Friday, March 2, 2018

The Dead Sea Scrolls

I wrote in the Commander’s Column in the Soundoff! that I have been told that I sound like a “broken record” when it comes to safety. Each season, I talk about the same hazards. Two-thousand years ago, some of the same Bible texts we have today were hidden in caves in the Dead Sea. We had texts of the Bible, but people were all excited to read these old texts. I would like people to be excited about my recurring safety tips. I know they won’t, but I can dream!!
I think I will place my lifetime safety book, My Goodbye to Safety, in a cave. When it is found in 2000 years, I think people will be interested in something that happened about 25 years ago. At Fort Meade, MD, we support military deployed world-wide in harm’s way. About 25 years ago, the 101st Air Assault Division deployed and fought in Iraq during Desert Storm. When they returned, in the next year, there were more fatalities than they had in Iraq. The cause –DUI. Today, we have the same hazard we had 25 years ago and we talk about it every year, every day. I wish we could stop talking about it. I do recommend if you feel the need to drive impaired, talk to a substance abuse counselor.

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Today I am thinking about my time in the Green Zone in Baghdad, Iraq. I was out running one evening and encountered 3 people around are fire. In my fractured Arabic,  I determined that they were truck drivers. They offered me some coffee and in the spirit of hospitality, a tradition acquired through centuries from the Bedouin. As we chatted, I also determined that two of the truck drivers were Jordanians, and one was a Palestinian who asked me, "do you hate Jews?" I reacted with a laugh. "I love everyone." The two Jordanians nodded and said, Qwayas." - Good. We sipped our coffee and then I departed, Maa Salam. - with peace.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

The Boat: Seattle to Victoria

I feel a bit bad for visitors to Seattle. There is not enough time to do everything. A great example is that boat that goes from Seattle to Victoria.  When you live in Seattle, you can plan and use one of the 365 days to get on the boat and travel in style. My church group decided to take the trip to visit another church in Victoria. We soon gathered in a section and I had my trusty guitar and began to play and we all sang together knowing that the trip would take about 4 hours. After awhile, it was time to take a break. I was walking around the boat and was trying to play the harmonika I had brought along. A girl who claimed to be from New York gave me some instruction and I have been able to play ever since. (I was at a Karaoke singing and pulled out my harmonika, some of the audience thought it was part of the background music!! Cool!!) Anyway, we arrived and we had an activity which was a bit of a hike from our sleeping quarters. We were walking along the street, when we were offerred a ride by the police who had their "paddy wagon." (One of the few stories where being picked up by the police has a happy ending!!) We had a nice time at the church service and then we were ready to boat back to Seattle. Of course, there was some more guitar playing. What were my favorite songs? Amazing Grace, He's every thing to me, Pass it on, Make a joyful noise, Make me a fisher a men, etc!!! Fortunately, when I visit Seattle now, I don't worry about the boat trip since I have done that and have the T-Shirt.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Kindness Goes a long way


My son, Joseph, Joey. I remember his birth well since it was an emergency C-Section. I was concerned because he was 2 months early and the doctor had stated weeks earlier that he would die in the womb. Joey has autism and doesn't talk, but every moment is precious. I miss him whenever I am not with him. He is so loving and active. He has such joy when we run over to the playground and he climbs and hangs on the equipment. We love to watch movies together.. he lets me know when he wants to watch Nemo!! I just wanted you to be able to share the joy of each day with Joey and I.


My daughter Rachel is 11 years old. It is easy to remember..the day before Valentine's day. Rachel is a bundle of energy. She can run like the wind, gracefully rock climb, and ride her bike up steep hills. She is also learning to express herself, maintains a desire to learn new things (she is very adept with learning verses from the Bible), and is very social. There are times when she is very sweet and loving with her brother, Joey, who has autism. I am grateful how she deals with her frustrations, because I hope to share with her what I think is most important, character. Happy birthday, Rachel.

Ranger Creed

‎"Never shall I fail my comrades. I will always keep myself mentally alert, physically strong and morally straight and I will shoulder more than my share of the task whatever it may be, one-hundred-percent and then some." Ranger Creed