Most popular

For the past several years, I have been keeping count of each time a page on this web site is viewed. That makes it possible to know which pages are the most popular.

That means there's a sort of built-in weighting that would tend to favor older posts. I'll address that sometime in the future.

Below are links to my ten most popular postings, starting with my all-time most-read posts.

Camping with Zach at Grand Canyon

By: Paul S. Cilwa Occurred: 8/24/2008
Topics: #GrandCanyon #Arizona #Camping #Zachary #Photography #Travel Page Views: 12057
All about the camping trip we took, with Zach and his friend, to Grand Canyon.

One of the things my grandson, Zachary, was most looking forward to about being in fourth grade, was the annual trip the local fourth graders traditionally make to Grand Canyon. This trip isn't just for fun. Grand Canyon is a living example of geology, ecology, the protection of endangered species, and more; and fourth grade is about the time most youngsters have grown aware enough to appreciate and understand it. Unfortunately, since our president has chosen to spend trillions of dollars fighting an un-winnable war against an enemy that didn't exist until he invaded their countries, there isn't enough left for the local schools to make the trip. And so, Michael and I took Zach and his friend, Chris, ourselves.

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Zach's First Raft Trip

By: Paul S. Cilwa Occurred: 5/3/2009
Topics: #UpperSaltRiver #Arizona #WhitewaterRafting Page Views: 9679
In which I introduce my grandson to the joys of whitewater rafting.

My grandson, Zachary, has been hearing me tell river tales all his life. That's because what happens on the river, seldom stays on the river—it's too interesting not to share! Consequently, Zach has asked to go rafting since he could talk. But you can't take babies on a raft unless you are trying to escape the sinking of a luxury liner. So we had to put it off. Until…today!

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Dorothy Ann Hood Zembruski 1938-2007

By: Paul S. Cilwa Posted: 9/21/2007
Topics: #Obituary #DorothyAnnZembruski
Milestone: #Death
Page Views: 9464
A celebration of the life of one of Michael's sisters.
One of my two sisters-in-law, Dorothy Ann Zembruski, died unexpectedly September 19. She was 68 years old, and should have had many more years ahead of her.

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About Me

By: Paul S. Cilwa Page Views: 9206
My personal life…don't read about it if you don't want to know about it!

I've been married to a woman and to men (at different times); been a father to four and a grandfather to five (so far). I've been a radio DJ, a sailor, a truck driver, an instructor, a ditch-digger (for one day—that was enough), a computer programmer and a writer. Oh, and an actor and a lifeguard—and an aficionado of camping and whitewater rafting. I've visited almost twenty countries (again, so far), and been in an alien spacecraft. I've gone from being a Catholic to exploring various religions until finding that "spiritual, not religious" works best for me.

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Fossil Springs Wilderness

By: Paul S. Cilwa Topics: #FossilSpringsWilderness #FossilCreek #Arizona #VerdeHotSpring Page Views: 9013
Photos and essays about Arizona's beautiful and rugged Fossil Springs Wilderness.

Fossil Springs Wilderness is an 11,550-acre (18 square mile) wilderness area within the Coconino National Forest in the beautiful state of Arizona. It is at the bottom of a steep canyon at the edge of the Colorado Plateau, just south of the Mogollon Rim. At Fossil Springs, water gushes forth at the rate of about 2,700 cubic fee per minute as Fossil Creek. The perennial water supply supports one of the most diverse riparian ecosystems in the state, with more than 30 species of trees set among native desert shrub. It also creates a haven for abundant wildlife, including elk, deer, javelina, coyote, skunk, racoon, ring-tailed cat, fox, mountain lion, black bear and more than 100 species of birds.

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Dorothy Elizabeth's Wedding

By: Paul S. Cilwa Occurred: 5/10/2008
Topics: #DorothyElizabethCilwaKinder #Weddings #FrankIinder
Milestone: #Marriage
Page Views: 8872
Dorothy Elizabeth finally gets married!
Today, May 10, my firstborn Dorothy Elizabeth Cilwa became married to Frank Lee Kinder, in a ceremony performed at Sedona's Red Rock Crossing. My granddaughter Cailey and grandson Zachary were ring-bearers. The ceremony was attended by immediate family members, and was followed by a short swim and then dinner at the Red Planet Diner.

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Karen Graduates

By: Paul S. Cilwa Posted: 5/9/2008
Topics: #KarenHopeCilwa Page Views: 8808
Karen is rewarded for her hard work.

It's May, so we have another graduation! This time it's my daughter, Karen, who got her bachelor's degree in Anthropology from Arizona State University this morning. Despite the fact that sitting in a sports stadium for three hours listening to unpronounceable names being, against all odds, pronounced as a thousand purple-robed graduates gavotte from chair to educator to educator and back to chair was considered too severe a torture for even Condoleezza Rice to order for Guantanamo Bay prisoners, it was a wonderful experience to be there for my little girl as she takes that magical step from childhood to employability.

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And Now, Tomorrow's News

By: Paul S. Cilwa Posted: 3/6/2007
Topics: #9/11 #Conspiracy Page Views: 8206
Let's examine the possibilty that some very significant news events have been officially reported…BEFORE THEY HAPPENED!

We know that all the TV networks, and virtually all radio stations and newspapers, are owned by the same, small number of global corporations—and these corporations own stock in each other, making them more inbred than any family of Ozark mountaineers. The same corporations also own major defense contractors (the guys who make money from war), major pharmaceuticals, and Big Oil. It's far more in their interest that they suppress a free press than risk exposing their own schemes.

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The Terminals

By: Paul S. Cilwa Posted: 12/31/2008
Topics: #Cailey #Travel #Virginia #Chicago #GreyhoundBusLines Page Views: 7189
In which I take the bus trip from hell after my flight is cancelled.

Here was my intention: To make a quick, overnight visit to Florida to visit my sisters, Joni and Louise, and their families at their post-Christmas get-togethers. Even my nephew, Tim, was flying in from California.

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Oh, My Leg!

By: Paul S. Cilwa Posted: 5/4/2011
Topics: #NecrotizingFaciitis #Flesh-EatingBacteria #Health Page Views: 7164
My near-death experience with flesh-eating bacteria.

My last blog entry was dated January 7th, and I apologize for that. I didn't die. But, it seems, I came pretty close. Here's what happened.

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