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My Nephew Michael Lehman 12, is First Runner-up in Spelling Bee

I am in Africa, and my nephew Michael participating in a spelling bee makes me homesick for Indiana. It feels as if the USA is calling me home. I would love to return to the USA and visit, however, it appears it would be sensible to return to Ghana and help Bah escape the war in Ivory Coast.

Photo of Michael in 2004
I took this photo of Michael in 2004 in the kitchen of my parent’s house. This photo captures the spirit of Mike in my eyes, a young man, curious, inquisitive, yet not jade or hurt, he is a happy boy, he is an "Indiana" small town boy, and I hope he learns to appreciate this great gift he received as a lucky sperm.

I am celebrating my nephew Michael today:
"Michael Lehman, 12, from St. John Lutheran School in Noble County was the first runner-up."
- Fort Wayne Journal Gazette

Dakar / Yoff / Senegal, West-West Africa --- Sunday, March 13, 2011


My friend Rambling Robert recommends this poem:


Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveller, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I--
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference...

by Robert Frost

Caucasian extras (NEEDED) for a TV program being shot in Mexico City
Are you in Mexico, you can be in a Mexican television program.

Cranberry Films posted a request on this link: Mexico Backpacking

Name: Cranberry Films
E-Mail: cranberry films AT (Remove the spaces)
City: Mexico City
State: Mexico DF
Country: Mexico

Subject: Extras needed for TV program (Paid!)

We are looking for Caucasian extras for a TV program being shot in Mexico City on 16-23 March!! Send photos ASAP to (Edited) Payment 50 US per day!

E-mail photos to: cranberry films AT -- Remove the spaces

Wow, this quote from the Internet site is how I feel about Travel Gear

Vantexan recommended a great gear company in a comment; then I went and found information about the company, it appears to have some great travel clothing. I am not sure if cheap or expensive, so not sure of values, but this gear company is on the right path.

Quote from "About" page:
--- About ten years ago, I created SCOTTEVEST to solve a very common problem: I needed a way to carry and organize all my gadgets and gear without a "man-purse." ---
- Scott Jordan, CEO and Founder

Indiana wants me song on

Video of me in process of inventing a lighting system for Travel Mirror.

My Nephew Michael Lehman 12, is First Runner-up in Spelling Bee


Grrr, I would of totally taken the job but I am going to be in Mexico in July, bummer. Anyhow, I just wanted to say that I find it totally ironic that your nephew is 1st runner up in the spelling bee. What happened to you?! (I am just kidding). Have a good one!


I believe in the word Ahimsa, "first do no harm."

I am sure that a person that volunteer benefits.
I am sure that 1 in 20 people benefit.
I am also sure that the other 19 learn to believe the volunteer is an ATM machine, learn how to ask for money.

it is not obviously a good idea to volunteer, it obviously makes the volunteer feel good. However, if thee volunteers truly felt htey was making a difference, they would not stop.