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Sunday, December 10, 2023

P. Araya

Pablo Araya grew up in Naperville and enjoys writing about his experiences in the Navy, the FBI and growing up in the best town around. Contact Pablo at boblow9913@gmail.com.

Hakuna Matata

In December 1987, after an arduous, but militarily successful deployment to the Arabian Sea and patrols in the Straits of Hormuz, the USS MIDWAY...

Thanks for the memories, Mr. Hope

On November 11, our grateful country recognizes all Veterans in all the Service Branches, past and present, and thanks them for their service. Whether you...

Unfathomable to imagine the fear at Normandy

A few contrails and wispy clouds were all I could see looking up at an impossibly blue sky. Simply a perfect day to walk...

A wedding frock

In the U.S. military, “frocking" is the practice of a commissioned officer selected for promotion wearing the insignia of the higher grade before the...

Judd-A-Thon 2023

Update, Aug. 31, 2023 / Kindly note that in order to be guaranteed a collectable, commemorative t-shirt, participants planning to walk/run/stroll/skip/summersault in the annual...

Ode to the desk

In 1969, when my parents brought home the desk from Kroehler’s, none of us in the family could have predicted the years of study...

Send lawyers, guns and money

The Citation Encore began its decent while Joe Doorley, my Supervisor, and I discussed the next phase of the operation. The plan was to...

Memorial Day Remembrance

Joseph S. Pfleghaar, Aviation Anti-Submarine Warfare Operator, Petty Officer 2nd Class, (AW2) US Navy, was barely 20 years old when he reported aboard HS-12...

My AI (Artificial Intelligence) Muse

Unbelievable. Here I sit, sixty days since my last inspired column, and I still have Writer’s Block! What the Heck! Who, in the Ether,...

Channeling Andy

Writer’s block. I had it bad a few days ago. So bad in fact, I went to a local séance for some inspiration; perhaps...
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