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Forest, Virginia, United States
A long time ago, my sophomore English teacher, Father William Campbell, saw something in my writing and predicted that I would someday become a newspaper columnist. He suggested the perfect title for my column--"Leaves of the Palm." Now that I have a little extra time on my hands I've decided to put Father Campbell's prediction to the test. I'm going to start using this blog site not just to reprint opinion pieces I've published elsewhere but to try to get more of my ideas and opinions out there. Feedback is welcome. To find out more about me, please check out my Web site: www.EdwardFPalm.com (Click on any of the photos below for an enlarged view.)

Friday, July 27, 2012

The American Hamlet of the 1970s

I took a bit of a turn to the right in my current column.  --EFP
The U.S. wimped out in the Iran Hostage Crisis

Friday, July 13, 2012

War by Remote Control

My current column is informed by some vivid memories of a "friendly fire" incident I went through in Vietnam.  --EFP    War by Remote Control

Monday, July 2, 2012

Grads: Despite plans, life happens. Be open to it.

I forgot to post a link to my previous column, my advice to grads:  Despite plans, life happens. Be open to it. --EFP

American Exceptionalism Reconsidered

Here is a link to my latest column:  American Exceptionalism Reconsidered.  For the most part, it has been very well received.  But I remain amazed at the vehemence of the people who would revise American history to make us a Christian nation and to deny that our founding fathers ever intended to erect a "wall of separation between church and state" (Jefferson).  Some wag--I forgot whom--once called on President Obama to "build back this wall."  I wish I had thought of that.  --EFP