Category: Review

Military June 22, 2019 He Went Missing in Korea Nearly 70 Years Ago. Now, a Soldier’s Body is Finally Home; US Navy to Dub Newest Rescue Ship ‘Cherokee Nation’; Online Program is Helping Military Members and Spouses Get Law Degrees; Court Decision Paves Way to Faster Appeal Decisions for Some Vets and more ->
Task & Purpose By Kevin Robinson-Avila, Albuquerque Journal: The Air Force has a new drone-killing microwave weapon named ‘Thor’

The Goodpaster Prize & Lecture was inaugurated twelve years ago in memory of one of the U.S. military’s great “soldier-scholars.” It honors and helps to perpetuate the work of fellow soldier-scholars in the mold of General Andrew J. Goodpaster. This year the award was presented to LTG H.R. McMaster, retired U.S. Army Lieutenant General and 26th National Security Advisor. He was decorated with the Silver Star for his actions in the Gulf War, has earned a Ph.D. in American History from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and authored the classic work on the Vietnam War, ‘Dereliction of Duty.’ Special thanks to the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation for their support of this event!

Quotes May 05, 2019

The spiritual life does not remove us from the world but leads us deeper into it.
Henri J.M. Nouwen
You have to grow from the inside out. None can teach you, none can make you spiritual. There is no other teacher but your own soul.
Swami Vivekananda
Step out of the circle of time and into the circle of love.
Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude.
Denis Waitley
We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience.
Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
Surrender is the most difficult thing in the world while you are doing it and the easiest when it is done.
Bhai Sahib
It is not the end of the physical body that should worry us. Rather, our concern must be to live while we’re alive – to release our inner selves from the spiritual death that comes with living behind a facade designed to conform to external definitions of who and what we are.
Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
Music is the mediator between the spiritual and the sensual life.
Ludwig van Beethoven
Physical strength can never permanently withstand the impact of spiritual force.
Franklin D. Roosevelt
One of the most spiritual things you can do is embrace your humanity. Connect with those around you today. Say, “I love you”, “I’m sorry”, “I appreciate you”, “I’m proud of you”…whatever you’re feeling. Send random texts, write a cute note, embrace your truth and share it…cause a smile today for someone else…and give plenty of hugs.
Steve Maraboli
You and your purpose in life are the same thing. Your purpose is to be you.
George Alexiou
As soon as you look at the world through an ideology you are finished. No reality fits an ideology. Life is beyond that. … That is why people are always searching for a meaning to life… Meaning is only found when you go beyond meaning. Life only makes sense when you perceive it as mystery and it makes no sense to the conceptualizing mind.
Anthony de Mello
If you obsess over whether you are making the right decision, you are basically assuming that the universe will reward you for one thing and punish you for another.

The universe has no fixed agenda. Once you make any decision, it works around that decision. There is no right or wrong, only a series of possibilities that shift with each thought, feeling, and action that you experience.

If this sounds too mystical, refer again to the body. Every significant vital sign- body temperature, heart rate, oxygen consumption, hormone level, brain activity, and so on- alters the moment you decide to do anything… decisions are signals telling your body, mind, and environment to move in a certain direction.
Deepak Chopra
I would rather feel compassion than know the meaning of it.
St. Thomas Aquinas
You are one thing only. You are a Divine Being. An all-powerful Creator. You are a Deity in jeans and a t-shirt, and within you dwells the infinite wisdom of the ages and the sacred creative force of All that is, will be and ever was.
Anthon St. Maarten
It took me forty years on earth
To reach this sure conclusion:
There is no Heaven but clarity,
No Hell except confusion.
Jan Struther

Music April 25, 2019




Quotes April 02, 2019

“The hardest thing in the world to understand is income tax.”
Albert Einstein, Genius
“The income tax created more criminals than any other single act of government.”
Barry Goldwater, former Senator and Presidential Candidate
“Be wary of strong drink. It can make you shoot at tax collectors… and miss.”
Robert A. Heinlein, Author of Science Fiction
“The income tax has made more liars out of the American people than golf has.”
“The difference between death and taxes is death doesn’t get worse every time Congress meets.”
Will Rogers, American Humorist
“Look at it this way: If you don’t spend your dollars on the IRS, you’d probably just squander it on foolish things, like food, rent.”
Cindy Adams, NY Post Journalist
“The only difference between a tax man and a taxidermist is that the taxidermist leaves the skin.”
Mark Twain, American Author
“I am proud to be paying taxes in the United States. The only thing is I could be just as proud for half of the money.”
Arthur Godfrey, Radio and Television Humorist
“There’s nothing wrong with the younger generation that becoming taxpayers won’t cure.”
Dan Bennett, Comedian
“Unquestionably, there is progress. The average American now pays out twice as much in taxes as he formerly got in wages.”
H. L. Mencken, Author and Curmudgeon
“Income tax returns are the most imaginative fiction being written today.”
Herman Wouk, Author
And, last, but not least, let’s hear from an IRS professional who was quoted as saying:
“The trick is to stop thinking of it as your money.”
Unknown IRS Auditor

