Some 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?
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…
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.
In the hunt for masculinity and being a better man, there is, unfortunately, no escaping the politics associated with “Masculinity.” We often hear politicians bickering back and forth, claiming that one has moor hutzpah than the other (read: bigger balls) and the debates go ad infinitum. This can readily be seen in New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. Christie is a man known for his “bullying tactics,” both in rhetoric and actions. But more than just Christie, it shows the divisive, bullying, trying-to-be-masculine-but-not-really, nature that politics has taken.
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Dear Politicians: The 1950′s called. They want their masculinity back.
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Top 5 war and veterans articles of 2013.
It’s that time of the year again, to look at all we’ve accomplished (or failed to accomplish) in the passing year. In the army, this is similar to doing an After Action Review (AAR) whereas after completing a mission, everyone mentions what they think went well and what needs improvement. For the new War & Veterans section of GMP, these articles are some of what has gone well…
5) Soldiers and PTSD, Part 1: Going Vegan
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The Top Five Good Men Project War and Veterans Articles of 2013
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Wounded Warriors return to war for a proper farewell.
Here’s what happens when a soldier is injured in battle: his friends give suppressive fire while a medic runs over and gives battlefield care, pressure dressing, tourniquet, etc; then the soldier is brought to a combat support hospital (either through vehicle or helicopter); the soldier is rushed through the E.R. and then straight into the O.R. (unless there’s a mass casualty situation, in that case, the soldier is tucked away while waiting his turn to be operated on); then once the soldier is stabilized, he is sent by helicopter to a military hospital in Germany; afterwards, once he is further stabilized, he is sent to a hospital in the United States.
Experience war through a soldier’s letter home.
War is war. No matter which side you’re on and what you’re fighting for. The experience is always the same. That’s what was running through my mind as I watched the following video by Australian soldier Tom Abood. The video, titled HONI SOIT QUI MAL Y PENSE (which is an Anglo-Norman phrase that can be translated to “Shamed be he who thinks evil of it”), placed third in the Australian Tropfest film competition.
Iraq War veteran Michael Anthony talks about battling bullies. Make sure to watch the bully experiment video at the end.
Several years back, I was going for a walk around my neighborhood—one of my usual weekly routines—and as I turned a corner on one particular day, I saw a man and woman struggling in front of me. I wasn’t sure what was going on between them until I saw the man pull back and punch the woman. I immediately ran over as she fell to the ground. They were still yelling as she fell. She was his wife, and apparently he had hit her before.
Nelson Mandela, one of the greatest men of modern times. His autobiography Long Walk To Freedom is one my favorite books, and some might recall its influence on me in Iraq, and its reference in Mass Casualties.
His death is a great loss.
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