July was a roller coaster of a month — full of ups and downs — so it should be fun to look back. (more…)

During today’s Fourth of July festivities, I am stuck at home with the police scanner because everyone else is out of town.
I can’t venture outside of the scanner’s range, but I’ve had a lot of time to think.
I’ve spent most of the day watching “America: The Story of Us” on the History Channel so I thought about some of the things being an American actually means to me. (more…)

We just got back from our annual trip to watch the Fort Rucker Independence Day fireworks show. We watch it in my grandparents’ backyard, on a hill overlooking the installation.
It provides a pretty good view, but there’s always another problem I have to contend with.
I told this story back in the early days of this blog. For those of you who weren’t around then, here’s a tale of fireworks and fire ants. (more…)