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A horse — and man — of a different color

December 5, 2014 Nathan Bedford Forrest is one of America’s more complex and controversial figures. more »»

Going to the you-know-what

November 21, 2014 I’m a hopeless animal lover, with the emphasis on “hopeless.” And it’s obvious, what with my having three dogs and two cats. more »»

Setting the bar … and eating it too

November 14, 2014 If I had to score this Veterans Day like a sport’s score, I was one for two. On the loss side, there was the Elks Club’s Veterans’ Dinner. I missed it. more »»

The boys (and girl) in the hood

November 7, 2014 For a few of my pre-teen years, my favorite TV program was “The Adventures of Robin Hood. more »»


October 31, 2014 Nineteen-sixty-seven, when I was 20, was the last time I understood everything. I knew history, politics and law. The mystery of the pyramids was no mystery at all. more »»

Monumental adventure

October 24, 2014 One of my favorite places for adventure is cemeteries. As far as I’m concerned, they have it all. There’s peace and quiet, history and nostalgia, self-reflection and object lesson, and much mor. more »»

The oddball and the odds

October 17, 2014 When I was in boot camp, we went to classes all day, every day. Now that I’m retired, I remember only one of them — the Abandon Ship clas. more »»

Rendezvous at Route 86

October 10, 2014 When it comes to the metaphysical and paranormal, I’m no believer. ESP, auras, psychic readings, Bigfoot, spoon bending, telekinesis —?you name it, and I doubt it. more »»

Old damn river

October 3, 2014 September hosts some great causes for celebration. On Sept. 17, 1787, the U.S. Constitution was signed. The 25th is Mozambique Armed Forces Day. more »»

The little Dope and the big time

September 26, 2014 If I’d been more out of it in high school, I would’ve been on life support. This was readily apparent last weekend when I went to my class’s 50th reunion. more »»

High school hotties

September 19, 2014 Our species has labeled itself “homo sapien.” This means “wise human.” From what I’ve seen of us, it’s a mis-labeling. more »»

Where smart angels might fear to tread

September 12, 2014 No matter how you cut it, we are a nation of amateur psychologists. Of course, this was inevitable, since we’re also an nation of professional psychologists. more »»

A good end … and a great beginning

August 29, 2014 A sad fact of American life is that few people read Shakespeare. more »»

Confessions of an auto neurotic

August 22, 2014 “So,” I said, as soon as the Amazon Queen answered the phone, “you wanna go out for breakfast?” “I dunno,” she said. “Why not?” “Not that hungry right now,” she said. more »»

Miracle on Main Street

August 15, 2014 I’ve always admired administrators and bureaucrats for one good reason: They never make mistakes. Or at least they never admit they make mistakes. more »»

The upset of the century

August 8, 2014 As soon as I walked into Nori’s , I heard my name called. The caller was Bruce Dudley. “Hey,” he said, “I’ve got something to show you.” “So show me,” I said. “I can’t. more »»

The forest and the trees

August 1, 2014 If a stranger had stumbled upon us, I’ve no idea what they’d have thought. more »»

Alley cats

July 25, 2014 It’s a fact of life that kids and adults think differently. I think it’s also a shame, if for no other reason than as we get older, we get harder to please. more »»

Camp Bedford, Part II

July 18, 2014 Last week I wrote about my adventures at Boy Scout camp, Camp Bedford. Or more exactly, I wrote about some of my adventures, for very few could be covered in one colum. more »»

The care and feeding of boys —1960 style

July 11, 2014 Self-deception being what it is, I usually think of myself as a hip, with-it kind of guy. Too often, however, I find out I’m pretty much an oblivious rube instead. more »»



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