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Today is the day E.O. 9066 was signed

One of the most disheartening things people who didn’t mean to offend me have said (directly) to me has been post 9/11 when they express their belief that people of Middle Eastern descent, or those who are Muslim, should be “rounded up” and moved out to a deserted area or shipped back to where they came from. 194 more words

Memories of a Time on a Snowy Day

So, on this snowy day, I’m sitting here remembering being out on guard duty looking out onto the fog illuminated by the perimeter lights, and hearing the crack pow sound of an AK-47 off somewhere in the distance as if in a dream that makes no sense. 77 more words

Remembering Apollo

When I was much younger, I loved the show Battlestar Gallactica. Not the remake that came on years later but the original with Lorne Greene, Richard Hatch, and Dirk Benedict. 174 more words


Rocketing Into Joliet

There was a time when the Rocket name meant very good service on the Rock Island Railroad. But June 1977 was not one of those times. 228 more words

Passenger Trains


I love heart-shaped things.

I see them everywhere, all the time, but especially at this time of year.

Just this week, I marveled at how often hearts appear in nature. 355 more words

Life Lessons


Memories, filter sleepily in the midnight hour,

stuck in the dark,

willing words ideas,

but  impressed successes

lay upon my mind as

sleep cradles away the memories, 37 more words

Charles Elffers

A Station Amtrak Never Saw

For a few years in the late 1970s, the State of Illinois helped underwrite the financial losses of a pair of Rock Island Railroad intercity passenger trains. 167 more words