9/11 + 20

It’s been 7,305 days since I watched the Pentagon burning through the office window – two wars and billions of “borrowed” dollars gone down the rabbit hole – Al Qaeda, Taliban, Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Arab Spring, NSA, ISIS, Syria, Iran, a mob storming the US Capitol, and the recent inglorious end to the United States longest war.  We are still in the midst of the worst Pandemic the world has seen since 1918.  And the USA is still awash in cultural and political hate and discontent!

The more things change, the more they stay the same!

Memorial Day 2021

Day is done, gone the sun,
From the lake, from the hills, from the sky;
All is well, safely rest, God is nigh.

Fading light, dims the sight,
And a star gems the sky, gleaming bright.
From afar, drawing nigh, falls the night.

Thanks and praise, for our days,
‘Neath the sun, ‘neath the stars, neath the sky;
As we go, this we know, God is nigh.

Sun has set, shadows come,
Time has fled, Scouts must go to their beds
Always true to the promise that they made.

While the light fades from sight,
And the stars gleaming rays softly send,
To thy hands we our souls, Lord, commend.

A Tale of Two Hips

hip replacementsAs of 19 April 2021, my left bionic hip has been in continuous service for 4,044 days (12.07 years); my right bionic hip has been in continuous service for 3,085 days (8.45 years).  During recent trips to the orthopedist and a few x-rays later, I got the good news that they are aging gracefully.  Unfortunately, my arthritic knees are not!