Two Brothers Walk the Great Wall of China End-to-End

Updated September 16, 2022. My grandfather, Dr. William Edgar Geil, walked the entire length of China's Great Wall in 1908. He is first person ever documented to have done so. He photographed his journey using the technology of his time. The images are on large heavy glass slides viewed with a special lantern. I've documented … Continue reading Two Brothers Walk the Great Wall of China End-to-End

Deja Vu All Over Again: The New Wave of Anti-LGBTQ+ Attacks

Effective today, beginning with this post, I am adopting the expanded acronym of LGBTQ+ over simply LGBT. As I've delved deeper into transgender issues, I've come to understand the old acronym is too limiting. The "LGBT" community is broader and more diverse than the traditional 4 letters represent. There's nothing wrong with "LGBT" and it's … Continue reading Deja Vu All Over Again: The New Wave of Anti-LGBTQ+ Attacks

Review: A Story as Compelling as the Great Wall

"William Lindesay OBE is a British geographer, a research fellow at his alma mater, Liverpool University, and a recipient of The Special Award of the Royal Society for Asian Affairs. After a milestone journey of 2,500 km on foot along the Great Wall in 1987, Lindesay returned to China in 1990 to retrace sections of the Long March. … Continue reading Review: A Story as Compelling as the Great Wall

Sadness, Beauty & Friendship on a Summer Weekend

Life seems so busy these days with constant activity here. As friends are probably tired of hearing, we've been having our kitchen and two bathrooms redone. We coming up on eight weeks and are growing weary of contractors, noise, dust, cooking in the laundry room and garage, and doing dishes in the bathtub. Demolition was … Continue reading Sadness, Beauty & Friendship on a Summer Weekend

My Cancer Journey Post-Radiation: A Happy Ending?

This post from February 24 is revised to include an Addendum following my first post-radiation blood test and exam on March 18. The results are very promising as you'll see at the end here. This afternoon I completed my 45-day regimen of daily external beam radiation treatments for prostate cancer. Amazingly, most of the side … Continue reading My Cancer Journey Post-Radiation: A Happy Ending?

Life as a Succession of Moments

I woke up this morning in a reflective mood — a good mood. As I was journaling this morning a theme emerged. Like most everyone, I think, I have my share of regrets and disappointments: Things in life I wish hadn't happened. Things I wish had happened. Things I did or said. Things I didn't … Continue reading Life as a Succession of Moments

Fond Memories of My Father-In-Law on His 100th Birthday

These are a few personal recollections of my father-in-law, Rodney Lansaw (1922-2008), and some brief highlights of his life story. Rodney was born on January 14, 1922, in Breathitt County, Kentucky. He would have been 100 years old today. I invite and encourage friends and family to share a word or two about Rodney in … Continue reading Fond Memories of My Father-In-Law on His 100th Birthday