Soldier’s life revisited

January 14, 2009 After spending a year in Iraq from 2003-2004, I had it in my head that I knew exactly what training for this mission would be like. After all, I'm a veteran with a combat patch and a Combat Action Badge! After 14 years in the U.S. Army, I'm ready for anything, right? Uh…right.

Abe awakens … part 1

January 13, 2009 "Mr. President. Abraham. Abe? Wake up." The tall, bearded, gaunt man slowly opened his eyes. He blinked twice, then slammed his eyes shut again. The light! It was blinding. "Get that light out of my eyes, for God's sake," he cried.

Last presidential ticket

January 13, 2009 There are still a few days left before President Obama takes office and it looks as if the 2012 GOP ticket is already taking form. Let me be the first to predict the ticket -Sarah Palin and Joe the Plumber. Literally. I mean, I think Joe Whathisface will actually change his last name to "ThePlumber," for, you know, name recognition.

Books, DVDs, CDs, oh my!

January 13, 2009 After writing my column last week about a Web site that allows members to swap books of all sorts, I received plenty of feedback. Some was from people interested in the site,, some from people letting me know about other sites ( is one) and some about a movie swapping Web site,

Legislative Odd Couple

January 12, 2009 LITTLE ROCK (AP) - Bob Johnson doesn't mind referring to himself as a lightning rod. Robbie Wills says he's proud to be boring. Meet the Arkansas Legislature's version of the Odd Couple. The personality gap between the firebrand of a Senate president and the politically cautious House speaker were on full display days before the 87th General Assembly convened. Meeting with a roomful of reporters and editors last week, both seemed to relish in the way they're perceived.

It’s good for the ‘soil’

January 12, 2009 "Adversity precedes growth." - motivational speaker Rosemarie Rossetti The winter should have killed it. It's not even supposed to be alive, (or so Mom thought). Its adversity was the changing seasons; yet, there it sits, in the month of January, with its tiny red and white blossoms.

Man’s word is his bond

January 9, 2009 I have been told there was a time when a person was judged upon the words that emanated from his mouth. A person's character could be seen in his deeds and by what he would say and sometimes what he would not say.

Peace in Middle East?

January 9, 2009 No one can write an uncontested history of the Middle East. However, acknowledging diverse and varied histories is foundational to ceasing hostilities between factions over there. All the histories agree any peace in the region is short lived.

Stimulating bankruptcy

January 9, 2009 Like millions of my fellow Americans I want Barack Obama to succeed in governing America and reviving the economy, despite my opposition to his candidacy. I had hoped that being the cautious man he appears to be, President-elect Obama would avoid taking extreme positions and policies vis-à-vis the economy and settle for the tried-and-true approaches to economic stability.

Someone say ‘Geronimo’?

January 8, 2009 A while back, some brainiac with time enough to play with numbers sent out one of those e-mails that got picked up and forwarded by just about everybody - as a joke, or rather, some trivial thing people could read and agree with, and then forget because it was never going to happen. The premise was that, instead of "bailing out" big business, Uncle Sam could just send that money direct to the people. According to the e-mail, each of us would receive some ridiculous amount of money - into the hundreds of thousands of dollars.