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Tales of Jake Strider

August, 2014

  • 19 August

    Good and Bad People

    BY MICHAEL REISIG – Oscar Wilde said, “It’s absurd to divide people into good and bad, mostly they are charming or tedious.” While I don’t necessarily believe that, I do understand it. But tedious is generally not dangerous, and today we seem bent on a strange, perilous course. Nowadays it seems our government is not so interested in guiding the ...

  • 7 August

    The Impossible

    BY MICHAEL REISIG – Someone recently sent me an absolutely amazing collection of World War II photos, and I was once again reminded of the character and sheer will of the American people during that difficult era, and the remarkable courage of the American serviceman. I was left in stunned silence at the end … rocked by the nearly impossible ...

July, 2014

  • 29 July

    Being True To Yourself

    BY MICHAEL REISIG – In these times of duplicity and confusion (and constant bombardment by government and marketers telling you what you should or shouldn’t be), it’s sometimes hard to find yourself. The truth is, it’s easy to copy, rather than be innovative or true to yourself – there’s no effort involved in borrowing. But whatever you choose to be, ...

  • 26 July

    The Important Things In Life

    BY MICHAEL REISIG – Let’s face it, the important things in life change with age. It’s really all about perspective. Sometimes those important items come full circle. When you’re born, the most important thing in the world is a female breast. Thirteen to 15 years later, that same priority manifests itself again in males. When you’re three to four years ...

  • 12 July

    Sacrifice

    BY MICHAEL REISIG – We hear a lot about the term, “sacrifice” in this world. It is perhaps the greatest example of selflessness, the root of faith, and the essence of courage in so many ways. The centerpoint of our most popular religion epitomizes the value of sacrifice and redemption. The innermost strengths of our armed forces are built around ...

June, 2014

  • 24 June

    Excuses

    BY MICHAEL REIGSIG – History is full of excuses – why charges failed, or regimes fell, or famines spread. You can’t turn on the television today without some government employee making an excuse for a failed program, or a poorly executed military plan, or thousands of incriminating email’s that strangely disappeared. The concept of excuses pretty much start with us ...

  • 20 June

    Education

    BY MICHAEL REISIG – I was speaking with a friend the other day, about education – they had sent me an email showing an eighth grade final exam for a school in Salina, Kansas, in 1895. I was amazed, flabbergasted, at the level of knowledge required to pass that exam, and I suddenly understood why we had grown into such ...

  • 14 June

    Responsibility

    BY MICHAEL REISIG – I can’t go into any large store in any city without seeing the inevitable perpetual sufferers – the man and woman with the trail of children, two in the cart, several behind it, pulling out their food stamps to pay for the essentials of life. While my heart goes out to them, and particularly their offspring, ...

May, 2014

  • 29 May

    Compromise

    BY MICHAEL REISIG – Compromise is a term we created to negotiate the cul-de-sacs on the road of life. But while it assists us in moving past roadblocks, it is often the shadowy villain that eats away at our honor and integrity. Sometimes it simply allows us to squint at the ugly things in our lives in such a fashion ...

  • 20 May

    Choices

    BY MICHAEL REISIG – Like most writers, I’m a student of the human condition, a psychological voyeur, and this week life has presented me a lesson or two, offered some insight to how fragile the ship of life is, and how it is the course we set that determines most of the joy, sadness, and fascination in the journey. We ...