Archive for the 'Life, The Universe & Everything' Category

15 APRIL 1961: THE BILLY B TAKES HER FIRST DIP…

September 9th, 2017

We chased the Kitty Hawk’s sister ship, the USS Constellation CV 64, for many a sea mile in 1976. Because this first “Super Carrier Class” was armed with MK 10 Terrier Missile Systems, I could have opted for duty on the Kitty, or either of her two sister ships (USS Constellation CV 64 or USS […]

MY FIRST SKIPPER: RADM BYRON BRUCE NEWELL…

September 8th, 2017

From the 2017 USS Bainbridge DLGN/CGN 25 reunion in Lancaster, Penn., 4-8 June.

RECONSTRUCTION IS NOT FINISHED HISTORY…

September 6th, 2017

Nearly a year ago, Bill Rauch wrote The National Park Service Is Reviving Reconstruction for The Atlantic. At the time I found Rauch’s piece fascinating and, in light of my current novel project set in Reconstructionist Charleston, helpful in the extreme. I dropped a note to Rauch this week asking how recent events in Charlottesville, […]

MEET THE BACKBONE OF THE UNITED STATES NAVY…

September 5th, 2017

On board the USS Bainbridge, CGN 25, we had a saying: The captain speaks to god, but the chief is god. There has been a spate of ignorant silliness of late as a result to the high-profile collisions of the USS Fitzgerald DDG 62 and the USS John S. McCain DDG 56 that make claims […]

DISNEY HOOKED ME ON THE IDEA BACK IN 1960…

September 4th, 2017

Swiss Family Robinson, of course, built the most awesome tree house ever.

WOODROW WOODCHUCK FATTENS UP ON APPLES…

September 4th, 2017

MY DAILY EXISTENTIAL CONUNDRUM…

September 2nd, 2017

A few years ago, when I moved from walkable Cleveland Heights (No. 6) to the unwalkable North Royalton (No. 108), I faced a challenge in my life. I was doubling the amount of gasoline I purchased each week because, where I previously dealt with drive times of 10-15 minutes to see my students, I suddenly […]

ANNDDD, I’M BACK…

August 28th, 2017

A most fruitful week. Look for details tomorrow.

THE STORY (PART OF MY STORY) OF WALES…

July 30th, 2017

OHIO REPUBLICAN SEN. ROBERT JONES PORTMAN:
SAY NO TO S. 720, THE ISRAEL ANTI-BOYCOTT ACT…

July 21st, 2017

People who know me know that I am a rabid supporter of the First Amendment of our Constitution to the extreme that I think we do have a right to shout fire in a crowded theater. There is no more vital right of an American citizen that that of free speech. That is why I […]

OBSESSION WITH PRODUCTIVITY NOT PRODUCTIVE…

July 19th, 2017

So, over the past three years I’ve been gradually working myself through Oliver Burkeman’s opus: This Column Will Change Your Life—yes, the title is tongue-in-cheek—because, like Burkeman, I have a lifelong obsession with being better. For me, the focus began in high school when I stole the book How To Study Better And Get Higher […]

NOT A GREAT, BUT THE GREATEST EVER…!

July 9th, 2017

WELL, MR. PETERS, PRESIDENT TRUMP DISAGREES…

July 3rd, 2017

[UPDATED] I GAVE AWAY 1,425 BOOKS YESTERDAY…

July 2nd, 2017

[Update @ 0533 on 27 July—While reading an old Oliver Burkeman column I came across this quote: Who was it who said, I hold the buying of more books than one can peradventure read, as nothing less than the soul’s reaching towards infinity; which is the only thing that raises us above the beasts that […]

WHAT WILL YOU GET DONE BY 10 A.M. TODAY…?

June 19th, 2017

Previously…

WHY I KEEP MY RECEIPTS AND WARRANTIES…

June 16th, 2017

So, back in June of 1992, I bought a Trek 800 Antelope like the one above. This month, three days shy of the bike’s 25th anniversary, the frame broke, snapping the frame/chainstay all the way through at dropout on drivetrain side. At first I went online to see if the frame was repairable, but I […]

ALBERT CAMUS ON DEATH, GOD AND FREEDOM…

June 11th, 2017

I went on a bit of a Camus jag a few years ago, reading The Stranger, The Myth of Sisyphus and several other of his essays and then earlier this year, at the recommendation of Charles Johnson in his The Way Of The Writer, I began reading Camus’ notebooks. Doing so led me this morning […]

WHEN A CELEBRATION BECOMES HURTFUL…?

June 9th, 2017

I’ll confess that in my ignorance, I sometimes don’t get why someone is offended, but I’m a 62-year-old white guy living in the United States of America privileged by an accident (no, really, I was an accident) of birth, so that’s not an uncommon state. When I read The Central Student Association’s apology for playing […]

THIS IS PRECISELY HOW I FEEL (PLUS ONE DOG*)…

May 28th, 2017

*And a cat…

ACKNOWLEDGING IGNORANCE IS IMPORTANT…

May 22nd, 2017

I tell students that I awaken each morning celebrating my own ignorance because that means I get to learn new information. Yet, back in the ’90s a young man on my staff told me that I was intimidating because I always seemed to have information just waiting between my ears to answer a particular question. […]

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