Being Prepared

On Friday, October 18th Redmond starts a two day disaster drill to test the systems we've readied to support the city of Redmond in case of a disaster. This has prompted me to write a paper on being prepared. Billions of people all over the world live their lives from day-to-day without electrical power to … Continue reading Being Prepared

On Blackface Politicians

My mother's family is from the Shenandoah Valley. My grandfather was a Judge and my uncle a prominent attorney. Many live there to this day. I understand they or their ancestors owned slaves in the early years, but others participated in the underground railroad. That was the past. We also have to consider that the … Continue reading On Blackface Politicians

On Overpopulation and Global Warming

I saw a post which blamed the world's problems including (and especially) global warming on over-population. I won't repeat the horribly racist comments, but given the number of people who piled on to this theory, I can see there are a host of others who ascribe to its tenets. I cannot.However, I agree, more people … Continue reading On Overpopulation and Global Warming

A Christmas Story

I wrote a short story for my Facebook friends that I thought you would enjoy. Christmas 1969: I arrived in Vietnam in April (IIRC) of 1969 and flew helicopter combat and resupply missions until one day in late December, the Captain came up to me. "Mr. Vaughn?" "Yes, sir," I said, thinking "Now what?" "Do … Continue reading A Christmas Story

Veterans Day, 2018

It's Veterans Day. It's a day when some of us recognize those who sacrificed part or their entire lives to service. Some were drafted (or in my case, nearly so), some enlisted gleefully, some reluctantly, some were raised to serve by military families. Too many were forced into service by harsh economic circumstances--too poor or … Continue reading Veterans Day, 2018

The Republican’s Federalist Agenda

Consider that the Republican agenda from before the Regan years has been to stack the court with arch-conservatives. They realized that even a balanced or right-leaning Supreme Court overturned law after law passed to promote their corporatist, Federalist, misogynist, homophobic, and racist views. Their sponsors, the giant fossil fuel companies, the pharma lobby, the mining … Continue reading The Republican’s Federalist Agenda

Pictures and Stories from Alaska

I met many, many delightful people on my last tour/cruise to Alaska. This was Marilyn and my eleventh (or is it twelfth) trip to this beautiful state. I promised many of these people that I would post some of the best of my pictures here on my website and I'll put a few of them … Continue reading Pictures and Stories from Alaska

On Direction

Since I (really) hate pollsters who call just as I put the first fork of Marilyn's hot dinner in my mouth, I rarely answer, so when I was sent an online poll just recently by one of our Congresswomen, I responded. Many of you know I spent over forty years in information technology handling data, creating … Continue reading On Direction