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A Pocket of Resistance

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  • A Magic Mist Over Orcas.
     No, not the whales, but the island named, not after the whales of which 71 reside nearby, but a Spaniard of old. Francisco de Eliza was one of the Spanish explorers who ventured to the Pacific Northwest coast and named the Strait of Juan de Fuqua, the San Juan Islands, and some of the other … Continue reading A Magic Mist Over Orcas.

Murphy’s Law desk calendar

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  • Not Quite Murphy’s Law
    This did not come from my Murphy’s Law Desk Calendar given to me each Christmas by my Aunt Evelyn and Uncle Pipey, followed by cousin Nancy, nigh onto thirty years and continued by me giving myself and others that glorious daily piece of wit and wisdom until, like all wonderful things, ceased annual production about … Continue reading Not Quite Murphy’s Law

Sea Stories

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  • Black Oil
    Long before Navy ships became sophisticated power chains of today, most Navy ships were fueled by black oil. Black oil was just a step above crude oil. Environmentalists would probably have heart attacks just looking at it. It was the fuel for ship’s boilers after coal and before “Navy distillate,” a cleaner burning oil. i … Continue reading Black Oil

Notes from the Southwest Corner

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Steel Decks and Glass Ceilings

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  • About my book
    This website continues to be updated. i hope i and Walker Hicks , the brains behind this website being as good as it is, plan to have the update complete by the first of next week. Then, there will be a page for comments about my book, Steel Decks and Glass Ceilings. But i wanted … Continue reading About my book

Willie Nod

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Jewell in the Rough

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  • Photos for Family-2
      As you can see, i still haven’t resolved a better way to get these photos to family. One comment: The one of Blythe the day she was born is a little worn. i carried it in my billfold until i quit carrying photos in my billfold. i had culled all of the others and … Continue reading Photos for Family-2

New Palestine

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  • Put Out to Pasture
    Pre-sales for my book Steel Decks and Glass and Glass Ceilings: A Navy Officer’s Memoir, and the announcement of the publishing date is imminent. This is a quiet, anxious time for me. My hopes are those who want to read it will buy it and enjoy it, perhaps even learn a bit from it, and … Continue reading Put Out to Pasture

Pretty Good Management

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