Category Archives: Soldier

Thoughts on Memorial Day 2013

It is my family’s custom to go out to breakfast on all holidays so today was no different.  On my way home, I thought about my observance of Memorial Day.  I hoped I could find a service somewhere either in … Continue reading

Posted in Adversity, Appreciation, Bravery, Choices, Commitment, Country, Courage, Faithfulness, Fear, Freedom, Holidays, Life, love, Loyalty, Memorial Day, Military, Mission, Patriotism, Prayer, Quiet Time, Service, Soldier, The Past, Values | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

A Second-Second Chance

A Gust of Grace: blew through my life when I was in the US Army.  I was in during the height of the Vietnam War (1967-1970).  I had finished basic training at Fort Knox and the class ahead of me … Continue reading

Posted in Education, Faith, Fear, Grace, Military, Morals, Patriotism, Principles, Priorities, Repentance, Soldier, The Past, War, Worry | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

I Was a Pioneer

Living in the Past:  I was a pioneer in the Autumn of 1963, a member of the first and only class, entering Grand Valley State College, the newest in Michigan, walking in brand new buildings, enjoying a complete lack of … Continue reading

Posted in Accomplishment, Adaptability, Adventures, Appreciation, Choices, Claustrophobia, Courage, Education, Faith, Fear, Focus, Grand Valley State University, GVSU, Identity, Letting Go, Life, Passion, Perseverance, Principles, Priorities, Resolutions, Self-Worth, Soldier, The Past, Trust, Youth | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Sideburns?

Living in the Past:  Back in the 1970’s sideburns were the rage for men.  This may have been a development from the mop head look introduced by the Beatles back in the 1960’s According to Wikipeda:  Sideburns or sideboards[1] are … Continue reading

Posted in Appearance, Art, Fashion, Hair, Identity, Manliness, Neatness, Soldier, Youth | Tagged , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

From 9/11 to 12/7

Living in the Past:  The terrorist attack of 911 gave every American, old enough to understand, the feeling Americans must have had when Pearl Harbor was attacked December 7, 1941.  We’ll soon mark the 71st anniversary of that surprise attack. … Continue reading

Posted in Apocalyptic, Country, Evil, Faith, Faithfulness, Fear, Imagination, Life, Military, Peace, Perspective, Prayer, Priorities, Soldier, Suffering, Tasks, Terrorism, War | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

All That Gray Hair

Experience as a Flashlight: I stared at the man in the motel lobby who was talking to some other people.  He was balding and his face had moles, lines, and bumps.  I saw him however as a young man.  Underneath … Continue reading

Posted in End of the World, Enjoyment, Famous People, Feelings, Gambling, John Fitzgerald Kennedy, Laughter, Legal, Money, Neatness, Nuclear Holocaust, Pleasure, relationships, Sex, Soldier, Tasks, Uncategorized, Weather, Wisdom | 2 Comments

In the Military Service for the Holidays

Living in the Past:  As I’ve already shared, I was in the US Army during the 1960’s.  One of the things I wondered about when I was away from home was whether the folks back home knew what I was … Continue reading

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