It’s difficult to believe my little brother turns 35 today. As we grew up together, I always did my best to answer his never-ending list of questions about how the world worked. That mentor role has brought so much joy and purpose into my life, even today. I hope his curiosity never fades. Friends Forever, Continue reading →
Today I give thanks to my parents who provided such a rich childhood for us.
I’m going through some old files in preparation for meeting another Schlachet tomorrow. I found this picture of my father, taken at Tan Son Nhat AFB, Viet Nam. I have a large cache of memories from his files, including some of his report cards, postcards he sent to his parents, papers from his marriage to Continue reading →
(1637×2048) The Falco is the moniker of my youngest step-brother, Ranier. When my dad remarried, he became part of a family that aleady had grown kids. The best part of the deal for me was becoming a kuya, the filipino word for older male relative. Being an older brother means you need to have all Continue reading →
We haven’t seen Tom and Clare since they got married last year. It was so nice spending time with my brother and getting to know my sister-in-law a bit more. They had a fairly mixed visit with touristy stuff, family, driving around on their own. On their last full day with us I asked them Continue reading →
June 1960, Sydney, Australia. My friend Jonathan is visiting his partner Adrian this week. Adrian’s already moved there and Jonathan will soon follow. I miss seeing them almost every Monday for our Supper Club. I thought they would enjoy seeing this old photo of Sydney that my dad shot while he was over there. Just Continue reading →
“Hughs Smallwood Franco” was the hand-written note for this Kodakchrome slide my dad shot in Viet Nam. I just noticed the can of Coke with its red and white checkered pattern. In this box of slides, the shots went from poolside views in Sydney, to Dau Tieng, to views from a helicopter flying over rice Continue reading →
dad would be 62 today. although it is easily searchable in my blog, i like to let pass the memory of his last few days and replace it instead with the day he was born, december 9th. people have the most potential on the day they were born. i like this entry from wikipedia: The Continue reading →