Saturday, August 22, 2009


… Dawn spilled over the valley of Stoneton. Even from this distance you could hear the sounds of the villagers working feverishly at their tasks, farming, cutting timber, and mining. The army of Lord Stanless had marched some two days ago hoping to secure more resources and the contingent left behind to guard the city seemed ready for anything. Soldiers practiced their craft and in preparation for what they knew would surely come…

The scout signaled his team. The time was right. The force left behind was no match for Ragnar’s army… Stoneton would fall this day and its bounty would be a boon to the empire! As he turned to mount his horse, an arrow caught him between the shoulder blades. As the world turned black aound him, he wondered if he had earned his place in the hallowed Hall of Heroes in, EVONY…

Welcome to the world of EVONY. You and your friends will take small bands of settlers and raise up an empire. Make alliances, discover new technologies, and develop the greatest cities ever seen! But beware your survival is never guaranteed and danger lurks in every un-explored valley.

EVONY is my newest addiction. As those of you who know me are aware, I am an avid gamer. I have played EverQuest, World of War Craft and nearly every strategy game ever written for PC. I love this game and I know you will too.

EVONY combines strategy and economics in a massive persistent multi-player world. If you enjoy games like CIV you will love the game-play and personal interactions in EVONY.

I am currently playing on Servers 33 and 50. I have been playing for about 3 weeks and can’t get enough. Matt A introduced Matt B and myself to the game. We are hoping to get our Facebook friends, former guild-mates from WoW and EQ to join us.

You can meet our main accounts on Server 33, in the state of Burgundy and we are members of the Unbroken. We are Unbrken6 alliance. My account name is Stanless, Matt A is Advocate023, and Matt B is Poppa. Send an in-game mail to skellington; he is our guild leader. Just let him know you are a friend of ours and you are in. Our guild is one of the top on the server and a better group of people cannot be found anywhere.

The game is fun, the people are great and you can’t loose with us on your team… So, what are you slackers waiting for? Click the link below and help us get some major pwnage going…

Sign up and remember to get on Server 33 on the continent of Burgundy. See you there!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

En Memoriam: Dr. Antonio De la Cruz, MD

I hardly can fathom
That you’ve really gone
It is hard to imagine
The end of your song

You appeared indestructible
A man with out peer
Living life to it’s fullest
No uncertainty or fear

Hands blessed by God
Vision and insight so rare
Certainty, depth of wisdom
Skill beyond compare

Lifting my cup
In celebration and salute
Following your example
Integral and resolute

We'll say now, farewell
No, never good-bye
In our hearts and minds
Forever alive

I recently heard that Dr. Antonio De la Cruz, MD passed away. My ex-wife and his daughter, Jeannette, called me with the news. I cannot adequately express my personal sadness nor sufficiently extend my condolences to his family. Jeannette and Anthony, your father loved you both more than anything and through everything he knew you loved him too.

Dr. De la Cruz was a role model in so many ways. He embodied hard work, integrity, dignity, and a fearless pursuit of life. I will not seek to deify nor saint him but he did miraculous things with his gifts. The good Dr. knew, as well as any man, the foibles and pitfalls of life. He lived life on his terms and made no apologies for being who he was. It was these characteristics that made me admire him more than any man I have ever personally known.

Dr., I will miss you. I was proud to be your son-in-law. Even though I had not seen you in quite some time your example has driven me to seek the world and all of its experiences. I know that today God and the angels hear our prayers a little more clearly. Gracias por todo doctor.

Sunday, August 2, 2009


So much is made of rock stars
While they treat life like a game
Too often forgotten are those
Who live and die in freedom’s name

We all learned through
Your joys and your tragedies
That the light of hope can shine bright
For all the world to see

An example proudly displayed
Endurance, strength, and resolve
That not even the treachery of dictators
Could ever successfully dissolve

Honesty, courage, and honor
Are your legacies
You sacrificed so much
In the name of liberty

Reunited at last
In God and Ninoy’s arms
Rest well sweet spirit
Away from this cruel world and all its harm

I am moved to tears by the passing of Maria Corazon "Cory" Cojuangco Aquino (January 25, 1933 – August 1, 2009). She and her husband Benigno “Ninoy” Servillano Aquino, Jr. (November 27, 1932 – August 21, 1983), were shinning examples of leadership and embodied the price of freedom. To the Aquino family, my Filipino(a) friends, and the freedom loving people of the Philippines, I offer my sincere condolences and respect.