April 2015

ANZAC Day 100 Years: Alice Springs Dawn Service.

I spent early yesterday morning on top of ANZAC Hill.  But, I wasn’t alone – far from it.  Seemed like hundreds of locals and visitors made the pre-dawn trek to witness the ANZAC Day 100 year commemoration. I left the house at 5:00 a.m. figuring I had plenty of time to park my car and […]

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Want to see my Grandpa’s War Medals?

Back in 1999 or so I was having a conversation with a few co-workers; the topic – World War II.  Then from across the room we hear, “Hey my grandfather was in the war.  He was a pilot.  I’ve got all his medals.  Wanna see em?” It was Walt.  Normally a rather quiet guy, he […]

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How Important is Rice to Filipinos?

My wife is from the Philippines, therefore I have a good idea of how important rice is to Filipinos.  Let’s just say it’s very, very important.  But, saying so doesn’t really drive home the point.  It falls flat.  It doesn’t begin to hit the mark. So, to give you an idea of how important rice […]

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Aussie Accent

When I first arrived in Australia back in early 1990, I had a bit of trouble understanding the Aussie accent.  The following excerpt from my upcoming kindle book, “Yanks in the Outback” gives a shining example of what I mean. Note:  Book is fiction but based on my real life experience while stationed in Woomera […]

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My Green Island Adventure

I recently went to Cairns in far north Queensland Australia and found myself with a free Sunday afternoon.  I asked around with the locals for suggestions on a great way to spend this extra time.  After a few inputs, I noticed two words kept coming up – Green Island.  I’d never heard of it, but […]

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