Monday, August 30, 2010

Belize Shark Dive

This is the final video from our vacation and I made a mini-documentary out of it with narration and music. I dove the Esmeralda dive site towards San Pedro on Ambergris Caye. This was a great dive with the nurse sharks, moray eel, sting ray, and sea turtle. Enjoy.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Elaine and I At the Akron Zoo

Penguins are cool
These are Asian Carp Fish, they look like huge mutant gold fish
Llama or alpaca
Komodo dragon sure is an ugly cuss
Symbol of our country, the bald eagle

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Marshall's Flower Garden

Monday, August 23, 2010

Greek Festival in Canton

Saturday, Elaine, Ryan, Brian, and Aaron went to the the Canton Greek Festival at the Civic Center. The food, entertainment, and atmosphere was wonderful and it brought back many, many pleasant memories for Elaine.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Email and Photos From Our Friend Pheng

We took a look at your videos on your blog and thought they were awesome! We enjoyed our time in Belize and saw that you also enjoyed yours. We just thought of you guys and decided to send you some snapshots we got from Belize and if you could please forward them to Lois also. We miss everyone and hope all is well!

Sunday, August 08, 2010

My Father Passed Away Friday August 6, 2010

My father's 88th birthday was July 23. I went to Allegheny Valley Hospital in Natrona Heights, Pennsylvania to see him the week before he died as he had fallen down and broke his ankle. In talking to my mother, she said the he did not seem right for the past few weeks. I had never seen my father like this before, he seemed very confused and disoriented, whereas he was always very sharp. My brother Dave called me Friday night to say that he had passed away. The funeral service is in New Kensington, Pa. tomorrow, Monday. Please pray for my mother. They were married for fifty-six years, I believe.

I am not going to eulogize my father here. Let me just say that my father is the greatest man that I have ever known. He took care of his wife, and his children, family, and anyone else that he could help along the way. He owned his jewelry store business in Tarentum for forty-three years. I am in my twenty-sixth year, so he set the bar very high.

I will close this brief account on two notes. First, my father was always there, always there for me, and now he is not. I have lost the main foundation for my life.

Two, my father was a World War II hero. First, the Civil War Veterans are all gone. Next, according to a Google search, there are four surviving World War I Veterans. Lastly, there over two million World War II Veterans still alive, around the world. Fortunately, several years ago, Aaron, Richard, and I recorded his testimony of December 7, 1941. This was pleasing to him that his story would live on beyond him. Again, please pray for my mother as you watch and listen to him describe the incredible day that he lived through in the event that got the United States into World War II. John Chatterton, who was written about in the book Shadow Divers, emailed me after watching the video and said, "Living history like this needs to be preserved."

Monday, August 02, 2010

Incredible Underwater Ambergris Caye HD Video

Biker Sunday 2010 at First Baptist Church

Grace painted this beautiful image in a few minutes, just like she did last year.