Better to Give

  PLEASE SUBSCRIBE AT THE UPPER RIGHT.  IT’S FREE! You will ONLY receive notifications when I post new entries to my blog   Better to Give   Annie and I raised our boys to value family above…

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Outdoorsperson of the Century

  Outdoorsperson of the Century   Who would I pick for Outdoorsperson of the Century?  Wow, tough call.  In a century that contained such outdoorsmen as Jack O’Conner and Theodore Roosevelt it would be difficult. …


The Goose Bump Betrayal

  The Goose Bump Betrayal   It was one of my first inspections as a sergeant in the Marine Corps.  I had checked my troops and was confident they were ready to make me proud…


Juliane’s Not-so Merry Christmas

  Juliane’s Not-so Merry Christmas   In late 1971 a passenger plane was struck by lightning during a fierce thunderstorm and crashed in the Peruvian rainforest.  Only one of the 92 passengers survived… But she…


A Dance of Fools

  A Dance of Fools   We’ve all heard about the way politicians make deals to get something they want.  You know, “I’ll vote for your bill if you vote for mine” or “I’ll put…


Just Go!

  Just Go!   I was watching the Andy Griffith Show a few nights ago.  Sherriff Andy Taylor and Deputy Barney Fife had taken their love interests, Ellie Walker and Hilda May, as well as…



Big Bird

Big Bird   I was headed home one day last winter.  It was bitter cold so the puddles in all the fields next to the road were frozen solid.  The geese that pass through the…


The Tree

  The Tree   I’ve had a lot of Christmas trees in my long (and getting longer) life.  Several of them stand out, like the one from my childhood and the first tree Annie and…


The Night Before Christmas Revisited

  The Night Before Christmas Revisited   About 35 years ago Annie and I, along with our first few sons, were living on a farm south of Centralia, Missouri, and raising some animals.  All the…