Willingdon Newsletters


Climb Every Mountain

Throughout each month, I save a pile of interesting articles as fodder for my next newsletter.  Some stories are amusing, at least to me, while others are inspirational or bothersome, striking a [...]


Peregrine Falcons & Coffee Cups

Back in the dark ages, when I was in the 5th grade, my teacher, Mrs. Welch, asked us what we wanted to be when we grew up.  I said I wanted to be a peregrine falcon.  There are days when that [...]


I Was A Lighthouse

Every time I fly I watch the movie “Miracle” on my iPad.  It’s just under two hours in length, about the time of most of my flights, and it takes my mind off the uncomfortable seat [...]



To paraphrase Winston Churchill, if our country were to last a thousand years, would they say, “This was their finest hour?” Perhaps an interesting question, given recent events… For [...]


Regular Folks

I’ve never really enjoyed picking on famous people when they do something foolish or comical.  Many are such easy targets, yet there is no way they can defend themselves from the typical [...]


Peaches & Plums

I penned this version of Willingdon Views from Slippery Rock, PA, in the heart of Amish country. With some irony, I wrote the first draft on my iPad, and then emailed it to our website design [...]


A bit strange…

Hardly a day goes by that there isn’t news about a settlement between some prominent corporation and the U.S. Government. Recently, Target agreed to pay $18.5 million related to its 2013 data [...]


Viral, whatever

Virtually every day some event goes viral.  Through Twitter or YouTube, or some other cyber highway, earthshattering events are spread across the world in a nanosecond.  For those that make their [...]


One Bag of Potatoes

The late author and historian Stephen Ambrose remarked that two individuals were largely responsible for the successful invasion of Normandy and ultimate victory in World War II. Those two [...]


Simple, but not easy

If there was ever a major championship, in a major sport, that could be contested largely unnoticed in our country, it would be the Australian Open in tennis. For starters, there is the time zone [...]