That Was My Dad

This is the 28th Father’s Day without my Dad. Everyone says I look like my mother, but with red hair instead of blonde, and lots more freckles. My brother and my son are clones of my father, so much so that my son, as a PFC in the Army was the spitting image of a... Read more »

What To Say – And Not To Say – To A Gold Star

What To Say – And Not To Say – To A Gold Star
The simplest answer is, “I’m sorry for your loss”. Honestly, there is nothing else that needs to be said, nor is there anything else that can be safely said that won’t potentially give offense or cause more pain. But, even those five little words can cause a negative reaction depending on the recipient’s perception of... Read more »

Should NFL Players Be Fired?

Should NFL Players Be Fired?
There can be no doubt of my patriotism, respect for our flag, our military, our veterans, First Responders and good ol’ American apple pie. Naturally, many have assumed that I am up in arms over some NFL players, and now entire teams, choosing to take a knee rather than stand in respect of our flag... Read more »
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Chelsea Manning Pardon is a Gift to Trump

Chelsea Manning Pardon is a Gift to Trump
Chelsea Manning, current resident of Leavenworth and latest pardon recipient of President Obama should not exist to be pardoned. Actually it isn’t a pardon, just a commutation of the sentence and Chelsea Manning is due to be set free in May of 2017. Seven years imprisonment for a traitor who violated national security and put... Read more »

The Cubs Win and Reality Strikes

I admit to being a lifelong Cubs fan. As a native North Sider how could I not be a Cubs fan. Like so many, I grew up going to the Friendly Confines back when Ernie Banks, Mr Cub himself coined that phrase. My mother would take my brother and I on the Addison bus, packing... Read more »

Grief Changes Your Address Book

Grief changes your address book. There are welcome additions and equally welcome deletions. All of us who have found each other on this path we’d rather not walk know this to be true. All of us know a few other things, too. This grief is all bout us. We don’t want pity but being understood... Read more »
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Terrorism is Our Fault

ANOTHER ATTACK IN NEW JERSEY thankfully failed and it is obviously our fault. But first, let’s see how we can make this Bush’s, Trump’s or the Republican’s fault. If all else fails, it is White America to blame. Because it could never be Obama’s fault, or worse, something about the Peaceful Political Ideology aka Islam.... Read more »

9/11 15 Years On

9/11 15 Years On
On that bright September morning 15 years ago, no one could imagine where we would be today. For each and every one of us, the 15th anniversary of the date is personal. We all know exactly where we were and what we were doing. That is the answer to those who question the significance of... Read more »

Gold Star Father Khizr Khan, It Was Not Your Sacrifice

Gold Star Father Khizr Khan, It Was Not Your Sacrifice
Mr. and Mrs. Khan appeared at the Democrat National Convention, with Mr. Khan speaking about his sacrifice. You see, Mr. and Mrs. Khan are Gold Star Parents. Their son, US Army Captain Humayun Khan was KIA in the war on terror. Sounds like a moving moment. The emotions Mr. Khan’s speech engendered in so very... Read more »
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A Letter to Combat Veterans on Memorial Day

A Letter to Combat Veterans on Memorial Day
Dear Combat Veteran, As a combat veteran, particularly if you are still in uniform, but even if you simply wear the hat people are going to thank you for your service in honor of Memorial Day. You will probably spend at least part of the National Mattress Sale Day weekend at a military or patriotic... Read more »