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On the Wrong Side of History

I just completed ten blog posts summarizing Ken Burns’ and Lynn Novick’s Vietnam War series and inserting comments about what I was doing at the time or how that particular segment related to my Vietnam War satire, Cologne No. 10 for … Continue reading

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Escaping the monsoon rains

The Memorial Day forecast called for rain all day in Washington, DC. That made me think of the song I wrote in Vietnam in 1967 when I was a rifle platoon leader with the First Cavalry Division, “When’s the sun gonna shine … Continue reading

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Happy anniversary, MDWP

On Memorial Day, May 27, I honored American veterans by reading from Cologne No. 10 For Men and singing songs from my CD, Skytroopers – songs of war, peace, and love from Vietnam. The venue was the twentieth anniversary Memorial … Continue reading

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Gas prices rising

Gas prices have gone up $.25 since we convinced Europe to stop buying Iranian oil. Predictions are that they will hit $4.00 or even $4.50 this summer and put our economic recovery down the toilet. Here’s why — we are … Continue reading

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Remembering … and updating our memories

On Memorial Day 2011, some twenty-five poets, authors and song-writers remembered our fallen soldiers in the Memorial Day Writers Project tent near the Vietnam Memorial on the Mall in Washington. The day was sunny and hot but with a gentle breeze. … Continue reading

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Honoring Veterans

  For the third year in a row, I spent Veterans Day on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. in the Memorial Day Writers’ Project tent (www.memorialdaywritersproject.com) near the Vietnam Memorial where a dozen of us honored our veterans with … Continue reading

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What could I tell them about war?

On Friday, I visited a private high school in response to an invitation to speak to their 10th-grade English students about war. I was asked to come because I am a combat veteran – a rifle platoon leader in Vietnam … Continue reading

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