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The Road to Hell…

…is broad and includes those with “good intentions.” There is a reason why “meaning well” can be and often is an insult, readers. Click the link to read more: When I was 15, a psychiatric hospital nearly ruined my life. This advice saved me. Story by Banning Lyon • Jan 31 When I was 15, a psychiatric… Continue reading The Road to Hell…

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The Final Inspection

THE FINAL INSPECTION by Joshua Helterbran The Soldier stood and faced God, Which must always come to pass. He hoped his shoes were shining, Just as brightly as his brass. Step forward now, Soldier , How shall I deal with you? Have you always turned the other cheek? To My Church have you been true?’… Continue reading The Final Inspection

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Memento Mori

Click the link to learn more, readers: ‘Goodbye and good luck’ BY GRACE E.F. HOLMES, M.D. Sep 20, 2017 In 1934 and 1935, the Past Presidents’ Parley of the American Legion Auxiliary Department of North Dakota identified and interviewed the state’s 271 women who served during the Great War. Of that number, 225 were nurses.… Continue reading Memento Mori

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Food for Thought

Careful, though. This is a bitter piece to chew over: Modern State's Evil Prophet 06/01/1999 James Bovard The Free Market 17, no. 6 (June 1999) At the American Revolution, the founders clearly recognized the defects of representative government. Pamphleteer John Cartwright in 1776 derided "that poor consolatory word, representation, with the mere sound of which… Continue reading Food for Thought

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Better Dead than Red…

Just your friendly neighborhood writer reminding you why friends don’t let friends become Communists or Marxists: Sunday, March 05, 2023 Stalin's Death at 70: Some Mind-Boggling Revelations About Stalin, World War II, and a Century of Russian History As the 70th anniversary of Stalin's death is commemorated (celebrated?), it is far from inappropriate to tackle a growing narrative,… Continue reading Better Dead than Red…

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Ride ‘Em, Cowboy!

“As long as one cowboy remembers it, it ain’t dead!” Thus spake Monte Walsh in the movie* of the same name, and he was quite correct. Matt Jesson proved it when he drove his cattle through this past March. Click the link, readers, and enjoy some American spirit! Udder chaos in Livingston: Local rancher moves… Continue reading Ride ‘Em, Cowboy!

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Playing on Ice

Check it out, readers! Playing With a Golf Ball on a Frozen Lake BY ANNA MASON FEBRUARY 16, 2023 On Dec. 27, 2022, Jeff Self, 56, from Chesapeake, drove 10 miles from his home to Stumpy Lake Natural Area. As Self parked his jeep, he noticed an eagle flying close by. Seeing another photographer he knew, Self… Continue reading Playing on Ice

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Running and Firing

Take a look at this, readers! Biography: Lewis Wetzel “The Death Wind" Lewis Wetzel (1763-1808) is considered the greatest of all frontiersmen, scouts, and Indian fighters of the Border Wars of the Upper Ohio Valley frontier. His grandparents were immigrants from Germany, and Lewis was raised on a farm on Wheeling Creek (now Marshall County, West… Continue reading Running and Firing

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Tent Caterpillars

I used to play with these critters as a little shaver. They are indeed pests, and if you live in Virginia, you might see them – and their huge silken “tents” (no, those aren’t spider webs!) – this year. They can spin them large enough to be visible from the roadside. Click the link to… Continue reading Tent Caterpillars

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“I Pledge Allegiance…”

One of my favorite pieces of literature is Edward Everett Hale’s short story, The Man Without a Country. You can find and download it from Project Gutenberg here, and I highly recommend it. Caught up in Aaron Burr’s plot to take control of the United States, the protagonist – Philip Nolan – is tried as… Continue reading “I Pledge Allegiance…”