Guest writer – Tom Keating; A Convoy for an Elephant

                                       Introduction Tom Keating, a writer, served in the United States Army, Long Binh in the Republic of Vietnam, from 1969 to 1970.  He served with the 47th Military History Detachment, attached to the Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Logistical Command, and Headquarters Company, US Army Vietnam, (USARV) also in Long Binh. Twice awarded […]

Guest Writer – Penni Evans; Frozen in Bronze

                                     An Angel in Blue   This week’s guest writer is Penni Evans. Penni began writing poetry and short essays at the age of fifteen. Encouraged by her grandmother, Amah, herself a writer, Penni dreamed of far-away places and world travel. After she earned a Bachelor’s degree in political science, Penni volunteered for duty […]

Amtrak Empire Builder, to the Pacific Northwest

                      Planning a great trip   Ann and I recently took a railway trip to the Pacific Northwest. We visited our friends George Dooley and his wife, Diane Neubert who live near the town of Sequim, Washington. You cannot become a citizen of Sequim until you learn how to pronounce it properly, which I have […]

One Ticket to Paradise!

                 The Best laid plans of Men & Mice…… Okay, just a short blog for this Father’s Day, in honor of my late father, who was a good father and a good man. An article in today’s Kenosha News about another man’s father story, caught my attention.   His father was a good man also, […]

Joe’s most popular blogs….

  Many visitors to my website have inquired as to which blog story has been the most popular. Since the website has been up for five years now, it would seem that the older blogs would have the most views, but that is not always the case. Some of these blog articles have also been […]

Runaway Train

  Our digs For a couple of years back in the day, I shared an apartment with my friend Don Booth. Don, was the brother of my best friend Jim Booth. Ours, the 2nd floor apartment of an old two flat, was owned by Jim and Don’s parents, and located at the corner of 63rd […]

Guest writer – Cat Thao Nguyen: We Are Here

                                            Introduction Cat Thao Nguyen is a Vietnamese author, currently living in Australia. Cat has written about her family’s harrowing journey from Vietnam to Australia in 1979, fleeing persecution from the communist regime. Her book We Are Here (Allen & Unwin) can be purchased on-line. The story originally was published in “The Australian”, Feb. 21, […]