Pearl Harbor

Dec 07

Pearl Harbor

At 7:48 am,  December 7th, 1941, the Imperial Japanese Navy attacked Pearl Harbor located on Ohau, Hawaii.  The base was attacked by 353 Japanese fighter planes, bombers, and torpedo planes in two waves, launched from six aircraft The attack was devastating,  intended to keep the American fleet from interfering in operations the Japanese had planned. The...

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Letters of Bud and Peg

Dec 05

Letters of Bud and Peg

My brother in law David came over the other day and brought me two old books. They were actually letters that my Father in law and mother in law wrote to each when they were apart.  Much like a diary except the other could read it. They were apart for a bit because The Bear was in the Merchant Marines and set sail for a while.   The books are fun to read but I...

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Lunchroom

Dec 03

Lunchroom

We have all spent time in a lunchroom. Don’t deny it. It is true.  In school, lunchrooms were called cafeterias and many doubled as the gym.  Besides lunchtime, if your school had a big enough one, it was the place to go during rainy days to lay volleyball or dodgeball or to huddle in groups and talk about the other groups. At work, the lunchroom could be small,...

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Frank and Beth

Dec 01

Frank and Beth

I was sitting in a very small coffee shop inside of a very small casino located in a very small town people watching. I happened to notice a man who looked like he had already done hard work out on some ranch sitting at the counter eating breakfast. I watched him watch the brown haired, big bosomed, 40 something waitress. His eyes never left her. Me, being me, I...

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Nov 26

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving is a time for family, feasting, and the airing of memories. I know my family when they get together always wants to share stories and memories of a time gone by. If you wait long enough there will always be the embarrassing stories that they just love to share about t the other members but not really wanting to hear about themselves.  You know that...

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Words Have Power, They Are Magic, Epilogue

Nov 24

Words Have Power, They Are Magic, Epilogue

Richard Bittner, Jr sat at his desk in his office on the 20th floor of the Bittner Building.  He had come from the funeral earlier that day and although his wife wanted him to come home, he came to the office instead. He wanted to be alone and he had encountered no one but Steve the guard, who grunted at him.  On the desk lay a manila envelope that held what was...

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Words Have Power, They Are Magic pt 20

Nov 19

Words Have Power, They Are Magic pt 20

Life for me came down to sitting on the park bench during the day, rain, shine, cold, hot, it did not matter. My bench was my place. I was their every day, all day.  It became my palace, my refuge.  There I could sit and look out on the world, well a little slice of that world.  A nice slice at that, the slice that was the corner piece, the one with all the...

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