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16 Aug

Started to write the below the week before we moved.  Then we moved, so things kind of fell apart and its completion was delayed by all the wonderful disasters that go with moving.  Finally got around to finishing it up… __________________ As we prepare to move, my wife and I are taking the opportunity to do something we didn’t do the last time we moved—PURGE. The last time we moved, it was short notice, in a rush, we were frustrated,…..

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28 May

“Happy Memorial Day!” No, it isn’t. On Memorial Day, most of us look forward to a longer weekend, the opening of the local pool, and maybe a cookout. All of those things are good, and there is nothing wrong with looking forward to them. But we can’t let that eclipse the meaning of the weekend, because for at least the ten percent of the population who have ever served in the military, the day has a much more somber meeting……

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09 May

Sometimes I blog about important social issues.  Sometimes I just publish something I have been working on for my next book, which is scheduled to come out sometime between next week and before I die. This below is more of the latter.  It’s not that there aren’t any important social issues deserving of my time; it’s more that I work with high school students all day and by the time I get home my brain is mostly old tires and…..

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25 Feb

AUTHOR’S NOTE: I wrote this piece two days after the recent school shooting in Florida, but couldn’t post because my web host was having security issues (AGAIN). In the time between when I finished it and when I could post it, we had a threat against the school where I work that was caught by students on social media, who reacted appropriately and contacted law enforcement authorities, who investigated and intervened. “Stuff’s gettin’ real, y’all.” ***************** Another school shooting. “’Murica.”…..

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25 Jan

Good grief, but it hurt. Yes, I try to keep myself in good shape to keep up with the cadets. And yes, I am working towards my black belt, so it’s obvious that fitness is pretty important to me. So imagine how low I felt this past week when my lower back hurt so bad I literally at times could not get off the floor unassisted. Pretty humbling, pretty frustrating. It was a testament to my ongoing battle with Father…..

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05 Dec

Recently, three freshman members of the UCLA basketball team, while playing in China, were arrested for shoplifting. You can read some of the details here. Later on, it came out that these fine young representatives of our nation didn’t just impulsively shoplift one time, they hit three different stores during their short international crime spree. So, at least for the second and third time, it was premeditated. When asked about it, the parent of one of these lads, LaVar Ball…..

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26 Sep

Greetings!  Yes, it’s been too long since my last entry, and for that I apologize.  I was debating whether to launch into the NFL vs. the flag controversy, but that’s more overdone than my ex-girlfriend’s cooking.  North Korea and their part-psychopath part-muppet leader also was ripe for the picking, but in the end nuclear holocaust is not much of a laughing matter, so I let that go too. So, instead, musings of the alphabet, inspired my daughter.  DISCLAIMER:  If I…..

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24 Jul

About a month ago my family took a vacation to Orlando to visit the giant mouse and his friends. My first thought was that the TV shows like “NCIS,” “Criminal Minds,” or “Law & Order,” should all consider doing shows at Disney, because $13.99 for a cheeseburger and four fries is definitely some kind of crime.  My second thought can best be summed up here: Dear average American adult: YES, YOU DO HAVE TO FOLLOW DIRECTIONS. It never ceases to…..

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23 Jun

My super cute 8 year old daughter came to me last Saturday morning, all excited. I asked her what she was looking forward to, and she said that Mommy was taking her to “Build-a-Bear Workshop,” to get a new super cute stuffed animal “because it was the end of the school year.”  I had no problem with that;  she worked hard this school year, and did her best at least most of the time.  It’s what she said next that…..

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27 May

People think about lots of different things about during Memorial Day weekend. As most of America has never served (and many people don’t even closely know someone who has), this weekend is mostly filled with concerns about hamburger count, cases of beer, and travel times to the beach.   It’s easy to forget, especially if you have never served, why we even have this weekend in the first place.   For so many Americans, it’s just another holiday. But it’s not. I’m…..

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