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One Third High-Tech Weapons; Two Thirds Caring for Citizens

3 Mar 2018 22:23

Vladimir Putin’s recent speech shines light on reality—if you read it!Prompted by the latest newsletter from John Hogue, I looked up the text of the recent speech Vladimir Putin gave to the Russian Federal Assembly (the Russian Parliament). Mr. Hogue was concerned about something President Putin declared in this speech that Mr. Hogue believes has significance for our immediate future. He says he gleaned from the speech, “...a whole new understanding of what could happen either [...]

The Pre-Apocalypse

27 Jan 2018 18:00

My reading list this year, so far, is darker and more nonfiction than I had intended.I can’t get away from reading some really dark stuff—post-apocalypse novels, nonfiction about the Deep State, our dystopian reality, geoengineering, and alternate news sources that follow the corruption and abuses of our political leaders. It mostly comes, I think, from a desire to know the truth of things and to not be blind-sided by events. What I find revealed in such study, though, are horrors d [...]

A Positive Start

7 Jan 2018 14:02

​A new start in an old interest.Buddhism interests me from way back. I like the practicality of it, with its emphasis on changing your life through better thinking, meditation, and personal insight. It has, I think, the potential for opening a person up to broad spiritual vistas. It even has numbered steps to reaching happiness: four Nobel Truths and an eightfold path. I also have become convinced, after years of reading on the subject, that meditation is a key to spiritual development an [...]

A New Hope, Still

31 Dec 2017 14:05

2017 Year’s End reflections…We’ve made it through Christmas and reached the New Years holiday weekend. It’s a good time for reviewing the past year and anticipating the coming one. It’s punctuated for me in having seen the latest Star Wars movie last weekend (on Christmas day). For me, that movie ended the Star Wars saga by ending Luke Skywalker’s story. Inspired by that story when I was twenty, I’ve lived to see the completion of it. It wasn’t a [...]

River Walking

22 Dec 2017 21:06

Taking a restorative walk into the long Christmas weekend.Three Rivers Greenway Trail is a paved, well-kept walkway along the southern bank of the Congaree River on the outskirts of Columbia, SC. On the eve of the 2017 Christmas holiday weekend, Donna and I decided to take a morning stroll there.The trail is within a couple of miles of our home and reputed to be a scenic, easy hike. We found it to be just that, with some historical markers and placards that I found reminiscent of the Natchez Tr [...]


4 Nov 2017 20:25

Ruins are windows into the past, and maybe into the future.There is a certain romantic beauty in ruins. Archaeological ruins, I mean, like Mayan temples and Egyptian cities half buried in the desert. They are windows into worlds passed away and evidence of life’s steady progression. They inspire art such as Shelley’s poem, Ozymandias, and a genre of thriller movies (Raiders of the Lost Ark). Donna and I caught a glimpse of such beauty when we hiked through the ruins of a 140 year ol [...]

Your Store of Spiritual Sustenance

14 Oct 2017 20:16

Book reviews and a video to aid your search for meaning…How does a person cope when they find themselves living in oppressive, desperate times? How can you live to your fullest and experience the rich potential that exists as part of living on earth, when dark forces seem to be facilitating your demise? These questions express the existential dilemma that keeps popping up when I try to write about writing, storytelling, hiking, fitness, and the better aspects of life I find inspiring. I [...]

The Onslaught of Storms

1 Oct 2017 14:16

Finding respite in a natural shelter.This last batch of Atlantic hurricanes never reached us and, at this moment, the Atlantic basin is quiet with regard to developing cyclones (other than a couple of disturbances that are already on land and not developing). Since I live fairly near the coast now and work for an organization that helps during emergencies, I’ve anxiously followed this hurricane season (though it’s pretty much year-round now because the oceans are so much hotter). Di [...]


23 Sep 2017 22:19

Wild, manipulated weather is discouraging; what would Ulysses do?Hurricane Irma missed us. Its path led it far to the west, barely brushing Columbia, South Carolina with tropical storm winds. I am thankful for that avoidance of a disaster, though I am very sorry for those souls that took the brunt of it—in the Virgin and Leeward Islands, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Florida, and Georgia. And may God help those in Texas who were wasted by Hurricane Harvey a scant two weeks before. I feel their pain, [...]

Waiting for Irma

9 Sep 2017 15:17

Hurricanes fired at us as from a baseball pitching machine…What hath the Great American Eclipse wrought? Hurricane Irma has developed into the biggest hurricane ever recorded in the Atlantic basin. It has decimated Caribbean islands, skirted Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and Haiti, and is now skimming along the northern coast of Cuba. Its path has shifted steadily from a skirt of the US eastern seaboard, to grazing Florida and hitting Georgia around Savannah and then heading inland [...]

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