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I’d Be Very Grateful For Your Prayers…

In the last few weeks, I've not posted much, but the last few days, I have passed through some challenging times. The deep-settled calm I knew after my near-death experience has ebbed and I seem to be struggling with decisions on every front. My living situation has...

My Very Own Sears Vallonia!

Our little group of Sears Home enthusiasts on Facebook has almost 9,000 members. Considering that we started with 12, that's a pretty impressive number. One of the newer members contacted me and asked for my mailing address. Given that I am currently hiding out like a...

To Contact Rose…

I miss hearing from you!  🙂 Comments have been disabled at this site, but I am still alive and well! And I miss hearing from the folks who want to contact me about my remarkable healing after my near-death experience. You can contact me via my email,...

Teddy and I are moving on with our lives!

My buddy Dale recommended some time ago that I make this site "informational purposes only" and disable comments. As my new life continues to unfold and blossom, I realize that Dale is right. I briefly considered disabling the website, as it had become a real time...

Exciting things happening in Alton, IL!

Here in Alton, I'm working with the a local historical group to put together a "driving tour" of the Sears kit homes in Alton. With the virus concerns, what better way to continue with their wonderful tradition of highlighting this city's remarkable and unique...

Teddy and I Are Together Again.

Moving to the Midwest was a big deal. Just this week, I spent some time in the local DMV and obtained a new license, new plates for the car, and a new title. A few days ago, I applied for Social Security benefits. I've been working since I was 11 years old, and this...

Ridin’ Around in My Automobile…

It's utterly shocking how much I'm enjoying having no encumbrances. My house sold and closed two weeks ago, so there are no taxes to pay and no mortgages to worry about and no trees that need trimming and no gutters that must be cleaned. I'm currently living with a...

The World’s Most Beautiful Kitchen…

When I moved into my current home in Suffolk, it was my intention to stay in this house until I breathed my last. And it did work out that way - sort of. On September 5th, 2018, I was carried out of my house and transported to a local ER when - despite the efforts of...

Thus Begins The New Chapter…

I died. But apparently, it was only a "temporary death experience." I'm hesitant to use the word "near-death experience" because I was good and dead. No vitals for more than 10 minutes. Seriously, completely gone. Kapoot. Out-of-town with no forwarding address. Good...

The Final Touches of a Career…

When I started the "Sears Kit Homes" group on Facebook in 2009 (thanks to Rachel for remembering!), I dragged 12 friends into the group just so it wouldn't look so pitiful. As the years passed, the group grew in numbers and I was gobsmacked when we passed the "1,000...

Blame Canada…

Every now and then, I get requests to ship my book out of the U.S., and typically, I refund the buyer's money (go Paypal), and call it a day. But last month, this nice fellow talked me into shipping a couple books to Canada, and I hesitantly did so, explaining that...

The End of an Era…

Sears appears to be going out of business, and in a few months, my little book business will follow suit. In 1999, I started working on a book about Sears kit homes. In early 2002, it was self-published, and I used 50% of my net worth to produce 1,000 copies. In 2004,...

Road Trip!

I'm thinking about hitting the road, and taking a long trip. In the last few weeks, I've met so many wonderful people (all of whom are history lovers) and each and every one of those people have brought me such a blessing. Each encounter has lifted me up a bit, and...

If I Could Wave a Magic Wand…

Four months ago, my heart stopped for a bit and I got a glimpse of heaven. Ever since that day (September 5th, 2018), I've had a new view on life*, and it's time for me to enjoy whatever remains, because some times, everything can change in the blink of an eye. *...

Built in 1907? It is NOT a Sears House!

Why do all the wrong things go viral? This 1907-built farm house (shown below) is being promoted online as a Sears Kit Home and there's so much wrong with that. And that post - with an accompanying photo - has gone viral on Facebook. Sears didn't offer their first...

Moving To The Chapel?

Two weeks ago, an interesting listing popped up for sale in Bedford County, Virginia. I've always been a fan of Bedford (about four hours west of my home in Suffolk), so I hopped in my little red car and drove out there to investigate. It's my hope that my next home...

What’s Next?

Teddy the Dog turned 10 in late October. I turned an age "greater than 10 years old" this summer. We're both feeling like it's time for a change, but not sure what that change is going to look like. In late August, I had a health issue that consumed three months of my...

My Beautiful Daughter Singing a Beautiful Song

One of my top three favorite people is singing one of my top three favorite songs: "God is Love." I was in Boston recently and got to see my middle daughter and my grandson, and it was a little bit of heaven. I have so many reasons to be proud of her, but one of the...

Teddy’s “Evening Constitutional”!

A few people have asked me why I bought a golf cart. The truth is, it's something I've always wanted, and more importantly, it's something that Teddy wants and needs. Her arthritis is slowing her down quite a bit these days. On our walkies, she's good for about a 1/4...

An Aladdin “Colonial” in Lynchburg!

Years ago, I did a survey of kit homes in Lynchburg but apparently, I missed a couple. Earlier this week, I was in Lynchburg for other reasons, and on my way to an appointment, I made a wrong turn and stumbled upon two beautiful Aladdin kit homes, literally across the...

Spotted in the Wilderness: A Perfect Elsmore

Whilst driving along State Route 501, between Lynchburg and Glasgow, I spotted this Elsmore in Big Island, Virginia. (And why was a town high atop a mountain named "Big Island"?) Nonetheless, this Elsmore is a beauty, and it looks like it stepped right off the pages...

Multitudinous Blessings

It's amazing how something as pedestrian as an old-house website can turn out to be such a catalyst for multitudinous blessings. Through this website (and its accompanying page on Facebook), I have met so many people. With few exceptions, old house people are the...

And Her Name is C-Biscuit…

The Prius C is known as the "Aqua" in Japan, and has consistently been one of the best selling cars in that country. In the United States, sales have not been as strong. Rumors abound that 2018 will be the last year for the Prius C in America, but with gas prices...