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Looking Back

Oct
25
Posted at 3:35 pm

A couple of days ago I found myself with some time on my hands, and I started watching the movie “Cast Away” on TV. It’s been a dozen years since I saw that movie, but I could still remember the compelling storyline, some extraordinary special effects, terrific on-screen support from a blood-stained volleyball and a [...]

Oct
20
Posted at 9:32 pm

My life as a high school debater was brief and unspectacular. It lasted through three debate tournaments and ended shortly after a judge suggested on a scoring sheet that I should consider another competitive speech event – like oratory, for example. I actually remember that debate. My debate partner Kevin and I were well prepared. [...]

Oct
11
Posted at 4:56 pm

They call it “friendly fire,” but there was nothing friendly about it. Nick Ivie and his partner were working a late night shift as Border Patrol agents in Arizona when they approached an area where a sensor had been set off earlier in the day. It was dark and difficult to see clearly in the [...]

Oct
04
Posted at 8:18 am

  I was only 5 years old when I became an uncle.  I had been pleading with Mom to give me a little brother.  Mom said no, which I’m sure is the reason my eldest sister Jean decided to have a baby boy.  I could always count on her to come through for me when [...]