Life Stories

In 2013 I started going to a writer’s guild called “Word and Image Guild” for the Hermitage community that met at McKendree Retirement Village where I was living at the time (for 2 years). Most were older people like me and many were working on their memoirs and thus many of our writing assignments were to write about events in our lives at various ages. I’m putting the stories that I wrote for that group here as a growing collection that just might become a book one of these days.   🙂   More stories have been added since that initial start and more are still to come!   But nowhere do I have as many stories as you will find on my Blog – Retired in Costa Rica! Check it out and subscribe!

The menu below has stories arranged in chronological order as they happened in my life and not in the order written. Each will have the date I wrote it indicated along with when it happened. It was fun and of course I will add more! As I get older I seem to remember long ago things better than what happened this morning!   🙂

The feature photo above is three of us along with others telling stories around the campfire on Christmas Eve 2000 at Bird Safari Camp that you can  read about in Gambia Stories.    ~Charlie

Sometimes reality is too complex. Stories give it form.”

– Jean Luc Godard

Life Stories MENU

* This starred (1 star) story is on ANOTHER PAGE of my website (like Family or His Spirit) but linked from here as part of my stories. It will not appear in the top menu for this page but on its location page menu. The whole website is a collection of stories ultimately, and NON-LINKED stories listed above simply have not been prepared yet. It has turned out to be a really big job for a big website!   🙂

** Double star (2 stars) is similar to above note, this story is not on this page but in this case on my BLOG  menu, not on the pull-down menu here.  In one sense all of my blog posts are stories!   🙂


My college friend Bob Duffer has started his life stories as Old Guys Tales with a website devoted just to the stories and they certainly parallel a lot of mine in that we are about the same age. You might find them interesting whether you know Bob or not. (Warning: They are Baptist Preacher Stories.) I wonder if he will ever tell the story of how I “stole the bride” at his wedding by jumping into the driver’s seat of their get-a-way car when he got out to get his Dad’s credit card and I drove June around the block in downtown Dallas, TX?   🙂

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And when in The Gambia we had The Bantaba, “The Story-telling Place” and that link takes you to photos of several of them I experienced.



And I highly Recommend  to read others’ stories and record your own! I recorded mine in the early 2000’s in Nashville. They will all be kept in the Library of Congress. Tell your story!

And you can hear my 40 minute story online from 2012 when I was 72 years old in Nashville, TN:

Or see a written outline of it (by them) on My StoryCorps Page on this website which includes a photo of me and my interviewer, hers or someone’s outline of my life and of course the above link to the recording on “StoryCorps Archives” where you can find other peoples stories who have released them.



. . .  read some really cool stories from all over the world at:


“Stories are a communal currency of humanity.”

–Tahir Shah, in Arabian Nights

¡Pura Vida!