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31 Dec

Picture the following if you will. We, all of us, you, me, your annoying neighbor, everyone, live in one big apartment building.  Some of us pay more rent and have more amenities, but everyone lives in the same building.  There is a building security office and other services, some open to everyone, some open to those who have the means to pay extra for them. There are policies that pertain to every resident in the building, and we all have…..

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20 Dec

Several people have been congratulating me on the recent upset victory by the Navy Midshipmen over the Black Knights of West Point.  While I accept the praise graciously, I do recognize that much of the credit goes to the players.  Anyway, in celebration of the victory I have been sporting my Navy wool jacket as a testament to the team and to my alma mater in general. While wearing said jacket at McDonald’s on a Sunday morning, a man slightly…..

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06 Sep

Let’s talk about Mike.Mike has made some poor life choices.Don’t be like Mike. Recently, I traveled to Minnesota. Minnesota, by the way is flatter than an open soda after twelve days, and about as diverse as a white crayon. But it is a beautiful state filled with friendly people, including my shuttle driver, who we will call Mike. I’m not scared to use his real name, because I plan to write a thought provoking, intelligent piece and therefore Mike will…..

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04 Jul

              Is anyone else concerned with what is going on in American politics right now?                I must admit I am.                Once upon a time, we had a two party system and a three chambered government to ensure that there were checks and balances and that all people’s views were represented equally.  We were seen as a beacon of democracy.  Sad news, folks.  That was then, this is now, and the now is our democracy is less like a…..

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14 Feb

              Lucky me; it seems I have been given the opportunity for a second dance with my old friend, testicular cancer.  For those that aren’t familiar with my story, when I was 22 I was diagnosed with testicular cancer the first time.  I permanently lost one testicle, temporarily lost my mind, and went on sort of a destructive binge until I figured out what I needed to do to pull out of the nosedive I was in.               Fast forward…..

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22 Nov

Disclaimer:  This is NOT about being pro-Democrat or anti-Republican.  To be honest, I am not a fan of either, but it’s pretty much all we have.  Those of us in the military are used to being part of something bigger than ourselves.  We sacrifice our individual rights (and our egos, if we are doing it right) for the greater good.  We are taught from a relatively junior rank that leadership is about doing what is right for the group you…..

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13 May

Sometimes, a moment in history is so important, so all impacting, so all encompassing, that it gives us a moment to teach huge groups, even generations, important lessons that will serve them for all time.  This corona pandemic is definitely one of those historic moments.  Because of it, we had a chance to teach virtually every student important lessons about self-discipline, about pride in work, and about getting the job done even if it was a bit harder than planned……

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13 Apr

              For several weeks, I have been trying to come up with something worthwhile about my quarantine experience, and to date, I have failed.  Basically, I sleep in, get up, do my job, work out, and then try to study SOMETHING.  Working on Spanish and reintroducing myself to American Sign Language are at the top of the list of my studying.  For workouts, I am bike riding or doing martial arts, usually with my son (who, at seven years old,…..

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17 Mar

Well, thanks COVID-19.  You are making things interesting, that’s for sure. The stock market has been more exciting than any roller coaster, unless of course you have money in it.  France closed the Eiffel Tower.  Italy just plain CLOSED.  Here in the US, we have closed schools, cancelled concerts, and cancelled athletic seasons.  In typical American fashion, there has been intelligent discussion at several levels of government, and of course grandstanded gasbagging from both sides at the highest levels.  I…..

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22 Dec

Before I roll into this, some holiday humor, reprinted with permission blah blah blah from my first (and so far only) book. It was written a LONG time ago, about my then-girlfriend… _______________________________________             Last Christmas my lovely and wonderful girlfriend decided that it would be nice if she and I spent some quality time “bonding.”  I agreed, and immediately suggested covering our bodies with chocolate sauce and sticking ourselves to each other.  She politely corrected me.  “No, you cretin. …..

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