My wife, Karen, is celebrating her birthdays this week. Yep, you read that right. Birthdays. It’s a mildly entertaining family story. Karen was adopted when she was four days old. Thus her legal birthday is four days after the day she was actually born. This is a win-win for us. It’s a win f…

In January of 1993, an episode of “ Trek: The Next Generation” titled Ship in a Bottle presents Captain Picard with an existential threat to the Enterprise and her crew that essentially asks the question, “What is real?” The plot turns on a holodeck ruse within a ruse that concludes when the…

Years ago while I was stationed at Fort Carson in Colorado Springs, Colo., my family and I took a trip to The Royal Gorge Bridge. Walking across the bridge at 955 feet above the river below, I anxiously kept to the middle of the deck without venturing too close to the side rails. As for expl…

For two weeks recently, my wife and I traveled extensively to meet a combination of important family and Army responsibilities. Our airport connections included Fairbanks, Seattle, Dulles, Burlington (VT), Atlanta, Tulsa, Dallas/Fort Worth, Anchorage, and Honolulu. Whew! After clearing secur…

I recently attended a meeting of the Delta Junction emergency planning committee. By joining others around the emergency planning table, I hope to listen and learn from locals who know best how to prepare for winter in Alaska. As a professional Army officer, I’m also interested in the operat…

In January of 1993, an episode of “ Trek: The Next Generation” titled Ship in a Bottle presents Captain Picard with an existential threat to the Enterprise and her crew that essentially asks the question, “What is real?” The plot turns on a holodeck ruse within a ruse that concludes when the…

Years ago while I was stationed at Fort Carson in Colorado Springs, Colo., my family and I took a trip to The Royal Gorge Bridge. Walking across the bridge at 955 feet above the river below, I anxiously kept to the middle of the deck without venturing too close to the side rails. As for expl…

For two weeks recently, my wife and I traveled extensively to meet a combination of important family and Army responsibilities. Our airport connections included Fairbanks, Seattle, Dulles, Burlington (VT), Atlanta, Tulsa, Dallas/Fort Worth, Anchorage, and Honolulu. Whew! After clearing secur…

I recently attended a meeting of the Delta Junction emergency planning committee. By joining others around the emergency planning table, I hope to listen and learn from locals who know best how to prepare for winter in Alaska. As a professional Army officer, I’m also interested in the operat…

I’m originally from Oklahoma. Somewhat surprisingly, Fort Greely is currently home to a relatively large group of Okies. Among the first questions I’m asked after discovering that a new friend and I are from the same state is, “Sooners? Or Cowboys?” Okies intuitively know that this question …

Carl Wilton, a minister in Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey, vividly remembers walking down to the beach after the towers fell and looking to the north. He saw a pillar of cloud. What he was seeing, of course, was the massive column of smoke rising from the devastated buildings. He wondered:…

“What is truth?” has been a hot topic of discussion on all media platforms recently. Humankind has wrestled with this question since – well, probably since there have been humans. It’s a useful question insofar as a person is interested in using it to sharpen her or his ability to think crit…

My wife, Karen, and I have discovered that unless we intentionally carve out time in our busy schedules, we will miss seeing much of Alaska’s natural beauty. So, all of a sudden, last week she announced: “Let’s go to Valdez.” Although it was a long drive, we enjoyed a short one-night trip to…

Since the emergence of social media and smart phones, words – along with many of the thoughts they represent – are more of a cheap commodity than ever. Many of us have laboriously fluffed our writing assignments in order to meet a minimum (and probably arbitrary) word count. In my own experi…

“Back to School” season is in the air! Resuming busy fall schedules of class, homework, practices for various sports, band, and other activities was always an exciting time for me. Of course, not every student will share the excitement I remember upon hearing the crack of new textbooks being…