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One Old Soldier
Portland, Oregon
Husband, Grandfather, Writer, soldier,
Interests: Writing, gardening, competitive shooter, playing with, and loving my family.
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I see no reason why everything in life must be measured by the amount of pain associated to it. Life itself begins (birth) in pain and continues with some variation, physical or emotional (yes, there are some non-painful times.) for the rest of life... if you can't accept that then... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2014 at One Tin Soldier
The hostilities in Gaza have been ongoing for many years and will continue until both sides want to stop the killing. No amount of talking, no amount of negotiating, no amount of intervention by outside parties are going make these people, both sides, stop the hatred. For my entire career with the military I watch countries argue and fight over actions that had happened hundreds of years before and uphold beliefs that have no place in this modern world, beliefs that enslave women, children and minorities as an example. During those 25 years of being part of a combat and peace keeping force I learned and realized that my actions were, for the most part, temporary, they only stayed peaceful as long as I, or someone like me was standing guard, rifle in hand, to enforce the peace. It has been suggested that to end the hostilities would be simple, let them fight until one comes out a clear winner, or enforce a cessation of hostilities by means of force-of-arms from all other world countries; take away their means of fighting, force both sides into a peaceful solution... I don't like the sound of either solution. These two ideas would only put a bandage on the wound and let it fester. I can only hope that someone finds a solution, and soon.
Toggle Commented Jul 28, 2014 on I love you...still. at Ugly Like Me...
TO ALL THOSE LATE AWAKENED SLEEPERS... I write sporaticly on this blog, it seems I am either too busy or too tired to make my written words make sense, but not tonight. For the last two months, at least once a week, my phone has reveled in waking me at... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2014 at One Tin Soldier
The ground shuddered from the concussion of the incoming mortar detonations, each of us bouncing violently on the hard packed dirt. Charlie had been at this for fifteen minutes and would continue for another five if this was to be one of his usual goodnight lulabys. This had been a... Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2013 at One Tin Soldier
When the time came for waking up this morning my mind was filled with an old song from a time before. I lay there and wondered what today would bring, if I would be surprised by what would occur or would today be a replay, with slight changes, of yesterday... Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2013 at One Tin Soldier
Most people take vacations to experience adventure, to see new sights, to meet interesting people, not me I have my adventures at the local grocery store, let me explain... On a resent rainy afternoon I made a trip to my local food store, nothing big, I do it all the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2013 at One Tin Soldier
On Thursday I had a Thyroid Biopsy and Ultra Sound, which made for some pain, grumpiness, laziness, and just plain not feeling up-to-par. Today I want to spend the time missed at the keyboard, drink some coffee, and maybe pull the cat's tail a little... we'll see how it goes.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2013 at One Tin Soldier
This morning, I found myself standing in my backyard thinking about the men and women who are the guardians of the Constitution, our armed forces. A day doesn't go by where there isn't an article concerning our citizens who wear this country's uniforms. I, for one, am every proud of... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2013 at One Tin Soldier
One of the pleasant duties I have most mornings (Mon-Fri) is to walk Nilajane to school. On these small walks we look at squirrels, birds, maybe a mouse or two, and the various flowering plants... a good way to start our morning, but not today. It seems that we walk... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2013 at One Tin Soldier
I'm a writer, not well known or widely published, but still a writer - so that is what I am going to do this evening. One of the worst habits that a person can get into is thinking at night about problems. There has been many wasted hours spent in... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2013 at One Tin Soldier
ROBERT A. HEINLEIN’S RULES FOR WRITING YOU MUST WRITE. YOU MUST FINISH WHAT YOU WRITE. YOU MUST REFRAIN FROM REWRITING, EXCEPT TO EDITORIAL ORDER. YOU MUST PUT THE WORK ON THE MARKET. YOU MUST KEEP THE WORK ON THE MARKET UNTIL SOLD. These rules appeared in the 1947 essay “On... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2013 at One Tin Soldier
OUR FLAG DOES NOT FLY BECAUSE THE WIND MOVES IT IT FLIES WITH THE LAST BREATH OF EACH SOLDIER WHO DIED PROTECTING IT. Thank you Tom Anderson for sharing this. Thank you Tom Anderson for sharing this. Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2013 at One Tin Soldier
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Jun 23, 2013
I had always believed that I would not have any of the physical or medical problems that others in my extended family had acquired... I was to find out that I was wrong. August of 1999 was to be a turn around point for my health, I was 49 and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2013 at One Tin Soldier
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When the family and I moved earlier this year my wife and I decided to cancel our subscription to the newspaper, this to make transition easier and to not have a pile of not read papers in the garage. This went well because I could get a paper each morning... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2013 at One Tin Soldier
Last year I lost a long time companion, Pud was 18 years old when she died of tumors in her lungs. This cat had been with me in all my travels, she knew when to sit quietly and listen when I had bad days and was alway happy to party with me on the good days. I miss her...
Toggle Commented Jun 21, 2013 on all cats go to heaven... at Oh Joy!
Maybe we need to have our Secratary of State be more hard-line... "Only one human captain has ever survived battle with Minbari fleet. He is behind me. You are in front of me. If you value your lives, be somewhere else." --"Delenn, Minbari Ambassador.Babylon 5 Yes, this is all fictional,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2013 at One Tin Soldier
There are a few critters walking among us that give me pause, very few. I have lived in or visited every continent (except ) and have seen as well as interacted with many critters without too much difficulty. Now having said that there are three varieties of critter, which make... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2013 at One Tin Soldier
I had the privileged of serving 23 years in the military and would do it all again. I am fully aware that time changes all things, but I am having difficulty understanding the lose of the moral compass that shoild be guiding each soldier, (male or female) in their daily... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2013 at One Tin Soldier
Spent the day completing the move; I have had my fill of changing homes addresses. Tomorrow will be a full writing day... with a little room planing thrown in. Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2013 at One Tin Soldier
The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are winding down, our troops are coming home and the money that was being spent to finance those two endeavors is coming up for reallocation... gee why not the U.S. Mexican border? As reported in The New York Times digital edition 6/7/13 the "Nations... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2013 at One Tin Soldier