Tag: PTSD

  • Don’t Give Up

    Don’t Give Up

    My daughter Shelby thanked me for providing her with a sheltered and mostly joyous childhood. She was prompted to do so shortly after I shared my latest dream with her. The dream came to me in a dozing stage, that early sleep when you are[..]
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  • Looking to Unseat Rep. Greg Walden: Jim Crary

    Looking to Unseat Rep. Greg Walden: Jim Crary

    Democrat Jim Crary is not the only person looking to unseat Representative Greg Walden (Or-R) come November. There's handful of folks, women and men, hoping to take the top spot in the upcoming primary, but Crary has an edge others don't - he was on[..]
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  • A Hero’s Journey

    A Hero’s Journey

      They call it the Hero's Journey, this theory of storytelling taught in high-dollar workshops for writers and those longing to become one. It's the notion that every story follows the same general pattern: Person confronted with a quest/challenge. Person accepts challenge, faces overwhelming odds,[..]
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  • A Moral Wound

    A Moral Wound

      She stood in front of Panel 9E, this woman who looked as though she ran marathons in record time. She wasn't much taller or bigger than the school kids she was accompanying. Her sandy blonde hair layered short. Her smile, warm and quick, reminiscent[..]
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  • Pat: A Natural Born Mentor

    Pat: A Natural Born Mentor

    [caption id="attachment_2131" align="aligncenter" width="532"] Photo credit: Elizabeth DeRamus[/caption] Ironically enough, some of the most small-minded people I ever worked with worked in newsrooms.  I was reminded of that this weekend as I read numerous newspaper articles about the death of Pat Conroy. My heart was[..]
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  • Contemplating Mass Murders

    Contemplating Mass Murders

      I circled the wagons in my classroom in the aftermath of the mass shootings.  I put on some Eliza Doolittle tunes and greeted the students with the admonition to not talk among themselves about the writing prompt, rather to write down everything they were[..]
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  • An Interview with Military Correspondent Joseph Galloway

    An Interview with Military Correspondent Joseph Galloway

      Joseph Galloway is a military correspondent and former columnist who frequently reported from war zones and is co-author of "We were Soldiers Once … and Young." In November 1965, Galloway embedded with the 1st Calvary Division in the first major battle of the Vietnam[..]
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  • Purple Heart Recipient Jed Zillmer: An American Tragedy

    Purple Heart Recipient Jed Zillmer: An American Tragedy

        His life ended in a one-sided shoot-out. Police said he wanted it that way. They said Afghanistan war veteran Jed Zillmer was on a suicidal mission: Kill or be killed. He was allegedly heavily armed and suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, although that had never[..]
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