• Tolerance, Compassion and Offense

    Tolerance, Compassion and Offense

    Tolerance is not the same thing as acceptance, and acceptance is not the same thing as an endorsement. Larry Alex Taunton, The Atlantic Such a simple truth… In this country do we not have the simple right to be offended? Isn’t it okay? Isn’t it enough? Can’t we simply be offended by something someone says… Read more

  • Perspective: Government Shutdown

    Perspective: Government Shutdown

    I am a federal employee.  My coworkers and I are the program managers for the in-service aircraft carrier fleet.  Certainly sounds important but we are also considered “non-essential” during this government shutdown meaning we can’t go to work and we aren’t getting paid. So, I’m not “technically” unemployed…I’m not “technically” fired either…BUT I’m also not… Read more

  • Just Another Day at Work…

    Just Another Day at Work…

    Very much a day like no other. Everything started like a normal Monday but a little after 8:00 am we were coming out of our regular Monday morning meeting and heard the fire alarm going off in the building next door. Shortly thereafter we heard rumors of a gunman followed by announcements to take cover.… Read more

  • I am Important as an Individual…

    I am Important as an Individual…

    You cannot be passive in life, or in time the natural man will undermine your efforts to live worthily. You become what you do and what you think about. Lack of character leads one under pressure to satisfy appetite or seek personal gain. You cannot successfully bolster a weak character with the cloak of pretense.… Read more

  • Normally Good Americans

    Normally Good Americans

    I do not believe the greatest threat to our future is from bombs or guided missiles. I do not think our civilization will die that way. I think it will die when we no longer care—when the spiritual forces that make us wish to be right and noble die in the hearts of men. .… Read more

  • Federal Employee Benefits Vs. Private Sector

    Federal Employee Benefits Vs. Private Sector

    I must be doing something wrong… Last year, I accepted a position working for the Department of Defense. I had to move to a much higher cost-of-living location, accepted a position for essentially lower pay (once you account for differences in cost of living), have to commute 3 hours everyday just to get to &… Read more