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“You will never do anything in this world without courage. It is the greatest quality of the mind next to honor." - Aristotle

Divinity of Forgiveness

We see nobility in someone's ability to forgive another. We admire it. There is far less discussion and admiration regarding someone's ability to forgive himself. For a warrior who necessarily struggles with balancing justice and forgiveness, forgiving oneself for a past reflecting horrors and failings is tantamount to torture. So we wrap the wound in the gauze of dark humor and apply the pressure of anger and self-resentment. We project it, burden others with it, and avoid mirrors. It's a survival instinct battling against the guilt of surviving. A warrior has bravery in his veins, thriving on the opportunity to let it course through his body. Courage... courage hurts worse than the wound.


August 2011

Teddy Bear

Trivia nugget: the red shirt and blue shorts in this photo is exactly what I was wearing at the auction when I bought him.


July, 2011

Danger Zone

These are the actual photos/videos mentioned in the story. They were all taken before the paddock became a mud wrestling pit.


August, 2011

Boot Camp

I remember my Boot Camp being somewhat more... energetic. I absolutely don't remember falling asleep in the middle of drill and ceremonies. Although, I do remember falling asleep standing up at SERE. And of course, any serviceman worth his salt can fall asleep anywhere, anytime, in any conditions, on command. In that regard, Honor is a card-carrying member of the E-4 Mafia.

August, 2011


Here it is. The evidence. The horse that wouldn't let us touch him, the un-approachable monster. This is what courage looks like.


Insightful side stories, mindless meanderings, dog pics, and a one-stop shop on how to dad while knowing nothing.

Occasionally I say things. @ me, and I'm 47% more likely to say things.

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I too, like 4 billion others, am quick to sign over my privacy to conflicted, untrustworthy mega-institutions capable of mass manipulation.