News and commentary by Fred Owens in LaConner, a small town in the Skagit Valley. The story behind the name: There was once a grocery store in a quonset hut, run by Mr. Grobschmidt. Clyde, an old drunk who lived out on the river, thought that Mr. Grobschmidt looked like a frog, so he took to calling the store the "Frog Hospital." Now the quonset hut, Mr. Grobschmidt, and Clyde are all gone -- only this blog survives to carry on the Frog Hospital tradition.
Johnny lived at Mataka's house in Luveve, a section of Bulawayo in Zimbabwe. Johnny was a great-grandson of Mataka. Johnny said he wanted to be a pilot when he grew up so we took him out to the airport.
A jet comes in every day from Johannesburg. You can get on that jet and fly to Johannesburg and then get on another jet and fly to see the whole world.
A boy can dream of becoming a pilot when he sees the jets take off.