Building Spiritual Strength

Building Spiritual Strength

The tradition of Building Spiritual Strength was a gift to me from the animal kingdom and laid the groundwork for future therapy. Retelling the event will sound like a fantasy, but it did happen. It was a day like all the others, I was hiking, trying to escape the...
Love Breaks the Chain of Violence

Love Breaks the Chain of Violence

Love breaks the chain of violence. My experience as an infantry sergeant in the Vietnam War has blessed me with the belief that It is not enough to feel compassion and love. I must be compassionate and perform acts of love because love breaks the chain of violence....
Kill List

Kill List

Forty-one men on the Kill List were targeted by drone strikes. 1147 people were killed, and six of the targets are still alive. The military calling drone strikes surgical is absurd. In the case of Baitullah Mehsud,  seven drone strikes were made, and 164 people were...
My Mom, my Dad and Me

My Mom, my Dad and Me

It was deep in the winter of 1995. Mom was at the end of a long illness. She was dying. We called for the parish priest. He came and administered last rites. When the priest left, I was sitting with Mom, and she said, “I must be pretty bad if the priest came. I must...
Moral Injury – an Indelible Trauma

Moral Injury – an Indelible Trauma

Killing in combat is inevitable. In the Vietnam War, it was a priority. “Body count” was the order of the day every day. To kill a fellow human is unnatural. The result of overcoming that moral aversion and killing a man is a – moral injury – an indelible trauma – a...

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