Many of these hobbies are great for the entire family!

Amateur Radio
This is a great hobby for many reasons. Not only can you develop technical knowledge about radio and communications, but you also have the opportunity to enhance international goodwill. Amateur Radio Operators, also called "hams" bridge geographical and political barriers. I have talked to people from countries all over the world, including Japan, China, Germany & Russia (before the wall came down) and many others. Hams are also very service oriented and provide assistance during emergencies and natural disasters.

Who doesn't love a good treasure hunt? Geocaching is combination of high tech treasure hunting and hide-and-go-seek. Using the Geocaching website, you can find out information about over 900,000 "caches" hidden around the world. It doesn't matter where you are, there is a cache near you! Using a GPS helps, but you can also use Google Maps to narrow down the location of the cache, and then locate the treasure based on the cache description and clues. Be warned...if you try it, you'll probably be hooked!

Calligraphy - the art of beautiful writing. You'll see samples of some of my calligraphy spread around on the site. I haven't taken the time to do much lately, but there is something about taking a pen and creating something beautiful. Computers, technology, cell phones and texting have truly made calligraphy a lost art...but try it! It's a lot of fun, and will remind you of how people used to communicate! Kaligrafos, the Dallas Calligraphy Society has numerous links to help you find out more, and you can check out Michael Podesta for one of my favorite calligraphers!