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Therapeutic War Stories: An Introduction

In his course on book writing, Bill O’Hanlon first has his students go through a series of exercises to help focus the process. I have combined the first exercises into the following paragraphs: 889 more words

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Caveat Lector

Yes, I’m alive, and yes, so much for the “1K a Day” flash pieces, I know, I know…

I can blame my absence on many easy targets—work, kids, flu shots, polar vortices, the usual, all true—but I actually do have two legitimate reasons as well, believe it or not. 1,882 more words

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Amicus Optimus

“Diamonds Will Safeguard the Next Generation of US Soldiers,” Mashable announced on my Facebook page, assuring me, as only the “top resource” of “digital culture” can, that (at least for now) we may have the “upper hand” in the battle over our soldiers’ bodies. 182 more words

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1K a Day

So much has changed in the past year. There could have been so many words.

So how about a challenge to myself: although I will continue to write longer essays, each day I will try to write no more than 1000 characters about my life, my thoughts, my emotions concerning the men and women whom I have the privilege to serve. 109 more words

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Editors' Pick of the Year 2013, Best of WordPress: Thank You!

Yesterday afternoon, I received an email referring to the following blog post:

This week, our editors dove into the archives to find and rediscover notable posts published this year on WordPress.com, from nonfiction to poetry, and photography to illustration.

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Semper Silouan

I got out of Nashville quite late this past Monday, so I was heading into a long trip up I-65. It turned out not too badly, though, all said and done. 1,023 more words

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To Err Is Human, To Forgive Is Gary Cooper

I’m not sure that even now he fully understands the impact of his presence, this soldier, notwithstanding our having discussed it several times. Of average height and very strong build, he, to be fair, would not necessarily stand out on an Army base filled with men of such description, if all you were to do were to view him in a still pose, standing or sitting. 1,363 more words

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