Author Archives: Climb and Maintain

In the Shadow of the Peaks of Otter

I grew up in the suburbs of Lynchburg, Virginia which, in itself sounds somewhat strange in that, compared to the major metropolitan areas I have spent most of my adult life Dallas, TX and Washington, DC; to consider Lynchburg a metropolitan area that; with its somewhere south of 100,000 in population tips the sales considerably [...]

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Easter and The Pacific

have been watching with great anticipation the new Tom Hanks/Steven Stielberg production on HBO about the horrors of combat in the then widely unknown, isolated strips of coral, jungle, and barren rock, that the characterized the venues of WWII warfare in The Pacific. This is not surprising, given my almost compulsive interest in [...]

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A Call To leave the ARMchairS

Recently on what has become, perhaps, the replacement for, what in the not so distant past, the barbershop, civic clubs, or the front porch provided – Facebook – a left leaning friend asked for his “conservative friends” to explain why their anger at the recent binge of deficit spending is so visible in response to [...]

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“I want nothing to do with Washington, D.C.”

While the President was inside, surrounded by hand-picked supporters bused in, no doubt, to create the right backdrop for the choreographed effort to create video sound bites for the evening news, in full campaign mode outright slandering the majority of Americans who numerous polls report STILL don’t like the Health Care Bill, there were others [...]

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So it begins

I’d like to accept that everything that can be said about the healthcare debate has been said but, believing that the passage of the bill in Congress is only the first step, think this debate has actually just begun.
Some would claim that the debate was about those who see a nation with some 30 million [...]

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Generational Sacrifice; Generational Failure

The American people may be awakening from their slumber and are confronting the real crisis that is our fiscal nightmare as evidenced by the Tea party movement and other such grass roots political stirrings not aligned directly with, and mainly opposed to, the establishment political institutions that have held the reins of power for over [...]

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Waiting for the apology

Much was made and probably will be made of golfer Tiger Woods public apology yesterday for cheating on his wife. I thought the part where he offered apologies to the parents who had held him up as a role model to their kids gave some indication of the depth that he acknowledges the impact [...]

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A Serious Proposal

Rep. Paul Ryan is in the news with what the President has referred to as “a serious proposal”.
For once we have a Congressman speaking out to fix the budget mess with something other than partisan cheap shots.
Its not perfect but it a great start. Of course already the chattering class is declaring it dead [...]

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Take me to a Nice Home

My master has to move far away and I can’t go with him.
My name is Lucy and I am a loyal and very loving companion who will be a source of much joy and happiness.
They tell me I am mixed-breed which just means no one ever bothered to write down a lot about my parents. [...]

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Missing the point

Echoing just about everything you read in the “mainstream” media these days regarding the “Tea Party” movement E.J. Dionne writes in the Washington Post about the “grass-roots rage” and finds in its heart all sorts of extremists views that are dangerous, ill-informed, and just plain scary.
I find it all amusing even as I worry, like [...]

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