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Good judgment comes from experience. Experience comes from bad judgment. A friend of mine is a sheriff that I met at a convention of sheriffs in Las Vegas. I sat next to him at the banquet and learned that he was also a Scoutmaster in his free time. He said, "I'm not...

Codes and Secret Writing

I told this story to a fighter pilot friend of mine, and he insisted I share it with my newsletter list. [Just to be clear, my friend hasn't landed on the deck of an aircraft carrier in years, however "once a fighter pilot, always a fighter pilot". Similarly, I...

The Cooking Magic of Elaine Badnarik

One of the constants in my life was coming home from school (elementary, high school, and college) knowing there would be a hot meal waiting for me when I got there. I hope that you recall similar happy memories. I know that food is the second strongest motivator in...

Adventures and Misadventures

My life has been one adventure after another.  I like it that way.  I've planned it that way.  My motto has always been, "never get yourself into trouble that you're not smart enough to get yourself out of".  Every once in awhile I've come very...

The Cooking Magic of Elaine Badnarik

One of the many legacies my mother left my brothers and me were two card catalogs of 3”x5” index cards that she used to create the wide variety of meals that we enjoyed, whether we were at home, or camped out in some remote forest as we visited all forty-eight of the...

Remembering Fred Childress

Remembering Fred Childress No one can confidently say that he will still be living tomorrow. ~Euripides~ It is with great sorrow that I report the loss of my friend, Fred Childress. Fred was on his way home in Tennessee at the end of a month-long, cross country...

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