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Category Archives: George S. Patton

General Patton Lectures Olivier

I could’ve delivered this rebuke in my underwear but of course donned my bemedalled uniform and a pearl-handled pistol on each hip before I shouted, “Attention, Olivier. Other than a coward in battle the last outrage on earth I’ll tolerate is a ham on a movie set.” “You must forgive me, General Patton, for reminding […]

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State of the Union

This story is from the collection “Obama on Edge”

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Material Handler on the Road

I still wonder if my adult working career for many years progressed like a tortoise in sand because of apathy or a reflexive hatred of manual labor that began too soon, at age nine, when my mother remarried and her new husband, a drill sergeant masquerading as an electrical engineer and contractor, drafted my stepbrother […]

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