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A Pair of Boots

  I was still 17 when I enlisted in the Navy. My parents had to sign the enlistment paperwork for me, since I wasn’t of...

Regret and the Military Temperament

“For the ways of destiny are strange, and the workings of its laws are sometimes hidden; and truly, if the hooves of Zotulla’s palfrey...

The Art of Pipe Smoking

The lost art of pipe smoking has slowly but surely been climbing back into vogue. For many, smokers and nonsmokers alike, the sweet aroma...

Offerings to the Enemy

I am standing before the Offering Hall of the Yasukuni Shrine. Despite the aesthetic beauty and calm, reverential atmosphere of the Shrine’s environs, any...

Celebrating the Fourth of July in Budva, Montenegro:  An #OAFScout Short...

’Twas the summer of 2015 and I was backpacking ’round the world.  After a boozy night out in Budva, Montenegro I had a big...

The Oar of Evening’s Shade

  In the beginning…God created War and Earth. Now the War was formless and empty, darkness covered the surface of the Earth and the spirit...

Hiking Zion National Park’s Most Iconic Trails

        Zion National Park is nothing short of inspiring.  The colors, canyons, wildlife, high sandstone towers, desert waterfalls, and serene atmosphere...

THIS WE’LL DEFEND???

Wall Street Journal Can we talk honestly here for a minute? It’s just us here now; guys and gals with thick skins thanks to some...

Progressive Chauvinism

A few years ago, I decided to hang up the active duty gloves and join the reserves. I left Portland in the ’90s to enlist,...

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