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The Hanging Tree and Revolutionary War revenge

An eye for an eye. A tooth for a tooth. And a noose for a noose. Most people think that the Revolutionary War ended when the British surrendered to George Washington in Yorktown in 1781. Although it’s true that no more major battles were fought, British troops remained in the United States for another two […]

Take time to say thanks to a veteran

Veterans Day 2013 Somewhere in all of my many boxes and envelopes of memories is my DD-214. Many of you don’t have a clue what I’m talking about, but for anyone who has served in the U.S. military, the DD-214 is more than just a piece of paper. It is a short-form record of a […]

Take some time and listen to what the ‘old folks’ have to say

When I was a child I used to dread going to the annual family reunion and hearing the old folks talk about the good ol’ days. Boring. What I’d give to have just one of those “boring” days back again. I never paid attention to what they were talking about, and when I did happen […]

Memorial Day 2011

Martin Beck's grave

Please honor those who gave their lives for our nation May 25, 2011 I was a dumb kid that summer back in 1969, filled with a dangerous mix of patriotism and an absolutely foolish lack of fear. Bold, confident, and seeking adventure, I was just the kind of person the U.S. Army was looking for […]

Free-range buffalo, and feeling a bit like Captain Gus McCrae

Buffalo grazing in the Wichita Mountains National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma

‘The only healthy way to live life is to learn to like all the little everyday things, like a sip of good whiskey in the evening, a soft bed, a glass of buttermilk…’ – Capt. Gus McCrae A prairie dog peeks out from its hole on a sweltering hot day and looks me squarely in […]

Are the good times really over for good?

Ken H. Fortenberry

Are the good times really over for good? Commentary from Thanksgiving, 2010 Maybe it was naivety and innocence of childhood, the wide-eyed optimism of youth when the blindness of reality had not yet found a place in my mind. Then again, it was a time when Americans reached for the stars and had a spirit […]