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Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.

-Viktor E. Frankl

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January 04, 2018

X1 in General

X1. Sometimes I forget how beautiful she was. I didn’t stand a chance. 19 years since we separated.

December 31, 2017

Dante's Prayer in General

Dante’s Prayer For the first time in three day I am not wearing a hat. Inside my apartment. This is getting ridiculous. I have known cold. I grew up on northern tier bomber bases. Places tha...

We bagged on Christmas on Christmas Eve. We were all up at my folks’ house, shooting the shit and watching the developing news regarding the weather. When the weather turned to “winter storm war...

December 23, 2017

Heart and Soul in General

So that song came out in ‘87. I was 25. My son was on the way. I was a testosterone factory. That video made me horny as can be imagined. Life has a way of moving along. That video still mak...

December 21, 2017


FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY - The Department of the Navy issued orders today to ADM S. Clause, recalling him to active duty, with a report date of 24 Dec 17. A reservist, with 1,742 years of service, t...

December 20, 2017

Jillian Mele in General

Holy shit, Jillian Mele was live streaming and she actually answered me. I do declare I got an endorphin rush.

When I watch TV, I always have an index card and a pencil on the coffee table. Mostly because if I don’t write it down, I will forget. Then it will pop back into my head at 3am two weeks later. ...

The Entry I sat Down to Write the other Night Before I got all Melancholy So Gary told me last weekend that we might be going to the southern restaurant in Portland on Sunday. This is referring t...

December 17, 2017

Wintersong in General

It’s late and morning’s in no hurry But sleep won’t set me free I lie awake and try to recall How your body felt beside me When silence gets too hard to handle And the night too long This is how...

November 25, 2017

Post Thanksgiving in General

Well thanksgiving went off as it always does. We had some laughs and ate too much. My nephew acted like a spoiled little 13 year shit he is. I took two pounds of garlic mashed potatoes home. ...

November 22, 2017

November Rain in General

Seems the sun never even came up today. Low ceiling, alternating from drizzle to pouring rain. The temperature hanging in the low 40s. It is that time of year. Tomorrow being Thanksgiving, I ...

November 13, 2017

Tubthumping in General

In June of 1999 I filed for divorce. And went on cruise. I suppose you could call it a transitional phase of my life. It was only 6 months. Most of the staff was at Danny’s Palm Bar on Corona...

November 10, 2017

She's So High in General

She’s So High She’s blood, flesh and bones No tucks or silicone She’s touch smell sight taste and sound But somehow I can’t believe that anything should happen I know we’re right where I belong ...

November 09, 2017

The Eagle and the Hawk in General

I am feeling pretty virtuous because I did five miles on my elliptical today. Not all at once. A mile at a time. But that is better than I have done in the last few years. It was this weird ep...

November 07, 2017

Taco Bell in General

Being the rocket scientist I am, after two days of something approximating the stomach flu I went to Taco Bell. Who fucking does that? Me. I got up at 5AM on Sunday to prep for my flight. Went ...

November 04, 2017

The Wings that Fly Us Home in General

There are many ways of being in the circle we call life. A wise man seeks an answer, burns his candle through the night. Is a jewel just a pebble that found a way to shine? Is a hero’s blood more...

October 31, 2017

Phillipe in General

Well the hybrid storm rolled up the coast. Clobbered New England. Other than a 24 hour power loss you wouldn’t know anything had happened. No trees down, no branches in the road. Here. A littl...

October 27, 2017

Skyhawk 739 Juliet Whiskey in General

After many an abortive attempt I finally had my sit down with the owner/operator of the flight school. I spelled out my objectives, especially regarding the transition from Private Pilot quals t...

October 20, 2017

Just Friday in General

The alarm went off at 6am. I looked at it and said “Really?” Turned it off. Stared at the ceiling for a bit, listening to the wind fight with the fan in the window. Got up. Showered and shaved...

October 18, 2017

A-Town in General

A-Town It’s forty below and I don’t give a fuck, got a heater in my truck and I’m off to the rodeo. I’m up way too early. Okay I was up at midnight. I am going to have to do the only thing that...

October 08, 2017

Shiloh in General

This is the creepiest place I have even been. It is a few miles from where my mother grew up, and just across the river from where my parents live now. Only the front building still exists. It...

October 05, 2017

Real Fine Place to Start in General

I have always loved Sara Evans’ voice. I was listening to her album No Place That Far as my first marriage came apart at the seams. Sometimes I would just sleep in my truck at the base beach....

October 01, 2017

A Change in the Air in General

A Change in the Air About 20 years ago I was working in the attic over my garage. Trying to build in some storage space between the rafters. I had a CD player and a couple of my boat speakers,...

September 20, 2017

Hallelujah in General

September 20, 2017

Ride in General

Disappointing day at the beach. I arrived right at high tide. It was all chop. There were no real ride-able swells. I sat on my board and watched the waves beat themselves into foam. One good...

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