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Have Gun — Will Travel was an audio oddity – one of the few radio shows that originated on television. Beginning in the mid-1950s as a Richard Boone TV series, Have Gun — Will Travel reversed the trend a few years later and migrated to radio. Like the TV version, it ran on CBS and attracted a fine star for
The lead was simply Paladin, a western soldier of fortune with an even temper and fast gun. Paladin did the dirty work others wouldn’t do for a hefty price. He operated by the same code of the west that Marshal Dillon tick; often stepped up to the line, but rarely crossed it.
The role went to John Dehner. Nobody could duplicate Boone, and Dehner didn’t even try. His interpretation of Paladin was an interesting contrast. Dehner comes across as a new Paladin, slighter of build perhaps, but still dressed in black, still a deadly foe.
The show premiered on CBS November 23, 1958 and ran until November 27, 1960, thus becoming one of the last radio dramas. The scripts closely followed the TV format, using the same staccato music and the technique of opening with a small snatch of Paladin dialogue. The dialogue was usually a threat, and Paladin didn’t mince words.
When last heard, Paladin was heading back to Boston to claim a $100,000 inheritance. It was an unusual finish to an unusual series, the cowboy riding east into the sunrise. It turned one of the last remaining pages of old time radio.
On AM 1370 KDTH’s Big Broadcast, you will hear both Have Gun — Will Travel and Gunsmoke during May’s western night. Come ride with us during those wild west days of yesteryear.
We have yet another handy veterans-related acronym: REACH VET. That stands for Recovery Engagement And Coordination for Health —Veterans Enhanced Treatment, and although you can’t tell from the title, the goal of the initiative is to reduce the rate of veteran suicides.
While any effort is to be applauded, the numbers just aren’t getting much better. Here are the averages for some recent years:
2001 — 19 per day
2010 — 21 per day
2012 — 22 per day
2014 — 20 per day
Yes, the Department of Veterans Affairs has taken steps, but it clearly isn’t enough. We have the 24/7 Veterans Crisis Line for immediate help by phone, chat room and text message (1-800-273-8255, press 1) or online at www.VeteransCrisisLine.net or text 838255. We have analytics to predict who’s at risk so providers can intervene. We have Tele Mental Health services for remote help. We have a PTSD phone app with self-management tools.
It’s not enough. It’s not enough because you can’t fix a problem until you know exactly what it is. Getting correct numbers requires the data input from a great many locations. Each report that comes out assesses the numbers in a different way: by age group, drug and alcohol use, gender, era of service and comparison to the civilian population. The number that’s hard to deal with is that no matter what, the rate of veteran suicide per day isn’t significantly changing. Then there are those who say the daily veteran suicide rate is closer
One VA-provided stat offers hope: Those who are under the VA’s care have a lower rate of risk for suicide. It’s a huge decrease. If you’re a veteran who’s on drugs, who feels isolated, who has extreme mood swings — go to the VA. Get help.
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Passion and Purpose
The Art of Listening
I used earplugs when working with power equipment while building our new home at Refuge Ranch in Mexico (home to the mission of our daughter and son-in law). I DO NOT wear them when my wife Diann is trying to tell me something! However, sometimes, my wife Diann would argue, I might as well have the earplugs in my ears; I’m not listening anyway! She finds it amazing that I can hear her but that I’m not listening to her.
The fact is that hearing and listening are two different auditory experiences. Hearing mainly uses the ears while listening primarily uses the mind and heart. We don’t have to decide to hear sounds, but listening to what’s being said is a choice.
Sometimes in a conversation with someone we’re not really listening to the other person, we’re just waiting for our turn to speak. Even when we do listen it’s important to remember that there’s more to it than just hearing the words the other person speaks. We’ve heard of reading between the lines; we also need to listen between the words, listening to how the person says the words: the tone and inflection of the voice as well as the facial expressions, gestures, and body language. This is
why e-mailing and texting are poor ways to communicate personal, sensitive, important, and emotional issues; e-mails and texts don’t allow us to listen between the words.
