The Charlie Bravo Story

My Story Begins Here…

Dad here. On a cold, raw day in January, my son Zach and I were making a high speed pass through a rural area east of Little Rock when we spotted a dog crate partially hidden in the weeds beside the road. Something – or Someone – made us stop and check the crate. What we found was beyond horrible... A full sized dog reduced to a ragged, scabby skeleton, smelling so strongly of death…

The Benefits of Corona and Racial Strife.

I hate labels. A label attempts to tell people what you are, but usually tends to stress what you are not. Black, white, conservative, liberal, Harley, Honda, purebreds, rescues maskers, anti-maskers, all labels that people use to define themselves, not realizing that such definition paints them into a crate in the eyes of others. Labels don't unite, they divide. If people knew what I believed on certain issues, they would label me as a conservative…

The Story of Toby

Yes, this is my house. Yes, this is my bed. No, this is not my dog. This is the neighbor's dog Tobiads Maximus, otherwise known as Toby. He thinks that he lives here now, and we're kind of adjusting to routinely be invaded by a scruffy little knucklehead. We have tried to remain steadfast in our defenses of the motherland, but he has this habit of proclaiming his joy by prancing around on his hind…

Pater familius

“A father acts on behalf of his children by working, providing, intervening, struggling, and suffering for them. In so doing, he really stands in their place. He is not an isolated individual, but incorporates the selves of several people in his own self." Happy Father's Day! Or am I even allowed to say that in this age of "toxic masculinity"? Or how do I say it when I no longer have a father, grandfather, on…

The Claire Bear

One of the downsides of the mayhem at the Casa del Whackos is that the temperament of the more forceful personalities overshadows than that of the more introspective inmates. Charlie, Titus and Ajax are extroverted forces of nature, while Claire, Mia, and Marco provide the introverted yin to the yang., and sometimes their voices get muted by the background noise. Which leads me to Claire; the Claire Bear came to us as a foster. Something…

Vikings

The raiding season was swiftly approaching, and the sound of hammers and saws constructing the necessary ships to cross the channel rang out in the distance. The grizzled old warrior, Gimli Ironpen, stirred beneath his quilts made of tanned caribou skins and attempted to rise to face the chill wind blowing in off the fjord, but was oppressed with a sense of great foreboding, a heaviness if you will, that hindered his efforts. Was it…

Trevor’s getting married!

God moves in mysterious ways, His wonders to perform... Do you feel like there's no hope in sight? That you're in a loop of continuous bad news, and there's no good to be found in anyone anymore? I think we all do to a certain extent, but this post is testimony to the fact that there is always hope. So here we go... it starts bad, but the payoff is phenomenal. 9/4/2012 911 dispatch, what's…

Big Agnes

For those of you who think that I might exaggerate a bit when describing Charlie as a passive-aggressive sleeper, I would offer the attached picture as proof that this in fact an actively-aggressive sleeper. This was taken when camping in the mountains above Moab, Utah, where, when the sun goes down, the temperature goes with it. The sleeping bag in question is a Big Agnes mummy bag, built for one average sized camper. One. Averaged…
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