Changing the Narrative: Framing Our Stories

Changing the Narrative: Framing Our Stories

Upon self-reflection, it always amazes me what the brain decides to store away and, subsequently, retrieve at any given time. Even among all the chatter of new technologies and the not-too-distant prospect of artificial intelligence, I cannot imagine we will ever...
Bucket List Check Mark

Bucket List Check Mark

It’s not every day you get to check off a bucket list item. In particular, when the item is to go dog sledding in the Yukon Territory with your oldest daughter!  A father-daughter duo with crossover interests; mine being the Yukon Territory, and my daughters being all...
School’s Out

School’s Out

For those that have known me for a long time, they know that school was not easy for me. In fact, I remember when I finally graduated from high school, back in the mid 1980’s, my sister Mary Lynne said, “I won’t believe it until I see him walk across the platform.”...
Surviving Tragedy

Surviving Tragedy

The nineteen-century philosopher, Friedrich Nietzsche, is known as the author of the quote, “That which does not kill us makes us stronger.”  A century later, we can find many variations of this concept in many forms with the easiest, and most ubiquitous, being “no...
Changing the World

Changing the World

Changing the World I spent some quality time with my oldest daughter over the holiday break. She’s home from school and we decided to head out for some hiking with our two yellow labs.  So, we loaded up the truck and the dogs and drove four hours to Brevard, North...
Morning Thoughts

Morning Thoughts

Morning Thoughts – by Robert O. Martichenko Today I wake up with unlimited possibilities Today I continue down my path Yesterday is gone, tomorrow will never come Only today exists for me to seize and marvel at the wonders of the world Today is a gift from God, from...
Dear John…

Dear John…

October 6, 2017   Dear John, I hope this letter finds you happy and in good health. I assume old-fashioned mail service still works between America and Europe. I purposely chose not to email you as I want this letter to reach you a few days after its writing. I...
Life is a Kite Ride

Life is a Kite Ride

Life is a Kite Ride Some people say that life is like a roller coaster ride, but I don’t agree. I believe that life is more like a kite ride. A roller coaster is a fixed structure – man-made – where all variables have been taken into consideration. The track is set...