What’s in a Name?……..and other things of interest (STAY TUNED FOR NEW MATERIAL ON THIS POST)


Joe’s musings on Shakespeare’s comment:





John Wayne was a great actor; a tremendous film presence and an American institution. His memorabilia, often signed with his name or his moniker “The Duke” is as popular as ever. I wonder how popular all the coffee mugs, holsters, signed photos etc. would be if they were signed with his real name…Marion Morrison.




I spent six months with Nguyen Than Hoa before he was killed in the Vietnam War. I never learned how to pronounce his name, nor did he mine; however we understood each other well enough…..and I missed him when he was gone. (photo lost)



12919734_1163598380325570_9078203408902351059_n*Subdivisions are often named after the wildlife and fauna destroyed to create them.









*Some weapons systems are named after indigenous people who were chased off their land.







13340194_10153753932361902_5653731642887239703_o*Rhode Island is not an island.







14633734_1666996846944421_3038250283362679281_o*Since Columbus thought he landed in China in 1492, why aren’t the Indians called Chinese?






14359089_117910782000856_8094636663057360116_n*If Amerigo Vespucci had been named Roberto Vespucci, we would be called Bobbicans?







Demetrius Campolo




Jenny Campolo

*My paternal grandfather, Demetrius Campolo, was by all accounts, a tough character to live with and an even tougher character to like. He died the year I was born, but over the years, stories of his antics have rose to the surface.  My grandmother Jenny, his long suffering wife, apparently got some modem of revenge when he passed. She never cared for his given name and always called him Dominic, despite the fact that calling him Dominic brought her additional grief; a commodity which she and her fourteen children already had a surplus of. (largely thanks to Demetrius) … Nevertheless, after the passing of Demetrius, Grandma Jenny had “Dominic Campolo” inscribed on his tombstone……an act of defiance with an immortal flavor. Well played Grandma!



13692845_588627831318865_2686528488835978337_o*When I was in Vietnam, the Vietnamese would often point to the name tag on my uniform and make a rocket sound, while pointing their finger toward the sky. The Apollo space program was still in play and they apparently thought their was enough similarity in Apollo and Campolo to make the connection. Sometimes the Vietnamese were a hoot.




Joe’s musings on some other things……….



After every tragedy we are implored to get religion into our lives; then scolded for worshiping false Gods…..I wish they would make up their minds.






Through our parents we look behind us; through our children we look ahead.







The painter gives it vision, the musician gives it voice, the writer gives it meaning.






Like blowing sand in the desert, our experiences gather in ever growing hills cast over our lifetime.







Based upon every living creature we know of past or present, (especially humans) any aliens who decide to visit our planet, probably aren’t coming to enjoy the holidays with us.






Being a Writer is like being a Farmer; you keep at it till the money’s all gone.







PTSD and Agent Orange are the uninvited guests that followed us home.







You can learn quite a bit about a person by observing how they treat people they don’t have to be nice to.







Sharing a popular opinion may bring us peace of mind, however it may not always bring us truth.







There is no stronger advocate for Democracy than a country that has been under Communist, Fascist, Nazi or Monarch rule for any length of time. However that democracy must be nurtured,  protected, watched over and scrutinized…..lest the scoundrels have their way.





They were driven off of their land and laid waste with pestilence; after which they were taught religion….. so they could save themselves.







If you walked a mile in these, you would have seen enough….








My Mom and Dad supported their children in every way.

My Mom was great; she always had my back. She was a voracious reader and encouraged me to write. In my mind, she’s still looking over my shoulder covering me. Mom’s do that, even when they are gone.








I used to be a young man but forsook my youth for age and wisdom…..thus far I have succeeded in getting old.








The American mid-west has some of the most fertile farmland in the world. It is being paved over with concrete and asphalt at an alarming rate. Giant warehouses are popping up like mushrooms along every interstate. Ironically, these giant warehouses are used to store products imported from third world countries; who import farm goods from the U.S.





Metaphorically speaking, I’m not going to get into the ring with Hemingway.








U.S. Marine stands with Vietnamese children as they watch their house burn after an Allied patrol set it ablaze after finding communist AK-47 ammunition, Jan. 13, 1971. Patrol made up of U.S. Marines and South Vietnamese popular forces searched the village, 25 miles south of Da Nang. (AP Photo) Joe’s note: Winning the hearts and minds? In my opinion this practice was one reason the war went bad. I never understood the logic behind this type of activity.



The end of one war sows the seeds of another.







Win……. Lose…..what’s the difference?








What others have to say about anything at all…………..



The knowledge of yourself will preserve you from vanity.  ~Miguel de Cervantes







Nothing strengthens authority so much as silence.  

