In military terminology, desertion is the abandonment of a duty or post without permission and is done with the intention of not returning. We have been hearing a lot about desertion, lately, as it relates to the case of Sergeant Beaudry Robert “Bowe” Bergdahl who deserted … More »

It’s not “All about me!”

IT’S NOT “ALL ABOUT ME” Forgive me if this rambles, but the adrenaline is still flowing through my system. A person whom I had regarded as a friend of the hobby just called me to tell me how he walked … More »


It’s been only two weeks since I quoted Reverend Martin Niemöller’s poem, “First they Came … ,” in response to the recent removal of Confederate monuments in Charlottesville, Virginia. Since that time, there have been additional military monuments removed; a … More »

A Monument to History

First, they came for the Communists, and I did not speak out— Because I was not a Communist. Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out— Because I was not a Trade Unionist. Then they … More »

My Table is My Store

“John,” a table-holder called to get my attention at the MVPA Convention, “have you ever written about ‘behind the table’ etiquette?” I hadn’t really thought about it, but my answer was rather instinctual: “My table is my store.” It wasn’t … More »