What is it about Everett, anyway? People are born here, live out their lives here and die here, never leaving, never seeing a reason to leave. This audio is about a lovely Friday evening in Everett, and commentary about the town and what we do here in the summer then segues into a commentary about … More What is it about Everett, anyway?
I must go down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky, And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by, And the wheel’s kick and the wind’s song and the white sail’s shaking, And a grey mist on the sea’s face, and a grey dawn … More Sea Fever
This morning there is another story about someone in Arabia shooting at our ships. This isn’t the first time. About 220 years ago the United States faced seizures and enslavement of crews from it’s merchant vessels trading in the Mediterranean Sea. Congress appropriate money for the construction of six frigates to ensure freedom of navigation. … More Barbary Pirates Again
In the summer of 1986 a movie was released called “Top Gun” . It’s about naval aviators, staring Tom Cruise. It’s about testosterone. And it is about a time when my cohorts and I were still young men. And leaving the theater we all wished we had made other career choices. During this time I had client … More Top Gun Call Sign: Maddog
Its been a 100 years but the sting of it still rings through the telling. A German U-boat was able to approach and sink the Cunard liner off the coast of Ireland on this date 100 years ago because she had no destroyer escort, despite wartime conditions. There were not supposed to be any Americans on … More The Sinking of RMS Lusitania – May 7th 1915
My sister is a prosecutor. When she is in trial against a criminal defense lawyer who believes so much in his clients cause that he or she cannot see the flaws in the case, she labels them a “true believer”. I was a true believer of Armstrong. We already had one genuine hero, Neil Armstrong. … More In Search Of Heros in a Post – Armstrong Era
Sometimes I wonder about this job. Law exists to resolve conflict. Working the law means inviting conflict to be the subject matter of my trade, as opposed to say a mechanic who invites fixing broken automobiles to be his trade, or a sailor invites the sea to be his profession. The concept of sailing away keeps spirits up. Practicing … More We Can Sail Away