Category: War

Carry me home

Jason Shelton, an American soldier, was on my plane to Greenville last night. I hadn’t slept in two days. I’d left my hotel 22 hours before. My back and neck were knotted up. I...

Second grade soldier

My son learned to roller skate less than 48 hours ago. He’d be ashamed to admit it, but there were tears at first, but then lots of skating. Twenty-four hours earlier, I took him...

To the victims of 9/11: I’m sorry

I honor the memory of the heroes and innocents who died ten years ago on September 11, 2001. I honor their bravery, their sacrifice, and their families and friends. Whether by chance or by...

Worth a thousand nightmares

The kid on his way to UVA barely existed–he’d been chopped in half at the waist and burned down to a crusty black skeleton. The man with the case of beer died about two...

Remember today…

…the thousands of people who died on 9-11-01 and every one of their family and friends who carry a burden most of us cannot understand… …the fear, one so powerful it rolled in waves...

Memorial Day 2010

I arrived at the airport early because I was hopping on an international flight, because thunderstorms were already delaying the outbounds to Atlanta, and because nearly nine years ago, a few religious extremists flew...

Still asking why

During the last Presidential administration, I used the word “why” a lot. Now that the guy I supported is in office, it would be pretty ridiculous of me to stop asking. So, when a...

Hope, again

This many years later, I still can’t help but find hope in this photo.

Interrogate this

“Really!?!? We’re investigating whether the CIA told the 9/11 mastermind they were going to kill his kids? Liberals are wimps.” –Twitter post of my most conservative friend (who can out himself in the comments...

Remember

Photo credit: I wish I knew. It’s been reposted on the internet so many times, I can’t find the original source. So, thanks.

At ease, soldier

I had a number of things I wanted to write about today, but nothing seems more important than this. My buddy Daly is now officially at ease. That’s him today with his discharge papers....

Coming home

I’ve been on the road for ten days or so. I just got home and unpacked the car when I realized I’m leaving again in five days for what is essentially two weeks on...

Envelope please

I’ve mentioned my buddy’s blog before. I’m sure I’ll mention it again. He writes one of the best military blogs out there. If you read nothing else today, read his story from Iraq: KIDS....