On Dogs and Dating Services

December 2, 2018

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As I was checking out a few weeks ago with my $uper duper dog food at one of the several pet supply stores in town, I thought back a bit to when I was growing up. I think all pet food was in the local grocery store and the big choice was bags or cans, […]

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Travels to Spain

December 2, 2018

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Long ago, in some old history textbook, I probably saw the name of Cadiz in Spain first mentioned. It didn’t quite resonate with me as much as other European cities I was learning about as I wandered through school. Berlin, London, Rome they all stuck out as places where big–often bad but sometimes stellar–history was […]

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Posted in: Navy, Spain

Things were always better back when….

December 2, 2018

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We’ve heard old timers say frequently that things were always better long ago in their youth. Music, morality, mothers and just about any category you can think about are remembered fondly and with great longing for the past. But, was it all that great? Well, some would say–definitely. Today we even have a word for […]

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Thank You for Your Service

December 2, 2018

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Today is Veteran’s Day, so thank you for your service. I don’t recall when that phrase started to become part of modern greetings, but I’m glad it did since I’m a Vietnam War period veteran, and the homecoming for many of the troops in the late 1960s and early 1970s was both insulting and humiliating. […]

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Posted in: History, Navy, War

Hypocrisy

December 2, 2018

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Jesus preached frequently against hypocrites, largely because they were self-serving and ignored the truth. I suspect every one of us has engaged in the old sin of hypocrisy at one time or another. In today’s political world clubbing us with self-serving lies and making a mockery of the truth, we need to see clearly what […]

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Lessons from the Dog Park: or, You Pick Up Your Poop and I’ll Pick Up Mine, and Maybe a Few Others

December 2, 2018

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While walking my dogs in the dog walk at Sokol Park a few days ago, I of course carried a few plastic bags to pick up my dog’s poop. Now, just stay with me on this one. This is not about dog poop, but that’s simply a crafty beginning to get you interested. Has this […]

Grading and Branding

December 2, 2018

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A few weeks ago, we directed some attention to the phenomenon of grade inflation in America in the past half century. Today students are thought of as “customers” and “clients,” rather than acolytes in search of knowledge, at least in theory. I’d like to examine another novelty in higher education, “branding.” My wife was reared […]

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