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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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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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Don’t let outside opinions determine your situation

Posted July 26, 2012 by Cpl. Jolene Bopp

If you have ever told someone you are stationed in Yuma, the common response might have been, “Oh wow, that stinks.” Or something along those lines. Most Marines would probably agree, but let me provide some food for thought. As a daughter of a former master sergeant and air-winger, my dad always told me, “Every…

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Death Grips- The Money Store

Posted September 20, 2012 by Cpl. Sean Dennison

In the YOLO era of hiphop, where autotuned voices and superficial production run a muck in club-ready beats that fade in and out of memory like a boring dream, it’s comforting to know there’re still demented individuals in Sacramento, Calif., who are hellbent on laying out some of the most disturbing sounds this side of…

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Listening to Superiors

Posted December 20, 2012 by Lance Cpl. Zachary Scanlon

There is something to say about a lower enlisted Marine with an opinion, and that is they should have a limited one especially when time is of the essence. For most young Marines in the Corps words like, “We don’t pay you to think,” have been said to them on more than one occasion. There…

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Papa San

Posted May 17, 2012 by Cpl. Aaron Diamant

I love rice bowls; in fact, I might even have a slightly unhealthy obsession with them. When I first came to Yuma three years ago, I was depressed to see a total lack of Asian food places, but with a little bit of looking and recon work, I found a few. I had been told…

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Entertainment Review August 16, 2012

Posted August 16, 2012 by Cpl. Sean Dennison

Man, John Dwyer and company has just been decimating it with psychedelic rock the last few years. I’m all like, just chill out and let me breath for a minute. Their latest release, 2011’s Carrion Crawler/The Dream, included a bunch of long, constantly mutating guitar-centric numbers that I should probably review because of chronological proximity…

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Sinister

Posted October 18, 2012 by Cpl. Sean Dennison

It feels like horror movies are judged on two criteria: their capability of frightening the audience and their merit as a film, like with plot and character development and tension and stuff. Having said that, Sinister is among the best of modern horror cinema, with every scare justified and every scream satisfying. The story has…

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