Oct 092017
 

 Note: This story first appeared in the March-April 2016 Gypsy Journal. It seems only fitting that a place as steeped in Western history as Tucson, Arizona would be home to the Museum of the Horse Soldier, which has to be one of the most interesting museums we have visited anywhere. The museum is the brainchild […]

Feeding The Troops

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Sep 242017
 

Note: This story is from the November-December 2004 issue of the Gypsy Journal. My father and uncles were part of the generation that liberated Europe from the Nazis and wrested control of the Pacific from the Japanese during World War II. When recalling their wartime experiences, I remember some of them talking about their troop […]

Aug 282017
 

Note: This story is from the July-August 2012 issue of the Gypsy Journal. One fact that a lot of people never think about in warfare is the often overwhelming task of dealing with enemy troops who have been captured or who have surrendered. They must be moved away from the battle lines, and it can […]

A Love Story

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Feb 142017
 

Happy Valentine’s Day to all of you lovers out there, and especially to Miss Terry, the love of my life. Terry, everything I am and everything I ever hope to be is because of you. I love you with all of my being. As I held you when I went to sleep last night I […]

More Of The Same

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Jan 032017
 

I wish I had something exciting to tell you about in today’s blog – a road trip, a fishing excursion in our boat, dipping shrimp from our dock, or that I won the lottery. But alas, I would be lying. The last couple days have been pretty much the same thing. I have been getting […]

Aliceville POW Camp

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Oct 122016
 

Note: The story first appeared in the May-June, 2013 issue of the Gypsy Journal. When people think of World War II, most see images of European battlefields or the blood drenched sand of some South Pacific atoll. But the conflict was truly a World War, touching every corner of the globe and every community in […]

Sep 162016
 

Note: This story appeared in a previous edition of the Gypsy Journal. In Oklahoma City we toured one of the best military museums we have ever seen, and learned about one of the most valiant military units in our nation’s history. The Militia of the Territory of Oklahoma, later called the National Guard, preceded the […]

Sep 052016
 

He was a small town farm boy who made good, a hero in a time when America still revered her heroes, and long after he died serving his country, Richard I. Bong’s legacy lives on. The oldest of nine children born to a Swedish immigrant father and American-born mother, Dick Bong’s upbringing reflected the values […]

Awesome Arcola

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Mar 012016
 

Note: This story first appeared in the September-October, 2008 issue of the Gypsy Journal. Located just off Interstate 57 in central Illinois, the charming and friendly community of Arcola was one of those rare gems we love to discover. A place where hippies, rag dolls, and Amish buggies are all part of the landscape The […]

Jan 292016
 

We drove across the bay to spend yesterday playing tourist in Mobile, and if you’re ever in this part of Alabama, you really need to make some time to explore this historic city which was first settled by the French in 1702. But Mobile has also been under British and Spanish rule before Alabama became […]