Ancestry: Allen George Howard’s horse was named Gus #TBT

…else (the horse’s was named Gus). Here’s a little Howard family history (my wife’s side of the family): Brenda’s grandfather, Allen George Howard died young; it was only 4-1/2 months…

Archive: Asclepias Syriaca (Common Milkweed) flowering date shift in response to climate change | Scientific Reports

…Aaron Howard. Well done. The consequences of altered flowering dates due to climate change can be severe, especially for plants that rely on coordinated flower and pollinator emergence for reproduction….

How to best give investing advice to family and friends – DON’T!

…person I felt comfortable sharing thoughts with was my father-in-law (a photo of Fred Howard from WW2 a few years before I knew him – HA!) who made similar mistakes…

Happy Birthday Taylor – What a difference 4 years can make

…Happy 29th Birthday Taylor!  (For the archive, here’s a video memory from a few years ago with his Grandpa Howard and Tootsie –  what boy doesn’t like driving a bulldozer!)…

Congratulations to my niece Madison and husband Nathan

…are SO very happy for Madison and Nathan … as well as grandma and grandpa Skinner (Brenda’s sister Chris/Jerry). Riley Howard Kling did not arrive without concern or worry, as…

A tribute to Billy Graham – “I can only imagine”

…named Howard Long. Howard Long was not a scholar. Howard Long was not a theologian. Howard Long was not an ordained minister. Howard was simply a Christian businessman who worked…

Key Lime Pie is a summer favorite

…was passed down from Brenda’s mom quite a few years ago. Grandma Howard always made it for our kids when they would visit her in Florida, so learning how to…

Congratulations Drew and welcome back home to Ohio

…photos from Katelyn before and at the dinner event last week in Minneapolis below. (also while pulling links above, ran across my nephew Dr. Justin Howard or Evernote version for…

Stratolaunch emerges from the hanger

…flight is Howard Hughes’ Spruce Goose, which had a wingspan of 319 feet. The plane, which has 28 wheels, was built in the Mojave desert inside a custom-built hangar. It’s…

Babysitting duty and exploring where I grew up

…by Jerusalem Elementary School and our farm friends the Ames place, we headed to Howard Farms where our house once stood. My brother mentioned the house had been torn down…

Happy Anniversary Katelyn and Drew, plus drone video below

…My family is from Toledo, I was born in Flower Hospital, grew up and went to school in Oregon, lived in Howard Farms, a small community 20 miles east of…

A final goodbye to a grandmother and mom – Frances Howard

…– grandma – Frances Ann Louise Howard (Holmstrom), were without question happy and celebrating. Fran and Christians who have placed their faith in Jesus, and in the teachings in scripture,…

Obituary: Frances Ann Louise Howard has graduated

and Bruno, Benjamin (Emily) Skinner parents of Liev, Madison (Nathan) Kling, Dr. Justin (Katie) Howard parents of Madelyn and Evan, Dr. Aaron (Dr. Lauren) Howard, Jacquelyn (Ben) Wickerham, Dr. Katelyn

TechFriday: The new Apple MacBook Pro has been announced

As Fernando Lamas would say (or Mark Howard – it’s on the back of my late brother-in-law grave marker) …  “it looks mahvelous!” (paraphrased). Unfortunately the Apple’s newest MacBook Pro…

What does Warren Buffett read?

…book. “No problem,” Mr. Munger is said to have answered. “Just give it to someone more intelligent.” The Most Important Thing: Uncommon Sense for the Thoughtful Investor, by Howard Marks….

Relaxing weekend with Mom Howard and music reminiscing

…of my wife and her sisters and brother while growing up. I think Mom Howard enjoy it too. I’ll include couple of them above as well as some of the…

Who really was paying attention in school way back when?

…about this time that the Howard Farms vastly increased its onion acreage. A few years later, Henry Reno purchased a tract of ground north of Howard Farms. Mr. Reno became…

Music: Who was Kent LaVoie? Look at that hair!

…checking out his hair in a 1973 YouTube Clip! Talking about Lobo would not be complete without an old photo of my daughter Katelyn and her late Grandpa Howard‘s dog!…

A near perfect Fathers Day weekend: Cars, Sun, Family and Ribs

…too (Drew texted early) and I enjoy a nice long talk with her (we do miss seeing them).   Grandma Howard left was with us for the weekend so I…

Attended the high school graduation of our youngest niece

The Howard side of the family gathered in Atlanta for the high school graduation of my youngest niece Sarah Gerber this past week. The party was on Memorial Day and…

Enjoying time aboard Encore with Katelyn and Drew

…something with the help of Drew … we get along great, which is something I was thankful for with my father-in-law (I do miss Dad Howard). The main halyard blog…

Learning the New American way of Life in the Obamaconomy

…– Brenda’s dad. That pre-Greatest Generation American was to me the truly “Greatest Generation.” It’s people like “Granny Howard” that were the embodied spirit of those who founded this country;…

Christmas 2015 – a family time

…backyard. Definitely a fun time. After dinner (steak … a tradition from the Howard family) we all went to our new local Liberty Center and watched the new 2015 Star…

Dad Howard would be pleased – reviving his old lawn trailer

One of the projects coming together this past weekend was the disassembly, wire-brushing the rust (a lot), and painting of my late father-in-law’s old red Jackson lawn…

Clearing everything out of the Farmhouse prior to selling

…instrument lubricants in old bottles, plaster molds, a “Fort Knox” grinding “gold” (???) dust box – family joke. Dad Howard did much of his own lab work particularly in the…

