What I’m reading
I finished reading The Norman Conquest: The Battle of Hastings and the Fall of Anglo-Saxon England by Mark Morris. The book was a good historical account of the events leading up to and following William the Conqueror’s invasion of England to take the crown promised him by his cousin, Edward the Confessor. For […]
We are all soldiers in a war that has endured for countless millenia and we are the enemy that we seek to destroy. We are the combatants, the prisoners, and the casualties. We are at war with Nature and by implication we are also at war with Humanity since Humanity is a part of Nature. […]
I’m not surprised by the findings in the Washington Post article, You have to be Christian to truly be American? Many people in the U.S. say so. I’ve never underestimated the ignorance of the average American so thirty-two percent of Americans believing that you must be Christian to be an American only confirms my observations. […]
The crass commercialization of Christmas is certainly a downer but really puts a damper on my Christmas Spirit is Black Friday which is the antithesis of Christmas. It would be a gross understatement to say that I’m not particularly religious. The truth is that I am not religious at all considering that I do not […]
I recently came across a chronology I’d created years ago, documenting my assignments and temporary duty (TDY) assignments. I the process of converting it into a more up-to-date document format, I found myself going back to some of my old journals to confirm and clarify certain memories associated with those trips.
While I fond memories of […]
Here’s a short list of what will make America great:
I saw nor heard any of these ideas in Donald Trump’s campaign rhetoric. Institutionalized ignorance, hate, bigotry, racism, xenophobia, and misogyny are not the elements of greatness. Rather, they will impede our rise to greatness. Greatness can only be achieved by moving forward, not by moving […]
“Thank you for your service.” I always feel uncomfortable when someone thanks me for my service. Do they have any idea of what they are thanking me for? What sacrifices I’ve made to honor the call of duty? What I’ve experienced? Why I chose to serve? It’s doubtful, only those who have served in the […]
I’m a veteran and I am not offended by Colin Kaepernick and other athletes refusal to stand during the national anthem. It’s their First Amendment right to engage in peaceful protest and I support that. It should also be noted that I have not given them permission to offend me. I cannot be offended with […]
The man who views the world at 50 the same as he did at 20 has wasted 30 years of his life.
Long ago (ancient history), back in the days of King Dubya the Mediocre, a seed was planted in the unfertile soil of Republican politics. That seed was the notion that a “real […]
Today is Ash Wednesday and, for many Christians, the beginning of the Lenten season, a period in which people traditionally give up some vice until Easter. For many of those who give up something for Lent it will be something trivial such as chocolate, sweets, alcohol, or swearing.. I’d like to suggest maybe giving up […]