car·riage re·turn

n. the lever or mechanism on a typewriter that would cause the cylinder on which the paper was held (the carriage) to return to the left margin of the page

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Thoughts before Memorial Day

On 25 March,2004,a family in Texas lost their son. For a bunch of guys sitting in the Iraqi desert,we lost a young man about our own age,a guy with a soft heart and quiet maturity. When Casper left us late that morning,and while we sat all afternoon in the hot Read on…

One carry-on,one personal item

In my time I’ve packed for more than my fair share of trips.

As a kid splitting time between my mother’s house in Northwestern Minnesota and my father’s house in Southwestern Wisconsin I’d bring along a few key items,most important of which was my favorite stuffed animal,Harold the Bear (or simply,“Bear”).  I Read on…

The Regiment’s Best

Military unit organization isn’t the easiest concept to grasp.  Unless you’re in regular contact with a particular branch of the military,you’re as lost as most of those Athenian youths in the Minotaur’s labyrinth.

One of the things I’m typically asked when I meet someone new is what unit I belong to.  My standard response Read on…

Paying the Freight

Between work and a few other commitments,I’ve been feeling a little burnt out lately.  There have been a few things dragging on me,and as much as I’d like to put something up here today,I’m left here standing empty-handed.  It’s really is getting me down a bit;I want so badly to write,Read on…

United We Stand

I don’t ever want to see United 93 again.

As a platoon function,the guys I work with voted to spend the early portion of Thursday afternoon watching United 93. Having a decent idea of what was in store,I abstained from voting. To be honest,I really didn’t want to go. I still wish Read on…