Vingt-trois – Day 23

From Facebook: The 26 pics I’ve included may bore the pants off of my readers. They show the quiet countryside of a sleepy part of France. Sechault, my destination, is nothing to write home about. But these farms would have looked very familiar to my grandfather raised on a Kansas farm who got a college […]

Vingt-deux, Day Twenty-two

From Facebook: We drove for 3 hours to Verdun, the epicenter of death for French soldiers in 1915. The city was rebuilt following the war having literally been bombed to smithereens. The Meuse River courses north to meet the Rhine and we watched as some able and not so able rowers propelled sculls below us […]

To Conquer Hell

I discovered another book of mine pertinent to my upcoming visit to France. Its To Conquer Hell by Edward G. Lengel. The author is a cousin of that battle’s most famous soldier Alvin York a war hero that has not escaped mention in my blog. The book came out in 2008 but I’m not sure […]

My Mini Vacation

I’ve recently began a number posts with a long list of terms or phrases each of which represents something on my mind about which I feel like blogging. On the previous occasions this led me to actually cover the some of the subjects. Today I’m having a hard time conjuring up the dozens of posts […]

Four random anecdotes

With Claudia out of town I have a heckuva time watching the television. It has two remotes with its cable box, three if you count the Roku. It felt like it took half an hour to turn it on last night but I’m glad I did. I ran into the National Geographic Channel which had […]

When is a warning a threat?

Anyone who has followed my blog off an on for a couple years knows how I operate. I explain what I see and experience. My readers also know what motivates me. First and foremost its the Red Plan and uncovering its mysteries, and recovering from it. I’m not shy about complaining when obstacles are thrown […]


Topeka, Kansas, was not the South but it was close enough to have a sizeable black population. I was a child there in the Era depicted by the current movie “The Help.” I’ve not seen it but my wife, Claudia, just finished reading the book on which it is based and says its set in […]

When a man can’t be a man

After insisting on a war, the Bush Administration shot our military in the foot by kicking Arabic-speaking translators out of the army because they weren’t man enough to fight. They were gay.  This West Point grad demonstrates that the young people in our military today are open minded about letting gay soldiers serve with everyone else. […]