Burial at Sea

by LtCol George Goodson, USMC (Ret) In my 76th year, the events of my life appear to me, from time to time, as a series of vignettes. Some were significant; most were trivial… War is the seminal event in the life of everyone that has endured it. Though I fought in Korea and the Dominican…

The Passing of Frank Buckles

by Thomas Conner, Ph.D., William P. Harris Professor of Military History, Hillsdale College The United States lost its last surviving veteran of the First World War on February 28, 2011. Frank Buckles, of Charles Town, West Virginia, passed away just a few weeks after his 110th birthday.  Born in 1901, he had enlisted in the…

Cheetahs and Impala

The Law Of The Wild says kill only when you are hungry Photographer Michel Denis-Huot captured these amazing pictures on safari in Kenya’s Masai Mara in October last year. He said, These three brothers (cheetahs) have been living together since they left their mother at about 18 months old. On the morning we saw them, they…

Love of a Sparrow

A female sparrow was hit by a car as she swooped low across the road. Her male mate brought her food and attended her with love and compassion. He brought her food again, but was shocked to find her dead. He tried to move her – a rarely seen effort. Aware that his mate was…

Shay, Shay, all the Way

At a fund raising dinner for a school that serves children with learning disabilities, the father of one of the students delivered a speech that would never be forgotten by all who attended. After extolling the school and its Dedicated staff, he offered a question: When not interfered with by outside influences, everything nature does,…

The Real Charlie Brown

Look carefully at the B-17 and note how shot up it is – one engine dead, tail, horizontal stabilizer and nose shot up.. It was ready to fall out of the sky. (This is a painting done by an artist from the description of both pilots many years later.) Then realize that there is a…

Pete Seeger: Where Have All the Flowers Gone?

On July 26, 1956, the House of Representatives voted 373 to 9 to cite Pete Seeger and seven others (including playwright Arthur Miller) for contempt, as they failed to cooperate with House Committee on Un-American Activities (HCUA) in their attempts to investigate alleged subversives and communists. Pete Seeger testified before the HCUA in 1955. In…

Arrogance of Authority

The DEA officer stops at a ranch in Texas, and talks with an old rancher. He tells the rancher, “I need to inspect your ranch for illegally grown drugs.” The rancher says, as he points out the location, “Okay , but don’t go in that field over there.” The DEA officer verbally explodes saying, “Mister, …

The Violin Player

Washington, DC, Metro Station, on a cold January morning in 2007. The man with a violin played six Bach pieces during 60 minutes. During that time approximately 2000 people went through the station, most of them on their way to work. After 3 minutes: A middle aged man noticed there was a musician playing. He…