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1992: A Year I Could Do Without

(I won’t be writing or posting 9/11 memorials. I’ve done that before — in 2015, for example — and in multiple poems, including Old New York Photos, Another Ode To The United States Of America, You Can Not Crush Us, Tonight, and possibly others.) School Photo, 1992 This is my sophomore yearbook photo from Central[…]

From My Journals: Even Earlier Environmental Tendencies

When it’s so hot and dry that even cactus dies (Copyright © 2011 by Wil C. Fry.) About a year ago, I wrote about an early mention of environmentalism in my journals, coupled with tongue-in-cheek bragging about my wooing skills. At the time, I believed that was the earliest mention of such thoughts in my[…]

Oh To Be Middle-Aged, And In Love

Categories: Personal, Relationships
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Published on: 2015.02.14

Dec. 10, 1994: Skinny Wil and Young Margy (Copyright © 1994 by William R. Fry. All Rights Reserved.)   No one says they want to be “middle-aged and in love”. The phrase specifically mentions “young”. I don’t know why. I can’t understand why. I’m middle-aged, and in love, and I like it that way. Twenty[…]

What Be This Blog?

Part of a page from my journal, written in July 2000. (Copyright © 2000, 2013 by Wil C. Fry. Some rights reserved.)   I want to clarify my purpose here a little bit, in light of a recent request from someone I care about: “Tell me you aren’t using this blog to systematically attack my[…]

Flashback: Summer of ’84

My Fall 1984 school portrait (“Summer of ’84” doesn’t have quite the same ring to it as the title/chorus of Bryan Adams’ Summer of ’69, which was incidentally recorded in 1984, but I didn’t live through 1969.) What triggered my flashback: Returning from our neighborhood’s swimming pool with the kids. The smell of sunscreen and[…]

True But Anecdotal Anecdotes About Racism And My ’74 Monte Carlo

To my knowledge, this is the only photo of the 1974 Chevy Monte Carlo that I owned from late 1995 through late 1998 (Copyright © 1997 by Geraldean Fry.) (I didn’t record the following incidents in my journal — I wasn’t writing often in my journal in the late 1990s — so I’m depending on[…]

Memory Is A Funny Thing

Categories: Notes on Fatherhood
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Published on: 2014.08.15

I couldn’t forget this if I wanted to. But thankfully, I don’t remember it very often. (Copyright © 2010 by Wil C. Fry.) Memory is a funny thing — which is probably the main reason I began keeping a journal and also one of the reasons I became interested in photography. I’ve often shaken my[…]

How I Lost Faith In The Free Market (long version)

(This is the long version. Click here to read the short version.) Money (Copyright © 2005 by Wil C. Fry.) Probably like many youngsters in the U.S., I grew up hearing adults extol the virtues of the “free market” and “capitalism” — I’m now convinced this was in reaction to our sworn enemies, the Communists.[…]

A Little Context For A Little Treatise

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Published on: 2014.04.11

For anyone who cares to read it, I’ve posted the entirety of a short “treatise” I wrote in 1996, called “Creation Or Evolution, Or: What Does It Matter?” Here’s a little context to help understand where I was as a person in July 1996.

[X] Years Ago Today: From My Journals

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Published on: 2013.11.22

All month long I’ve grown increasingly frustrated with the media feeding frenzy over the “Lest We Forget” type stories about the death of President John F. Kennedy — 50 years ago today. Certainly it was a striking moment in our nation’s history, and to anyone who remembers the day, I can’t imagine… But I wasn’t[…]

‘It Still Haunts Me’ (Journal, 1995)

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Published on: 2013.08.17

From my journal, Aug. 8, 1995: “When I got back… everyone was still awake. I was waiting for them to go to sleep, so I could leave, and then I remembered [her] face when she was pleading with me not to go. The look of love on her face held me. And it still haunts[…]

Journal: 1991-95: Sermon Log

Categories: Nostalgia, Personal, Religion
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Published on: 2012.11.29

While going through old boxes recently, in an attempt to heal myself of being a packrat, I came across the “Sermon Log” that I kept from 1991 through 1995. Keeping such a log was suggested (as I recall) by my Homiletics professor Dr. Judy Brown* at Central Bible College.

Journal: Waxing and Waning Political Interest

Categories: Personal, Politics
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Published on: 2012.10.02

My own political interests have not been strong for much of my life, even well into adulthood. These days, when I catch myself being surprised at people who aren’t politically aware, I have to remind myself of my own lack of interest for many years.

Self-Evaluation (Journals, 2000)

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Published on: 2012.01.28

Favorite line I saw in my old journals recently (From Dec. 11, 2000): — Still debating whether or not I’m retarded (mentally.)

Just Before The End of the Beginning (Journal: 2000)

Categories: Nostalgia, Personal, Poetry
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Published on: 2012.01.06

(Copyright © 2000 by Wil C. Fry. All rights reserved.) Self-portrait with cheap film camera

Good With Girls (Journal: 1988)

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Published on: 2011.12.30

In a recent post, I mentioned being surprised at an old journal entry, in which I bravely asked out a pretty girl, and she said yes. This contradicted my memory of being shy around girls and of being regularly rejected. The more I dig backward, the more I see this type of thing.

She Said a Mouthful (Journal: 1991)

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Published on: 2011.12.19

In my last entry I mentioned an incident from my journal that surprised me, because it showed a twist on my personality that I didn’t remember. Reading a little further, into my first semester at Central Bible College (Springfield, Mo.), there were some tidbits that I do remember. One thing to note is that each[…]

I Am More Like A Rake

Categories: Off-Center Thoughts
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Published on: 2005.07.25

(Copied from my “Little Blue Notebook”) Some people are like shovels, digging deeper into one particular subject or interest. I am more like a rake, scraping the surface of a hundred categories.

Thoughts on Life

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Published on: 2000.11.21

(Copied from “Big Blue Notebook”.) Thoughts on Life I happen to agree with the simple catch phrase used by the GORE campaign: “every vote should count.” Duh. That’s the premise on which rests our nation. But that phrase, in itself, unqualified and unexplained, means nothing.

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