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Chaplain’s Corner: Mystery & Confusion

Posted July 26, 2012 by Lt. Cmdr. Timothy Power

I recently visited the Grand Canyon’s North Rim, and I saw mystery as I looked over the rim down into the immense, eroded and multicolored scenery before me. I am fond of the writings of John Muir, and when he described such places as the Grand Canyon he wrote that it is emotionally healthy to…

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The Legacy of Amanda Kimbrough

Posted September 13, 2012 by Courtesy to the Desert Warrior

Amanda Kimbrough, a mother in Alabama, tested positive for methamphetamines after the birth, and 19 minutes later, death, of her son Timmy, Jr. Following this, her daughters were removed from her custody, and she was charged and convicted with chemical endangerment of a child, a Class-A felony due to the death of the child. Problems…

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Chaplain’s Corner: “Seasons of Preparation”

Posted March 29, 2012 by Lt. Greg Woodard

During a time of reflection earlier this week, I was listening to some music. The artist happened to be beginning her career when I first moved to Minnesota after spending several years on active duty in the Marine Corps. I remember those early years in Minnesota as strangely formative and very difficult. I encountered this…

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Book Review: Soldier Dogs

Posted June 14, 2012 by Cpl. Aaron Diamant

‘Soldier Dogs, The untold story of America’s canine heroes,’ by Maria Goodavage, can almost be summed up in the title. People Magazine called it, “A moving portrait of the loyal, courageous, furry warriors who truly are enlisted man’s best…

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Textual Assault

Posted August 9, 2012 by Cpl. Sean Dennison

Texting is supposed to be an instantaneous method of communication through a mix of actual words, abbreviations and emoticons meant for quick transmission-response protocol. It can also delay and outright ruin previously made plans.  I’m guilty as anyone of using my thumbs instead of my voice to talk to people, thereby turning what could’ve been…

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You fight for it, make your vote count

Posted October 11, 2012 by Cpl. Jolene Bopp

Let’s face the facts, most politician’s do not care about young voters. Why should they, we obviously don’t care about the future of America. According to Census Current Population Survey, only half of people ages 18-24 vote. By these numbers, we are saying we do not care about which way our country goes. Let’s show…

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Chaplain’s Corner: “Incidents, Accidents, and Providence”

Posted April 26, 2012 by Lt. Jason Arant

Sometimes the BEST thing that can happen is for your plans to fall through! James Whistler painted a portrait of his mother that is quite possibly the most recognized painting in the world. Whistler had hired a model to stand in this room for the painting but when the woman failed to show up he…

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Chaplain’s Corner: “Hard Times”

Posted July 12, 2012 by Lt. Greg Woodard

In the Christian scriptures, the psalmist writes that the right living person is “like a tree planted by streams of water that yields fruit in season, whose leaf does not wither, who consistently prospers.” But a few psalms later we read: “My bones are in agony. My soul is in anguish. How long, O Lord,…

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Tattoo Me: A Rumination on a Warrior Tradition

Posted August 30, 2012 by Lance Cpl. Uriel Avendano

Warriors of a time past would tattoo themselves to mark a transitional period from childhood to adulthood. Some tribal tattoos were used as a means to denote rank or social status among the tribes. Literally, pride would be worn on one’s sleeve. A footprint of past conquests or a means of identifying one’s occupation, like…

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The Main Thing

Posted November 8, 2012 by Lt. Daniel Chung

During my time in Afghanistan at Camp Dwyer, the work spaces were filled with motivational posters, advertising the motto: “Keep the Main Thing, the Main Thing.” It reminded me of what Charlotte Bronte wrote in her famous novel, Jane Eyre: “Laws and principles are not for the times when there is no temptation: they are…

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