Quotes March 28, 2019

Quotes courtesy of Lori Deschene/Tiny Buddha

“If you accept a limiting belief, then it will become a truth for you.”
Louise Hay
“Do not fight against pain; do not fight against irritation or jealousy. Embrace them with great tenderness, as though you were embracing a little baby. Your anger is yourself, and you should not be violent toward it. The same thing goes for all your emotions.”
Thich Nhat Hanh
“Even when the sea is stirred up by the winds of self-doubt, we can find our way home.”
Tara Brach
“Your body is precious. It is your vehicle for awakening. Treat it with care.”
“With realization of one’s own potential and self-confidence in one’s ability, one can build a better world.”
Dalai Lama
“Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking.
Marcus Aurelius

Music February 25, 2019



Quotes February 11, 2019

Courtesy of Claudia Hall Christian Everyday Kindness


Every match goes out eventually. Be kind to you. Keep your fire lit.
Feeling underwater? Kindness is your life jacket. Be kind — first to yourself, and then to others.
Even that bird out in the snow is reminding you to be kind! #
Climb every mountain! Forge every stream! Follow every byway! Until you find your dream! Sure. Fine. Whatever. It’s Friday and I got to go to work. Right? It’s good to dream. Why not be kind while you work to get there?
Enjoy the quiet moments in your river of life. You build strength in these moments of calm. The rapids are coming soon enough.
I believe: Kindness is the way. What do you believe?
Say it with me: “I love myself.” Even if you have to fake it, say it out loud. It sounds small, but believing this three word sentence will change your life. You deserve this kindness.
Hello kindness my old friend. I’ve come to talk with you again…
Be kind and create light in the world.
In times of great change, our paths wander nilly willy. No matter where your path leads you. Be kind.
Don’t let the chilly weather or cold politics to make your heart cold. Be kind.
Life is intricate and complicated. You won’t figure it all out. Be kind.
Life is short! Celebrate every moment by being kind.

Military February 06, 2019

Centcom Commander Outlines Regional Challenges
By David Vergun: Acquisition Reform a Top DOD Priority
Task & Purpose: National Guard general admits his ribbons were upside down during State of the Union; The Army’s new 40mm grenade round looks like it’s straight out of ‘The Fifth Element’; Chinese student sentenced to one year for taking photos of Florida naval station and more ->
By Matthew Cox: Army to Buy Israeli-Made Iron Dome to Protect Soldiers from Indirect Fire
Self-loading gun? He f’dup but the military should not pay for it.
Stars and Stripes | By Wyatt Olson: Soldier who Shot Himself in Head Appeals Army’s Decision to Deny Benefits

The Army maintains that its determination was warranted because it says Holyan was intoxicated when the shooting happened.

In an April memo to the 101st Airborne commander, the chief of Fort Campbell’s Administrative and Civil Law Division wrote: “Evidence exists to show SPC Holyan abused intoxicating liquor and voluntarily became intoxicated.”

“A reasonable and prudent person would not handle a firearm while intoxicated and would not put a firearm to his head and pull the trigger, even thinking it was unloaded,” said the memo, a redacted version of which was provided to Stars and Stripes by Tully Rinckey.

The memo said Holyan’s blood-alcohol level was .178 percent according to a test taken at the hospital in which he was treated. The Uniform Code of Military Justice assumes an individual is impaired to operate vehicles and vessels at a .10 blood-alcohol level.

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Quotes January 05, 2019

There can be no happiness if the things we believe in are different from the things we do.
Freya Stark,
explorer and writer
Every grain of experience is food for the greedy growing soul of the artist.
Anthony Burgess,
writer and composer
The secret of joy in work is contained in one word — excellence. To know how to do something well is to enjoy it.
Pearl S. Buck,
Perhaps we cannot raise the winds. But each of us can put up the sail, so that when the wind comes we can catch it.
E.F. Schumacher,
Too many people undervalue what they are and overvalue what they’re not.
Pay more attention to what someone is doing than to what they are saying. Talk might thrill, but action reveals.
Mandy Hale
As long as you are standing, give a hand to those who have fallen.
Some days you just have to create your own sunshine.
Truth is like a surgery. It huts but cures.
Lie is like a pain killer. It gives instant relief but has side effects forever.