Out of the Blue

Out of the Blue



Anybody else love board games? Analog (non-video) games? When we were kids, my brother Tim and I once had an epic Monopoly game that lasted weeks. I’m pretty sure I owed him approximately $4.4 million and my firstborn by the time we were finished. Chess, Trivial Pursuit, Risk, Stratego, Battleship, Pictionary, Sorry, Chinese Checkers, Rack-O, The Game of Life, Careers, […]

Out of the Blue

AUTHOR’S NOTE: I’m a history buff, and as a kid, of particular interest to me were accounts of the battles of, in particular, the War for Independence, the Civil War, and World War II. Of course, I read about the War of 1812, the Mexican-American War, Spanish-American War, World War I, the Korean Conflict, and the Vietnam War as well, […]

Out of the Blue



 I’m a paha poika. I always thought the phrase was spelled “baha boika” when I was a little boy and was being gently teased by my grandma—it means “bad boy” in Finnish—but I came to find out that the “p” in Finnish sounds like a “b.” And the “k”… Please register for a free account or log in below to […]

Out of the Blue

“And they who for their country die shall fill an honored grave, for glory lights the soldier’s tomb, and beauty weeps the brave.” – Joseph Rodman Drake


 The exact origins of Memorial Day or “Decoration Day” as it was originally known are somewhat murky. Indeed, the decoration of soldiers’ graves with flowers is a custom that goes back centuries. In America, there are various accounts of the ori… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.


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