Flying Lessons

Flight Lesson – 30

Walk across the ramp with me.  Take my hand.  Let’s go see the planes.  Which one do you want?  They’re all so beautiful, it’s hard to pick.  I want the shiny one.  Why?  It the prettiest and looks fast.  OK.  Which one don’t you want?  The one on the end.  Why?  It’s old and not […]


Blu was donated to Triple Tree Aerodrome to help their youth program July, 2017. “I know the price you paid to get Blu. I wouldn’t worry about it too much, that’s our lucky number.”

Flight Lesson – 29

An angel laid on my wing in the museum.  Her name is Evie.  She was eight and told me she wanted to be a veterinarian.  I saw the angel again a few weeks ago.  Now she wants to be a ballerina.  Both are worthy vocations.  She tap danced in sandals, for her parents and me, […]

Flight Lesson – 28

Missing the missing man.  We saved a slot for him in the sky on the airshow fly-by.  Look up.  Do you see him in the space we erased?  I do.  Look down, he’s standing right in front of you.  Go on.  Keep talking about the planes and how many men were killed in them.  About […]

Flight Lesson – 27

A clocca is a clock.  A clock is a bell.  A bell marks a watch.  From the tower each hour, the Watchman calls, “All’s well.”   Wæccende, Boatman, remain awake.  Ships watch changes four quarters a day.  Thirty minutes, turn the double bubble upside down.  Second Dog Watch finished.  Eight bells and all is well.  […]

Flight Lesson – 26

 In the years counting up to the time you start growing young again, it is easy to forget the worst thing that can happen to anyone is losing their first best friend. People worry about losing so many things, because people think they get to own everything, but that’s the best part of a friend.  […]

Flight Lesson – 25

I lost a year in a day and found it suspended in a minute spent inside a layer of mist.  Weather seeks the seeker.  The seeker seeks whether.  Both eventually find the other.  All fliers find their share of weather and find their share of weather lessons waiting there.  A teacher needs a student just […]

Flight Lesson – 24

Twelve months gathered around the Thanksgiving table, each one was asked to say why they were grateful and what they brought to share.  Sitting by their friends, in cliques of seasons, winter began. December fell frozen in thought, “I am grateful to have been a Lifeguard Pilot. I share all the lives I saved.”  I […]

Flight Lesson – 23

The sun’s been up all day waiting for you. Climb up here and sit on my lap, there’s something I want to tell you.  Let’s buckle you up, under my belt. Now put your hands on the stick and fly along with me.  See that cloud up there?  The fluffy one with the big nose, […]

Flight Lesson – 22

If you saved every word you said in the air, what would your story be?  Starting as a student pilot, childish words skip out of your mouth and trip over your microphone. Stubbing your mind just trying to say – who you are, where you are, and what you want to do.  Your flight instructor, […]