheran church of ours, the reception etc. I was glad for the chruch ceremony, the pictures, but hated the reception. It was the worse night of my life.
The second marriage ceremony in 1995 was quite different. Jerry and I were in the Atlanta LDS temple, kneeling at a white altar, facing each other and staring into each others eyes, while the ceremony progessed. Behind us were infinity mirrors symbolizing the eternal nature of marriage between a husband and wife. The ceremony was simple and our dearest friends were there. The reception was simple, in the church gym with a few of our friends. We requested no gifts at the reception. The food was simple, the joy of seeing all our friends wonderful, and I had made my own bridal dress.
The piano gal forgot about showing up at church to play for our reception, but that turned out to be a boon for us. Everyone talked and laughed and we all enjoyed ourselves. I wanted her to play the song "In Our LIfe" by the Beatles.
The spirit of the Holy Ghost at the marriage sealing, along with the joy I felt with my closest friends in the temple were beyond reasoning here. Even the officiator said that he didn't need to say much after we had been married all these many years then, just told us to each take care of each other. That's really what marriage is all about, loving and taking care of each other, the maturing and growing.
We've been married since 1971, but the sealing to my husband was the more lasting impression in 1995. The ceremony was simple, but the joy was more complete.
Received from Carol and Dan -- 04/21/07
Congrats on #34! We celebrate ours in June... There aren't many couples around that have made it that far -- sad but true. We sometimes wonder where the years have gone, but then when we start to list all we've done and seen and experienced in the past 3+ decades together... WOW!
Ours was also a simple, humble beginning (nowhere to go but up!) but that brought us even closer and has helped us appreciate all we have gained and achieved through the years even more.
We wish you lots more happy anniversaries! Keep being affetionate and showing your love!
CONGRATS!!!! Quite an accomplishment to be world renown! Best wishes for continued success!
Received from Billy -- 04/08/07
I really like your Twin Flames piece (and your take on the concept)...what would it take to have that on the tank of my bike...?
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Received from Jim -- 04/08/07
I happened to be surfing around looking at Quicktime movies (using my new iMac at home) and I stumbled across your web site.
You have done some wonderful and exciting work! Good job!
And thanks for the plug for Carlsbad.
Congratulations on a job well done.
Received from Larry -- 04/02/07
First, the Tastee Freeze article was great. I passed it on and want to thank you for it.
I would sure love for you guys to visit us again. I still need to send you some pics. I sure love what you are doing for the world. - Keep it up!!!
Received from Chuck Shepherd -- 03/28/07
Listening to Deer Woman Moon Encounter right now and it reminds me of the cool music that used to come on the radio in the middle of the night...floating along with a nice groove to it. Love the sax in there too!
Thanks so much for what you wrote about me on your page, I sure do appreciate it! I've been working on the song and it has taken a slight Bluesy edge and I'm just letting the song grow to see where it takes me.
I've been going outside at night with my guitar and the laptop, and work on it. I even have the picture on the desktop so I'm using that for inspiration too. When I first thought of naming a song Many Moons Ago, I had no idea about the Native American aspect and just thought it was a cool name. Then someone posted on my message board that "being a Native American, I am looking forward to many moons" and that's when I did the search and found your picture.
I have a good friend in West Virginia who plays my music and my bands music on her BZoO Homegrown Radio Show and she is Cherokee, so she's excited about the song too haha! So, I don't know what it's going to sound like from their perspective, but all I can do is write what feels right, right? :)
Have an awesome evening Don and thanks again!
P.S. Been listening to "Deer Woman Moon Encounter" looping while I wrote this and I really love the song!!! Great mood music!
Received from Bob -- 03/25/07
It's been a long time since I've had Andy's cross my mind... and you and Larry working there... it's a good feeling...
If you are familiar with music at either of these sites, there is a little picture next to the songs when they are played.
I would like to request permission to display a small version of your picture (approx. 100x100) next to the song, with proper copyright info and links to you included in the song information. There would be no sale of the artwork at all. The song itself would be for sale, but only as a downloadable mp3, with no art attached.
If not, that is fine, I understand! :-)
Have a great weekend!
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Received from Bob -- 02/27/07
Your review was as always, honest, direct and right to the point.
Thank you for writing a 3rd review about my late-in-life career choice.
I really related to today's home page! And I wholeheartedly agree with your views on volunteerism! The most worthwhile things we do in life usually don't come with a paycheck! My philosophy: We're all put on this earth to help one another--Sometimes we're on the giving end and sometimes on the receiving end, but that's what life is all about!
Congratulations on your Bronze! Your speech was wonderful and great to read. As you know, I really relate to the emotionalism about Dr. King. When I wrote the PowerPoint that I sent you last year, during the M.L.K. page, I continually had to stop to cry. His "I have a dream" speech, completely tore me apart and I could not write any more that day. The ashes of the Chicago riots after his death will live in our hearts and minds for the rest of our lives.
Warmest regards, (I got that from you, thank you!)
I agree that King's Dream speech is one of the most powerful I've ever heard. I listen to it every year and never feel that its power has diminished in any way.
Congrats on achieving another level in the Toastmaster group! If you enjoy the company of the regulars that show up for each meeting, to me, that's the main thing. It means you're part of something. If no guys showed up, then the awards would be hollow. Your being there helps make what you are participating in...exist. When one of the older guys dies, you won't miss his awards, you'll miss him. I expect one day, a long, long time from now, that's how your friends will feel about you.
Received from Gary -- 02/09/07
I'm glad to see you are involved with Toastmasters. I learned a lot from the group while I was working in Chicago. I've checked into clubs in my area, but they only seem to meet on Saturday mornings or Tuesday evenings, when I have other commitments.
Interestingly, a monthly local coffee house uses something similar to "Table Topics", that they call "The Question". The leader poses one to three questions, and then they do a round through the audience, asking people to speak briefly on one of them. I gave the organizer a list of "Table Topics" questions to expand her list.
Very best regards,
Received from Carol -- 02/08/07
I was just on your web site and am happy to hear that you are still so actively involved in Toastmasters (congrats on your latest achievement!) and using the skills learned and/or honed there. How's the club doing? I'm sure I wouldn't recognize most of the current members but am happy it continues to grow and be diversified.
How's that beautiful little grandbaby doing? When will you see her again? They grow soooo fast and it's hard being a long-distnace grandparent....sigh!
Received from Bob -- 02/05/07
Just a note to say how much I enjoy the Chicago stuff... the personal and the historical... good work buddie... many a dinner date in Chinatown stands out in my own mind....
Received from Ginny -- 02/04/07
Love your website! I'm sending you a story I wrote a couple years ago. Hope you enjoy it. Feel free to add it to your website, if you want.
Received from Name withheld -- 02/04/07
I have just finished reading the parts of your book [link since deleted] and your reasons for writing.
There are tears of sadness and joy running down my cheeks at the moment for I am on a similar journey myself. I love your attitude towards the things that mold us into the people we are today. Yes, occasionally, we do tend to want to blame others for our misfortunes, but if we honestly look deep inside we find we had a part in all of it.
The photo of you, your Mom, Russ and Chuck... omg what memories flooded back for me. For that is the time frame I remember most about you.
I look forward to each chapter, as I believe I will learn a great deal, not only about you, but about myself.
Thank you for sharing so much of yourself with the world.
Name withheld to protect sender's privacy.
Received from Lisa -- 01/24/07
Dear Mr. Larson,
I am also a descendant of John Honeyman. My name is Lisa and have been living in Daytona Beach, Florida for the past 22 years.
I have been working for an attorney for the past 20 years and I am going to college to obtain my Paralegal degree. I am taking Oral Communications this semester and we have to give speeches. As soon as I was informed I would have to do an informative speech, I thought of no greater topic than my ancester, John Honeyman. Any help you can give me is greatly appreciated.
I I know this is a rather long e-mail, but when I got on the internet and saw your site I became so excited about the information I was able to obtain. I also went on other sites and gathered more information. It is quite amazing.
I hope to hear from you soon.
Received from Karen -- 01/24/07
Thanks so much Don, for your posting today on Doing the right thing. Yes, my husband and I were talking about the death of Denny Doherty of the Mama's and Papas.
Ya know despite it all, I'm glad to have been born in the time period we were born in. It was more then just the music. We had a real sense of our lives having purpose beyond the mundane. Even if many of us lived mundane lives after that.
But more important, it became important to do the right thing for the right reasons.
We can lose our money, all our possessions, but nobody can take our memories away from us unless we let them. Those memories are a anchor in our lives as we grow older and learn from them. Sometimes it's good to look back in order to grow forward.
It's been good to listen to you also my friend. I really consider you a brother. We may not agree on religious stuff, but we still agree on the basic fundmentals of what is right and truth.
I'm glad that we had a chance to travel around the US and see this country. Somehow you just can't go thru the rockies and not feel or know the hand of God is in this vast country.
Take care my friend and thank you, hugs.
Received from Linda -- 01/14/07
Stumbled upon your site. Love the concept. Desert Wedding. Very interesting. Would love to see more sometime. Congratulations! Someone who thinks outside of the box!
Received from Tom -- 01/05/07
My name is Tom and I am one of the members of the Overflow.
I also work for the Chicago Public Schools and would like to reprint your story about your high school English teacher in a newsletter my department puts out called "CPS@Work". I thought your story was extremely well written and very inspirational for teachers.
You would be glad to hear that I found my best friend from Luella and Bowen who I mentioned when we had coffee. We were both very excited to talk and spent 2 hours on the phone.
She was a Junior when you were a Senior. School led me to you and your awesome website, plus, back to her and the opportunity to catch up on both of our lives. We are now in contact regularly by e-mail.
Life is great!
Received from Ross -- 01/04/07
I figured I would check in and see how things were going in San Diego. Now that I have a little free time I've been attempting to catch up with the updates to your website. I got behind there with no internet in my apartment and many papers to write and edit.
Ireland is, well, very Irish. I find myself adopting their slang and some customs. I think though learning their traditions I actually am learning more about mine (after many long talks with my farm-raised Irish roommates).
Otherwise life is relaxed and uncomplicated.
