Bad-Assery is a thing

Roy P. Benavidez is a bad ass mother fucker. On May 2nd, 1968 he spent six hours in hell. He was shot seven times. One time was in the back, and the bullet exited his chest just below his heart. He had 28 pieces of shrapnel in his body and he had been stabbed no less...
War Is Never Over – PTSD and its effects

War Is Never Over – PTSD and its effects

    For years I thought the idea of saying I had PTSD was bad. I viewed it as a term of weakness. I didn’t live through Vietnam so what I saw and went through wasn’t bad enough to warrant something so horrible. Sounds silly, but it was what I thought and...
Chekhov’s Gun

Chekhov’s Gun

Anton Chekhov eloquently stated years ago a simple fact with respect to story construction.  If you have a gun leaning against the wall during the first act of a play, you better use it in the second act.  Otherwise, get rid of the gun.  This is an important ideal, it...

Working on Septic

I don’t write poetry. I suppose I used to be able to say that. Can’t say it anymore though, because there’s this. I went on a cruise a and met some cool people. One of them was a veteran like me.  He was a full steam ahead veteran versus my more laid...