The Ruck

In a marvel of anthropomorphic effort, the ruck sneers at me in the rear-view mirror of my truck. It’s not a camping backpack, nor is it a high schooler’s bookbag. It is a monstrosity made for holding over one hundred pounds, and carried for miles by the infantryman Marine or soldier. Its straps, though appearing…

Snapshots Of My Father: A Picture Of Strength

To a child, the mother is the safety net of love and comfort. She is the one to whom a young kid runs to make boo-boos go away, and to feel loved and special during trials.To most young boys, the father looms as both the pillar of strength and the bedrock of stability. He is…

Billy The Silly Marine

I think every group of people has one. Whether it’s a committee in an office, a group of construction workers, a ministry team, or in this case, a four-man infantry team, there’s that one guy. He’s simply known as “That Guy.” Who is That Guy? He’s the one about whom you have to say, “Don’t be…

Rules

I’m not Rambo. I’m not a SEAL or a former Delta Force operator. I don’t have the secret to surviving a mass shooting. You can find all of those people online easily. I’m just a civilian who used to carry a gun for a living as a regular infantryman, so I don’t have a list…

Books by Veteran Writers Part 2: “You Delta Boys…”

In veteran circles, there is a common joke that, once a man becomes a Navy SEAL, he automatically gets a book deal. There’s a reason for that, and it’s because the American public is fascinated by them, and by special operations in general. Not to be outdone by the (admittedly awesome) stories by the squids,…

What They Need To Do

Stop me if you’ve heard this one… The scene is a random, totally-not-made-up work environment. This completely legitimate company is called “Acme Anvil Distributors, Inc.” A co-worker (obviously not you or me) is moaning and complaining about a thing, a condition, a person, etc, at said anvil distributing facility. The conversation goes in phases, with…

Snapshots of My Mother; A Legacy of Love

Much of what I have written has been focused on masculinity, fatherhood, and marriage. As a result, I can tend to neglect (in writing) the impact of a mother, but I could never, ever deny the lasting evidence of my mom in my life. If I were to take two words to describe my mother,…

War-Gaming Lord Of The Rings

I’ve been binge-reading a blog called “The Angry Staff Officer,” and he has an excellent article entitled “Center For Galactic Lessons Learned,” where he tactically analyses both sides of episodes four, five, and six of the original Star Wars trilogy. I’m shamelessly stealing this idea, while at the same time encouraging all of you to…

Leadership In Marriage And The Reality Of Responsibility

Author’s Note: Every author has a set of assumptions, and a set of lenses through which he views the world. My particular viewpoint is one of traditional biblical gender roles, and that the man should be the head of the household. If you don’t believe in leadership in relationships, then stop reading. You’re not going…

Fitness: A Christian Perpsective

In a recent conversation with family, I was discussing the differences between people who exercise and those who don’t. Perhaps the venom in my voice was higher than usual, and maybe I had ranted about this particular topic on more than one occasion (I definitely had), because the next question that was posed was, “Why…