Hope all is well.
Received from Mark -- 01/01/07
I appreciate your giving me credit for teaching you how to ride the Honda 50. That was the perfect transition vehicle between our bicycles and real motorcycles. I still have a motorcycle...little bigger then the "50". I have a 1969 BSA 650...haven't ridden it for some years but will never sell it.
Received from DM -- 12/31/06
Great Idea, Don
And, I hope your decision provides a substantial fund for your later years.
Luv U Muchly,
Received from MD -- 12/30/06
My friend, as usual you have done a wonderful job. I have enjoy it very much.
Happy New Year!!!
Received from Marc -- 12/22/06
Great photos from 2006!!! The gym particularly brings back memories as well as the park. Playing baseball at Bowen was the highlight of my high school career.
Hope all is well.
Marc, Class of '68.
Received from Karen -- 12/04/06
Glad to hear that you had a chance to meet someone new and share your views. Somehow I really think that when we do this and listen thoughtfully to each other we gain much more then we can ever give.
Thanks for a fine website.
Love always, your internet sister,
Received from Adam -- 12/04/06
Mr. Donald Larson,
I'm writing asking for permission to use you're copyrighted picture of the Winter Day. I would like it to be the picture representing a Facebook group created to commemorate our latest snow storm in the midwest and our "adventures" across the snow covered land.
Permission is granted for that usage.
Received from Mark -- 11/19/06
I truly enjoyed the fact that I'm NOT the only person in the world that was affected so much by the song Triangle. I was looking on line for a newer copy of the 45 rpm record ( I just about wore out my original pressing) in my old 1954 Wurlitzer jukebox, and upon a Google search stumbled upon your web site.
Janie Grant, had a hit like no other artist up to that point in time--and for that matter, has not been equaled to date. Her voice haunted me and was very unique, different and fresh.
The song was in it's own Genre. Not country, not rock 'n roll. It was a hard song to sing in my opinion, and I don't think there are too many today that could equal her. The arrangement of Triangle and how she really rose to the occasion to sing what I think is one of the most under-rated best "oldie" songs of all time in the woman's category.
I share many of your thoughts...including the one on why I also didn't know why liked the song Triangle so much, and it's long-lasting effect has stuck with me to date! About once a month I listen to it on the Juke box. The nostalgia it evokes is overwhelming sometime. I even have cried before listening to it! Weird. I guess it makes me think of my wife and our 39 years together before she died of ovarian cancer.
It was mine and my "late" wife's favorite song of all time! I hope you don't mind that I wrote you on this. I really enjoyed what you and Janie wrote and hope that others get the same enjoyment I did. I loved the fact that she was grateful for you contacting her.
She is a really nice person too, that makes all the difference. The pyramid(s) photo with her 18 years photo in blue is very cool too! I can personally relate to the fact that she was not paid monies due on records. The same has happened to me in the past as a song writer in the 60's. The music business then, was not in many cases, fair with the artists. Monies due for artists royalties were greedily stolen right and left leaving the artist without receiving a cent.
I love the song so much, that I have been trying to re-record the song again professionally, but have always had a hard time finding a voice that could match Janie's range and tone. I guess it will just have to continue to be a dream.
Take care and thanks for listening,
Received from DM -- 10/26/06
OH MAN!!! I missed out again...Gosh I miss being there every Wednesday! It has been way too long.
Received from Professor Janice L. Smith -- 10/21/06
I am a professor of geology at Austin Community College. While doing an internet search for images of pebble beaches for my classes in oceanography and physical geology, I came across your photograph from Ponto Beach.
I thank you for your consideration and look forward to your reply.
Janice L. Smith
Professor, Physical Sciences Dept. -- Geology
Austin Community College
Rio Grande Campus
1212 Rio Grande
Austin, TX 78701
Permission is gladly granted for that usage.
Received from Rick -- 10/16/06
My name is Rick, and I am from New York City. I wanted to write to you and thank you for your detailed story with your training. I really enjoyed reading about your gradual progress from your painful beginning.
I am also writing because I am totally blind. I've been interested in the Martial Arts since I was a kid. I use to have sight until the age of 12, so I have seen movies and different things on the topic.
After I lost my sight, I learned that it was true that some forms of training is done blind folded. I do not know where to start my search. Do you happen to know of anyone, or school where I may go to, or at the least, speak with someone?
Any assistance would be truly appreciated! Thank you once again, and I hope to hear from you soon. Hope all is well with you and your family.
Speaking of music, I am in the Wicker Frog Band here in KY. There are some samples of original music we have but the recordings are rough.
Basically a Sony Hand Cam with the lens cap on was used to record rehearsal and then converted to MP3 format. We are hitting the studio in a couple of weeks to get a much better and much needed recordings for hand out.
Great job with the tunes.
Received from William -- 10/07/06
Enjoyed the transcript of the Janie Grant interview - in fact, had directed someone else to it.
I was also affected by "Triangle" and subsequently collected her other recordings.
Glad I didn't go to Catholic school! [link since deleted] I've always believed in truth and would have been devastated to be called a liar. Believe it or not, I was born a Catholic but guess "the higher power" intervened, with the "divorce" word, but I wasn't necessarily "saved". Oh well! Such is life. And I don't mean that, quite so literally, but we all try to "get on with our lives" despite the past and speak from my own experiences.
Have a nice day!
Received from Donnamarrie -- 10/05/06
So good to look over your website. So refreshing to hear that we all exist in a web of connections with life and it's circumstances...wonderful events as well as those that allow us to grow in ways we otherwise would never have imagined.
From my heart, know that you and your family are dearly loved.
Received from David -- 09/29/06
I enjoyed your pictures of Cottonwood, AZ that you have on your website- we have spent much time up there, and are planning to move there soon. However, we wanted to know in which park you took the picture of the standing stones. We've done alot of hiking up there, but haven't seen that yet!
Thank you for your time!
Received from Richard -- 09/29/06
What a surprise to see your site from Bowen (google)- I was class of 1969 although the last year of HS moved to Southern Suburbs. It made me smile to see the school and the cafeteria (even without the grilled cheese sandwiches).
What a wonderful site you created!!!!
Received from Jake -- 09/28/06
My name is Jake and I'm writing on behalf of a friend and one of the women in my church. She is helping to direct a women's retreat this fall and I came across your digital art piece Heart's On Fire and presented it to her as an idea for one of the logos that goes along with their theme. Of course, with it being copyrighted, though, I don't feel right just printing it out and using it without your permission.
So, I would like to seek your permission to use the Heart's On Fire art piece as one of the logos of the women's retreat. She said she would like to use a small print of the logo for about 100 copies. May we do that? Do you charge for that service, and if so how much? Please advise. Thank you!
I need to see the movie Don. Superman was my hero!
Received from Ryan -- 09/25/06
I am very happy you enjoy the book. Thank you for all your help (and the postings). I sincerely hope we get to work together again in the future. Have a great
Received from Ryan -- 05/04/06 (Deferred Posting)
Hello Donald Larson,
My name is Ryan Doan and I am the production associate with the creative team of Weird US. We are currently putting together our Weird Hauntings hardcover book which will join our series of Weird US books published by Sterling Publishing. You can see some of our current titles by visiting www.weirdus.com. In our research on the internet we recently came across your photography at www.timeoutofmind.com and would like to know if we could be granted permission to use some select shots for possible inclusion in our Weird Hauntings book.
If so, we were also wondering if it would be possible for you to email us larger resolution versions of the same photos. Of course, we would also include the respective photo credits in the finished book.
Should you have any questions or concerns feel free to contact me at your convenience. Thank you very much for your time and consideration. We look forward to hearing from you.
Ryan Doan - Production Associate / Editor - Weird US
Permission is granted for that usage.
Received from Jackie -- 09/18/06
Beautiful photos! Disneyland is still one of my favorite places ever since childhood. In fact, I have an annual pass this year since my friend loves it as much as I do. We went just two weeks ago and will be going again in about 3 weeks. What a kid I am! Thanks for sharing.
Received from Thomas -- 09/17/06
I enjoy the pictures of Bowen, remind me good old days we have in south east Chicago.
Thomas, Class of 1969
Received from Karen -- 09/11/06
I read your website. That was really nice Don. Thanks.
Received from Hal -- 09/08/06
Dear Mr Larson,
I am an old ( but young at heart ? ) Japanese fond of American pop music of '60 ( as my e-mail address suggests ).
I was searching Janie Grant through Google to find your column about her which is informative and interesting. ' Tell me mama ' was one of my favourite songs those days. It wasn't a big hit in Japan but covered by well known Japanese girl singer who is still doing musical and also appearing on TV as an actress. I did not have any information about Janie and was long looking for ' Tell me mama ' which I finally got a few years ago in compilation CD called Dear Mr DJ - Girls collection 3. I was searching to see if there is any CD available of her own.
In your column and in her e-mail, she says there were 10 singles made. 20 songs will be a right number/volume for one CD, don't you think so ? Anyway, it is good to know something about her and other songs, and further more she is well.
I just wanted to let you know that there are Janie Grant fans everywhere, even in Japan. Thank you for your column.
Hal, from Chiba, Japan
Received from Darlene -- 09/07/06
We have just discovered your website. We were amazed at the amount of information you had. My husband grew up with Janie Grant and went to school with her in Little Falls, NJ. If it is possible can you forward our email address and other information to her.
Received from George -- 09/05/06
I really enjoyed coming across your webpage and the great memories you shared about your personal experiences while at Bowen 1964-1968. I appreciate your sincerity.
Well, I started my high school career at Bowen in January 1953, and graduated in 1957, right on time!! Hey, four years was long enough. I see that we both had at least one English teacher, Ms. Doris Karpen, and probably several others from the other divisions.
I'd write more but just wanted to let you know that there are Bowenites from the 1950s still around. As a matter of fact, the January and June graduates of 1957 are planning a 50th reunion sometime in 2007. The committee, of which I am a member, is looking at different venues. I will keep you posted. It would be nice to have you visit with us if you are in Illinois. Where do you live now Don? Many of my classmates also attended Caldwell elementary school. You might know them or their families. We are spread all across the USA, and of course, over the years, some have left this earth.
