A veteran’s shattered soul needs more than flowers

A veteran’s shattered soul needs more than flowers

A veteran’s shattered soul needs more than flowers I heard it firstThe hummingbirdThen saw it Backlit by the setting sun it hoveredSnatching insects from the airMy hardened heart thus openedIt’s message given and received Shattered souls and hummingbirdsMore...
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...
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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