Memorial Day — Pause for a Random Hero

  “It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died.  Rather we should thank God that such men lived.” General George S. Patton It’s coming around again.  For many it is the first real holiday since New Year’s Day and it has been a long winter in most of the United States.  Memorial…

Patches

September 9th, 2017 “What are you doing?”  A little boy asked me as I tapped an Army patch hanging in the doorway at our gym.  He, like many kids, was hanging out, playing with toys as his mom or dad worked out. “I’m just saying ‘Hi’ to my buddies.  This is one of my Army…

On the Water with Patriots

“Do you want to come on a sturgeon fishing and kayaking trip on the Columbia River with us?” Reading that email from Micah stopped me mid-click during my daily grind of paperwork. Sturgeon? The giant, sometimes 10-feet-long monster river fish? I had heard and read about fishing for those but never thought I’d get a…

You’ll Never Guess Who I Ran Into

We’ve all had those conversations where someone tells the story about how they were somewhere weird and ran into a friend from home. Then the next person tells their story about when they were somewhere a little more odd and met someone they knew. I have a trump card for those conversations. In early ‘04…

Thanks Giving

Thanksgiving is far and away my favorite holiday.  It is simple, no gifts, little hype, just a day to gather with friends, family, possibly even strangers, then give thanks and eat.  It has become very much the last day of sanity before the dam that holds back Christmas commercialism bursts. We’ve had happy Thanksgivings, less…

A Teaching Moment

It has been eight years now, but I still get asked what Afghanistan was like.  And I still don’t have a good quick answer, usually mumbling something to the effect of “I learned a lot.”  One of those pearls of wisdom I did learn is spelled out here. My engineer team of six officers was…

Sleepboxing

I think a lot of people have trouble sleeping for various reasons. But a reason that I hear frequently is something to the effect of “I just can’t turn off my brain.” This modern life we live has so much stuff rattling around our heads it’s sometime nearly impossible to just give it a rest…