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A Man’s Ideal Medicine Cabinet

Note: If the title of this post is black, click on it to view the featured-image header. I’m pretty sure it’s safe to say that most women think of men as needing close supervision in many areas of life. Not with lawnmowers, tools, and cars, usually, but almost certainly with food choices and other health-related issues, like scheduling regular physical exams, dental appointments, and not being afraid to show weakness by taking medicines. A family friend sent us these photos of his first retirement project, that of building a new medicine cabinet to replace the one his wife has been … Continue reading

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Avoiding The Hammer

Photo credit: Vixie79 @ Note: Featured Image Header photo credit: If post title is black, click to view. All pilots, regardless of qualifications and amount of flight experience, know that Mother Nature rules the skies and has a nasty temper. She snarls at us in the form of wind, clouds, fog, rain, hail, snow and ice, turbulence, and lightning. Each of these weather hazards can ruin a pilot’s day in a heartbeat, and we are taught that whenever possible, avoidance is always the best tactic in dealing with them. Absent an instrument rating and an airplane equipped to … Continue reading

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Benefits of Yoga vs. Liquor

Featured Header Background Image Credit: If post title is black, click to view. Finally, research confirms that drinking offers the same benefits as yoga. Don’t believe it? Here’s the proof: Savanna position of total relaxation Balasana position that brings the sensation of peace and calm Setu Bandha Sarvangasana position calms the brain and heals tired legs Marjayasana position stimulates the midriff and spinal column Halasana position excellent for back pain and insomnia Dolphin position excellent for the shoulders, thorax, legs and arms Salambhasana position to stimulate the lumbar area, legs, and arms Ananda Balasana position for massaging the hip … Continue reading

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Aviator Sayings

Pilots: People who drive airplanes for other people who can’t fly. Fighter Pilots: Cold, steely eyed, weapons systems managers who kill bad people and break things. However, they can also be very charming and personable. The average Fighter Pilot, despite sometimes having a swaggering exterior, is very much capable of such feelings as love, affection, intimacy and caring. These feelings generally just don’t involve anyone else. Words of Wisdom From Aviators: Flying is a hard way to earn an easy living. Both optimists and pessimists contribute to society. The optimist invents the airplane; the pessimist, the parachute. If helicopters are … Continue reading

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Book Clubbing Around the Neighborhood

I live on a cul-de-sac, an arrangement of homes that in my experience tends to concentrate interactions with neighbors. Within a few weeks of publishing my first novel, I jokingly mentioned to a friend (not a neighbor) that I was considering a sign in the front yard advertising the book as being for sale online, at BookPeople in Austin, Texas, and from the front door of this house with the author’s signature at no extra charge. I didn’t give in to that marketing temptation, but even without it, the word got out that I had published a book. I’m not … Continue reading

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That Was When I Was A Lot Older Than I Am Now

Moms and Dads love telling stories on their kids, right? The cute things they said and did, the more embarrassing to the child as an adult, the better. On the occasion of my big Seven–O birthday, my wife Ann announced that she had a presentation to make and asked everyone to take a seat in the living room. She opened an envelope and immediately began to tear up as she tried to explain that my brother had found among our parents’ effects two small note cards upon which our father had written the most memorable (to our parents) sayings for … Continue reading

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The Big Seven-O

We only experience any birthday once in a lifetime, but some obviously arrive with more significance than others. My 60th year was not a good time for me. I found myself looking back with regrets about what might have been and forward with pessimism about what the future might hold. The day in the middle representing current time therefore became prime territory for depression, a condition with sufficient history in my family to be of concern. Fortunately, the ill effects of that milestone didn’t continue. My brother is six years older, but for the 20 days between his birthday and … Continue reading

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Beautiful Aviation Art Lives!

If you have visited this logbook in the past and read any of the parts in the series “Beautiful Aviation Art,” you are probably aware that my sole purpose in posting the images is to pay tribute first to the airmen, and second to the artists who so wondrously capture single moments in the time of a world conflict almost beyond imagination. In Part Four, I mentioned that the originator of the slide show with these images stumbled upon my website during an online search on a totally unrelated topic, and realized that we had flown Phantoms together in the … Continue reading

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Beautiful Aviation Art–Part Five

We continue with the six-part series to showcase some of the finest examples of art depicting events of the WWII air war. I discovered the original images in a gorgeous slide show created by a good friend and fellow fighter pilot, Yago F. de Bobadilla, who rose to the rank of Major General in the Spanish Air Force. Hauptmann Hans-Joachim Marseille, better known as the Star of Africa, was probably the most formidable opponent the British ever encountered in the air. He was victorious in 158 aerial combats against the Royal Air Force, 154 of which were fighter aircraft. Marseille … Continue reading

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Beautiful Aviation Art – Part Four

In Part One of “Beautiful Aviation Art,” I introduced the planned six-part series by speculating that I knew the author. At the time, conjecture was my only option because I had not been able to confirm that he was in fact the same, the one and only, Yago F. de Bobadilla, a captain in the Spanish Air Force on an exchange-officer assignment with the United States Air Force at Luke AFB, Arizona, during my tour of duty there as an instructor pilot in the F-4 Phantom II. But on May 14, 2012 I received the following email: My dear friend … Continue reading

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