Posts Tagged ‘video my story’

Guess who I ran into in Florida

Sunday, January 11th, 2015

While visiting my wife’s family in South Florida over Christmas, I ran into my old friend Mel Goebel from Colorado. We wrote two books and lots of articles together before I moved to North Carolina. I admire Mel as much or more than anyone, partly because of his passion for helping prisoners to get back on the sunny side of life. Mel was himself a prisoner back in the 1970s, and now he spends as much time as he can encouraging men and women behind bars and after their release.

More importantly, I respect Mel for how he cared for his first wife, Jane. I watched her slowly die of M.S. from 1993 until she died in 2009. While other men leave their women because of the smallest hardship, Mel served his woman 100 percent to the very end. He cooked her meals, put on her makeup, and helped her find joy in life. Thankfully, she was released from her suffering and is now dancing with the angels. As for Mel, he has remarried an awesome woman … and he has nothing to regret about his first wife.

Mel is the kind of guy I want to be when I grow up. Now you know why I was so happy to see him again in Florida, where they just moved a few months ago.

This chandelier belonged to Jane Goebel, and Mel gave it to us after she died. We transported it to North Carolina, and here we are putting it up in the Fox & Fiddle bed & breakfast in 2009.

How “The Fox & Fiddle” got its name

Tuesday, December 30th, 2014

My kids and I were walking beside a lake in North Carolina, brainstorming about a name for the bed and breakfast we were soon to open on a small organic farm in the Appalachian Mountains. The spacious house had real southern charm, and we looked forward to hosting music jams on the wraparound porch overlooking the creek and forest.

Kylie proposed “The Fox and Fiddle,” and everyone loved it. The name embodied our vision of warmth and hospitality and artistic beauty, as well as evoking memories of music jams and fresh pints we’d enjoyed at cozy pubs while living in Scotland (pubs with names like the Dog and Hedgehog, or the Pig and Rose).

That was in 2009, when we moved from the dramatic backdrop of the Rocky Mountains to the down-home, southern roots and old mountain culture of North Carolina.

Five years and hundreds of guests passed by in a heartbeat. The kids moved on to other interests, so Joan and I sold the farm … although the name continues with my freelance writing and production business (formerly called Peacedude Productions, LLC).

We have so many warm memories of all the friends we made at the bed and breakfast … and the awesome musicians who inspired our dreams … and the delicious home-grown greens and eggs, and the fresh-roasted coffee we shared with our amazing guests. I could write a book about all the wonderful stories from that season in our life.

That was then. Now, here at the threshold of 2015, just wait and see what breathtaking adventures are birthed in this new season of the Fox and Fiddle.

(Here’s my daughter Kylie bicycling along the Ashby de la Zouch canal in Bosworth, U.K., not far from the Dog & Hedgehog Inn.)

The Healing Revolution (ghost-written book)

Sunday, December 14th, 2014

In the first few weeks of interviews with Dr. Frank King, I mined his intellect for a wealth of practical information. But for the life of me, I couldn’t uncover the root story of his life passion. Then one day, his eyes twinkled as he told me about an 80-year-old man he had seen when he was in college who had lectured about natural health while standing on his head. This same man surfed – at 80 years of age! Suddenly, Dr. King’s story came to life as I began to discover the seeds of his deepest passions.

The Healing Revolution – sample chapters (click on image):

Prisoners of hope (unpublished book)

Sunday, December 14th, 2014

An tale of crack, prostitution, theft, imprisonment, and hope … written with Toni & Ron VanCise.


“Lighthouses of Manitoba” (USA Today Travel)

Sunday, December 14th, 2014

USA Today Travel: “Lighthouses of Manitoba”

“The Landforms in Lebanon” (USA Today Travel)

Sunday, December 14th, 2014

USA Today Travel: “The Landforms in Lebanon”

“Walking in Malmo, Sweden” (USA Today Travel)

Sunday, December 14th, 2014

USA Today Travel: “Walking in Malmo, Sweden”

“Landforms in Aruba” (USA Today Travel)

Sunday, December 14th, 2014

USA Today Travel: “Landforms in Aruba”

“Vatican Garden Tours” (USA Today Travel)

Sunday, December 14th, 2014

USA Today Travel: “Vatican Garden Tours”

All Things are Possible (book)

Sunday, December 14th, 2014

From betrayal in the bayou to black belts and the Beach Boys, Victor Marx’s gripping tale takes readers on an astounding journey from the depths of despair to an unexpected meeting with the man who shaped his destiny.