Lt. Dan Band

Over an 18 month period a film crew, led by director Jonathan Flora, traveled with Gary Sinise and the band to film Lt. Dan Band: For the Common Good. July 4th is the start of unique 30-day online event. When viewers stream the film at, one out of every four dollars will be donated to The Gary Sinise Foundation, which honors our nation’s defenders through programs and projects that serve our military, veterans, first responders and their families, as well as by supporting other charities such as the USO, Operation International Children and Snowball Express.


Tiny Superheroes Inflict Kindness on Strangers

MISSOULA, MT – Super Cooper cannot sling webs. He does not pilot an invisible airplane, communicate telepathically with sea creatures or leap tall buildings in a single bound.

Super Cooper does possess a guileless enthusiasm, a proper red superhero’s cape and an open-book approach to reporters not usually found in men of steel.

He readily told a reporter about his latest act of derring-do-good. “We saw someone next door and we said hi. And we gave him flowers. And we tell him he could come to our school.” We managed to extract the name of Super Cooper’s favorite fellow caped crusader, Eliza, before Super Cooper handed the phone to his preschool teacher and returned to his toys.

Cooper Spataro, 3, and his classmates at Missoula Community School in Missoula, Montana, are superheroes of kindness, performing weekly acts of good will that include cleaning school windows and delivering paper flowers to residents of an assisted living community.

Teacher Kristal Burns came up with the concept after hearing about Laura Miller, aka Secret Agent L. Ms. Miller performs frequent small acts of kindness using her secret agent pseudonym, leaving small notes and treats in public places for passers-by to discover.

She encourages others to embrace the random good deed.

“I was intrigued,” Kristal said. “We were talking about how wonderful it would be to teach the kids to do that. At the same time, we love superheroes and we want to be superheroes, but superheroes often hit and punch. Why don’t we be superheroes of kindness?” The kids loved the idea, even after their teacher explained that they would not be fighting bad guys; even after she told them that they could not “fly” on slick ice, only on dry pavement; and especially after a crafty parent fashioned capes for the entire class.

Kristal’s students, who range from 3 to 5 years old, most recently took part in the mission Cooper described.

The superheroes’ acts usually benefit those outside school walls. One of the primary goals of the kindness effort is to encourage development of empathy, sometimes in short supply among preschoolers who don’t want to give up their truck, their doll or their purple crayon.

Since the kids became superheroes, Kristal has noticed a change. “It has made a world of difference,” she said. Bickering is on the wane; helping is on the rise. We’re not telling them that they have to help someone who needs help, but now they just see it.” Unexpectedly, the small superheroes have spawned adult sidekicks in their community explained Kristal: “They’re getting these random letters from people…. Can we go on a mission with you?” “They’re not too small to make a difference.

That’s been a really neat outcome of this. They’re just being their kind selves, and people are so thankful.”

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A Stroke of Luck…Literally

Often when something bad occurs, we don’t take the time to realize the good that may have come out of it. We’re too shrouded in our negative thinking to see beyond the tormenting situation, but often in hindsight, we see that it happened for a reason. Such is the case in this story:

There were so many things Chris Logan could have done last Fourth of July.

He could have slept in. He could have hung around his apartment and gone out later for a holiday barbecue. One item pretty far down his list that day was to walk around Aronimink Golf Club in 95-degree heat for several hours watching the final round of competition in the AT&T National.

Eventually, his love of the game combined with the lure of tickets, and Logan traveled to the golf course with a friend. But he had his day cut short when a tee shot from Sean O’Hair, one of his favorite players, struck him in the left temple at the 18th hole.

As emergency medical technicians hustled him to a nearby tent to be examined, Logan had no idea this would be the luckiest day of his life.

While checking him out for a concussion, a doctor inquired about a lump just below his throat and urged him to visit his family doctor to get it checked out. The lump turned out to be a malignant tumor on his thyroid. He underwent two surgeries less than six weeks after being struck by the ball.

Almost one year after it happened, Logan, who now is cancer-free, finally got to meet and shake hands Tuesday with O’Hair at Waynesborough Country Club, where O’Hair and fellow Tour player Hunter Mahan were giving a junior golf clinic.

“Sorry,” O’Hair said as the two men shook hands.

“Thank you,” Logan said, almost at the same time.

“We had a little battle on what to say,” said Logan, 25, of West Chester. “He hit me in the head and then helped me out with the cancer diagnosis. So that was pretty funny. He’s a really nice guy, glad to finally meet him.”

The 28-year-old O’Hair, who also lives in West Chester, called the whole episode “something cool to be involved with.

“You feel bad about hitting him, but yet you feel good that he found out about the cancer, found it early, and got it worked on,” he said. “It’s a cool experience.”



Chris Logan says fate put him in front of Sean O’Hair (left) (CLEM MURRAY / Staff Photographer)


What is the Patriot Guard Riders?

The Patriot Guard Riders is a diverse amalgamation of riders from across the nation.  We have one thing in common besides motorcycles.  We have an unwavering respect for those who risk their very lives for America’s freedom and security.  If you share this respect, please join us.

We don’t care what you ride or if you ride, what your political views are,or whether you’re a hawk or a dove.  It is not a requirement that you be a veteran.  It doesn’t matter where your’e from or what your income is; you don’t even have to ride.  The only prerequisite is RESPECT.

Our main mission is to attend the funeral services of fallen American heroes as invited guests of the family.  Each mission we undertake has two basic objectives:

1.  Show our sincere respect for our fallen heroes, their families, and their communities.

2.  Shield the mourning family and their friends from interruptions created by any protestor or group of protestors.

We accomplish the latter through strictly legal and non-violent means.

To those of you serving and fighting for freedoms of others, at home and abroad, please know that we are backing you.  We honor and support you with every mission we carry out, and we are praying for a safe return home for all.

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The Ford Thunderbird

Do you remember the Ford Thunderbird?  Way back in the 1960’s when I was still in high school, I drove a 1959 Thunderbird.  It was one sweet car.  I used to call it my Thunderchicken.  Okay,so I was young at the time.  For my final project in my Flash Animation class a couple of semesters ago, I built a complete Flash website that was dedicated to the Ford Thunderbird.  Check it out at  I hope you enjoy it.