March 15, 2018

Get Involved.  Be rude.  Intrude.

We are once again reminded of the menacing presence of suicidal ideation in the lives of America’s service members.  This scourge on our society continues to claim more soldiers’ lives than combat casualties, accidents and illness...

March 2, 2018

You may have done what they say you did.  But you are not what they say you are.  You are more than the sum of your mistakes and not defined by the darkest moments of your life, during which you erred.  To err is human, to forgive divine.  Begin by learning to forgive...

February 25, 2018

In the summer of 1974, I walked out the front door of my early childhood home at 114 South Main Street.  I strode that morning with a sense of urgency as I was a man with a mission.  The half mile stroll carried me past Maine Central Institute (MCI), the First Baptist...

January 29, 2018

This past week I had the honor of guiding a group of female combat veterans. I found these marines and soldiers to be powerful and capable women who, like myself, found themselves in a male dominated work place.  

In unguarded moments, we spoke of how sometimes we were...

January 16, 2018

I remember as a child how easy it was to make friends running around the school yard.  Even as a young adult it was easy, while living in a college dorm with built in companions and in my early teaching career meeting strong, caring women coworkers.

As I got older, life...

December 24, 2017

On behalf of Gold Star Outfitters, Inc, Catherine and I wish to express our deepest appreciation to our partners, guests, family and friends for this incredible year of growth and prosperity as we continue our mission of providing sanctuary and healing to our beloved v...

December 21, 2017

Dear brothers and sisters of the Veteran Community; service members, family and friends.  I wish to extend to you a kind word of encouragement with the understanding that this most joyous time of the year can be particularly hard for those contending with the travails...

December 4, 2017

December comes quietly as a late guest to the party.  It slips into Maine after the splendor and flourishes of Autumn’s color with its ice-covered puddles and frosty brown leaves.  The December Dawn takes her time, while her sister Dusk hangs over the sleepy Kennebec....

December 1, 2017

Gold Star Outfitters, Inc. has enjoyed a great partnership this summer and fall with both The Travis Mills Foundation Veteran's Retreat and Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing. Catherine Gordon and I have collectively dedicated over a 1,000 volunteer hours to these orga...

November 20, 2017

My return to the Maine Woods following a 30 year Army career has been particularly joyful as the circle of my life continues.  This past Saturday was even more so as I was able to share the joy of a successful whitetail hunt with my father and brother, Mark.  Given the...

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