This is me with Michelle and her mom and dad. This picture was taken in 2004, the
year we were married.
Michelle's dad, Bob Martin, is a retired veterinarian. He is all about the outdoors.
He has a cabin on the PM River, where he enjoys fly-fishing and turkey hunting.
He travels out west for fish and birds, too. Michelle has gone with him to Montana
and to South Dakota. I have gone wading with the both of them, too; a new and very
experience. You won't be able to feel the cold water forcing against your legs,
or hear Mother Nature, but to glimpse the beauty,
Both Michelle's parents are very good golfers. If you play golf, they've probably beaten you at one time or another. They are both musically inclined, too. Michelle's
mom, Jackie, sings in the Chamber Choir. Her dad sang to her, "Daddies Little Girl"
at our wedding reception.
This is my "family of origin". At about the time of this picture, my dad wired up battery operated straight keys for Morse code in this two-story house for my twin,
Jim, and I to play with. I remember that I memorize all the alphanumeric characters
by looking at a book (definitely not the best way to learn Code) but immediately
dropped the activity after reaching that goal. It was a difficult way to communicate;
not practical for distances measured in feet.
In 1991 I saw a guy sit down with an iambic key and zip through a two-way chat with
someone on the other side of the horizon. I thought *that* was too cool, and I had
to learn how to talk with my fingers like that.
to see a brief QSO during a contest (I labeled the video wrong and haven't yet corrected
it: it was a November SS, not a DX context.)
Here is a picture of Michelle. She works
as a therapist for Harbor Psychological
Associates. (I get free therapy!) Michelle has lived in Oregon and then in Minnesota
I'm glad she came back to Michigan so that I could meet and marry her.
Michelle is very talented artistically. She was a renowned theater director and
performer. She sings and plays the piano. She's good at painting and drawing, too.
Please click on
to see a pencil drawing of hers from
the 1990's. It hangs, now, in our house.
Michelle has always loved horses. I doubt that there's a better taken care of horse
anywhere, than her horse Dusty. She also loves her dogs and cats. And her gardens
surround our house in an ever changing blase of color, like a fireworks display.
to watch one grow through the year.
She is absolutely amazing with yarn. She turns out the most incredible sweaters,
and all sorts of other things, non-stop.
For more pictures of my family, you can click on "ALBUMS" from the header or footer
of this (or any) page.