By the way, two Bowen teachers from my days, and probably yours, are still with us, unless they died in the last two months: Mrs. Jacqueline Saltysinzki (English) and Mr. Carlin (Latin & year book).
I was just having a look at your most recent website. You present an interesting view of life, from the grandparent's side.
I have kept most of my feelings to myself about being a grandparent alone, but I like hearing what others say.
I think I would just ask you to remember us--that there are many, many stories out there of grandparents --and keep a place in your heart for prayers for us.
Received from Rita Lewis -- 08/22/06
I was looking for images of wormholes to use on a Cafe Press Store dedicated to Ben Browder (Farscape actor) as a background for T-shirts for a web site called www.benbrowderportal.com.
I was writing to ask permission to use Sonoma Wormhole with attribution as it is gorgeous. Please let me know as soon as possible because I need to get the store ready by the end of September.
Thank you so much in advance.
Permission is granted for that usage.
Received from Richard Marchessault -- 08/14/06
I am a youth minister and educator in my parish of St. Augustine's in Covington, GA. I am creating a presentation on Pope John Paul II's document titled "Familiaris Consortio". I would like to use your background with the Pope in this presentation. Could I have your permission to use it?
260 Fairway Trail
Covington, GA 30014
Permission is granted for that usage.
Received from Maria Dolores -- 08/14/06
What a pleasure is to read all your timeoutofmind. You are full of surprises!
Received from Larry -- 08/02/06
Your memories sure hit home. I so much appreciate your detailed accounts of our past. I am very proud to be your buddy. I hope that you, your family, all your readership are having great times.
Received from Tina -- 07/30/06
Great pics. I wonder if I emailed the Del, if they would tell me the name of the tree that had the red foliage. It is soooooooooo beautiful!!
I doubt if I could have it in this zone, but I would love to try. Everyone would oooooh and ahhhhh over it and I would love it!!!!
I think they had the name of it by the trunk, but I can't remember. Can you remember??
Not I, but maybe a reader will let me know.
Received from Barbara -- 07/30/06
Nice job Donald!
I just returned home last night from a trip to Chicago, it is 5am in Honolulu and I am off my sleep schedule. While in Chicago I toured the south side, drove by Bowen, which looked under construction. I had not been back to see it in 20 years. I went to my 20yr reunion and hopefully 07 we will have a 40yr reunion and I will return for that. I would have graduated in 68 but we moved to Skokie and I went to Niles North for my senior year.
We had a great time until the wee hours of the morning (I had to catch a plane early Sat morning) The next morning I realized I left my 1966 and 1967 year books on a bench in Montrose Harbor beach park also a book I had made of all my class pictures from Kindergarden on. This all happened this past weekend. I am really sad about losing the books and I just e-mailed Bowen in case someone finds and returns them. I hope so!!!!!
So that is what brought me to to your awesome memories, thank you so much for taking the time, brought back memories. If I lived in Chicago I would be a Bowen reunion crasher (like the wedding crashers) 67 reunion should be coming up, any info on that.
I am a teacher in Honolulu (montessori) 3-6yr olds. I cherish my Bowen memories too...
Received from TJ -- 07/28/06
I recently came across your website and saw pictures of the USNS Sacagawea. I was wondering if it were all possible to get permission to use the pictures you have posted on 'Time Out Of Mind' on a website known at "NavSource" It can be located at NavSource.
Again, your info is so timely. I read about our TOT presentation regarding document shredding. As you know, in my work I gather sensative material (rap sheets and other criminal records). I just spoke with the Goodwill Industries rep and have set up an appointment, established a reasonable rate for the boxed bulk items I'll bring to them, and have solved a recurring problem at the end of each research project.
My life has been so busy here at work, and because I have no computer at home, I've had little time to go to your website much and/or communite with anyone these past 8 weeks.
First, let me just say I am doing fine and am continually blessed by the peace of mind that I have finally found in my life.
Now about you. I got a chance to read your book [link since deleted]. As usual, your writing leaves me with wanting more. I also felt sad that your were going through a bad time during the time I first became acquainted with you - and I never knew it. You helped me SO MUCH during those first few years of our relationship and I did ALL THE TAKING. I've often felt that you must have suffered a great deal of pain in your life because you expressed such compassion when dealing with me.
Because I care so much about you, I do worry that reliving these details while writing your book will be very hard for you so TAKE CARE MY FRIEND. I know you are in a different place "mentally" than you were back then so I hope that when you finally do commit all those things to paper you will FINALLY be free.
I think of you and Sherry a lot. I know you have many good friends but if you ever need to talk you know I am here to listen.
Hope you have a great holiday.
One of the most wonderful messages I ever received. For the greater good of readers, I decided to publish this private message, however I am witholding the author's name. This person and I walked the 'virtual path of emergence' together in the many years we've known each other. The journey is truly the reward.
Received from Andrew -- 06/27/06
I find it much easier to right-click the "X" under the resolution size and then click on "Save Target As". If this is a problem please be sure to let me know. The images are spectacular and I plan on downloading more to add to my current library.
Thank you for your attention regarding this matter,
Stumbled across your website looking for Bowen class of 1969 news. Your site brought back lots of memories. I remember the riot after Martin Luther King was killed. My dad had to come into the school to rescue me after my English teacher locked us in the classroom. I remember the broken storefront windows along 87th street. I also remember Mrs. Nellum, our gym teacher, who wouldn't let girls wear pants in her class.
We lived in interesting times.
Received from Donna-Marie -- 06/15/06
Thank you, Don
You nourish my soul.
Received from Bryan Clark -- 05/27/06
My name is Bryan Clark and I would like to request the use of your picture of Green Waves as a background on a website.
I was intrigued by your page detailing your encounters with death: you're here for a purpose, there's no doubt about that from what I read. The existence and meaning of "fate" is discussed in The Edge.
Could you please advise if it would be possible to use the picture? Thanks in anticipation.
Permission is granted for usage as requested.
Received from Aparna -- 05/15/06
Thank you very much for including reiki in your beautiful art. I really like the color.
Reiki all around you and your family.
Received from Karen -- 05/13/06
I enjoyed reading your article Women Of Insight and smiled. I have a Lobo CD of greatest hits and love them. They were one of those sleeper bands and I think were actually ahead of their times.
So many people define their lives in context of all the Beatles hits/songs. I'm not one of them. I loved all the different bands we listened to growing up.
Hope you guys are well and happy. Give your daughter and wife a hug for me and wish them a happy Mother's Day.
Received from Bob -- 05/09/06
I sure wish you luck with it. I just finished Vol. 3 and it's as close as I'll ever come to delivering a baby! I expect to publish it later this year.
I hope all is going well with you, and also that you're happy.
Received from Jose -- 04/06/06
My name is Jose Neto, I visited your site through a google link and found your Twin Flames image which I thought was very creative. I'm also a Photoshop fanatic, and could possibly design similar artwork, but I don't like to re-invent the wheel. On the same token, I give credit where credit is due, and would like to kindly request your permission to use this image partially. It's for a party flyer and the theme is fever 102 so that's why the flames are relevant to the topic. I thank you in advance if you do grant me this permission.
Permission is granted for usage on that flyer.
Received from Darren -- 03/29/06
You have been putting alot of new content on the site the past few months. Is this practice for your upcoming book?
Keep up the good work; I alway enjoy reading your site.
Some content I write for this site will find its way to a degree in my book. My publishing is becoming easier for me as my art, music, photos, and writing converge.
Received from Annicea -- 03/22/06
I was thinking of using your love & money image as the display picture for my bankcard but I am not sure if this allowed. My bank says before I use this image I must recieve permission.
I hope to hear from you at your earliest convenience.
With kindest regards,
Permission is granted for her own personal usage. ;-)
Received from Maria -- 03/20/06
What a story teller you are Don. Do you know that I was nearly crying when I finished your story about Ms. Karpen? Keep telling your experiences in life. They are illuminating and can bring hope and joy to a lot of people. I for one enjoy everything you write.
Received from Charles -- 03/14/06
Aloha! Just want to let you know I really enjoyed your expose on Triangle, and Janie Grant. If you have the opportunity, please let her know that she probably has a lot more old-time fans than she realizes.
Received from Mary-Ellen and Jim -- 03/14/06
Could you, please, send me the directions for us to view articles [1; 2] and photos about our park.
Mary-Ellen and Bob
Received from Mary Lynn -- 03/05/06
Thank you so much for your enthusiastic and kind words about the presentation. And I very much appreciate the mention on your home page.
You have a wonderful website, and are doing so many different and creative things--you are a modern-day renaissance man! I truly believe that artistic creation is one of the essential foundations of a good life well-lived, and you are an inspiration to all those who experience your work. Keep it up, and thank you again for all that you do!
Received from undisclosed -- 03/03/06
How very exciting! I know you will put your heart and soul into this work of art! The cover is terrific!!!
Challenge: I suggest you consider what will really make the book "successful." The $$ earned? The satisfaction of having completed a phenomenal undertaking? The therapeutic effect of having gone through the writing process? The pleasure of sharing yourself and your tremendous creativity with others? The beauty and honesty of your work?
Go for it and best wishes!
The money I might earn is not a consideration in this book. The other reasons you cited are correct and in the right order.
Received from undisclosed -- 03/03/06
You'll be happy to know that I read and loved the art and title of your book. Let me know what it costs and I'll buy a copy when you complete it.
Received from undisclosed -- 03/02/06
Today I got a few minutes to go on your website and I am so glad I did. The excerpt from your upcoming book grabbed my attention and it left me wanting to ask, AND NOW WHAT HAPPENED?
I have sensed that you have done your share of suffering in the past. What amazes me is that you are one of the "most together" persons I know. You seem so sure of yourself (but in a humble - not cocky way). You always seem so wise to me. You always say the right things and give me the best advice. I wonder how long it's taken you to evolve from the person who was so hurt to the person you are now.
If you ever put something up there that you'd really like me to see I hope you will be able to drop me a line and alert me to it. I anxiously await your book!!!!