  ~Leonardo da Vinci







A mule will labor ten years willingly and patiently for you, just for the privilege of kicking you once.   

~William Faulkner






Men marry because they are tired; women, because they are curious; both are disappointed.         ~ Oscar Wilde






But how could you live and have no story to tell  ~Fyodor Doestoevsky







There’s something happening here
But what it is ain’t exactly clear
There’s a man with a gun over there
Telling me I got to beware   ~Buffalo Springfield…For What It’s Worth





Military justice is to justice what military music is to music. ~Groucho Marx




“Yes, very sensible… People die of common sense, Dorian, one lost moment at a time. Life is a moment. There is no hereafter. So make it burn always with the hardest flame.”
― Oscar Wilde; The Picture of Dorian Gray


“Live! Live the wonderful life that is in you! Let nothing be lost upon you. Be always searching for new sensations. Be afraid of nothing.” ― Wilde



Indeed, history is nothing more than a tableau of crimes and misfortunes. ~Voltaire


It is forbidden to kill; therefore all murderers are punished unless they kill in large numbers and to the sound of trumpets. ~Voltaire




A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval. ~Mark Twain


The man who doesn’t read good books has no advantage over the man who can’t read them. ~Twain













If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need. ~Marcus Tullius Cicero


The sinews of war are infinite money.   ~ Cicero





Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children. This is not a way of life at all in any true sense. Under the clouds of war, it is humanity hanging on a cross of iron.
― Dwight D. Eisenhower












A fox looked at his shadow at sunrise and said, “I will have a camel for lunch today.” And all morning he went about looking for camels. But at noon he saw his shadow again—and he said, “A mouse will do.”          ~Gibran




If a politician found he had cannibals among his constituents he would promise them missionaries for dinner.  ~H.L. Mencken




Anyone who has ever taken a shower has had a great idea. ~Nolan Bushnell







The vulgar crowd always is taken by appearances, and the world consists chiefly of the vulgar. ~Niccolo Machiavelli








When logic and proportion
Have fallen slowly dead
And the White Knight is talking backwards
And the Red Queen’s off with her head
Remember what the dormouse said
“Feed your head, feed your head”  ~Gracie Slick, White Rabbit

*Joe’s note; this song made infinite sense to us in Vietnam




I cook with wine; sometimes I even add it to the food~ W.C. Fields







If you cannot bite, do not show your teeth. 

~Vietnamese saying







Truth never damages a cause that is just.  ~Mahatma Gandhi







The past is something that’s already happened and can never be changed. At some point, you have to give up whatever resentment you have towards people, circumstances, and experiences from your past. Otherwise, your future starts to look an awful lot like your past. ~Srinivas Rao





Fairy tales are true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten. 

~ Neil Gaiman






We are stardust
Billion year old carbon
We are golden
Caught in the devil’s bargain
And we’ve got to get ourselves
back to the garden                       Woodstock     ~Joni Mitchell





If I did not write to empty my mind, I would go mad.  ~Lord Byron








The World breaks everyone, and afterward, some are strong at the broken places.

~ Ernest Hemingway






You don’t get to choose how you’re going to die. Or when. You can decide how you’re going to live though. ~Joan Baez


We know what memories can bring; they bring diamonds and rust. ~Baez





My friend Jim Northrup; RIP

I used to be known as a bullshitter but that didn’t pay anything. I began calling myself a storyteller – a little better, more prestige – but it still didn’t pay anything. I became a freelance writer. At first it was more free than lance, then I finally started getting money for my words   ~Chibenashi (Jim Northrup)






Hell is empty…all the devils are here.    ~Shakespeare








And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music. ~Friederich Nietzsche


After coming into contact with a religious man, I always feel the need to wash my hands. ~Nietzsche



Men are nearly always willing to believe what they wish.

~Julius Caesar






Before you leave here, Sir, you’re going to learn that one of the most brutal things in the world is your average nineteen-year-old American boy. ~Philip Caputo, A Rumor of War







On Stage I make love to 25,000 different people, then I go home alone. ~ Janis Joplin







Long you’ll live and high you’ll fly and and smiles you’ll give and tears you’ll cry and all you’ll touch and all you’ll see is all your life will ever be. ~ Pink Floyd







More to follow….




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Joe Campolo Jr.

Joe Campolo Jr.

Joe Campolo, Jr. is an award winning author, poet and public speaker. A Vietnam War Veteran, Joe writes and speaks about the war, and is a Veteran's advocate. Some of Joe's stories are gripping, some humorous. Joe also writes about other experiences, many of which are also humorous. Joe enjoys fishing, traveling, writing and spending time with his family. Joe loves to hear from his readers, please send him a note on this page or the contact page! (and order one of Joe's popular books from the link on his author page)

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