Category: Origins

  • The Greatest Love

    The Greatest Love

    As It Is Written… “The greatest love is to recognize the faults and shortcomings of that which you love and go on loving just the same.” Leon Uris, Armageddon, 1963 I’ve carried my copy of Armageddon: A Novel of Berlin by Leon Uris for 53 years since I read it in the spring of my…

  • No Man Is a Failure Who Has Friends

    No Man Is a Failure Who Has Friends

    As it is written… “No man is a failure who has friends.” Clarence Oddbody Every Christmas, my wife and I watch Frank Capra’s iconic film “It’s a Wonderful Life.”  We enjoyed it as much this year as we have every other year, maybe even more the older we get.  “When did we start watching this?”…

  • Billion-Year-Old Carbon

    Billion-Year-Old Carbon

    As it is written… “We are stardust, we are goldenWe are billion-year-old carbonAnd we’ve got to get ourselvesBack to the garden” Joni Mitchel, Woodstock As a cadet at the U.S. Air Force Academy, I would have been an unlikely participant in the 1969 Woodstock music festival at Max Yasgur’s farm even though it was less…

  • The Face of God

    The Face of God

    As it is written… “To love another person is to see the face of God.” Les Miserables Although not a verbatim quote from Les Misérables by Victor Hugo, Jean Valjean sings the words in the final scene of the musical as he dies and Fantine’s spirit leads him to eternal life. Through all the trials…

  • Saving Lincoln

    History intrigues me, and I have a passion for it, and always have.  As a young boy, I knew what an archaeologist was before I could spell it.  When asked in the 50s “What do you want to be when you grow up?” without hesitation I responded, “An archaeologist.”  While my friends read comic books,…