Becoming a teacher: Why in the heck do I do this?

When addressing teachers the principal at my previous school would often say something like, “We became teachers because we loved high school.” Not me. I hated school. I thought it was a waste of time filled with power tripping teachers who were more interested in proving what they knew instead of developing what I knew. […]

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Kids and stamp collecting: A primer to increase involvement

The idea of kids and stamp collecting has been quite a topic on the stamp collecting boards and in the magazine for quite some time. Most collectors want kids involved. Just about everybody has an idea of how to pull it off. But here’s the deal. They’re wrong. Here’s how you merge kids and stamp […]

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Newspaper wrappers and who is this guy anyway?

Simply called newspaper wrappers, these philatelic items have always held my interest. The unknown periodical’s delivery took place during the Civil War, in Virginia. The address is simply Commandant, 53rd Regiment, Campbell. Inside is the inscription “for Capt. Zachariah Moorman.” Newspaper wrappers In stamp collecting, a newspaper wrapper is just a sheet of paper that […]

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Child support and the feds discrimination

My writing doesn’t usually take a governmental/political slant, but I wanted to discuss the idea of child support, particularly from the federal viewpoint. I’ve been bothered by something and am working on it, having had conversations with some U.S. Congressmen and Women about the issue. Child Support Like most states, Tennessee’s laws concerning how much […]

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Stamp values versus what a stamp is worth

Conversations on forums often center around stamp values. They are often couched in terms focusing on catalogs, but I suspect most every collector hopes their stamps are or become worth something. A lesson in stamp values Former brother-in-law. One of the kindest men you’ll ever meet, he passed away a while back. After my ex […]

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Dead countries and the world of stamps

A few years ago, I’m doing some research and I ran across a website devoted to stamps from Dead Countries. My interest level shot through the roof and since, dead countries have been a real interest in my general worldwide collecting. What are dead countries? For stamp collecting, in the most basic sense, a dead […]

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The Coast Guard at 230. Doesn’t look a day over…

Today, August 4, 2020, the U.S. Coast Guard turned 230 years old. In May, 1988, six days after my 19th birthday, I boarded a plane that took me to Philadelphia and then caught a bus to Cape May, New Jersey. There I spent several glorious weeks at Coast Guard Boot Camp. I think everyone who […]

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Bugs Bunny vs MLK. Who wins at the USPS?

The USPS recently announced a new set of stamps featuring Bugs Bunny. There will be ten stamps featuring the famous cartoon character. Adding to it a previous stamp featuring Bugs Bunny, and that brings the total of U.S. Bugs Bunny stamps to 11. A person I follow on Twitter, The Punk Philatelist, brought up an […]

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