Impromptu Rifle Range and Lessons Learned!

Wednesday, September 14th, 2011

Post Parris Island rifle range refresher course; some lessons are learned well and quickly!

Editorial Notebook – Say It Loud –

Monday, August 23rd, 2010

“The class assignment for the eighth graders deep in rural Appalachia was to stand up guilt-free about extolling the dialect spoken in their local mountain “hollers.” Sound forth; never mind the “hillbilly” stigma that can especially haunt teenagers. On a visit a decade ago to Ellenboro, W.Va., I delighted to hear Kyre Bartz tell a […]

Ending a Friendship on Principle

Saturday, June 26th, 2010

It is always sad when a friendship ends but this week I needed to end one. Think of what it might have been like in post Civil War, or during the Vietnam era, or even this last decade where individual’s had to take a stand and decide whether to respect the other person’s opinion and […]

National Anthem

Thursday, March 25th, 2010

The United States National Anthem  This link is to a .wmv file of the National Anthem being performed at one of the Spurs Games by the Cactus Cuties, ages 9 to 14. It speaks for itself.

Me and John Wayne

Sunday, November 1st, 2009

In Ohio the licensing laws require student drivers to have a certain number of hours before a student can test for his license. My Grandmother Esther lived in Ravenswood West Virginia and I lived in Cleveland Ohio with my wife and kids. Timothy, my youngest son, had his learners permit and I decided that some […]

Grandmother Esther Raises the Stakes

Monday, October 12th, 2009

My Grandmother Esther was a neat elderly lady, well, not always elderly, I am sure at some point in her life she was young, but this story takes place after elderly became an accurate adjective. Life has a way of getting in the way of all the things we want to do and so I […]