It began as the GODFATHER OF MATH, evolved into the GOODFATHER OF MATH. Now this. Go figure...


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The kind of humor I like is the thing that makes me laugh for five seconds and think for ten minutes = G. CARLIN...Stain glass, engraved glass, frosted glass
–give me plain glass = JOHN FOWLES...Music is the mathematics of the gods = PYTHAGORAS... Nothing is more fluid than language = R. L. SWIHART
I cannot live without the oxygen of laughter = DAWN POWELL + + + But please be sure to season that with the hydrogen of gravitas = PAUL OLIVERIO
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Sunday, July 9, 2017

A Viet Nam Soldier Story With A Happy Ending

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This is the story of
Ronald L. Ridgeway
whose platoon was massacred
in 1968.

Along with eight other soldiers
none of whom
was identified beyond doubt
he was buried here:

 But in 1973,
all American 
Prisoners of War
were released.

Ronald L. Ridgeway
was one of them!


This is how he survived
his captivity:

As he sat alone in his windowless cell
beside a wooden bed and the bucket
he used for waste, Ridgeway went about
creating a “make-believe” life.
There was no one to talk to,

and he was allowed out
only once a day to empty the bucket.
 

So he imagined that he was somewhere else,
that he owned a pickup truck,
that he had a wife and children,
that he would go fishing.

It was a mental exercise, he said,

and he found that spending three days
in his make-believe world
would take up a whole day
in solitary.
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