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  • Blog
    Mon, 6 Feb 2017
    ArticleThe Real America

    It’s been a whirlwind couple of weeks since the inauguration of Donald J. Trump as Forty-Fifth President of the United States. The new President has signed the most executive orders in the shortest time period since Franklin Roosevelt in 1933, at the height of the Great Depression. The issues addressed by these executive orders... more...

  • Blog
    Mon, 30 Jan 2017
    ArticleHomeward Bound

    I return from an active duty tour to find that my house is no longer my home I open my door to my house and there is another family living in it They tell me they have been renting it for two months I cannot find my wife and kids I do not know where to look I had a life when I left I had friends when I left They do not feel like... more...

  • Blog
    Thu, 26 Jan 2017
    ArticleSome Words

    Some words that have crossed my mind... more...

  • Blog
    Mon, 23 Jan 2017
    ArticleIgnorance of My Peers

    As I sit in a guard tower in a Balkan country, I wonder what my life would be like if I had attended college instead of joining the military. I think of the man I am today, back to the boy I was around seven years ago; who my friends were compared to who they are now; what’s important to me today compared to years past. I often... more...

  • Blog
    Mon, 23 Jan 2017
    ArticleHumanizing Obamacare

    It was a beautiful wedding. Our nephew Cord was marrying his longtime sweetheart, Annie. Cord is an Eagle Scout who applies his desire to serve in the Portland, Oregon school system where he works with children with emotional challenges. Annie is Development Director at a private school. Vivacious and kind, she makes friends easily. Our... more...

  • Blog
    Fri, 20 Jan 2017
    ArticleAm I Willing to Die For Justice?

    I’ve probably heard it a thousand times now, Martin Luther King’s “Mountaintop” speech. He gave the speech in Memphis, TN the night before his assassination. It’s haunting.  Especially the end where he specifically talks about having “been to the mountaintop.”  And then it’s... more...

  • Blog
    Thu, 19 Jan 2017
    Article1000 Days and Still Missing: When Will our...

    January 8th, 2017 marked 1,000 days since 276 schoolgirls were kidnapped from school by Boko Haram in Nigeria. Some of them have since been released while others managed to escape—but 195 girls still remain in captivity. The ill-fate of the Chibok schoolgirls has come to symbolize the horror of Boko Haram’s rise and bloody... more...

  • Blog
    Mon, 16 Jan 2017
    ArticleOn Women and the Draft

    Growing up in the third wave of feminism during the 1980s, girls of my generation were taught that not only were we able to do it all, we were able to do it all without men, and that in fact, doing it without men should be our #1 goal as strong, modern young women. Men, it turned out, were mere hindrances to careers and lifestyles that... more...

  • Blog
    Thu, 12 Jan 2017
    Article“It Is Better to Light a Candle”

    During the holidays, my family was challenged by the dramatic changes brought on by end-of-life dilemmas. Such moments remind us how precious life is. The micro-reality that my family is experiencing mirrors in some ways the “macro” uncertainty that threatens so many Americans at the start of a new administration: those who... more...

  • Blog
    Wed, 11 Jan 2017
    ArticleBelieve Out Loud To Debut New Training At...

    Next week, the staff of Believe Out Loud will join more than 4,000 attendees in Philadelphia at the 29th annual Creating Change conference, which is hosted each year by the National LGBTQ Task Force.  This year, the Believe Out Loud team will debut a new training: Digital Strategies for Faithful Action.  This year's... more...