Military

True story, every morning, I make the bed. (I also wash my own laundry but that’s another story.) Over the years, my wife has occasionally mentioned this to others at social functions, as if performing such tasks was due to some anomalous male genetic mutation. … Read More

“My Life Must Stand for Something”

In a moving commentary in Monday’s (May 29), New York Times, Documentarians Ken Burns and Lynn Novick reflect on their ten-year research detailed in an upcoming documentary, The Vietnam War. “For more than a generation,” Burns and Novick write, “instead of forging a path … Read More

“When the President does it, that means that it is not illegal.” – Richard Nixon “The law’s totally on my side… the president can’t have a conflict of interest.”          – Donald Trump Well, I made it through the wilderness of Lent, and refrained from writing … Read More

A Simple, Powerful Message

Here Rests, In Honored Glory, An American Soldier, Known But To God – inscription on the tomb of the unknown soldiers, Arlington National Cemetery

Palm Desert, California eighth-grader John Diaz, along with fifty other students, will be visiting Washington D.C. in June for their first … Read More

Heroes are hard to come by. With the death of Lt. General Hal Moore last Friday, the loss is particularly acute given his extraordinary leadership skills.

There are two types of heroes, those who demonstrate physical courage in the face of extreme danger, and those … Read More

From time to time I receive private e-mails from readers who wish to offer opinions without posting them directly to a story. Recently, I was asked why so many of my commentaries over the past year have veered from ethics into politics.

The simple reality … Read More

Ahhhhhh… the cool mountain air, a calm… ripple… of water peacefully moving over the lake. Oh… it’s you! While on summer break, I thought I’d offer a few links to commentaries that garnered the most attention by readers over the past seven months. First place, … Read More