Poly was just four years old when she came to live with the Lesters in 1964. Lane Lester was teaching high school biology then in Orlando, Florida. One of his students brought him the baby gopher tortoise (Gopherus polyphemus), probably in hopes of mercy at grading time.
Poly lived for 30 more years as a wonderful pet,
I remember the day an episode of “The Lone Ranger” was coming on the radio. It wasn’t just any episode; this one would tell how the Lone Ranger became the hero he was, how his faithful Indian companion Tonto joined him, and even how he got the great horse Silver.
Since this was in the 1940s,
Seth Godin wrote the following on his website:
I know what you should do. Actually, I don’t.
I know what I would do in this situation, but I’m not you.
I know what your customer should do, but I’m not her.
I know (and you know, and we all know) what we would do in a given situation,
As one who grew up in Central Florida, I was first attracted to The Big Bend by its setting. And indeed, the accurate references to Floridian geography, flora, and fauna stimulated good memories. I was quickly drawn into the story as its characters took on flesh and bones in my mind. Their good times and bad times became adventures I cared about…
I’ve always enjoyed flying in small single-engine airplanes. I don’t have a pilot’s license, but the pilots have often let me fly the plane after we reach the desired altitude. Once aloft, it requires very little more skill than driving a car, although there is the additional vertical dimension to manage.
While living in San Diego,