No ordinary hero

Nearly every veteran arriving by bus at the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C., hopes to see one familiar face. Most have never met the man, but they know him well. After all, he is one of them … a member of that so-called “Greatest Generation,” a young man from a small town in Kansas who marched…

Treasures from the Buick

“There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.” — Ernest Hemingway   The Buick entered our lives in the late Sixties. It showed up one hot summer day and squatted near the inside row of gas pumps. The big V-8 clattered to a halt, pushing a few puffs of oily smoke from

Good friends and rainy nights

When the night has come And the land is dark And the moon is the only light we’ll see No I won’t be afraid Oh, I won’t be afraid Just as long as you stand, stand by me Ben E. King, 1938-2015   Ben. E. King passed away last week, leaving me in a reflective mood. His greatest hit, “Stand By

Making peace with Vietnam

Saturday, I spoke to a great group of Vietnam veterans during the Vietnam 40 Years Later Commemoration at the American Freedom Museum in Bullard. Thursday marks the day four decades ago when North Vietnamese tanks smashed through the gates of a deserted American Embassy in Saigon, marking the defeat of the Army

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No ordinary hero

Nearly every veteran arriving by bus at the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C., hopes to see one familiar face. Most…

19 May 2015 [10:22 PM]
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Treasures from the Buick

“There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.” — Ernest Hemingway…

12 May 2015 [10:36 PM]
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Good friends and rainy nights

When the night has come And the land is dark And the moon is the only light we’ll see No I won’t…

05 May 2015 [10:14 PM]
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Making peace with Vietnam

Saturday, I spoke to a great group of Vietnam veterans during the Vietnam 40 Years Later Commemoration at the American…

28 April 2015 [11:00 PM]
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Just off the wire

“History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again.” — Maya Angelou I’ll…

22 April 2015 [12:04 AM]
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It was just a library card

“Libraries are reservoirs of strength, grace and wit, reminders of order, calm and continuity, lakes of mental energy, neither warm nor cold,…

14 April 2015 [10:21 PM]
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Walking among giants

“Yosemite Valley, to me, is always a sunrise, a glitter of green and golden wonder in a vast edifice of stone and…

07 April 2015 [11:18 PM]
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Make a left at Chama

“I think it’s my adventure, my trip, my journey, and I guess my attitude is, let the chips fall where they may.”…

31 March 2015 [11:11 PM]
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Moving ahead without a map

“There are risks and costs to action. But they are far less than the long range risks of comfortable inaction.” — John…

24 March 2015 [10:01 PM]
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Catching up on the mail

“The two words ‘information’ and ‘communication’ are often used interchangeably, but they signify quite different things. Information is giving out; communication is…

17 March 2015 [10:28 PM]
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Riffel’s rules to live by

“It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.” — Henry David Thoreau Occasionally I just have to share…

10 March 2015 [10:05 PM]
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Whistle a happy tune

“Till I waltz again with you, let no other hold your charms. If my dreams would all come true, you’ll be waiting…

03 March 2015 [11:32 PM]
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Remembering the Trash-80

“A typical smart phone has more computing power than Apollo 11 when it landed a man on the moon.” — Nancy Gibbs…

10 February 2015 [10:09 PM]
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Patience and Persistence

“Patience is not simply the ability to wait — it’s how we behave while we’re waiting” — Joyce Meyer Patience…

03 February 2015 [11:04 PM]
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Highs and Lows in Kansas

“It’s easier to go down a hill than up it, but the view is much better at the top.” — Henry Ward…

27 January 2015 [09:45 PM]
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Whatever Floats Your Boat

Friday, Dec. 30, 1870: “Stormy with wind from southwest… carried away our fore top mast sail and the sailors (could not take…

21 January 2015 [06:21 AM]
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Flights of fantasy

“Aerodynamically, the bumble bee shouldn’t be able to fly, but the bumble bee doesn’t know it … so it goes on flying…

07 January 2015 [08:56 AM]
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Passages and Transitions

“Life is one big transition.” Willie Stargell The alley between the newspaper and the church holds many memories. That nondescript…

30 December 2014 [08:29 PM]
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Never get married on a holiday

“All men make mistakes, but married men find out about them sooner.” — Red Skelton It sounded like the right…

24 December 2014 [09:53 AM]
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Skipped Opportunities

“Regrets, I’ve had a few; But then again, too few to mention. I did what I had to do and saw it…

16 December 2014 [09:32 PM]
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Flashbacks and Memories

There’s no end to stories from the war. A recent episode of “60 Minutes “featured the BentProp Project, a group of divers…

09 December 2014 [07:46 PM]
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Journals from behind the wire

“The Wire,” he is always there, blocking every dream, every plan, every vain soaring of your enthusiasm. “The Wire” is at the…

02 December 2014 [09:03 PM]
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Paintballs not bullets

“I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal…

25 November 2014 [09:28 PM]
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