Heroes and Medals

This past Sunday we celebrated the hundredth anniversary of the end of World War I.  The following day was our Veterans Day holiday.  Let us take a brief moment to think of some of those heroes who served our nation so well. On December 10, 1941, Captain Colin Kelly, B-17 pilot, took off from Clark […]

In Flanders Fields

Every Memorial Day and every Veteran’s Day (November 11th) veterans stand outside certain commercial establishments selling poppies. Why the poppies?  As the years go by, fewer and fewer people understand the significance of poppies and November 11th. November 11th commemorates the anniversary of World War I’s armistice.  At eleven a.m. on the eleventh day of […]

Blood in the Briefing Room

On November 7, 2018, on the day after the midterm elections, I watched a Presidential news conference.  I was amazed at the lack of deference shown to the President by some of the reporters.  Several of them were very provocative and rude in their questioning.  Trump began by making some some remarks on the election […]

LGBT Issues

This post deals with a very complex issue.  I urge readers to study it carefully.  It talks of a another sea change in society’s view of sex and sexuality, and the implications are quite profound. The subject is equal protection legislation for the LGBT community – more particularly, for those persons in that community who […]

Conformity

During long automobile trips our family sometimes sang songs to pass the time.  Often they were silly, repetitive ballads that seemed to go on forever.  One such song went like this: Thirteen men in a boarding house bed. Roll over, roll over. They all rolled over when anyone said, Roll over, roll over.   One […]

Reformation

The Protestant Reformation began with Martin Luther’s letter to his bishop on October 31, 1517, in which he enclosed 95 theses protesting the sale of indulgences.  There is the well-known story that he also posted these theses on the door of a church in Wittenberg, but some scholars doubt the veracity of that account. What […]

Trick or Treat

The term “trick or treat” did not come into common usage in the United States until sometime after World War II.  As a young boy growing up in the 1930s, however, I remember that Halloween tricks (without treats) were not uncommon. Young boys would roam the neighborhoods, often dressed in outlandish costumes, and do all […]