“If God created everything, and if man is created in God's image, and if man can dream a fate greater than the one set out for him by God, could God dream a fate greater than his own?” Michael Anthony, Civilianized: CIVILIANIZED
“I thought of TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD. I had finished reading it one night in a bunker, my knees bent and hunched together while mortars hit the ground, the glow of a cigarette and the moon as my only light. Standing there now, chain-smoking, I felt like I finally understood the ending.” Michael Anthony, CIVILIANIZED
“I couldn't see killing myself if I had a book that was only half-read: Fountainhead, Catcher in the Rye, Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, One Hundred Years of Solitude? No. I figured that those who killed themselves first had to finish whatever book they were reading...if it were any good, that is. Of course, there's … Continue reading PREVENTING VETERAN SUICIDE
“A successful suicide doesn't just happen, although, of course, there are exceptions. Someone happens to be walking across a bridge when the feeling hits. Or they're on the roof of a building and realize they have nothing to live for. But most of the time, suicide takes planning. That's the way I figured. That was … Continue reading SUICIDE PLAN? GET HELP NOW!
“Tonight the thoughts were about how to end things, with a heavy emphasis on the how. The process of suicide isn't exactly easy. It takes preparation, scheduling, and a certain level-headedness to kill yourself. A person has to be ready for it. He has to make the necessary plans, take the necessary steps. And, most … Continue reading THOUGHTS OF SUICIDE? GET HELP NOW!
“I grabbed the closest box of books and heaved it onto my bed. It contained all the books I had read in Iraq. Dog-eared, with broken spines, speckled with dirt, food, and even a little blood, most of the copies were marked up with notes in the margins. The better the book, the worse it … Continue reading BOOKS READ IN IRAQ
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“Am I awake or dreaming? It doesn’t matter anymore. When I close my eyes I dream of death and war. When I open my eyes I see death and war.” Michael Anthony, MASS CASUALTIES
June 27 is National Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) awareness day PTSD (Link)
June 25th is the anniversary of the start of the Korean War (1950).