I started here at the urging of my oldest son. He wrote here under the name of Hyperborean Wanderer. He wrote about his experiences in Iraq until the chain of command clamped down on blogging because of "security considerations". He wanted me to write about the stories he heard from me when he was a kid. I started out that way, a series I called "There I Was...", then started writing stories about my Dad, the Chief, I called that series, "Tales of the Chief". It was inevitable that opinion pieces would work their way into the mix and some other views and news-inspired rants.
In the couple of years that I have posted here I have had more than a few disagreements, have been called some silly names and some not-so-nice names, had my creds questioned, my ideas challenged, I have even written a couple of angry rants in response. But this unique method of expression offers anonimity, privacy, and an open forum free from physical threat. I try to stay controlled, open-minded, even-handed, and positive...emphasis on "try"...it ain't always easy. Anyhow...that's why.