Monthly Archives: December 2017

12/31/17: The Morning Practice (Never Ending…)

Inhale, two, three, four, five, six… Exhale, two, three, four, five, six… Inhale, two, three, four, five, six… Exhale, two, three, four, five, six… ------------------------------------------- Look at the truth. Feel the real. Give up the comfortable lies. Embrace the glorious life... Of love. ------------------------------------------ Inhale, two, three, four, five, six… Exhale, two, three, four, five, [...]

By | 2018-02-18T21:07:39+00:00 December 31st, 2017|Random Awesomeness|Comments Off on 12/31/17: The Morning Practice (Never Ending…)

12/30/17: The Cruel Years: Fear and Coping with Teenage Reality in 1970s America (Part eighteen, An Uneasy Good Boy)

They were so taken with their own ideas, that they truly believed we would appreciate them as liberators...  ... the smart kids got away with murder, the dumb ones floundered and ate up all the teacher’s and administrators’s time, and the rest of us… ? Well we did what teenagers do, when bored and unsupervised. We [...]

By | 2018-02-03T20:03:16+00:00 December 31st, 2017|Memoirs|Comments Off on 12/30/17: The Cruel Years: Fear and Coping with Teenage Reality in 1970s America (Part eighteen, An Uneasy Good Boy)

12/29/17: The Cruel Years: Fear and Coping with Teenage Reality in 1970s America (Part seventeen, The Clampdown Continues)

It was a really fun place to be so everyone… EVERYONE! wanted to be there ALL THE TIME. ------------------------------------------------- Everyone also wanted to eat lunch with all of their friends everyday. Why wouldn't we? We were Teenagers. We wanted to socialize with our friends as much as possible. The school was letting us do this quite [...]

By | 2018-02-03T20:02:56+00:00 December 29th, 2017|Memoirs|Comments Off on 12/29/17: The Cruel Years: Fear and Coping with Teenage Reality in 1970s America (Part seventeen, The Clampdown Continues)

12/28/17: The Cruel Years: Fear and Coping with Teenage Reality in 1970s America (Part sixteen, Fun in the Rebel Factory)

... this factory was there to manufacture… rebels. That’s right, rebels." ------------------------------------------------------------------------ But who wants to be a rebel if you don't have some fun doing it, eh? And yes, we teenage rebels did indeed have fun at our brand new and modern John Adams Jr. High School in my home town of Rochester, Minnesota. My [...]

By | 2018-02-14T12:15:39+00:00 December 28th, 2017|Memoirs|Comments Off on 12/28/17: The Cruel Years: Fear and Coping with Teenage Reality in 1970s America (Part sixteen, Fun in the Rebel Factory)

12/27/17: The Cruel Years: Fear and Coping with Teenage Reality in 1970s America (Part fifteen, The Clampdown Begins)

Then I kinda went to college And I learned how to drink Then I took all kinds of mind-expanding substances and I... Watched myself think Woo Hoo!! ---------------------------------------------------------- Only it wasn't college, it was the brand new and modern John Adams Junior High School in my home town of Rochester, Minnesota. And it wasn't alcohol [...]

By | 2018-02-18T21:06:38+00:00 December 27th, 2017|Memoirs|Comments Off on 12/27/17: The Cruel Years: Fear and Coping with Teenage Reality in 1970s America (Part fifteen, The Clampdown Begins)

12/26/17: The Cruel Years: Fear and Coping with Teenage Reality in 1970s America (Part fourteen, Another One Rides the Bus #6)

“Hey von Ahsen, watch this.”  ----------------------------------- These memories often seem like like I'm watching a move. But in this scene I'm not in it... not in a way that can be seen by the audience anyway. They are seeing what I'm seeing through my eyes. And these fourteen year old eyes are looking up at [...]

By | 2018-02-03T20:01:52+00:00 December 26th, 2017|Memoirs|Comments Off on 12/26/17: The Cruel Years: Fear and Coping with Teenage Reality in 1970s America (Part fourteen, Another One Rides the Bus #6)

12/25/17 Christmas in China (1991)

Christmas Guangzhou, China December 25th 1991. My parents were teaching English at Sun Yat-Sen University of Medical Sciences and living in the foreign students dormitory. But another aspect of their job was that they were there as part of the Lutheran "Missionary" program and as a Deacon, Dad happened to be the ranking Lutheran in [...]

By | 2018-03-03T16:14:39+00:00 December 25th, 2017|Memoirs|Comments Off on 12/25/17 Christmas in China (1991)

12/24/17: The Cruel Years: Fear and Coping with Teenage Reality in 1970s America (Part thirteen, Another One Rides the Bus #5)

It's just another fall morning on Steiger road (the Steiger family owned the largest farm in these parts, but much of it has been sold off over the years) and I'm standing at the end of our driveway. Waiting for the bus. It's very peaceful at first. Dad and Bruce both left a while ago and Stacy's [...]

By | 2018-02-18T20:34:38+00:00 December 24th, 2017|Memoirs|Comments Off on 12/24/17: The Cruel Years: Fear and Coping with Teenage Reality in 1970s America (Part thirteen, Another One Rides the Bus #5)

12/23/17: The Fat Kid Who Never Was (Part three, Damned Lucky)

They were trying to parent differently… better than what they had had. ---------------------------------------------------- And from where I sit today, my parents were successful, and I was damned lucky. Lucky that; despite the fact that every day for most of my preteen and teenaged life, I was being systematically abused, conditioned by my older brother to [...]

By | 2018-02-03T19:47:07+00:00 December 23rd, 2017|Memoirs|Comments Off on 12/23/17: The Fat Kid Who Never Was (Part three, Damned Lucky)

12/22/17: The Fat Kid Who Never Was (Part two, Where’s the Beef?)

I have no photos of that ten-year-old "fat kid", struggling to please my athlete father by not complaining when I found myself playing little league football with kids two and four years older than me. The above photo of me in the hockey gear (do I look fat to you?) is from at least a [...]

By | 2018-02-03T19:46:34+00:00 December 22nd, 2017|Memoirs|Comments Off on 12/22/17: The Fat Kid Who Never Was (Part two, Where’s the Beef?)