Hard Corps: a great read

January 16, 2008

Now this was a good read. I really enjoyed the fast paced ride from gangbanger to being awarded the Navy Cross. What a success story! Language was rough but there was a warning in front of the book.

I have never really understood the hazing and rough treatment in boot camp and being a boot but now I have a better idea of the importance. Several times I was almost brought to tears just reading the book. Especially the time where he describes older Vets correcting his flag raising skills and his treatment when he comes back to America and the reception the Marines receive.

Marco Martinez will go far in life. He is a hero in the truest sense of the word.

What’s up with Kerry…

January 11, 2008

Wow talk about cold, not even telling Edwards he wasn’t going to back him for the Presidential run…

What On Earth Have I Done?

November 10, 2007

Robert Fulghum’s new book is wonderful so far… I really enjoy his works. Reading this book opens my mind to what’s around me, like a fresh breeze. After a while with out some reflection and solitude I seem to get a black and white view of the world.

As the title of the post suggests that is his thesis- “What On Earth Have I Done?” An interesting question because he poses the question as a Mother asking a child “WOEHYD”. Then he puts the question as to an adult’s life. Same question-different meaning altogether.

The chapters are short vignettes, which after read seem to stick in my mind wait for a chance to be applied. An example would be the story of his quest to rid his house boat of Otters. Success really didn’t have the intended result; less stink but a loss of playfulness and curiosity in his world. Another, how his house was valued less than he thought it was worth, and the reasons why were the reasons he discovered that added value to his life.

Fulghum tells a story about a couple of college students who eat a dining room chair… yea, really!… now you’ll have to read the book.

My Wife, My Best Friend?

November 7, 2007

My Wife is my best friend… And, guess what? I think that’s the best thing ever. I do love her more than a normal friend and certainly in a different way. But when you boil it down I view her a the best, closest friend I’ve ever had, bar none. Maybe it’s best said that she is even more than a best friend. A Super-best friend. Someone I share everything with (with the exception of the crap I put up with at work).

What puzzles me is how could someone not be best friends with their mate. A few people I work with look at me like I’m insane when I tell them my wife is my best friend. That makes me wonder about the quality or worth of their marriage or living arrangements. I do work with a wide variety of cultures, Muslim, Hispanic, Blacks, Red Necks, and others. Not all clearly express that they don’t view their mates as best friends, but many don’t act like it. Talking about things they say or do without their mates knowledge tells it all.

So is “best friend” the better term? Don’t know… but I do know it’s working out well for us that way.

Love for my Wife

September 25, 2007

I have been married for 26 years… I know I love my wife more today than when we were married. She is not a perfect wife (for sure I’m not the perfect husband), but I love her more than ever. It’s more passionate and at the same time a the “best friend in the world” type of love, how can I explain that?

Several times in our marriage I believed we were doomed. But I never considered leaving or divorce because I knew it was me and at least 1/2 of it was my baggage. All I would have done is take the baggage to another relationship.

What brings me to this post is that we have some friends who are having problems with their marriage and some of it reminds me of our problems. The rushing around of little kids, jobs taking to much time, being second (maybe even last) in getting attention (sex, what sex?), the stress of money and everything elseĀ  and that’s not mentioning families that seem to complicate everything with their problems and hangups.

My advice… communication, but first listen… really listen. If you think everything is OK and your partner blows you out of the water with news you never suspected. You’re not listening…or paying attention, verbal or physically.

My problem was/is I like to solve problems. When my wife would share her problems, I wanted to offer solutions. WRONG ANSWER, (maybe I’m slow… but it took me 15-18 years to get this) listen and then listen to her but don’t offer solutions. Believe it or not that’s not what she wants. She want attention and someone to listen to her.

Talking… well I’m getting better at sharing my feelings, needs and fears.

Do I have all the answers… not even close. But my wife and I can weather the storms of life with our love, respect and trust in Jesus Christ.

Back for More

September 11, 2007

Well Summer is over and work and home life has settled down to category 2 tornado. It it had gotten any busier I don’t know if I could have taken it much longer. Working six days of work mostly ten hour shifts, teaching Sunday School class and running the boy to football two a days. Now all we have to worry about is Home School and having the kids do their work on time.

Tomorrow is my oldest sons birthday, he’s 17. I’m so proud of him. He’s so diligent about school and football. There is a very nice girl that seems to enjoy his company. It’s so interesting to see him struggle to understand girls. Little does he know that will be a life long task, or better said… adventure.

Hardcore History Review

July 14, 2007

I listen to a lot of Podcasts (around 22-27) some are daily some are only weekly. James MacDonald’s Walk in the Work is very good, especially this week.

But back to my review. Dan Carlin’s Hardcore History is the best history podcast I have found. He’s a radio personality (not sure I like his politics) but his history is good listening. He highlights interesting things and tells WHY events and cultures make a difference in history. The first of his podcasts I listened to was Bubonic Nukes, I know about the Bubonic Plague and how it changed history. But, he really nails the hows and whys of the times. He can almost put you in the times, so you can understand the mind sets and cultures. What is amazing is actually listen to the podcasts several times and take notes so I can do my own reading and research. My younger son (almost 15) loves it to! After listening to the one about Bubonic Nukes he said he knew the facts but Dan made it come alive and made him think. OK when you can make a 15 year old like history that’s something serious.

So what I’m gonna do for the next few posts is do reviews on my podcast I listen to. Next time I will make a list of all with links. I will also review a few I gave up and tell why. Podcasting is a medium that I love and have been listening to since almost the beginning when you had to do everything by hand to download them (before iTunes killed a few great aggergators).

So take a listen to Dan you won’t be sorry. He even tackled the Cold War and was quite fair to the issues.

And listen to James MacDonald for that way he just busts you in the chops (I love his podcast, it’s the most challenging and rewarding one I listen to. Though sometimes I need to build up the courage and honesty to listen to him DAILY.)