Archive: A few almost final Farmhouse photos

…well done Dad Howard. Actually the biggest concern that I had was for the stone foundation as the area had some torrential rains in the past couple of weeks. So…

Taylor 2.0 – second career position and our weekend recap

…hear how it goes. I’m also going to include a photo recap of our busy Father’s Day. I spent some of the day with my son (Brenda and Mom Howard)…

Happy Mother’s Day to moms

…from showing the Howard Farmhouse in Jamestown, NY, I did stop to see my dad and we made a trip to the cemetery for a Mother’s Day visit. Of course…

Dad Howard, his tiller and the dozer-house a few years ago #TBT

Since I’ve been negotiating these past couple of weeks in selling my mother-in-law’s farmhouse and property, it seemed appropriate to post a Throw Back Thursday (#TBT) photo of Dad Howard

Alphabetic odds for becoming President of the United States

…Alan Arthur, 1881-1885 Grover Cleveland, 1885-1889 Benjamin Harrison, 1889-1893 Grover Cleveland, 1893-1897 William McKinley, 1897-1901 Theodore Roosevelt, 1901-1909 William Howard Taft, 1909-1913 Woodrow Wilson, 1913-1921 Warren Gamaliel Harding, 1921-1923 Calvin…

Jackie Howard married Ben Wickerham on December 21, 2014

This past weekend was a very special one for my niece Jacquelyn as she married Benjamin Wickerham in beautiful wedding ceremony in Jamestown, NY. Besides the wedding with…

Tech Friday: What about free streaming music from T-Mobile?

Howard … Q: What was the 333rd “Greatest Song of All Times” according to Rolling Stone? — A: Norman Greenbaum’s 1969 “one hit wonder” Spirit in the Sky.   Spirit…

Pending Sale: Learn as you go when self-selling a home

After attempting to sell my mother-in-law’s western New York home by using a realtor this summer, the family has decided to forgo the continued “professional” listing and instead…

Looks like another wedding … congratulations Jackie and Ben!

…cousin receiving a ring, that “the torch has been passed.”  Speaking of rings, Ben proposed with the ring her late father (Mark Howard) gave to her mother Lynda. Very nice….

Having a great time with Katelyn and Drew in Wayzata, MN

Howard and his two adorable kids … what a great time enjoying a local modern Spanish restaurant family style ( Rincón 38 ) and then a long evening walk for…

Archive: The much-loved western NY Farmhouse – SOLD

…it as much as Mom and Dad Howard. Besides the ongoing clearing out process, we worked on general cleanup inside and out. Another priority though was to meet and sign…

Happy 25th Birthday Taylor with a little throwback video

…to celebrate the evening with his buddies … if not, here’s a good memory from when he was a few years younger running Grandpa Howard’s prized John Deere dozer in…

Congratulations to Jessica on her high school graduation

…Jessica  |   Gma Howard, Jess and Gma Gerber    Ann and Jessica   |   Jess and Brenda   | Jessica and Sarah We spent a day downtown at Centennial Park.    …

Archive: A short video history clip on Sidney, Ohio

…farming non-town area call Howard Farms on Lake Erie. It was a great place to grow up.   Howard Farms and Reno Beach east of Toledo, Ohio (click for larger)…

Valentine’s Day and winter in the eastern half of the U.S.

…to even put the snowblower on the tractor?) On a much warmer note, I had a very nice dinner on Friday night with “two” Valentines … Mom Howard and Brenda!…

Enjoyed a long weekend with family in western NY

Amazingly 28 in our family were able to make it back to Western NY for a late holiday family get together at the Howard farmhouse and dinner at Peak n…

A small wood stool and tools belonging to Grandpa Howard

…tools were also hand me downs from their great grandfather who was a furniture craftsman in Jamestown NY. All in all Dad Howard’s tools and the new stools were very…

Challenging changes that were part of 2013

…the blue when saying grace at the table, she recites an entire hymn from childhood memory.   Mom Howard from memory recites “I Do Not Come Because My Soul”- 2013…

Additional problems … looking forward to the normalcy of work

The excuse I made for putting the boat in the water this week was that I would purchase a new refrigerator and have it installed in the Howard family condo…

If Detroit is the canary in the coalmine for pubic pensions…

…$1.60 trillion in 2012, covering $2.29 trillion in obligation with the resulting underfunding equating to $687 billion.” The point being made by Howard Silverblatt, Senior Index Analyst, is that “companies…

Well done, good and faithful servant – Matthew 25:23

Life returning to “normal” doesn’t feel right after being with family and friends for the funeral and burial of Dr. Frederick Howard, Brenda’s father – I’m not sure when I…

In need of a smile?

With funeral preparations underway for my father-in-law, it has each in the family working to celebrate the extraordinary life of Frederick Howard (obiturary). I’ve been search through some old photos…

Quite the legacy my father-in-law left behind

…day lives. I was fortunate to have one of these wise men, that being my wife’s father, Dr. Frederick A. Howard – August 24, 1925 – May 31, 2013. He…

Happy Birthday to my mother-in-law

…“mini-moon” to a luxury cabin here in Ohio … with eventual plans for a week long honeymoon as time permits (probably in the fall). Mom and Dad Howard have been…

A wonderful bridal shower this weekend for my daughter

…we very much appreciated the long trip and that she made it a priority to be there. Thank you Lynda.   Katelyn and Diane Mears   |   Lynda Howard and Katelyn…

Desultory - des-uhl-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee

  1. lacking in consistency, constancy, or visible order, disconnected; fitful: desultory conversation.
  2. digressing from or unconnected with the main subject; random: a desultory remark.
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