Defeating Writer’s Block

So it's Monday afternoon, and I've set some time aside to write. And as is usual when I do this, the words have decided to hide themselves beneath my keys and they refuse to come out. Classic case of writer's block. So this is my attempt to coax the words out, to try to charm … Continue reading Defeating Writer’s Block

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How I Lost at Patriotism – And How We All Lose

O beautiful for heroes proved In liberating strife, Who more than self their country loved And mercy more than life! America! America! May God thy gold refine, Till all success be nobleness, And every gain divine! America: a Poem for July 4th (1911) A few years ago, I traveled back to my Ohio hometown for … Continue reading How I Lost at Patriotism – And How We All Lose

Thank You: No, Really, I Mean It

Hey all, I realize you're all in your post-2016/pre-2017 drunken stupors, because really, who wouldn't be? If I could drop in for one quick second to steal a moment of time where you could be drinking, I'd appreciate it. I've said a lot of things this year. Over fifty pieces, actually, which means that I … Continue reading Thank You: No, Really, I Mean It

A Life Well-Lived: Memorial to my Grandfather

I sat down on the chair across from my grandpa’s wheelchair. Grandpa was 97. He was smaller, more stooped than he had been, but the eyes were the same: alert, focused, interested. His hands, rested on the arms of the wheelchair, were those of a man who had spent his life working. He had just … Continue reading A Life Well-Lived: Memorial to my Grandfather

Retaking the American Narrative: A Challenge to the U.S. Army

So, the other day I was talking with a noncommissioned officer within my organization. We were having an interesting discussion about different issues facing the Army right now, when he made the somewhat alarming remark that he thinks multiculturalism is destroying this country.   This line of thinking isn't new at all; in fact it's … Continue reading Retaking the American Narrative: A Challenge to the U.S. Army

To my Cat, on the Occasion of his Parting

This wasn't supposed to be this hard to write. I'd thought about writing this weeks ago, and it all seemed to flow so well. That was before emotion got involved. See, emotion can be a blessing and a curse. It can tie your reader to your story and get them involved. But it can also … Continue reading To my Cat, on the Occasion of his Parting

Army Staff Meetings and their Corresponding Cocktails

We’ve all been there. It’s 1700 on a Friday and you’re still stuck in a meeting that began at 1300, and the S-3 still has twenty more slides to brief. What you could really use right now is a good stiff drink. Your mind wanders off to consider your options, as the monotonous drone of … Continue reading Army Staff Meetings and their Corresponding Cocktails

Guest Post: The Federal Holiday System

Today's guest post comes from  @maxplaysmusic. Max was born in Brooklyn, moved, grew up, went to college, resides in and celebrates all the crazy that is South Florida where he teaches Government at the High School level trying his best not to become "Florida Man." You can email him at max@lookaround.miami or on the tweet machine … Continue reading Guest Post: The Federal Holiday System

Star Wars: The Hope Awakens

I was born in 1986, just a few years after Return of the Jedi rounded out the original Star Wars trilogy. I recall using a broomstick and a rubber bike handle to make a light saber, with which I maintained Galactic law and order for the weeds, trees, and flowers of my parents' farm. As I grew … Continue reading Star Wars: The Hope Awakens