Why I Started This Blog



My Archery Deer in 2003

I have always been the active, outdoors type, two years ago my health forced me to move into a small apartment and travel in super low gear using a walker. My active outdoor life ended, over, done, no more! I want to share my outdoor life here. My wife and I are now each others caregivers. We might remind you of “Waiting For God”, like in that old English sitcom. I started this blog to keep my mind active, reliving old memories. The urge to write is hard to explain. I have been blessed with a long life at 75 and want to share events from my life.

I quit high school in 1957 and enlisted in the U.S. Air Force. I completed jet aircraft mechanic school at Amarillo Air Force Base, Texas in 1958. I was sent to Misawa, A B, Japan in 1960, for two years. I did two months temporary duty in Thailand and became crew chief on RF-101 C number 56-080. I got out of the Air Force in 1962. I went back on highway construction and worked many jobs, from truck driver to Asphalt paving machine operator.

My job experiences changed radically after getting my back broke in 1964, I stared the ‘School of Hard Knocks.’  Did farm labor, commercial fishing through the ice, day labor, car-wash, door-to-door vacuum cleaner sales, apprentice offset press operator, insurance agent for American Republic and Mutual of Omaha, over the road refrigerated truck driver and tanker transport driver all through the 70’s.

I have always enjoyed golf, hunting, fishing, trapping, gardening and almost anything outside. As my body started slowing down I repaired computers, starting with the Apple 1, IBM 8088, 8086, up through the 286; 386; 486 and all the early Pentiums.

My goal with this blog is mainly sharing my life story with a spinal cord injury. I have been truly blessed. I also plan to share other stories that I have written, “truth is stranger than fiction.” I have some stories that are still slowly percolating on the back burner of my mind. Hopefully I can share my understanding and information with others about spinal cord injury and living the best life possible after that injury. Clicking on the following URL’s will take you to my spinal cord injury stories.

This will take you to the story about my car accident.

This will take you to the spinalcordinjuryzone.


23 thoughts on “Why I Started This Blog

  1. Hello!
    I found your blog on a random blog hopping morning. And I really enjoyed the few posts I managed to read. You are truly inspiring, and I look forward to more of your stories 🙂

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    • I read some your work, very interesting. I will have to get back to your site and do more reading. I’m new here, why are there no ratings at the end of your stories? I’m still trying to get my site set up right I guess.

      You mentioned your first Blogiversary. You must have been writing a lot longer than that.


      • I am still trying to learn how things work around here. Am unable to add any plugins to my blog 🙂

        I started writing years back, but I was never able to keep up prompt. Nowadays I am trying to write something every week.

        And I have lot of catching up to do in your site! 🙂

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  2. Hi Leland! Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving a comment. 🙂 You are right “truth is stranger than fiction”. You have had an interesting life. I am looking forward to reading more of your blog.

    Don’t worry about figuring out blogging and blogs. I’ve been blogging 9 years in total: 3 here on WP and 6 on another platform. It takes a while to get the hang of it. The WP people are very friendly I’ve found, and helpful.

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  3. Howdy! Thanks for your visit to my blog and for sharing about how you’ve been growing veggies in your home too. Thanks for your service in the Air Force. I myself am an Army Reservist. Keep writing, friend and may God bless you this new year.


  4. You have had quite a journey in life so far it seems Leland Olson Hoel, congratulations, and thank you for sharing that. 🙂

    I hope that you are able to eventually share and record everything that you want while you still can, for future generations, it is nice that we have this option now-a-days to more easily do this. 😉

    Good luck with your blog,
    -John Jr


    • Thank you John, for the reply and for the kind words.
      A little while ago I got to thinking there are all kinds of people in this world who would not have the information to give the undertaker if a family member died. The needed information to fill out an obituary. I have an uneasy feeling there are many people who cannot get that information for their own parents or grandparents and so on. I think that is one post I will have to work on in the near future. My journey has been quite a trip. I have been blessed all along the way.
      Thanks again

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      • You are welcome Leland Olson Hoel. 🙂

        I think that you are probably correct about that.

        I think that is a good idea.

        That is good to hear, as we both know, some people are not as fortunate; and so we are both fortunate in our own ways. 😉

        Thank you for replying,
        -John Jr


  5. I would love to have seen Japan back in then. My wife is from a town about an hour or so away from Misawa and whenever we visit we always make a run to the base there to stock up.

    You have a wonderful site here, my friend.


  6. Thank you Kurt. I hope you are well, I better check in on you have not heard from you for a while. I was in the hospital last February. I just gave a thumbs-up salute to the camera, I remember you gave the proper formal salute to the Grim Reaper.


  7. Dear Leland, I wrote you a reply to your comment on my last post but it won’t post. Never had that problem posting comments. It tells that the comment fail. no explanation. Comment again and I’ll see if it happens the same thing. Ok? lov u. 🙂


    • Thia, I don’t know what to make of comments not showing up. When a person makes a comment that is odd, things happen every now and then. Without any explanation. I’m just sitting back waiting for the day when the whole thing comes to an end, which in this day and age I guess is quite possible. I’m not paying anything to use WordPress, they have the power to stop it at will. I did write @ a site called thoughts.com a couple years ago and it just quit. I couldn’t access their site anymore. Frustrating and maddening. I will have to get over to your site and do some more reading on your new thoughts. Thanks for visiting, blessings to you.


      • O Leland? Father has done a good work on yours truly–He has demonstrated to me that the root of all my troubles is? My imagination!!! Can you believe it? NOW? AWAY WITH IMAGINING ANYTHING! Whatever Father inspires me to do I will do no matter what like I always done but? This time? Nothing scares me! Not Satan. Not the head cutters. Not robbers. No lyons or tigers or anything in the whole wide world under or over!
        I fear only my Loving Father–He alone has the power to send me to hell should I disobey Him out of fear of anything but? In His loving wisdom? He has given me His power to withtstand even the worst. That’s what I wrote in the post that I lost I think.
        I am busy like a bee making honey in the midst of all delays & computer fiascos. Thank you so much for your support. I take it from the mouth of our Father. He is so good! I’ll more later. Check the site. I am working on it. It’s getting better. http://www.thia-basilia.com/ 🙂


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