One punch homicide and a police officer’s safety

While in grade school I suffer two concussions in the same calendar year. Both were head strikes I sustained on the school playground and both times I wound up in the hospital. I overheard a doctor tell my parents that one more concussion could kill me. This as a child, scared the hell out of me. Apparently the doctor suggested that I not play contact sports in my K thru 12 school years. I was not apprised of this.

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The garden’s woes, the garden woos

“I’ve got a garden blanket to put over the frame for your lettuce bed, whenever you’re ready to plant a fall garden,” my friend mentioned to me on the way out of church.I mentally surveyed the condition of my garden.It’s that time of year when all the warm weather plants are birthing their ripened fruit. I feel like the lone obstetrician in a maternity ward where fifty pregnant women are in labor at the same time.

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Where is the love?

Imagine that your 42 year old son has died after a four year battle with a rare disease that has destroyed his internal organs. You are grieving at his casket the night of the wake when an official of the church—-the church which earlier in this horrid week approved the ceremony—-calls you, informing you that they can no longer honor your request to have the funeral in the church as planned tomorrow.“Why?” you ask.“Because we found out your ...

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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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