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I am happily married with five children, 100% American and no political party affiliation; just a concerned citizen. I do enjoy writing my thoughts and opinions out. I am not an English or writing expert as you will find out by reading my thoughts. However, I do enjoy a good conversation.

So, if you happen to agree or disagree with anything I write about, please leave a comment; it lets me know if people like or dislike what I have written.

I believe alternative opinions to be beneficial; I can agree to disagree and understand my opinion may not be the majority one. Who knows maybe your thought will help me reinforce, modify or change my own completely. Thank you in advance and I hope you enjoy reading all or some of my thoughts.

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Lessons from the Riots?

Posted on August 20, 2014 at 9:22am 2 Comments

Maybe, just maybe some goodness will happen from the lessons parents can teach their children and adults can share with one another about what is happening in Ferguson, Mo.; there are many lessons I can see from it, but I will stick with just three to keep the post somewhat… short (I know many will not read past this point and it is ok).

No 1:…


Redefining Normal; The Scars of War

Posted on May 30, 2014 at 10:00pm 5 Comments

     My last post was in March of 2013. For those who wondered what may have happened, I apologize up front for not coming on sooner, since then, a lot has changed yet some things stayed the same. In the wake of all the media focus on the VA, let me fill you in on me.

     I have since medically retired from active military service with over 20 years of…


The media is asking, was Iraq worth it?

Posted on March 19, 2013 at 4:30am 2 Comments

Short answer: It depends on your point of view…

As the news starts to try to dissect IRAQ War and analyze the price of freedom, I wonder why one variable is never included. I challenge anyone to ask an Iraqi woman now in her 20s, 30s or older… WAS IT WORTH IT? Ask an Iraqi what it was like to live in a constant state of fear from the Saddam’s thugs who made you and often your entire family disappear at night. Ask a political opponent of Saddam who kept his mouth and words silent…


The blessings of parenting teenagers: prayers please

Posted on March 13, 2013 at 4:38am 5 Comments

As parent we all know kids are kids and this will never change. No technology can change this fact. Our children act just like us when we were kids. We acted just like our parents. Kids will be kids and times may change but human nature doesn’t.

Before I continue let me just say through all the trials and hard times as a parent, the good times surpass them one hundred fold! My three teenagers are all straight A/B students. As a matter of fact all of them are in Honors and/or AP…


The American Drama-Comedy: The Political Crisis (Hope Believe, Change, Forward)

Posted on March 5, 2013 at 6:00am 2 Comments

Every time congress and the President has to make a “decision” (also known as: do their job) it is a media circus and the political script is already set, “the US is coming to an end”; jobs will be lost, seniors will lose healthcare, our military will not be paid, social security checks will not be sent on time, our airports will be crippled, the military and law will stop protecting us etc, etc, etc. Maybe this time, imagined crisis has had its moments of instilling fear into…


Finally... I made it to the "Middle Class"!

Posted on January 2, 2013 at 1:14pm 0 Comments

Today’s discussion at work has been focused on the “fiscal cliff” vote. In three separate conversations, I asked a simple question… who are the middle class? No one had a concrete answer. Ironically, most people think they are in the middle class, but no one has…


Children Should Play Sports!

Posted on December 11, 2012 at 4:30am 6 Comments

[UPDATED 11 Dec 2012: originally posted by me on Sept 30 2012 on another site, pictured above is a summer youth sports camp sponsered and ran by a local church that introduces children to all kinds of sports]


A little while ago, I was reading sports articles on YAHOO Sports and came across a soccer story…


"Billy": Time to let go… but NEVER forget

Posted on December 9, 2012 at 9:30pm 4 Comments


It was 1998 and I was a recently divorced man. After four years of being married (she was married for two of those years), I had to start a new life. During this first full year of being divorced, I was by myself. I had visitation every other weekend and every other Christmas with the kids…


TRUE story - Internet love

Posted on December 7, 2012 at 8:30am 13 Comments

John and Jennifer: Picture date - 2001

The year was 2001. As a divorced single father raising my 3 children, I worked in an all male unit in the military. Work began for me at 4:30 am when the alarm went off for me to get up out of bed. I had the children up by 5:00 and in daycare at 5:30…


Coming out: The Plight of the UNDOCUMENTED

Posted on December 6, 2012 at 7:30am 1 Comment


  I happen to come across a Time magazine (June 2012) “Shadow Americans” article by José Antonio in the dealership that I have my vehicle serviced. As I was waiting for my car to be serviced and reading this article, I couldn’t put the article down and looked…


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