Love to you and Sherry,
Received from Greg -- 03/02/06
Thanks for publishing the radio interview with Janie Grant! I enjoyed it very much! Very Cool!
Received from Wes -- 02/19/06
Just thought I'd send you a little note to let you know that I revisited your website a few nites ago and read all the nice messages...especially the ones about (to and from) Janie! She surely thinks the world of you! To the best of my knowledge, you are the only one who could display some of her e-mails.
Anyway, just wanted to let you know how I appreciate your "forum" and all the stuff you design.
Received from Ronnie -- 02/09/06
What a nice webpage on February 7th devoted to Janie!
Hello Mr. Larson,
I am Deborah and I work for Modesto, California Fire Department. I enjoy your artwork and was impressed with your passion. I'm writing to ask your permission to use the Twin Flames artwork on the cover of our annual report.
I respect your decision, thank you.
Permission was granted. I received the 2005 Annual Report (cover shown below) on March 23, 2006.
Received from Maria -- 01/29/06
You are a master of story telling! What a beautiful way of telling your life and the loves in it. You show your pride and deep love for your wife and daughter which really touches the heart. In this time and age is rare to find such a love. I can imagine how happy you and Sherry are with the news of a baby coming into the family. Congratulations to both of you.
Received from Dennis Hayes -- 01/25/06
My name is Dennis Hayes and I play in a local blues/rock band. We have just completed a CD that we will be selling. As far as I know, virtually all sales will be at local shows or through local music stores. In the creation of a CD cover, I came across your image of the Twin Flames. I would like to use it as the cover image on the CD cover.
As we are a small band and sales will be limited, we wouldn't be able to pay you for the use of the image. What we would do is give you credit on the inside cover. I know it's not much but, as I said, we're a local band and we are hoping to break even with this project.
If you would let us use your image, it would greatly appreciated. I will attach a draft copy of the CD cover using this image (shown below).
(Editors note:) I agreed to license the requested image to Dennis for his band's purpose upon agreement of my terms.
Received from Guy -- 01/24/06
Strange that we both have TimeoutofMind in common. I love your pictures.
I'm here in the UK, using TimeoutofMind (all one word) as a concept for using Reiki as a relaxation tool, plus my lineage of those who have been taught Reiki by me.
Please find attached a photo taken by me in St.Lucia, quite surreal, I think.
Received from David -- 01/12/06
Dear Mr. Larson,
I stumbled upon one of your web sites today searching for images of Pope John Paul II. I was very touched indeed by the kind and sincere thoughts you shared regarding what this great man represented to you. For reasons I can't express, I especially appreciated that such comments came from a non-Catholic. In any case, thank you for the beautiful image of the Holy Father and the accompanying text.
Of course, I couldn't resist rummaging through other areas of this site during my late lunch, and enjoyed it all thoroughly. You certainly have an impressive work history and the digital art work is marvelous. I especially appreciated reading about the support you've had from your wife. Such stories reaffirm in my own heart the lasting beauty of a marriage cast in love.
By the way, in a former life I was a feature writer for the San Diego Reader, way back in the early 90s. Your pics of the Gas Lamp District, Balboa Park, the SD waterfront and other area landmarks brought back some fond memories from my days there.
All the best to you in 2006.
Received from Professor Ted Nelson -- 12/21/05
I just saw the following--
[Addendum: EveryDay Objects, Inc. has developed a set of Internet classes
> and primitives for Prograph that have been used to make a Web server
> that queries a database and returns Web pages generated on the fly -
> their demo at Macworld Expo was pretty neat. - >Geoff]
I am a huge fan of Prograph and I know someone else who badly needs this. Could you tell me the situation?
Best wishes, Ted Nelson
Theodor Holm Nelson, Fellow, Oxford Internet Institute
University of Oxford, 1 St Giles, Oxford OX1 3JS, UK
V. Professor, U. Southampton; V. Fellow, Wadham College
Founder, Project Xanadu (the first hypertext project), 1960+
[apple] e-mail: email@example.com [apple] http://ted.hyperland.com,
[apple] xanadu.com [apple] translit.org [apple] transcopyright.org
[apple] world-wide phone and fax +1/908-847-0264
(Editors note:) That is a very special message to receive, I'm humbled by it. That company, EDO, that I helped found in 1993 and stayed with until 1997 influenced many software developers around the world. I wish we could have done even more...
Received from Blake -- 12/27/05
I'm learning effects for photoshop and i want to know if you used photoshop for your picture the Twin Flames and if you did how, because the ring of fire is what really looked cool.
I read on your site that you're considering running for office. Please accept this advice in the spirit in which it is offered:
So many times when we approach people with our dreams, they throw what they think is logic at them. In doing so, they tend to extinguish the fire of our passions. Usually, these well-intentioned people think they're saving us from disappointment and heartache. In reality, they unintentionally crush our spirit. Listen instead to the people who have achieved their dreams. They ignored these voices of doubt and followed their heart. These people are the true winners in life: They sought their dreams and inner light. When you run, don't tell people of your shortcomings, tell them about how your honesty, constructive problem-solving, caring, and concerned nature will make their district the best.
Received from Stephanie -- 11/22/05
Thanks for sharing your beautiful thoughts. I feel the same way [ thought I was the only one].
Received from Al -- 11/18/05
I've been spending some time on your impressive web site, and just wanted to introduce myself. We have so many common elements in our lives that I felt behooved to respond. I'm a few years your senior so it's not likely our paths directly crossed. I grew up at 1725 E. 84th Place, between Cregier and East End and attended Caldwell Elementary from Kindergarten until graduation in 1951. Dolly M. Miller (later Ryan) was my 8th grade teacher and is the finest teacher I've ever had. I went to Bowen High School after that, graduating in 1955. I was a member of the basketball team my senior year under the tutelage of coach Harry Pritikin, who also coached the baseball team. I'm sure you are familiar with coach Pritikin, since he was there while you were a student as well.
While you were "studenting" at Bowen, I was just a few blocks away, at the Daily Calumet on 91st and Baltimore, where I was sports editor from 1965 to 1969. I spent many an afternoon in the Bowen gym during that period, covering coach John Costello's fine teams.
I didn't spend a lot of time in Hegewisch, but I did have several good friends from there who were fellow students at Bowen. I played basketball a few times at Mann Park, and spend part of one afternoon in 1959 playing tennis with Adolph Grundman at Mann Park. I had just taken up tennis a few months earlier, while I was attending Tulane University in New Orleans on a basketball scholarship.
Calumet Park also has some fond memories for me. It was there that I experienced my first real kiss, while lounging on the beach sands with Phyllis Lencioni, whose father owned Lencioni's Tap on the East Side. I also played in several basketball leagues at Cal Park in the late fifties, though my "home" gym at that time was the South Chicago YMCA.
Rainbow Beach became my second home during a period from 1959 to 1968. I played tennis daily there during that decade and represented the park on several Park District teams. I won the Chicago Park District tennis championships, singles and doubles (with Jack Deshida) in 1968, the last year I spent in the Windy City.
I shopped in Goldblatt's on many occasions. I seem to remember chimes of bells of a sort that were a part of the experience at that fine store. The Commercial Theatre was at the other end of that block and I spent many an afternoon watching triple features there during the sixties. The theatre used to show a bunch of old movies and I distinctly remember seeing Knock on any Door with Humphrey Bogart and John Derek, and also The Singer not the Song with Dirk Bogarde and John Mills (Hayley's father). Those are the two that made the biggest impression on me, though I saw scores.
I don't think I ever patronized the Tastee Freez on 79th and Marquette, though I know I walked past it regularly on my way to and from Rainbow Beach.
While you were occupied with the Apple Lisa, I was learning programming on the old Commodore 64(?) at the Herzing Institute in Birmingham, Alabama, where I had ended up in 1970, after graduating with an English Lit degree from the University of Montevallo that year. I learned Basic, RPG, Cobol and CICS and loved every minute of it.
So as you can see, out lives have had much in common. I even share that experience you had at Caldwell with that narrow space that allowed adventurous and daring souls to climb to the roof. We played a lot of softball in the then-gravelled school yard. Out favorite "diamond" was right next to the grassy area on 85th Place and Cregier. It was about 180 feet to the school wall, a pretty good distance' but every once in a while, some slugger would send the 16 incher onto the roof. We were fortunate when that occurred to have had Dan McNulty there. It was he who would go behind the school on 86th Street and and perform his acrobatics to the roof. He did it countless times and was the object of admiration to all of us softballers.
I've got to go now, but I hope to hear from you.
Received from Darren -- 11/07/05
I have been a long time reader of your website and was touched by your story of Nov. 3. Although my father is still alive, I read this page just after a tiff with my daughter. She is only 7 but very strong-willed. I hope to give her only good memories.
Good luck with the book and keep up with the podcasts, I miss them.
Received from Don -- 11/01/05
I viewed your websites for some time the other night. Very impressive! You are a very good writer and I enjoyed reading so many of your thoughts. I like how you have used your creative touch to expand these to product lines. Nice idea at a great time.
Don, I'm very proud of how hard you have worked and the things you accomplished.
Received from Karen -- 10/27/05
How about the SOX.. That is definately kewl.. Hey we lived to see it happen!
Now if the CUBS would win next year that would be great!
I'll check out your web page..
Karen another south sider.. LOL
Received from Donna-Marie -- 10/27/05
I could spend all day browsing through your work...
Horray for the Sox! Jumped up and down last night like millions of others around the globe. 88 years! Just like my Sox last year, it is about time!
Best to you both,
Received from Sandy -- 10/26/05
In looking for any clue on how to get a copy of my Senior Bowenite (1969) I came across the '68 Bowen web page. Subsequently, I checked out your website. The memories came flooding!!! The second I saw one of your pictures of Caldwell, I said aloud (my dog thinks I'm nutz) - 'that's THE wall everyone tried to shimmy up!'
Hi. I am Sandy.... I graduated Caldwell in 1965, Bowen in 1969. I lived on 86th & Cregier, 84th or 85th & Cregier, 85th & East End, in apartments, after my parents split up and we left the house on 86th Place, right behind Wong Lee's Chinese Takeout.
