Tag Archives: Croatia

Thoughts of Ireland

I’ve memories today of Ireland. On one trip, a few years ago, I decided to spend my days and nights in one place, instead of changing B&B’s or hotels each day and seeing the country as it were. I’d done that before, but found that the local flavor leaves you before it’s tasted and savored. I stayed in the southern coastal town of Kinsale, a place I’d visited years ago and felt called upon to return. The town has a long waterfront, narrow streets and…

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Kindness

Courtesy and kindness is the ability to be aware of the needs and concerns of others and to respond to them with selfless grace. It is an attribute of character. It is also a waning personal craft in today’s culture of instant gratification, in the self fulfillment of the “me” generation. When you see it in abundance, courtesy is worthy of comment. A number of years ago I flew with a Navy medical contingent to Croatia in the former Yugoslavia. The flight was on a…

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A Sad Day

Here’s the bulletin from the Washington Post yesterday afternoon. “President Obama traveled to Dover Air Force Base by helicopter on Tuesday to pay his respects to the 30 U.S. troops who were killed Saturday when their Chinook helicopter crashed in Afghanistan. The president canceled a scheduled appearance in Northern Virginia to be present for the arrival of the troops’ remains, which was closed to the media. The crash killed 22 Navy SEALs, and eight other U.S. troops, in what became the deadliest day for the…

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Graduations

I won’t be there next week for their graduation, but I was there years ago to see the pomp and celebration of four years of accomplishment for the young men and women of West Point. I have also lectured at the Air Force Academy and was impressed with the collective as well as the individual dedication of the cadets and instructors. All of the service academies graduations engender a spectacular ceremony that wells with emotion and precipitates deep patriotic pride and a foreboding bellicose prognostication.…

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