Becoming Resilient

I recently taught my six- and eight-year-olds how to play Nintendo Mario Kart, and I gave them some valuable lessons on how to be better and play the game well. One of those things I was teaching them was to look ahead on their screen and know the map and the road they’re on. You…

Afghanistan, a Catastrophe

America‚Äôs rapid abandonment of Afghanistan will go down in the history books as a bungled mess on par with our withdrawal of Vietnam in the 1970s. This drawdown cheered on in some aspects by both political parties led to a one-and-a-half-week takeover by the Taliban, which experts thought would happen on a timeline of about…

The Vulnerability of Life

In the late Summer of 2010, I came upon my first poignant realization of the fear of death. I was preparing to leave the States for a deployment to Afghanistan, and all signs were pointing to it being a very active and remote section of the country where heavy combat was likely. I had just…

D-Day + 27375

War is hell, there’s no doubt about it, and the further away we get from days like today in history the more we will forget. For it is in our nature regardless of books, movies, and stories to do so for eventually our graves, go unkept. I used to be a warrior shrouded in the…