• I love my computer

    Despite other paramours, I’m still in love with my computer

    Maybe it’s a part of the yearning for a slower, simpler world, a less digitized world when others--- including the National Security Agency---didn’t have instant access to our privacy. Or perhaps it’s more a desire to touch and embrace an older vehicle for communicating.

    It could be both.

    I’m referring to the return of the typewriter.

    Even high school students are learning the joys and frustrations of tap tap tapping away on what many consider an anachronistic way of communicating.

  • Pickett's Charge 150 years ago today

    On July 3, 1863 – 150 years ago today - General Robert E. Lee ordered 12,500 Confederate troops to attack the center of the Union Army line at the Battle of Gettysburg. The assault was a disaster and the ill-conceived attack ensured a Union victory. A man of strong character, Lee accepted total responsibility for the defeat. Had the battle gone differently, the map of the United States might look much different today. 

  • Be proud to be American

    About 23 years ago, I was sitting as an active duty senior sergeant at a commander’s conference at the 125th Army Reserve Command. We were being addressed by who was then the 2nd Army commander. He was a three-star general, commanding about a quarter million men and women in the Regular Army, Army National Guard and the Army Reserve.

    The Berlin Wall had recently fallen. The Cold War with communism was ending. 

  • Fight continues to protect individual freedoms

    “We hold these truths to be self-evident, 

    that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with 

    certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the 

    pursuit of Happiness.”

    – Thomas Jefferson


    As we prepare for Independence Day, we should stop, pause, and look back to 

  • Murphy on vacation

    "If anything can go wrong, it will."
    Murphy's Law

    The following story is true. The names have been changed to protect the guilty.

    I've always had one big fear about taking vacations by car far from home. It's the unexpected major breakdown. I've been lucky but a friend of mine wasn't.

  • Senator Jimmy Higdon’s Frankfort Report
  • Who can be a volunteer firefighter?

    I can think of no more stirring symbol of man's humanity to man than a fire engine.

    -- Kurt Vonnegut

  • Lying, cheating, backstabbing scoundrels

    I’ll bet that column heading got your attention.

    You probably thought this was going to be an opinion piece on Washington politics or maybe something on Wall Street.

    Close, but no banana.

    It’s the latest Broadway classic, “How to Succeed in Business Without Even Trying,”  playing at the Opera House in Springfield.

  • God in the storm

    I grew up in Tornado Alley. Tornadoes were more of an event I enjoyed than a threat I feared, so invincible did I think I was as a child and teenager. As we gathered in the Shively’s storm shelter with other neighbors, I rather enjoyed the social gathering and naively hoped the twister would somehow be bad enough to cancel school but not destructive enough to hurt anyone.

    Questions of why, an inevitable response to suffering, weren’t in my purview, at least not then.

  • A time to remember

    We celebrated a very important holiday, Memorial Day, on Monday.
    It was a day that meant different things to different people. For many, it was the unofficial start of summer, marked with vacations and cookouts. For others, it was a day of reunion, used to reconnect, reminisce and remember loved ones.

    The original meaning of the one holiday we reserve for memory, though, is to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice to ensure our freedom and our way of life.  Those who gave their lives for our country.