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     No updates on Kickstarters, or discount books today gang.  Just a few thoughts on this holiday season.


     This will be our first Christmas without my father-in-law, and I’ll admit a part of me is a bit apprehensive about it.  But not all that much really.  There is still going to be the family gathering this weekend, where I will see a lot of familiar faces and a few new additions.  My wife’s ‘not-so-little cousins’ have been growing their families and I will be meeting some of those children for the first time.  There will also be others I have not seen in a long while whose presence will be very welcome.  


     Although a lot has changed, the love and closeness we all share will still be there, a lot of this came from my father-in-law.  So in his own way, he will be there too.  And I’m really looking forward to that.  


     I know the holidays can be a rough time for those who’ve lost someone due to their passing, or just because of distance.  But remember, every person who touches your life with love leaves a bit of themselves with you that cannot be taken away.  That part is yours to keep always.  It’s there to help you in good and bad times.  An old joke that still makes you smile, a gift that was given that you still have, or more importantly fond memories.  


   Memories are something we make with others that will always be with us.  Nothing take those away.  We may not always be able to think about them on the spot, because of life’s craziness.  But they are there and keep a part of us warm at all times.  


    So this holiday season, try to make a lot more memories… really good ones.  Share love, a laugh, a thought, a dream.  These are gifts not only to yourself but others and can be the most treasured thing you could ever give.


    I don’t know if I’ll get a chance to do another post before Christmas or not, but there will be more before this year is over.  I’ll probably be talking about writing and some new developments on the horizon at that time.  


     Until then, enjoy the holiday season and may you all have blast building some great memories of the season to carry with you always.


    Your friend,


    Allan Krummenacker

Thomas Henry, the Explorer:
He walks the road ahead,
In the undiscovered country,
Learning the calls of the dodo,
Tracing the prints of the sabertooth.
He does not forget,
Nor will he be forgotten.
Love knows no time or distance,
Love knows only truth.
He is with us, with the unfurling of the flower.
I hear his voice vibrating in the rustle of the leaves.
I see his shadow pacing so we need not walk alone.
The connection is unbroken; that’s what I believe.
So while we weep, we smile,
And hold him in our hearts,
Because we don’t forget him,
We’ll never truly part.
by Helen Kathryn Henry Krummenacker (my wife)
Yesterday, I went to Stockton with my wife to attend the “Celebration Of Life” her mother was holding for her late husband, my father-in-law Thomas Henry.  It was one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever been to.  This was not a memorial service, it was exactly what the name says.  We celebrated this wonderful man’s life and how he touched each of our lives.  I had no idea what to expect, but both my wife and I needed to be there for her mother, her brother, the rest of the family and ourselves.  It was a moving experience.
A slide show played on 2 computers, showing photos from throughout his life, while music he loved played in the background.  A table was set up with objects from his life, a t-shirt from the Atlanta Olympics that he and my mother-in-law went to see in person, a medal he got for taking part in a marathon, a camera (he was a fantastic photographer), objects he’d picked up on his many visits to the woods and mountains (he loved the outdoors) and many other things that showed just how much he did in one lifetime.
Outside, the garden had been restored to the way he had envisioned and worked so hard to make happen before he became too ill to tend to it.  Amidst the flowers, were easels with some of the photos he’d taken and even won awards for a few of them.  There were a few tears but mostly joy and talk about this wonderful man who lived life so fully and did so many things.  In turn the event reminded all of us that we all still have each other and so much more life ahead, that he’d want us to live to the fullest.  It was invigorating and healing all in one shot.
He was a huge supporter and inspiration to me.  The laptop I had that recently died on me, had come from him.  And now, his desktop computer has been handed down to me.  It is on this new computer that I write this and will be finishing my second book “The Ship” on and then write more stories and novels.  I can feel him at times as I work on this machine and I can sense him nodding in approval.  Thanks Dad, for everything.  Especially for still being there for all of us in your own way.
Thanks for reading this folks.  I’ll get back to my usual type of posts about writing in my next entry.  Take care and keep writing.

Hmmm…. It’s Been A While…

In fact it’s been a few months since I posted any of my actual writing in progress here.  Just want to let everyone know I will remedy that situation in a few days.  A lot has been going on as you all know from my previous posts.  I’m doing better, my Mom’s going to be okay.  My Father-In-Law is in early stages of cancer that is treatable and his prognosis is looking very good.  My Fibro has calmed down quite a bit and life in general is stabilizing (knock on wood).  I also hope to have an update on the status of my first novel for you all shortly.  So please stay tuned and thanks for keeping up with me.  I’ll have a proper post up in a couple of days.  Take care and I’ll see you all soon.

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