Category: Tracy D. Connors, Ph.D.

Commentary and perspective by Dr. Tracy Connors on current topics and issues.

CAPT Tracy D. Connors, USN (Ret)

Major Mumbling: An English Epiphany

I value the local Publix for many reasons – from fried chicken to fresh baguettes. However, it would not be my first choice as the place for an epiphany.  But that’s what happened. Living in a college town, not far from The Swamp, the grocery checkers and baggers will almost always be college students. And … Continue reading Major Mumbling: An English Epiphany

My First (deliberate) Sin…

Estelle Stephens was my first grade teacher. The First Grade Classrooms were on the first floor to the right of the main entrance to North Shore Elementary School— PS #70 — in Jacksonville, Florida. Our classroom was right across from The Office–the Principal’s Office, at the time, Mr. E. L. Loundsbury, an older (with silver … Continue reading My First (deliberate) Sin…

Meaningful Lives from Learning

Achieving a richer, more meaningful life is possible through personal and intellectual growth. The advanced life-long learner and seeker who applies critical thinking rigorously and at times unflinchingly in the face of dangers and pitfalls, will earn the ultimate boon, advanced competence in finding and embracing Truth, understanding our world as it really is. “Roaring” … Continue reading Meaningful Lives from Learning

The most uncivil outcome of all

Recently, a classmate sadly compared the era during which we were raised and the coarseness of today’s national rhetoric.  He contrasted the civility at home, school, and public life discourse at that time, with the torrent of coarse, defamatory, and divisive discourse we endure today. I certainly agreed with basics of his comparison.   Today’s national … Continue reading The most uncivil outcome of all

An Opportunity to Bring Wayne and Ron Home

Our Korean War Veterans saved a nation from a future of unimaginable bleakness, restored an Ally, and stopped Communist aggression. They did so not for glory or national grandeur. They defended Freedom, protected Freedom, and preserved Freedom in Korea because the United States of America, asked these “Greatest Generation” young men to do so. That … Continue reading An Opportunity to Bring Wayne and Ron Home

Jacksonville University Vision: to provide the means and the mentors where we could fulfill our dreams

From the Main Gate at NAS Jacksonville to Moussorgsky’s “Gates of Kiev” Just before I graduated from Andrew Jackson High School in 1957, I had been offered an appointment to Annapolis by Congressman Charles E. Bennett, but a physical was required. When the Navy Corpsman told me that Annapolis required at least 20/100 correctable to … Continue reading Jacksonville University Vision: to provide the means and the mentors where we could fulfill our dreams

Future Shock or Future Shape: Looking ahead by looking back

Looking ahead by looking back October 1973 was a busy month around the world. Israel, Jordan, Egypt were fighting the Yom Kippur War, Gerald Ford was nominated to replace the under indictment Spiro Agnew as Vice President, Maynard Jackson was elected as the first black mayor of Atlanta, OPEC raised the price of oil by … Continue reading Future Shock or Future Shape: Looking ahead by looking back

Remembering a Korean War Hero: Captain Elliot Dean Ayer, USAF

Captain Elliot Dean Ayer, USAF, was a decorated fighter pilot of WWII and the Korean War. A Pearl Harbor Veteran as a 17-year old gunner, he earned his AAF wings, personal decorations and a Captaincy by the end of the war. Rather than leave the rapidly demobilizing Air Force, he served as a Master Sergeant, … Continue reading Remembering a Korean War Hero: Captain Elliot Dean Ayer, USAF