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mdr. Charles Maxwell, USN-Ret., spent more than 25 years as a surface warfare officer before shifting his focus to a combination of mechanical engineer- ing, artistic expression, and fine woodwork- ing — hardwood clock making. Since his 2006 retirement, he slowly has gained notoriety and even designed a clock for talk radio host Glenn Beck. How long does one clock take? It gets faster every time because I’ve ironed out some of the technicalities. But it takes me at least a month and a half to do one. If I were to switch to an assembly-line operation, I could produce between 300 and 400 clocks a year. But that’s a big jump for me because I have to fig- ure out if there is a demand. You build these clocks on com- mission? Yes. These are one-of- a-kind serialized and functional works of art. Clocks can range from $1,000 to $12,000 depending on the materials and the amount of effort that goes into building [them]. Was this a longtime goal for you? There’s always been an ele-


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FILM FROM PHILADEL- PHIA TO FALLUJAH (Sweet Prince Productions, 2011) The Army-Navy football game is one of the most storied sports rivalries. In 2001, the game took on additional mean- ing. With the Sept. 11, 2001, attack fresh on their


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VETERANS (American Management Association, 2011) Author and military transition expert Emily King gives real-world examples, practical models, and savvy advice in this book of in- sight and tools intended to help civilian employers re- cruit and retain veterans.


AUDIOBOOK HOME FRONT (Macmillan Audio, 2012) Author Kristin Hannah explores the sacrifices of one American family and il- luminates the costs of honor, duty, and love in this audiobook narrated by Maggi-Meg Reed. MO


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ment of passion [for] clock making in me. When my wife and I were on our honeymoon in 1982 after I had just been commissioned, I saw a beautiful all-wooden clock in Cape Cod. I turned to my wife and I said, “At some point in my life I am going to build a beautiful clock like that for you.” What’s the best compliment you’ve received? A mechanical en- gineer looked at my clocks and asked, “Just how do you do it?” I thought, Wow. Here’s a highly- trained engineer with a master’s degree, and he’s asking me, the naval officer, how this stuff works. That was great. — Andrew Abernathy


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