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Dispatches from Bavaria

This article originally appeared as one in a three part series in the Nugget Newspaper, August 16, 2016 Hohenfels, Germany.  There is a grim certainty of purpose among the 30-odd professional military officers gathered in the room. We are at the orders briefing, in a non-descript hut among a village of huts, berms and concrete ...

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Return to Norms

If I have any readers left, I would like to assure you that I will soon be returning to this page in force.  Although I am, in theory, retired from gainful employment, my life seems to have become busier than I would have expected.  Here on the Figure 8 we have many, many, irons in ...

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Things Afoot…

In my last post, I promised that Jim Cornelius and I were up to something.  Here’s a sample.  It’s a mindset, it’s a way of life, it’s a business card.  This is just a teaser of what is to come.  More important things on the general theme will follow soon…just you wait.

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Ten Little Things

This one comes by request from a very good friend, but it will stand some explanation. Recently, I wrote a column piece for the paper discussing our garden. The point, more or less, was that we aren’t raising a garden for amusement. We are trying to raise food, and a lot of it, as much ...

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Closer to Goal

Been a few days, friends, but I could explain if I felt compelled too.  I don’t, but will anyway, because if you are here, we are probably to some degree simpatico.  You already understand.  Life, in the modern world, is busy, and we have things to do and people to meet and deadlines to appease. ...

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Coming in Ugly

“The Road March is the crucible in which the soul is refined. Pulling a trigger is easy. Humping the load over the distance is where you find out who will be on the ambush site to pull the trigger with you.  The Road March defines you.  Never quit.  Come in ugly if you have to, ...

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Bad Gun and Four Bears

Four Bears, Mato-Tope′, is known to history as one of the most respected chiefs of the later Mandan Nation.  Perhaps, by the time white contact with the Mandan-Hidatsa was essentially routine, even the most respected.  I’ve written about him here before, and have just finished a fine book “Encounters at the Heart of the World,” by ...

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