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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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17 Nov

               Another week.  Another school shooting in America, which some say USED to be the greatest nation on earth.  (You can still argue that it is, but more and more you can argue that it isn’t.  Topic for another day).  And as I sat down to write this, I saw that there was another shooting, this time at a high school football game, resulting in a ten year old boy being in critical condition.                I can only handle one…..

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02 Nov

First, I want to say hi to a LOT of new followers. Not sure why, but my Facebook page is really getting a lot of likes lately. If you are one of those people, THANK YOU. Just recently, I returned from my 25th US Naval Academy reunion.  It was wonderful to the point of being surreal, and to be honest a lot of the events left me without words.  But since this is a blog, I have to try. One…..

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10 Aug

So, recently a colleague commented on what he (and now I) both consider to be a disturbing trend among our students. More and more, he relayed, his students are coming in with strong opinions about social issues based solely on what they are told at home.  He’s been teaching social sciences for close to twenty years. While it was not unusual in the past for the freshmen to have strong, biased, but unfounded opinions heavily influenced by mommy and daddy,…..

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01 Aug

So the world hasn’t heard from me in a bit. And look at that, it’s kept right on spinning, so I guess it wasn’t a big deal. And that’s part of the problem. I was sitting around the other day (they sort of blend together) and realized I felt like I didn’t have much of an impact on the world around me anymore. Let’s face it; I’m not really making big decisions anymore, and if we are being honest, I…..

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25 May

As my first year at my new job comes to a close, the seniors at the high school where I work are very happy, thrilled to get on with their lives. However, their last day of class falls on the Friday of Memorial Day weekend, and I’m having trouble getting in the spirit. I’m not a combat vet, but that doesn’t mean I don’t see faces. I sat down to write about them, to honor them in some small fashion……

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05 May

Today, I was honored to participate in a Local Authors’ event in my new hometown of Yorba Linda, California. The great folks at the Yorba Linda Public Library do this event every year. The criteria included being recently published and living in Yorba Linda. Since I met half of those, they allowed me to participate. I was so very happy to be a part of it, and wanted to shout out to some of the great local authors with whom…..

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27 Mar

Having done this “Senior Naval Science Instructor” gig for almost five years now, I can definitely say a few things with certainty. First, I have one of the coolest jobs in the world, and I am blessed AND lucky to do it. and Second, NOT EVERYONE SHOULD GO TO COLLEGE. Now, before you start lining up to beat with measuring sticks, note that I did not say, “Not everyone needs more education after high school.”  That would be ludicrous. We…..

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10 Feb

Haven’t written in a while.  I could try to make up an excuse, but why bother?  Sometimes I’m busy, sometimes I’m lazy, and sometimes I’m asleep. First, some political comments. Yes, our President is on certain, maybe even most, occasions a “bonehead” (technical term).  He handles some situations badly, and some not at all, and I personally think that most of the world is laughing at us.  The debacle around immigration and control of same is spiraling to ever higher…..

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