Yes, Linda, the universe loves to balance out the creative and destructive forces. If only it would be more generous with the Joe P souls that inhabit the planet — if only.

But what really saddens me is when even some of the best of us stray to the destructive side of the equation, often without realizing it at first.

Jim Ridgway, Jr. military writer — author of the American Civil War classic, “Apprentice Killers: The War of Lincoln and Davis.” Christmas gift, yes!

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