Monthly Archives December 2014

Unbroken — a Book Review

This is the true story of Louie Zamperini and I promise it will amaze and inspire.


Louie was a hell-raising, hooligan of a child who managed to channel his inexhaustible energy into running. His talent brought him all the way to the Olympics in Berlin.  After WWII broke out Louis became the hooligan turned Olympian turned Army Air Corp bombardier and from there a POW.

While on a search mission for another lost plane the engine on his bomber failed and crashed into the ocean. The story of Louie and his crew mates floating in a raft for over a month on the ocean is enough material for a captivating book all on its own.  But, when they finally reach land they are captured and taken prisoner by the Japanese.  Talk about jumping from the frying pan into the fire!

I read this book a couple...

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South Dakota Trip Part 3 — The Badlands, Deadwood, Rapid City and Beyond…….

I have had the most difficult time getting myself to finish the posts for this particular “long haul”.  Why?  Well, I guess there are a couple of reasons…maybe a few. #1..this wasn’t the last trip we went on with my parents but it was our favorite.  We had so much fun.  And, now, Mom is gone, having passed away in February.  #2…back then all our photos were placed on discs and somehow one of the discs from this trip was corrupted and the photos were lost to us…so disappointing.  #3…I’ve had hopes of finding some that my folks took during this trip but haven’t been successful with that yet.  Anyway, it’s time to press forward.

The closest site seeing venture (and the most disappointing) to where we were camped in Sturgis, was Deadwood...

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