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  • Blog
    Tue, 11 Oct 2016
    ArticleWhat Happens AFTER the Election?

    We didn't think it was possible, did we? But this past weekend proved we were wrong as our Presidential campaign descended to new lows. The tone of this campaign for the highest office in our land has become unconscionable. Sadly, the tone is set at the top. On Monday morning, the front page of the San Diego Union-Tribune had a... more...

  • Blog
    Tue, 11 Oct 2016
    ArticleFacts versus Truth

    I just read a screenplay as part of the upcoming Intersections Play Reading Series (more on this to come). The film is called “Nines” and is set in a futuristic world where societal functionality seems ideal until people start to question it. A line in the script inspired me to write this blog. A student, in the midst of a... more...

  • Blog
    Fri, 7 Oct 2016
    ArticleNever the Victim

    Bridging the gap. A term veterans hear often, and yet we still continue to struggle to understand what it means to serve and what it means to be a civilian. I got out of the Marines in 2014, and after indulging in a lifestyle less than honorable — including working at strip clubs, cutting class and hanging out with less than... more...

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    Fri, 7 Oct 2016
    ArticleClass Service

    In 2013, I volunteered to support a soldier serving in Afghanistan. I am a civilian from a family whose last contribution to any war effort involved fighting Hitler and Tojo, but the lingering ramifications of 9/11 bothered me, in particular the wide gulf between the protected and our protectors. I adopted a soldier deployed to a combat... more...

  • Blog
    Fri, 30 Sep 2016
    ArticleOn Being a Student Veteran

    A transition is defined as movement, passage, or change from one position, state, stage, subject, or concept to another. For over a year, I have been living this definition. Where is my movement directed? Has my state changed, or if it does, will I fully grasp that it has? Conceptually, what does the label “student veteran”... more...

  • Blog
    Mon, 26 Sep 2016
    ArticleAll I Know is Change

    In April of 2000 I came home to my mom from the US Navy after three years of service. Earlier that year I was honorably discharged early but re-enlisted because I wanted to be in service to my country for a while longer. The transition to my new duty station was difficult and when I asked for help, I was given none. I experienced anxiety... more...

  • Blog
    Mon, 26 Sep 2016
    ArticleGun Rights for Whites Only

    Once again, Americans are confronted with a string of gut-wrenching headlines about police killing young black men, often unarmed and sometimes without apparent provocation.  Despite intense media coverage, national hand-wringing and some very positive steps taken by law enforcement, community leaders and municipal officials across... more...

  • Blog
    Mon, 26 Sep 2016
    ArticleThe Language of the Unheard

    Recently, a video of a conversation between The Daily Show host Trever Noah and rapper T.I. went viral. In the snippet, Noah presses T.I. about the content of his new song and video, “Warzone.” The controversial “War Zone” video portrays an alternate reality where a young white male who lives in the suburbs is... more...

  • Blog
    Fri, 16 Sep 2016
    ArticleA Service of Another Kind

    If someone were to ask you to define military service in America, you might conjure up images of tough soldiers and marines running into battle in some far flung country; a navy sailor on a submarine, quietly waiting as an enemy vessel passes close by; a pilot being pushed back into their seat by inhuman amounts of pressure as they... more...

  • Blog
    Mon, 12 Sep 2016
    ArticleSeptember 11, 2001, plus fifteen years

    On Sunday, the 15th anniversary of September 11, 2001, it was my sacred honor to participate in a “Faith Not Fear” interfaith gathering at Middle Collegiate Church. The event commemorated the confluence of the Muslim holy day Eid al-Adha (the Feast of the Sacrifice) with September 11 remembrances. Like everyone else in the... more...

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