Category Archives: Faith

Amazing Grace for April 14th


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Truman’s Hump Day Song of the Week: All I Want for Christmas is You

For Christmas, Truman got … (drum roll) … Truman, a chew toy version of the University of Missouri mascot. Truman the dog is named after Truman the MU mascot, not the president who dropped two big ones on Hiroshima and … Continue reading

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The Final Roll Call

When you hold the final roll call for the fallen, your unit stands in formation before a display consisting of an inverted rifle, a helmet mounted atop the buttstock, a set of dogtags hanging from the magazine well and a picture of the … Continue reading

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My Favorite Veteran

In the 1990s, first-year students at the University of Southern California’s School of Journalism were required to take a journalism history class taught by a kind but loquacious professor named Ed Cray, whose white beard and round belly reminded some … Continue reading

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Unsolicited Advice for Jersey Mike

I have a friend beginning Marine Corps Officer Candidate School in a couple of weeks. Call him Jersey Mike. He’s in his late 20s, leaving a steady career, decent pay and great friends to immerse himself in an unsteady job, … Continue reading

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Our trip to New York City culminated with a visit to Ground Zero on the second day of a four-day trip. Not much else seemed that important to me afterward. We weaved through a maze of fenced-in walkways lined with … Continue reading

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A Prayer for Austin Tice

I remember the day I met Austin Tice, the freelance journalist being held captive by regime authorities in Syria. It was summer 2007, a few months before my battalion’s trip to the Iraq sandbox. He was initially earmarked to be a … Continue reading

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