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Don Quixote de la Mancha and Sancho Panza (painted by Picasso)Welcome to La Mancha
Don Quixote's Virtual Home

I am I, your host Miguel de Cervantes.
Please just call me Miguel, or Michael in English, as you prefer.

Some think Don Quixote was just a senile old fool, but for me he has been a life-long inspiration. Like Quixote, I hope I never give up doing what I believe God wants me to do --- no matter what the odds.

I invite you to read the words of his song written below while you listen to the music (click on the speaker icon). Then, scroll down to take a look at a few of my current quests.

May God also help you with your quests in life. After all, God has always been well known for turning impossible dreams into amazing realities.

The Impossible Dream

"To dream the impossible dream, to fight the unbeatable foe, to bear with unbearable sorrow, to run where the brave dare not go, to right the unrightable wrong, to love, pure and chaste, from afar; to try when your arms are too weary; to reach the unreachable star.

"This is my Quest---to follow that star, no matter how hopeless, no matter how far, to fight for the right without question or pause, to be willing to march into hell for a heavenly cause!

"And I know, if I'll only be true to this glorious Quest, that my heart will lie peaceful and calm when I'm laid to my rest.

"And the world will be better for this---that one man, scorned and covered with scars, still strove with his last ounce of courage to reach the unreachable star." (The Impossible Dream - lyrics by Joe Darion, music by Mitch Leigh)

The Wisdom of Don Quixote

It came to pass that some fools who thought themselves wise set Sancho Panza up as governor of a small district they told him was an island he should rule. They only wanted to amuse themselves by mocking him. But Sancho ruled, though briefly, better than those who mocked him. Sancho had first sought and received the counsel of the Knight of the Woeful Countenance -- the Wisdom of Don Quixote de la Mancha.

Each time I fall, I will rise again. Sancho! My armor! Follow this link offsite to learn more about Don Quixote and Miguel de Cervantes.

Ask Sancho

Sancho Panza, faithful squire Sancho and his beloved Dapple will gladly help you find what you're looking for on this site.
Just fill in your re-Quest in the form below.

Sancho, search this site for:

Current Quests


Genie Allergy The sort of, almost, not quite true story of how my family came to be.

Parnell, Conley, Hefley, and related families This branch of the family I blame on my mother.

Odle and related families Dad has to take responsibility for this bunch. Yeah, yeah, I know his father was adopted. That's no excuse, I say.

Odle Odds and Ends Here's a collection of Odles from the web that are way off the beaten track. No, I mean even more than the rest of us are!

Biblical Genealogy

Adam to Noah

Genocide in Darfur, Sudan

Together we can make a difference and save the lives of people facing genocide. Life for them shouldn't be an impossible dream. A good place to join the quest is at Save Darfur.

Post-Polio Syndrome

Link to Post-Polio Resource Group of Southeastern Wisconsin I had polio in 1952 and developed Post-Polio Syndrome (PPS) in 1996. After 44 years, polio hit me with a nasty surprise -- a new and more profound level of disability. I am a member of the Post-Polio Resource Group of Southeastern Wisconsin.

Just click on the logo at the left or go to to come visit us and learn more about PPS.

Jesus Christ

In November of 1985, my life was turned upside down -- or, I should say, turned right side up -- when I discovered that Jesus really did want me to have hope and purpose and a brand new life. You know, I strongly suspect that Jesus has the same thing in mind for you.

Bible Gateway Here we can search any of numerous Bible translations/versions in nine languages.

Our Daily Bread This is a devotional guide for daily Bible readings, prayers, and inspirational thoughts.

The Twelve Voices of Easter This RealAudio and visual drama written by Dr. Woodrow Kroll and Keith Ghormley will enrich your understanding of Easter. The Twelve Voices of Easter is best experienced with the RealAudio plug-in and a modem speed of 28.8 or faster.

First United Methodist Church of West Allis This our home church.

Trinity Evangelical Divinity School I graduated from this seminary with a Masters of Divinity degree in 1989.

Photo Gallery

Here is a quick link to a picture of my wife Janet and me. For access to all the other photos, click on the Photo Index link. Most photos are also linked from the genealogy pages.

Michael and Janet

Photo Index

Lady Janet's Quest

Bach Chamber ChoirNo, Dulcinea is not my Lady - actually, that's my daughter's name! My true Lady is my wife, Janet, who belongs to a wonderful community choir (volunteers) called the Bach Chamber Choir. If you love good choral music, you'll not want to miss them. For more information, follow the musical link on the right.

In Remembrance of Steve Odle 1954 - 2000

This is a special page of a few memories and pictures of my youngest brother, who died at age 45 on June 4, 2000.


Iron Mail: the Pony Express with attitude.Give your e-mail message to Don Quixote and his worthy steed, Rosinante.

La Mancha virtual home page Pepe le Pew: Warning! This is a real stinker. Yosemite Sam: We're a bit ornery, but loveable! I guess we're all a little Daffy. Adam to Noah
These are some of the quests I give to. Perhaps you would like to also.
La Mancha
Wisdom of
Don Quixote
Genie Allergy
Odle and Related Families
Parnell and Related Families
Biblical Genealogy
Quixote's Favorite Charities

This web site created by:
Michael Odle

Original materials copyrighted and may not be sold or used for profit in any way, but may be copied for personal use only by permission of web site author. Copyright 1999 Michael A. Odle