Biography, History, Plain Speaking

I’m Speechless…

…well, not really.  This is me, after all.  But following along in the vein of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who made the same announcement during the worst of the debacle at Kabul’s Hamid Karzai International Airport, and then followed it with several hundred more of their words, here–with the hope that I’m more… Continue reading I’m Speechless…

Culture, Family, History, Plain Speaking

On Reality, Fear, and Projection

O wad some Pow'r the giftie gie us To see oursels as ithers see us! It wad frae mony a blunder free us, An' foolish notion Ah!  The sainted Rabbie Burns.  Scotland's national poet.  Romantic to the end.  Socialist.  Raconteur.  A man who dropped his seed wherever he felt like it, upon whichever woman struck… Continue reading On Reality, Fear, and Projection

Book Review, Plain Speaking, Psychology

The Four Hardest Things to Say in the English Language

No, one of them isn’t Worcestershire Sauce: “There are four things that lead to wisdom. You ready for them?” She nodded, wondering when the police work would begin. “They are four sentences we learn to say, and mean.” Gamache held up his hand as a fist and raised a finger with each point. “I don’t know.… Continue reading The Four Hardest Things to Say in the English Language

History, Patriot, Plain Speaking, Politics, Quote of the Day

September 10, 2001

And I’m just saying, you know, if I were Osama bin Laden–he’s a very smart guy, I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about him–and I nearly got him once.  I nearly got him.  And I could have killed him, but I would have to destroy a little town called Kandahar in Afghanistan and kill… Continue reading September 10, 2001

Family Matters, Literature, Plain Speaking, Quote of the Day

Cautionary Tales, Both Imaginary and Real

I think back on my early childhood sometimes, and regard it as something of a miracle that I survived to adolescence, let alone adulthood.  No child car seats.  No seat belts.  In fact, my fondest childhood "car" memory is of sitting on the front bench seat next to my Daddy, at about the age of… Continue reading Cautionary Tales, Both Imaginary and Real

Love, Music, Plain Speaking, War

Weekend Music: Rhonda Vincent

I've always been fond of traditional country (no matter what country) and bluegrass (more specific country) music.  Long story, but to shorten it a bit: Rhonda Vincent.  An acquaintance of a dear friend, and someone who seems to be a genuine and dear person. So, a few of my favorites from this marvelously talented lady:… Continue reading Weekend Music: Rhonda Vincent

Plain Speaking, Politics, USMC, War

USMC Commandant Berger: Is This a Crack in the Dam, Or is it Just More Fluff?

I'm pleased that this post, which I wrote yesterday (9/1/2021) has been promoted to the main (public) feed on Ricochet (you can view it here, and if you find the conversation interesting or stimulating, you can sign up for a free-month trial (after which--if you find it not worth your while--you can easily cancel here).… Continue reading USMC Commandant Berger: Is This a Crack in the Dam, Or is it Just More Fluff?

Plain Speaking, Politics


The term “comorbidity” is a word that, three years ago, I doubt one in ten men-on-the-street would have been able to accurately define.  Its prefix is derived from the Latin word meaning “together” or “at once,” and its suffix comes from the Latin word meaning “disease.”  It’s a word that’s very familiar to anyone who… Continue reading Cuomorbidity