We do not know each other, but I know of your family. Your brother Russ Larson was part of my sisters' crowd in high school.
Anyway - I really enjoyed your pictures. The Avalon, oh-my-Gawd, every Saturday! I saw Boris Karlov on stage there (remember stages? Oh, hell - remember ONE screen?). Caldwell - oh what a joy to see that again. I had the same teachers, of course. Although, where you were the first in the new edition, I had the first male teacher, Mr. Hansen, 8th grade. Mrs. Panos used to have the whole 8th grade over to her house for a grad party, which we thought was really somethin' special (teachers were not people back then), but my year it was cancelled as she had a death in the family. Remember walking in fours down the stairs of Caldwell when exiting for the day, and singing Chistmas Carols on the way out at holiday break? Air-raid drills - kissing your butt goodbye against the lockers in the hall - directly across from all those huge glass windows? (still can't figure than one out.) Tuesday morning 10a.m. city air-raid siren and the week it did not blow during the Kennedy/Cuba incident. The nurses being killed - that one got to me bigtime.
Bowen. I made the exact same decision of Bowen vs CVS as you for the same reasons, although I'll take it one step further. Plus the factor of my sisters going to Bowen. This is the part where I'm glad there were those years between us, as the teachers did not remember them by the time I came through. Those were some good times but mostly I struggled with classes and remember being scared a lot (shyness, it was a curse). Junior year was the most fun. Frankly, I've avoided Bowen's reunions to date, but would most definitely attend one for Caldwell.
I don't know who we both knew from the old neighborhood. Really sorry I chucked the year books, tho; I wasn't zigging instead of zagging - I was ZIGing and ZAGing when I did that, it was the 70s (yepper). I really thought, like in the movies, you could find a publishing house or something where you could do a specialty order. Bummer.
Your site brought back so much, Don. I had forgotten how great the houses were in the hood, real brick and off the ground. I've been in Arizona for 16 years where it's all cardboard/stucco, no basements, no atticks, and everything is white/off-white. (uh-oh, here I go again) SUPERBURGER! Would kill for that sauce recipe, or company name where it came from. We do not get good hot dogs in Az, nor pizza, although tons claim to be Chicago-Style Pizza, HA! But we're getting there - Carl's had the best hot dogs and you could jump out of your car, run in/get one, and get back to your car before the light changed at that 3-street intersection there. I found a cart vender in front of a Home Depot here that comes damn close, in fact, orders from back there. I also found Sam's Pizza here, which is the same exact Bob'n'Jacks pizza recipe. Sam retired to Arizona after having a pizza takeout on 79th and Exchange, but ended up going back into business. I am ever so greatful. Remember Maxwell Street Polish Sausages??? I also miss dining in Greektown (UUM-PAH!). Now, you'd think here in Arizona we'd have pretty good tacos. NOT. Mexican Inn on the 95th Street at the entrance to Cal Park Beach. Now THAT's a taco! Ohhhhh....Rainbow Beach and lifeguard parties, summers in the sand and meeting really good people from all the other high schools. (gotta stop this)
Before I left, I did a tour of a lot of old places that were special. That in itself was a while back, but nothing had changed much at all. I half expected the neighborhoods to be trashed and rundown, but they were not. Some businesses on 87th Street were still there, although not sure if still owned by the originals.
Enough (again), tho still getting pangs of nostaligia here. I just wanted to connect and say thanks for the memories....share a few of same.
Received from Karen -- 10/19/05
As a long time dead President of the LDS church said back in the 1830's about our youth..
"We teach them correct principles and let them govern themselves."
-President Joseph Smith, Founder of LDS church
No parent can watch a kid 24-7. You can only teach them what you value in your life by example and let them learn the rest of life by themselves. They will have a lot of time to make many mistakes. But one of the joys in life is learning from those mistakes and going on with life. My thoughts...
Received from Gerry -- 10/16/05
I just wanted to comment on the beautiful images you have created. I am overwhelmed with some of the pictures. I just saw the one pertaining to God and Moses at Night, just so lovely. Thank you for your talent!
I was also wondering if you had ever created anything with wolves. I am a great fan of Indians and wolves. I have Cherokee Moon as my screen-saver... Anyway, that is what I call it!
I read, I Kissed Her. SO SAD but so true. You are very eloquent. I can't wait to read the whole book!
Received from John -- 10/13/05
Dear Janie Grant;
A belated birthday greeting to you. I am a life long fan of yours dating back to the early 1960's when I was in highschool. At that time, I purchased many of your records and you were one of my favorite recording artists. I still like to think that I am your #2 fan(right behind Don Larson). For 40 plus years I had lost track of your whereabouts. Thanks to Don Larson and his website, I was in a way, reunited with you about a year ago.
Don has done a wonderful job of putting together one of the most interesting websites out there, and because of its links to Janie Grant, has given us fans the opportunity to find you. Since then, I have been a frequent visitor to his site, and from Don's writings, have learned a few things about your life since those exciting days of the 1960's. Only recently, I was able to listen to your 2001 interview with Ronnie Allen and surprise guest, Gerry Granahan. Thanks to Don Larson, he has made this interview available to be downloaded from his Digital Passages PodCast section. I found this interview to be very interesting and I probably have listened to it five or more times. I think that the interview went extremely well and I wish that I had known about it much earlier, at the time it was done. Even though several years have past, I would recommend this interview to all Janie Grant fans.
In short, I thought that you were GREAT!!! From time to time, I have noticed that you write Don notes that he later posts in the Time Out Of Mind Reader Testimonials. I look forward to reading these. I wonder if Don would mind if you used his site to occasionally communicate your thoughts to your fans. I suspect that there are lots of Janie Grant fans that end up at his website, as I did, because the search engines directed them, and that they would love to know that you are doing well. I hope that you won't take this note as being intrusive. But, I wanted you to know that we notice when you write and look forward to whatever communication you would be willing to give.
Your music has had a wonderful influence on a number of people, and for whatever reason, it draws us back to you, even after these many years.
Received from RM -- 10/12/05
Just want to say how much I enjoyed talking with you on Sunday. It was really a great surprise.
Since I don't have a computer at home anymore, I've only gotten to look at portions of your website at work and that doesn't allow me much time. You really have LOTS of stuff on that website. Some day I will take the time to look at your whole website.
Anyway, hope you have a good day.
Received from Larry -- 10/07/05
To me, you're the "next generation". I graduated Bowen Jan '63.
Seems like little changed from your attendance to mine. I never took auto-shop, but remember several of the teachers you mentioned. Probably everyone had Mr. Vandas for one of their English classes - he was a vocabulary fanatic.
I lived in Jeffery Manor (101st & Paxton), near the place where the nurses were murdered by Richard Speck. That seems like another universe from 84th & Manistee.
The Bessemer Park hand ball court looked better in your picture than I remember it. So did the auditorium.
Thanks for taking the time to write this web-page. It's obvious that it took a lot of thought and planning.
Received from confidential -- 09/29/05
I think you'd make a great author! I've also thought you'd make a great psychologist (you've sure helped me). I do feel safe talking to you but am not sure if it's because many miles separate us.
Well, something in your column must have pushed my buttons today. Anyway, just wanted to let you know that I DO read your e-mails and love that I have you to tell my true feelings to.
Received from Bob -- 09/29/05
When we are both able to do it, it would be nice to meet again, just to talk, where you or where I am. You have offered much to think about.
WOW! A song just for me. How nice of you to remember my birthday. I'm intrigued? Did you write the song? Who plays the keyboards? It was a very "perky", upbeat song.
Thanks SO MUCH for your song. I loved it. You are such a dear friend.
Received from Carol -- 09/25/05
I really enjoyed reading about your recent trip to Chicago! I've made a special effort over the years to keep in touch with many old friends from high school and college and always enjoy getting together and reminiscing about the good ol' days!
I was surprised to learn there is a Hershey's store in Chicago -- or anywhere for that matter! I grew up just 15 minutes from Hershey and my grandparents lived there, so I am convinced that Hershey's chocolate is THE best!!! I was not familiar with the world famous Marshall Field but just hours after reading your web page, watched a segment on one of the daytime talk shows which highlighted Jennifer Lopez' opening of a boutique ("store within a store") there! I guess you didn't run into her while there or you would have mentioned it?!
Continue to count your blessings and enjoy life!
Received from RM -- 09/22/05
I really enjoyed reading about your trip to Chicago. It sounds like you had a wonderful time in your "walk down memory lane".
I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed reading about your trip. Thanks so much for sharing it with all your friends.
Say hello to Sherry for me.
Received from Ron -- 09/22/05
That is the same White Castle I frequented. Ten sliders is about my limit. They built one right by Gottlieb Hospital about ten years ago. I think it would be fun to meet at Grand and Mannheim. I rented an apartment right across the street from that one around 1978.
Received from Nicole -- 08/28/05
I came across your site when looking for photos of Calumet Park and beach on Google. I was wondering if you happen to remember and/or have a photo of the huge slide that used to be in Calumet Park. I don't remember it too well as the last time I saw it I was a kid, but I seem to remember it was like a rocketship on its side? All I know is there was a huge (or so it seemed to me) structure that you could run through before going down the slide. Maybe it wasn't even a slide at all? I hope you know what I'm talking about, although I think it was taken down and I'm not sure when. I was born in '76 and grew up in Hegewisch and went to Washington High School so many of your photos brought back memories. I remember Bowen even though I didn't go there.
I don't recall the slide object Nicole references. If anyone from the southside of Chicago knows about it, drop me a line and I'll forward it to Nicole.
Received from Minori Kushima -- 08/28/05
I am Minori Kushima, an Editor of a Japanese-language monthly magazine called "Mac People". "Mac People" is published by ASCII Corporation.
We have a plan to introduce world wide freeware/shareware and we want include your ScreenSaver Infinite Smiles. If you agree our plan to include your ScreenSaver, please let me know about your agreement.
What's new with you? Hope you and your wife are doing well. I like to go on your website and see all your pictures. Some day I really hope to meet you in person. I would like that very much.
