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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.

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November 08, 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 05, 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...


November 01, 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 28, 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 21, 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 19, 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 09, 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 06, 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 02, 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 21, 2017

Hallelujah in General


September 21, 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...


That’s right it starts with an earthquake, birds snakes and airplanes. Jose is sitting and spinning off the coast of southern New England. That means gray skies, wind and surf. Oh yeah. Surf. ...


It was the air show weekend this weekend. The Blue Angels were in town and the traffic was out of control. I don’t bother going to the air show any more because there is rarely anything I have...


August 26, 2017

Blair Witch Project in General

I just turned on the TV and “The Blair Witch Project” is on HBO. What a stinker. In June 2003 we closed on the McMansion in Maryland. Big beautiful house came with 5 acres, most of which was f...


August 19, 2017

Silent Running in General

Silent Running I feel the need to write something profound, but profundity seems to be escaping me tonight. We have had a solid 12 hours of decent rain. It is very welcome, because we were head...


July 27, 2017

I Will Mend Your Heart in General

A little over 7 years ago I fell in love for the last time. I was still living in my house on great island. I had gone to the Sea Dog for New Years Eve. I danced with a girl I had known for f...


July 25, 2017

Pilot Shortage in General

I saw this coming back in 2003. The identity politics, politically correct crap was invasive. Today the focus is on stupid shit like “sensitivity training” and “transsexual awareness training.”...


July 21, 2017

Fade Into You in General

I have always thought the way petite women could reach behind their back and hold their other arm incredibly sexy. Kind a reminder of how differently men and women are built. I used to think H...


July 19, 2017

1979 in Background Noise

Written 5/17/2007 Background Noise is where I plant stories that strike me from the OD days. Shakedown 1979, cool kids never have the time On a live wire right up off the street You and I shoul...


The meteorologists have taken to calling this the summer that wasn’t. We have only had a couple of hot days. The rest of the time it has been pleasantly cool, mid 70s with low humidity. Whic...


July 03, 2017

Time Will Tell in General

Up the country and back again. The bean was in good spirits, although she insists on wearing a hoodie even when it is stifling hot. The flanken ribs were a hit, though the Oi kimchi not so much...


July 03, 2017

Fence-In in General

Loose gear and circuit breakers - “Pilot,” “One,” “Two,” Three.” Radalt - “Set, five thousand.” Masks/visors - “Pilot,” “One,” “Two,” Three.” G-Warn - 4gs to the left, 0g snap roll to the right, ...


June 24, 2017

YHGTBSM in General

I go to bed on schedule, a little after 10PM. At 3AM I get up to take a leak. And. Then find myself staring at the ceiling. It is now a bit past 4AM. I wanted to go to Mae’s for breakfast, bu...


June 24, 2017

Denali in General

I was actually looking for my Bachelors Degree diploma when I came across my “goodbye” photo from the Wizards. It is a stirring shot of a sole EA-6B flying over Denali in Alaska. It is a very pr...


June 23, 2017

Early Summer Ramblings in General

Microsoft word gives me the fits. It defaults to Calibri 11 pt font, which for some reason I find as obnoxious as hell. I was career military. Since we got computers in the early 90s the stand...


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