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Lessons from Achilles the Monster

Achilles, the most renowned warrior in Western culture. The hero of the Trojan War. The monster. On the off chance you have no...

The Gold Coast of Africa Pt. III: Slave Castle and Homecoming

Before going home, Phyllis took our team to see a place I’d never forget. From Cape Coast, we ventured West past thatched-roof...

Quit Tomorrow

Most people have heard sayings like “You are the sum of the five people you spend the most time with.”...

Authenticity

Books and movies—the military kind. Do you watch them? Read them? Today we’re going to talk about them, and how the facts...

Ghosts

Buried in my Facebook notifications is a ten-year-old friend request from a ghost. A high school friend who battled internal demons for...

Self Talk

We’ve all got a running commentary in our heads throughout much of the day--scientists call it an internal monologue. During intensely challenging...

It Got Old: From a GWOT Amputee

I was once a patient at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. I was then, as I am now, what is known as...

Compartmentalization

Compartmentalization is the practice of mentally setting things aside that are unnecessary or counterproductive to your immediate purpose.  Think of a soldier who has to...

Survivor’s Guilt 2.0

I found out a few days ago that one of the Marines I served with died. A year ago. His old squad...

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