Take care and all my love to both of you,
Received from Larry -- 08/21/05
You are surely into philosophy these days. Can't wait to see you again. You surely can teach me a thing or two.
Received from Carol -- 08/16/05
This is so impressive! I haven't taken the time to comment on your past updates, but I always find them fascinating -- you have an amazing perception of the world around us and are very creative in the way you express your thoughts and feelings. Your observations and insights are always stimulating and thought-provoking. Thanks for sharing part of yourself with the world!
Received from Dave -- 08/05/05
Interesting page on Janie Grant. I was 11 when Triangle came out in 1961, and I've loved the song ever since. However, I cannot find a page anywhere with the lyrics. Can you recommend a site? I spent 4 hours yesterday looking and came up empty.
Dave in Los Angeles
To all Janie Grant fans, I found one lyrics link for that song.
Received from Dennis -- 07/30/05
I enjoyed your site. Although I'm a few years older I too went to Caldwell and Bowen. I only went to Caldwell for Kindergarten and first grade then to St. Felicitas. My last year at Felicitas was 1954 and graduated from Bowen in 1958 then on to Loyola. My dad died so my years in college were scattered across the country. My love was Journalism so I started work right out of high school at United Press International and spent 30 years there and worked up to V.P. of Computer Services. Left after the company went chapter 11 and started with Agence France-Presse the French news agency as Marketing Manager for the Americas. After five years I wanted to get back to the news end of the business and was immediately hired by the Associated Press in Los Angeles as night editor. I retired at 55 ten years ago and moved to the Tampa area to be near my grandchildren, my daughters family.
Again, I enjoyed the site and for over 20 years lived and loved California.
Received from DM -- 07/27/05
Thank you so much! I could spend all day just on your stuff. Unfortunately, my work at work and home precludes me from doing just that. :-)
Received from Steve -- 07/26/05
I listened to your presentation at the SDMUG meeting this month and was wondering what the learning curve was on a program like Carrara. Thanks for any help you can give me and love your images.
Received from Dr. Pierre Doche, D.M.D. -- 07/20/05
Thanks for emailing the interview. That was great--you belong on the air. You have a good radio voice. That was a lot of fun--stay in touch, bye.
Received from DM -- 07/14/05
I'm going to have as many birthdays as possible! I absolutely LOVE all of this technology, and look with wonderment around each of life's corners.
Terrific, Don! ;-) dm
Received from Fred -- 07/13/05
Thanks for the birthday wishes. It's hard to believe that people so young in heart and mind as us were born in the middle of the last century.
All the best,
Received from DM -- 06/14/05
What can I say, Don? You are a kindred soul. :-)
Received from Pat -- 06/13/05
I ran into your site while I was trying to find out who had done that song so many years ago and then read the things you felt about it. It is truly amazing - and you mentioned - that it could carry a different meaning for a different person.
That song has always made me feel that the writer was talking about the future in a very sad and lonely world, where people are no longer connecting with each other or with their natural surrroundings. I was surprised that you found it kind of a happy little song.
Received from Lyle -- 06/03/05
I was talking with a 25 year old co-worker and discovered she was from the South Deering area of Chicago. I told her I graduated from Bowen in 1971. She said that because the academics and crime levels at Bowen are now so bad, she opted to go to another high school on the SE side. She said that there are only about 400 students going to Bowen right now. Unbelievable! There were almost 400 students in the 1967 graduating class alone.
I could not believe what she was telling me so I went to the Bowen web page and found the 68 Reunion site. It looks like you have some of the best links and write-ups on your memories of going to Bowen. I was a Freshman in 1967 and graduated in 1971. I too have some memories of Bowen that I would like to share with others, namely the 67 and 70 yearbooks. I have the hard copy yearbooks and since it looks like there are a lot of people who would like to see them, I plan on scanning each page and posting them on a web page for all to view. I am just getting my thoughts together on the best way to do this, but I will do it!! I am thinking of posting each page with an index hyperlink so when you click on your name on the index, you are taken to the page with your picture. I am sure it is pretty hard to find those year books almost 35 years after they were printed. I wonder why someone has not already done this?
I just retired after a 30 year career in the U.S. Coast Guard. I went to college after graduation and then entered the USCG. I found a statistic that said Bowen had the highest enrollment rate from 1964 to about 1972. There were almost 4,500 students at the school for each of those years. That is probably why they built the addition. Although the school was severely overcrowded, the students had some of the highest scores in the city, and almost 80% of the students went on to college. I guess the teachers had to be hard just to keep control. I remember going to English and History in the mobile units in the parking lot with about 40 student crammed into those mobile units. My English teacher at that time was Mr. Boris. How could you forget him. Who could forget Mr. Hurd.
The basement of my parents house was flooded about 10 years ago and the 1968 and 1971 yearbooks were destroyed. Reduced to pulp. For some reason my mother had the 67 and 70 yearbooks on a bookshelf on the 2nd floor so they were spared. I visited them last year and brought the surviving yearbooks back to my house here in Virginia. I looked through them and wondered who is still alive and what they would look today. My 17 year old daughter looked through the books and was amazed at the short length of the skirts allowed in school. She said that if she wore a skirt that short to school today, she would be sent home. I think the guideline was the skirts could be no higher than the girl's fingertips when placed along the legs.
Like I said, I will scan those yearbooks into a webpage. I know it can be done because there is a USCG website where guys have scanned cruise books from different voyages and operations into what looks like PDF files and posted them on the Internet. Each link goes to a page in the Cruise Book. You can't grab individual images, but you can look at the whole page.
Thank you very much for sending me some of the work you do. I do find it fascinating and I will get into it more when I come back. I love to see and hear anything you have done. I hope you continue to do what is so dear to your heart, that is the way it comes across to the ones who look into it. You do a wonderful job and as I said before I would love to see more of it.
Received from Jeffrey (via Gene Weed) -- 05/09/05
Mr. Gene Weed,
I really appreciate you sharing your time & experience during both of your appearances on Don Larson's podcasts. Thank you for gifting me with your time & knowledge! I found the April 29th podcast very enlightening. I am very much interested in a series which may deal with topics that range from the various mic techniques for correct voice & music capture, the different production methods on through post-production, plus the various tools used along this production stream. I would be interested in your book recommendations for learning more on this discipline, as this is something that has interested me for years.
I do not wish to take up too much of your time right now. However, at some point I would like to share with you my story & some of the ideas that I have. Thank you for your time & allowing me to email you. I look forward to haring from you!
Received from Mike -- 05/03/05
I knew Janie Grant--I lived in Totowa NJ & she lived in Singac--we went to Passaic Valley High School. I used to pick her up in my Studebaker convertible & we'd drive into NY where I dropped her off at the studio for recording sessions.
I carried her records around for the last 40+ years (haven't played them in 25 years). Next time you talk to Janie--please tell her that Mike says hi. I've had an interesting & full life. I have 3 boys & and am a grandparent of twins. I currently live in Virginia.
Received from Renata -- 04/29/05
I came across your site as I was trying to find information on Mann Park. !!!!! That's were I grew up in that park in the 70's and Calumet Park when we finally got wheels. I recognize that your pictures are of more recent time. I sure would like to have had taken pictures of the old sandbox and the sunporch, as it was back then. I will come back and review your site later, but I am in an extreme rush now...
My big concern is the spelling of Hegewish... please correct this if you are able. This place deserves recognition!!!! It was the greatest place in the world to grow up.
Thanks for the memories!!!
Geo. Washington, class of '75
Received from Mitch -- 04/12/05
Just came across your nice web page, I too am a fan of Janie Grant, among other great but now-obscure early '60's 'girl-singers'. Keep in mind that, unlike virtually all the others of her time, she actually WROTE some of her own songs - an unheard of phenomenon in those bygone days; 'Triangle', her very first single, being foremost among them.
My brother still runs a business on the South Side and I went by the temple where I had my bar mitzvah it is now a Baptist Church.
Thanks for the pictures.
Received from Mick -- 03/30/05
I thoroughly enjoyed your new The Affectionate Rebel and your account and photos from your recent trip. I like what you do because it is real and unpretentious - - you just put it out there - - a peek into a bit of "Americana".
It looks like you and Sherry had a lot of fun.
Received from Gerry -- 03/29/05
THANKS for remembering my birthday!
I wish you a very happy birthday, also! I remember that your birthday is April 1st, and I would often make April Fools jokes. Actually, I really respect you as an old friend, and for your IT accomplishments.
I think your website, Time Out Of Mind site, is awesome.
Received from RM -- 03/14/05
Your website has brought so much joy to my life.
Love to you and Sherry,
Received from Bob -- 03/10/05
I really enjoyed your site Don. I am glad someone told me about it. Can you forward me that picture of Bowen from the front? Hope you are well. Hope you remember me.
Class of '68
Received from Alan -- 03/10/05
Stumbled across your web site by accident. Very Cool. I have been to DC on quite a few business trips and always try and visit Alfred at the wall. Shared a couple of gym classes with him. Still here in the Chicago area, still friends with the same guys for 50 years. Glad to see there is another Mac guy out there. Feel free to reply anytime.
Class of '68
Received from Merlin -- 03/10/05
When I was a young teen, my big brother brought home "Triangle" on a 45 RPM record. He ranted and raved about the song as he placed it onto the spindle of his old phonograph and soon it began to play. I was mesmerized and immediately fell in love with the song and with Janie Grant, whoever and wherever she was. Thank you for the tribute and the song that you have posted. I downloaded both and sent them to my brother. He was one happy man! Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.
Received from Mick -- 03/09/05
... By the way, I watched the March Memories piece last week. Very good! I sure like what you're doing . . . very talented.
Received from David -- 03/08/05
I came across your web site in a random nostalgic moment while eating lunch, and I thoroughly enjoyed your recollections of Caldwell and Bowen High School in Memories Of A Pathfinder. You're quite a good writer, and I greatly enjoyed your personal reflections including those of Caldwell and Bowen. I attended Caldwell K through 8th grade, graduating in 1961. Our class had to go to Avalon for the final year or two (I can't remember exactly which). I recall that we had to transfer from Caldwell because of over-crowding, and the administration saying, "Oh, by the way, you have to get there on your own." I lived at 85th and Constance Ave., and I commuted on my bicycle for a distance of what seemed like more than a few of miles in all kinds of weather.
