Author Archives: Marty Ryan

Memorial Day 2020

This year, on Memorial Day, I reminisced about Memorial Days past.  It used to be a huge day of drinking for me and my American Legion comrades of the 1970s and 1980s.  I don’t miss them – the days of … Continue reading

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Observations

Are you the type of person who writes little notes to yourself so that you can write a letter, a blog, or an article later?  I want to say that I’m that person, but I’m not.  It’s not from a … Continue reading

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Order Up

In the Army, written formal orders from above can be good; they can be bad.  When you’re not expecting orders, they can be like getting a notice from the Internal Revenue Service, it will make your stomach feel uneasy.  Upon … Continue reading

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That First Job

Upon writing a blog about the Coronavirus in packing houses, not too many people are aware of my extensive background in the meat packing industry.  It’s not a career I would choose, but it was one I fell into.  My … Continue reading

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Easter Shoes

Last Saturday, Stephanie was going to the store and asked if I needed anything.  In my world, need and want are the same thing.  I decided against asking for another thirty-eight-ounce package of M&Ms.  But it was the day before … Continue reading

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Risky Business

After a few weeks of this hibernation practice propelled by the coronavirus pandemic, I decided to take some risks. Last week, I washed my hands a couple times for only nineteen seconds. I saw a crowd of nine people, so … Continue reading

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