Warren Domke

Why, oh why, Wyoming?

My mother was born in Wyoming in October of 1919. Her parents were Polish immigrants who came from Austria around the turn of the 20th Century and settled in the United States. Why Austria? Poland didn’t exist when they lived in Europe. It had been partitioned and their part of it was in Austria. Like many immigrants, they traveled to […]

Say a little prayer

I t was probably the worst time in my life – everything seemed to be working against me, and I couldn’t understand why. I had returned from a year in Vietnam to a marriage that was coming apart and I was in a military assignment where I wasn’t wanted. I was confused and not sure where I was going or […]

Shell shock, or combat fatigue, or PTSD…

During World War II one of the most dangerous combat missions was the bombing of Europe by Allied Air Forces. Missions typically lasted eight hours or longer, were flown at high altitudes and were very dangerous. Crewmembers emerged from these missions scared, tired and shaken by what they had seen and experienced. Many aircraft didn’t return and many came back […]

We love our cars, don’t we?

My first car was a 1951 Plymouth 4-door sedan. I acquired it, with the help of my parents, in 1959. The engine was a flathead six that burned (ahem) a “little” oil. (Translation: It could have produced a very useful smoke screen during the D-Day invasion of France in World War II.) But I was devoted to that car and […]

I let my friend down and I’m sorry

His name was Willie. Willie was African-American, a tall kid a little younger than me and as nice a friend as I have ever known. We were good friends in college and I never thought of him as being any other race than mine. Maybe we all have had friends like that–we just forgot they looked different. It was summer […]

Things we don’t know about America’s Presidents

A s of February 2019 the United States has had 45 Presidents. I decided recently to memorize the entire 45 in order, starting with George Washington to the current occupant at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Donald J. Trump. (No this is not political commentary. Just some history. I’m steering clear of politics.) There are many facts about chief executives of this […]

Second lieutenants, manager trainees and other young leaders

Most military veterans probably have opinions about second lieutenants. Well, speaking as a former second lieutenant, let me say of all the ranks I ever held, the one I worked hardest to get to was the lowly “butter bar,” “shavetail,” or whatever you want to call them. It’s the bottom of the heap for commissioned officers, and second lieutenants are […]

You think this is winter? Well, check this out.

There are places in the world that can get pretty darn cold. Having been born in Chicago, I experienced snow and cold weather at a very young age. When I was a little older snow meant snowmen, snowballs, and snowsuits. (Most kids in Texas have probably never experienced for-real snowsuits.) When I was six we migrated to Colorado. Montrose is […]

I wasn’t always a Christian

Years ago, when I was working as a caseworker in a public welfare program, a lady who was a client thanked me for being a Christian. I shook my head, but I was happy to have helped her. It was my job. The difference between then and now is that I truly am a Christian now. Oh, I grew up […]

If you can’t say something nice…

His name was Francis James Westbrook Pegler, but he was best known as Westbrook Pegler, his byline. I am old enough to have read some of his syndicated columns. He was notorious for attacks on public figures including Presidents Franklin Roosevelt and Harry Truman as well as John F. Kennedy. In 1938 Time Magazine said of Pegler: “…Mr. Pegler is […]

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