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Two Hundred and Forty-two Years!

Posted on Friday, Nov. 10th 2017 10:24 AM| by Tony Ludlow

His statement hung in the air for what seemed like a very very long time. It was the most profound challenge I’d been given and my response to it changed the course of my life. “Your country has provided you with 18 years of freedom, opportunity, security, and happiness … now it’s time to give […]



Gibbs is Wrong — Sgt. Tony’s blog post for 9/21/2017

Posted on Thursday, Sep. 21st 2017 3:16 PM| by Tony Ludlow

Like cat videos, tattoo fails are all over social media. Misspelled words, horrible “portraits” that bear no resemblance to the actual person are comical. Then there are the tattoos of random words, goofy inspirational phrases (some with conflicting ideologies), and all those barbed wire and tribal decorations. My favorites might be the ones with unreadable […]



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Posted on Saturday, Sep. 2nd 2017 3:07 PM| by Tony Ludlow

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What is the name? — Sgt. Tony Ludlow’s blog for 9/2/2017

Posted on Saturday, Sep. 2nd 2017 12:41 PM| by Tony Ludlow

A few years ago, I was the speaker at Memphis University School’s weekly assembly. I am not an alum of MUS. I was asked to speak because I come cheap. Or something like that. Maybe because I am the father of three grown adults? Maybe because I was a high school coach? Maybe because I […]



The Goodbye Girl — Sgt. Tony’s blog post for 8/23/2017

Posted on Wednesday, Aug. 23rd 2017 3:44 PM| by Tony Ludlow

She regularly left fruit at my apartment door. She never knocked or rang my doorbell. She just left the little bag and disappeared. For a long time, I didn’t even know it was a “she” leaving the fruit. I had no idea who was doing it, nor why. It wasn’t until I inadvertently caught her […]



One Good Egg — 8/10/2017

Posted on Thursday, Aug. 10th 2017 3:10 PM| by Tony Ludlow

In the spring of my senior year of high school I lied to my mother and said I was camping with some buddies in the Ozark National Forest. What I actually did was drive two hours to Tulsa, Oklahoma to attend my first concert. I knew mom would say “no” if I asked, so I […]



And Oh, So Many Startlements … 7/26/2017

Posted on Wednesday, Jul. 26th 2017 3:43 PM| by Tony Ludlow

Esquire magazine’s, “What I’ve Learned,” is one of my favorite features. The piece isn’t written by magazine staffers. Instead it’s written by famous non-staffers, guys like Robert De Nero, Bruce Springsteen, Brad Pitt, and Colin Powell. I’m expecting Esquire to call me soon for my contribution since I’ve reached the “Sage Age.” But until that […]



Do You Know Joe?

Posted on Saturday, May. 20th 2017 11:18 AM| by Tony Ludlow

Let’s make some money! We’ll have to be a little unethical, white lies mostly, maybe a little slight of hand. It won’t hurt anyone. Not really. In fact, it might actually be kind of good for them. Here’s what we’ll do. We’ll develop a nutritional supplement. Maybe a pill or a drink or something to […]



The Fitness World Is Setting You Up For Failure — 4/26/2017

Posted on Wednesday, Apr. 26th 2017 11:52 AM| by Tony Ludlow

Do you struggle with not feeling good about your body, your progress, and your results in the gym? Chances are you’re looking at the wrong goals, and because of this you are constantly feeling unaccomplished, which leads to feelings of failure and never getting to where you want to be, it becomes extremely challenging to […]



“Watermelon, Watermelon, Watermelon Rind …”

Posted on Saturday, Apr. 22nd 2017 3:11 PM| by Tony Ludlow

My professor asked the class last night about scoreboards. “How do you keep score in your life, in your profession, in your organization? How do you know if you’re winning? How do you define ‘winning’?” Who can forget Charlie Sheen’s crazy video rants from a few years ago? “WINNING!” became a catchword for a while, […]



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