In this Journal, I will attempt to strip away my protective veneer to view and communicate honestly what the truth is as I perceive it. My intent is to grow, for without an honest evaluation of the truth, how else can one fully absorb life's more difficult lessons and benefit by them. If I do this in secret, then I am still hiding behind a protective veneer, so it is being published online. If you find this Journal, you are welcome to read it and hopefully grow from it as well. If you like, you can also share some of your own lessons in life.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017


Last Saturday our 4-year-old grandson Ikaika was in Bishop, California, hundreds of miles away, with his mother and brother.

Meanwhile, our son Kyle coached his opening game in a basketball league for 4-year-olds, of which Ikaika is a team member. (The team is called, "The Incredibles")

When Ikaika returned, he apologized to his dad for missing the game, and added, "I have to practice so we can win our next game." (No score is kept)

We admire this little guy's determination and positive attitude.

7/17/17: Last Saturday Ikaika made his debut. He was the one child who could dribble the ball across the court, while keeping control of the ball, and he scored each shot he took. When the game ended, he got his post-game refreshments, and then he stayed on the court so he could practice more.

8/3/17: Last Saturday, to challenge himself, Ikaika started taking and hitting shots from the outside, as did one child on the other team. It was clear that both children are ready to move-up to the 5 and 6-year-old level. But Ikaika very much enjoys playing basketball at the 4-year-old level with his buddies from pre-school.

With Love To All ~ Dick

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Ikaika, On Father's Day

4-year-old Ikaika, one of Anne's and my grandchildren, on Father's Day told our son Kyle, "I have another gift for you dad." When Kyle asked what the gift is, Ikaika replied, "You get to play baseball with me." It turned out he wanted Kyle to pitch to him, which Kyle happily did.

With Love To All ~ Dick

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Ikaika, "More Betterer"

Regarding basketball, last Saturday, our 4-year-old grandson Ikaika said, "Dad, I'm more betterer than you." Kyle thought to himself that at age 50, his game isn't what it was 30-years-ago when he played for USC, but apparently now it is not as good as Ikaika's game.

With Love To All ~ Dick

Thursday, May 25, 2017

A Brief Essay From 9-Year-Old Carina

Anne's and my granddaughter Carina recently wrote this interesting essay for her class, entitled "Tiny Houses:"

With Love To All ~ Dick

Monday, May 1, 2017

Ikaika Playing Baseball

Anne's and my grandson Ikaika plays for the Pirates in a T-Ball league of 4-year-olds. Here he is at bat, with his dad, our son Kyle, coaching him.

With Love To All ~ Dick

Sunday, April 16, 2017

My Life And Your Life

Dear Reader,

You may recently have noticed that I've published very little and written nothing new. May I tell you why?

Because of low back issues, I've taken medications that caused me other problems, including a partial day in the hospital. I'm still recovering from the after affects.

But I'm seeking to change my life in ways I'm still discovering, knowing there is no growth without change. In this difficult respit, I'm taking time to think.

Thursday, March 16, 2017


This photo was taken from a recent art party Anne's and my 8 1/2-year-old granddaughter Carina attended:

With Love To All ~ Dick