The Women’s Section

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Full disclosure: I despise the idea of adults being obligated to buy gifts for other adults and pretend to like what they are given. My extended family has come to understand that I am the Grinch and I proudly wear my seasonal boxers with “Merry Grinchmas!” spread across the seat. Still, once a year I […]

CPR and Soup

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It had been a month since the contractors began work at the house down the street. Though I’ve never actually met the neighbors, their constantly barking dog has been obnoxious. I had hoped these repairs meant they were preparing to move and sell. I was on auto-pilot, walking my dog to the same stretch of […]

My Lifestyle is Not a Choice: Fighting for Survival in a Godless Society

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I and those like me are under a constant pressure to conform to a society that has lost its way. My lifestyle is called “a choice,” and because of that “choice,” I am often disenfranchised. I am tired of being a second class citizen in the so-called “land of the free.” Of course I’m talking […]

Trying Poppies

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The following is an excerpt of Notes from Afghanistan which I published as a day-to-day account of a year in Afghanistan as a contractor linguist in 2013. If you enjoy this excerpt, please consider buying the full book on Amazon using the link provided at the end. May 1stI’m going to miss this place; that […]

Four or Five Miles on Merritt’s Mill Pond

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The cool morning air is pressing down on the warmer air directly above the water. I guess it was cold enough last night to justify using the fireplace, because a pocket of wood smoke is pressed between the thermocline. I hope the warmth of the sun will raise the air temperature, because I don’t think […]

My First 50

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Well I’m committed now… Lauren’s tail lights have disappeared around the corner and she’ll be merging onto I-8 from exit 36 on her way to work. I’m a few miles east of Alpine, CA, and there is barely a hint of dawn creeping up from behind the mountains. I said I’d spend a few minutes […]

A Review of Archy’s Final Act in Gallipoli-1981

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When examining Archy, he was filled with some sort of mischief from the beginning of the movie.  We start out the film with a commitment to a foolhardy barefoot race across the desert against a man on horseback.  Later he insists on competing in a legitimate footrace, albeit with shoes this time, a mere three […]

Henny Penny Takes Off: A Novel of War and Human Spirit by Odene Braithwaite

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The following was originally written for the AFROTC detachment newsletter at the University of Florida in a column titled X-Specht, the UnX-Spechted The title does not do it justice, but Henny Penny Takes Off, is a shocking tale of a young man in the early 1940s. Hobbes Spitz was a US factory worker supporting his […]

Disappearing Spaghetti Fields

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I originally wrote this for my high school newspaper for April Fools in the spring of 2001. I used it again for a column I had in the Air Force ROTC Detachment Newsletter at the University of Florida. My Column was X-Specht the Un-X-Spechted. ——————————————————————————————————————- Here is another of my rare but serious articles. Because […]