Sergeant Tony's Blog

Goodbye Yellow Brick Road — Sgt. Tony Ludlow, blog post for 12/30/2016

Posted on Friday, Dec. 30th 2016 3:22 PM| by Tony Ludlow

Relevance. Significance. Purpose. About two years ago, maybe longer, those three words started showing up. Regularly. They reappeared in my life like a letter I’d written to myself from a long time ago. At first, the 3 appeared like extras in a movie. You know? You consciously see the extras but you only give them […]

Let’s Eat Pancakes!

Posted on Monday, Dec. 19th 2016 4:21 PM| by Tony Ludlow

“Pick up one dumbbell with your right hand, we’re going to start up Jim Steiner’s wood-chipper!” If you’ve been on the Quarterdeck, even for a week, you’ve heard me say this. Most of you only know Jim Steiner’s name from the exercise I call “Starting Up Jim Steiner’s Wood-chipper.” But often someone new to the […]

Body and Soul — announcement for 12/11/2016

Posted on Sunday, Dec. 11th 2016 3:11 PM| by Tony Ludlow

Last week I announced something unique for December. With the exception of Tuesday’s workout, I’ll leave 3 to 5 minutes at the end of each workout for meditation and prayer. We’ve been doing this on Thursdays for years, but for December (and maybe beyond) we’ll do this at the end of the Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, […]

Hide & Seek — Sgt. Tony Ludlow, blog post for 10/1/2016

Posted on Saturday, Oct. 1st 2016 9:41 AM| by Tony Ludlow

Hiding from me, they retreat behind grocery store aisles and dash around Target end caps. At intersections in traffic, they duck down in their cars and pretend to adjust the settings on the radio. At the Malco, they quickly scamper off to their theaters and hope I didn’t see them. At the bookstore, they put […]

Protected: 27th Buffalo Runners Half Marathon Revised Training Guide — Fall/Winter 2016

Posted on Friday, Sep. 23rd 2016 1:06 PM| by Tony Ludlow

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A Momentary Lapse of Reason — Sgt. Tony Ludlow, blog post for 9/22/2016

Posted on Thursday, Sep. 22nd 2016 2:14 PM| by Tony Ludlow

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are headed for divorce. Are you OK with this news? Have you been sad? Have you scheduled some time with your therapist to talk you down from the ledge of this tragedy? Though I make light of it, doesn’t the end of a celebrity marriage make us feel a certain […]

Art for Art’s Sake — Sgt. Tony Ludlow, blog post for 9/7/2016

Posted on Wednesday, Sep. 7th 2016 2:47 PM| by Tony Ludlow

At the end of my 10th grade year in high school, straitened circumstances forced me to move from Fort Smith, Arkansas, where I’d lived my whole life, to El Paso, Texas. My parents had divorced some years before and my father was living in El Paso with his wife and my two younger half-brothers. My […]

No Boot Camp on Labor Day 2016!

Posted on Sunday, Sep. 4th 2016 10:36 AM| by Tony Ludlow

Enjoy your holiday! See you Tuesday at Christ Methodist Church!

What Would Smedley Do? — blog post of Sgt. Tony Ludlow, 9/2/2016

Posted on Friday, Sep. 2nd 2016 1:39 PM| by Tony Ludlow

As a veteran, I’ve been asked to respond to the Colin Kaepernick affair. Here are my thoughts. When my kids were little, I’d play the “so what?” game and the “why” game with them. I wanted them to question things. (I wasn’t exactly wanting them to question ME though … but they did.) They were […]

Big Endings — Sgt. Tony Ludlow, blog post for 8/25/2016

Posted on Thursday, Aug. 25th 2016 9:26 PM| by Tony Ludlow

You’ve probably never heard of Jerry O’Keefe, or “Jeremiah” as was on his birth certificate, unless you were from Biloxi. At 21 years of age, Jerry did something truly amazing, something extraordinary, something that had never been done before. On April 22, 1945 he shot down 5 Japanese planes, making him an ACE in one […]

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