Happy People At War – Paulo Coelho – The Zahir

3227308827_4195007c04_oHey!  I was reading through an old Paulo Coelho book that I had lying around the house and I came across a passage that I wanted to share (no context is really needed–and emphasis added is mine):

“Yes, the answer lies in some words written by the Jesuit Teilhard de Chardin, the same man who said that our world is surround by a layer of love.  He said: ‘We can harness the energy of the winds, the seas, the sun.  But the day man learns to harness the energy of love, that will be as important as the discovery of fire.’”

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Graduated From Lesley University: MFA in Creative Writing

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So… I just graduated from Lesley University with an MFA in creative writing, and it looks like good times, and bad times, are ahead for this newly minted graduate.

The Good: Being done with school is going to be great, in a sense. No more deadlines, no more reading books that someone else chooses for me, and I’ll finally be out in the real world again with my writing–instead of waiting to finish my MFA to get back out there.

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Warrior Writers Weekend

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Had a great time with the guys and girls from Warrior Writers this weekend. The newest Warrior Writer book will be coming out soon (a collection of poetry and essays from Iraq and Afghanistan veterans). I’ve got two poems appearing in the book and I’ll post here when it’s available for sale!10450748_10152963348927907_5762046939822217016_n

 

 

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Bowe Bergdahl – Is He a Traitor?

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U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the final remaining captured American soldier, has been released.

U.S. Army soldier Bowe Bergdahl has recently been released from capture, after being held captive by Taliban insurgents for five years. The U.S. released five prisoners from Guantanamo Bay in exchange for Bergdahl.  The prisoners are: Abdul Haq Wasiq, Mullah Norullah , Khairullah Khairkhwa, Mohammed Nabi, Mohammad Fazl (all are former high ranking Taliban officials, and are straight up bad dudes).

The White House released the following statement on the matter:

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VA Scandal – Veterans Dying on Waiting List. What does it mean?

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Iraq War veteran Michael Anthony discusses the latest VA crisis and what it means for veterans and the United States.

You may have seen the story in your Facebook newsfeed, or read about it in your newspaper, online or off, or heard about it on the news, but wherever you first heard about it, it’s a big deal. Veterans, U.S. Service members, have been dying while waiting for their appointments at the VA. The inciting incident happened at a Phoenix VA where 40 veterans died while waiting for medical care. Sick people die all the time, even veterans, so what the hell then is the big deal? Well, the big deal is that these veterans suffered this fate because employees at the VA were encourages to falsify waiting list documents. The VA had even sent out a memo with tips and tricks on gaming the system and how to “get off the bad boy’s list.”

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My Daughter Pooped on Me

So…my daughter pooped on me yesterday, which I hear is common to parents, which made me realize that every1 in the world, all 7 billion of us, have pooped on at least one person in our lives. 

Good for us! 

It’s these shared experiences which bring us closer together. 

Just something to think about.

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My Writing Process

Fat Old Guy On ScaleSome friends in my grad school program are doing a “My Writing Process” blog tour and it looks like I’m up (check out their links at the end).  

1. What am I working on?

My thesis for grad school.  It’s a 50,000 word postwar memoir.  Also, a few screenplays with friends.  Some poetry here and there and, of course, that great American novel.

2. How does my work differ from others of its genre?

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The Intertwining of Music and War: Jack Leroy Tueller

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Is It Worth It To Get An MFA In Creative Writing?

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As many of you know, I’ve been enrolled in an MFA program for creative writing for the last year and a half. I’ve started my final semester now and will be graduating this summer. And now that things are working their way towards an end, I thought I should address the question that had been banging around in my head a year and a half ago: Is it worth it to get an MFA in creative writing?

The short answer is yes, and the long answer is yes … but…

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Guest Post: Low Testosterone Problems

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Most people associate low testosterone with sexual dysfunction. But in reality, a testosterone deficiency will not only affect your sex life but it will also affect other areas from your physical well-being to your mental stability. More importantly, low testosterone can potentially cause more damage to your health and lifestyle than is commonly believed. By and large, testosterone production begins to drop when men reach their late 20s. For some men an unhealthy lifestyle can be a major contributory factor, whilst other men can suffer from this problem as a result of genetics. But more frequently, this problem develops because of Mother Nature playing her part. By the time the average male reaches his late 20s, testosterone production begins to drop my up to 2% every year from thereon. Although there may not be any apparent medical benefit, your body begins to restrict testosterone production at a relatively early age. Symptoms of low testosterone can often be daunting and in some cases embarrassing. In more severe cases, the effects can also be life-threatening.

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