Marine Corps 236th Birthday

By R.W. Hampton

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Happy Birthday Marines!!!! Our Marine is in California this year celebrating with his wife at a Marine Corps Ball. We know he’ll be wearing his dress blues tonight and she’ll be decked out too.  We … [more]

Halloween on Highway 21

November 2, 2011

By R.W. Hampton

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Here in America there is a phenomenon that happens every October 31st . In cities and towns across the country we encourage our little ones (and even sometimes ourselves) to dress up as anything … [more]

The Homecoming of the 2/9

March 18, 2011

By R.W. Hampton

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The night of February 10 found me in Camp Lejeune, NC, to welcome home the 2nd Battalion 9th Marines from their combat deployment in deadly Marjah, Afghanistan. More specifically, I was waiting for my … [more]

Wood, Grass and Water

December 30, 2010

By R.W. Hampton

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I’m writing to you from this strange no-man’s land of time that lies between Christmas and New Year’s Eve. I’ve got plenty to do, but I’m not sure what I can tackle before … [more]

The Trouble with Christmas

December 24, 2010

By R.W. Hampton

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The trouble with Christmas for me is that it’s always hard to find. Every year it’s the same; in fact, it seems to get a little harder as I get older. It’s that … [more]

Why ‘Crazy Little Thing Called Love’?

November 19, 2010

By R.W. Hampton

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That’s what Lee Williams, the British country music radio host, wanted to know in his thick accent during our interview. “I mean, really ‘AhhDubbleyu’, it’s a lovely recording, but you’re an American cowboy … [more]


September 9, 2010

By R.W. Hampton

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It seems like only yesterday that I watched in horror, disbelief and anger as our world was forever changed. Changed in the way we travel. Changed in the way we view our neighbors. … [more]


August 11, 2010

By R.W. Hampton

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The land of the shortgrass is my home.  It is often brutal in the winter, with winds whipping off the mountains carrying storms across these high altitude plains. It can be dry as … [more]