Sensing newly elected U.S. President John Kennedy’s vulnerability and wanting to strengthen the Russia-Cuba relationship while deterring further U.S. invasions, Soviet Chairman Nikita Khrushchev agreed in a July 1962 secret meeting with Cuban President, Fidel Castro, to provide Cuba ballistic missiles. By summer’s end, missile installation was underway — 90 miles from Florida.

On October 15, aerial reconnaissance photos caught the Soviets red-handed. No plan existed to confront this emergency because U.S. intelligence professionals were convinced the Soviets would never make this move!

Cuba- an aerial view of the San Cristobal medium range ballistic missile launch site November 1, 1962…


2034, A novel of the Next World War” is all too close at hand. This cautionary tale, written by Elliot Ackerman and Admiral James Stavridis, presents the reader a dark yet possible future that we must do all we can to avoid. Ackerman and Stavridis take us inside the minds of a global cast of characters–Americans, Chinese, Iranians, Russians, Indians–as a series of arrogant miscalculations on all sides leads the world into an intensifying nuclear conflagration.

On March 12, 2034, US Navy Commodore Sarah Hunt is on the bridge of her flagship, the guided missile destroyer USS John Paul Jones


I just finished reading “2034: A Novel of the Next World War” written by Elliot Ackerman and Admiral James Stavridis. Their novel leads readers through the escalation to a nuclear conflagration that ends in the destruction of the populations of San Diego, Galveston and Shanghai.

While the story line of 2034 moves at a rapid pace and certainly holds the reader’s attention with it’s focus on the humanity of four families in China, the United States, India and Iran, I found it to be quite disturbing when it makes a distinction between “tactical” and “strategic” nuclear weapons as if it…


It seems beyond interesting that I’d be reading Admiral Jim Stavdidis’ book, “2034” and also reading this CNN article “Insults fly as Biden locks horns with Russia and China” at the same time. Admiral Stavdids novel and President Biden’s contentious interactions with Russia and China illustrate how quickly just words can escalate conflict to places no one intended it to go.

Just this week U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan hosted their counterparts, top diplomat Yang Jiechi and Foreign Minister Wang Yi, in Anchorage, Alaska for the first official, face-to-face government talks between the…


it’s impossible not to wonder how many lives would have been saved if the United States had had a reasonable, competent, stable president when the coronavirus struck. How many who…


“We destroyed the world we had been given

For inspiration, for life — —

Each stone of jealousy, each stone

Of fear, greed, envy, and hatred, put out the light,

No one was without a stone in his or her hand…”

Joy Harjo, Intersections

According to Sarah Hart, a professor at Birkbeck, University of London, Herman Melville often created mathematical allusions or metaphors. Dr. Hart says “‘Moby-Dick’ has loads of lovely juicy mathematics in it”. For example, toward the end, Captain Ahab praises the loyal cabin boy, Pip, with geometry: “True art thou, lad, as the circumference to its center.


“Manchin eventually signed onto both parties’ amendments, a weird if ultimately meaningless bipartisan stroke that was wiped off the books when the Democratic majority’s version won out.”


Sometimes poets write words that are so in tune with events we relive the events as our own. That is what Joy Harjo does with these words. During the last…

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Husband for 49 years. Dad forever! Very lucky man.

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