"Every man is a damn fool for at least five minutes every day; wisdom consists in not exceeding the limit." Elbert Hubbard

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Happy Birthday National Guard

375 years ago today, the Massachusetts General Court in Salem officially declared that all able-bodied men between the ages of 16 and 60 were required to join the militia.

I myself have proudly served for 27 years now, between the Army and the Army National Guard. Yeah, it's been a love/hate relationship at times but I have served voluntarily. For two reasons mainly. First, growing up all I ever wanted to be was a soldier. Like my father before me and his brother, who was also a father to me in his own right. Secondly, because I felt it necessary as an American citizen to serve and protect our way of life.

Through the Cold War, Korean DMZ, natural disasters, civil disturbances, homeland defense, border security, and the war in Iraq. I have served with my brothers and sisters who answered the call. But now I await my retirement for medical reasons and pass on the heritage and legacy of service to the next generation.

To all of you, my fellow Citizen Soldiers, Happy Birthday.

"Let us recollect that peace or war will not always be left to our option; that however moderate or unambitious we may be, we cannot count upon the moderation, or hope to extinguish the ambition of others." Alexander Hamilton

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Solitude, a short film

Solitude from robin risser on Vimeo.

"What a commentary on civilization, when being alone is being suspect; when one has to apologize for it, make excuses, hide the fact that one practices it - like a secret vice." Anne Morrow Lindbergh