Federal judge Barbier ordered Anadarko, a non-operated partner in the Macondo well in the Gulf of Mexico when in blew out in 2010, to pay a fine of $159 million for its role.

The Toll of Endless War

This week, Navy Seal Petty Officer Jon Tumlinson, killed in the tragic attack on August 6 that killed 30 of our brave servicemen, was laid to rest at a funeral in Rockford Iowa.  His chocolate labrador retriever, Hawkeye, lay next to his casket the entire service. 

Are We The People Ready for Hurricane Irene?

At this hour, rain bands are coming ashore at Nags Head, North Carolina.  The main body of the storm is expected ashore between 2 and 6 am eastern time.  This massive storm is then forecast to run north up the East Coast of the US, crossing Washington, DC, Delaware, New York and Philadelphia, then up…

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A World Without Armies

Recently, to unwind after several months of a crazy busy work schedule, I participated in a weekend workshop to learn about Asian calligraphy.  I certainly wanted to learn about calligraphy, in which I have had an ongoing interest, but really wanted to meet the scheduled teacher, Kazuaki Tanahashi, a well known calligrapher, artist, Japanese scholar,…

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Let’s Take Back Our Food

Food has been at the center of our lives since the dawn of mankind.  It was food that drove us from our caves to explore the world.  Food fueled trade, motivated curiosity, invention, travel and wars.  Food was even responsible for the discovery of America.  Columbus was in search of spices for a demanding European…

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Welcome to this small planet

I was 7 years old when John F. Kennedy took office on January 20, 1961, and he is the first president who I actually remember; I have memories of the grainy television images of his speeches, his trip to Ireland and Berlin, his press conferences where he good-naturedly sparred with the press.  I remember the…

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