On-the-Edge Living

To Those Who Loved with an Open Hand

In the United States, when someone serves in our Armed Forces, be it in the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, or Coast Guard, they do so voluntarily. People serve for different reasons. Funding for college, escaping a dead-end life, following in the footsteps of parents, and above all, patriotism. When someone enlists or becomes ...continue reading

Don't Assume Nothing (Part 2)

“My life is going exactly as planned,” a high school friend told me once when we were hanging out a few years after we’d both graduated from college.  She’d married by her mid-twenties.  A great guy, someone perfect for her.  Her first child would be arriving shortly. When I looked in the mirror when I ...continue reading

Don't Assume Nothing (Part 1)

“Don’t assume nothing.” That was a statement I learned at a relatively young age when I took flying lessons for a couple of years in high school. Instructors used it with student pilots during preflight checks. Their point? Don’t do the preflight from memory. Always use the checklist. Always. No exceptions. For them, it was ...continue reading