We made it. We survived longer than most thought was possible after the election of Donald Trump. During the election, I heard talk of the “end of the world.” I am happy to report that so far, that has not happened. I am not saying that everything is perfect, I am not saying that everything … Continue reading 101 Days
I found this picture in an old email folder, it is my view of a valley from a sniper over watch position in Afghanistan, 2010. I was going to post it as a Throwback Thursday, but the more I looked at the image, the more it got me thinking about the world of today, much … Continue reading A Crisis of Character
Imagine the following scenario. A young man or woman turns 16 and decides it is time to get their driver’s license. They have never driven a car. Their neighbor owns a manual transmission vehicle, and they convince that neighbor to take them to the local DMV to take the driving test, in that car. The … Continue reading Lead with your Actions, not your Mouth
My great uncle is dying, a man that I have memories of as far back as I have memories. He likely has a few days to live. He is, and will always be in my mind, an amazing man. He has been present for monumental events in my life, from graduating BUD/s, to celebrating my … Continue reading The Things I Wish I had Said
As I was lying in bed last night trying to sleep, my mind kept drifting back to the events in London. Every time something like this happens it eats at me. From an outside perspective, it can seem like a “small” event. The loss of life, and the number of injured is not “large” in … Continue reading A Lesson From London
The picture attached to this post is the best excuse I have. It is an X-ray from the last medical checkup on my hip. The metal will be with me for the rest of my life, and there is not a day that goes by that it does not impact my life. I can’t feel … Continue reading What is Your Excuse?
When I was young our house had a basement, and my bedroom was in that basement. Every day I had to go up and down a set of stairs. Adjacent to the stairs was a storage room, which I thought of as the seventh layer of hell. I was convinced that some combination of the … Continue reading Things That Go Bump in The Night