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 through without exemption.” — Paul Anka (lyrics to My Way)   You know, I never fretted over my decision to turn down the job at Stars and Stripes. Frankly, I had forgotten all about it — until about 30 years…

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 who search for wrecked planes lost during World War II in the South Pacific.

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 end of every road; he is gaunt and he is cold, at dusk he frames the western sun in a black spider web of prickly steel.

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 opportunities.” Nelson Mandela   We walked a full circle around the Derry Walls, snapping photos, enjoying the day and experiencing Northern Ireland in what seemed to be a season of peace.

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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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Counting votes and baking bread

“All the problems we face in the United States today can be traced to an unenlightened immigration policy on the part of…

18 November 2014 [08:19 PM]
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People are generally good

“As they marched, the crowds lining the route broke into applause, a sweet and deeply felt spontaneous pattering that…

11 November 2014 [07:04 PM]
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Yo Lep, Yo Lep, Yo Lep, Right Lep

“After a hard day of basic training, you could eat a rattlesnake.” Elvis Presley liked to march. Once I got…

28 October 2014 [09:09 PM]
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Farewell to the day

“Get outside. Watch the sunrise. Watch the sunset. How does that make you feel? Does it make you feel big or tiny?…

21 October 2014 [09:25 PM]
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A year of stories and memories

“I wanted a perfect ending. Now I’ve learned, the hard way, that some poems don’t rhyme, and some stories don’t have a…

14 October 2014 [09:54 PM]
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Students make good guinea pigs

“Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school.” —Albert Einstein Students make good guinea pigs. Maybe…

07 October 2014 [09:50 PM]
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Dad, Death and Dora

“In the concentration camps, we discovered this whole universe where everyone had his place. The killer came to kill, and the victims…

30 September 2014 [10:08 PM]
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Mugs, Kilts and Route 66

“Coffee is a language in itself.” — Jackie Chan The nominations are in, the votes are counted. And your favorite mug is……

16 September 2014 [08:29 PM]
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Focal Point: Sunday, Five Days After

EDITOR’S NOTE: Thursday is the 13th anniversary of the 9-11 terrorist attacks on America. The following column was written Sept. 16, 2001,…

10 September 2014 [12:11 AM]
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Route 66 and the lost bridge

“There is nothing in machinery, there is nothing in embankments and railways and iron bridges and engineering devices to oblige…

27 August 2014 [01:33 AM]
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Jigsaw puzzles are like family

“So now it is time to disassemble the parts of the jigsaw puzzle or to piece another one together, for I find…

22 August 2014 [01:48 PM]
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The five stages of grief

Even if your hands are shakin’ And your faith is broken Even as the eyes are closin’ Do it with a heart…

06 August 2014 [12:04 AM]
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Focal Point: Name Dropping

“I still find each day too short for all the thoughts I want to think, all the walks I want to take,…

30 July 2014 [12:07 AM]
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Focal Point: What Do I Owe You?

“Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” Thomas A. Edison I worked…

02 July 2014 [12:12 AM]
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Focal Point: Never pass up a blue boat

“Being Irish, he had an abiding sense of tragedy, which sustained him through temporary periods of joy.” — William Butler Yeats…

24 June 2014 [11:50 PM]