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Memorial Day’s Long Bright Shadow

Memorial Day’s Long Bright Shadow

I am a Marine Veteran of Iraq.

I have watched young brave heroes breathe their last heartbreaking breath thousands of miles away from home. This ultimate sacrifice is a heavy price to pay for our freedom, but it’s one we recognize as worth it in order to preserve and defend the promise of American freedom and democratic principles.

However, since becoming a Marine, I’ve observed a seemingly minor but common mistake people make every Memorial Day. Well-meaning folks heap their grateful thanks on living veterans rather than memorializing the fallen. Some veterans will inform the ignorant of their error. Most will politely […]

Buying a House the Kids Will Inherit

Buying a House the Kids Will Inherit

Technically, I should title this “Soon I will be buying a house the kids will inherit.” I am only 36 years old and am the semi-proud owner of 2 houses. You must think I am rolling in the dough to own 2 homes, but I assure you that neither is a summer house in the Hamptons. And to be honest, even if I could buy a house in the Hamptons, I probably wouldn’t because I am insufficiently experienced in socializing with rich people. Partly because I am just not rich and partly because security always stops me when I jump […]

Is a Funny Death Too Much to Ask?

Is a Funny Death Too Much to Ask?

One thing I know is that I want to leave them laughing.

I used to have a specific idea about what happens after someone dies. And it always played out the same way in my head. Everyone wearing all black piles in to an attorney’s office. There is always one lady with an oversized hat sitting on the front row slightly sobbing. The attorney somberly reads the will and a fight ensues. But then it turns out that a lady lurking in the back is actually the dead guy’s mistress and she gets everything! Yeah, I watch too many movies.

OK. So […]

The Price of Growing Up

The Price of Growing Up

I never thought about dying when I was younger. I don’t mean just when I was a kid, because what kid walks around consumed with death. I mean even as a young adult in my 20’s I felt pretty darn invincible. Again, you might think that’s no big deal, but let me go ahead and clue you in on the fact that in my 20’s I was a Marine Infantryman patrolling the streets of Iraq. And yet still, I wasn’t worried about dying despite death chasing me at every crowded street. But now that I am all “grown up”, it […]