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2021 marks the 150th anniversary of the Congressional Medal of Honor (MOH). Over time, the Medal of Honor changed in its meaning, moving from the only United States military award to America’s most prestigious military award. To accommodate degrees of recognition, for accomplishment or merit, Congress and the military services added a variety of medals, […]

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“Remember, man, you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” Or, in the torrential rains of this premature spring, mud. Clay. Rivers of filth. Clumsy clods. We fight our dull, earthen nature, presuming to overcome it, only to slip back into the mud and mire. And sometimes it seems the more we struggle to escape, the deeper we sink.

In movies, sometimes you’ll hear sublime music playing while watching something awful happen. Turns out that happens in real life, too. As the Baroque brass, orchestra, and antiphonal chorus reached its climax, my mother was busy having a stroke. A few minutes later, as we walked off-stage, I remarked, “Thank God that’s over.” Nor was I blaspheming to offer such thanks: I had every reason to thank God for the week being done. The week had been a grueling, disappointing one – among the worst conventional wisdom tells you to expect – as I knew it would be. And it was finally over. Or so I thought. Little did I know.

Music for me is never not a struggle against a body that won’t cooperate. Why I keep at the struggle is hard to say sometimes, since I’ve never perfected the illusion of not struggling, an illusion vital if you expect anyone to want to listen to you. Always the understudy, never the bride, so to speak. But it’s no one’s fault but mine, or God’s – if it’s anyone’s fault at all – that I can offer no assurance my bodily clay won’t work to suffocate me at the last minute, or even contain itself properly. Whatever progress I make in keeping the struggle for control inaudible is just not quite enough.

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On the matter of whether I need to feel guilty when disposing of garbage in plastic bags, my intuitive reaction is a resounding “no.” But why? My imagination is as open as the next fellow’s. I can see in my mind’s eye the garbage truck and its massive pile of billowing polymers, and the landfill […]

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Ray and I are taking the entire second week of February as vacation, and flying down on Monday, February 13.  Seminar is Tuesday and Wednesday, the 14th and 15th.  @mlh and @thecynthonian are going to the Tuesday evening event with us.  Mark Steyn is the speaker that night.  @mlh has already posted a meet up […]

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February is over, and with it the “Special Days” project. We had entries this month from 22 different contributors. (Way to go!).  March’s theme is Wind. That one is full too. Hope we get as good a box of chocolates as we did in January and February. Everyone who did contribute in February . . . take a bow. […]

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Today is the four month anniversary of my older brother’s memorial service in Ithaca, NY. In order to describe that day and why it was special, I need to cover some background. Frank died of leukemia on September 14th after a long battle. He had been treated aggressively with chemo and full transfusions. The doctors […]

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Valentines Day is not much of a big deal in my house. My wife’s birthday comes a few days later and that is the day she wants to celebrate. Before I met my wife, February 14th was nothing more than the middle of the month. Valentine’s Day 1998 was different. While it may not have […]

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Time to get up. Mom rolls us out of bed, breakfast in ten minutes, get yer clothes on. Still dark, of course. Dark winter morning, wind blowing against the farmhouse. The bus will get here before the sun comes up cuz we’re at the front end of the route this semester, so we gotta get […]

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 Yep. The sands of time are trickling to the bottom and Special Days, our February Group Writing project still has two openings. This is bad for achieving our goal of a conversation a day from a different Ricochetti on a uniting theme. On the other hand, if you have never participated in one of our monthly […]

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That’s right. The Doomsday Clock is ticking to the end of January and Special Days, February’s Group Writing Project, still has four openings. We need at least four more Ricochetti to step up, and volunteer to write a conversation about February’s theme. The theme? Special Days – some day that is somehow different from all other […]

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Or a day from someone else’s life. Or just a day. Just so long as it is a Special Day. That’s right, folks. February approaches and we are again recruiting Ricochetti to contribute a conversation about a monthly theme. February’s theme is special days. What is a special day? It could be a holiday, or […]

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I will be conveniently located in LA between Jan. 14 and March 11.  If we want to do a Las Vegas meetup in February or early March, one possibility is to rent a very large private home (with a pool and kitchen!).  Vegas has dozens of properties available that are like mini-hotels that cost between […]

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