On “Gettin’ ‘er done!”…

It’s a Monday morning at First Pres, and after an hour and half making the rounds to empty garbage cans, check all the rooms, haul three cartloads of clothing giveaway to the basement, Emily asked if I would be able to write the blog. “Sure,” I replied, “after ‘going a few rounds with the heavy bags’ I’m heading home.” So to this task, just one of those with the apparent purpose of filling my daily calendar or ‘dance card’ or whatever title you prefer.
“If there’s a job to be done, I always ask the busiest men in my parish to take it on and it gets done.” — Henry Ward Beecher, 1813-1887
“Never say that you have no time. On the whole it is those who are busiest who can make time for yet more, and those who have more leisure time who refuse to do something when asked. What we lack is not time, but heart.” — Henri Boulard, Egyptian Jesuit
Jan Karon’s Patches of Godlight: Father Tim’s Favorite Quotes holds an oft-visited place on my bookshelves as it provides inspirations and reflections.
Life is so amazing, whether it be human, hummingbird, giant white pine, or stinkbug (talked about on the back porch at Kellogg Airport), and even rocks and water are changing. Look at the sky and the weather…
The last Saturday morning of July, I made the pleasant drive to Boundary County Airport (Bonners Ferry) for the EAA chapter’s monthly huckleberry pancake breakfast. The sweet aroma of freshly cut alfalfa reached my nostrils from the windrows as it lay drying. Breakfast runs 8-1030, so I walked the ramp photographing airplanes, a gyrocopter and ultralights before pancakes, eggs and sausage (all locally donated so all funds go to flight training scholarships). The chapter president and I talked about getting kids involved in aerospace career fields, and they’re working with a number of students building a Nieuport biplane replica! Several people had flown in for breakfast from an ultralight fly-in near Sandpoint, and were happy to hear about Kellogg’s airport as a destination.
The next day, after both services, and assisting Sam Hunter in closing up, I took the Sherman Avenue I-90 on-ramp to Shoshone County Airport. You have to thank God when you miss all that road construction, and for the warning (or knowledge) to avoid it on the westbound return. Volunteering ladies from the Fuller Center for Housing were in the kitchen between Flight Ops and the shaded back porch with pulled pork sandwiches, homemade baked beans, and more at the suggestion of the Silver Valley Chamber of Commerce director Colleen Rosson, who was a big help in coordinating the Memorial Day weekend Fly-in. It was too hot to walk the river trails that Richard Abers had cut with a push mower, so we sat out on the back deck, chatting with visitors and brainstorming ways to get people engaged in aviation, and bring revenue into the Kellogg community. There is potential for tourism and education, and thanks to FPC, I was able to contribute some ideas for reducing energy costs in existing school buildings.
You just never know when, where or how you’ll be able to make a contribution to the larger community! Be open to the “Ask-Seek-Knock”; it could be opportunity.
“It is wonderful how much may be done if we are always doing.” –Thomas Jefferson.
“Life is what happens when you start making plans.” – Kellogg School Superintendent on the back deck, contemplating driving to Boise rather than flying to that hot weather and back.

So think about “Fear and Loving” (with apologies to Hunter S. Thompson, the Gonzo Journalist who felt that ‘this is a ticket to ride!’ The Curse of Lono was a great read since I’d been to some of the places that Captain James Cook visited in the Pacific.)
Love all y’all,
Charlie Branch
With Rotax 912s power… These things really fly! Two A-10C Warthogs will be here (at Cd’A Airport) September 9… I’ll find out more as we plan this event…


  1. Reply
    Laurie says

    Charlie– Thanks for the positive! You really know how to celebrate the life God gave us!

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    Woody Hurst says

    Thanks for sharing your experiences in the Blog of the Week, Charlie. You really have a gift for writing. Quite interesting. Apparently you do or have done a lot of reading too.

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    Bev Turner says

    Very thoughtful. I attended the breakfast, yummy huckleberry pancakes, as I was in Bonners for the weekend enjoying our 60th class reunion. Go class of 1957

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