Book Review, Entertainment, Friendship

Book Recommendation: Operation Free Bird

I learned yesterday from a Ricochet friend that his book, Operation Free Bird, has been published on Smashwords.  After a hiccup or two I was able to download it, and have started reading it. Operation Free Bird is the sequel to Virga Joy, by the same author, and a book I recommended here late last… Continue reading Book Recommendation: Operation Free Bird

Ave Atque Vale, Family, Family Matters, Friendship, War

(Not) His Last Post: Boss Mongo, RIP

Regular readers here (thank you!) may have noticed that I've been signaling a bit of distress the last couple of days. That's because a dear friend, a virtual friend, a person I've never met, someone I didn't "know," IRL, but who (as they used to say about Princess Diana) I'm pretty sure knew me, died… Continue reading (Not) His Last Post: Boss Mongo, RIP

Friendship, Loss, Quote of the Day

Military Quote of the Day: Embrace the Suck

Yeah.  No.  (As he, himself, might say.) From Wiktionary: Verb: embrace the suck: 1)--military, slang--To consciously accept or appreciate something that is extremely unpleasant but unavoidable. For your sake, dear man, I'm trying.  And I'm halfway there. I won't, won't, won't, embrace it.  But it does bloody suck. Pretty sure that's the best I can… Continue reading Military Quote of the Day: Embrace the Suck

Friendship, Patriot, War

For A Dear Friend: Soldier, Rest!

Soldier, rest! thy warfare o'er, Sleep the sleep that knows not breaking; Dream of battled fields no more, Days of danger, nights of waking. In our isle's enchanted hall, Hands unseen thy couch are strewing, Fairy strains of music fall, Every sense in slumber dewing. In our isle's enchanted hall, Hands unseen thy couch are… Continue reading For A Dear Friend: Soldier, Rest!

Family, Family Matters, Friendship, Love, Quote of the Day

Family Matters: On Life’s Vicissitudes

Into each life, some rain must fall. But not into ours. Our lives are where the garbage is delivered. — Jenny Today (June 10) is Jenny's birthday.  And so I repost this, in her honor, and that of the occasion. Ever have one of those days, weeks, months, years, decades, when it seems as though… Continue reading Family Matters: On Life’s Vicissitudes

Family, Family Matters, Friendship

Gratitude: For Michael, And Why I’ll Still Be Here A Week From Now

I originally published this post on Ricochet, on November 4, 2016, five days before the election that put Donald Trump in the White House.  It would have been my stepson Michael's forty-ninth birthday.  Today, May 2, 2021, is the 19th anniversary of his death. I'd signed up for the month's group writing challenge, which asked… Continue reading Gratitude: For Michael, And Why I’ll Still Be Here A Week From Now

Farming, Friendship, Gardening, Rural Living

The Snowman Cometh

Thirty-five years ago, Mr. Right and I sold our house in one of Pittsburgh’s lowest-rent districts, moved ourselves into a tent in a field in Washington County, PA, where our prospective new home was nothing more than a hole in the ground, and started to build. I’m sure the neighbors thought we were nuts.  Nevertheless,… Continue reading The Snowman Cometh