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Tending My Garden

July 23, 2016


I thought I’d rise to the level of Thomas Jefferson for a short while this morning. He was a gentleman farmer among the many hats he wore—composer of the Declaration of Independence among the better known bullets of his resume—and he spent a lot of time at his home of Monticello in Virginia tinkering with […]

Memorial Day, 2016

May 30, 2016


Memorial Day started out as Decoration Day among the families of Civil War soldiers who died in that war. The graves of the dead were decorated and their service recalled. Over the years Memorial Day, which in the early years actually had a day devoted to the Union dead and a separate one to those […]

Amen Corner Farm

May 28, 2016


Last week my wife Louise and I packed up the RV, threw our two Standard Poodles, Dudley and Miller, into the back seat of the truck and off we went to ride and jump horses at the Amen Corner Farm, tucked into the corner of southeast Louisiana, just north of Lake Ponchartrain and the Big […]

Imperial Order of Charles V

January 11, 2016


In November, 2015, I was inducted, along with thirty five other new members, and ten ladies, into the Imperial Order of Charles V in the Alcazar fortress/palace in Segovia, Spain. Go the Images page on the left for a few pictures of the event.  

When Joining ROTC Was No Big Deal

January 2, 2016


I read the piece in the Dec. 30, 2015 ed. of the WSJ, “At Last, Some Campus Sanity: ROTC Gains,” with some interest since I passed through NROTC many years ago. And I honestly didn’t think much about it. The first time I heard some youngster in the last few years, upon hearing I spent […]


November 22, 2015


The maid got on the elevator and I asked her if she was going up or down. She pointed up and then said “down.” Ah, for a moment I thought I was back in the Third World, but I was in Segovia, Spain for a little ceremony I’d been invited to participate in. So, “which […]

In Service

November 9, 2015


I always try not to get into the “well, things were a lot better when I was growing up, or in college, or…” and you fill in the blank. This generational gap between my age—ahead of the Baby Boomers—and my youngest child’s cohort, the Millennials—often leads one to conclude that one generation—mine of course—was a […]