Date-and-time of the on-the-trail update》》》》 5:45 a.m. on Monday September 18, 2017.
August 23, 2017: This site is Not Political. I am updating it to be consistent with the key factors that I am seeing about the role of the military in the days of the last decade. I was grateful to attend the 2011 Warrior Resilience Conference. We are now into Week 3 after launching the Mars Base B two-year mission, with a creativity day at the local Michaels arts and crafts store. I am seeking collaboration with Barnes and Nobel booksellers during my western outdoor adventures and writing.
- Tweets about the intersections of Uniformed Service and the Diverse Civilian Population of the United States: www.twitter.com/routefindersff
- Tweets about Mars Base B: Imaginal Technology to get people thinking about "life after wartime" and building a society that all the world will see offers hope and possibilities for self-growth and family health: www.twitter.com/marsbaseb
I built this ship when I was a cadet, classed as active duty, USAF Academy. It was a boat-in-a-bottle using a cider jug with no hidden opening in the glass. It took many hours to engineer, and to repair one broken "rope" holding the mainmast (using a thin bamboo strut with a wire clamp with a crease that broke appropriately and left a hookeye to receive the hook of an elastic replacement "rope"). I still find pleasure in looking at the photograph although the work itself has long since been added to a professor's library. I invite you to consider the world and the various kinds of travels you have had already. We can explore what may be possible in your future.
[I have moved the F-Team 1968 addendum to the Events page. The VA Medical Cennter staff here in DC seems aware about the fragging memories that plaque veterans from 1968+. You can read more about the "F Team" on Events page] I wrote that hoping that the President will offer a pardon or support a Reconciliation process that would reach out and touch the family of each soldier and each lieutenant's family and desdendants that was touched by "fragging."
He could state that we as a nation understand what had to be done and that veterans can feel dignity because they did not create the situation during that "war that was never declared to be a war." [For a definition of the word, Fragging might be defined as taking action or inaction so that one person's life ends and many others would then live longer. The young lieutenants were said to be targets.] I may remove this in a day but that thought still motivates me to do what might be done so that those who did fragging could be honored and not shunned. This is a tragedy of uncalculable size.
Warfare and War-Affected brains. Today I am glad that for several years I have told viewers that they need to think about the fact that our nation in in our longest period of warfare. The film sampled here is: Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World. I saw it five times in the theater and have watched it at home on my large screen display. Reminder: This film is from a time when women were rarely able to act as Warfighters. (There is a lovely island woman in one scene in the film, and Russell Crowe's eye contact with her is intense but you never know if he and she ever touched.) The operative title of the 5 minute clip below reminds us that this was in the time of Napoleon Bonaparte of France and the intensely focused efforts of the British seamen to protect their women and children so that the rich legacy of thought and exploration and science might continue to flourish.
VERSION 2 -- This 5 minute clip was edited by the studio to be a rousing invitation of men to feel good about what was done in the name of saving their children from being made into slaves of the French. [I.e., made before President Trump was inaugurated into being the man at the tiller of the Ship of State.]
Again civilians: the Nation Is Still At Wartime stance -- This earlier Patriotic version of film helped me to FEEL the inner sense of Belonging and Brotherhood that was planted deep into us as young men less than 25 years old.
Superb film excerpt showing men and boys motivated to do the wartime work...in another century. [I watched it in theater 5 times and several more on DVD in my home office.] Today's uniformed service is much different, but Family, Friends and Community can still be central in the minds and hearts of those who join.
Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World. With Russell Crowe and Ralph Bellamy.
Treating veterans is an important challenge after they are welcomed home.
Russians are in the news. Not the same as The Russian Army. [I have read writers who differentiate, for instance, the Japanese Army when it invaded China; from the Japanese people.] Here is a clip that shows how heroic the Russian people were in holding off the German Army. The intensity of the film is high.
[Page is re-purposed from private communication directed to a handsome Naval Academy cadet we encountered on the Metro during his first months at Annapois v. 01-25-2017]
[Some of this was written during Transition 2017 before the Inauguration, on January 14, 2017. I am adding to what I began writing during my three days of avoiding hearing the results after the polls closed on Nov 8. I've got a lot of respect for the young men and women who stand up for positions that may become harrowing. Best wishes to us all.]
Expanded-Purpose page. Quick access tabs to below = Rapid Retarget Skill | Pleasure as Power | Uniformity | Building brain circuits to withstand "battle damage" ---- (A) and (B) coming | Quick links for brain/body learning | Monitor my networks via new A-to-Z page Artwork to Zoo
This special page is for what I call All Cadets.*
Originally I had seen a young man who looked like Robert Redford in the flm, The Way We Were (with Barbara Streisand), His nametag included two numbers after his name: "20"; and it was his future graduation date.
*In this public version when I say Cadet I mean that you may be in a profession prior to completion and graduation. You might be a medical resident or training for another profession. He definitely was not yet 24 years old. I wanted him to hear about the phase of brain development prior to complete myelination, Anyone who is enrolled in training and they are between ages 12 and 24, their brain is not yet fully able to be stable and not easily be distracted. [See Brainstorm book information about how to understand what Dr. Dan Siegel has termed "The Teenage Brain" as it matures into full adult myelination, protection and self-control. Non-public photos/insights of me enthusiastically serving opens to my old teaching site.]
Who Is Dr. Wilson and what role will he carry in the upcoming community life with Mr. Trump sworn in as President?
My old bio will be updated. [About Me] I'll be Time-Space traveling for a couple of months as I recall the glory and the grit of cadet training and then graduation with President Richard M. Nixon speaking at my graduation and commissioning, June 4, 1969. My Dad and Mom were there. You can hear his address at this archive (leaves this page, remember to bookmark it): Text -- http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/ws/index.php?pid=2081 ; audio button is on that page right side column.
Mr. Koslowski you've begun. You may be one of the typical ones who graduate with the ones who started. In my eyes you are already a hero because you stood up and said that you'd serve, you'd accept risk, and you will learn your skills deeply through your nervous system and muscles with instantaneous reflex coordination. The rest of the nation will be adding the rest to the mix that the new President will be commanding as of January 20, 2017..
Addendum: Pic to the right was taken in summer 2016
I plan to add more text after a few days of enjoying good weather and backyard exercise preparing for "Half Iron Man" race next year. Here is a photo of the badges that I wore on my green jacket when eating my Veterans Day celebratory meal at P.F. Chang's in Chevy Chase MD. The Track Photo-Op is of me lined up where I trained at Allegan High School (Michigan), on the new 2015 track surface. Below that is a collection of USAF Academy magazines from around 1965, including the James-Bond-Pose lady with a "speech bubble" that I placed on her yesterday when I found the magazine. [All my photos are Enlarge-Worthy, some hold "secret keys"]
Talking Points Picture [TPP]. Current Picture's Title: "Hard and Soft" [download and archive for years ahead]
[Below: Originally constructed for that dashingly handsome male US Naval Academy cadet from Annapolis in his "Whites" for public view whom Nurse Jan and I encountered when we stepped into a Metro railcar after the DC Advocacy Partners graduation ceremony on Sept 17 2016. I emailed it before the results were known of Election 2016.]
Written for you, Midshipman Koslowski '20 but applicable to all males in training programs. [You women are invited to hear this Man-to-Man presentation on that page, especially the Rapid Links as above [again, here: Rapid Retarget Skill | Pleasure as Power | Uniformity | Building brain circuits to withstand "battle damage" ---- (A) and (B) | Quick links for brain/body learning: Here are some insights from my Health Resources blog that you or your parent(s) may find expands your self-awareness and improves health: