• History

    A Collection of Thoughts As the 100 Year Anniversary of Armistice Day Approaches

    A statement made by my “20th Century English literature” professor has long stayed with me – probably much longer than she expected most of us to remember.  As we embarked on the section covering the World War I poets, she told us that while the United States ended up defining itself and its world view through World War II, within the UK and English literature, it was World War I that made the greater mark.  Now, there are of course plenty of exceptions one can think of to that statement on either side. One of the Army divisions I served under defined itself based on its actions in World War I using…

  • Pop Culture

    Questions Remaining after Season 1 of The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

    I finished The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina last night so for once I am actually with the times when it comes to a Netflix show. Usually, that only happens with books or Marvel movies.  I enjoyed it, and I have high hopes for the second season since the creators came into the show knowing there would be a second season.  As a result, even though the first season had a decent pace and gave quite a bit of background as it went, they also left quite a few open questions to be resolved in Season 2 (and later potentially).  I wasn’t even in a hurry to watch Sabrina since Riverdale’s second…

  • Army

    The Undesired Ease of the Familiar

    After ten years in the Army, I left active duty about two and half years ago but stayed in the Reserves because part of me was afraid to completely cut the cord. I wanted that safety net even as I left for my MBA and what I hoped would be better and more exciting opportunities. Now, I am deployed again, and a bit disconcerted at how easy it is to slip back into the full time Army role (even only temporarily). I never really considered the military my passion.  I appreciated the opportunities and the life style it afforded me, there were times when my duties gave me a strong sense…

  • Army,  Marvel,  Pop Culture

    My Reassessment of Captain America

    Chris Evans tweeted over two weeks ago (look at me with the timely reaction piece ;p) that he had wrapped up filming on Avengers 4, describing it as an emotional day.  Now, I know it’s incredibly unlikely but I’m really hoping Steve Rogers might still have occasional cameos in the future Marvel film universe. More importantly, I hope he isn’t killed in the final struggle with Thanos, but we’ll see what happens.  I mostly hope Steve Rogers gets a peaceful retirement and a chance to enjoy himself rather than sacrificing his life to save others and yet, I am sure Rogers would want his death to mean something.  Still, he strikes me…