Category Archives: Spiritality

A Promise Kept….

Just after I got sober in 1994, I made a promise to myself – to one day return to Ramey AFB, Puerto Rico – to the church I was confirmed in.  From the summer of 1957 to the summer of … Continue reading

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My Favorite Christmas Carol?

By far, “The Littlest Angel,” by Bing Crosby… In 2012 I decided to build ‘little boxes’ for all the kids; my kids and the grand kids.  I was very meticulous in choosing a special wood for a special kid. When … Continue reading

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My Sears Wooden Hammer…

“Now, why would I write about a wood hammer,” you might ask. Well, if I had you in my hands as much as I have had this old Sears wooden hammer, I would probably be writing about you also! I … Continue reading

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There was always that moment of “contemplation” before a mission.  Always.  Briefings had been completed.  Personal equipment checked.  The pre-departure visit to the Men’s room.  Occasionally, nervous banter in the step-van on the way to the jet; or sometimes we … Continue reading

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Finding the Father

I was out in Albuquerque last month and came across this painting. I must have stared at it for 30 minutes or so, while standing there in the gallery.  It just spoke to me; so much symbolism for me. What … Continue reading

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MSP – 6

6. They Don’t Fear Taking Calculated Risks They don’t take reckless or foolish risks, but don’t mind taking calculated risks.  Mentally strong people spend time weighing the risks and benefits before making a big decision, and they’re fully informed of … Continue reading

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My High School Senior Year

I showed up at General H. H. Arnold High School in Wiesbaden, West Germany in early September 1963.  We had moved to Wiesbaden, maybe a few weeks earlier, from Chambley AFB, France – after DeGaulle threw us (Americans) out of … Continue reading

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MSP – 5

5. They Don’t Worry About Pleasing Everyone “Mentally strong people recognize that they don’t need to please everyone all the time. They’re not afraid to say no or speak up when necessary.  They strive to be kind and fair, but … Continue reading

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MSP – 4

4. They Don’t Waste Energy on Things They Can’t Control “You won’t hear a mentally strong person complaining over lost luggage or traffic jams. Instead, they focus on what they can control in their lives.  They recognize that sometimes, the … Continue reading

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MSP – 3

3. They Don’t Shy Away from Change “Mentally strong people don’t try to avoid change. Instead, they welcome positive change and are willing to be flexible. They understand that change is inevitable and believe in their abilities to adapt.” I … Continue reading

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