I’m Nancy Hancock-Cullen. Welcome to The Stonebridge where I discuss:
Giving Found Materials Fresh Form and Purpose
Giving Lost Stories A Voice
The Stonebridge is a compilation of stones which have interconnected to form my life bridge. These stones in the bridge are stories become substance. Most of these stories never had a voice, or if they had one, have been lost to time. It is my hope that as I share the stories behind the stones in my bridge, it will inspire reflection about your own stories and, even more, the stories behind the stories.
My Content – The Stonebridge
The stones of my life bridge fall into four categories:
Scripture states that “faith is the substance of things hoped for….”. What we believe and put our trust in, whatever or whoever that may be, will frame all else. I acknowledge at the onset and make no apologies that my choice to make Jesus Christ the Lord of my life permeates all I am and do.
Relationships are important and family relationships top the list. However, the stories I share here will not be so much about my family today (I can hear a collective sigh of relief from them all), but explore the ways in which those who have passed on have impacted their world and how that continues even today.
Isaiah 58:12 speaks of “raising up age old foundations…”. As owners of an historic landmark home, one gets connected to its history more as a steward than an owner. You are connected down through time to those who have gone before; who have lived in the same space you now occupy. Yet, the reality of historic restoration has its own set of stories that deserve documentation. This BLOG serves to do that.
When one spends 34 years in an occupation as unique and wonderful as air traffic control, it never really goes away. I was an air traffic controller for 14 years before I became a pilot. In some ways everything I learned about walking by faith, cherishing family and appreciating foundations was made clearer in the act of controlling airplanes and learning to fly. How? This BLOG will talk about that.
These four “stones” have emerged organically from within becoming visible and viable by simply putting one foot in front of the other. There have been some intention and failure, along with a fair amount of fumbling. There were choices and decisions, even the occasional “what if I had…” , but in the end, simply doing something with what was presented, has served well and continues to do so. It can for you as well!
I am a retired Federal Aviation Air traffic controller, current private pilot and married almost 40 years to a wonderful guy. We live in a 125+ year old Victorian house; enjoy cats, vintage and classic anything and our precious friends scattered around the globe. In addition to flying and maintaining the airplane I inherited from my father, I enjoy gardening, hearing family stories, and historic restoration. In the process of restoring several older homes, I have discovered a knack for re-purposing all kinds of stuff, some of which I sell.
I began working at my father’s auto salvage business in high school. I cleaned, took inventory, mowed and kept books after school. Most of my childhood, I lived in the house my father grew up in; across from the high school from which I graduated with virtually the same classmates I entered grammar school with. I flew with my dad in the same airplane I fly today. After a short stint in college I ended up in Denver, CO where I entered civil service as a personnel clerk in 1972.
In 1975 I took the entrance exam and was selected to enter a pass/fail training program for air traffic control. In 1983, I was granted a nine month leave of absence to attend the University of Strasbourg in France to study French while my husband worked on a doctorate. In 1988 I was promoted to a staff position at the Wichita Air Traffic Control Facility. In 1992 I received my private pilot’s license while completing the restoration of my father’s airplane. He was my first passenger in that plane. In 1994 I traveled to Madagascar as a member of a Civil Aviation Assessment Team sponsored by the government of Madagascar.
In 1995 I was selected as the Air Traffic Representative for Europe, Africa and the Middle East, Brussels Belgium. I worked with International Civil Aviation Organization member nations, EUROCONTROL, NATO and the US Military on matters requiring air traffic technical assistance. In 1999 I was selected for the FAA air traffic accident and incident investigation staff, Fort Worth, TX and in 2005 moved to the air traffic safety evaluations staff, Washington, D.C. I retired in January 2010 after 38 years of civil service.
We are in the midst of restoring our 1888 Richardsonian Victorian home, Maison Steinbuchel, located in Historic Midtown, Wichita, KS. In 2015 I self-published my first book, a compilation of my father’s writings, who passed on in 2000.
In my free time, I fly, enjoy family and friends both near and far, gardening and a regular date night with the love of my life. We are active members of Faith Community Church, Wichita.
I have been married to The Reverend Doctor Charles David Cullen for almost 40 years. We do not have children. However, we enjoy our nieces, nephews and the many students my husband has been honored to instruct in varied aspects of classical education over the years. We also have a brood of cats that you may hear about from time to time.
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