Author - Rick Gile

Rick Gile

Life is made up of stories. You may not realize it, but we relay our experiences to one another all the time. They can give our loved ones a sense of the past, our friends a glimpse of how we have reacted to life's changes. Or, tell a new acquaintance something about ourselves. Stories are really about the journey of life.

What you encounter as life passes are views of events that make up your past, while shaping your future. What you read here are merely a few of the stories that have shaped my life, so far.

Rick and his wife Olga live in upstate New York, close to their grandchildren. They work part-time with their sons after running a business for 37 years in the Albany area.

The Neighborhood

Neighborhoods really are very unique.  We have lived in a few over the years and can attest to that fact.  When we first arrived in California, we moved to an apartment complex in a small town adjacent to the the Base where I was stationed.  Actually, the western gate on Rosamond Boulevard was almost visible from the parking lot in front of the apartments.  Some of our time spent in this location, you can read about elsewhere on the Blog under the title “Arachnophobia“, if you’ve trouble sleeping.  I’ve been told that my stories are better than Sominex. We had arrived in mid-October and proceeded to set up housekeeping in the tiny, furnished apartment.  We...

A Zelasko Family Christmas

The planning for the Zelasko Family Christmas begins in July.  A Saturday in early December is selected.  Flights are scheduled, travel arrangements are made and we’ll all hope the weather cooperates.  Our daughter-in-law, Cindy, skillfully prepares hand-crafted invitations that the postman will deliver, soon after Halloween.  The excitement and reality set in right after Thanksgiving, when we begin to pull it all together. The tradition began for us on the first Christmas after returning home from our time in the Service.  Olga’s parents and other siblings had been gathering but the grandchildren were coming along fast and the group was growing.  The first floor of the...

Where Do We Go From Here?

From the outset, understand that I don’t have a thoughtful answer to what I’m asking.  I’m working through it. What are we going to do as Christian Churches, after the storm passes?  Can James 1:2,3 apply to the church, as well as our personal lives?  Does Romans 8:28 tell the church that God is working through the current crisis for our good as individuals and for the church at large? There will come a time when we begin to get back to normal.  Will we may look back and say, “We’re glad that’s over with.  Let’s pick up where we left off”.  Assuming that God uses circumstances to teach us, admonish us and grow us, why then would continue...

Deepening Desires

I don’t watch much of reality television.  It’s not very entertaining or informative for me.  However, some of the programming is intriguing.  I have looked in on a couple of pioneering shows, particularly about people living in the last frontier, Alaska.  The families on those shows seem not only content, but appear to actually love it.  In this modern era, one might wonder why anyone might be consumed with living in the 19th century.  Log cabins, no central heat, wood for fuel, hunting and fishing for survival or indoor plumbing.  Those are some the things many would consider basic for our own habitat.  The whole “living off the land” and being totally...

Do You Really Want To Say That?

Recently I read of a certain well-known governor who made an interesting statement as the number of COVID-19 cases began to stabilize.  He said,  “The number is down because we brought the number down.  God did not do that. Faith did not do that. Destiny did not do that. A lot of pain and suffering did that . . . That’s how it works. It’s math.” It brings to my mind a king by the name of Nebuchadnezzar.  This particular account of him is in the book of Daniel in the Bible.  You may be familiar with some things about Daniel.  Maybe you’ll remember reading about the Lions’ Den or the Fiery Furnace.  If you have ever used the expression “The handwriting on...

Dinner’s Ready

If you have ever been to our house, you have been fed. My wife is a great cook. I’ve found we make a great team, especially when it comes to cooking. I’m not suggesting that I’m much of a cook’s assistant, but I do like to eat. Her Eastern European decent comes into play when company arrives, even if unannounced. It somehow would be impolite not to put on a full spread, complete with plenty of appetizers for twenty people, even if it’s only for a family of four. After everybody leaves, she often remarks, “What was I thinking? I made enough for the Ukrainian Army.” That’s a vague reference to large amounts of kielbasa and sauerkraut. For whatever reason, there usually seems...

Sure, Bring Anything You Want.

There is something deep in the psyche of Americans and their love for camping and outdoor living. It all began in the 1840’s and 1850’s with many of the families trying to get out of the cities. The industrial revolution and the subsequent population growth were causing noise, air pollution and slums. Sanitation problems and declining health among the city-dwellers were fast becoming large scale issues. In less than half a decade, a new building boom would begin. The suburbs would be on the horizon. In spite of what you might be thinking, that’s a little before my time. When I arrived on the scene, suburbia was in full swing. Soon after WWII, the returning GIs needed jobs and...

The Peoples’ King?

The crowd on the day of the crucifixion was an interesting bunch. Many in that crowd may have been there when Jesus fed the 5000, or the time he fed another 4000. The great multitudes described in Matthew Chapter 4 were following him from throughout the region. They may have heard him preach The Sermon on the Mount. Many of His miracles were witnessed by large groups. The hordes were there lining the streets when He entered Jerusalem on that Sunday. They, “took the branches of the palm trees and went out to meet Him, and began to shout, “Hosanna! BLESSED IS HE WHO COMES IN THE NAME OF THE LORD, even the King of Israel.” They were calling Him King. They had seen what He had done for...

He Is At Work

It is on a lot of Christians’ collective minds today about what God might be doing during all of this. We might be questioning His purposes for the world, or specifically for Christians. We can speculate with a lot of things. Maybe it’s about our churches and so many who neglect attending services and fellowship (Hebrews 10:25). Some have suggested His wrath on the world for ignoring Him. It could be any number of reasons. Better for us to ask, “What does the Bible say?” This we do know because God says it: “And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose”. For His...

The Dark Fountain

There is a seemingly endless list of the joys of home-ownership, particularly when it comes to owning an older house.  Our first home was built about 30 years before we acquired it.  Those delights include electricity and plumbing, amid a medley of other issues.  If you’re old enough, you may remember glass fuses.  We had the usual assortment of modern appliances like a clothes washer, electric dryer, electric water heater and a dishwasher.  All of which drew far more amperage than their ancestors that were around when the house was built. We learned quickly that you could only run two devices at a time or you were swapping out fuses every time someone used the toaster. The house...