TROOP: a collective noun indicating a band of soldiers, scouts, or other gatherings of people

When I was a kid I belonged to a Boy Scout troop.   It was a sizable gathering of boys who were divided into smaller units called patrols.  An individual who belonged to a troop was called a scout. State Police who are assigned to a specific segment of a state for service are called a […]

MYTHICAL DAD: a man who was more a figment of selective memory than reality

I’ve come to the conclusion that the father I refer to occasionally is a myth.  As in most myths, there is some truth to the depiction, but the overall picture has been shaped to fit into a frame I created from distortions.  When my father died a number of years ago (at the age of […]