Category Archives: Drums

Remembering Grandpa Kemmerer

A photo of Grandpa Kemmerer and I, from the summer of 1961, when I was seven years old. Remembering Grandpa Kemmerer By Richard Mabey Jr. My maternal grandfather, Edmund C. Kemmerer, was a very smart, kind and deeply religious man. … Continue reading

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The Call of Drums

I got my first drum for Christmas in 1956. I was three years old. The Call of Drums By Richard Mabey Jr. There is something, innately inborn in all of us that calls us to a specific purpose in life. … Continue reading

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To Answer The Question: Why?

My old girlfriend, Penny, had a great fondness to wear her dad’s old army shirt. From the first time I saw her, I was totally smitten with her. This essay is an attempt to answer one of my most commonly … Continue reading

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Overcoming Self Doubts

This is a photo of myself taken in my senior year of high school. I wanted very much to see my many stories and articles become published, but my heart was filled with self doubts. The good Lord used a precious … Continue reading

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Reflections of My Early College Days

Reflections of My Early College Days By Richard Mabey Jr. Recently, President Obama spoke of the ideal of providing two years of college for free, for those students attending community colleges. It’s not my purpose to criticize the President of … Continue reading

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The Beloved Scoutmaster

The Beloved Scoutmaster By Richard Mabey Jr. My dad was my Scoutmaster. Together, we walked the earthen path of the Appalachian Trail. Shared a canoe in a week-long sojourn down the Delaware River. Dad taught me to tie a square … Continue reading

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Determination

Determination By Richard Mabey Jr. For the most part, the life of a writer is a lonely life. At least at times it becomes very lonely. Privacy, time alone, and focusing on the inward call are essential needs for a … Continue reading

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