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Recipes

Ria Prepares Upo and Green Papaya

Ria loves to cook, and she takes great pride when prepping her vegetables and meats. She uses upo (long bottle gourd) for ginisang soup and the green papaya for tinola. Ria explained to me that when the papaya is green it is a vegetable, and when it is yellow, it is a fruit. We purchased […]

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Family Life

Asian Bistro in Benson Arizona

We stopped to each lunch at the Asian Bistro located next to the Safeway Store in Benson, Arizona today. The Chinese buffet was excellent. In fact, the orange chicken was the best I’ve ever tasted. Typically, orange chicken is way too sweet and is surrounded by too much dough. The Asian Bistro orange chicken was […]

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Family Life

San Joaquin Central School

Ria’s cousin, Soledad Lumagdong (Monton) Abella (above photo 3rd from right), is a dedicated, hard-working elementary school teacher at the San Joaquin Central School located in the Barangay San Joaquin, Samar, Philippines. The school is about 35 minutes northwest of Calbayog City via the Pan-Philippine Highway AH26. In October of 2015, Soledad’s elementary students needed […]

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Family Life

Walking the Neighborhood

This month of July in Southeastern Arizona, the weather has been very mild. It has been in the upper 80s during the day, which is rather cool for this time of the year in our high-desert mountains. This past May was the coldest May on record for 41 years. I guess that so-called ‘global warming […]

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Military

Captain William G. Earnest

Captain Bill Earnest was the Commanding Officer of Shore Intermediate Maintenance Activity (SIMA) Charleston. I served under Captain Earnest when I was assigned to SIMA Charleston from 1987 to 1992. Like me, Captain Earnest was a Limited Duty Officer. O-6 mustangs with battleship experience were few and far between. His leadership skills were second to […]

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Military

My Shipmates

I had a very successful career in the military because of my wife, my sons, and my shipmates. Below is an incomplete list, in my duty station order, of those fellow Sailors and Officers who supported me, trained me, mentored me, and served with me in the United States Navy. I salute and thank all […]