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Abusive Practices at Church

I can’t help but wonder if when John the Baptist started preaching and dunking people in the water, and then some guy named Jesus started walking through the country being kind to the downtrodden, were they seen as cult-leaders (whatever the ancient equivalent term may have been)? Both had followers that believed wholeheartedly in things […]

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You earned the title Veteran. Wear it with pride.

As a woman veteran, I find it all steps in the right direction that there are now posters all over the VA about women vets, and there’s a specific clinic specializing in my needs, and when I have a mammogram everything is pink, including the woman’s calendar that is given to me as a free […]

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The Healing Power of Windows

Over the last few months, I have done a whole lot of reflection on my time in the military. Things happened that I’m not proud of how I handled; things happened that I had no real control of, because I was young and had no frame of reference to make decisions; and things affected me […]

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Sometimes, A Different Perspective Can Help You Climb Out Of The Darkness

I wrote a book review over at Old Musty Books this morning about a book that touched me to my very core. It was a difficult review to write, because how does one review a book that had a profound impact in a very personal way? I’ve mentioned before I’m a veteran. I am also a veteran […]

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Garett Reppenhagen: Chris Kyle’s war was not my war

I almost never embed videos here, but I thought this one was pretty interesting. Its an interview with Garett Reppenhagen, who has told the American Sniper story from a different perspective than Chris Kyle’s. As a veteran who deals with her own traumas from her military service, it’s incredibly important that we are not just […]

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Please Don’t Thank Me for My Service

This is an important article, whether you agree with the sentiments or not. Truly, it doesn’t matter if you disagree or not – today’s vets feel this way; so it matters. The most important action you can take to thank a vet is to pay attention to what’s going on in the world and realize […]

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The Under-Served Veterans of the American Territories

When I was a young sailor finishing up my A School, I thought Guam or Reykjavik Iceland were the two duty stations I really wanted to be stationed. See, I joined the Navy to see the world, and while I knew I probably wouldn’t get to do too much traveling from either Guam or Iceland, […]

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The Difficult Conversations Not Being Had About Game of Thrones

I think the perspective of both articles below is really interesting. I would like to direct your attention to an article from the telegraph that surmises the sexual violence and misogyny in Game of Thrones is good for women and then another article from Entertainment Weekly where the actress who plays Brienne of Tarth, Gwendoline Christie gives her […]

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The Problem with Outrage about Sexual and Religious Discrimination in Other Parts of the World

The NY Times wrote an article titled, ISIS Enshrines a Theology of Rape. I was sickened, horrified and outraged. But then I got to thinking, there’s a bigger story here than just the detailed accounts of rape.  One can take the religious writings of their particular flavor of religion, and morph them into stating whatever they want. […]

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Viewing Nicki Minaj Differently

Let me preface this with: I know very little about Nicki Minaj, other than if I was asked about the artists that dress the most outlandish, I’d name her and Lady Gaga; and I’d do so with the respect of understanding they know how to stand out from the rest. Honestly, I couldn’t tell you […]

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