Airborne

Andy called me Saturday morning. He was driving back to Camp Lejeune from Fort Benning in Georgia. He usually calls me when he is bored, and apparently the drive across Georgia is amazingly boring. He had been at Fort Benning for three weeks in Airborne school, part of his Special Forces training. “I graduated,” he […]

A Few More Good Men

 The light at the end of the tunnel.  Today we were given our duty station wish list. It’s been a wild ride so far. I’ve accomplished so many things I didn’t know I could do, but it’s not over yet. There’s no other place I’d rather be than overcoming every challenge thrown at me with these fine […]

Too Close to Home

Still 300 high school students and other passengers missing from an overturned ferry in South Korea. My heart goes out to the parents and families. The kids had been heading to Jeju Island for a four-day trip on a school holiday. They were students from Danwon High School in Ansan, which is near Seoul. It’s […]

The Good, The Bad, and the Inevitable

Three pretty cool things happened today and they have not a thing to do with each other. Number one thing – today is my dad’s birthday. He is now 86 years young. He still lives in the house he built with Mom twenty years ago, with a big yard that he mows, birdfeeders that he […]

Cherish Is the Word

When Andy was seventeen, he announced that he had decided to join the Marine Corps. I cried for three days. I pictured him just as he pictured himself in the video games he played, jumping across rooftops and through abandoned buildings, shooting anything that moved. “College, sweetheart?” I asked in vain. I know, though, he […]