Then too, listening includes listening for the words left unsaid as well as those said. Listen for the silent words loudly spoken!
In the song “The Living Years” by Mike and the Mechanics there’s a line that challenges us: “You can listen as well as you hear.” If we can hear we can listen, but we have to choose to do so!
God calls each of us to bring His love into the lives of those we know. One of the best ways to do so is to listen well. A good conversationalist isn’t so much a person who is quick to talk but someone who is quick to listen. The Lord has given us two ears and one mouth, He expects us to use them in that proportion!
“To answer before listening – that is folly and shame.” (Proverbs 18:13)
One night at church, my friend, Marilyn Woode, and I were looking into a box of homegrown vegetables that were being offered as freebies. It was the last of what had been shared by a church member who was donating veggies from a small garden.
I picked up a radish that was no bigger then my thumb. Its shape was quite unusual.
My friend looked at the radish, then at me, and stated, “I suppose you will write a column about your find?” Ahem!
At that time I had not been thinking about writing a column. But the fact that the radish had such an unusual shape and was a dull red color, I picked it up and decided to take it home. The next morning I washed the radish and attempted to cut into it. Its peel was tough and tore when I slid the knife across its surface. But, I opened up the peeling and bit into the white meat of the radish. It was indeed a radish. The taste of radish stung my tongue. So I decided to do a column of my newly discovered thumb-sized radish.
Research showed that spring radishes are small and round, and summer varieties are larger and slender. Actually, the one I took home was of another kind. But both are usually eaten raw while the larger varieties are often boiled.
But, before I go on, I must add a tidbit about my curious cat Charlie. She likes to sit on a chair by my desk and look out the window into the backyard where the birds and squirrels eat at the feeder. Well, I had placed the two pieces of radish on a napkin on my desk and she spotted them. It wasn’t long before I saw her paw reaching for a piece of the radish. I let her push the smallest piece off the desk. Yes, she played with it for a while and then she was going to carry it off to a hiding place. But, she must have bitten into it because she dropped it and scurried off to her sleeping quarters. Charlie likes to play with wrapped cough drops but never bites into them so I thought she would do the same with the radish.
As far as doing much more research on the radish I just remember loving to eat a radish sandwich when I was a child. My mother always grew radishes and leaf-lettuce for early spring harvesting. She always cut the small, round radishes into thin slices and placed them on white bread, covered with Miracle Whip. Sometimes my siblings and I ate radishes with salt sprinkled in top. And our lettuce sandwiches were always piled high with leaf-lettuce and Miracle Whip.
Isn’t it strange how one small disfigured radish can stimulate so much interesting nostalgia? It was just a small child eating a tasty radish sandwich that created a lifetime memory. What is in your memory bank?
I became a huge Anthony Hopkins fan after watching his performance as Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Hannibal the Cannibal) in 1991’s The Silence of the Lambs. In 2016’s Solace, Hopkins delivers another spellbinding performance as John Clancy, a gifted psychic who joins forces with the FBI in order to hunt down a serial killer named Charles Ambrose.
Clancy has worked with the FBI before but has lived in isolation for two years since the death of his daughter. His friend Joe Merriwether, a FBI Special Agent, enlists Clancy for help. It may seem heartless to approach John as he grieves, but this case is unique: The serial killer is also psychic and is constantly several steps ahead of everyone.
We eventually learn why Ambrose is doing what he is doing and then it becomes a complex moral dilemma with questions not being as black and white as we first thought. We instinctly know that Clancy and Ambrose will meet at some point in time, but what we do not know, of course, is what direction Clancy will lean given his own personal sorrow.
To be fair to the readers I have to say that the film did not get stellar reviews. I, on the other hand, thought it was great. Hopkins always gives a very intense performance and Solace is no exception.
This film is rated a mild R and is available at most Redbox locations.