The Shotgun and Rewriting History

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From an old grizzled veteran (my age) named Mike, who contributed a lot of wisdom to our Veterans'Tales site for a few years: You're asleep when  you hear  a thump outside your  bedroom door. Half-awake, and nearly ...

2021 Annual Memorial Day Musical Tribute to those who Have Gone Before US

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I’ve published an annual Memorial Day tribute to our fallen for several years. I think military brass just doesn’t capture the solemnity of what Memorial Day stands for. So, this year I’ve added a more...

Will there be any 9-11 Observances in 2041?

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I was born 169 years after the Declaration of Independence was signed on July 4, 1776. I remember my first 4th of July celebration when I was 6, when my parents took me to...

Teaching Kids About America, a Beginning

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In the "Taking Back our Schools" Department, we should have figured out by now we need to be more face-to-face about the changes we want to see returned to our public schools. We're outlining a...

The Case of the Heisted Bicycle (Military Court)

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Most of what follows is true. Mrs Yae Minami was a genuine Japanese-American internee in California during WWII. As soon as the war ended, she took a job with the Defense Department in the Occupation, married...

Melancholy, a Ten-Minute Indulgence

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Just to shut you down for about ten minutes, remind you of your place... ...and our place.   Both from Ken Burns films: Lewis and Clark https://youtu.be/llhs1p2xNgo https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HzTONjssOqc Ashokan Farewell, Civil War https://youtu.be/uZmxZThb084 Ashokan Farewell-Sullivan Ballou Letter https://youtu.be/1VK1KcZoDu0