USS Arizona 75th Anniversary



Please help send the six remaining survivors of the December 7, 1941 attack to visit their shipmates again.


No Place Like Home

Earth day is Wednesday, April 22. NASA gives us a way to celebrate our home:

Use #NoPlaceLikeHome on other social media or tag NoPlaceLikeHome on your blog.



Central Missouri’s very own famous documentary film festival:



Some notable films I have seen in the past:

2010: How to Fold a Flag

2011: The Interrupters

2012: Bully

2013: The Garden of Eden

2014: The Overnighters

There is an archive of the films from past years on the T/F website. Many more of the films are available for viewing online or elsewhere. Take some time to watch something meaningful. My takeaway from some of these films: We are all flawed, but we can all help.



I participated in my first blog event tonight, the latest assignment for blogging class, and tried my hand at flash fiction. The source was Micro Bookends, a contest which provides the first and last word for a very short story that participants create. It also provides an image that must be worked into the story. I don’t care if I win or not–this should be fun! A new one runs every Thursday, further ensuring I will keep my 2015 resolution of writing something every Thursday. At this point, how could I not write something!?

My submission for today’s words are in the comments section here.


United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

One of my lasting takeaways from our 2010 visit to the Holocaust Museum in Washington DC was a variation of an excerpt from a speech by Protestant Pastor Martin Niemöller, inscribed on a wall near the exit:

First they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out because I was not a socialist. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out because I was not a trade unionist. Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out because I was not a Jew. Then they came for me, and there was no one left to speak for me.

More about the pastor:

Framed print in my office at home.

Framed print in my office at home.