I lived in my house on Constance Ave. from the time I was 4 through 18 years old. I wonder what happened to my childhood friends from the neighborhood. Reading your reflections really brought back many memories, some good and some not so great. I remember spending many afternoons and evenings playing softball at the Caldwell playground and later when they built the basketball court, I would be there playing in pickup games. I'm probably about 3 years older than you, so we may not have interacted.
In your section The Early Years you told of a youngster who fell from the brick columns at Caldwell while shimmying up to the roof. Perhaps there was more than one person who fell, but I know one who did. I've stayed in touch with his family, and I see his brother who lives in Tucson a couple of times a year. The boy who fell is doing well, with no side effects from the injury that I know of, and lives in a southern Chicago suburb. I attempted to shimmy up that section one time. I got about up 10 feet and I remember thinking one mistake and your toast (or something to that effect). For once my survival instinct kicked in and I carefully shimmied down.
I have also been reading the Bowen '68 message board. Although I graduated in '65, it has been fascinating reading. I was a member of the band and orchestra for 4 years. I thought I would have recognized some of the names - but I didn't. I certainly remember Mrs. Caldwell, and she retired in my senior year, replaced by the wonderful Mr.C. Susan Gzesh mentions Ms. Stanek, whom I believe was my English teacher in my freshman year. She was a marvelous teacher and stunningly good looking (I remember having a crush on her). My wife of 32 years thinks I'm entirely too nostalgic! I vividly recall her (if I am thinking of the correct teacher) guiding us through Poe and Shakespeare. I recall Mr. Tomzak as an unforgettable history teacher who could engage his class with his enthusiasm for the subject -- not an easy task to do.
My Bowenite yearbooks have unfortunately disappeared, so I don't have a way to connect the names to the faces of the writers from either your website or the Bowen '68 class site. No matter though. It's been fun to reminisce.
Thanks for the memories and best regards to all,
Received from Terri -- 03/07/05
No reason you should remember me but I am also a Bowen class of '68 alum. I recently discovered the Class of '68 web site and have been enjoying it very much. I have reviewed some of your links and they are very interesting.
I loved your site and enjoyed your memories of Caldwell years. I have been teaching middle school 7th and 8th grade science for the past 30 years. I also am a professor at Roosevelt University in the evenings. I remember your smile and wonderful sense of humor.
Received from Larry -- 02/14/05
I have no idea how he found it, but an old friend of mine, Mark (last name omitted), sent me the link to your web site, which shows class of 1964 Caldwell School materials. Mark, like me, was class of 66 so you wouldn't know him (his older brother Steve was probably class of 63). Mark and I graduated from Caldwell, but then went to U-High (private school connected to the University of Chicago).
My sister was Ilene (last name omitted). She died in 1988 after a rapid 7 year decline from multiple-sclerosis. You might have known her, since she was pretty popular. She was married and divorced twice, became a lawyer and started a practice with her second husband in the Detroit suburbs, before the disease made it impossible to continue.
My mother, who is still alive and living in a downtown high-rise, will love to see the site, since Ilene is listed in the Caldwell Commentator.
Received from RM -- 02/14/05
I loved your, Messages from the Heart story. You are a person with a great capacity for love. I am glad you found someone as wonderful as Sherry.
While growing up my family always celebrated Valentine's Day. When I married and had children we all (parents, brother's family and my family) still got together and had dinner together and the grandparents would give the children candy (and we would give my parents candy).
Love to you and Sherry,
Received from Rita -- 02/06/05
Just wanted to thank you for your website. I've enjoyed visiting it. I came across it while searching for Bowen sites. What a nice surprise. I graduated from Bowen in 1978. I live on the East side now, but was raised in Bush on 84th and Burley. I have fond memories of my time in high school and growing up in South Chicago, thanks again for the time and obvious effort you've put into your site, it is much appreciated.
Received from Butch -- 01/24/05
I was myself searching hopefully for anything on Janie Grant - and like you Don, have been ceaselessly captivated by that lovely person, lovely heart and lovely voice that gave us "Triangle"!! The song and strange beauty and mysteriousness of it has simply stayed with me over these many years!!
In any case- if you would be so kind: could you please forward my email and email address to Ms. Grant ( whose name I'm sure is changed now!? )- in order that; should she be willing, she might contact me? I would very much look to an opportunity to speak with her by way of possible interview as well... and for a presentation of the songs ( especially "Triangle"! ) that she gave us! It would be deeply appreciated!! If you also know where I may find more of her songs in any format, I would be likewise greatful!! Till I hear from you...
Lord hug you tight... - Butchie
Received from John -- 12/18/2004
May your holiday season be truely blessed. Thank you for sharing my e-message to you, with Janie Grant. Of course, I was really happy to have her share such lovely thoughts with me. I could not have guessed that my words could have any effect, but to have a positive effect on Janie Grant's day was more than I could have thought. In just the few words that she wrote, I could feel that same warmth that I have felt from her music, radiating out to me. What a lovely lady this is, indeed. It is such a joy when one finds out that people that they admire, are really what you've hoped and that they have such inner beauty too. Surely, Janie Grant is one of a kind, as her inner warmth shines out so brightly.
Don, following your last message, I came back to your site for several hours one evening. You have a fatastic web site. I looked at all the pictures of your life and your vacations. I believe that you have constructed one of the finest and interesting sites that I have seen. I feel that I even know a bit about you. I will return again and again. It seems that each time I return there is more. Tonight, I see there are other areas I haven't gotten to. Don, you truely are a great guy and I wish you the best in what ever you do. I have read some of the letters that people have written to you. Overwhelmingly, everyone loves what you are doing. And I do too.
Don, I know that you are a busy guy, so I am hesitant to ask anything. Perhaps you do not have one. I do not have any pictures of Janie Grant. I have not found any on the internet. I would never attempt to interrupt Janie's privacy, but If you had one picture that you could send, it would be greatly appreciated. If not, I understand. It would be nice to put a face to the rich voice and warm personality I find with Janie Grant.
Don, I intend that this message brings to you the warmest of Christmas greetings.
Received from RM -- 12/15/2004
I loved your philosophy on your Spirit Guidance page and the 10 commandments you wrote. It would be a much better world if people followed those commandments. I believe the Indians had a great respect for their life and surroundings.
It was no surprise to me that people share their secrets with you. You are easy to talk to and your compassion comes through to people who HAVE NEVER EVEN MET YOU (like me)!
Well, I have to go now but I wanted you to know how I enjoy viewing your home page.
Take care, dear friend.
Received from Gene Weed -- 12/15/2004
I liked your new promo, nice job!
If you have room on your .Mac disk, I will upload the Intro I did last year for Vol. I to your public folder. (200megs)
Like your announcer too. . . !
Received from Rick -- 12/15/2004
Good to hear from you also.
I dis-abled "remove private header information" in 3rd party cookies in cookie control within Zone Labs Integrity Desktop and can now see your wonderful images.
Received from John -- 12/02/2004
I first viewed your site more than a year ago, but tonight I felt compelled to revisit it. I too grew up during the 1960's and was it seems influenced by Janie's song, Triangle. At the time her song was on the charts, I loved that song and purchased it. playing it over and over for months. Actually, Triangle had great significance during that time, as my then girlfriend and I would sing along with Janie while riding in the car. For years, the song or part of it at-least, would come back to me from time to time, and I would find myself humming it.
Although I believed the song was named Triangle, I certainly did not remember the artists name. With the recent invention of the Apple iPod, I became interested in collecting songs from my youth. While researching Triangle, I was directed by Goggle search engine to your site. I want you to know what a joy it was to find your site and the information that you had gathered about Janie Grant.
The best part was how you had been contacted by her and that she was alive and doing well. As she is with you, Janie Grant is very special to me. I have attempted to learn all I can about her as a singer. Your site, which lists all her songs was such a great help during my research. I would want Janie Grant to know what an influence she was on us kids of the 60's and how there are others like me that still remember her fondly and that she continues to have an effect on us all. Most days now, you can find me listening to my iPod and Janie Grant.
Don, thank you for your site and for all you have done to let Janie Grant know that she is still loved by her fans. If you care to, you may forward this e-mail to Janie.
Received from Normand -- 11/29/2004
A short note in order to say a big "Thank You" for making all those beautiful pictures available to people such as "moi". A whole lot of work went into it + a huge love of many interests, which is quite apparent!
Again, many thanks for sharing!
Received from Ethan -- 11/10/2004
I'm hoping that this is an okay means to get in touch with Don Larson. I have been reading your recounting of growing up in Chicago over the past couple of months. Although I really like what you've written, I was really struck by your writing of your experience at Bowen High School. Here's a tenuous connection to Bowen high. I work at the University of Chicago Asthma Center which is in at the University of Chicago Hospitals. Among other things, I go around the south side conducting asthma education sessions at schools, day care centers, and other community settings. In case you don't know, Chicago, particularly on the south and west sides, is the epicenter of the national asthma epidemic. Anyway, Bowen High is among many Chicago Public High Schools that has a special program called "Cradle to Classroom". CTC is a way to keep pregnant students in school, and permit them to continue after they give birth. I have been to Bowen three or four times, conducting asthma training twice with students and once or twice with the CTC staff, to help them understand asthma better.
I saw the view of Bowen from the rear parking lot that you posted. I have stood in the exact same spot. All of the views of Bowen I recognized well. The CTC is in the new addition you described. I love history, and since moving to Chicago in 1990 from the Boston area, I have been fascinated by Chicago's history. I especially love the south side, the further south you go the better. I actually found your writing while doing a Google search on Hegewisch. Your online recounting of your childhood has really provided me with what feels like is a real sense of what I call the far south-side. I live in Hyde Park. Between 1994 and 1999 I worked at the mental health center in Gary, IN. After spending several months stuck in traffic on 94 and 80-94, I started to feel my way around Route 41, 103rd St., Ewing, 106th St. and sometimes the streets of Hammond and E. Chicago. The communities in these areas, to me, pulse with history. It's eerie.
