I first read Common Sense in Junior High (I think). It was my first "exposure to writing for argument- his text had symmetry – for it finishes in a follow-on tract with the Times the Try Men’s Souls is over."
- The John Kennedy Assassination
- The Robert Kennedy Assassination
- Martin Luther King Assassination (and subsequent riots at High School)
- Hijackings to Havana
- Kent State Murders of students
- The War at Home (movie by Glen Silber of the Vietnam war campus protests at the University of Wisconsin)
- The ’89 earthquake
- The 9/11/2001 terrorist bombings of the World Trade Center, which was the darkest day for my family and myself. Our country was also shut down then for a while. As I depend on air travel for my work I was grounded. On my first flight when our airways reopened, I flew from SFO to a Dallas client, sitting near the rear galley. As the stewardess pushed the booze trolley forward down the aisle, she handed me a metal hammer used to break up ice, saying “In case you need this.”
I understood to what she alluded.
Some years ago attending a seminar at Stanford Center for Democracy and Technology, I struck up a conversation with the gent sitting next to me.
What do you do, I asked?
-- I'm a Major in the Air Force.
Wow. Anything related to flying and my ears perk up. Do you fly?
-- "No. I determine what type of attack requires a kinetic response.
Almost 3 months sequestered, has been easier than I thought – but enough. On a tech blog I posted that the Shelter in Place provided a great opportunity to catch up on professional development (which I’ve been doing). The air has been cleaner and clearer than it’s been in years. The ambient noise is way down. I bought some wild bird seed and cater to the nearby birds in the back yard.. Is fun watching them and their baby birds.
I’m a blogger – not a tweeter. That Facebook and Twitter have included a link to fact check tweets is a logical service at this time.