Fox River Kings

It happened in an afternoon: Ladders, nails and beer breaks. Dad even gave me a swig as a reward for my hard work and I promised not to tell. I gave Billy, Ben and John the password to enter the fortress with no half moon hammer dents embraced by limbs and branches. We were kings up there watching heads pass below and the neighbor girl lather baby oil on her

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Colorado Springs: Jaywalking Central

Welcome to Colorado Springs, the jaywalking capital of America. It’s a community where pedestrians seem to take great pride in committing multiple jaywalking violations by crossing major intersections, streets, and even highly trafficked roadways like Academy Boulevard, which is essentially a highway disrupted by evenly spaced traffic lights. Downtown Colorado Springs is a jaywalker’s dream, too. At the intersection of Tejon Street and Pikes Peak Avenue, for instance, law-breaking pedestrians stroll into traffic directly in front of flashing “DON’T WALK” signs, completely disregarding

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The US Represented Weekly Update

Hello USR members and guests, It’s great to talk to you again, and we hope you’re having a good week. We’ve been making some progress in this neck of the woods. For instance, Lindsay Deen upgraded the page numbering for our articles. She enlarged the font, so the page numbering is much easier to find, now. We also have someone working on redesigning our Visual Arts section, and she thinks she

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The Unforgiving Sky

The 2/75th Ranger Battalion was running a low-level night jump during a training mission in Ft. Chaffee, Arkansas, and Sgt. Larry Swenson wasn’t happy that winds were 36 knots at altitude, but being aggravated and complaining were two different things. Rangers jumped in every condition imaginable because training had to reflect real-world scenarios as closely as possible. There was no reason to complain about any task the Rangers were told

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The Dalai Lama on Compassion

  Whether people are beautiful and friendly or unattractive and disruptive, ultimately they are human beings, just like oneself. Like oneself, they want happiness and do not want suffering. Furthermore, their right to overcome suffering and be happy is equal to one’s own. Now, when you recognize that all beings are equal in both their desire for happiness and their right to obtain it, you automatically feel empathy and closeness

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