May 22, 2015

100 Words -- Memorial Day Memories

Putting on the heavy band uniform … dreading the heat … trying to walk straight while keeping my eyes focused on the music clipped to my trombone … playing the National Emblem, blaring out the notes … marching to the cemetery and then to the memorial plaque nestled under St. Stephen’s … feeling the heat … the home stretch, from the Common down South Main Street to the American Legion … waiting patiently in line with all the children of the town to get our cup of Hood ice cream … the little wooden spoon … licking the top clean.

May 12, 2015

100 Words -- The Good War

World leaders recently celebrated the 70th anniversary of the surrender of Germany. WWII is often praised as the “Good War.” Some historians might question that. Noble objectives to save Europe got lost in the fog of war. We started out to save Poland, only to let it (and most of Eastern Europe) get gobbled up by Russia. Both sides made killing civilians part of the battle plan. Millions more civilians died than military, entire cities burned to the ground in the name of saving civilization. Even then, the morality of this was questioned. Our generation should be doing the same.

May 1, 2015

100 Words -- Killing the Planet

Climate change proponents are often accused of using scare tactics. Maybe there’s some truth to that. In a single cubic foot of earth there are billions of living things, so okay, we aren’t likely to kill the planet. But we are changing the planet. What began as a cheap source of energy has fired up a whole chain reaction of unintended consequences. We know now what we didn’t know then. Rapidly dumping billions of tons of carbon emissions into the air is a climate changer. Maybe we won’t kill the planet, but we’re definitely inflicting a lot of collateral damage.