Archive for November, 2013

Oprah Winfrey has been taking a lot of heat lately for her “racists just need to die” comment. “‘There are still generations of people, older people, who were born and bred and marinated in it, in that prejudice and racism, and they just have to die,’ she said.” ( Many people are expressing outrage at […]

My father recently told me this story, which brought home the emotional impact of JFK’s assassination. Although I’ve heard parts of it before, I never heard this one little detail. I don’t think my generation has ever been as respectful of Presidents as my parents’ generation was, but until I heard this story I really […]

In one of the police academies I attended we watched a video of a police shooting. Two officers in two patrol cars were on a traffic stop and tried to arrest a passenger who had given them a fake name. The passenger started swinging, punched both officers and knocked them to the ground, then ran […]

This review was published in a slightly edited form on on November 18th, 2013. ———————————————————————————- The Olight S20 flashlight has many good features. First of all, it’s light, tiny and easy to carry. No matter how great a flashlight is, if it’s not comfortable to carry it’s going to stay in the house […]

This is the Iraq poem I mentioned several months ago, titled “I Run Away Quickly”, I.R.A.Q., which was some anonymous soldier’s clever acronym. I think it applies perfectly to the convoy escort mission my unit had. It felt like running away was all we did over there. As convoy escorts, we weren’t there to look […]

Today isn’t about saving an additional 10% on shoes at the mall. Today is for all those who stood ready to charge across the last few hundred yards of enemy territory, under fire, to carry forward our country’s ideals and values. It’s a day I honor all veterans, but especially those who stood beside me […]

The follow-up to Proof of Our Resolve is back on track for publication. Due to unforeseen circumstances, the original September launch date didn’t work. New time frame is late January. Plot summary: Jerry Nunez and his soldiers fight back against a limited cartel incursion across the Texas border. Please read my Line in the Valley […]

Just wanted to let everyone know I’ll be making a brief appearance and signing books at the Humor for Heroes comedy show at Floore’s Country Store in Helotes, Texas on November 9th. HfH is a non-profit that assists veterans and active duty service members. It was founded by my sister after I came home from […]

I’m trying something new, guys. I’ve been asked to write a true story about a wartime romance in Afghanistan. I have a secondhand connection to the story. Writing anything even close to romance is new to me, and I really don’t know the “right” way to do it. So I’m making a humble request: please […]

This essay was published by Iron Mike Magazine on October 31st, 2013. —————————————————————————— I recently received photos of a man I have always had tremendous respect for. I heard his name many times as a young child. I sometimes felt family members grow uncomfortable when I prodded them for details about his life, and […]