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The Things We Carry

  • May 29, 2017

Memorial day blog

I hold onto the moments. Like some sort of magic, I think I might loose. I get lost inthem sometimes, and I think I’m learning that’s okay. Because, at least once a day, Iget to talk to you. All of you. I get to laugh at your jokes and tell you how stupid youare. I get to wish secretly that...

  • February 06, 2017


This month, my son is home. He recently graduated from basic training in San Diego, California, as a United States Marine. I cannot, nor would I ever think that it would be possible to, convey to you how wonderful this feeling is, unless you have gone through it yourself. I was not prepared. Big surprise, right? That is not really...

  • January 23, 2017

Happy New Year

“These are the days of miracle and wonder…” Paul Simon   This time of year is always amped with anticipation. Christmas has come and gone, and, in many cases, is still going for many. Friends and family have either gotten what they wanted, or have leisurely gone and gotten themselves what they aptly missed out on the day the big...

  • November 14, 2016

Gravel and Armor

The gravel and dirt crunch below our feet like old snow in March. A cloud of vapor hovers over us, as our warm breath gathers together for one last stand against the cold. It is dawn, and the sun hasn’t beat the moon yet, or wiped away the dark blue of early morning. It’s a quiet walk up hill, only...

  • October 17, 2016

Blog 2

I was telling my friend, John, who is a US Air Force Vet that he was only kind-a-sort of in the service; on account of him being in the Air Force. He smirked, and tossed back at me that I was National Guard, ‘Nuff said. In our timeless service on service jaw jacking that is enduring to the members of...