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Opinions are fun. My friends tell me I am someone with lots of opinions and that's fine since I don't get mad at others when they disagree with me. In this same spirit I am interested in hearing yours views as long as you are able to share your views without boiling over. I look forward to hearing from you. I tend to write in the form of short essays most of the time, but contributions do not need to be in this same format or size. Some of the content here will date itself pretty quickly, other content may be virtually timeless, this is for the reader to judge.


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Why a well written hero matters to me

Posted at: Jul/12/2018 : Posted by: Mel

Related Category: Perspectives,

I read on a regular basis and have for most of my life. I have read biographies, historical accounts, drama, science fiction, science fantasy, crime drama, westerns, and just about anything else you could find on a bookstore shelf excluding romance. While many readers have a specific genre they favor over anything else, that’s not a big concern for me. I will read historical accounts because I .....read more…

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Thoughts on Veterans Day

Posted at: Nov/09/2017 : Posted by: mel

Related Category: Perspectives, Watching America,

We are on the verge of Veteran’s Day and as a veteran it brings to the surface a number of thoughts. During my lifetime I have seen the public perception of veterans, the military and patriotism go through some extreme cycles. There is likely no better time to try and share some insights into these things and hopefully educate or inform just a little, those among us who have never put on a unifo.....read more…

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How to remember the Las Vegas massacre

Posted at: Oct/06/2017 : Posted by: mel

Related Category: Perspectives, Society, Watching America,

I began my Monday morning the same as most, a glass of juice and a few pills that seem to be more and more a part of daily life as I accumulate years and candles on my cake. The television was on in the background and I quickly became aware that something tragic had happened consuming all the broadcast. Now focused on the news I learned that there had been a mass shooting in Las Vegas the previou.....read more…

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The not so United States

Posted at: Jun/07/2017 : Posted by: melmann

Related Category: Perspectives, Society, Watching America,

Sometimes the best understanding of something is from the outside looking in. While recently in London I had a number of conversations with the hotel concierge. As is expected with his title, he helped find the right restaurants to dine at, arranged some special tickets and helped in locating key sites and attractions. We also had a couple of insightful conversations. In his role as a concierg.....read more…

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Trying to define 2016

Posted at: Feb/09/2017 : Posted by: mel

Related Category: People, Perspectives, Politics & Gov, Society,

We are 5 weeks into 2017, so it seems only fair to look back and try to access or define 2016. Definitions by their very nature need to be short to be effective and understood. In a dictionary, definitions are seldom more than 8-10 words in length. Sometimes a year is best described by a new word added to our lexicon, in this case I have settled on an old word that has taken on a new emphasis. 20.....read more…

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A story in a story

Posted at: Apr/23/2016 : Posted by: mel

Related Category: People, Perspectives,

The other day I was channel surfing during one of my nights when sleep was eluding me. I eventually let the remote control rest and I settled on watching the movie Starship Troopers. The 1997 movie was directed by Paul Verhoeven with screen play by Edward Neumeier and follows the futuristic military career and personal growth of the main character Johnny Rico while earth is at war with a race of.....read more…

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The Problem with a Free Society

Posted at: Mar/28/2016 : Posted by: mel

Related Category: People, Perspectives, Society,

As anyone who pays attention to current events knows, these are trying times for any open and free society. On the evening of 13 November 2015, a series of coordinated attacks occurred in the Paris suburb of Saint-Denis killing 130 and injuring another +360. During the morning rush hour on 22 March 2016 another set of coordinated attacks in Brussels killed at least 30 and seriously injured 230 m.....read more…

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The Best Number is

Posted at: Mar/05/2016 : Posted by: mel

Related Category: My philosophy, Perspectives,

I like to consider myself “well read.” By stating this I believe that I have learned enough in my life to speak intelligently on many subjects. Sometimes I am inspired to correct the liberties taken by some to rewrite history to serve an agenda. Sometimes I write about what I believe to be important political or philosophical observations that seem to have an especially timely meaning. Until t.....read more…

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Misunderstanding science fiction

Posted at: Aug/10/2015 : Posted by: mel

Related Category: Perspectives,

If you are perusing this, you are familiar with an old fashioned form of time consumption called reading. There are a lot of reasons to read including education, research and entertainment. I grew up prior to the age of the internet or 105 channels of cable/satellite where reading was one of the limited forms of entertainment available to me besides playing in the rain. While I read lots of dif.....read more…

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Being a Preppie isn’t getting it done

Posted at: Apr/20/2015 : Posted by: mel

Related Category: People, Perspectives, Politics & Gov,

Americans love their brands. When buying cars, the established brands always dominate in sales over new entrants regardless of the price differential. In the grocery store, the name brand ketchup will out sell the less expensive store brand with great consistency. In a similar manner Americans consider Harvard, Yale and Princeton as the go to place to find our “best and brightest.” Yet our shi.....read more…

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