You very poignantly described your childhood experience assisting the owner at Art's Cyclery. It made me wonder where that was. There is an Art's Cyclery in Hyde Park, where we always go to get our bicycles/cycling stuff. Your comments about the personal nature of the folks who work at Art's really is applicable to the people who work there now, at least the people who seem own the place.
Thanks very much for all your memories, and your terrific photos.
Received from Sam -- 09/24/2004
My Name is Sam, I just wanted to let you know that your site is one of my favorite sites period. The backgrounds that you have taken pictures are very creative, and I think people change their backgrounds often. I know that I use you site to change my Desktop Backgrounds at least twice a week. Your are a very creative person and you have an ambo livable imagination. Photography is my hobby, and you are the reason why I took photography very seriously. Keep up the good work, and maybe one day I will become as creative as you, but I know that I have a lot of work ahead.
One of your biggest fans,
Received from Clinton Presidential Center Web Team -- 09/06/2004
On behalf of President Clinton, thank you so much for your message. Please know that your words will be conveyed to the former President as soon as possible. We appreciate your taking the time to write to him at www.clintonpresidentialcenter.org and wish you all the best.
Clinton Presidential Center Web Team
Received from Angielene -- 08/30/2004
I just read the story about your life and motorcycles. I was feeling despondent about not recently passing the MSF course here in Chicago. If this is your story, it bought back memories. I too attended Bowen High School but could easily have attended VCS as both were near. Although I graduated in 1974, the pictures look the same. I loved the site, the pictures and the stories. Just wanted you to know, it was very beautiful!
Received from Caryn -- 08/09/2004
I just went to your website and it is terrific! I got yet another blast from the past looking at all your pictures.
Received from Tyler -- 08/06/2004
I just wanted to tell you that I have been looking on the internet for awhile looking for a great site for backgrounds and pictures. Your pictures are amazing and I really enjoy all of the pictures you took of the beach off California. You really do a great job on your photography. It looks awesome. Were all those pictures taken from the same camera, and what kind of digital camera do you use?
Received from Antonio -- 07/30/2004
I just read your AppleScript Studio tutorial [now deleted]. Thanks for making that available, it really helped me. However, I have a question. You demonstrated how to make a GUI front-end for a non-interactive shell script (look). Is there a way to make a front-end for an interactive one? I'm interested in making a front-end to cdrdao.
Received from Don -- 06/20/2004
Stumbled on your site because of SpaceShipOne. Wow! Loved it. Thanks!
Received from Donna -- 03/10/2004
I happened upon the site timeoutofmind this morning, very nice pics, I have visited CA 2 times, as my son is stationed at C. Pendleton. Seeing the shots of some of the places I visited with him made me feel good.
Received from Greg -- 12/18/2003
Your site is awesome! I was looking at some of the random art you created and read your list of experience. Wow! I have a lot of questions, but because of the intensity of your work, I will have to take a moment to gather my thoughts in how to ask them. :-)
I want to spend more time viewing your web site. Very impressive!! I like how music touches you so much that you can create Art from the impression it leaves. Some deep stuff there! You seem to have a real connection with your inner person and you express your thoughts and emotions very effectively!
Received from Sarah -- 12/01/2003
Wow, looking at the pictures you sent and going to the link you attached was like walking in my own past footsteps. I know and frequented all of the places you show including Cal Beach and Mexican Inn!
The last image you attached, of the doors to the Trumbull Park Homes - as far as I can determine - I swear I lived in the apartment on the left. I remember that on the right, a teenager - a guy - and his mother lived there. Just past their apartment is the opening that led to the back yards and a square that was mostly sidewalk and pavement but had trees planted in dirt squares. In the front, just past this opening, the apartments had half round entrances. You went in the entrance and went upstairs to the apartment. Across the street were brick bungalows.
I lived at 10632 S. Bensley from the time I was 6yrs old until I was 13yrs old - 1966. I graduated 8th grade from Bright School. Then we moved to E. 102nd street.
So what is the really remarkable thing you alluded to?
Received from Gerry -- 11/29/2003
At Thanksgiving, my oldest brother, Bill, told me about your website. I am honored that you would mention me in such high regard on several occasions, as you told the history of your young life. Thanks.
So many years have gone by -- almost a lifetime. I have spend much of my life in IT also.
I am a busy guy, as you must be also. In due time I will send e-mails to bring you up to date on my life. I am amazed at how your website tells the history of those early years -- so accurate and detailed. I like the pictures also.
Received from Gayle -- 10/28/2003
My name is Gayle. Just to let you know this is my first E-Mail. I went to McDowell elementary school until 6th grade. then to Caldwell school for 7th and 8th. I was sitting at the computer with my 2 daughters, and somehow got on the Bowen web site. I was so impressed with all your stories and remember so many things. I lived at 88th and Dorchester. I spent every Saturday walking up and down 87th street getting business card s with my friends. I remember the bike shop and every other store and restaurant there. I have to admit I don't have the memories of Caldwell school like you. I think my teacher was Mr. Mazzuca. I also went to Avalon theatre every weekend. We use to walk home from the movies which took forever. Sorry I am not very good at this . I'm better at picking up the phone than this computer stuff. I went to Bowen for 2 years and then we moved to the west side of Chicago. I have spent more time on the computer in the last 2 days then I ever have. I have really enjoyed this web site very much and it's funny to hear how people felt when they were young. I'm not sure if you would remember me, but I thought I would write anyway.
Received from Jean -- 10/04/2003
Chanced upon your site this afternoon while searching for some new wallpaper for my PC. I found the images absolutely fascinating and loved the pieces of writing that go with them. These would make a fantastic book - I'd spend hours studying each one, reading and re-reading the stories that go with them. Any chance of getting them published?
Have saved your homepage onto my favourites list so I can come back often.
Received from Andrew -- 09/19/2003
You seem to have a lot of photos of San Diego for DP's. I just think it is so awesome that there are pictures of my home town on the Mac web. Not much else to say.
Received from Jerry -- 09/17/2003
I ran across you web page while looking for lyrics to The Dangling Conversation. I just wanted to say I appreciated the look and content of the site, and, obviously, I like the song.
I am a fan of Simon & Garfunkel too. As everyone has a different view on everything, I thought I would give you my view of the song and what it means to me.
What I interpret from the song is that when folks get so caught up in trying to live "the good life", they sometimes loose themselves, or their friends, spouses, etc, while trying to be someone they are not, or someone they were never destined to be in the first place. They basically live a lie, and sooner or later, they wake up, sometimes too late, to discover that they aren't as happy as they would be if they would just be the person they truly are.
It took me a few years of "maturity", if there really is that sort of thing, to see what I personally could glean from this song. Before, I just really liked the music...
FYI, I am 41, been in the military for 21 years, been married to one wife for the same, and at this point in my life, I am still searching for who I am. I have a real good feeling however, that no one really knows who they are until they are finished getting around to who they will finally be...
Take care, live long and never stop looking!
Received from Jeff and Carolyn -- 09/08/2003
We are considering moving to the San Diego area (north county) and were looking for pictures of the ocean, the area and the just the west coast in general. Somewhere I found a picture of an ocean wave titled Christmas Day and we saw on the bottom your name and your site. (I have made that my wife's background image). So I thought hey, why not and we went there and found a wonderful set of pictures of California. We thank you for taking the time to post all those pictures. Every once and a while you come across a fun site like yours but most of the time it is just a bunch of wasted ones and zeros.
I must admit we felt somewhat like a voyeur viewing the images of your anniversary, friends visiting etc. But all the pictures are great, we had a fun time viewing them all and hope we can figure out a way to leave Kansas and move my business to the coast.
Thanks again and your site was fun.
Jeff and Carolyn
Received from Dan -- 08/21/2003
Don't think your generous thanks for promoting your artwork goes unappreciated. Good work always deserves praise. It's people like you who keep me inspired to keep writing.
I used to live in Geneva, Don ... played soccer down by the seminary years ago (was one of the guys who started the Geneva soccer club in the 1970s - wonder if it's still around). Haven't been in Geneva since 1982, so it was nice to see a shot of the 'mighty' Fox River. I'm assuming you're from the area but if not, thanks for the image anyway!
These two were my heroes when I was growing up....right along with Roy Rogers and Gene Autrey. ...We miss'em all huh?
Received from Rita -- 01/16/2003
Just wanted to drop you a line and let you know I really like your Time Out Of Mind. Your writings are good and pictures of the ocean and sunsets are the best. The other pictures with the chair and bottle those are done on the computer as drawing? Those are so cool, with the rings and sunset. You are so talented I really wish some one out there would fine you and pay you for all your work. Keep up the good work.
Received from Zac -- 12/06/2002
I saw your custom desktop picture on ResExcellence so I decided to check out your homepage. Great pictures!!! These are some of the neatest desktop pictures I have ever seen. Just wanted to let you know I enjoy them and plan to add all of them to my pictures folder! This is the most unique assortment of desktop pictures I have ever seen. I plan to send the link to your page to all of my friends. Keep up the GREAT work!
Just a quick note to thank you for spending your time with me and sharing your computer pictures. I have begun to access them on the web. Your creativity has blessed and motivated me to start some artwork again. My watercolors, etc. have been sitting idle on the closet shelf. Since my husband and I did most of our painting together, I have lost interest in that hobby since God called him home.
What is the name of the program that you use to produce your pictures? I showed my Dr. the Keys To Friendship printout that you gave me. He was very impressed by the picture and the writing that accompanied it.
Obviously, you have touched many lives as you have mine. I am indeed grateful for your hospitality. I feel it was by divine appointment that I was able to be there with the three of you.
God bless you all!
Together on the journey.
Received from Ron -- 02/04/2002
I heard about your site when I was listening to the rebroadcast of Ronnie Allen's Janie Grant interview. I didn't take the time to go to it then. I'm visiting it now at the request of my girlfriend of 30 years ago. She and I have become best friends again after all of this time. She also has a partial memory loss from 1972-1974. What she read on your website hit home with her. I have to admit that it hits home with me too. I just wanted to say hello from Illinois.