Category Archives: Personal thoughts

Selectively social

I am at ease in social situations where I know no one (or next to no one.) I have no problems sitting at a table of strangers and striking up one or more conversations. Working a room of new faces is easy and fun. I enjoy hosting gatherings with my wife when the express intent is simply socialization.

And yet, somewhat idiosyncratically, there are some innately social activities at which I balk. Continue reading

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There’s always another horizon…

I’m 56 years old and as my dear wife is fond of saying about herself, I’m of a certain age…

Today, I’m of a certain age at which I contemplate horizons. Oh, not what you think (though that “certain age” does lend itself to such ruminations)… we all have many horizons that we may or may not chase, and that we may not or may want to cross. Continue reading

Support and defend…Veterans Day 2017

wethepeopleWhen I enlisted on January 4th, 1984, I took an oath…
“I…do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice.”

And when I later became an officer on May 8th, 1992, a slightly different oath…
“I do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. ”

I didn’t always agree with the officers appointed over me…nor the presidents…and I feel that the Founders couldn’t predict the post-Enlightenment decline and made a few things too vague and not explicit enough, but I always obeyed the orders and always well and faithfully discharged the duties of my office.

The services have different Core Values and the People should see what we held each other to:

  • Navy and Marines – Honor, courage, commitment.
  • Army – Loyalty, duty, respect, selfless service, honor, integrity, personal courage.
  • Air Force – Integrity, service and excellence.
  • Coast Guard – Honor, respect, devotion to duty.

And…I always supported and defended the Constitution. I read it. I understand it. I embraced it.

To all who have served, are serving, and will serve…

Happy Veterans Day, comrades!

Books that stuck with me

 

Eight years ago, there was a Facebook thing going around about 15 Books in 15 Minutes – write down within 15 minutes 15 books that have stuck with you. I saw it pass through my Memories and started thinking (I didn’t look at what I wrote back then…perhaps I’ll visit after I write this and see…) about what books I would choose, 2017 version. But I’m not playing the time limit, nor, apparently, the 15 limit. Here are books that have stuck with me – mostly fiction, and some background as to why. The first five are in preference order, the rest are sort of fungible…and this has been a chore to format…Wordpress seems to have a hard time with a lot of images, links and whatever… Continue reading