Life is a journey and I'd like to share mine with you. We'll travel back in time and round the world to the Great Wall of China. Then we'll come forward again to the present moment — the only place where real life exists. Everything that's happened our lives has taken place in a particular moment, at that specific time. We'll explore this more.

We'll also check out Florida and my family roots there. We'll look at life, politics, spirituality.  We'll look at things good, bad, funny and serious. Nothing is more important than family and friends, both new and old. This website will celebrate this and our collective journey together.

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you'll find this website interesting, informative, entertaining — and even inspiring.

Welcome to my corner of the Internet.

Dr. William Edgar Geil &

the Great Wall of China

Life 2.o

Gay Videos

The Brevard Hotel

Just Sayin' 2.0 &

Just Sayin' Classic

I've blogged periodically — Just Sayin' — for years, mostly as commentaries on Facebook and later on this website. In 2018 I refocused a bit and moved to the WordPress platform where today I'm Just Sayin' 2.0.

I fell in love with keyboards long before computers. Among my favorite gifts as a kid from Mom & Dad was an Olivetti-Underwood typewriter like the one pictured here. I loved it! I'd find excuse to type anything. I can still smell the oil and the typewriter ribbon — both black and red, of course! It was great, and it never froze or crashed. It never needed a reboot.

Just Sayin' Blogs

Typewriter courtesy of Alan Seaver / machinesoflovinggrace.com



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Throwback Thursday

My grandfather, Dr. William Edgar Geil, is the first person of any race or nationality documented to have walked the entire length of the Great Wall of China. He did this in the summer of 1908. Most likely you've never heard of him, but if my family and friends in the United States and China have our way, everyone soon will. The whole thing is an amazing story, and it's all here.

Most people die without ever having lived. As life unfolds before us, we're distracted rehashing the past or anticipating the future. And once that future arrives, we're looking ahead to the next.

Life 2.0 looks at Meditation and Mindfulness as explained by distinguished teachers and practitioners.

I've curated a diverse collection of quality LGBT films  from sites like YouTube and Vimeo, assembling them into five categories:

  • Gay Video of the Week
  • Snapshots of Gay History as Told Thru Video
  • Coming Out Stories
  • Gay Film
  • Gay Television

My Dad's father, Hartley C. Laycock, Sr., was President and Chairman of the Board at the People's Bank in Chicago when the market crashed and the economy collapsed with the Depression. He was a man of high moral and ethical standards, ensuring that depositors recovered as much of their money as possible. When the process was done there was little left.

Dad's family sold the house they had just recently built and moved south to Florida. What followed was a remarkable story.




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