Throughout our lives, both personal and professional, we establish reputations, form expectations, and gain responsibilities; if we’re not careful this can lead us to mistaking busyness for purpose. If we’re fortunate enough to recognize this, hitting the pause button on life, even if only for a brief moment, can allow…

smalltownwashington.com, Lara Dunning

It’s time for us as a community to have a discussion about some concepts that have come to define this political season, especially races for the school board. Two topics that would benefit from some examination: what constitutes research, and the idea that greater parental involvement always leads to greater…

Memorial Day stirs an array of emotions in many of us. There is no shortage of articles, essays, and interviews with pious voices imploring civilians to recognize that the holiday isn’t just about their barbecues and steep retail discounts. There are families who’ve suffered the unimaginable and find this day…

US Navy Photo

Below is a note I sent my squadron last year on the occasion of Martin Luther King Jr Day. It was early in what would turn out to be an extremely difficult seven months at sea. I’ve since moved on into retirement, but after having spent only four months at…

I spent the better part of 20 years thinking about landing jets on ships, preparing to land jets on ships, or actually landing jets on ships. During the day, this is the second most fun thing an adult can do, and most pilots can’t believe they get paid to do…

It’s difficult to find a pejorative that doesn’t apply to 2020. Some of the less explicit ones revolve around the wholly unpredictable nature of what the year’s thrown our way. Words like “unprecedented” and “unbelievable” have been tossed around quite a bit — and with good reason. And while we…

Two weeks ago I did one of the hardest things I’ve ever done in my professional life — I left my job. In the same one-hour ceremony I turned over command of “my” squadron, and I retired from the Navy. …

J.E. Curtis

Retired Naval Aviator.

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