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Thoughts on the Ken Burn’s Speical

Thoughts on the Ken Burn’s Speical

My Thoughts on the Ken Burn’s Special I watched Ken Burn’s special show about Vietnam with mixed feelings. I was sure that he was going to portray us in the worst possible light, and though some of it reflected badly on the American solider, I think that, […]

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A Memory of A Hurricane

A Memory of A Hurricane

A Memory of Hurricane Katrina   With the hurricane in the news today, I’m reminded of the last major hurricane to hit the US. It was, of course, Katrina, and when it made landfall at Gulf Shores, Alabama, Ruth, our dog Charley 1 (as opposed to our […]

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Sergeant Gertrude the Company Pet

Sergeant Gertrude the Company Pet I do a very good barbeque goat, and back when I was still living in Sikeston, attending St. Paul’s Episcopal church…one of our annual events was a goat BBQ. Although there were initial skeptics, nearly everyone came around, because barbequed goat, properly […]

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Happy Birthday to my Brother Tommy

Happy Birthday to my Brother Tommy

 Today, 17 June, would have been my brother, Tommy’s 77th birthday.  He was a DEA agent when he died, 27 years ago….one month short of his 50th birthday. Tommy was a unique personality, a great athlete, very personable, and afraid of nothing.  I shared, in an earlier […]

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The Immeasurable Impact Teachers Have on Students

The Immeasurable Impact Teachers Have on Students

The Immeasurable Impact Teachers Have on Students   I wonder if school teachers actually know what an impact they have on the lives of their students, an impact and a presence that remains long after the teacher is gone. Let me share four of my teachers with […]

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The Anniversary of the D-Day Landing

The Anniversary of the D-Day Landing

 The Anniversary of the D-Day Landing   I was in Korea in the 1950s….though it was after the war. I was an EM then, and I was a squad leader in A Company, 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division. Our Battalion was selected to participate […]

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Sergeant Smith and the Cigarette Roll

Sergeant Smith and the Cigarette Roll

Sergeant Smith and the Cigarette Roll My first assignment after getting my appointment to Warrant Officer was to an a/c maintenance company in the 101st Abn at Ft. Campbell, KY.  My first job was as PBO, (property book officer) which made me the supply officer of the […]

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Six Men on the Vietnam Wall

Six Men on the Vietnam Wall

I want to tell you about six men so that you will know them not as names on a reflective, gabbro wall, but as people. As memorial day approaches, I find myself thinking about my friends whose names are on Vietnam Wall I would like to share […]

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All right, God

All right, God

I was eighteen years old, a soldier at Ft. Rucker, Alabama, and a somewhat regular attendee of the First Baptist Church of Ozark. There was a Sunday evening service for young people called BTU, or Baptist Training Union, and I enjoyed the meetings because I was the […]

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Fremad

Fremad

My publisher, Wolfpack, has just released my newest novel; LONG ROAD TO ABILENE.  Although it is, ultimately a Western novel, early in the book Cade McCall, the protagonist of the story, is hijacked aboard a sailing ship the FREMAD.  Because of that, about one quarter of the story […]

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