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

WHY? BECAUSE THEY FORGIVE US SO MUCH…

February 5th, 2018

THEY ARE WHEN YOUR NAME IS BUSTER…

January 14th, 2018

ASTRONAUT JOHN YOUNG: 24 SEP. ’30-5 JAN. ’18…

January 6th, 2018

Astronaut, and Navy veteran,* John Watts Young died Friday from pneumonia. Young went into space six times (seven if you count lifting off from the Moon) as part of the Gemini (nos. 3 and 10), Apollo (nos. 10 and 16) and the Space Shuttle (nos. 1 and 9) programs. I watched all six launches and […]

THANK GAWD THAT 2017 IS FECKIN’ OVER…!

January 1st, 2018

MY PRACTICAL SPIRITUAL EXERCISE FOR JANUARY…

December 30th, 2017

In the final chapter of his book, How To Be A Stoic, Massimo Picliucci offers 12 practical spiritual exercises. In the coming year I’m going to devote one month to each of these exercises. For January I begin with: Examine Your Impressions. “So make a practice at once of saying to every strong impression, ‘An […]

FROM THE BBC: THE STORY OF WALES, PART VI…

December 28th, 2017

Sadly, the final episode of this excellent series is not available. I suspect the reason that Six Nations Rugby blocked the video for copyright reasons.

FROM THE BBC: THE STORY OF WALES, PART V…

December 27th, 2017

FROM THE BBC: THE STORY OF WALES, PART IV…

December 26th, 2017

FROM THE BBC: THE STORY OF WALES, PART III…

December 25th, 2017

FROM THE BBC: THE STORY OF WALES, PART II…

December 24th, 2017

FROM THE BBC: THE STORY OF WALES, PART I…

December 22nd, 2017

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

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