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Stories from the baptistery

Connor rocked back and forth on his heels, biting his lip as his eyes darted back and forth, scanning my office.It was his baptism day.“It’s okay to be nervous,” I said, trying to put him at ease as he left my office with his parents on the way to the baptistery.His father had warned me earlier that Connor was anxious about being baptized. “He’s worried that you’re going to ask him a lot of questions,” his dad had grin...

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Refugee training

There is no such thing as 9-1-1 emergency services in Iraq or Afghanistan. When the next crisis comes (and they always do) in those countries, there are no first responders to bring instant assistance for fire, police and emergency medical needs. When what is left of a normal system degenerates into chaos in a society, the last bastion of relief is to flee the disorder, confusion and life threatening danger.

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The man behind the cartoon

Garry Trudeau, a Yale alumnus, is the creator of the cartoon “Doonesbury.” In his cartoon, Trudeau gently lampoons The Reverend William Sloane Coffin as the cartoon character of Rev, Scot Sloan. The Reverend William Sloane Coffin was a real person, a civil rights and antiwar campaigner who sought to inspire and encourage an idealistic and rebellious generation of college students in the 1960’s from his position as chaplain of Yale University.Coffin could trace his...

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A blue ribbon

“Old Airmen never die they just fade away to Wisconsin to eat cheese curds” a quote from an old Airman.One of the problems with being a Chief Master Sergeant or a Colonel is, about the time you are forced to retire on thirty years from active duty service in the Air Force, folks begin to think that perhaps you have peaked. In the eyes of the military you are really old. Now mind you, the average Chief retires in his/her late forties and the average Colonel retires in th...

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Looking into my father in law’s eyes

The eyes that once danced with life—-eyes that could focus with the intensity of an eagle after its prey or love with the affection of a mother for her baby—- now stare blankly at nothing, emotionless. I peer into those eyes, hoping for something: maybe the reboot of a soul, the reemergence of then into now, the return of the Old George I miss so much.The first time I shook hands with him the palms of my hands were sweaty, for I was nervous. He was the father of the gir...

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Military concel carry - HR 218 an update - obfuscation

Colonel Smith, Sergeant Major Jones do you have your conceal carry permit that Federal law allows you to obtain as a retired military police man? You don’t, I do not understand, Federal law known as the Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act (LEOSA) and commonly referred to as HR 218 was enacted in 2004. This act allows police officers in any state or jurisdiction to carry concealed their personal firearm in any other state or jurisdiction. I know, the military uses the word apprehend, and...

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